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 Gnomes would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who came along and supported the Christmas Festival. I’m sure someone else will give a more detailed report about this but it was a superb display of individual and group imagination which resulted in a successful result, visually and financially. If anyone didn’t manage along then check out the Church web site, there are some photos on there.
Some of you may have noticed that there was a light not working in one of the anti-rooms at the vestibule of the Church. Portable scaffolding had to be acquired due to the height of the ceiling, (a big thankyou to Alan Macpherson for arranging this). The lights in both anti-rooms have been replaced.
The Gents toilet door had been scuffing the floor which was starting to cause damage, this was taken off and planed and now operates scuff free.
There was an electrical issue arose during the Christmas Festival, relating to the kitchen area, this is currently being investigated and a better picture of what, if any, remedial action is required should be available by the June Magazine.
A request has been received to light up purple again this year to mark National Epilepsy Awareness day on the 26th of March. As I’m sure you all recall we did this last year and it did make the Church look even more striking than normal. Pending the Church Boards permission to do this again this year, it’s one to watch out for.
In relation to this and the number of times filters are being put on the lights, the Gnomes are looking at creating a frame that can be attached to the lights that will allow filters of whatever colour to be applied, that way we can show support for any other good cause without risking damage occurring to the outside lights.
The Garden Gnomes had our Christmas lunch in McQues on the 12th December when we enjoyed a nice meal with good company and if any of you are feeling a bit left out, the answer is simple. Come along on any Wednesday afternoon and join us and you too could be with us next Christmas. I can assure you of a warm welcome.
The Gnomes would like to take a few moments to thank Bob Miller for all his efforts over the years as he beavered away with, for and on behalf of The Garden Gnomes during different big projects as well as the mundane.
Bob is stepping back from The Gnomes on a Wednesday but he will always be an “Honorary Gnome”.
Bob you are always welcome on a Wednesday for your tea- you know where and when.
Lastly but probably most importantly, as it is THE reason For the Garden Gnomes. It is coming up to that time of year when we are looking for donations of bulbs and/or plants for the gardens. If you are not sure what to get then please speak with the Head Gardener (Dougie), who would be only too delighted to give you information on what would be required this spring. If you would rather give a monetary donation that would be welcome as well, we need to buy grass and soil fertiliser. Any donation of any type is greatly appreciated.
Phil Jordan (Junior Gnome).
P.S. 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.
P.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!)
Coffee Club runs every Tuesday between the hours of 10a.m. til 11.30a.m.
It runs from September 10th 2019 till June 30th 2020.
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"
At this moment in time we are experiencing a ministerial vacancy.
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.
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..
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 Anne McInnes or Aileen Miller. Many thanks.
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
Current Organisation of the Allan Church. We have a congregational roll of 260.