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.


Latest news

 

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.

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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

 
 

The Seventh Sunday of Easter marked an important moment in the life of our congregation. Bishop David came and our Mission Action Plan, our MAP for the future, was properly launched. As he does, +David wrote about the event on his blog (‘Thinking Aloud’). This is some of what he said:

The Mission Action Plans are all different – custom made in each congregation. All Saints is a congregation which is passionate about high-quality liturgy and which exudes prayerful holiness. It is also aware that it was established as a mission to the fishing community in St Andrews. It’s a special place. So they have chosen two Marks of Mission which complement and enhance their tradition – ‘Life-Long Christian Nurture – deepening our knowledge of God’ and ‘Serving the Community in practical ways’.

The purpose of all this is simply to provide a tool which will enable the congregation to have a conversation about their future in mission.

It would be tempting to say: ‘Let the conversation commence!’ But of course, it has already commenced and the MAP, signed by +David and Jennifer Wylie (Lay Lead of the planning group) and me during the service, is a symbol of that conversation made visible.

Rather, we say now: ‘Let the conversation continue’. It is important not to lose momentum. Over the summer, we shall be thinking how to begin implementing the various elements contained within our MAP. And the ‘we’ in that sentence means not just the planning group and the Vestry, but everyone in the congregation. Spend some time looking at the MAP and thinking about how you might remain involved in the conversation and in the mission activities that come from it.

Conversation is important; keeping the communication going is important. See the press release issued by the Province following the conversation at Pitlochry (at which I was one of this diocese’s seven representatives) on the next page of this Newsletter.

With every blessing for a peaceful summer and some life-enhancing conversations.

Fr Jonathan

 
 

Raising money for the church

The Vestry have been investigating ways to increase the income stream to the church by way of grants for building works and other schemes from which All Saints could benefit. The first of these to be introduced is the Easy Funding website. A donation is received from the supplier of goods you purchase on line if you go through the easyfunding.co.uk website first. So please remember to check this website (www.easyfunding.co.uk) prior to making online purchases. Two other HMRC schemes are being used to recover tax – the Listed Places of Worship Scheme and the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme.

Repairs

You will have noticed that the chancel roof repairs have now been completed and the scaffolding removed. We hope that this will ensure a leak free area for some time to come!

The work on the courtyard pathway will commence on Monday 18 August 2014.

Works to the rectory have been put on hold until later in the year once Diocesan Buildings Committee approval has been received but upgrade work to Rectory Lodge will commence in mid-June when the property is vacated.

Bishop’s visit

The visit by the Bishop to launch the Mission Action Plan went well and thanks are due to the members of the congregation who provided such a lovely spread after the service. The MAP group will be taking the next steps to identify those members of the congregation who wish to be involved with any of the initiatives identified in the plan. If you feel you would be able to help, please speak to the Rector or Jennifer Wylie, we would be grateful for your support.

Spring clean

The spring clean of the church is progressing well and thanks are due to the small band of helpers who give of their time on Friday and Saturday mornings after the Eucharist service.

Most of the Church has been “done” now but the list of other areas seems to be increasing. So if you are able to spare an hour or two on any Friday or Saturday please do come along, we would be pleased to see you.

Storehouse

Please remember the Storehouse collection each week.. A small gift of some grocery shopping will go towards those families in the East Neuk area who are finding it difficult to cope. This is part of our outreach to the local community.

Next vestry meeting

The next meeting of vestry is scheduled for Thursday 24 July. If you would like to raise any issue for discussion at Vestry please let Liz Sidebottom (01334 477822) know.

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