Welcome to St Mungo's

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Mission Statement

Seeking to be
open and
welcoming
to all actively
growing in faith

Our Minister

On 2 June 2011, we saw the induction and ordination of our minister, Rev Sang Yoon Cha, and since then we have faced many challenges and changes.  We have had major building work done, adaptations to the inside of our building and the introduction of some different types of services. We have lost old friends and gained new.  We have weathered the pandemic which has had an impact on the number of people who attend church services in person.  The Church of Scotland is currently facing what is possibly its biggest challenge in many years with a national shortage of ministers and a move towards fewer churches.  We are now part of Perth Presbytery which covers a large part of Scotland from the former Angus Presbytery down to the former Stirling Presbytery and places in between. There are challenging times ahead but if we focus on the positives and work together – not only within our own church but also with other churches and the wider community – we will survive and grow.

 

You can read a copy of Sang’s sermon by clicking on the About Us tab above and then clicking on A Message from the Minister.  

Sunday Service

Covid restrictions have been eased and it is no longer mandatory to wear a mask in Church but, of course, you are welcome to continue to do so if it makes you feel safer.  From time to time there are Covid spikes in the local area so please be aware of this.    If you, or a member of your household, show symptoms of Covid 19 you may wish to do a lateral flow test before attending the Church service.  If the test is positive, please do not attend Church for the safety and wellbeing of others.

We look forward to welcoming as many of you as possible in church on a Sunday morning but please feel free to take any precautions which make you feel safer.

Please note that if you are unable to attend the service, it is now livestreamed on Facebook. If you do attend the service, please be aware that the back 5 pews are out of camera range if you do not wish to appear on screen.

Get Involved

There are lots of ways you can get involved in the work and life of the church, it’s not all about the Sunday service.   However if you are at Church, you may wish to volunteer to help with the after Church teas and coffees.  You could also volunteer to help with the Café as Billy is always keen to welcome new helpers.  It may be that your talents include gardening and the Church always welcomes volunteers to help in the garden behind the Church.

You could attend the events organised by the Church throughout the year.  You could join the Alloa Guild – it is open to all – and meets on a Thursday afternoon between October and March.  The Craft Group meets on a Monday afternoon in the Session House between September and June.  It may be that you would be willing to do a Bible reading on a Sunday or help with the Sunday School.  You may have ideas of your own which could add to the life of the Church so please feel free to share them with us as we move forward.

Ways to Support the Church Financially

Apart from the routine way of donating money, if you were to use “Easyfundraising” then the church benefits without it costing you any more.  Easyfundraising has links with various online stores eg Argos, Just Eat and John Lewis among others.  If you go through Easyfundraising when making a purchase – and have chosen us as your charity – a donation is made to us at no additional cost to you.

International Day of Conscience

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As we continue to see innocent people being killed in areas where there is conflict between nations and people being verbally and physically attacked because of their country of origin, it is perhaps timely to remember that in 2019 the UN passed a resolution which designated 5 April each year as the International Day of Conscience.  The resolution states that the International Day of Conscience constitutes a means of regularly mobilizing the efforts of the international community to promote peace, tolerance, inclusion, understanding and solidarity, in order to build a sustainable world of peace, solidarity and harmony.  Unfortunately, this is not happening everywhere and we are instead sometimes seeing intolerance, exclusion, misunderstanding and discord.

The theme for this year is Promoting a Culture of Peace with Love and Conscience.  We may think that there is little we can do as individuals but perhaps one way is to put ourselves in the place of the other person before saying or doing something and think “How would I feel if I was on the receiving end of this”.  Social media is increasingly being used by people of all ages and sometimes the anonymity it offers might lead someone to post something they would not say face to face.  UNESCO have produced several videos on Youtube on this theme including Social Media 4 Peace .  As it says in Mathew 22 verse 39 “Love your neighbour as yourself”.

International Day of Happiness

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In July 2012 The United Nations decided that 20 March each year should be the International Day of Happiness as it recognised the importance of happiness in people’s lives and it was felt  that if countries showed an inclusive and equitable approach to economic growth there would probably be better outcomes for all.    The UN has stated that “Happiness is a fundamental human goal” and where governments manage to maintain peace and social order, as well as managing aspects like taxation and strong public services, their citizens tend to feel happier about their lives.

It can sometimes be difficult to stay positive and happy when we are constantly hearing about the impact of wars, famine and flooding on the lives of ordinary people but we have to try.  Sometimes life does become overwhelming and seeking professional help may be the way forward or contacting organisations like The Samaritans.

The theme of this year’s day is Happier Together which seems appropriate in so many situations where there is division and strife – whether it be internationally, nationally or locally.  It sems particularly appropriate to remember this at a time of major change within the Church of Scotland when falling numbers of ministers and smaller congregations are resulting in Churches joining together.  Our own Guild has formed a union with our neighbouring Guild and members have spoken about the positive atmosphere they feel at meetings as they make new friends.

There are many small things we can do to increase our happiness.  It may be taking time to meet up with a friend, try something new, or just take time to enjoy the feeling of the warmth of the sun on a good day.  Helping others can also increase your own feeling of happiness.  You may wish to donate items for the local foodbank – we have a box in the Church porch for that – or collect for charity at a local supermarket or volunteer your time to help others.  Locally CTSI in the High Street can help you to find opportunities.  To find out more, contact Christopher by email – christopher.white@ctsi.org.uk – or phone – 01259 213840 – or just go into the CTSI office.  You might just want to take time to enjoy seeing the new leaves forming on trees and flowers coming into bloom.  Even seeing the first bee or butterfly of the season can be a sign of hope for the future.  The Action for Happiness website has lots of ideas of small actions that can be taken to make life happier and help you to spread happiness.  So please, try to Be Happy.

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St Mungo’s Rotas

Flower Rota Duty Groups
14 April M MacFarlane/J Penman Group B
21 April Miss E Ramsay Group C
28 April Group D
5 May Group A

St Mungo's News

This Sunday the service will be taken by Rev Jim Cochrane at 11.15 am.  The Order of Service can be found on the What’s On page.

We are always happy to welcome new members as well as those who have attended in the past.  The Sunday School normally meets in the church for the first part of the service before going to the Session House to take part in age-appropriate work.  All children aged 3-11 are welcome to attend.

At a recent Kirk Session meeting it was agreed that we would reinstate the use of the display boards in the Porch to highlight matters of interest in St Mungo’s and the wider community.  For the month of April the boards will give information about the work done by the Property Group.

Over the period of Lent we asked people to consider making a donation to The Gate Foodbank and we would like to thank everyone who did so.  The contributions made during that period have been handed in to The Gate.  Your contributions make a difference to those who are finding it difficult to make ends meet in difficult financial times and donations can always be put in the box in the Church porch.

The Guild is collecting supplies for Ecwendeni Mission Hospital and donations can be put in the box in the porch.  Full details can be found there but even small items like plasters and bandages will be useful.  Donations must be in original packaging.  We are also taking part in the Church of Scotland stamp appeal and used postage stamps can be left in the porch.

Volunteers to help with the after-Church teas and coffees are always welcome.

If you know of anyone who has moved, is ill, in hospital, passed away or gone into residential care, please let either your elder or Andrena know so that we can keep our information up to date.

Current Events

Recent news from the wider Church

Thy Kingdom Come prayer initiative

The Moderator is encouraging members to join the Thy Kingdom Come prayer initiative which runs from Ascension Day to Pentecost Sunday (Thursday 8 May – Sunday 19 May).  This is an international ecumenical movement which was started in 2016.  An integral part of Thy Kingdom Come is the provision of a Prayer Journal and this year, for the first time, there will be a digital Scottish Prayer Journal featuring voices from across the Scottish church.

Two ministers to run London Marathon for charity

They will run the London Marathon on Sunday 21 April in aid of initiatives local to their areas.  One of the ministers is Rev Barry Hughes of St Mark’s in Stirling who will raise money for children’s and family activities in his parish.

Scottish churches will raise funds for Christian Aid

Christian Aid week this year takes place from 12 – 18 May 2024 and the focus this year will be on raising funds for Burundi which is one of the most densely populated and poorest countries in Africa.  It is a country which is heavily reliant on agriculture and has suffered from the effects of climate change, including droughts, floods and landslides. The global cost of living crisis has made things worse and it is estimated that more than 70 per cent of the population live in poverty and more than half of children are chronically malnourished.

Street Pastors

Street Pastors operate in Perth and Stirling which are focal points for rural communities in a large part of the presbytery area.  They are part of the church’s response to the needs of the streets, seeking in the name of Jesus to “listen, help and care”.  They offer to take anyone interested out as an observer, which would help people consider if God is calling them to be a Street Pastor.

For more information contact

stirling@streetpastors.org.uk

Grasping The Nettle Newsletter

Grasping the nettle is a movement which started about 10 years ago by church leaders in Scotland to promote dialogue within the church and society at large about belief in God, especially in relation to science.  They have had regular discussion groups and Grasping the Nettle believes that it is important to have respectful conversations with a variety of scientific experts where they are listened to and can be learned from. Grasping the Nettle are clear that science and religion complement one another and want to encourage as wide a dialogue as possible.  Please have a look at the latest newsletter from Grasping the Nettle.

Presbytery of Perth Online Presence

The Communications Officer has started up a brand-new Instagram page.  The aim is to share pictures and stories from across the presbytery.  Over the next few months Ruth will be doing features on parishes across the presbytery with 30 second videos where ministers introduce their parish.  The Presbytery also produces a weekly newsletter which can be accessed on the Perth Presbytery website.

Dunblane Cathedral Lecture Series on Conflict and Reconciliation

The following lectures will take place in Dunblane Cathedral halls and tea and coffee will be served after each talk.  Everyone is welcome and entry is free.

21 April 3pm Talk by Rt Hon Lord Robertson of Port Ellen – Conflict and Reconciliation.

Classics at Kippen Concert, Saturday 4 May at 7.30 pm

Kathleen McKellar Ferguson presents a concert of voice, piano, and clarinet by students of The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland at Kippen Parish Church (FK8  3DT).  Tickets available via www.classicsatkippen.co.uk (£20 for adults, £15 concession, under 16s free).  Refreshments served at interval.  Proceeds in aid of Diabetes UK.

Earn Singers Concert

A concert given by the Earn Singers and friends is to be held in Kinross Parish Church on Friday 26th April at 7.30 pm.  The concert is in aid of Guild funds and projects.  Tickets are £10 each and include refreshments.  They can be bought at the door or reserved through the office (phone 01577 862570 10 – 12 except Wed).

The Gethsemane Window

This is one of the lovely stained glass windows in St Mungo’s and depicts the arrest of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane and is based on the one in Dunfermline Abbey at the request of James Brown JP who had the window installed in memory of his wife.  The bottom part of the window shows Jesus receiving communion from an angel while his disciples sleep and those coming to arrest him are arriving.  However, if we look at the top of the window, we can see the Greek letters for Alpha and Omega which reflects the phrase “I am the beginning and the end”.  We also have 4 figures.  One holds a crown of thorns, one a heart, one an anchor and the fourth one a cross.  These can be taken to depict aspects of Christ and the crucifixion and what Jesus means to people.  If you see the window in the evening the halos seem to glow.

St Mungo’s Community Café

The café is normally open on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday each week between 10 and 4.   The new Spring/Summer menu is now available and a copy of this menu can be found by clicking on the Newsletter tab above.

Booking is advised for afternoon tea.  Please phone Billy to book a table  on his mobile, 07395 091107.

How can you support the Church?

The Church is open for the Sunday service, and the work of the church is continuing.  This means that there are still expenses to be covered so please help if you can. You can either fill your envelope each week ready for when you are able to join us for the Church service again or if you would like to set up a Standing Order or give a donation please get in touch using the email address connect@alloastmungos.org or contact our Treasurer, Scott Maxwell (07711148762), and he will be happy to give you more information.  If you are a taxpayer, you may wish to Gift Aid your donations which will increase the amount of money the Church receives at no extra cost to you.  Forms are available from Scott Maxwell or Ann Anderson.

To find out about the ways in which you can support the Church – financially and otherwise – please click on the Support Us tab above.