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  • Thy Kingdom Come

    Thy Kingdom Come is the worldwide wave of prayer which last year reached 116 countries and in which the support of so many countries has been fantastic, beginning of Ascension Day, May 30th and running until Pentecost on June 9th.


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  • New priest for Stornoway

    We are delighted to announce that …..
    The Reverend Canon Peter Moger has been appointed to the charge of St Peter’s, Stornoway and St Moluag’s, Eoropaidh, Isle of Lewis.
    Peter and his wife Heather’s move date to Lewis is 1st November 2019 to settle in Stornoway in the Autumn.
    Peter comes from York Minister where he has been Canon Residentiary and Precentor since 2010.
    Commenting on his new role, Peter said:
    “This post represents an enormous change – from the Church of England to the Scottish Episcopal Church, and from cathedral to local church ministry – but carries exciting challenges and possibilities. The Western Isles have a rich historic tradition of Christian faith and worship. It will be a privilege to be part of that, following God’s call to share with the people of St Peter’s and St Moluag’s in ministry and mission to local communities and to the many visitors to the islands.”
    Bishop Kevin added: “We look forward to welcoming Peter and Heather to the Diocese of Argyll and The Isles and sharing our vision of furthering God’s Kingdom in this place.”

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  • New Priest for Cowal

    The Rev David Railton has been appointed as the new Rector for the linked Charges of Holy Trinity, Dunoon and St Pauls, Rothesay.

    David Railton is currently Vicar of Blackwell and Coniscliffe Parishes, Darlington in the Diocese of Durham.

    In preparing to take up his appointment just after Easter David says “My wife, Sarah and I are excited about our imminent move to this beautiful part of Scotland when I become Rector of Holy Trinity, Dunoon and St Paul’s Rothesay.  There are many opportunities and challenges ahead for us, but we are looking forward to walking this next part of our journey with people in the Church and also in the wider communities here, trusting always that God walks with us!”

    The Rt Rev Kevin Pearson, Bishop of Argyll & The Isles welcomes the appointment and says “I am delighted that David Railton has been appointed Rector of the Linked Charge of Holy Trinity and St Paul’s.  David has excellent skills that I am sure he will put to good use developing both churches and ministering in the local communities of Cowal and Bute.”

    David’s appointment is a significant development in the life of the Diocese and I look forward to his contribution to Diocesan life and to working with him

    David Railton was born in Yorkshire and attended the University of Bradford where he graduated with a 1st class honours degree in Pharmacy.  He worked as a pharmacist in Derby where he married Sarah in 1991.  He gave up pharmacy to be ordained Deacon in 2008 and Priest in 2009.  He served his curacy in Derbyshire, then became Vicar to three Parishes on the edge of the Peak District before becoming Vicar in Darlington.  He and Sarah have two grown up children Alice and Samuel who live and work in London.  When not working, David enjoys walking and Munro bagging, reading and cooking.  He is also interested in history and sport.



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  • Diocesan Conference & Synod

    All members of the Diocese were invited to attend the Diocesan Conference and Synod . The Conference with keynote speaker Rev Richard Tiplady, took place at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), Dunstaffnage on Tuesday, 12th March. The Diocesan Synod was constituted on Tuesday, 12th March 2019 at the Syonod Eucharist in St John’s Cathedral, Oban. The business meeting took place on Wednesday, 13th March at SAMS. Please contact the Diocesan Office for more information.  The next Conference is 3rd & 4th March 2020.

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  • Christmas Services

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  • Rev Peter Rice RIP

    As you may already know, Peter has been receiving nursing care outside our home for the past six months. He died of cancer (and a chest infection) on Saturday 10 November in Worcester Hospital with Eleanor and I present. If you have already received this information, please accept our apologies.

    Peter’s funeral will be held at 11.30 in the Abbey, Pershore, Worcestershire, on Thursday 29 November. There will be refreshments afterwards in St Andrews church, nearby, so we would be grateful if you could let us know if you hope to attend (to help estimate catering numbers).

    Family flowers only. Donations for Pershore Abbey Organ Appeal.

    Enquiries to E Hill & Son Funeral Directors, 01386 552141,

    If you are unable to attend, your thoughts are much appreciated at this time. All best wishes,

    Fiona, Eleanor and Bella


    Geography will make it impossible for many to be present, but the power of prayer will enable us to be there in spirit; those who wish to may gather in St Mary’s, Glencoe at 11:30am for half an hour for a prayer vigil to coincide with the service.

    A Requiem will be offered for the soul of Peter Rice, Priest at Christ Church, Lochgilphead at 11.30am on Thursday 29th November at the time of his funeral in Pershore Abbey.

    All are most welcome to attend and join in our prayers.

    Rest eternal grant to him, O Lord,

    and let light perpetual shine upon him. 

    May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

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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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