The Diocese of St Andrews will be hosting a tent again at the Scottish Game Fair on Saturday.

It is a place where people are welcome to drop in, to take the weight off their feet, shelter from the rain, have a chat and contribute to our ’Trees for Life’ project.

We are bringing bare branches to tie round the inside of the tent, which we want to transform into living branches, by sticking on paper blossom and paper leaves.  We’re doing that as a way of remembering people who suffer from mental ill-health in our communities, known and unknown.

So we invite visitors to come along and take part: materials are provided free.

There will also be little trees to take away free, leaflets about therapeutic horticultural communities, lego and craft materials and books to entertain children.

The Very Revd  Hunter Farquharson  and Kate Sainsbury are offering a service of thanksgiving for our animals – a Pet Service – in the Main Ring at 8.45 on Sunday morning, followed by an invitation to breakfast in the Game and Wildlife Conservancy Trust enclosure for all present.  The service will be broadcast throughout the show ground.

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Bishop of Calcutta visits the Diocese

The Bishop of Calcutta, Church of North India, The Rt Revd Ashoke Biswas and his chaplain The Revd Paritosh Canning are visiting the Diocese for a week’s visit.

 

 

Members of the Overseas Group shared dinner at the Everest Inn, Perth to welcome the arrival of Bishop Ashoke Biswas and Revd Paritosh Canning from our Companion Diocese of Calcutta.

 

 

Bishop Ashoke attended the Retirement  Service for Bishop David on Sunday evening and gave a short address at the end of the service.

 

The following day they visited the Alexander Duff Memorial in Pitlochy and Holy Trinity Church.

The Revd Alexander Duff was a Christian missionary in India and played a large part in the development of higher education.  He founded the General Assembly’s Institution in Calcutta which is now known as the Scottish Church College.

The Duff Church in Kolkata was named in 1910 in memory of Alexander Duff.

 

 

He has visited St John’s Perth and also dropped into the Buggy Club in their hall.  He has also visited Scotland’s  Jute Museum at Verdant Works  in Dundee.

Bishop Ashoke and Paritosh leave the Diocese on Friday to travel down to visit the Diocese of Derby with whom they are also linked.

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Farewell Eucharist for Bishop David

Several hundred people from across the Diocese and the wider Scottish Episcopal Church together with Clergy, Lay Readers and invited guests attended a Farewell Eucharist for The Most Revd David Chillingworth, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church and Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld & Dunblane.

Among the invited guests were The Lord Lieutenant of Perth and Kinross, Brigadier Mel Jamieson, The Provost of Perth and Kinross Denis Melloy, John Swinney MSP, The Rt Revd Ashoke Biswas – Bishop of the Diocese of Calcutta, our companion Diocese and family members and friends of the Bishop.

 

The Bishop and the Canons of the Cathedral

prepare to process into the Cathedral

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Thirty Glenalmond pupils completed the course of preparation for Confirmation and 26 were Confirmed at Glenalmond.The other four are to be Confirmed later.

The Most Revd David Chillingworth, Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church presided and preached at the service, and Mr Russell Mann, Elder and Session Clerk of Methven Kirk, welcomed candidates into membership of the Church of Scotland.

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In the hurly-burly of the Scottish Game Fair – in life itself – would you like a quiet space for reflection, a place where somebody will listen to your story, or a place to enjoy quality time with your children in story-telling and craft activities?

You can find an opportunity for both in our tent, where you will be welcomed by contemporary Scottish people of faith, who recognise the importance of relationships, of noticing ourselves surrounded by Nature and who are trained to listen.

We are offering pet blessings and on our walls are exhibiting school pupils’ artwork from Killin Primary in Western Perthshire and RDM Primary in Scone.

If you are attending the Scottish Game Fair which is held at Scone Palace from  30th June to 2nd July come and find us. We are situated close to Falconry Mews and Activity Row.

 

 

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Thanks to a joint grant of £191,200 awarded to St Mary’s Episcopal Church, Kirriemuir by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Environment Scotland, work has begun to conserve Kirriemuir’s only A-listed building on West Hillbank.

The overall project will cost around £250,000 and is made possible by a legacy from from a member of the congregation as well as generous grants from the Dalrymple Donaldson Fund, Scottish Churches Trust, All Churches Trust,Alan Evans Memorial Trust, and local fundraising.

The project will involve urgent roof and masonry repairs as well as internal work to restore the building to its former glory as intended by architect Sir Ninian Comper. St Mary’s is an early example of the work of this renowned church architect. In Britain, Comper’s work can be seen as far apart as Westminster Abbey in the south and Shetland in the north where he produced windows for St. Magnus Episcopal Church. Despite Comper’s prolific ecclesiastical involvement, the church is one of only four he built in Scotland.  As many local folk may know, the church also has associations with playwright and novelist, Sir James M Barrie, providing the venue for his funeral in 1937.
As well as important building repairs which include essential structural strengthening of the impressive West Tower, during the project St Mary’s will take the opportunity to introduce local young people to traditional masonry skills. A brochure is also being designed to document the history of the church building.

Commenting on the work, Revd Canon Dr Robert Harley, Rector of St Mary’s said:  “I am delighted that we have been able to start this project after several years of preparatory work by the Vestry and church members.  These are vital repairs and we are pleased that with the expertise of a dedicated team of specialists our beautiful church can be preserved for the future generations of  Kirriemuir and surrounding areas.”

Responding to the news the Most Reverend David Chillingworth,Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, commented:
“I am delighted to hear the news of this grant which will help us to  restore and sustain St Mary’s. This is one of the most beautifully and architecturally significant churches in our diocese. The congregation and the wider church are determined to ensure that it continues to be at the heart of the community as a place of prayer restore and sustain St Mary’s. This is one of the most beautifully and architecturally significant churches in our diocese. The congregation and the wider church are determined to ensure that it continues to be at the heart of the community as a place of prayer – and of welcome and mission. We welcome this support which will help us to sustain it for the future.”

It is hoped that the work will be completed by September 2017, in time for a Re-dedication and Thanksgiving service at the Harvest Festival on 15 October 2017.

 

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Towards the end of June, Niall Brown,  co-principal cellist of the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, will performing concerts in Pitlochry, Perth and Dunblane to raise funds for projects supported by the Diocesan Kolkata Link.

Niall, who is originally from Aberdeenshire,  combines his position at the orchestra with his teaching at the Conservatoire du Nord, Luxembourg,  his many chamber music performances including with his pianist wife, Isabelle Trüb, and his position as Artistic Director of the festival Automne Musical d’Ollon in Switzerland. His programme will  consist of two J. S. Bach suites, the G major and the C major, and a suite composed by  the early twentieth-century Catalan composer, Gaspar Cassado.

The purpose of the three concerts is to  raise money for projects run by the the Anglican diocese of  Calcutta which are supported by the Diocese of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane. Niall will be giving an afternoon concert at Holy Trinity  Church, Pitlochry at 2.30 p.m. on Thursday 22nd June followed by a strawberry tea,  a lunchtime concert at Dunblane Cathedral at 12.30 p.m. on Friday 23rd June with a soup lunch from 11.45, and an evening concert at 7.30 p.m. on 23rd June at St John’s church, Princes Street, Perth.  There will be a retiring collection  at all three concerts.

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It’s only just over a week now till the Gathering. There will be a huge crowd in the Cathedral from all over the diocese. We will share in lots of ‘hands-on’ activities, led by John Bell of the Iona Community, and all share in a huge ‘bring and share’ lunch as well as worshipping together. It’s going to be a great day!

 

 

 

 

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Canon Bob Harley, Rector of St Mary’s, Kirriemuir recently visited the Dr Graham’s Homes, Kalimpong, a Boarding School mainly for under-privileged children from Kolkata situated in the Himalayas, as part of a McCabe’s Pilgrimage.

The Diocese is linked with the Diocese of Calcutta so Bob spent time with friends from the Kolkata.  The tour started in Kolkata with an introductory talk on the Homes by Bernard Brookes, a former Headmaster and Principal.  After a couple of days in Darjeeling the Group arrived in Kalimpong and on the Sunday all the clergy in the Group participated in the School’s Sunday worship when Bob read out a letter of support from the Most Revd David Chillingworth, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church and Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld & Dunblane.

Following the visit to the school the Group spent some time sightseeing in Delhi and Agra including a visit tot he Taj Mahal.

Dr Graham’s legacy, begun in 1900,  continues to provide education, shelter and a safe passage through adolescence for Indian children.

For more information on the visit please go to Dr Graham’s Homes Visit 2017

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The Gathering 2017

The date for the Diocesan Gathering is fast approaching and copies of the booking form and Gathering brochure are now available in Casting the Net:  The Gathering along with a Perth parking guide. A lot of interest has already been expressed in this year’s programme, including the workshops led by John Bell and Jo Love of the Iona Community and Wild Goose Resource Group.  We hope that as many people as possible will be able to share in the day.

 

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