News Items for Argyll and The Isles
- The Revd Amanda Fairclough – Priest/Evangelist for West Highland Region & Centre of Mission
20th July 2017: The licensing of Amanda Fairclough by Bishop Kevin, Argyll and The Isles, as priest in charge of the Scottish Episcopal Church charges in the West Highlands and the Ordained Lead Evangelist in the Centre of Mission: a partnership between the diocese and Church Army. The service was held at St Mary’s Glencoe. It was a wonderful occasion with full church, great singing, many visitors and a large home crowd. Also with Donald Angus Cameron, 27th Lochiel, the Lord Lieutenant of Inverness (the LL for four of Amanda’s six charges). God’s blessings on her ministry in Argyll!
- Diocesan Retreat October 23rd – 26th 2017
Argyll & The Isles Diocesan Retreat – Coming Home to God led by Alison Clark
What does ‘home’ mean to you? The psalmist says…’I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever’. During our time together we will explore through scripture and reflection what it is to dwell with God and for God to make a home in our hearts.
Jesus said, ‘Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.’ John 14:23
The retreat will be led by Alison Clark, formerly congregational development officer of the diocese. As is our custom, it will be a silent retreat punctuated by short talks, a daily celebration of the Eucharist and the opportunity to join in the Cathedral’s offices of morning and evening prayer. Alison will be available during the three days for individual conversation for anyone who wishes. If you would like more information or if you are making a retreat for the first time and would like to discuss it, do get in touch with Alison or with Bishop Kevin, through the diocesan office 01631 570870.
Download the flier and application form here
- 2017 Discipleship: Living Our Vision
Resources available for download here.
Please contact the diocese for more information or guidance.
- Rev Canon Hugh Lee RIP
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of the Rev Canon Hugh Lee. He died on Sunday 21st May after a few weeks of illness.
In 2014 Hugh was made an Honorary Canon of the Cathedral of the Isles, Cumbrae, after serving as Synod Clerk to Argyll and The Isles (2004-2014) and Rector of Cowal and Bute up to his retirement in 2006. Prior to that he served as an incumbent in the dioceses of St Andrew’s, Dunkeld and Dunblane and Glasgow and Galloway. He was ordained priest in 1968 from Edinburgh Theological College.
Please keep his wife Christiane and his children and their families in your prayers. May he rest in peace and rise in glory. The funeral will take place at Holy Trinity, Dunoon on Thursday, 1st June at 11.30am.
- Rev Ken Skipper RIP
It is with sadness that we announce the death of Rev Ken Skipper who was for some years the Priest at St Columba’s on the Isle of Islay.
Ken died peacefully on 7th May at home in Lincolnshire with his family.
The funeral service will take place at 2pm on Saturday, 20th May at St Columba’s, Isle of Islay.
Please keep Ken’s wife, Christine, and the family in your prayers at this time.
- Announcement of Licensing
Announcement of Licensing. The Reverend Amanda Fairclough will be licensed by Bishop Kevin as the Priest in Charge of the West Highland Region Charges and as Lead Evangelist of the Church Army Centre of Mission on Thursday 20th July 2017. The service is planned to take place in St Mary’s Glencoe in the evening of that day: precise details will be shared in the next few weeks. Please keep Amanda and the people of the West Highland Region in your prayers as they prepare for the start of this new and exciting ministry.
- Bishop Kevin’s Easter Message
Fear is the real issue Jesus addresses at his resurrection. Fear of terrorism, fear of not winning, fear of being found out, fear of not being important. And the greatest human fear, who cares anyway?
That’s the truth of the resurrection story. Jesus calls me by my name, as he called Mary in the garden, all he said to her was ‘Mary’ and all her fears died, became unimportant. She saw them in a new light, the light of resurrection, of love that is of God. Her great fear that she was not significant enough to be loved by God died, ceased to hold her to ransom.
The story of Jesus’ trial and death, is the story of failure, disappointment, loneliness, betrayal. The story of daily life for ordinary people who live with this story day by day. When in faith we say, Jesus calls me by my name, we acknowledge that we are made in God’s image, and God cares because God is love. In the story of the resurrection, we see that failure and death in life, never are the last word. Love is always a possibility, it speaks across hurt, failure, division, it speaks to our fears and they die. Even physical death, God who cares gives us memory so that with Jesus we call the beloved by their name.
The recent pictures of the terrorist attack in London were harrowing, but many were pictures of love which speaks across hurt, failure, division. Paramedics, security police, MPs, passers-by from all nations and faiths, stopped to help the injured, hold the dying in the warmth of human contact. They weren’t asking if the individuals were terrorists, or asylum seekers or immigrants. The Holy Spirit of intuitive love simply responded to the needs of those made in the image of God.
The very proclamation of resurrection that Love speaks across hurt, failure, division.
Love calls me by my name and lives
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia
+Kevin, Argyll and The Isles
- Live and Work at Bishop’s House on Iona
Opportunities to live and work at Bishop’s House on Iona, in one of the diocesan retreat houses – for details please click here
- Clergy on the Move in Argyll & The Isles
The Very Reverend Nicki McNelly, Provost of the Cathedral since 2012, is to be the new Rector of St Cuthbert’s, Colinton, in Edinburgh Diocese. Her last Sunday in post as Provost of the Cathedral, and as the Rector of St James’ Ardbrecknish, will be June the 25th. Nicki served in Edinburgh Diocese prior to her appointment as Provost in Oban.
Nicki, as she announced the move to the Cathedral, said, “These major personal decisions always give rise to mixed feelings – on the one hand I look forward with anticipation to a new challenge, while on the other hand my feelings are tinged with sadness because I’m sincerely grateful for having had the opportunity to work with you here at St John’s.”
West Highland Region and Church Army Centre of Mission
The Reverend Amanda Fairclough has been selected to be the Priest in Charge and Lead Evangelist for the West Highland Region, subject to the completion of the usual checks. Amanda is presently an Assistant Priest in Warrington, in Liverpool Diocese, and is also a member of the Church of England General Synod and the Church Commissioners for the Church of England.
The West Highland Region includes the Scottish Episcopal charges in Duror, Ballachulish, Onich, Glencoe and Kinlochleven. The Church Army Centre of Mission is a new partnership project to reach the unchurched in that area.
Amanda said, “I’m really looking forward to working with the people of the West Highland Region, many of whom I have enjoyed meeting on Sundays during my previous holidays to the region. To be called to live and serve in such a beautiful place is an enormous privilege. I am particularly excited that we will be setting up a new Centre of Mission in partnership with the Church Army, and I’m praying that God will lead us to reach out to people through fresh expressions of church as well as the famous Highland gift of hospitality.”
Her licensing as the Priest in Charge and Ordained Lead Evangelist is planned for July 2017. More details will be provided nearer the time.
- Holy Week and Easter in Argyll and The Isles
Most of our churches keep Holy Week with special services and times of prayer. Some details for some churches are on the link below.
Have a blessed and peaceful end to your Lent and a joyous Easter celebration!
- 2017 Discipleship: Living Our Vision