Rector’s Letter from July/August Church Magazine

Dear friends,

It was with mixed feelings that I changed the hangings in church last Saturday evening. I felt sad to put the stunning Pentecost altar frontal that members of Young Church had made into the drawer, knowing that another year would pass before it could sparkle again. I also felt relief to know that we’re back in Ordinary Time with the weeks of the summer ahead of us, a time when clergy and congregation can relax a little. I am looking forward to having some time with my family in Wales and in Aberdeenshire in July, a short holiday with Davie in Norway in August and to having more time to work on the Rectory and gardens. I just hope the sun will eventually shine!

There is, of course, nothing ordinary about Ordinary Time, a time set aside for reflecting on and celebrating our call to follow Jesus day by day. During the summer I hope to provide opportunities for us all to think about our calling, whatever that may be, and to pray for, inspire and encourage each other. At the end of June we learnt about the ministry of Stirling Street Pastors which is coordinated by Morag Hendry. At the end of August we’ll hear from Roger Lockwood about his role with the RNLI when we celebrate Sea Sunday in a service led by members of our Men’s Group. There are so many different ways that we can put our faith into action from hands-on practical work to prayer support and faithful friendship – something for everyone!

During the Summer months there will also be plenty of opportunities, not only to spend time together as a congregation to worship, work, eat and pray, but to join with others. In early August we will host the annual Mary Sumner Day Service, celebrating 130 years of the Mothers’ Union in Scotland, and on St Blane’s Day, St Mary’s is the destination of the Pilgrim Walk organised by Dunblane Churches Together. We will need to plan also for Doors Open Day in September when church and school will together welcome members of the community and visitors from further afield into our buildings. You will find information about all of these services and events in this magazine.

In the meantime, I hope that you will have an enjoyable summer and look forward to seeing you in church.

With love and prayers,