Eco Congregation Scotland Silver Award – St John the Baptist Perth


We are delighted to announce that St John the Baptist Perth has been awarded an Eco- Congregation Scotland Silver Award in recognition of their work and commitment to caring for creation. Eco-Congregation Scotland is a movement of Scottish church congregations, of all denominations and none, committed to addressing environmental issues through their life and mission. (Please see our website or appendix one of this press release for more details about our vision, values and mission.)

For further information please click the link below:

Eco Congregation Scotland Silver Award

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We will be celebrating the feast of Candlemas with a Diocesan Evensong in Perth Cathedral, at 3pm on Sunday 4th February.

We will be joined at this service by Bishop Marinez Bassotto from the diocese of Amazonia. Bishop Marinez and Bishop Ian will reflect on the life and work of their respective dioceses, and an Honorary Canon will be licensed and installed.

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There was a buzz of excitement this week as Revd Aaron Moffat-Jackman was instituted as Rector of the newly-linked charges of St Saviour’s, Bridge of Allan, and St Modoc’s, Doune. The church of St Saviour’s was packed for Aaron’s institution, which was attended by ministers from around our own diocese, other dioceses and other denominations. It was followed by an opportunity for all to mingle and meet as refreshments were served.
We extend a warm welcome to Aaron as he begins a new ministry among us.
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Please pray for the Revd Aaron Moffatt-Jackman and his family, as he is instituted as Rector of St Saviour, Bridge of Allan and St Modoc, Doune. The event shall be held at St Saviour’s Church, Bridge of Allan at 6pm on the 18th January. Refreshments will be provided at the end of the service.  Clergy are invited to robe (alb and white stole) and lay readers also.


Please pray also for the Revd Sarah Miller as she is instituted as Rector of St James, Cupar and St Mary, Ladybank.  The service will be held at St James the Great, Cupar at 7.00pm on the 31st January. Refreshments will be provided at the end of the service.

Clergy and lay readers are invited to robe (alb and green stole) and lay readers also. There is not room to robe at the church itself, but robing can be done at the Corn Exchange Hall roughly 60 yards from the church.

If you wish to attend please notify Holly Scott, Bishop’s Secretary

T: 01738 443173   I   M: 07485927984


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We joined with the Presbytery of Fife recently to celebrate the beginning of a new ministry in Newburgh and Lindores, where the Revd Valerie Walker was commissioned as a Pioneer Ecumenical Community Chaplain.

Bishop Ian wrote:
I am so very sorry that ill health has prevented me from being present this evening. I am grateful to the Dean of our Diocese, the Very Revd Graham Taylor, for his willingness to stand in for me, and to the Moderator, Jim Reid, and the Clerk, David Coulter, for all their work to make this Commissioning possible.
This is such an important day for our two Churches, for the Diocese and Presbytery and for the Church in Newburgh and Lindores. After the St Andrew declaration committed us to work more closely together in service to the Gospel in our communities, Valerie’s Commissioning this evening, as Pioneer Ecumenical Community Chaplain, is sponsored by both the Presbytery and the Diocese. As a Scottish Episcopal ordained priest, Valerie will now be able to share her ministry of Word and Sacrament with the congregations in her care, and to serve the whole Church in Newburgh and Lindores.
I pray for Valerie’s new ministry that begins this evening, for her congregations and communities, and for the continuing partnership of the Diocese and Presbytery over many years to come, and in many other places in Fife.
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Winning Entry from Hannah Buxel

Winning Entry from Joanna Drage

Many congratulations to Hannah Buxel from St Mary’s Dunblane and to Joanna Drage from St Andrew’s St Andrews, joint winners of the Diocesan Youth Committee Competition to design an image for a Christmas e-card. Both girls will receive a £50 voucher of their choice.

Hannah’s entry will be used as the office Diocesan Christmas card and Joanna’s entry will be used on Diocesan social media over the Christmas period.

Thank you to both girls for entering, and well done!

Christine Fraser, Convenor

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The Coming of the Christ

As we observe Advent and Christmas in the twenty-first century, it is worth reviewing a first-century Christian take on the coming of the Christ by rereading some of Christianity’s oldest texts, particularly the Gospels. If we lament Christianity’s waning in a post-Christian age, it is worth asking what Christians projected in a pre-Christian age.

What did our forebears in the faith think about the coming of the Christ before the disciples were called ‘Christians’ (Acts 11.26)?

This Series considers this question in three parts. First, what Jesus means when he says that he has come down to earth from heaven (Jn 6.38). On the one hand, the coming of the Christ had been anticipated in Judaism for centuries; on the other hand, the first Christians had to interpret the Old Testament to read the signs of their times. Second, Jesus tells us he came to save the world (Jn 3.17). The coming of the Christ, in what St Paul calls ‘the fullness of time’ (Gal. 4.4–7), inaugurates a series of events yet unfinished until the Christ comes again ‘that God may be all in all’ (1 Cor. 15.28). Third, Simeon prophesies bewilderingly about the Christ child. Whilst Simeon rejoices in the salvation wrought in the Christ, who is ‘revelation for the Gentiles’ and ‘glory for Israel’, he discloses that the baby Jesus is ‘a sign of contradiction’ (Lk. 2.25–36).

The Series is offered on the Mondays of Advent 2023 at 7pm (GMT) on YouTube as a resource for individuals or groups to use creatively during the Season of Advent.

Presenter: Rev Prof Michael Hull, Principal and Pantonian Professor of Divinity, Scottish Episcopal Institute.

  1. The Christ: God come down to earth(Monday 4 December 2023)
  2. The Christ: God come to save us (Monday 11 December 2023)
  3. The Christ: A sign of contradiction (Monday 18 December 2023)

The Series is free and open to all. Register here. Or get the links directly from Mike at

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Rector of St James, Cupar and St Mary, Ladybank

The Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane is very pleased to announce the appointment of the Revd Sarah Miller as Rector of the charge of St James, Cupar and St Mary, Ladybank. The service of Institution will take place later this year, and an announcement about the date will be made shortly. Sarah will be warmly welcomed to her new ministry by the congregation to St James’ and St Mary’s, and to her new home in Cupar.

Sarah was ordained in the Diocese of Norwich, and has served in a number of parishes, in Norfolk, Manchester, Gloucestershire, and Newcastle, and most recently assisting in the Diocese of Edinburgh while engaging in further academic studies. Sarah will be very welcome as she joins us in the Diocese of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane.





Message from Revd Sarah Miller

I am delighted to have been appointed Rector of St James’ and St Mary’s and look forward to working with you in Cupar and Ladybank.

I have been a parish priest in the Church of England for most of my previous ministry in Manchester, Tewkesbury and Newcastle-upon-Tyne.  Since leaving my last post, I have been on a volunteer placement in India, studied at New College, Edinburgh for a Master of Theology degree and had a time of discernment with a religious community in Oxford, the Sisters of the Love of God at Fairacres.  I now look forward to bringing the enrichment of all these experiences to ministry at St James’ and St Mary’s.

I have loved Fife since early student days in St Andrews and have enjoyed getting to know the Scottish Episcopal Church.  It will be wonderful to return to Scotland and serve in the Diocese of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane.

I look forward so much to meeting you all and sharing in ministry with you.

With warm greetings


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It is a pleasure to welcome Ian Boa as Office Administrator and PVG Co-Ordinator at the Diocesan Office. Ian brings a wealth of Church and administrative experience, and is a very welcome addition to the Diocesan Team. Thank you to Eleanor and Holly and to Brendan Grimley, for keeping things going during the vacancy.

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