The Work Party
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 358.
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.
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"
Stirling Start Up is helped by 2-3 volunteer members of our congregation and we have a "Bring a Tin" intimation every week to remind the congregation, all of whom give generously to the cause.
We also raise money every year for Mary's Meals.
We run a "Christmas Gift Day Service and also a special coffee morning" in December for a specific chosen local charity which was (Stirling Young Carers in 2016).
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
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.
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 are out - We are open!! Come along and join us any time!!
Scottish Charity No. SC002953