KILLIN AND ARDEONAIG LINKED WITH BALQUHIDDER
The parish of Killin and Ardeonaig is at the western end of Loch Tay and the adjacent parish of Balquhidder is to the south and west. Details of location and of the churches are in the Parish Profiles. The shared aspects of the ministry here are listed below.
The Manse is located in Killin, a short walk from the church and is set back from the road in a generous garden given over to grass. There is also an additional riverbank frontage with fishing rights and potential for mooring a boat. The views are splendid. It is a four bedroomed, detached house with gas central heating, a large garden and garage. The manse is in the process of being extensively renovated and made up-to-specifications with a new ensuite master bedroom, a downstairs toilet, a new kitchen with fitted appliances in a kitchen/dining room, large sitting room with wood-burning stove, and utility room. The work on the Manse is due to be completed during the autumn of 2015.
Morning service in Killin is at 10.00 am with tea and coffee after the service on all but the first Sunday of the month arranged on a rota basis.In Balquhidder Sunday morning service is at 11.30 am with refreshments afterwards every Sunday. Communion is celebrated in both churches on the first Sunday of the month and white cloth communions are on the first Sundays of June and December. Both churches celebrate Easter Sunday with white cloth communion.St Angus Day is celebrated in Balquhidder church at 6.30 pm on the Wednesday after the second Tuesday in August following local tradition. St Angus brought Christianity to the glen between 700 and 800 AD.The present arrangement for Christmas Eve Watchnight services is that the minister officiates in each church at 8.00 pm and 11.00 pm in alternate years at each church. After the service refreshments are made available in Killin but not in Balquhidder. There are currently no Christmas Day services.The distance between the two churches is 12.4 miles which can be driven in 20 minutes on a dry, quiet road, but could take 30 minutes in poor weather or caravan season. So far, there have been no problems with this arrangement.
Ministers are allowed 2 days a week free and 7 Sundays a year when pulpit supply will be sought. Flexibility is appreciated around funerals and weddings.In addition to services in church, monthly services are led by the minister for the residents of the Falls of Dochart Care Home in Killin on the second Sunday of the month.In November, the second Sunday is Remembrance Day when an act of remembrance is led by the minister at the war memorial in Killin after the service at 11.00am. A wreath is laid at the war memorial in Balquhidder at 11.30 am, followed by the service in church. A short service and wreath laying takes place at the Strathyre war memorial at3.00 pm. A representative of the church usually lays a wreath at the Lochearnhead memorial at 12.00 noon.
There is a retired Baptist minister working at Abernethy who has often taken services. There is also a list of readers and retired ministers in the Presbytery Year Book.Presbytery meets on the second Thursday of each month, except January, July and August in Stirling at 7pm. The centre of Stirling is 37.5 miles away which can be driven to in 55 minutes from the Manse on a dry, quiet road, but could take 75 minutes in poor weather or at busier times.The hospital you will need to visit is Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert which is 45.6 miles from the Manse and can take 70-85 minutes to get to, depending on the road conditions.
THE ATTRIBUTES OF OUR MINISTER
- Someone who will draw people into the church through their personal engagement with individuals.
- A Bible teacher who will open God’s word in a way that excites and engenders growth in daily Christian lives.
- Somebody who is comfortable with people, making small talk and being interested in the two parishes and their people.
- Somebody who will enjoy a ministry of being seen out and about and have conversations in the street.
In recent years the church community has grown to be a warmer and friendlier place, representing a Christian growth in fellowship, helped in part by our Community Rooms providing a pleasant space for meeting and eating. We seek a minister who will help us to grow even more like this. The same growth cannot be said of Balquhidder, although those attending church regularly do welcome minister and visitors warmly.