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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This year the Bishop’s Lent appeal is to raise both awareness of and money to support the Scottish Episcopal Institute (SEI). All the members of the College of Bishops have agreed to commit this year’s Lent Appeal to this cause.

The Scottish Episcopal Institute (which replaced TISEC) forms those preparing for a variety of authorised ministries in the Scottish Episcopal Church, lay and ordained, as well as in the United Reformed Church in Scotland. SEI has just been through a major reorganisation of its patterns of training for ministry.

Bishop David writes, “One particular concern is that we should be able to make it possible for students to train full time for our ministry. The number of people testing and exploring vocation is very encouraging at present—particularly in our diocese. We are attempting to provide training which will equip the next generation of clergy to minister in the challenging context of 21st century Scotland.”

Prayer for Lent

Almighty God, giver of all good things,
you showed your love for us
by giving us your only Son:
help us to show
our love for you.
Grant us this Lent
the vision to see where you are at work in the world,
the courage to join in that mission
and the desire to give
in support of those seeking to train within the Scottish Episcopal Institute.
In the power of the Spirit
we make our prayer
through Jesus Christ
our Lord.

Amen

About the Scottish Episcopal Institute

The Scottish Episcopal Institute is the training agency for the Scottish Episcopal Church and forms people for service as competent and confident public ministers, whether as Lay Readers, Deacons or Priests. Currently there are 24 students in its midst, drawn from all seven dioceses. SEI is poised to launch new courses and fresh ways of formation to fit the changing Scottish context.

Confident

Our Church is showing a new confidence in sharing the love of God in today’s Scotland. We are taking bold steps to equip and send out labourers into the harvest. Our training agency, the Scottish Episcopal Institute, is actively engaged in equipping women and men in new ways for their part in God’s mission.

Called

We are all called to be disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ. In Lent, through prayer and Bible study, discussion and worship, we open ourselves to the prompting of God’s Holy Spirit and discern our next steps in faith. For some, this call to discipleship will lead to licensed lay ministry or ordination. This Lent, we ask you to pray for, and give financial support to, the Scottish Episcopal Institute as it seeks to equip these disciples to lead the mission and ministry of our Church.

Creative

By God’s grace, a wonderful range of disciples of all ages is called to ministry in the Scottish Episcopal Church. But we sense a particular urgency to recognise and support the call of younger candidates at this time. We want to encourage and delight in the fresh insights and energy they bring to us. We need those who can offer a lifetime of ordained service to God and form the future leadership of our Church. We recognise the importance of investing substantially in their training and formation so as to equip them for the tasks ahead.

Where to send your donations

You can help to build the Church of the future by investing in the ordinands of today through the work of the Scottish Episcopal Institute. Please give what you can so that we can equip the Church for its mission.

Cheques should be made payable to The Diocese of St Andrews and returned to the diocesan office (address is below). We would of course encourage people to Gift Aid their contributions – that requires a name and address to be given.

Please send donations to:

Bishop’s Lent Appeal 2015
Diocesan Office
28a Balhousie Street
PERTH
PH1 5HJ

Download the leaflet: Bishop’s Lent appeal 2015 (PDF, 887 KB)

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Report from the Vestry following the meeting with the Bishop held at the Diocesan Office Perth on Monday 19 January 2015

The vestry met the Bishop on Monday 19 January so that we could talk to him and get his advice on the process of looking for a new Rector. We know that we have to formulate a parish profile and we have to give serious and prayerful thought as to what sort of person the new Rector should be and in what directions we, as a congregation, may need to be led!

We had done a great deal of background work in preparation for this meeting, ensuring that we had a good knowledge of all the things that the Rector needs to do, that we are able give a good description of the congregation of All Saints’, and that we could indicate what the congregation expects from the Rector. In our meeting with the Bishop we were able to present ideas and ask the Bishop what he thought we needed and what would be good for us.

We now have to bring together all the elements to create a document containing the parish profile and the desirable characteristics in a new Rector and all the supporting information required for the recruitment process. This will be done over the next couple of weeks and will be sent to the Bishop for any adjustment and final approval at a further meeting with the Bishop on the 9th February, in Perth.

After that an advertisement can be published in the Church Times, the Dioscesan website, our own website amongst others and the process will start in earnest. The Bishop expects that applications will probably be received and processed after Easter.

The congregation will be kept notified as to progress via Notices in the Pew Sheets, coloured sheets left on the Table in Church, the Porch Noticeboard and Newsletter. Please keep checking for further updates and if you wish to ask any questions, please contact any member of Vestry.

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The Most Revd David Chillingworth, Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane, and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church will be preaching and presiding at the Solemn Eucharist at 10:00am on Sunday 11 January 2015.

All are most welcome to join us.

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