St James the Great, Dollar, is delighted to announce that the Revd Christopher Lowdon has been appointed as their new Rector.   Revd Christopher Lowdon is coming from the Diocese of Sodor and Man and is Vicar of Maughold and South Ramsey (Isle of Man).

Details of date of institution will be confirmed when available.

Please hold Christopher and family, the people and community of St James’, and the people of Maughold and South Ramsey in your prayers.

 

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Highland Perthshire Quiet Afternoon ‘Remembered Dust’ at Croftcarnoch. Images and clay figures were used to reflect on the nature of our creation from dust. The figures were left to return to the earth.

Born of earth, in starlight
shaped by the dust and bones of the land,
rooted, rooted deep in red earth,
Adamah, the mounded one.
Creature of earth, dew, wind,
Spirit filled with breath of God
who clothes in light our sacred dust.”

 

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St Anne’s church was a peaceful space filled with snowdrops and candlelight during the Coupar Angus Snowdrop Festival. Refreshment of a different sort was available in the church hall, where Vintage Teas were served.

Photo taken inside the church.

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Three candidates have been short-listed for election to the office of Bishop of Glasgow & Galloway, following the retirement of the Rt Rev Dr Gregor Duncan in October 2018, having served the Diocese of Glasgow & Galloway as Bishop since 2010.

 

The three candidates have been selected by a Preparatory Committee consisting of clergy and lay church members from the Diocese of Glasgow & Galloway and across the wider Scottish Episcopal Church. The next stage in the election process is a meeting of each of the candidates with an Electoral Synod (representatives of clergy and lay church members from the Diocese of Glasgow & Galloway only).  That meeting will take place on Saturday 9 March with the election of the new Bishop on Saturday 16 March.

 

The candidates are:

The Very Rev Kelvin Holdsworth, Provost of St Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow.

 

The Rev Dr Michael Paterson, Director of the Institute of Pastoral Supervision & Reflective Practice, consultant in spiritual care for NHS Education for Scotland and assisting priest at St Margaret’s, Rosyth.

 

The Rev Canon Dr Scott Robertson, Rector of St Margaret of Scotland Church, Newlands, Glasgow.

 

Commenting on this stage of the process, Acting Bishop during the episcopal vacancy the Most Rev Mark Strange, Bishop of Moray, Ross & Caithness and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church says “I thank members of the Preparatory Committee for the work they have done and am delighted that three candidates are being nominated to the Electoral Synod.  We hope that the discernment in the Electoral Synod will enable them to elect a new bishop who will lead the Diocese of Glasgow & Galloway in its future ministry and mission, and ask that we hold each of the candidates and the Diocese in our prayers during this process.”

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Revd Nerys Brown was instituted as Rector of St Mary’s, Dunblane by Rt Revd Ian Paton, Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane. The church was packed, with ministers from near and far, well-wishers from the Diocese and further afield and members of St Mary’s congregation. The service was followed by celebrations in the church hall and in a yurt erected in the rectory garden.

    

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There was a short service on Sunday 18 November at 4.30pm to give thanks for the successful restoration of the cathedral. The cathedral was open all afternoon to welcome visitors on this joyful occasion.  All those who have worked on the building – architects, roofers, builders, plasterers, painters, cleaners, organ builders etc – were all  invited  and were publicly acknowledged during the service. The choir and organ were at their best.  Refreshments were served in the Chapter House afterwards.

The photograph below shows Bishop Ian Paton and the project architect David Willis cutting a celebratory cake at the end of the service.

 

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Very Revd Kenny Rathband, the Dean of this Diocese, was installed as Rector of Holy Trinity, Dunfermline and priest in charge of St Margaret’s, Rosyth by Rt Revd Ian Paton, Bishop of this Diocese. The church was crowded with people from Dunfermline, Rosyth and further afield, as well as many of Kenny’s former parishioners from Alyth, Blairgowrie, Coupar Angus and Ballintuim.

       

 

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