All age focus
St Blane’s is a family friendly congregation where all ages are welcomed. Families welcome each other together in their homes (making allowances for all ages) we believe Church should be no different. Therefore we want everyone, of all ages, to be part of our worshipping community. We therefore seek to have something within the service for everyone, we seeking to ensure that everyone is as comfortable as possible during worship. As part of this focus we are moving towards being recognised as a dementia-friendly church.
Children and family worker
We are excited about the number of families with children in our congregation and want to support them as much as we can. We want to ensure that the children grow up and mature in the faith and are fully integrated into all aspects of our worshipping community. We are also excited about the place we have in a community with many families.
We are therefore about to advertise for a Children and family worker who will work collaboratively with the Minister, Session and Congregation to build upon and develop ministry to and with children and families already in congregation. They will also take responsibility for researching, planning and initiating new ways of connecting with children and families in our community.
Apart from Sundays there are opportunities during the week for people to get together. e.g. The Guild (meets fortnightly), Drama Club, Coffee and a chat (meets monthly), Men’s curry night etc. see below for details as well as the what’s on calendar section for more details.
We support the Boy’s and Girl’s Brigade within the life of our church and value the enjoyment and satisfaction many of our young people know from their time in those organisations. many coffee morning supporting various organisations.
The Guild Meets fortnightly on Monday evenings at 7.30pm for a programme of activities and speakers.
The Drama Group St Blane’s drama group has been going for many years and each year puts on two well received productions. The group meeting on Tuesday evenings each week and are always open for new members to be on stage or work behind the scenes.
Boy’s Brigade (joint with Dunblane Cathedral) The Anchor Boys meets on Wednesday evenings in the Cathedral Halls. Company and Junior sections meet on Friday evenings in the same place. There is also a BB Band which continues to go from strength to strength.
Coffee and a Chat An informal group who get together on Old Churches House once a month on Wednesdays from 8pm to share a time of fellowship.
The Choir Our versatile and vibrant choir supports Sunday morning worship all year round. Practices are on Thursday evenings at 7.30pm.
Girl’s Brigade (joint with Dunblane Cathedral) Offers activities for girls aged 5-18. The GB meets on Friday evenings in St Blane’s Hall.
Morning service is at 10am. There is a Creche available as well as Sunday School for primary age and Bible Class for secondary age. Tea and Coffee served after the service in the hall. Evening service 6.30pm in the church (there are some exceptions to that). Please see the “What’s on” and “Sunday Worship - What to expect” sections for more details of these services.
Working with others
The St Blane’s family works closely with its’ sister congregation in our linkage, Lecropt Kirk (this is a congregation just outside Bridge of Allan which shares our minister). We enjoy their fellowship opportunities as well as inviting them to ours.
We also value and fully support the way that many of the churches in Dunblane work closely together we get involved with them in joint youth work opportunities and mission. We also support and participate in the Dunblane Council of Churches.
As part of our commitment to Stewardship we have three targeted charities which we support in different ways: Stirling Street Pastors, Stirling Start up and the Ekwendeni Hospital in Malawi.