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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Congregational lunch and farewell

Fr Jonathan’s final Sunday at All Saints’ will be Sunday 23 November 2014, the feast of Christ the King.

The Sung Eucharist will be followed by a congegational lunch and farewell to Fr Jonathan and Sheila.

Fr Jonathan to leave after 18 years at All Saints’

Originally published 29 October 2014

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

Fr Jonathan

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The clergy of All Saints met in late October to think about worship and pastoral cover once the Rector has left at the end of November. Unless the Bishop decides that he is able to appoint an Interim Pastor from outwith All Saints’, Canon David Day will act as the first point of contact for pastoral matters and queries about services. This does not mean that he will be doing everything that the Rector has been doing, but he will be the one to pass on to others, as appropriate, what he cannot deal with himself.

The clergy were pleased to welcome Fr Esau McCaulley as part of the team, as all are pleased to welcome the rest of the family – Fr Esau’s wife, Mandy, and their children, Clare, Luke and baby Peter – to All Saints. Happily, Fr Gareth Saunders is returning to work after a long period of absence on sick leave, and returning to the altar at All Saints, as work and family commitments allow.

Fr Esau’s arrival and Fr Gareth’s return mean that the Eucharist will continue to be offered most weekdays, as well as Sundays. However, in order to allow this to happen, it is necessary to change some of the service times.

Weekly services

In the new liturgical year, starting on 30 November, Advent Sunday, the weekly services will follow this pattern, at least for the time being:

8.00 am Eucharist
10.00 am Sung Eucharist
6.00 pm Evening Prayer or Choral Evensong or Evensong and Benediction (To be confirmed)

12.15 pm Eucharist

6.00 pm Eucharist

12:15 pm Eucharist

12:15 pm Eucharist

11:00 am Eucharist at St Andrew’s Church, Queen’s Gardens

No service at All Saints’

Clergy meetings

The clergy will meet on a regular basis during the interregnum and will review these and other matters.

Generic email addresses

Meanwhile, the Vestry has also been turning its mind to arrangements for the interregnum. The setting up of new generic email addresses for office bearers and others will assist communication, as emails will be directed from these to whichever individual is dealing with the particular area of work. The email addresses which have been set up so far are as follows:

These email addresses will remain the same even when the person occupying a particular role changes: email traffic will simply be re-routed to a different address. Other addresses will follow; details will be given in the Newsletter as well as on the website.

What’s next…?

It is not known how long the interregnum will last. At some point following the Rector’s departure, the Bishop will come and meet the Vestry to explain how the process of finding a new Rector will be handled. The Vestry will keep the congregation informed through the newsletter, the website, and the Sunday notices.

Something we can all do is pray: for the life and work and witness of the community of faith that is All Saints’, St Andrews; for its clergy and Vestry; for all those involved in the search for a new incumbent; for Bishop David and the diocese; and for the wider Church.

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The All Saints’ newsletter from All Saintstide (November) 2014 is available to download in PDF:

Newsletter (November 2014) (PDF, 243 KB)

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The All Saints’ newsletter from September 2014 is available to download in PDF:

Newsletter (September 2014) (PDF, 329 KB)


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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