SEC - Digital Advent calendar 2017

Each day throughout Advent you will be able to watch a short video in the Scottish Episcopal Church’s (SEC) digital Advent Calendar. The opening of each daily Advent calendar ‘window’ on the SEC website will reveal a short video reflecting a variety of Advent related themes and reflections – highlighting how the Church is living out the Advent promise and how individuals and groups respond to the call of Advent and look forward together to the Birth of Christ.

Bishop Of Edinburgh’s sermon at the Wedding of Alistair & Peter - (October 2017)

The October edition is is available, including

Bishop Of Edinburgh’s sermon at the Wedding of Alistair & Peter    by the Rt Rev Dr John Armes, Bishop of Edinburgh

Having known Alistair and Peter for some years I was delighted when they invited me to preach at their wedding. But it was a challenging task. Theirs was the first wedding of a same-sex couple in a church in the Diocese of Edinburgh. As the bishop of the diocese I needed to weigh my words carefully.

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Faith and the Jacobites - (October 17)

The October edition is is available, including

 Faith and the Jacobites  by Allan Maclean

The Scottish Episcopal Church exists as a national and independent church because of its adherence to the Jacobite cause. Had the bishops in 1688 been prepared to transfer their allegiance to William of Orange, it is quite likely that the Episcopal Church would have survived the Revolution as the Church of Scotland.

Read more here 

Harvest Festival 2017

What a celebration of the Harvest!  The church looked wonderful thanks to the hard work of the pupils from Gatehouse Primary School.  After the service the Rector held an action of the produce to raise funds for St Michael's School in Malawi.  We raised a total of £242.75 and have sent £250 to St Michael's school.


After the service and auction, the congregation had a jolly lunch together at The Mill on The Fleet - thank you to them for wonderful food and a loevely welcoming atmosphere.

Harvest 3 2017

 Photos taken by Pene Richmond.

Decorating the church for Harvest Festival 2017

Thank you to Gatehouse Primary School pupils!


Thank you to everyone at Gatehouse Primary School, who made wonderful art celebrating Harvest and also came today to decorate St Mary's ready for Harvest festival on Sunday.

You did a great job ..

 We are so looking forward to celebrating Harvest and taking communion at such a beautiful altar.

 Harvest 1




Gatehouse Gala 2017

St Mary's joined all in Gatehouse in celebrating Gala week 2017.  The church was opened every day with a small exhibition of some local clubs, and teas, coffees and cakes available.  There were a variety of musicians playing daily, providing much enjoyment.  Below are photos of our rector, Stephen Hazlett and Ruth and a sing-a-long led by Sue St Joseph.

2017 Gatehouse Gala 1

Photo taken by Pene Richmond

2017 Gatehouse Gala 2

Photo taken by Vivien Millner

Sea Sunday 2017

Some of St Mary's and other friends excelled themselves at knitting a large collection of knitted articles which will be taken over to Grangemouth for distribution by the chaplain of the Mission to Seafarers.


When our Rector Stephen was port chaplain to Rotterdam, a video was made for YouTube on the rescue of survivors of the Baltic Ace. This can be accessed at Mission to Seafarers: Caring Across the Seas Youtube

2017 Sea Sunday

Rt Rev Mark Strange elected Primus

Today (Tuesday 27 June ) the Episcopal Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church elected the Rt Rev Mark Strange, Bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness as Primus. Bishop Mark says “I am humbled by the confidence shown in me by my colleagues and I will seek to serve the church as Primus with love and strength. Read the whole artilce on the Diocesan website: