The Scottish Episcopal Church and St Saviour’s – Who We Are
The Scottish Episcopal Church Is an independent province of the Anglican Communion. The province has seven dioceses, one of the bishops at any time being elected as Primus by the College of Bishops. The present Primus is The Most Rev’d Mark Strange, Bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness. The SEC is the third largest Christian denomination in Scotland with about 100,000 adherents. www.scotland.anglican.org
Our diocese of St Andrew’s, Dunkeld and Dunblane has its cathedral in Perth. It covers Perthshire, Kinross, Fife, Clackmannan, West Stirlingshire and part of Angus. Our bishop is the Rt Reverend Ian Paton. www.standrew.anglican.org
St Saviour’s, Bridge of Allan is open 365 days a year and has always had a reputation for giving visitors a warm welcome. Doors opened in 1865 to serve a growing village, as visitors came to enjoy health-giving spa water, fresh air and amenities. We share the tradition of the SEC eucharist and the 1982 Scottish Liturgy. Vestments are in use and we have a robed choir.
Our congregation is friendly, inclusive , active and involved. We are either long-time locals or those who have moved recently to enjoy the beautiful area of Bridge of Allan and Stirling with its superbly landscaped University (Scotland’s Uni for Sporting Excellence), Castle and the National Monument known as The Wallace Monument. Some say they felt welcomed first time and stayed. Some have joined us from a variety of faith backgrounds, some families have worshipped here over several generations. There are talented, skilled people in our midst: Vestry (working with the rector in the chair), Young Church and creche, readers, intercessors, course leaders, organists, fun and fundraisers. skilled craftsmen, cleaners and polishers, artists and flower arrangers.
Positive and forward thinking, we serve the community and the wider Stirling area, actively involved with caring organisations such as Start-Up Stirling and elderly care at Ashford House.
Art exhibitions and concerts, organized by us, attract local residents and visitors, offering an opportunity for people to become familiar with church and its place in the community. Our fun and fund raising and recreational groups show that we care for our church. Our buildings are 150 years old, current significant lottery-funded work on the fabric will fit us for going forward into our community and the world for the next 150.