Sunday School is organised by Kirsty MacGowan.
Anyone wishing to attend church with their children are more than welcome.
You will be introduced to the teachers and invited to the large Allan hall, where the Sunday school meets just prior to the start of the church service. The children then go into church, and exit for Sunday school approx 15minutes after the start of the service.
You (the parents) can go into Sunday school with your children for a few sessions if you wish, or the children can stay with you in church til they feel familiar with their surroundings. Whichever is best for both you and your children.
A creche is also available.
Come early and meet the teacher with the rest of the children.
The grounds of the church are tended by a recently formed "Work Party" and they meet every Wednesday afternoon, to maintain the gardens (weather permitting), or to do any necessary maintenance within the church itself.
They are easy to identify by their nickname "The Garden Gnomes"
At this moment in time we are experiencing a ministerial vacancy.
Coffee Club runs every Tuesday between the hours of 10a.m. til 11.30a.m.
It runs from September til the end of June.
It is manned by 3 teams of volunteers who serve a variety of home baking and it is a great social occasion for members of the church as well as the local community.
If the advertising boards/banners are out - We are open!! Come along and join us any time!!
Scottish Charity No. SC002953
The Allan Church (originally the Bannockburn Parish Church) was built in 1838 to the design of the architect John Henderson. At the time, the parish had a population of 3176 people, and local industries included carpet, shawl and tartan manufacture and coal mining.
In 1843 the church minister, Rev John Harper and some of his congregation left the Church of Scotland during The Disruption to become part of the Free Church of Scotland.
The Allan Church temporarily shut in 1853 due to low congregation numbers after The Disruption but reopened again in 1860 when congregation numbers started to rise again.
The doorway has an ogee curved lintel. Above this is a square tower with a stone spire flanked with pinnacles. The interior has a gallery running round three sides. The furnishings are oak with Gothic details
The Allan Church sits at the heart of Bannockburn. In 2013 we celebrated 175years of ministry at the church..
Current Organisation of the Allan Church. We have a congregational roll of 260.
Flower Rota is available for all to help out with by donating for flowers one Sunday a year. However, we need more people to donate to this.
It's a lovely way to help the church and perhaps to remind you of that special date in your life e.g. a Birthday, or an Anniversary, or remembering the life of a loved one or just for your love of your place of worship.
Flowers for a specific date cost £25.00 or a small donation for the upkeep of floral displays in the church will help greatly.
If you would like to add your name to the rota then there is a calendar in the vestibule of the church , or speak with Margaret Baxter or call her on 01786 813281. Many thanks or you can email her on email@example.com
Margaret would greatly appreciate help with flower arranging, and she is very willing to train and advise any volunteers.
If any member of the congregation requires transport assistance to church, coffee mornings or any other social event, then please let Janette Russell or Margaret Baxter know and something will be organised for you.
Hello again fellow parishioners, it’s that time again for a wee update on the goings on, maintenance wise, in our lovely Church, not that I’m biased or anything. Since the last magazine the gnomes have finished work on the banister to the right of the Chancel. We have commenced the painting of the vestibule and entrance way to the Sanctuary after repairs to walls due to dampness. It’s to be painted white for brightness, the WW1 memorials have been removed to allow the painting to go ahead but also to clean them up and re-varnish them before being replaced after the work is completed. It is intended to put up new notice boards in the side rooms on either side of the vestibule and then lastly new flooring to be put down. The type of flooring is yet to be decided by the Church Board and moved on with as soon after as possible.
Lighting is being replaced with new LED lights as the old ones fail, indeed all lighting in the large hall and all anti rooms off it. The corridor to the kitchen, Vestry, small hall and toilets including the rooms are now LED lights. The only light left that is non LED is the one leading to the emergency exit, this will be replaced when it fails. The only other lights not LED are the round lights in the Sanctuary under balconies at lower level and the same type on the upper level. They will be replaced as required in the future.
I’m sure you’ll remember from the last magazine, I said the stain glass windows above the Pulpit had been cleaned along with the windows down the right hand side of the Sanctuary, during this, it was discovered that some of the sandstone blocks that surround the windows had suffered from erosion. A treatment to prevent this has been started, and will need to be applied repeatedly to prevent this from getting any worse. Another task to be addressed regularly by the Gnomes.
Other small jobs needing done on an ad-hoc basis are still being done i.e. repairs to chairs, a door upstairs leading to the balcony is sticking, it will need to be addressed in due course. Sensors for the fire alarm system have failed and new ones need to be sourced, this is being addressed as we speak. The remote for the overhead projector in the large hall no longer works, another was sourced which presented difficulties as the system is now obsolete and we are unsure if the new one works - but we’ll keep our fingers crossed. And any other issues requiring to be attended to as they come up.
During all this the Gardens are being maintained, with spring plants being put in, grass being cut as required and watering of plants. The Cross was erected for the duration of Holy Week and has now been dismantled. It will need to be sanded and then varnished in order to preserve it before it’s next outing in November for Armistice Day when the outside lights will have the Red filters over them. But that’s for another report in another magazine.
As always the Gnomes are looking for any donations of plants for the gardens, (speak to Dougie, the head gardener about that). Also as previously stated, if there is anyone who has a couple of hours free on a Wednesday afternoon and would like to join the Gnomes, come along at about 1pm on a Wednesday and see what you think, you will be made very welcome.
Phil Jordan (Junior Gnome).
P.S. The Garden Gnomes are as I said already 6 guys, they are
Bob Millar (who also does a sterling job)
Douglas Savage (who is also head gardener and keeps us all right with the difference between weeds and plants - (Phil especially).)
Colin Blair (Assistant head gardener and property convener)
Robert Chalmers (Always busy at the food bank prior to coming to join the Gnomes)
George Nicol (Top man – I mean that literally, anything requiring going up a ladder, George gets it)
Lastly, yours truly
Phil Jordan (If it wasn’t for me, well, then there would only be 5 Gnomes)
THE GNOME REPORT .
(An extract from the church magazine!)
The Social committee organise various events throughout the year to fundraise for the church e.g. Fayres & coffee mornings. Please come along and support us! Check our or for all events regularly. There is a yearly retired members event.
Church Magazine is compiled by Janette Russell and Margaret Baxter, with contributions from members of the congregation. It is distributed by the elders of the session every 3 months - a few weeks prior to communion.
The Work Party