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  • Vacancy: Rector, Holy Trinity Dunoon & St. Paul’s Rothesay

    Come and Join Us?

    We are two forward looking congregations with enthusiastic talented lay teams, based in the beautiful county of Argyll and Bute, only one hour from Glasgow and two hours from Edinburgh, strongly liturgically focused with a love of music in our worship

    We are looking for a pastoral leader who:

    • can help us develop our spiritual gifts
    • will encourage and guide us as worshipping communities
    • will lead us in our mission in the local communities
    • will actively visit the sick and housebound

    We offer:

    • A Victorian Rectory in Dunoon
    • Stipend at the standard rate and reimbursement of expenses

    For further information including parish profiles please contact: Mrs Maureen McKellar, Vestry Secretary Holy Trinity Church, Eden Cottage, 45 Hill Street, Dunoon PA23 7AY, Argyll. Tel: 01369 703058 Email:

    Closing date for applications: 13th November 2018 Interviews 3rd and 4th December 2018

    This appointment is subject to enhanced disclosure checks.

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  • Vacancy on the Isle of Lewis

    There is a vacancy for a Priest-in-Charge on the Isle of Lewis. Please click here for further details. Application pack from Margaret Eaves, St Peter’s Vestry, 7b Vatisker, Back, Isle of Lewis HS2 0JS;; 01851 820972.

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  • Safeguarding Training

    Safeguarding will be provided by the Provincial Protection Officer, Donald Urquhart, on Saturday, 3rd November in Dunoon and on Tuesday, 20th November in Lochgilphead. All Protection Coordinators, Clergy and Vestry members are urged to attend. Please let the Diocesan Office know for catering purposes. Details to follow.

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  • Fruit of the Spirit – Diocesan Retreat

    Argyll & The Isles Diocesan Retreat 2018

    Now open to all!!!

    Monday 29th October – Thursday 1st November

    College of the Holy Spirit & Cathedral of the Isles, Isle of Cumbrae

    ‘Fruit of the Spirit’

    Explore ways to express your prayers and thoughts about scripture throughout these few days through creative journalling.

    Led by Revd Jane MacLaren, this promises to be a wonderful opportunity to enjoy silence, space and time in a beautiful environment – what could be better!

    Further information and booking at


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  • Bishop Anne consecrated in Aberdeen and Orkney

    Argyll and The Isles join with prayer and good wishes for Anne Dyer, consecrated Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney Diocese today (1st March 2018).

    Below is a message she posted on her new diocesan website yesterday.

    A Message from the Bishop Elect

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  • A New Provost for St John’s Cathedral Oban

    A New Provost for St John’s Cathedral Oban

    Today (Sunday 11th February 2018) it was announced that, subject to final checks, a new Provost has been appointed for St John’s Cathedral, Oban. The Provost of Oban is also the Rector of St James’ Ardbrecknish and a gathered congregation that meets at Kilbrandon.

    Bishop Kevin says, “I am delighted to announce that we have a new Provost for the Cathedral – The Rev’d Margaret Campbell.

    “The Vestry, myself and the Dean interviewed three very strong candidates any one of whom might have been appointed.  We were unanimous that the Rev’d Margaret was the right person to become our next Provost and to take responsibility for St James Ardbrecknish and the gathered community at Kilbrandon.

    “Margi, as she is known, has been ordained for 16 years, so has a wealth of Parish experience. Her present role is as Rector of Backwell in the Diocese of Bath and Wells and she is also Rural Dean of Portishead Deanery in that Diocese

    “Margi and her husband James have, over recent years spent time in Argyll and The Isles and had already bought a house in the area for their eventual retirement, but they will obviously live in the rectory.  James is an organist and music teacher and they have two adult sons.  James is taking early retirement to allow their move to Oban.  Before ordination, Margi was a music teacher, she grew up in a Church family and has sung in choirs all her life.

    “Margi and James will both be at our Diocesan Synod and Conference day in March.  We hope the Institution of the new Provost will be towards the end of May.

    “We thank God for the guidance of the Holy Spirit during the whole process of discernment which has brought Margi to us.

    “I am sure you will all join me in welcoming Margi and James to St John’s Cathedral, to Oban and to the Diocese.”

    The Rev’d Margi Campbell writes, “It is with real joy and anticipation that I introduce myself to you, as together with my husband, we look forward to meeting everyone and beginning a new stage of our pilgrimage of discovery.

    “I am married to James, an organist and music teacher and we have two grown-up boys: Ben – a research physicist and Tom- who is just completing his MA in Wildlife Filmmaking (filming his final project on Mull at the moment).

    “I grew up in Kent in a church family, singing in the choir and running the youth group; before moving to Somerset and teaching music in a Primary School. I was heavily involved in our church’s children’s work before answering God’s call through Reader ministry to Ordination. Music and liturgy have been at the heart of all my parish and diocesan ministry, exploring how we can be both missional and welcoming in our worship. This was the topic of my Sabbatical in 2016 which first brought us to Argyll and Iona. Many years visiting Skye had revealed our deep love of the culture and music, landscape and spirituality of the Highlands – all of which God used to nudge us gently towards Argyll and The Isles as we opened our eyes and found ourselves to be at home.

    “So now we come to share in the heritage of Moluag, Columba and all the generations of followers, as we seek ways of engaging and sharing the good news of Christ to those around us. I come, knowing that I have much to learn as I transfer all my experiences into the Scottish Episcopal Church- but do so with confidence because of the wonderfully warm welcome that we have already felt from those we have met.

    “Soon we will be joining the worshipping life of St John’s Cathedral, St James Ardbrecknish, the gathered community at Kilbrandon, together with the Diocese and Province. I pray that all we will discover together will further the Kingdom promise of hope and expectation; opening many more hearts and minds to the love of God.”



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  • The Revd Amanda Fairclough – Priest/Evangelist for West Highland Region & Centre of Mission

    Lord Lieutenant Amandas Licensing20th 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!

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  • 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

    Down load the programme here


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  • 2017 Discipleship: Living Our Vision

    Resources available for download here.

    Please contact the diocese for more information or guidance.‎

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  • 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.

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