THE GNOME REPORT 2.
(An extract from the church magazine!)
At this moment in time we are experiencing a ministerial vacancy.
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.
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.
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
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"
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 for all events regularly. There is a yearly retired members event.
Current Organisation of the Allan Church. We have a congregational roll of 260.
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.
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..
The Work Party
Hello again and to another Garden Gnome Report.
Festive season over and as I am writing this we are into February. It’s freezing cold and as such not much is happening in the gardens, just trimming back some bushes as appropriate. The Christmas tree was erected mid December then dismantled in early January. The lights on the Christmas tree along with the lights erected by the Community council fairly brightened the main street and enhanced the festive feel, incidentally the Community Council also erected Christmas lights at Murrayfield Church for the first time this year as well as The Allan Church and Our Lady and Saint Ninians RC Church which was excellent. I hope you all went along and saw the “Christmas through the window “event and enjoyed some refreshment as well, if you didn’t manage, have a look on the Church website, there are some photographs of this event and also the Remembrance Flower Festival, well worth another look see.
While we were working towards these events it was discovered that a wooden phlange had fallen off the pully wheel for the Church bell. For safety reasons this was going to put a stop to the bell being rung prior to worship. However the Gnomes managed to get a ladder up into the bell tower beside the bell to effect a repair to the pully wheel resulting in no stoppage to Bell ringing. This will need to be checked regularly by the Gnomes to ensure the safety of the Bell Ringer(Colin).
Although the work in the gardens won’t start in earnest for a wee while yet, we are asking for donations of flowers or money towards the purchase of flowers. For information regarding this please speak to Dougie Savage( Head Gardener), he will advise what would be appreciated to fit with his landscaping design.
In the meantime the Gnomes have been busy inside the Church, as I write this, we have had the Chandeliers in the Church rewired. This was found to be necessary when the Gnomes lowered the Chandelier above the Chancel to replace bulbs that had failed. When one of the failed bulbs was removed the fitting broke. When trying to repair this the wiring appeared faulty. After consultation with the board it was decided to seek professional advice and that advice confirmed the Gnomes thoughts that all three Chandeliers required rewiring. That has now been done and we are awaiting the delivery of new LED bulbs to complete the job.
Work at the front of the Church is still ongoing. Due to the busy festive period for the Gnomes it was put on hold but now is getting restarted. Once the repair work on the wall at the stair on the left as you enter the doors has been completed by outside agents. We can get on and decorate the vestibule area, replace the light once a new one has been acquired and finish with refreshed floor covering. (To be decided by others, not the Garden Gnomes). Clear Perspex has been fitted on the balustrade to the right of the Chancel behind the Font. The balustrade is to be extended once another newel post has been acquired. (Thanks to Watson Bayne for his invaluable assistance in this endeavour). The stain glass window above the Chancel was checked and cleaned as required as well as the windows down the right hand side of the Church.
The Gnomes are also busy with other odd jobs, for instance, repairing chairs that are used in the large Hall. The wooden seat part gets broken and the chairs need to be stripped down and the wooden part replaced, there are currently 2 chairs waiting for repair in the Small Hall which we will get to as soon as we have the time. A number of them have already been repaired over the years. All these things do require money but in the long run they are saving the Church more money. These are but some of the jobs carried out by the Gnomes over the past couple of months, I will of course keep you updated with ongoing jobs and other things that arise of which there will be many I’m sure. They can’t be avoided in a building the age that the Allan Church is. The Garden Gnomes would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support in the past and your continued support in the months and years to come.
N.B. In anticipation of board approval, watch out for the Church being illuminated Purple in support of National Epilepsy day on March 26th. A similar thing was done in November when the Church was illuminated Red for the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War. If you look on Poppy Scotland website there is a map of buildings that were lit red. Ours was the only one in the Stirling area for which we received a thank you from Poppy Scotland. Well done The Allan Church, lighting the way, eh.
Phil Jordan (Junior Garden Gnome).
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)