Mary’s Scottish Episcopal Church Historical Section
Leader: Peter Joynson
The following article a was found in the Diocesan Archives concerning the dedication of St Mary’s Scottish Episcopal
Church in Aberfoyle.
This charming little village, lying under the shadow
of Creag Mhor, is in a fair way to be offering a new attraction and interest to the many members of our Church who so greatly
frequent all the loveliest spots in Scotland during the summer months.
The Rector of St Andrew’s Callander, under whose charge the Aberfoyle district is, has for many
years sought for a suitable site, and though an opposing influence long thwarted this purpose, at last in the goodness
of God's mercy prayers and efforts have opened an effectual door.
On Friday last under favouring skies, and with a large and interested gathering of people, the chief
cornerstone of a new church, from a design by Mr G.A Millar, architect, Glasgow, was laid by Mrs Wiliam Kennedy, of Aberfoyle,
whose husband had been chiefly instrumental in removing the difficulties in the way and securing the excellent site, which
was well worth waiting for.
eight years ago the mission was commenced amongst the quarriers at the slate quarries in the hills above the Clachan of Aberfoyle
by the Rev. T.W.Hunter, of Callander, and his work had so prospered that it grew on the minds of all at the mission that they
ought to have a place where God’s Name and Honour might rest.
In these days when it is recognised that foundations to be strong must be laid upon the hearts and
desires of the people; it is of interest to note that the impulse to build this church has come from the men who work
in the quarries.
The day suggested
to the Rector, as he mentioned in his very appropriate address, that when the church is dedicated it should be called the
Church of St Mary.
The time arranged
for the ceremony of placing the stone was made as late as possible, 7.15 p.m., to enable the men to be present after their
work. Punctually a little procession issued from Mr Kennedy's house, hard by the site of the rising building, which consisted
of the Rector, the Rev. H.J. Williams, Mr and Mrs Kennedy and other friends. A suitable service prepared by the Bishop
was said by the rector , who gave a short address on the meaning of some of the symbols in a church, especially observing
that the corner-stone was the symbol of Christ ,the strength and unifying principle of the Church, the Body of Christ.
He said that the Bishop had deputed
Mrs Kennedy to lay firmly and surely this stone. Mrs Kennedy stepped forward and placing the stone in position, said
in a gentle and reverent voice the appointed words. The trowel with which the mortar was spread had been long in use
by the foreman of the works: owing to it being chiefly a working men’s church Mrs Kennedy did not feel justified in
receiving a silver trowel, but chose the plain instrument which had already been much used in building up the church to its
present condition. A silver plaque added to it will be a happy memorial of “a day of small things” in which
this kind lady took her part.
is much hoped that the church will be ready for Divine service next March, and great efforts are being made that it
will be entirely free from debt by that time.
These steady advances of the old Church of the country mark the slow but sure deepening of that “thin red line”
of the Church and of the Apostolic Faith and Order which already stretches its Gospel net from the Tweed to the utmost boundaries
of the north.
It only remains to
add that the inscription on the stone, which was composed and arranged by the Rev. J. H. Skrine, Warden of Glenalmond is as