No. 217 March 2010
A Wee Parable
(Its meaning? It’s a parable. You get to decide.)
Confession time – our responsible Christmas tree
Christmas tree is still in the consumption and came to FROM THE ASSOCIATE MINISTER
living room. Undecorated, the conclusion that the best
shoved in a corner, in way forward was to invest
ground is frozen solid, our tree is ecstatically
a now rather garish red in a living tree, one that we
and said ground is under happy in the living room,
plastic tub that, on the could plant in the garden
several inches of snow, is growing so quickly that it
and recycle next year.
day, looked quite festive. it no mean feat. stuart tried is positively two- toned:
was an attempt to be more There’s where the plan went to dig the hole, but gave this spring-like light green
eco-friendly. We debated awry. You see, planting a up (i thought rather too colour on the ends of the
the pros and cons of rather adult tree when the quickly, but he was holding branches. it looks like it’s
the shovel and i was in no got happy green fingers
position to argue since the reaching up and out into my
HOLY WEEK SERVICES whole thing was suddenly living space. Pretty soon it
“my idea.”) so we dutifully will touch the ceiling. But
Monday 29 March - Friday 2 April undecorated the house it isn’t where it ought to
and the tree, crammed be. it needs to dig its roots
Holy Week? Wholly Week? Holy Weak? Wholly Weak? Christmas back into three firmly into something
Holy Week - Come and explore the meaning.
heavy-duty blue plastic more substantial than
crates and dragged them the shallow bottom of a
Too often, we in the church miss the time of reflection
and soul-searching that is at the heart of Holy Week. across the front garden plastic tub, so even though
This year, enter into the into the garage, not to be it has become part of the
depth and reflection. seen until the third week furniture, out it goes into
Services will be held of December 2010. Then the now defrosted ground
every evening during we shoved the tree into the of our back garden. There’s
Holy Week, beginning corner of the living room a corner by the decking out
with a Vigil for Peace and waited for the defrost. back that catches the sun:
on Palm Sunday. All funny thing about waiting maybe that will remind
Services begin at – sometimes you forget. it of its days beside the
7.30pm in the Choir,
sometimes life moves on electric fire.
and there is a short
and the thing needing dealt
time of meditation on it is Valentine’s Day today,
the Saturday before with becomes part of the
so stuart and i have decided
Easter (Black Saturday) furniture, unnoticed and
to make it a joint project -
at noon. unimportant. sometimes
i’ll let you know how that
you get busy and decide
quality time goes.
that it’s easier simply to
ADDRESS http://www.dunblanecathedral.org.uk move round the thing. Sally
Dunblane Cathedral Magazine March 2010
SCOTTISH CHuRCHES HOuSE
All the Way from Plough to Plate
10 March 2010 - 6.00pm - 8.30pm
every sunday at 10.30am
The challenge of feeding £15 includes
the world, maintaining soil meal and coffe
The Rev. Colin G. Mcintosh, M.A., B.D. Tel. 822205 e
(£5 local rate
The Cathedral Manse e-mail: email@example.com fertility and overcoming the for
malnourishment of both the
Associate Minister: poor and the affluent is one that
The Rev. sally foster-fulton, B.A., B.D. Tel. (Home) 463060
governments are waking up to for the first time
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Causewayhead, fK9 5ee e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org since the Second World War.
Session Clerk: The scriptures provide wisdom for sustainability
Charles McLay Tel. 824056
and abundant living.
40 strathmore Avenue, Dunblane
Ronald Wright Tel. 822673 Interfaith Sacred Stories
54 Roman Way, Dunblane 24 March 2010 - 6.00pm - 8.00pm
William Troy Tel. 825233
Tales from our childhoods, from a £5 includes
range of faith traditions. light snack and
Cross Cottage, Dunblane refreshments
Assistant Hallkeeper: Moving on from “Is it true?”
James Docherty Tel. 825473 to explore “What does the story
Church Secretary: mean?”. The significance of storytelling in our own
ewing Wallace Tel. 825388
Church office (Mon, Wed & fri mornings)
Organist: Can stories help reconcile us, overcome differences
Matthew Beetschen Tel. 445158 and share underlying values?
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Come with a tale, some food or a memory to share
Bob fletcher Tel: 822009 if you can... but you’re still welcome if you can’t!
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THE ELDERS CONFERENCE
sTATeMenT of PURPose The Kirk Session will be holding a Day Conference at
Dunblane Cathedral exists, as a congregation of the Gartmore House, Aberfoyle on Saturday 20 March.
Church of scotland, for the purpose of reflecting The theme will be “Elders in a Church in transition”, exploring
the love of God to all people regardless of belief or
membership of the Church, to be a place where any the changing culture in which the church finds itself today,
and all may experience God’s presence and to be a where patterns of believing and belonging are vastly different
fellowship which seeks to nourish and sustain its faith from what they were even in the recent past. These changing
through worship, friendship, care and education. cultural values have become evident in our own community as
in response to the Love of God, the congregation it has grown, and responding to them has brought different
seeks to serve the community in every aspect of its
assumptions, expectations and even tensions with regard to
life and to promote the Christian values of concern
for others, forgiveness, reconciliation, truth and what sort of church we need to be.
integrity, acknowledging that we ourselves do not
At the Conference, elders will explore where we think we
always live up to these values.
are at the moment with regard to three areas of life in the
Cathedral: worship, congregational life, and church and
community/society. In the afternoon three guests will lead
Dunblane Cathedral Church of scotland is a Registered
workshops in each of these areas to help stimulate further
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thinking and ideas.
Dunblane Cathedral Magazine March 2010
Dunblane Likhubula Link - A
Scotland Malawi Partnership
Likhubula Partnership Meeting
10th February 2010
more months than we had
expected, and continuing
to search and fund longer
term projects to reduce
the dependence on maize
alone. Each aim without
the other just does not
make sense. As one small
committee we cannot feed an entire
and reliable Communications Officer
Members of this Partnership had some area indefinitely. But we know about
who was elected locally. It has become
difficult issues to face in its continuing them and we care. You may have seen
clear how much effort and time he has
involvement with the community of the display boards in the Cathedral, and
devoted to the Partnership and it was
Likhubula in Malawi. Photographs have it is clear that the people have made
decide that an ex-gratia payment might
been arriving that back up the reports of enormous strides in trying to operate in
be the way to try to avoid some of the
badly failing crops of maize, the staple ways that we hope will produce those
jealousies and undue expectations that
crop grown there. Heat, blue skies and no long term improvements in their lives.
can otherwise create problems.
rain sound so pleasant in icy Dunblane,
Bursary schemes to help the older children
but for the subsistence farmers it is a very Finally a sub-committee has been formed
get to secondary school are perhaps one
frightening outlook: to try to tap into the generous hearts of
of the most important long term ideas, but
Dunblane folk. We know only too well how
“Clear and blue sky, hot and dry, both the photographs we have of the chosen
the financial conditions here are getting
grown up and soon germinating maize children (eight at the moment) show the
tighter, but the response to the Haiti disaster
are wilting and drying. Almost every hope and optimism that we have seen
shows how kind people continue to be.
Malawian is hopeless of having good in the faces of the adults population, but
We will need help to prevent disaster of a
harvests.” which is missing now in the pictures of the
slower and less dramatic kind in Likhubula,
most recent food distribution.
Our committee had to try to reach a so watch for news of forthcoming events
balance between finding more funding We also had to find a formula to that you can join in with.
to provide immediate Food Aid for two recompense a particularly hard working
Cathedral Clean Party OpEn plATfOrM
Chris and Ros Wilson would like to invite everyone along Sunday 7 March at 3.00pm
to our “Cathedral Clean Party” on Tuesday 16 March at
7.00pm. Young Dunblane musicians are all set to entertain you at
This is a great night out and an excellent way to meet the Arts Guild’s open Platform on sunday 7 March at
people, young and old. Come along and help us to make 3.00pm in the Cathedral hall. it is an opportunity for them
our place of worship ready for Easter, and enjoy the craic to get used to performing in public in front of a friendly
while we do it, with refreshments afterwards in the halls. audience.
Why not bring some friends?
Come and be part of it.
If you’re able to come and help, please let Ros or Chris
know after the morning services, ring us at 821220, or
Admission is free, but
drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see there will be a retiring
you all there! collection for charity.
Dunblane Cathedral Magazine March 2010
Girls’ Brigade Boys’ Brigade
our coffee morning on saturday 13 March is from 10.00am The BB has a busy month of March coming up.
– 12.00noon in st. Blane’s Church hall. it will include a We will be serving you coffee every sunday after
gift/toy stall and a cake & candy stall. Any donations for church so we look forward to being of service
either would be gratefully received and can be handed in
to the congregation in that way. on sunday
on the morning or to Millie Christie (captain).
28th, instead of coffee, we’re inviting everyone to come to a
We are also working on the routines for our BB organised ‘souper soup Lunch’ for Christian Aid. We’ll
display evening and would like to extend a have lots of choices and a chance to think about food issues
warm welcome to all to come along and enjoy in the developing world, so please come and join us.
this fun & interesting evening on friday 26
March at 7.00pm in the Cathedral hall. in the first week of the month, we’ll have been
at the scotland-Czech Republic football match
and the 1st Bearsden BB’s annual musical. on
the weekend of 13 March, we’ll be splitting
Parish Register ourselves two ways. The senior boys will
be going off for their mountain biking
weekend in Aviemore. some of our
“In the name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy
musical boys will be taking part in the
Ghost” St Matthew 28, v.19
february scottish Bands Contest in Dundee with an amalgamated
21 Josh Christopher Andrew son of steven and band made up of many BB companies’ boys from around
Angela Dealtry, Glenmoy, Doune Road scotland. on 20 March, several of our boys will be taking
21 Ciara Karine daughter of Richard and part in the BB national Cross Country finals in edinburgh
Karine Middleton, 71 Montgomery Crescent and we’ll keep you updated on how they do.
With apologies, last month’s notice should have read: And you’ll see us out around the local
shops and High street on 27 March when
20 Robert Matthew John, son of Daniel and it’s the battalion flag day.
Samantha Birch finally, we’d like to thank everyone who came along and
Marriage supported our P7/s1 boys at their shrove Tuesday service
“God hath joined together” St Mark 10, v.9 and for all the positive comments received afterwards. The
february boys hope to join the Cathedral’s hike up Dumyat on easter
13 Barry Dundas and Jemma forbes sunday as part of finishing off their look at the seasons of
Lent and easter.
“I am the resurrection and the life.” St John 11, v.25 for more information about The Boys’ Brigade, please contact
January fraser Boyd (tel. 821387) or e-mail email@example.com
30 Alexander Lovie, Randolph Hill nursing Home
30 Lilian Thomson, Allan Lodge nursing Home
5 Christina fraser, Wallace View nursing Home
11 Jessie Graham, Randolph Hill nursing Home Oxfam Mother’s Day
This Mother’s Day (14 March), Oxfam is encouraging
people to send a message to the leaders of each of the
By Transference Certificate
main political parties in the UK. Their aim is to persuade the
Mr Kenneth and Mrs Anne Moncur, 43 Deanston UK Government to lead the rest of the world in addressing
Gardens, Doune - from Tarves
the preventable deaths of mothers and children.
Mrs Wendy Campbell, Killean, Kinbuck - from
enniskillen Details of this appeal, which is aimed primarily at school
Mrs elizabeth smith, 5 Drumcastle Court - from Dysart groups, can be found at:
Dr Bill and Mrs Valerie inglis, 6 Dargai Terrace
Dunblane Cathedral Magazine March 2010
Human Sexuality –
learn about the issues Leighton Library
The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has
asked all congregations to consider the issue of the The Leighton Library will be opening
ordination of homosexuals and to bring a response to the its doors to the public again at the beginning of May. We are
working group. open six days a week, from Monday to Saturday from 11.00am
Diary reminder: to 1.00pm.
The second of our three “listen and discuss” evenings will Further volunteers are required for the forthcoming session.
take place on 10 March at 7.30pm in Scottish Churches Volunteers normally work in pairs and newcomers will be
House. The ministry team will be leading a study on guided by experienced hands. A brief induction will be given.
“what the Bible really says.” it will focus on the texts that Please give consideration to joining our team and help keep
have been historically problematic as well as discussing this important part of Dunblane’s heritage alive.
the different ways to interpret and understand scripture.
Names and contact details should be given to Graeme Young,
The last meeting on 31 March at 7.30pm in Scottish Morven, Doune Road, Dunblane, FK15 9AT (tel. 822305.)
Churches House will be another listening and reflecting email: firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to
evening, led by someone from forward Together (a hearing from you.
group opposed to the ordination of homosexuals in the
church of scotland). This is to balance the first discussion
night when Affirmation scotland (a group committed to
supporting and affirming gay, lesbian, bisexual, and trans- NOTES
gendered people in the church) met with us.
A short celebration of Holy Communion will be held in the
Through these meetings, we hope to enable all to hear, think, choir after Morning Service on Sunday 28 March.
and contribute to this important discussion.
Contributions for the April edition of the Cathedral magazine
should be handed in to the Office by noon on Friday 19
March or to the editor by 5.00pm on Sunday 21 March.
Treasurers of Cathedral organisations should note that
Dumyat and Holmehill the accounts for their organisation are now due for audit.
Please contact Lawrie Hunter (tel. 841275) or Graham
Fleck (tel. 824753) to arrange for audit.
The Traditional Easter Day Early Morning Walk and ***
Service will take place on Sunday 4 April 2010. There are British Summer Time begins on Sunday 28 March when
two options: clocks go FORWARD one hour.
1. A walk up Dumyat which will leave the Cathedral ***
Square at 6.00am. The West Door of the Cathedral will be open for Morning
2. A walk up Holmehill leaving the Cathedral Square at Service from Sunday 4 April.
7.15 am. ***
Both groups will then go back to the Cathedral halls for breakfast Summer opening times for the Cathedral begin on
starting around 8.00 am. So, give your name to any member of Thursday 1 April. The Cathedral will be open Monday to
the Fellowship Committee such as David Christie (tel. 825209) Saturday 9.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 5.00pm (last
or Elizabeth Orr (tel. 824434) by Sunday 28 March and we admission). On Sundays the Cathedral opens from 2.00pm
to 5.00pm (last admission).
will keep you informed through the intimations as to the final
arrangements. A donation is requested to cover costs for the ***
food and any surplus will go to Christian Aid. The Choir would like to thank anyone who donated to their
David Christie Coffee Morning and Ceilidh. The two events raised over
£1300 between them for Choir funds.
Dunblane Cathedral Magazine March 2010
leprosy Mission Coffee Morning Guild News
Members of leprosy Mission Scotland are holding a coffee morning in Changes to forthcoming
support of the Vocational Training Centre in Bankura, India. meetings: the planned visit to
Dunblane Museum on 8 March
At the Centre, the students attend knitting and tailoring courses. The bright has been postponed until 19
news is that already forty students have returned to their communities and are April. After the visit on 19 April,
hoping to support themselves and their families as a company is purchasing there will be a shared supper
the goods they make. on-going support from the stirling in the hall.
area will provide further material required by the On 22 March at 7.30pm, there
centre. is a “Double Bill” featuring
two contrasting talks. One
The coffee morning is on saturday 27 March from is “Stained Glass Windows”
10.00am to 12.00noon in the Cathedral hall. entry and the other is “Update on
is £1.50. Thank you for your support. Likhubula.”
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
WHEN WHO WHERE WHAT
sun 7 3.00pm Arts Guild Cathedral hall open Platform – see page 3
Tues 9 7.00pm Living the Questions Cathedral hall
Wed 10 6.00pm scottish Churches House All the Way from Plough to Plate
– see page 2
7.30pm scottish Churches House Human sexuality: “What the Bible really says”.
see page 4
sat 13 10.00am Handbell Ringers Cathedral hall Craft fair
Girls’ Brigade st. Blane’s Church hall Coffee Morning – see page 2
Mon 15 2.00pm The Guild Cathedral hall DVD of Guild Annual Rally with Bring Buy
Tues 16 7.00pm Living the Questions Cathedral hall
7.00pm Cathedral Cathedral Clean Party – see page 6
sat 20 Gartmore House elders’ Conference – see page 3
Mon 22 7.30pm The Guild Cathedral hall Double Bill: Talk on stained Glass Windows
and an Update on Likhubula
Tues 23 7.30pm Management Committee Cathedral hall Meeting
Wed 24 6.00pm scottish Churches House interfaith sacred stories – see page 2
sat 27 10.00am Leprosy Mission Cathedral hall Coffee Morning – see page 4
sun 28 (after morning Boys’ Brigade Cathedral hall souper soup Lunch – see page 5
Mon 29-fri 2 Apr 7.30pm Cathedral services for Holy Week
Wed 31 7.30pm scottish Churches House Human sexuality: Discussion led by “forward
Together” – see page 4
sat 3 noon Cathedral Meditation for Holy saturday
sun 4 eAsTeR sUnDAY early Morning Walks to Dumyat and Holmehill
– see page 5