Churches open for prayer this weekend for political and community reconciliation

The College of Bishops of the Scottish Episcopal Church has asked each congregation to open their doors on the weekend of 5 and 6 October to create a space for people in their community to offer prayer.

The College hopes that the Church can offer this opportunity for reflection on the continuing divisions that we see across the country as political upheaval continues to cause concern for many people.

The Most Rev Mark Strange, The Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church says “this is something we can do for those we are called to serve: offer a space and some suggested themes. We are not attempting to offer answers, simply the chance to pray and reflect. We know that the many gifted ministers within this Church will have resources at hand to use over the weekend but we will offer some extra ideas in the coming days.

Some prayer resources have been prepared at the request of the Primus by the Rev’d Canon Audrey O’Brien Stuart, Canon Missioner of the Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway, which can be found at:

  • http://pisky.scot/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/National-Day-of-Prayer-5-6-Oct.docx
  • http://pisky.scot/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/National-Weekend-of-Prayer-5-6-Oct.pdf

 

The following churches in our diocese will be open to offer space and reflection:

 

Saturday 5 October:

Aberdeen – St Andrew’s Cathedral:

  • Open from 10:00am to 2:00pm

Aberdeen – St John’s Church:

  • Open from 10:00am to 12 Noon

Alford – St Andrew’s Church:

  • Open from 10:00am to 4:00pm

Buckie – All Saints Church:

  • Open 9:00am to 11:30am

Burravoe – St Colman’s Church:

  • Open all day

Inverurie – St Mary’s Church:

  • Open from 9:00am to 6:00pm

Kemnay – St Anne’s Church:

  • Open from 10:00am to 4:00pm

Kirkwall – St Olaf’s Church:

  • Open during daylight hours

Stromness – St Mary’s Church:

  • Open from 11:00am to 1:00pm

 

Sunday 6 October:

Many of our congregations plan to pray during their normal Sunday services in addition to the following churches being open for private prayer:

Aberdeen – St Andrew’s Cathedral:

  • Open from 8:00am to 2:00pm

Alford – St Andrew’s Church:

  • Open from 10:00am to 4:00pm

Buckie – All Saints Church:

  • Open 10:00am to 11:30am (parish Eucharist at 11:30am)

Burravoe – St Colman’s Church:

  • Open all day

Fraserburgh- St Peter’s Church:

  • Open from 10:30am to 1:00pm and 3:30-5:00pm

Inverurie – St Mary’s Church:

  • Open from 9:00am to 6:00pm

Kemnay – St Anne’s Church:

  • Open from 10:00am to 4:00pm

Kirkwall – St Olaf’s Church:

  • Open during daylight hours