December 2010: news

The news for December 2010 is below:

The Rt Rev Dr John Mantle RIP

The Rt Rev Dr John Mantle died at home in Peterborough on Monday 29 November, aged 64.  His funeral requiem will be at the Church of St Kyneburgha Castor near Peterborough at 11am on Tuesday 14th December, followed by committal at Peterborough Crematorium at 12.30 the same day. There there will be a memorial service in the Diocese of Brechin in the New Year. 

The Most Rev David Chillingworth, Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld & Dunblane and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church says:

“The community of the Scottish Episcopal Church has been deeply saddened to learn of the death of Bishop John Mantle.  John was a child of the Scottish Episcopal Church and he returned to his native Dundee as Bishop of Brechin to share his faith, his passion for ministry and his experience with clergy and people.

“It is just a few short weeks since we celebrated that ministry at his Farewell Eucharist.  John laid the foundation upon which others will build and we give thanks for the ministry which he so faithfully carried out among us.

“We hold in our prayers his wife, Gill, and his children Anna and Tim.

“Requiescat in pace”

New Provincial Director of Ordinands appointed

The College of Bishops has appointed the Rev Canon Dr Alison Peden as the Provincial Director of Ordinands, taking over from the Very Rev Kevin Pearson who is now Bishop –elect of Argyll & The Isles.  Dr Peden is Rector of Holy Trinity Church, Stirling and Canon of St Ninian’s Cathedral, Perth and will take up the  role of Provincial Director of Ordinands in January 2011.

In announcing the new appointment, The Most Rev David Chillingworth, Primus, said “I am delighted that Canon Alison Peden has accepted the invitation of the College of Bishops to serve as the new Provincial Director of Ordinands in succession to Bishop-elect Kevin Pearson.  The provincial and diocesan networks which Kevin has built up provide processes of vocational discernment which are both ordered and spiritually insightful.   Alison brings to this role a passion for vocation and ministry.  She has been involved in our processes of training for ministry at provincial and diocesan levels.  She has been developing programmes of Ministry and Education Development in the Diocese of St Andrews.  She carries her great resources of scholarship and spirituality with grace and a lightness of touch.  I believe that she will help us to foster the next generation of clergy who will provide leadership for our Church.”

In accepting the invitation, The Rev Canon Alison Peden said “I look forward tremendously to serving the Scottish Episcopal Church as PDO.  I have learned so much from Bishop-elect Kevin through working with him in ministerial discernment, and hope to build creatively on this work so that as a Church we can face the challenges and opportunities of the future with confidence”

Around the Dioceses

Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme Saved

The Department of Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) has announced as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review, that the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme will continue for a further four years from April 2011.  There will be an annual fixed budget of £12 million and the DCMS will discuss with faith groups and denominations how the Scheme can best operate within that budget.

However, the restriction to the scope of the Scheme already to be introduced from 4 January 2011 will remain in place: listed places of worship will not able to recover VAT on professional fees for works and repair works to organs, bells, clocks and pews. The VAT rate is due to increase to 20 per cent from 4 January 2011 and it has been agreed that the Scheme will continue to refund the full VAT rate for works that remain eligible.

New Dean for Diocese of Edinburgh

The Very Rev Canon Dr John Armes took up the office of  Dean of the Diocese of Edinburgh on 15 November, taking over from the Very Rev Kevin Pearson the Bishop-elect of Argyll & The Isles and says: “The next year or so is going to be both fascinating and demanding as we celebrate all that Bishop Brian has given us, and also try to discern what God is calling us to through the election of our next bishop.  I’m thrilled, if at present somewhat overwhelmed, to find that, as Dean, I shall have such a key role in that process. 

“I shall do my best to learn the job quickly but I know that I need all the support and prayers that people can offer!”

The Very Rev Canon Dr John Armes is Rector of St John’s Church, Princes Street, and will be formally installed in the Cathedral Church of St Mary, Palmerston Place, Edinburgh at Evensong on 5th December at 3.30 p.m.

Bishop of Edinburgh announces retirement date

The Rt Rev Brian Smith, Bishop of Edinburgh, has announced that he intends to retire from the office of Bishop of Edinburgh on 15 August 2011.  In a letter sent to clergy of the Diocese of Edinburgh, Bishop Brian said “Like anyone who has passed the age when it becomes possible to retire, I have been giving thought as to when I should retire from being Bishop of Edinburgh. In part the timing of this needed to make reference to current vacancies in dioceses elsewhere in the Province and I have this week written to the Primus and indicted that I propose to retire on the date of my birthday in 2011 – August 15th.  As I am already receiving invitations to events that will take place after that date, it seemed good to announce my retirement date now.  Clearly there is much to be done between now and that date, and I ask that you remember Lissa and me in your prayers as we move towards it.”

Around the Province

St Mary’s Cathedral Choir, Glasgow – New CD

St Mary’s Cathedral Choir, Glasgow have released a new CD entitled “Listen” which contains music that is part of their current repertoire. Much of the music on the CD has also been broadcast on BBC Radio and Television. St Mary’s Cathedral Choir, Glasgow is currently believed to be the most broadcast choir in Scotland.

Samples of the CD can be heard at this webpage which also contains details of how it can be purchased.

International Anglican Women’s Network

The International Anglican Women’s Network (IAWN) Steering Group has issued its first Statement, on behalf of all the IAWN Links. They received information from their Pakistan Link that a Christian woman, Assia Bibi (37) has been sentenced to death on blasphemy charges. At no time from her arrest until her conviction and sentencing has she had recourse to a lawyer. The statement reads:

We call on Church, community and political leaders everywhere to speak out about the injustice done to  Assia Bibi and insist on laws and practice that bring respect, peace and justice to all people. We assure Assia Bibi, her family and community of our prayers for peace and strength at this time and for a   compassionate and just outcome.  I ask you to remember her in your prayers. More information from:

 The Domestic Abuse Working Group of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales Department for Christian Responsibility and Citizenship is developing a resource on behalf of ‘Catholics Experiencing Domestic Abuse’, and recently presented an overview of their work in Birmingham. This included the results of a mapping exercise carried out during 2009; the premiere of a new series of podcasts recorded by those with personal experience of domestic abuse and by Archbishop Bernard Longley; the launch of a new website hosting these and other resources at ; practical awareness raising materials for the Catholic community.  Full details The Anglican Consultative Council are keen to know of any similar initiatives in other UK Provinces – I’m aware of an Inter-faith group, based near Glasgow. If anyone is aware of any similar initiatives, please let me know!    

Elaine Cameron

Celebrating the King James Bible  1611—2011 Conference

Saturday 5 February 10am—4pm

(registration/coffee from 9am)  Cost: £7.50

The programme will include group discussion, plenaries and input from the following speakers:

Introduction – The Rt Rev Brian Smith, Bishop of Edinburgh

Setting the Historical and Theological Context – Dr Charlotte Methuen – Church History and Liturgy Tutor, Ripon College Cuddesdon and Lecturer in Church History, Dept of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Glasgow (from January 2011)

Decisions behind Choosing the Canon of Scripture – Rev Dr Paul Foster, Senior Lecturer in New Testament Language, Literature and Theology, New College, University of Edinburgh

Teaching from the Bible – Rev Canon Dr Mark Harris – Vice-Provost, St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh

Praying with the Bible – Fr Gerry Hughes SJ Author and Retreat Leader

Venue: Holy Trinity Church, Church Street, Haddington EH41 3EX

Transport: A regular bus service to Haddington with First buses numbers X6 (to Dunbar) and X8 (to Haddington); also Perryman’s number 253 (to Berwick-on-Tweed)

Parking: Free parking is available in the long stay car park near Tesco’s supermarket, Neilson Park Road and in Mill Court.

There is disabled access with parking nearby. Loop system: There is a loop system available

Coffee and tea will be provided, but please bring your own lunch

Further details and registration form from Elspeth Strachan, Adventures in Faith, Edinburgh Diocesan Centre, 21a Grosvenor Crescent, Edinburgh EH12 5EL   Tel 0131 538 7033

Episcopal Vacancy– Diocese of Brechin

Nominations for prospective candidates for the vacant office of Bishop of Brechinin the Scottish Episcopal Church are sought by the Preparatory Committee.

Nominations must have the consent of the Nominee, who must be an ordained Priest of the Anglican Communion. 

A Description of the Diocese may be downloaded from

The Electoral process is governed by the Canons of the Scottish Episcopal Church (Canon 4).  This can be downloaded from the Provincial website:

The nomination form can be downloaded from the Diocesan website: or obtained from the Diocesan Secretary, 45 Tullideph Road, Dundee DD2 2JE Tel: 01382 641280  email: and on completion should be sent to :

The Primus,

Scottish Episcopal Church

Diocesan Office

28a Balhousie Street

PERTH  PH1  5HJ                             


Election will be subject to a satisfactory enhanced disclosure check.

Other Vacancies

Vacancy for Organist and Choirmaster

St.Ninian’s Episcopal Church, Pollokshields, Glasgow Requires an Organist and Choirmaster.

Situated on Albert Drive, next to the Tramway, St. Ninian’s is a friendly church with the Eucharist at the heart of our life. Music is central to our worship. We are looking for an organist and a choirmaster for our robed choir.

  • One weekly Sung Eucharist plus festivals/occasional evensongs
  • Weekly choir practice
  • A digital organ
  • Small committed choir
  • Supportive congregation and clergy
  • RSCM rates

Application forms from Miss Irene Nairn, Vestry Secretary, 44 Meadow Rise, Newton Mearns, Glasgow.

Vacancy for Provincial Secretary, The Scottish Episcopal Church Mission Association (SECMA)

Part-time: 12-15 hours per week over 3 days

Salary: £400 per calendar month

Start date: early in 2011

Applicants must be computer literate, preferably with some desktop publishing experience, and have an interest in supporting projects and fellow-Christians in the worldwide church.

Duties include production of the twice-yearly magazine (LINKS) and other leaflets, servicing of SECMA committees, and management of the office. The Secretary must be well-motivated and flexible, able to work unsupervised in the Edinburgh office.

Further information and application form from the SECMA Office, 21 Grosvenor Crescent, Edinburgh EH12 5EE. Email:

Closing date for applications 31st January 2011


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