Greyfriars and St. Mary’s is a linked charge of the Scottish Episcopal Church in the diocese of Glasgow and Galloway. The church in Kirkcudbright dates back to Medieval times, and in Gatehouse of Fleet to 1840. We hope you will find in these pages welcome, inspiration and information.
We are now embarked on the longest season in the church calendar; Trinity. This is not an easy doctrine to understand. Are there really three Gods up there? NO! But God is manifested in three Persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And He is down here as much as up there! Which is rather affirming and comforting considering the dark and uncertain times in which we live. My friend Ben Humphries (you may remember him from participating in my Institution in September) is rector of the parish next-door to Kensington where the Grenfell Tower Block tragedy took place. He confirmed what the media clearly showed; that the churches played a pivotal role in the care of the hundreds of people, many of whom were from socially deprived backgrounds already. The local Christian people also continue to play an important role in the challenging business of inter-faith relationships, especially in London at this time. Does God as Trinity have anything to say in all of this? A big loud YES! God is first Father to all mankind, of whatever faith background or none. Who does not need a loving heavenly Parent? He is also God the Son. As Saviour he offers forgiveness and reconciliation to a deeply divided world. God the Holy Spirit, if you recall from Pentecost, came into the early church as a powerful, cleansing wind. The Holy Spirit is also Guide, Conscience, and perhaps the most meaningful of all --- in the words of the old Prayer Book --- the Comforter. In other words, God has never ceased to meet us at the point of our utmost need.
Stephen D. Hazlett, Rector Greyfriars & St. Mary’s
The Scottish Episcopal Church is a member of the worldwide Anglican Communion, with 70 million members in 163 countries. It is the third largest Christian church in Scotland, and is in full communion with the Church of England, the Church of Ireland, and the Church in Wales. Our Christian belief is centred on the Holy Scriptures and the Sacraments of baptism and the Holy Communion. We live out these core beliefs through worship, prayer, and Christian living.
Both churches have an active role in our communities, sharing God’s love in ecumenical partnership with other churches. We give of our means and talents to the greater purpose of God’s work and the needs of our fellow humans locally, nationally, and internationally. We are listening churches, not just to those who attend our worship, but to all who find need of us, whether through baptism, marriage, illness or other pastoral needs, and bereavement. The Rector can be contacted at anytime.
Our congregations are enthusiastic, caring, and warm and hope you will be able to share with us as we celebrate our Christian life together.
May the Lord be with you, and may His peace be yours today and always.