Welcome to All Saints’, St Andrews

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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.

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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.)

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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.


Following a service of communion, the morning session was devoted to the general business of Synod, with Fr Jonathan being appointed Prolocutor of the House of Clergy. He was also elected Clerk to Synod, a post which he has held on an interim basis since last Autumn when the previous incumbent retired. As such, he is responsible (amongst other things) for the compilation of information required from all churches within the diocese for the annual statistical return, and for presenting this to Synod.

In what was his tenth year attending Synod, Bishop David expressed the view that the Episcopal Church was becoming more confident in its place in the life of Scotland today. The signs of real hope included the significant growth in the number of people being approved for training for ministry and in this diocese the continuing development of Casting the Net. Approximately half of the congregations in the diocese had completed Mission Action Planning.

On a personal note he said how much people’s prayers and personal kindness following his diagnosis of prostate cancer had meant to him. His response to enquiries about his health was both hopeful and guarded in that he was ‘well so far’.

Commenting on the drop in numbers in the roll of clergy in the diocese (some of which were due to retirement and some to difficulties in ministry and long term illness), Bishop David spoke of his role as pastor to the clergy and the impact of rapid changes in society and the church on the expectations placed on clergy. He emphasised the clergy’s need for supportive and understanding relationships and spoke of the importance of the connection between clergy, vestry, Bishop and the diocese.

The rapid societal change in the area of same-sex relationships was the topic of group discussion in the afternoon session led by Bishop Nigel of the diocese of Brechin. As Bishop David explained, following the passing of the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill which legalises same-sex marriage, the Episcopal Church, for the first time will be in a different place from what the state allows once this act comes into force. The legislation provides for a denomination to opt out, and this will apply to the Episcopal Church until such time as it might decide to change the marriage canon to allow same-sex marriage. As part of a whole church process of measured conversation, a major conference (Cascading conversation: listening across the spectrum) is being held in Pitlochry at the end of April, to which the diocese will be sending seven representatives. A decision will be taken by the end of this year on what action or movement would be appropriate to the church and what would be likely to have the support of members.

Group discussion centred round what had shaped members’ views on same sex relationships over the years and what considerations should be taken into account when exploring the possibility of incorporating same-sex marriage into the marriage canon. It was acknowledged that in general young people had no problem with the concept of same sex marriage but that this could be a very divisive issue in congregations and that strongly held views and preconceptions could be a barrier to discussion. It was important, however, that everyone be given a chance to participate in such conversations.

The full text of the Bishop’s address to Synod is available on the Diocesan website.

Jennifer Wylie
Lay Representative


The Cascade Conversation – Listening across the Spectrum – took place in Atholl Palace Hotel, Pitlochry on 29-30 April. About 60 people were present for the two day meeting, and met in small facilitated groups. At the conclusion of the meeting, each of the six groups offered a short statement they would wish to be communicated that would reflect their experience of the Cascade Conversation. These six statements are as follows:

  1. “We value the respectful nature of the conversation we have had and would hope that as the process continues the tone remains as important as the content of the outcome.”
  2. “Open and fruitful conversations across serious differences were held and we hope that these can continue as the church responds to the changing law as regards marriage.”
  3. “The design group has offered us a process of conversation to use in these two days which we fully commend to be used as widely in the Church as possible: for people to come together to speak and listen using appropriate language to grow in understanding. We feel that we came away from the conversation with some fears and negative feelings allayed and with a sense of hopeful optimism for the way in which the Church together can deal with this issue.”
  4. “This group wants to affirm the overwhelming importance of good, open searching conversation and engagement in clarifying the profound differences among us and between us , and yet holding us in communion, holding us in that perfect love which casts out fear. But we are left asking what the institutional manifestation of that looks like, how do we move toward an outcome which we can all recognise and live with and affirm as God’s will for us.”
  5. “We heard people rather than positions. In the future can we stretch the tent to keep all within?”
  6. “Our respectful listening to each other led to the uncomfortable realisation of how difficult and painful our view can be for other people. We hope that the future conversations/events which must now take place will continue in the respect-filled tone we have found helpful and will lead to outcomes within an agreed timeline.”

Towards the close of the Cascade Conversation, the participants met in diocesan groups to consider how the experience of the meeting in Pitlochry might be cascaded more widely.

Press Officer
Scottish Episcopal Church