On Sunday 21st April 2024 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Stirling, the Rev Ian Boa was ordained into the Order of the Priesthood by Bishop Ian.
After the service there was the opportunity to enjoy an afternoon tea in the Church Hall.
                 
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In the heart of Holy Week there was an important re-dedication of ministry in our diocese. At the Chrism Mass in St Ninian’s Cathedral on Maundy Thursday the Oil of Chrism (for Baptism) and the Oil of Healing (for the Sacrament of Healing) were consecrated, the clergy re-affirmed the promises of their Ordination, and Lay Readers re-affirmed the commitment made at their Licensing.

 

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This Easter Holy Trinity welcomes ‘The Lord’s Supper’ a visual expression of the inclusivity of God’s welcome for all people, no matter who they maybe. The image contains an  infinite variety  of people of all ages, races and conditions, so it is a symbol of how we as a church acknowledge that God’s love is for all without exception. The painting represents that solidarity and encourages us all (whatever we believe) to embrace our humanity and to embrace the humanity of all people. All are Welcome to the unveiling on Thursday 28th March at 1.00pm followed by Prayers for Peace in the Holy Land in the church.

The painting has been created for us by local artist Myette Godwyn and with the  help and support of Pitlochry Festival Theatre represents that solidarity and encourages us all (whatever we believe) to embrace our humanity and to embrace the humanity of all people regardless of religion, sexuality, gender, race, and ability and to embrace the whole of created order.

Myette writes: This is my interpretation of a modern-day version of the ‘Last Supper’ –

welcoming all to the Lord’s table, and took inspiration from Leonardo da Vinci’s

painting, in that he interpreted it for his Renaissance times and painted people

he knew.  Something very important to me, as a devout Christian, is that Jesus Christ welcomes all – he never judged or turned anyone away when he walked the Earth but challenged hypocrisy and fake religion. I am now a visual artist, theatre maker, playwright (member of the Scottish Society of Playwrights), director, and actor. Both my drama school principal tutors were Quakers and I used to stay at the Quaker meeting house when I performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. One thing that struck me and has always stayed with me since is their core value of ‘that of God in everyone”. All people can have a connection with God. All people are valuable and should be treated with love and respect.’ 

It has been a pleasure to work with Myette and The Festival Theatre to create, this image of love, diversity and inclusivity.

The Painting is on display in the Churchyard until 4th April and can be available for anyone in the Diocese to display and use at any time.

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The 25th march 2024 marked the end of the Warm Welcome initiative for this winter season.
A celebration lunch was on for offer today and all our volunteers who have welcomed people, made lunches and refreshments were recognised for all their efforts over the last 5 months.
Each volunteer present was presented with a certificate by the Community Learning and Development Worker for Perth City, Sue Holland-Smith, from the Community Learning & Development Team from Perth and Kinross Council who funded our warm welcome initiative.
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On the evening of 24th March 2024 at St Margaret’s Church Rosyth, some of the young adults and delegates who went on the Provincial Iona Pilgrimage led a presentation and Iona Service theme on peace and justice for Sunday @ Six, a great evening service leading us into Holy Week. The service and presentation was led by Sabine Pajak, with support and input from Lucy Peat, Andrew Wedge from Holy Trinity Dunfermline – Scottish Episcopal Church and James Gardner. After the service there was time for fellowship in the Crush Hall

 

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What a start to Holy Week! In the morning we celebrated Palm Sunday, processing with our palm crosses into the Cathedral from the Chapter House to begin our celebration of the Eucharist.
In the afternoon our choir, with a few extra occasional members, gave a moving performance of Faure’s Requiem.
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Ordination

Please pray for the Revd Ian Boa and his family, as he is ordained Priest, at Holy Trinity, Stirling on 21 April at 3.00 pm. Clergy are welcome to robe (alb and white stole) and lay readers also – please inform the Diocesan Office if you are coming.

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