The Rev Canon Ian Paton has been elected as the new Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane,

 The election of the new bishop was carried out by the Electoral Synod (comprising representatives of clergy and lay members from the Diocese).

The Rev Canon Ian Paton (Bishop Elect for the Diocese of St Andrews, Dunkeld & Dunblane) has been Rector of Old St Paul’s Church, Edinburgh since 1997, and is also honorary Anglican Chaplain to Edinburgh University, Canon of St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh and Associate Tutor at the Scottish Episcopal Institute. He was previously a rector in East Lothian, Vice-Provost of St Mary’s Cathedral, a university chaplain in Oxford, a bishop’s chaplain, and a curate in Reading. He is a former convener of the Scottish Episcopal Church’s (SEC) provincial Liturgy Committee, involved in writing new services for the SEC, and continues to teach worship to students training for ministry. He is a supporter of the ordination of women, the rights of LGBTQI people, and the inclusion of people of all ages in the Church.

 

Canon Ian Paton is married and he and his wife have, between them, four grown-up children. They enjoy art and poetry, hospitality around the dinner table and have a love of the sea.

On hearing the news of his election Canon Ian Paton said “I am very happy and deeply honoured to have been elected by the people of St Andrews, Dunkeld & Dunblane to serve them as their Bishop.  I ask for your prayers for the whole Diocese, and for me, as we set out together on this new journey for all of us.”

The service of consecration will take place – date yet to be confirmed – in St Ninian’s Cathedral, Perth. 

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Episcopal Election

In the process to elect a new bishop, the Preparatory Committee of St Andrews, Dunkeld & Dunblane has been unable to achieve a shortlist of candidates by the due date. (Under the canonical process the Preparatory Committee is charged with preparing a shortlist of no fewer than three, nor more than five, candidates for presentation to the Electoral Synod.) In light of this, the Electoral Synod  will meet to hear an explanation of the position from its Preparatory Committee and will be invited to consider a second round of the election process which, following a new mandate from the Primus, would then allow a period of 120 days from the date of the new mandate for elections to take place.

 

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The Christmas Card Competition has been won by Laura Buxel, aged 10 from St Mary’s, Dunblane.  Well done to Laura.

A big thank you and well done to all who took part.  Your entries will be shown on the Diocesan Facebook page in the lead up to Christmas.

Orders are now being taken for Christmas cards.  You can download the order form below.

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 Harvest Festival was celebrated at the small church of  St Columba’s, Stanley.  The service was taken by the Revd Canon Alan Tilson, who very kindly takes the service here once a month during the vacancy.  The church was well attended including many local children and was filled with beautiful flowers and baskets of fruit and vegetables donated by the congregation.

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The Christmas Card Competition has been won by Laura Buxel, aged 10 from St Mary’s, Dunblane.  Well done to Laura.

A big thank you and well done to all who took part.  Your entries will be shown on the Diocesan Facebook page in the lead up to Christmas.

Orders are now being taken for Christmas cards.  You can download the order form below.

Order Form

 

 

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