• Canon 4 (Election of Bishops) Amendment passed at General Synod

    Bishop Anne writes: This afternoon, the General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church passed the motion that Canon 4 (of the Election of Bishops to Vacant Sees) be revised and amended as necessary. This motion began in the Synod of the Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney, was adopted by the Faith and Order Board, and […]

  • New Appointment for St Devenick’s Church, Bieldside

    The Bishop has announced that the Rev’d Capt Gerry Bowyer is to be Rector of St Devenick’s Church in Bieldside. Gerry will be instituted in September.

  • Rev’d Neil Brice appointed to Chapter

    The Bishop has made the Rev’d Neil Brice a member of Chapter. Neil has an extensive and well respected ministry in Shetland. He is Rector of the churches of St Magnus, Lerwick and St Colman, Burravoe, and a Diocesan Clergy Representative on General Synod. His ministry is marked by an attention to pastoral care and […]

  • Photos from the Choral Festival

    Photos from the Diocesan Choral Festival are shown below. A video copy of Bishop Anne’s Sermon is also available.

  • Fellowship of St Andrew – a message from the Bishop

    Bishop Anne writes: In order to recognise and honour those who have made a significant contribution to the life of the Diocese and beyond I am inaugurating a Fellowship of St Andrew. Fellowships will be awarded to lay people who have made such a contribution over a good number of years, and whose gifts have […]

  • Civic Reception to honour St Andrew’s Cathedral

    A Civic Reception was held by the Lord Provost of Aberdeen on the evening of 15 May in the Town House. The Lord Provost was honouring the cathedral for the contribution made to the well-being of the City, and noting the consecration of the first female bishop in Scotland. In his speech before the dinner, […]

  • Emsley Nimmo walking for UCAN

    The Rev’d Dr Emsley Nimmo, the Rector of St Margaret’s Church, Aberdeen is walking next week in aid of UCAN.  The poster for his walk is shown below. You can support Emsley on his Just Giving page, or a sponsorship form and a gift aid form for those who wish to donate offline.

  • Photos from the Institution of Dennis Berk as Rector of Ellon and Cruden Bay

    Photos from the Installation of the Rev’d Dr Dennis Berk as Rector of St Mary-on-the-Rock, Ellon and St James-the-Less, Ellon are shown below. Video and Text copies of the Sermon are also available.

  • New Appointment at St Ternan’s Church, Banchory

    Bishop Anne is pleased to announce that the Rev’d Lynsay Downs is to be Rector of St Ternan’s Church in Banchory. Lynsay is currently Rector of St James the Less, Penicuik and St Mungo’s, West Linton in the Diocese of Edinburgh. Lynsay will move to Banchory in July and her institution will be in August.

  • New Northern Light available

    The Easter Edition of Northern Light is shown below.  A printable PDF version is also available for both Northern Light, and the insert that was distributed with it. The following pages are an insert that was distributed with Northern Light:

  • Centrepost for April

    Centrepost for April, giving details of events taking place around the Diocese is shown above.  A printable PDF version is also available.

  • Bishop Anne’s sermon from Chrism Mass

    Bishop Anne has released a text copy of the sermon she preached at the Chrism Mass held at St Andrew’s Cathedral yesterday.  It is shown below, and a printable PDF copy is also available.  The full service, including the sermon, was streamed on the Cathedral’s Facebook page and is available here. Ordinary Things – Holy […]

  • Photos from today’s Chrism Mass

    The Chrism Mass, in which the oils were blessed and the clergy renewed their vows, took place today at St Andrew’s Cathedral in Aberdeen.  Photos from the day are available below:

  • Bishop’s Charge to Synod

    The Bishop has made a text copy of her sermon available.  A video copy will be made available later today. It is shown below, a printable PDF copy is also available.   Bishop of the United Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney Charge to Synod Saturday 17 March 2018 Today I have an opportunity to tell […]

  • A message from Bishop Anne: Visiting the Diocese

    I know that many of you are wondering how I will get about and visit the diocese.  Here is my plan. Public transport – when I can: I was heartened when I read in the Diocesan Profile that public transport is very good across the north-east. This does seem to be the case. When and where I […]

  • New Appointment at Ellon and Cruden Bay

    We are pleased to announce the imminent arrival of a new Rector for St Mary’s, Ellon, and St James, Cruden Bay, The Revd Dr Dennis B. A. Berk. Dennis was born in the United States. Growing up in Pennsylvania, he later went to Illinois where he graduated with a degree in psychology from Wheaton College. After […]

  • Diocesan Synod papers available

    Diocesan Synod takes place this coming Saturday at the Hilton Doubletree in Aberdeen, beginning with the Eucharist at 9:30am. Papers are available on the website: Agenda, minutes of last year’s Synod, and reports. Diocesan Statistics

  • Sermon preached by Bishop Anne – Sunday 4 March

    Bishop Anne has released a text copy of her first sermon in the Diocese, preached last Sunday, 4 March, at St Andrew’s Cathedral – an extract is shown below.  It is available in full here. There has been much speculation, some private, but much in the public domain, concerned with what my episcopate is going […]

  • Report on Bishop Bob Gillies trip to South Carolina

    Bishop Anne has shared the report from +Bob, our previous Bishop on his recent visit to South Carolina, USA. Setting the context of the visit, +Bob writes: Back in early 2016 the Trustees of the Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney presented Grace Church Cathedral, Charleston, The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, a reprint of the […]

  • Photos from the Consecration of Bishop Anne

    Photos telling the story of yesterday’s consecration of Bishop Anne are shown below. After the service, the Most Rev’d Mark strange, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church said: “I am delighted that despite the weather conditions and travel difficulties, the Cathedral was full of people who simply rejoiced in response to the words “greet your […]

  • A Message from the Bishop Elect

    As I make my final preparations for my consecration on Thursday, this message comes to thank you all for the wave of prayer that is carrying me forward. Your cards, messages and greetings have been so welcome and encouraging. I am looking forward to meeting many of you in person on Thursday. I am aware […]

  • Centrepost for March 2018

    Centrepost for March is shown above.  A printable PDF file is also available.

  • Daily Offices to be streamed from Day of Prayer

    Following consultation with the Provost, the IT Officer is intending to stream the daily offices live from the Diocesan Day of Prayer at the Cathedral tomorrow to allow those unable to be with us in person to join us in prayer.  The streaming will be available on our Diocesan Facebook page (you should be able to […]

  • Provost calls Day of Prayer

    The Provost has called a day of prayer for the Diocese, to be held on Friday 16 February at St Andrew’s Cathedral.  Isaac writes: As we move towards the day of the Consecration and Enthronement of Anne Dyer as our next Bishop and as the custodian of your Cathedral, I feel moved to call our […]

  • Memorial Service for Margie Cox

    A Memorial and Thanksgiving Service for Lay Reader Margie Cox is to be held at Leochel Cushnie Church of Scotland on March 22nd at 11am. Margie died unexpectedly on New Years Eve.  As a Lay Reader she served in the Donside Congregations from her home at Newton House for many years. In 2002 she transferred to St […]


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