Diocesan Update

To: All Clergy, Lay Representatives, Treasurers, and Vestry Secretaries – and for passing on to your congregations…

From John Mitchell, Diocesan Secretary

July 2019

News from the Diocesan Office

In May, I sent what was intended to be the first of a quarterly update from the Diocesan Office (if you didn’t receive this, but would like to receive a back-copy, please contact me at the email address at end of this update). However, there are some new items to pass on, so this is being sent a little sooner than planned. As before, feel free to print and place on your noticeboard, or extract anything for your magazine…

Election of our new Bishop, and attendance at 27th July Synod

As previously advised by the Primus, Bishop Mark, there will be a conclusion of the current stage of the election process on Saturday 27th July at Holy Trinity and St Barnabas, Paisley, when Clergy, Lay Representatives (or their Alternates) can engage with him and those other members of the College of Bishops in attendance before they go on to elect our new Bishop later in the year. We are taking the apologies list as previously advised to us, but please let us know (in writing or by email) if there are any additions or alterations to be made by contacting:

office AT glasgow.anglican DOT org, copying in diocesansecretary AT glasgow.anglican DOT org.

The draft schedule is for a 10am Registration, a short Eucharist at 10.30am, with business starting c.11.15am, including election of a new Clergy Member to Faith and Order Board, followed by business re the Episcopal Election, and ending with Conclusion of Synod around 1pm, followed by informal discussions with Bishops over lunch, followed by Departure.

Bishop’s Lent Appeal: the current total is £8,456.24 (from fewer than half of our charges across the Diocese). Last year’s appeal raised just over £15,500. Please, if your church still wishes to contribute, send your donation as soon as possible, and by 31st August at the latest, after which we can announce a final total and pass the money on to the Malawi Association for Christian Support.

Dean’s Departure: as a follow-up to the last newsletter, the final total collected to mark the departure of Dean Ian Barcroft came to £2,388 plus a number of charitable donations made in his name, and Ian repeats the grateful thanks offered in the last newsletter.

Institutions at Moffat and Paisley: it’s wonderful to announce that two clergy vacancies in the diocese are due to be filled in August, and anyone is welcome to attend either or both of the following institutions, at which the Primus is conducting both services.

Wednesday 14th August, 7.30pm – Revd Paul Singh will be Instituted Rector of All Saints Lockerbie and St John’s, Moffat, with the service being held at Moffat.

Thursday 15th August, 7.30pm – Revd Deborah Davison will be Instituted Rector of Good Shepherd, Hillington and Holy Trinity & St Barnabas, Paisley, with the service being held at Paisley.

Advance Notice of Ordinations: further details will be sent nearer the time, but for advance information, two ordinations are planned for 14th September at St Mary’s Cathedral (time to be announced), when Bishop Idris Jones will be ordaining Harriet Oxley as Deacon and Revd Lee Johnston as Priest.

Property Committee: the Diocesan Property Committee is seeking a new member.  The new member should be professionally qualified – an architect or surveyor, who is currently practising or has recently retired.  Members of the Committee advise on diocesan property matters.  Please contact the Synod Clerk Gordon Fyfe (synodclerk AT glasgow.anglican DOT org) if you might be able to offer assistance in this way.  The Property Committee meets monthly at the Diocesan Centre, usually on a Monday between c.12.30pm and 3pm, with sandwich lunch provided.

Canon 35 applications: a change to Canon Law at the recent General Synod means that there are some minor changes in what is covered by Canon 35 applications (which deal with alterations and improvements to our church properties). More details will soon be on the Diocesan and Provincial websites, and our own Diocesan Canon 35 forms will be amended for future applications. If you have any immediate queries about this, please contact synodclerk AT glasgow.anglican DOT org.

New Diocesan Centre: in response to many queries, it remains much too early to give any indicative date about the planned move to our new Diocesan Offices, as detailed in the last newsletter. A recent meeting with the architects, planners and designers discussed the costs involved, and much planning and negotiation is still required, with the intention of presenting further plans and budgets for approval to the next Diocesan Council meeting in August. However, we can give assurance to those who have asked that, as well as the administrative requirements that are the essential functions of the office, there are plans for a worship area as well as a quiet room for prayer, refreshment areas, and public space to make our Scottish Episcopal Church presence more visible and welcoming to visitors from the outside as well as the inside. A physical early-stage mock-up of the internal plan is available to examine in the current Diocesan Offices at 5 St Vincent Street.

HARK: our Digital Missioner, Petko Marinov, compiles this very useful summary of activities and events showing the vibrant life of Episcopalians across the whole Diocese by collating information from every church website, social media channel and magazine available, all of which takes a considerable amount of time. Over the months of June and July a review of HARK meant that no edition was issued; but Petko would like to kindly remind you that he would be delighted to receive your congregation’s events for inclusion as well as advertising on the ever-growing Diocesan digital presence. If either clergy, vestry secretary, webmaster or anyone else nominated could email items to Petko for the August edition by Monday 29th July, please send these to digitalmissioner AT glasgow.anglican DOT org. As ever, Petko would be happy to explain more about HARK, so don’t hesitate to contact him.

The Companions of Our Lady and St Mungo

Those of you who attended our Diocesan Synod in 2018 will be aware that Bishop Gregor incorporated The Companions of Our Lady and St Mungo as part of the Diocese. For those of you who have expressed interest in their community, the following information is offered by Sister Helena and Sister Alison Joy…

The Companions of Our Lady and St Mungo are a Benedictine Community founded within the Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway of the Scottish Episcopal Church by two Solemnly Professed and Consecrated Sisters from the Companions of St Luke – Order of St Benedict in The Episcopal Church (USA). Our Vows are held by the Bishop of this Diocese, and we follow the Canons of the Scottish Episcopal Church and its policies.

 Our aim is to seek God, following the example of Christ, his mother Mary, and Saint Mungo in glad obedience and singleness of heart. Our Rule is the Rule of Saint Benedict. Our motto is Redire ad cor (‘return to the heart’) and we seek by prayer, contemplation, the Divine Office and work to bring all people together into the liberating embrace of Divine Love.

We welcome and hold in confidence requests for prayers; prayer is our principal work out of which all else flows. Our prayer is for all people but especially for the Church that it may be faithful to the heart of Christ, and for all those who have been ignored, debased and wounded by the Church, and by sectarian conflict of all kinds.

 The Community is an intentional hybrid of traditional monasticism and ‘Christian Community’ living the Benedictine life, following its Rule and Vows in a manner consistent with our time. Members may follow the path toward vowed life in a lifelong commitment, vowed life in renewable annual vows, or as pilgrims whose intention is for a short-term association. All paths will be fluid with an initial common formation period.

 Membership is open to all Episcopalians over the age of 21, lay or ordained, single or partnered/married, without regard to gender identity or sexuality. It is our intention that members be self -supporting and live dispersed within the Diocese, coming together at regular intervals for prayer, study, fellowship and meals in common.

 Those interested in joining the Companions are invited to meet with us to begin a process of discernment of their vocation.

The community has a Facebook page and you are invited to follow us there at www.facebook.com/OurLadyAndStMungo/.  Please feel free to get in touch with Sister Helena or Sister Alison Joy if you’d like to know more…

Contact: ourladyandstmungo AT gmail DOT com

Revd Dr Ellen Barrett – Sr Helena OSB

Alison Whybrow – Sr Alison Joy OSB

Diocesan Council

The next Diocesan Council meeting is on Saturday 24th August, and a further newsletter will be sent out after that gathering.

Kind regards

John Mitchell, Diocesan Secretary

diocesansecretary AT glasgow.anglican DOT org