Welcome to All Saints’, St Andrews
Welcome to All Saints’ Scottish Episcopal Church, within the Diocese of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane; part of the worldwide Anglican Communion.
Situated in the historic old town of St Andrews, close to the ruined cathedral and castle, All Saints’ was founded in 1903 as a mission to the fishing families who lived here above the harbour.
The church is open all day, every day for any who wish a quiet place for prayer and reflection. Prayer and the Sacraments are at the heart of our life, with the Eucharist celebrated here every day of the year.
Though surrounded by history, the congregation of townspeople—as well as university staff and students—live in the present, worshipping God and looking with hope to the future.
As announced to the congregation on Sunday 31st August, after eighteen years as Rector, I shall be leaving All Saints’ at the end of November. The intention is to take a period of sabbatical leave first: there is some writing and some studying I should like to do, while reflecting on what form my vocation and ministry might take in the years that remain before retirement. It is big decision, but one that was not quickly or lightly made, and certainly not without the support of Sheila.
There is much that we shall miss about All Saints’ and we trust we shall have time and opportunity to say this before we go. It is a very particular church in a very particular place, constantly refreshed, as is evident in this Newsletter, by those who come and stay and then move on again. But move on we all must, in some way or another, at some time or another.
Having worked towards, and then produced, a Mission Action Plan (MAP) for the coming years, the congregation has taken considerable steps to think about its life and its witness to the Gospel in this town. This discernment of the congregation’s mission and ministry will continue as projects included in the MAP begin to take shape: there is an article about these contained here as well. Further discernment will take place in the weeks and months that follow my departure, as the Bishop, the Vestry, and others begin the process of appointing a new Rector, and a new chapter in the life of this community of faith begins.
Meanwhile, although our paths diverge, we shall remember you in our prayers and I hope you will remember us in yours.
With every blessing
The official opening of the first ITIA art exhibition will take place in the Byre Theatre, St Andrews at 5:30pm on Saturday 1 November 2014.
ITIA, the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts based at St Mary’s College, the divinity school at the University of St Andrews, is a research institute that aims to “advance and enrich an active conversation between Christian theology and the arts — bringing rigorous theological thinking to the arts, and bringing the resources of the arts to the enterprise of theology.”
Exhibiting artists include:
- NT Wright
- Rowan Williams
- David Baird
- Thomas Brauer
- Veronika Hlinicanova
- Carol Marples
- Raymond Morehouse
- John Pazdziora
- Elijah Smith
- Allison Walker
- Wulf Barsch
- Brian Kershisnik
- Doug Himes
The exhibition runs at the Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, St Andrews until Saturday 22 November 2014.
(Note: the exhibition has been extended from 15 to 22 November.)
All Saints’ has always had a strong musical life. Our small and friendly choir continues to lead the worship at the 10.00 am Eucharist every Sunday, at our monthly service of Evensong and at other major festivals such as Christmas, Easter, All Saints and All Souls. We always welcome new recruits, and if you are interested in joining us the Director of Music, Andrew Macintosh, would be delighted to speak to you.
Once again this year we are offering choral scholarships for University students. These are worth £250 each per academic year.
One scholarship is available in each voice part (soprano, alto, tenor, bass). Scholarship holders are expected to attend all meetings of the choir (including rehearsals on Thursday evening, 6.00 pm—7.00 pm) during the university semester.
Scholarship holders should have at least some experience of choral singing within a small choir, and should be competent sight readers. Application is by audition at the start of semester 1 in September; the audition consists of a prepared audition piece, sight-reading and hymn-singing, as well as a short discussion about your experience.
For more information, or to register your interest, please contact Andrew Macintosh.
The work to re-pave the church courtyard (that was postponed last October) is scheduled to start this week (week beginning Sunday 17 August).
In order to allow for this work to take place uninterrupted, all weekday services (Monday–Saturday, inclusive) will be cancelled this week and next; that is Monday 18 August–Saturday 23 August, and Monday 25 August–Saturday 29 August.
Should the work extend beyond Saturday 29 August, there may also be disruption to scheduled services the following week but we’ll let you know via the website.
Thank you for your patience.