November 2010: news

Garden of Peace unveiled at St John’s Church, Princes Street

On 21 October a ceremony took place to celebrate a £100,000 project that has brought new life to the graveyard of  St. John’s Episcopal Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh.

The ceremony involved the re-dedication of the graveyard by the Rt Rev Brian Smith, Bishop of Edinburgh; the planting of a memorial shrub and a short tour around the grounds.

St. John’s graveyard is an inspiring place at one of Edinburgh’s busiest corners. It includes the graves of the painter Henry Raeburn; the mother of Walter Scott; Bonnie Leslie – subject of two poems by Robert Burns; a freed slave from the West Indies and a well-known campaigner for the abolition of slavery. The gardens include spectacular views towards the castle, quiet seating areas and a wide variety of plants.

The project (which has received funding from Historic Scotland and others)  has involved the repair of historic graves, landscaping, improvements to access and displays that will appeal to all ages.

It is hoped that members of the public will use these gardens as a peaceful space in the middle of the city to eat lunch, enjoy the views or find out more about the heritage.

Canon Dr John Armes, Rector of St. John’s said “I suppose you might say that our project has brought the graveyard to life!  Visitors will find wildlife and human history all around them.  Here past and present speak to each other.”

Around the Dioceses

The Scottish Reformation – Marking the Legacy, Imagining the Future

The legacy of the Scottish Reformation is to be marked with a day conference Scottish Reformation – Marking the Legacy, Imagining the Future, and an evening service at St Giles Cathedral on 3 November 2010. First Minister Alex Salmond will address the conference, which is being hosted by the Joint Commission on Doctrine and will take place at the Storytelling Centre, High Street, Edinburgh from 9am to 5.15pm.  Following the conference, a service at St Giles Cathedral  will take place at 6pm with guest preacher, the Very Rev Dr John Miller.

The conference includes guest speakers such as Canon Dr Alison Peden, from the Scottish Episcopal Church; historian, Professor Tom Devine, former Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Very Rev Dr Sheilagh Kesting and Rev Dr Alan Falconer, Joint Convener of the Commission.   Also in the line-up is Professor Paul Murray, an expert in the field of ecumenism who will be sharing the floor with Dr Kesting discussing ecumenical relations today and in the future.  Each session is run along the lines of what has the Reformation done for us?

The Most Rev David Chillingworth, Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkled & Dunblane and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church will attend the conference and take part in the service in St Giles and says “I am very much looking forward to attending the conference and taking part, with the Moderator of the General Assembly and Cardinal Keith O’Brien, in the service which will follow in St Giles’ Cathedral.   It is a particular pleasure to see that Canon Dr Alison Peden, Rector of Holy Trinity, Stirling, is one of the contributors to the Conference.  The Scottish Episcopal Church regards the development of ecumenical and inter-faith relationships as an important part of our witness as a Church.”

Primus Meets Archbishop

The Most Rev David Chillingworth has met this week with the Archbishop of Canada, the Most Rev Fred Hiltz. In the picture: Left to Right: Mr John Stuart, Secretary General, Scottish Episcopal Church; the Most Rev David Chillingworth, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada and the Venerable Paul Feheley, Principal Secretary to the Primate – photographed during a visit to the General Synod Office on 1 November.

Picture of Bishop David meeting Archbishop Fred

Around the Province

News from Ann Glenesk – Glasgow and Galloway Diocesan MU

  • There will be a service in St Mary’s Cathedral on 25th November at 2.30pm– focusing on laying the issue of violence against women before God
  • There will be an Interfaith Exhibition on Domestic Abuse in Paisley Abbey Monday 29th Nov – Thursday 2nd Dec  open daily 10.30am – 3.30pm

Faith in Older People

The Ignatian Spirituality Centre in collaboration with Faith in Older People invites you to a lecture at 7pm on 29th November 2010

by Father Gerry Hughes, SJ “Is there a retirement age for Spirituality?”

at the Ignatian Spirituality Centre 35 Scott Street, GLASGOW G3 6PE Tel 0141 354 0077

Please register by email ( or telephone 0141 354 0077

Moderator-Designate announced

The Rev David Arnott has been nominated to be the next Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

Following a probationary placement at St Ninian’s Parish Church in Greenock in 1971, Mr Arnott was ordained to Stobhill Parish Church in Gorebridge.  Two years later he was called to Netherlee Parish Church in Glasgow, where he encouraged the wider mission of the congregation by strengthening its ties to St Andrews Church in Colombo and the wider community in Sri Lanka, making new links with a local UPA congregation and establishing firm relationships with a church and school and its wider community in Transylvania.  During his time preaching in Glasgow he spent two years as a part-time chaplain at HM Prison Barlinnie. In 1996 he was inducted to his last charge at St Andrews: Hope Park which was linked to Strathkinness Church in October 2005.  While there he served as a local hospital chaplain and chaplain to two primary schools and was honorary Church of Scotland chaplain at the University of St Andrews.  Throughout his church career Mr Arnott has served on various Church of Scotland boards and committees both at presbytery and national level.  He has been Convenor of Education for the Board of Ministry.  Having been assessor at the then Selection Schools, he was invited to join a small working party which remodelled the selection process for applicants to ministry.  From 2006 to 2009 he was Senior Director of the Church of Scotland’s new Assessment Conferences.

Whilst on the then Board of Practice and Procedure he was invited to convene a commission for the General Assembly examining the future of the Presbyteries of Europe and Jerusalem.  He was also the Convenor of the General Assembly’s Arrangements Committee and Business Committee.

Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme

It has been announced by the Department of Culture, Media and Sports that for the remainder of the current financial year, the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme will be restricted to the original scope. VAT will no longer be refunded on organs, bells, clocks, pews and (crucially) professional fees. The last date for claims on those items is 31 December 2010. The changes will come into effect from 4 January 2011 and will apply until the current end date of the scheme 31 March 2011.  This announcement also applies to the Memorial Grant Scheme under which professional fees will no longer be eligible from 4 January 2011.  More information on this announcement can be found on:

Model Constitutions on-line

Model Constitutions for Single or Joint Incumbencies and Memoradum for Linked Charges are all now available to download from the Scottish Episcopal Church website:


Rector, St Cuthbert’s Colinton, Edinburgh – closing date 26 November 2010 – details:

Associate Rector, St Paul’s and St George’s Edinburgh - closing date 11 November 2010 – details on Scottish Episcopal Church website

Rector, St Andrew’s, Kelso and St Mary & All Souls, Coldstream – no closing date given – details on the Scottish Episcopal Church website.


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