New Provost of St Ninian’s Episcopal Cathedral, Perth

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The Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane is very pleased to announce the appointment of the Revd Dr Stephen Holmes as Provost of St Ninian’s Cathedral, Perth, in succession to the Very Revd Hunter Farquharson, who retired in July 2023.

 

Stephen is currently serving as Rector of Holy Cross, Davidson’s Mains and St Salvador’s, Stenhouse in the Diocese of Edinburgh, having previously served as a parish priest in Cornwall, Associate Rector of St John’s, Princes St, Edinburgh, and Assistant Priest of Old St Paul’s with St Margaret’s, Edinburgh. It is hoped that Stephen’s Institution and Installation as Provost of St Ninian’s Cathedral will take place in mid-September.

 

Sending his greetings to the Cathedral congregation and the Diocese, Stephen writes,

“I am delighted to be appointed as Provost of St Ninian’s Cathedral and look forward to moving to Perth with my family and getting to know the congregation, city and diocese. We have received a great welcome at St Ninian’s on past visits to Perthshire and I look forward to working with the Vestry and Bishop Ian to develop the Cathedral’s unique heritage as a centre of Christian mission and culture.”

 

Bishop Ian writes, “Stephen’s appointment marks an exciting new chapter for St Ninian’s. I am looking forward very much indeed to welcoming him and Izzie, with Bess and Mary (born at the end of May), and to working with Stephen as a colleague in ministry to the Cathedral, the Diocese and the City of Perth.”

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Revd Aaron Moffat-Jackman, Rector of St Saviour’s, Bridge of Allan and St Modoc’s, Doune, will be offering a Pause for Thought on BBC Radio 2 for four Sundays.  These will start on Father’s Day, 16th June, at 2 am. Each episode is available digitally as an archive, and Revd Aaron is happy to share those links when they’re posted.

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Thank you to St Peter’s Episcopal Church, Kirkcaldy for hosting the first Diocesan PVG Co-ordinators training day.
The training day was delivered by John Wylie the Head of Safeguarding for the Scottish Episcopal Church.
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THANK YOU

Thank you to clergy who are leaving the Diocese:

The Revd Dean Norby – is retiring in August as Rector of the All Souls Group of churches in
south Fife. I thank Dean for all he has done in this Diocese, and wish him and Elizabeth the
happiest of retirements.

The Revd Chris Lowdon – is moving this week from St James, Dollar, to new ministry in the
Diocese of St Albans in England. I thank Chris for his ministry at St James, and his work for
the SEC in the Canons Committee, and wish him and Tracey a happy move to their new
home.

Bishop Ian

 

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WELCOME

Welcome to clergy who are taking up new roles in the Diocese:

The Rev Paul Singh – is coming as Rector of the new linked charge of St John’s, Forfar and St
Mary’s Kirriemuir. Paul will be instituted on Thursday 4th July at 6.30pm, place to be confirmed.
Paul and his family will be joining us from the Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway, and they
are very welcome.

 

The Revd David Gordon – is coming as Priest-in-Charge of St Michael’s, Elie and St John’s,
Pittenweem. David will be licensed on Thursday 1st August at 7pm in St Michael’s, Elie.
David and his family will be joining us from the Diocese of Brechin, and they also are very
welcome.

Please pray for Paul and David as they prepare for their new ministries, and for their families
moving to a new home. And, especially if they will be part of your Area Council, I encourage
all clergy and lay readers to come to the Institution or Licensing.

Bishop Ian

 

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As I reported at Synod in March, St Columba’s Church, Stanley is being renewed and refurbished in preparation for the Diocesan curacy which will start there at the end of September. I hope that a service of Re-Dedication will take place on the anniversary of St Columba’s original dedication in 1898, 18th August. I will confirm this nearer the time.

As I reported, St Columba’s has no reserves or funds of its own, and the renewal is being funded by Provincial and other grants and by the Diocese. But some more support is needed.  I am asking every congregation to consider making a financial donation to the Diocese for St
Columba’s. Whether your charge can afford £500.00 or £25.00, your gift will help us to re-open the church for worship and begin to serve the growing community with a growing church.  Some congregations might prefer to give towards something tangible. St Columba’s needs 30
new chairs, which cost £110.00 each. Would your Vestry give the cost of one chair, or a number of chairs?

Thank you very much to those charges that have already contributed. If yours has not yet considered it, please use the link below to inform them and your congregation, and send your donation as soon as you can, by Bank transfer to: Diocese of St Andrews
(SC017654 )Sort Code: 82-68-31, Account No: 00187750
using the Reference ‘Stanley 2024’.

Appeal for St Columba’s Stanley 2024

Bishop Ian

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I would like to thank you and everyone in your congregation for the overwhelmingly generous response to the Bishop’s Lent Appeal for the
Nari Dana ‘Ray of Hope’ project in Kolkata. The total raise so far is over £9,000, and there are some charges still intending to send their
contributions. Thank you, for this wonderful gift to women in Kolkata, and for the many lives that will be changed by your giving. Please pray for Nari Dana (“women’s wings” in Bengali) for the staff, volunteers, and the women whose lives are being transformed.

Bishop Ian

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