Welcome to our Parish Church

The villages of Fowlis Wester, Madderty, Monzie and Gask are a grouping of rural communities who make up the Mid-Strathearn Parish.We worship in four different buildings, each set in or near the key communities of this area.As a family of Christian people we offer opportunities for regular worship and aim to serve our community through caring and involvement. Our congregational life is marked by a sense of ‘Christian family’, regular prayer, occasional social events, and meetings of various groups for all ages.

Our overarching Vision is to know, experience, and demonstrate to others God’s love as revealed in Jesus Christ, and so worship that God, serve in God’s name and reach out in God’s love to any and all.We seek to be welcoming, open, warm and friendly, and we look forward to welcoming you to any of our worship services, events or buildings. 







News
  • A thought for Sunday 31st May

    Please have a read of this weeks sermon " A thought for 31st May 2020" which has been prepared for us by Rev. Marina Brown.
    Please go to our sermons page to read.


  • Pastoral letter from our Interim Moderator

    Below is a message from Majorie Clark, our Interim Moderator. 


  • Watch the Installation of the new Moderator

    We're delighted that church members can watch the installation of Rev Dr Martin Fair as the 2020/21 Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland online this Saturday at 11am. Watch the video on our online worship & video page. You can also download his Address to the Church/Nation too..


  • Watch Heart & Soul 2020 online

    You can watch this years Heart & Soul from the safety of your home this year. Click on the heading to watch the video.


    The programme, which will run for just over two hours from 2pm via the Church website and Facebook page, features an eclectic mix of worship, music, stories and good conversation with a host of guests.People accustomed to attending the colourful event in Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh – a key part of the General Assembly, which has been cancelled due to the pandemic – will be able to watch it later at a time of their choosing.Hosted by Rev Ken Froude, Seonaid Knox and Rev Justin Taylor, the abridged event will begin with a replay of the historic online installation service for the new Moderator, Rev Dr Martin Fair, at the General Assembly Hall the previous day at 11am.


  • Regular Giving

    This pandemic has very serious impacts on all aspects of life, many of which are much more significant than money and finances. However, if you would like to continue with your regular support for Mid Strathearn Church, you could consider setting up a regular payment through your bank’s internet banking service or by creating a standing order with your bank. If this is of interest to you, please contact the Session Clark or any of the treasurers to obtain the details that you will need.


  • Praying Group

    We have now set up an online Prayer Group for Mid Strathearn Church. Anyone who wishes to join will need a smartphone to get access to the group. It has been set up by David Cameron using WhatsApp. You will need to download the WhatsApp app from the google to play store on your smart phone, and then contact David on 07775 850316 You also need to give him your own mobile number so that he can get you on as a member of the group. (Your mobile phone number will only be used to access the Prayer Group and won't be used or held for any other purposes.)

    Contact David Cameron 07775 850316  to join our group.


    We also now have Trypraying booklets in our communities.

    Trypraying is the work of a traffic planner, a shop manager, a writer, a designer, an entrepreneur, a civil engineer and others.The desire to reach out to God is basic to many, many people. Trypraying is a resource for people like that: no church connection or interest, but open to find out about God. The trypraying booklet is a 7-day prayer guide and is now being used by many to pass on to friends and family with a few words of encouragement, ‘Why don’t you try praying for a week and see what happens in your life?’If you want information about the project that has grown around this go to www.thereishope.co.uk. The idea, resources and project around this are run by a small charity registered in Scotland called There Is Hope (SC048037).


  • Easter Sunday Sermon

    Rev Marina Brown prepared worship resources for Easter Sunday. This can be found in our sermons page. Click this articles heading to go to this page.


  • Easter Prayer from Perth Presbytery Moderator

    Today we have added to our Sermons page an Easter Prayer from the Moderator of Perth Presbytery, Rev Klaus Buwert.

    We also have our Good Friday sermon and prayer from our own Worship Leaders, Ann and David.
    Rev Marina Brown prepared worship resources for both Maundy Thursday. These can be found in our sermons page. Click this articles heading to go to this page.


  • Celebrate Easter with the Church of Scotland

    As you know all our churches are closed due to the need to reduce the danger of the Conoravirus on everyone. However, you can watch a range of online sermons and resources such as the Moderators daily message.. Follow this link to find out who is doing what online. 


    Follow this link to find out all the online opportunities to keep us connected.


  • Churches Closed

    In light of yesterdays's announcements from the Prime Minister and First Minister, it is no longer appropriate or permitted to keep our churches open, even for private prayer, on Sunday mornings.  We will endeavour to have prayers and reflections on the website, for those who use the internet.  

    We are living in such strange times, but I leave you with the Moderator's words of yesterday's streamed service:   "Now is the time to stand up and show that our faith is more than words.   It is the rock on which we stand and the driving force in our lives.   We need to practice faith, hope and love and not just recite them as a creed.   With God's help, we will get through this together."


  • Facebook

    We have a church Facebook page which will allow you to find out all the news automatically if you click to become a "follower". You will get regular updates about our church and the wider church community, including the various online events taking place.

    There has never been in recent times a clearer indication that the church is about people and not church buildings!   Let the church continue to be part of your life during these challenging times by following us on Facebook.

    If you see a post please "like" and "share" to spread the word.  Click on the word Facebook above to go directly to our Facebook page.


  • We are looking for our next Minister

    We are looking for our next Minister to lead us through the next exciting chapter of Mid Strathearn Church. More information, including our Parish Profile and a short video, can be found going to our Vacancy page. If you know anyone you think would be interested in leading our rural church please let them then know about us.


  • Join Christians this Sunday 29th March

    Last Sunday, thousands of Christians across Scotland answered the call to pray at the same time in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Following positive feedback from last week's prayer initiative, a further letter has been signed by 14 Christian organisations across the country, including the Church of Scotland. The letter states: "We pray in solidarity with those across Britain and Ireland and in solidarity with those across the world who face the challenge that the Covid-19 pandemic brings."



    Rt Rev Colin Sinclair, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, said: "When so much is not normal how lovely it can be to come together at 7pm each Sunday and have a few moments in which we can pray together. "Let me encourage you to keep hope alive and join with us in prayer."

    Churches Together In England will also be continuing to pray each Sunday at 7pm and will be using the #prayersofhope to share the message on social media.

    Joint prayer from Christians in Scotland:

    We turn to you, our Father, for we need your help.
    Lord Jesus, as you have promised, be with us, whatever lies ahead,
    Strengthen us, Holy Spirit, as we face this together.

    We pray for our world and our country,
    as coronavirus threatens our lives and our livelihood, leaving many in lockdown,
    while key workers continue, despite the risk.

    We pray for government leaders at Westminster and Holyrood,
    responding to medical and scientific advice,
    making tough decisions for the wellbeing of all.

    We pray for all who serve on the frontline in the NHS and in social care;
    facing increasing numbers, overstretched resources
    and distressing human need.

    Bless those who are ill, those who are alone and afraid,
    those exhausted looking after their family, those worried for the vulnerable,
    those fearful for their finances, those shut in to their fears.

    Thank you for those who have returned from retirement to help,
    or joined the volunteer army.
    Thank you for those working:
    to manufacture needed resources,
    to find a vaccine,
    to keep in contact with the isolated,
    to encourage others at this time.

    Have mercy on us, O Lord.
    Give us faith, hope and love and hear our prayers,
    in Jesus' name.
    Amen.


  • Services cancelled

    As a result of the current Coronavirus outbreak all church services (including Easter) and church run groups in Mid Strathearn Church have been cancelled.

     
    This Sunday 22nd March anyone who wishes can visit our churches for quiet reflection/prayer time as noted below -

    Madderty Church Open - 10.00am -11.00am (elder in attendance)
    Gask Church - open all day (elder in attendance 10.00am - 11.00am)
    Fowlis Wester Church - open 10.00am - 4.00pm (elder in attendance 11.30am - 12.30am).

    It is possible to find Kirk services online by going to the Church of Scotland
    website. To find out more go to:
    https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/resources/advice-for-churches-covid-19-coronavirus

    We will post updates as necessary.

    Take care everyone and stay well.


  • Watch Antiques Roadshow this Sunday

    This Sunday (15th March) you will see John and Tim on Antiques Roadshow finding out about the McBean tartan. 


  • Latest Community Calendar

    Click to get the latest Community Calendar detailing whats on from  February 2020 onwards.


  • Thanks Nic

    Nic Beech, our Organist Co-ordinator receives a small token of our appreciation. Although unable to play as regularly as before we are pleased he will continue to be an active Elder in Mid-Strathearn Church. Below shows Nic receiving a small gift from Sheena our Session Clerk.


  • DIY Youth Group

    Our DIY Youth Group have been busy again. They recently enjoyed helping Marys Meals by co-ordinating the congregations donations for children to have in the bags. Well done Sheena, Anne, Sandy and all the young people.


  • Messy Christmas

    Thanks to all the young and old kids who came along to Messy Church in Madderty Hall on Sunday 8th December. We had almost 40 young people and another 40 adults involved during the afternoon. As well as enjoying fun and games, songs and stories, party food we had a Reverse Advert Calendar. We took the donated non-perishable foodstuff along to Crieff Foodbank to help the many families who are struggling at this time. Thanks to everyone who came along and made the day such a success.


      


  • Crossreach runners

    Well done to all our runners who took part in the 10k and Half Marathon in Auchterarder this weekend. A fantastic effort by all concerned, raising monies for Crossreach on behalf of Mid Strathearn Church. If you would like to make a donation to Crossreach by sponsoring Rhona, David or Susan please go to their Justgiving page.


  • Birthing sheets donation

    Out of old sheets and duvet covers and valances 6 of the ladies from MidStrathearn  gave their time and skill to make almost 100 birthing sheets for the Maternity boxes which Blythswood Care send abroad for mothers and children who have very little or nothing.


  • Remembrance Day Services

    Church Services for Remembrance Sunday: 
    Monzie - 10.00 am
    Madderty - 11.30 amFowlis Wester Church - 10.40am - short Act of Remembrance
    Madderty War Memorial - 3.00pm
    All Welcome.


  • Church Coffee Morning

    Thank you to all the supporters, volunteer helpers and organisers who helped to make our church coffee morning a huge success. We managed to raise almost £800 for church funds on the day. Below is a couple of pictures from the day! More will be added in the coming wee in social events page.




  • Kirk BBQ

    Thank you for everyone who came and supported our Kirk BBQ last sunday.
    We actually ran out of food as the good weather brought many people along
    to socialise at the event in Madderty Community Hall. 
      


  • Over 60 Years Service

    Recently Grace McFarlane retired from playing the organ at Gask Church 
    after 60 plus years service. We are all so thankful of her contribution over 
    the years and showed our appreciation by providing a small gift and then
    celebrating in the church hall afterwards.



  • May Parish Newsletter

    The latest church newsletter is now available. You can click on the picture to go to see the magazine online.


  • Sunday School Prizegiving

    Last sunday we held our annual Sunday School prizegiving. two of our regular children were able to attend and receive their books. Below is a picture of Anna and Katie with Bessie, Osla who prepare for Sunday School each week and Michael Benneworth.


  • Social Walk

    Thanks to all who helped and took part in our social walk event on Saturday the 25th May. Everyone had a great time walking around the Gask area and enjoying socialising afterwards. We have a few more pictures of the day on our social page. 


  • Messy Church

    Thanks to all the families and volunteers who came along to our Messy Church at Madderty Community Hall on Saturday.  We had a great day and almost 70 people of all ages took part in the event and enjoyed celebrating or first Easter event of 2019. Click on the heading to go to see more pictures on our Messy church page.


  • Updated Church Date & Venue Plan

    A revised church date and venue plan is available for you now. The church services from May to August are available for you at our Date and Venue Plan page. Click on the items heading to go straight to the page. On our 'Date and Venue' page you will also be able to download and print the information for future reference.


  • World Day of Prayer

    Thanks to The Guild who arranged a wonderful service at Madderty Church last night to celebrate World Day of Prayer. Many thanks to all who came along participated, helped and enjoyed the evening.




  • Carol Service

    Our Carol Service held at Gask Church was a great success with a many families enjoying the evening. Thank you to everybody for their generosity in  supporting the Carol Service.  There are even more gifts in the car and £163.34 was given at the service for the work of Blythswood Maternity Boxes.


  • 48 candles for 48 years an Elder

    Stewart Cameron below receiving a cake to celebrate 48 years
    service for the church. 


  • Church Guild Talk - "Time of Our Lives"

    Mid Strathearn Church Guild Meeting on Monday 19th November 2018 had a fantastic turnout to hear speakers Anna Magnusson (picture below) and Dr Joyce Deans their talk Having the "Time of Our Lives".

    Dr Joyce's memories of Laurel Bank Girls during World War 11 evacuation to Strathallan Castle and Auchterarder House, she has written a book and it will be on sale £10 and all proceeds go to two charities but no pressure to buy.This will be a very interesting talk. If you care to come along you will be made most welcome.


  • Service of Union

    On Wednesday 26th September at Gask Church a Service of Union was held by Perth Presbytery. This was to formally recognise the former churches of Fowlis Wester, Madderty, Monzie and Gask to become Mid-Strathearn, Church of Scotland. 


  • Watchnight Service

    A great turnout at our Watchnight Service. It was held in Fowlis Wester Church on 24th December which started with informal carol singing at 11.15pm with the Service following at 11.30pm. 


  • Nativity Service

    Madderty Church held their All age - Nativity and Christingle Service on Sunday 17th December at 11.30am. Click on the picture to see some of the "stars"!


  • Festival of Flowers

    Madderty Guild held a Festival of Flowers at Madderty Church last weekend. To see pictures of the event please click on the picture on heading.


Forthcoming Events
Next Services

ALL OUR CHURCH SERVICES
INCLUDING EASTER HAVE BEEN 
CANCELLED UNTILL FURTHER
NOTICE DUE TO THE
CODIV-19 VIRUS.


Every Sunday at 7pm 

Join Christians from across Scotland to Pray


Join the rest of Scotlandin prayer at 7pm
each Sunday from 29th March as we come
together at this difficult time.🙏

Click on the picture of the candle above to go
to the Church of Scotland website for more
information.

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