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
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.
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.
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.
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
28a Balhousie Street
Download the leaflet: Bishop’s Lent appeal 2015 (PDF, 887 KB)