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News from the Scottish Episcopal Church

September 2020

Welcome to Inspires Online - the monthly electronic newsletter of the Scottish Episcopal Church. Inspires Online highlights news and events from across the Church and also includes news from organisations related to the Church.

It is good to hear from our readers so please do get in touch with us either by replying to this email or by contacting Donald Walker, Director of Communications at dwalker@scotland.anglican.org, or Aidan Strange, Digital Communications Co-ordinator at aidans@scotland.anglican.org.

Images from the Top L-R: The REv Roxanne Campbell with Bishop Andrew; Bishop John lays hands on the Rev Peter Woodifield; The Rev Gary Clink with Bishop Andrew and others, the Rev Michael Blake with Bishop Anne; the Rev Dr Jenny Holden with Bishop Anne.

Ordinations take place

Five ordinations have taken place within the Scottish Episcopal Church during September, with four to the priesthood and one to the diaconate.

First was Jenny Holden, who was ordained by Bishop Anne Dyer at St John the Evangelist, Aberdeen, on 12 September, where she continues to serve as Assistant Curate.

Next was Peter Woodifield, who was ordained by Bishop John Armes in St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh on 22 September, and continues to serve as Assistant Curate at St Peter’s Linlithgow and St Columba’s Bathgate in the Diocese of Edinburgh.

On 26 September, Michael Blake was ordained by Bishop Anne in St Andrews, Alford, and serves as Assistant Curate in St Andrews, Alford, Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney, while on the same day in the Diocese of Brechin, Roxanne Campbell was ordained by the Bishop Andrew Swift in St Ninian, Dundee and serves as Assistant Curate in St Mary Magdalene, Dundee.

Still in Dundee, the following day Gary Clink was ordained deacon by Bishop Andrew in St Paul’s Cathedral. Gary is an ordinand from St Mellitus College in London.

A further six ordinations are scheduled for early October. Full details are available here on the Ember Card.
 

Sanctus to support Synod

As previously reported in Inspires Online, The Scottish Episcopal Church will hold its first ever online General Synod later this year, following the postponement, because of the coronavirus epidemic, of the meeting originally due to have taken place in June 2020.

A virtual meeting of Synod will take place on Saturday 5 December 2020, from 9am to 4pm. Video conferencing software will be used for the online meeting, along with an online voting system, and Sanctus Media has been appointed to assist with delivery. The company is also assisting with the delivery of an online General Assembly of the Church of Scotland on the evening of Friday 2 October and all day on Saturday 3 October.

The virtual format for Synod will consist of two platforms: Zoom, and an additional facility to allow voting.

Synod members will be asked to register online in advance of the meeting and details of that will follow in due course. 

Details of advance training sessions for Synod members, to demonstrate how Synod business will be conducted, will also be made available soon.

In preparation for Synod, the formal letter convening Synod was issued this month to all Synod members and a request has been sent to all board and committee conveners to provide a short written report for inclusion in the Synod Papers.

All resolutions should be sent to the General Synod Office by Friday 23 October 2020 so that they may be considered by the Standing Committee for inclusion in the agenda for Synod. 
 

A warm WiFi welcome

Another annual fixture which has had to move online is Provincial Welcome Day, which normally sees new or recent clergy, Lay Readers and others hosted at the General Synod Office in Edinburgh.

Next year’s event is scheduled for Tuesday 23 February 2021, and will take place online, but with the usual full programme of events over the course of the day, including contributions from the Primus, Bishop Mark Strange, and Bishop Ian Paton.
 

Bishops offer thanks and support during hard time of on-going restrictions

The College of Bishops has issued a message of thanks and support, and a reminder to be kind to ourselves and gentle to each other, as we work our way through the ever-changing landscape of coronavirus restrictions.

Speaking on behalf of the College, The Rt Rev Andrew Swift, Bishop of Brechin and a member of the Advisory Group on the Re-opening of Churches, said:

“The pandemic in Scotland is still affecting every aspect of personal, community and church life.

“The College of Bishops, the Standing Committee and the Officers of the SEC remain committed to the care and support of all our church communities. We will do this in part by personal care and attention to clergy and lay leadership and in part by providing revised and ongoing guidance in relation to the pastoral and liturgical ministry of our churches. The Scottish Government’s regulations as a whole are becoming increasingly complex to follow and dealing with apparent exceptions and inconsistencies across faith and other sectors can be very frustrating when we want clear answers. This complexity is the inevitable reality of safely emerging from lockdown. Today’s re-issue of our guidance reflects the complexity of the situation: please contact your diocese for further clarification or guidance.

“A key message for us all in this hard time of ongoing lockdown: In all church life, please be kind to yourself and be gentle with one another. For you and all those who are volunteering and supporting our shared life, the pressure and stress of the ongoing pandemic, from a personal and a community view, can be immense and the ongoing timescales can feel very long.

“In these hard times, there are also areas of great encouragement in the life of the SEC. The creativity of online/remote pastoral care and worship has been and remains excellent. In the engagement and interest in online encounter with faith, there are real discipleship possibilities to learn from the experience of being unable to physically gather. And as churches have worked towards limited re-opening, the commitment and quality of the work carried out across Scotland to re-open safely has been superb. You have all worked so, so faithfully and so hard through these months. So please remember: be kind to yourselves and to each other as we continue to respond faithfully in this pandemic to God’s call to us as church communities.

“Wishing you safety and all God’s blessings.”
 


New guidance video for churches re-opening

A revised version of the guidance video which was released as a supporting resource for returning to worship in church has been produced by the Advisory Group of the Scottish Episcopal Church.

Vestries who have been given permission by their diocesan bishop are allowed to re-open their church for worship subject to certain conditions, such as a maximum attendance of 50 people and the wearing of face coverings.

The guidance video shows some of the procedures, demonstrated and narrated by the Rev Elaine Garman at St John’s, Forfar, and the Rt Rev Andrew Swift, Bishop of Brechin, that the congregation and worship leaders are required to follow during public worship.

The video has been designed as a supporting resource for Phase 3 Guidance from the Advisory Group of the Scottish Episcopal Church, rather than as a definitive guide.

You can find the video on youtube here.

The Advisory Group’s revised written guidance can be found here: 

Revised Phase 3 Guidance: https://www.scotland.anglican.org/wp-content/uploads/Revised-Phase-3-Guidance-Version-5-24.9.2020.pdf

Revised Pastoral Advice for Phase 3: https://www.scotland.anglican.org/wp-content/uploads/Revised-Pastoral-Guidelines-for-Phase-3-Version-4-24.09.20.pdf

Frequently Asked Questions for Phase 3: https://www.scotland.anglican.org/wp-content/uploads/Frequently-Asked-Questions-for-Phase-3-Version-4-24.09.20.pdf
 

Schools take part in provincial worship

As coronavirus restrictions continue to limit the opportunities for worship in our churches, the College of Bishops have committed to provincial online worship remaining in place for the foreseeable future.

Feedback from regular viewers has been noted, and the communications team is aware of how important it is maintain provision of online worship during these difficult times.

September broadcasts included participation from the Scottish Episcopal Schools for the first time.

Bishop Mark Strange led the Celebration of the Eucharist from St Andrew's Cathedral, Inverness and was assisted digitally by pupils from Scottish Episcopal Schools across the Province, who were the readers, along with Philip Schonken, Chaplain at Gordonstoun School, leading the intercessions. You can watch the service here.

Other Eucharist services were led by Bishop John from St Adrian’s in Gullane, Bishop Andrew from St Martin’s in Dundee, and Bishop Ian from St John the Baptist in Perth, while the regular Thursday services of worship came from Rev Simon Metzner in North Berwick, Rev Harriet Johnston in Bishopbriggs, the Rev Grace Redpath and the Rev Prebendary Bob King in Kelso, and Rev Dr Jenny Holden in Aberdeen.

The Feast of St Adamnan was celebrated in an additional provincial broadcast, with the Rev Joyce Watson, Resident Episcopal Priest on the Isle of Iona, leading a short service of Evening Prayer from Bishops House, Iona. The broadcast proved popular despite it appearing at short notice and in a slot where we do not carry weekly services. You can watch it here.
 

First service at pro-cathedral in Aberdeen 

The Diocese of Aberdeen & Orkney’s new pro-cathedral has hosted its first Holy Communion, following the decision to close St Andrew’s Cathedral temporarily so that the condition of the building can be assessed to discover the extent of repairs it requires. St Andrew’s is no longer fit for worship during winter in its current condition.

The congregations of St Andrew’s and St Mary’s worshipped together on Sunday 27 September, as St Mary’s in Carden Place takes on the role of pro-cathedral. The service can be watched here.
 

Festival honour for organist Michael 

Regular viewers of provincial Eucharist broadcasts on Sundays will be familiar with the wonderful music provided by Michael Bawtree, organist at St Margaret's in Newlands, Glasgow.

Michael was delighted to be in Kent recently to record one of nine new concerts for the ‘JAM on the Marsh’ virtual festival, replacing the annual two-week, multi-arts festival which was cancelled owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

JAM (the John Armitage Memorial Trust) was set up in 2000, initially to enable, promote, commission and support new music in the UK, and over the past 20 years it has commissioned a significant number of works from some of the most important composer in the UK influencing the classical music repertoire in the UK and internationally.

The closing concert, in which Michael conducted JAM’s resident orchestra the London Mozart Players, included the world premiere of Paul Mealor’s Piano Concerto, as well as Bartok’s Romanian Dances, Barber’s Adagio for Strings, Judith Bingham’s evocative JAM commission The Hythe, and Peter Aviss’s The Seafarer. You can watch the concert here.

The performance was enthusiastically received by the “Seen and Heard” review website.

Michael and Paul Mealor were interviewed on to BBC Radio 3’s drive-time show “In Tune” where they discussed Paul’s new concerto, writing for royal weddings, and music during lockdown. You can hear the interview via BBC Sounds, starting 20 minutes into the show.
 

Thirteenth Grosvenor Essay published

The thirteenth Grosvenor Essay, titled “Theology of Authority in the Ministry of the Church” was published at the start of September, and is available to download here.

The Essay, written by the Doctrine Committee of the Scottish Episcopal Church, discusses how the understanding of ‘authority’ in Christian ministry has deep roots in the New Testament and the theology of the Early Church. It explores these roots in the context of ministry, both lay and ordained, in the Scottish Episcopal Church today.

The Grosvenor Essays are a series of publications from the Scottish Episcopal Church which explore issues relevant to Christianity in the modern world.
 

Bishop Ian encourages daily Bible reading in column in The Times

Bishop Ian Paton explored the reading of the Bible in a recent column for The Times newspaper. The Scottish Government’s proposed Hate Crime Bill had led to some church leaders suggesting that such legislation could make quoting certain parts of scripture, or even just possessing a Bible, suspect in the eyes of the law.

The article is available by subscription here and can also be read in the monthly newsletter of the Diocese of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane here.
 

Media round-up

BBC Radio Scotland were very welcome guests at St Andrew’s Cathedral in Inverness this month, producing two recordings from one visit.

Two editions of New Every Sunday, the weekly worship programme, were recorded at the cathedral and broadcasted on consecutive weekends of 6 and 13 September. The Very Rev Sarah Murray, Provost of the cathedral, led the act of worship, and they can be listened to on the BBC website by clicking here and here.

In addition Bishop David Chillingworth, former Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, was the guest contributor on Good Morning Scotland’s ‘Thought for the Day’ slot on 28 September, during which he addressed the difficult situation currently facing students and universities because of coronavirus restrictions.

“The idea that there will be just one obvious and simple choice is often an illusion,” said Bishop David on the BBC Radio Scotland programme. “More often, it is a struggle to find the lesser of two evils, weighing the good and the bad on each side of the argument, and sometimes there is an argument for choosing what you hope is right, even though there is an obvious risk or cost involved.

“This decision to allow students to go to their universities feels like one of those choices.”

You can hear Bishop David’s full ‘Thought’ on the Radio Scotland website here. The item starts at the 1hr 23min mark.

Over on Radio 4, Rev Eileen Thompson, part of the Ministry Team at St John the Evangelist on Princes Street, Edinburgh, appeared on the Today programme on 24 September to discuss what churches have been doing to keep in touch with their congregations during the coronavirus pandemic.

The item was prompted by an earlier interview on Radio 4 with Dame Esther Rantzen, who urged people to stay in touch with others – particularly the elderly, those living alone, and the isolated – by calling rather than texting.

The Rev Thompson was in conversation with Rev Bob Johnston, minister at Burns & Old Parish Church in Kilsyth, about building networks of people to keep in touch with church members and talking to people more frequently than had been the case before lockdown.

“It is the telephone that really seems to bring people to a proper pastoral conversation,” said Rev Thompson, adding: “The relationships that have been made have deepened. People who were just mere acquaintances have become really good friends, and I think that will continue [after the pandemic].”

You can listen to the full item by clicking here. The segment starts at the 2:25:25 mark.

On television, the mountaineering accident suffered by Rev Dr Richard Tiplady, Director of Mixed Mode Training at the Scottish Episcopal Institute, was featured on Channel 4 production Emergency Rescue: Air, Land & Sea. The programme featured footage Richard had not seen previously, and as he himself says, it is “not for the squeamish”. In other words: blood alert. You can catch up with the dramatic rescue operation which followed Richard’s 600ft fall in the Lake District here (go to Episode 2).
 

Autumn edition of SEI Journal looks at pilgrimage

The Autumn 2020 issue of the Scottish Episcopal Institute Journal is now available, and its main theme is pilgrimage.

Two years ago, the College of Bishops of the Scottish Episcopal Church designated 2021 a Year of Provincial Pilgrimage. although the concept will now require a slight revision following the restrictions placed on our lives by coronavirus. The Rt Revd Anne Dyer, Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney, who is the lead bishop in this initiative, said at the time of the announcement: “In this designated year of pilgrimage we will be encouraging as many people as possible to make a holy journey of some kind. This can include taking part in an organised pilgrimage or spending time individually or in groups simply focusing on our own spiritual journeys.”

Whatever the effect of coronavirus restrictions on the Year of Provincial Pilgrimage, this issue of the Journal is conceived as a resource for all who consider pilgrimage in one way or another.

The Journal includes papers from a Conference at the Church of St Margaret of Scotland, Aberdeen, in September 2018, organised by the Church in Society Committee of the Scottish Episcopal Church. The aims of the Conference were to review the history of pilgrimage in the northern part of Scotland, to assess its contribution to Scottish heritage and culture, and to look ahead to how it might continue to contribute to the development and maintenance of Christianity in Scotland. To those papers — originally presented by David Atkinson, Emsley Nimmo, John MacFarlane, Stuart Little, Nick Cooke, Alasdair Coles, Richard Murray and Wendy Lloyd — this issue adds a paper by Richard Tiplady who considers the blessings of mountain pilgrimages.

The Journal hopes to continue to publish on the topic of pilgrimage in its Winter 2020 issue and throughout 2021. It also hopes, in addition to its Summer 2020 issue, to continue to be a resource regarding church, ministry and the coronavirus. To that end, this issue concludes with an article by Rafael Vilaça Epifany Costa, of the Anglican Church of Brazil, regarding online councils and new ways of church practice in these challenging times.

The Autumn 2020 edition is available here.
 

SEI newsletter highlights legacy support for student

As well as the Journal, the Scottish Episcopal Institute also published its monthly newsletter during September. It highlights a generous legacy at an Edinburgh church (St Cuthbert’s in Colinton, which will enable the SEI to support a student through training for ministry over the next five years. Rachael Wright, a second-year Mixed Mode student, is the first recipient of this grant for the next two years.

The newsletter also features the ordination of former SEI student Susan Henderson, as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the United Reformed Church. For the first three of her four years of Education for Ministry Phase 1 (EM1) formation, Susan studied at SEI, forging close bonds therein with candidates from the Scottish Episcopal Church.

Other items cover a meeting of the SEI Board of Examiners, an update on the Periodic External Review, and forthcoming opportunities for theological learning such as the annual SEI Lecture on 22 October.

The newsletter can be accessed here. Meanwhile, publication of the October edition is imminent.
 

‘Who needs churches?’ asks Rev Dr Michael Hull

Our freedom of movement was taken for granted prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, writes Rev Dr Michael Hull, Director of Studies at the Scottish Episcopal Institute. Before March 2020, we were more likely to be concerned about being locked out than locked in, never mind locked down. The initial shock of the lockdown has given way to novel thinking about space and spaces, public and private. As we saw our churches shut and now rejoice in their openings, even with restrictions — mindful that a second wave of the dreaded virus may shut them again — we may ask: What’s all the fuss about churches? Christians may pray anywhere in public; they may let spaces to gather as congregations. Is it not Jesus who says that he is in the midst of any two or three gathered in his name (Matthew 18.20)? Christians may pray anywhere in private; they may pray at home. Is it not Jesus who recommends praying alone (Matthew 6.6)? We’ve all sorts of online worship now. Who needs churches?

We do. We need churches. We Christians need churches because churches provide fixed spaces for the sacred. They don’t preclude the sacred in other spaces, but the raison d’être of churches is the worship of God. Vital as our online worship is when gathering in churches is impossible for some or all of us, online worship typically streams from churches or chapels: we naturally worship in purpose-built sacred spaces, even when our worship is virtual. For over two millennia, we’ve been erecting churches to facilitate our worship. A dozen or so years ago, archaeologists uncovered the remains of a church in Rihab (Jordan) dating from between AD 33 and 70. Christianity and its churches are coeval.

I guess that’s why slogans to the effect that the church is open, even if its buildings are closed, rang hollow from the start; and by early June, when Bristol’s statue of Edward Colston was dumped in the harbour, they began to ring false. Why are people toppling statues? Because what we human beings build for ourselves conveys meaning, because architecture speaks. Our public spaces and their adornments matter. This is particularly true of churches for they mark our faith in God in a most tangible way. 

The purpose of churches is not only to facilitate the worship of God by appealing to our senses during public prayer or to offer a consecrated space for private prayer, but to stand fast to commemorate the advent of the Christ and to stand tall as watchtowers for his coming again. Still, it’s not just Christians who need churches. Churches are testaments, witnesses, in brick and mortar, to Jesus, the world’s Saviour. Saints and sinners though we Christians may be, we perform a service to our sisters and brothers when we construct our churches. Churches are a part of our mission to proclaim Christ and to make him known to others. 

After praying at home, and often alone, we’re elated to be back in our churches. Sometimes we human beings don’t appreciate things until they’re taken from us. Coming back to our churches is not only a moment to value them, to give thanks for them and to recall our responsibility to preserve our legacy of sacred spaces, but it’s an opportunity to recapture the enthusiasm of Jacob as he built a sanctuary at Bethel exclaiming, ‘How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven’ (Genesis 28.17).
 

Provincial Youth Week makes most of online opportunity

The latest Provincial Youth Newsletter is packed with news of what young members have been up to and highlighting that two of them have joined the working group tasked with co-ordinating the Scottish Episcopal Church’s response to the climate crisis.

Caitlin Conway and Martha Spence are both Glen delegates who are passionately committed to protecting the planet, and they are looking forward to joining with the Primus, Church Relations Officer Miriam Weibye and the rest of the group on this vitally important issue.

The newsletter also features young people leading Provincial Worship with the Primus and Most Rev Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of The American Episcopal Church, the launch of the Climate Justice Campaign, support and training for young Servers, and Now What? — an online event designed to help youth workers reflect, think and dream about their youth ministry vision in a COVID-19 world.

But the main focus is on the successful hosting of Provincial Youth Week, held online for the first time. Under the themes of Worshipping Together, Eating Together, Meeting Together and Having Fun Together, the Glen 20 delegates enjoyed a fulfilling programme of events which included discussion of this year’s Heroes? theme, a murder mystery, and a scavenger hunt.

And as part of a care package which delegates received before the event, each participant was given a special mug, inscribed inside with a message of Bible-based words of encouragement as they head into the uncertainty of going back to school, start university or enter into the world of work during a pandemic.

The newsletter, which features these stories in full plus a host of great photos, can be accessed by clicking here.
 

In other news…

The sermon originally prepared by Bishop Richard Holloway, former Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, for the enthronement of Bishop Kevin Pearson in St Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow, on 4 July 2020 - postponed because of lockdown – has been published on the Diocese of Glasgow & Galloway website. It can be read here.

Also in G&G, the annual day of reflection organised by the diocesan Prayer and Spirituality group is going ahead online this year, on Saturday 10 October, between 10am and 12.30pm. Full details can be found on the diocesan website.

The Diocese of Edinburgh will not be staging a meeting of the Autumn Diocesan Synod by Zoom. Instead, the local Standing Committee intends to set up a comprehensive series of consultation meetings to give all Synod members the opportunity to discuss the 2021 budget and give feedback to the committee for a final decision.

A Reflection Group for clergy has been meeting online every Wednesday morning at 10.30am in the Diocese of St Andrews, Dunkeld & Dunblane. These meetings are now to continue once a month, and will still be reflective in nature, often on an agreed theme. Lay Readers also have regular online gatherings, organised by Lis Burke. In addition, a Drop-in for clergy has started every Wednesday morning at 8.30am, lasting for 30 minutes. The Drop-in offers a space for clergy to meet and chat informally, for sharing and support. 
 

Board & committee reports

It has not been possible to include the summary reports from the latest meetings of the Standing Committee, Administration Board and Mission Board in this edition of Inspires Online. They will appear in the October edition.

Notices

Appointments

Rev Clare Caley will be appointed Priest in Charge at St Mary the Virgin, Ullapool and the Northwest Mission Charges on 29 November 2020.

Deaths

Rev Alec Griffiths died on August 24 2020 aged 77. He served as Curate at St Ninian, Glasgow 1965-68 and then as Curate at St John the Evangelist, Greenock 1968-72. He became Rector at Holy Cross, Glasgow 1972-79. He was Vicar at St Philip, Birchencliffe, Huddersfield 1979-83. Then he served as Chaplain at Kingston Hospital, Kingston upon Thames 1983-99. He served as Assistant Priest at All Saints' Ealing Common and St Martin, West Acton 2000-10. He retired in 2010 and held a Warrant in Diocese of Glasgow & Galloway 2010-20.

Resignation

Rev Patrick O'Maoil Mheana will resign as Rector at St Paul & St John the Evangelist, Monklands, Airdrie on 20 December 2020.

Retirements

Rev Canon Allan Maclean will retire as Rector St Vincent's Chapel, Edinburgh on 22 October 2020

Rev Matthew Colin Reed will retire as Priest with Charge at St Margaret of Scotland on 30 September 2020

Ordinations

Rev Michael Blake was Ordained Priest by the Rt Rev Anne Dyer, Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney at St Andrew, Alford on 26 September 2020. He will continue his Curacy at St Andrew, Alford.

Rev Roxanne Campbell was Ordained Priest by the Rt Rev Andrew Swift, Bishop of Brechin at St Ninian, Dundee on 26 September 2020. She will continue his Curacy at St Mary Magdalene, Dundee.

Rebekah Cansdale will be Ordained Deacon by the Rt Rev Kevin Pearson, Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway at St John the Divine Cathedral, Oban on 3 October 2020. She will be appointed Curate at St John the Divine Cathedral, Oban.

Gary Clink was Ordained Deacon by the Rt Rev Andrew Swift, Bishop of Brechin at St Paul's Cathedral, Dundee on 27 September 2020. He will be appointed Assistant Curate at St Mary the Virgin, Arbroath and St Peter, Auchmithie.

Joshua Cockayne will be Ordained Deacon by the Rt Rev Ian Paton, Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane at St Andrew's, St Andrews on 4 October 2020. He will be appointed Curate at St Andrews, St Andrews.

Russell Duncan will be Ordained Deacon by the Rt Rev Dr John Armes, Bishop of Edinburgh at St Marys Cathedral Edinburgh on 4 October 2020. He will be appointed Curate at The Church of the Good Shepherd, Edinburgh.

Rev Donald Grant will be Ordained Priest by the Most Rev Mark Strange, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church and Bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness at St Andrew's Cathedral, Inverness on 3 October 2020. He will continue his curacy at St Andrew's Cathedral, Inverness.

Rev Dr Jennifer Holden was Ordained Priest by the Rt Rev Anne Dyer, Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney at St John the Evangelist Aberdeen on 12 September 2020. She will continue her Curacy at St John the Evangelist, Aberdeen. 

Rev Annie Hughes will be Ordained Priest by the Rt Rev Ian Paton, Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane at St John the Baptist, Perth on 2 October 2020. She will continue her curacy at St John the Baptist Perth.

Rev Harriet Johnston will be Ordained Priest by the Rt Rev Kevin Pearson, Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway at St James the Less, Bishopbriggs on 29 November 2020. She will continue her curacy at St James the Less, Bishopbriggs.

David Todd will be Ordained Deacon by the Rt Rev Dr John Armes, Bishop of Edinburgh at St Marys Cathedral Edinburgh on 4 October 2020. He will be appointed Curate at St Mark, Edinburgh.

Rev Peter Woodifield was Ordained Priest by the Rt Rev Dr John Armes, Bishop of Edinburgh at St Marys Cathedral Edinburgh on 22 September 2020. He will continue his Curacy at St Peter, Linlithgow and St Columba, Bathgate.

Vacancies

Vacancy: Rector, St Andrew, Callander & St Mary, Aberfoyle

Vacancy: House for Duty Priest, Saint Ninian’s Church, Glen Urquhart

Vacancy: House for Duty Priest: St Mary-the-Virgin, Stromness, Orkney

Vacancy: Christ Church, Kincardine O’Neil

Across the Dioceses


For news of activities and events across the seven dioceses of the Scottish Episcopal Church, check out the diocesan websites:

Aberdeen & Orkney aoepiscopal.scot
Argyll & The Isles www.argyll.anglican.org
Brechin www.brechin.anglican.org
Edinburgh www.edinburgh.anglican.org
Glasgow & Galloway glasgow.anglican.org
Moray, Ross & Caithness  www.morayepiscopalchurch.scot
St Andrews, Dunkeld & Dunblane www.standrews.anglican.org
 
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