Welcome to The United Diocese of Argyll and The Isles


Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to the Royal Dockyard Chapel in Pembroke Dock, Wales.

A Statement by the Bishop of Argyll and The Isles

It is with great sadness that we heard today of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. She has served the peoples of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth faithfully and with great duty since her accession in 1952. We owe her an incalculable debt.

During these days of mourning, we pray for the Royal Family in their loss, and for all who mourn the death of our Sovereign. We give thanks for a life of faithful service, and we pray for King Charles III.

During these days of mourning services will be held in the churches and cathedrals of the Diocese, notice of which will be given soon.

God save the King

+ Keith

The Rt Revd Dr Keith Riglin FKC FRSA

Bishop of Argyll and The Isles


A prayer for the death of the monarch

Almighty and eternal God,
you uphold and govern all things both in heaven and on earth,
and by your grace alone kings and queens do reign.
We thank you for all the blessings which you have bestowed upon us
through our late sovereign lady, Queen Elizabeth,
whom you have called from this life in recent days.
We thank you for the wisdom of her guidance and her love of peace,
for the care and devotion with which she served her people,
for the example of her gracious life.
We pray that you would fill our hearts with gratitude for all these good things, and give us grace that we may use the memory of them as a perpetual call to live according to your will, for the good of all the world, and the glory of your great name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A prayer for the repose of the deceased monarch

Eternal Lord God, you hold all souls in life:
Shed forth upon your faithful servant, Queen Elizabeth,
the bright beams of your light and heavenly comfort;
And grant that she, and we with her,
may at length enter into the joys of your eternal kingdom;
Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

A prayer for the accession

O God, you govern your people by your creative love:
we hold before you your servant Charles, our King,
praying that, guided by your Spirit,
under him this nation may be wisely and justly governed,
and your Church proclaim your Gospel in peace;
may he be dedicated to you in heart, and mind, and soul.
persevering in good works to the end,
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.


The Primus pays tribute to HM Queen Elizabeth II



















The United Diocese of Argyll and The Isles is one of the seven historic Dioceses of the Scottish Episcopal Church

With two Cathedrals ~ St John the Divine, in Oban, and The Cathedral of The Isles, on the Isle of Cumbrae, the Diocese extends from Iona to Glencoe and from Lewis and the Western Isles to Kintyre and Arran.

This breathtakingly beautiful region is covered by many Episcopalian churches each offering a warm, unique welcome to worship and community

Worship in our Diocesan Churches 

We  are delighted that both Cathedrals and most of our churches are now able to offer communal worship whilst abiding by all the restrictions to ensure that we keep ourselves and those with us as safe as possible. Please contact individual churches to find out their times of worship. For the current Provincial guidelines.



Study and discussion with Bishop Keith

The Bishop invites you to attend a series of four studies on important questions of the Faith


Dates: September 7/ 14/ 21/ 28
Time:   7pm—8.30pm
Venue: St John’s Cathedral, Oban
A Presentation followed by discussion

For those unable to attend in person, together with others around the Diocese


Dates: September 7/ 14/ 21/ 28
Time:   7pm—8.30pm

Discussion with Bishop Keith via Zoom

Dates: September 8/ 15/ 22/ 29
Time:   10.30am – 11.30am

* 7 September – WHY? WHY BELIEVE IN GOD Theology – Are there reasons for believing in God, or is it all just blind faith?

* 14 September – WHERE? WHERE IS GOD KNOWN – THE TRINITY & ALL THINGS CONFUSING The Holy Trinity – Where it doesn’t add up (God and the Jesus-thing)

* 21 September – HOW? HOW THE CROSS CHANGES EVERYTHING The Atonement – How does the death of Jesus make a difference?

* 28 September – WHEN? WHEN GOD BECOMES PRESENT The Eucharist – What on earth is going on in Holy Communion

Booking is essential

IN PERSON: Booking Sheet @ St John’s Cathedral

ON ZOOM: via dean@argyll.anglican.org

Link will be sent in the week beginning September 5th

Any enquiries dean@argyll.anglican.org

This is a FREE event

Download  Going Deeper in Faith



Argyll and The Isles Diocesan Retreat, 2022

“Journeying with Jesus in the Gospels.”

Retreat led by Bishop Keith

Mon – Thurs 24th – 27th October 2022

College of the Holy Spirit, Cathedral of The Isles, Millport

After a gap of 2 years, the Diocesan Retreat is back! We are delighted that Bishop Keith will lead us in our retreat this year. Accommodation is in comfortable rooms and the food is excellent. The College is set on a grassy wooded site next to the Cathedral of the Isles built in 1851 by William Butterfield and is minutes from the sea.

The Retreat will run from 4pm on Monday 24th October to after breakfast on Thurs 27th . The cost is £330 per person. To book, contact the Cathedral at office@cathedraloftheisles.org or at 01475 530353.

A discount may be available for attendees in authorised lay ministry. Please contact Ros and Chris Brett, Mission Enablers, if you wish to apply for this.

For further information email missionenablers@argyll.anglican.org.


Scottish Pilgrim Routes Forum (SPRF) – Vacancy for an SEC contact person

The Scottish Pilgrim Routes Forum (SPRF) is a network of organisations and individuals committed to developing routes for off-road pilgrimage travel across Scotland. See https://www.sprf.org.uk/ for more details. The main work of SPRF is to support and resource local groups who are seeking to develop pilgrimage routes in Scotland. The newest of the routes are the Cowal Pilgrim Ways, which comprise 5 connected pilgrim ways across the Cowal Peninsula, centred on Kilmun.

SPRF generally holds two meetings each year, a Spring Gathering in April and a Pilgrimage Gathering & AGM in in September or October. The next meeting is the 2022 Gathering and AGM on 30th September, and it will take place in Kilmun. The Mission Board of the SEC is looking for a contact person with an interest in Scottish Pilgrimage Routes, whose role is to report on the activities of the SPRF to the Mission Board, and to keep the SEC informed about future events and opportunities concerning pilgrimage in Scotland.

Pilgrimage and Faith Tourism offer major outreach opportunities for the Diocese of Argyll and The Isles. The Diocese includes the major pilgrimage destination of Iona and many other places with deep roots in Celtic spirituality and history, with many Celtic saints being associated with Argyll Churches. There is also considerable interest in the association between the Stuart royal family and Argyll, especially Bonnie Prince Charlie and his escape after Culloden. So any members of the Diocese who have an interest in pilgrimage are encouraged to volunteer for the role of SEC contact person.

If you are interested or would like to find out more, please contact Dr Chris Brett, the Diocese’s representative on the Mission Board, at missionenablers@argyll.anglican.org, or by phone: 07711 944807.



Current Information & Daily Prayers

Daily Prayers for the Scottish Episcopal Church 

Prayer Cycle

The Argyll and The Isles Weekly Prayer Cycle


The Scottish Episcopal Institute prayer diary can be downloaded   here

 Latest Argyll and The Isles Newsletter is available here

Diocese of Argyll & The Isles – Privacy Statement and  Policies & Procedures


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