As usual the Garden Gnomes have been kept busy since the last report. Keeping the gardens tidy, planting winter pansies and spring bulbs as well as keeping the grass cut and weeds at bay and removing dying plants as required.
While working in the gardens as weather permits, we are also finishing any tidying up at the front of the Church, the doors on either side of the vestibule have been removed and the surrounds are being prepared and varnished to match the bannisters on the stairs. Doors will have to be made to replace the ones removed from the dark storage areas that are behind the Big Blue front doors when they are open. You wouldn’t notice when the doors are open as they block these voids.
The cross has just been erected for Remembrance Sunday, and the outside lights will have filters put over them on the 6th of November for one week, to support the “Light Up Red”. Check out the light up red map on the Poppy Scotland website, the Allan Church is still the only building in the Stirling area to do this, well done you.
New LED lights have been put up under the balcony at the rear of the Sanctuary as one of the old neon tube lights failed. There are still a lot of these type of lights in the Sanctuary but as they fail they will be replaced with LED type lamps. The Garden Gnomes are also preparing for the Christmas Festival on the 7th December, we will have our own exhibit but will be helping any others who need help preparing theirs at the time.
As always the Gnomes are looking for anybody who wishes to join us on a Wednesday afternoon around 1PM, (female or male) then please come along. There is always something to do regardless of ability. Everyone has skills, we will find a use for yours.
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)
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 10th till 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 Work Party
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 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 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.
Margaret would greatly appreciate help with flower arranging, and she is very willing to train and advise any volunteers.
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..