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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

    Will be updated during November

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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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  • 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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  • Rev Ken Skipper RIP

    It is with sadness that we announce the death of Rev Ken Skipper who was for some years the Priest at St Columba’s on the Isle of Islay.

    Ken died peacefully on 7th May at home in Lincolnshire with his family.

    The funeral service will take place at 2pm on Saturday, 20th May at St Columba’s, Isle of Islay.

    Please keep Ken’s wife, Christine, and the family in your prayers at this time.

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