Latest News Regarding Our Vacancy for a Rector

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  We have a new Rector!! 
Further details will follow shortly once she has advised here present churches of her pending move.
Our new Rector is not expected to take up the post at St Mary’s before the New Year.

A Vacancy Committee has been formed and at present consists of:

                                    Geoff Angell
                                    John Blaber - Chairman, Interview Panel
                                    Alan Coupe
                                    Richmond Davies
                                    Rona Finlayson
                                    Revd Bob Gould - Interim Pastor

Caroline Gunn
Denis King
Carole MacBride
Lord Morton - Patron
Bill Scott - Chairman, Vacancy Committee
Ted Tracey-Bower

The committee aims to keep the congregation informed at all times, and importantly would welcome and value input from members of the congregation.  It may well also co-opt members in relation to specific tasks in which they may have experience and/or expertise.

Click or tap HERE to read the Presentation to the Congregation on Behalf of the Vestry given by Alan Coupe (Rector’s Warden) on Sunday 29th May 2016.
   Click or tap HERE to read the Diocesan Mission Statement - mentioned in the above Presentation.

Revd Dr Bob Gould has been appointed as our Interim Pastor from the point of Deryck’s retirement. (Bob will NOT be an Interim Rector.)
Rev Dr Robert Gould
The role of an Interim Pastor is to:

1. accompany the Vacancy Committee as it develops a Mission Plan and Congregational Profile and generally enter into the process of appointment;
2. be there as a source of advice ‘on the end of a phone’ basis;
3. work with the Vestry to ensure that Sunday services are covered (not to do them all);
4. ensure that Occasional Offices are covered (again, not necessarily to do them).

Your Vacancy Committee has met on:

  • Monday, 23rd May 2016 with Revd Deryck Collingwood.
  • Monday, 11th July 2016
  • Monday, 29th August 2016 and was the first attended by Revd Bob Gould.
  • Monday, 31st October 2016 with Bishop John.
  • Monday, 14th November 2016.
  • Monday, 28th November 2016: meeting with the Dean. Cancelled due to ill health of the Dean.
  • Monday, 23rd January 2017
  • Monday, 27th February 2017
  • Tuesday, 25th April 2017
  • Wednesday, 10th May 2017: meeting with the new Dean.
  • Wednesday, 26th July 2017
  • Wednesday, 16th August 2017
  • Thursday, 17th August 2017

Your Vacancy Committee completed the Congregational Profile, Rector Profile and Advertisement. These were approved by the new Dean and Bishop John and  we received the go-ahead from the Bishop to proceed with advertising the vacancy on Monday, 13th March 2017. The advertisement was published in the ‘Church Times’, the Scottish Episcopal Church's website, the Edinburgh Diocese website, the ‘Communicant’ and ‘Inspires On-Line’ with the latest closing date for receipt of applications of 7th July 2017.

Wednesday 26th July 2017. We received a number of applications for the post of Rector. These were studied by the Vacancy Committee and the Interview Panel. A short list has been drawn up and interviews will start in mid-August. Due to respect for confidentiality, we are unable to give any further information on this public website at the moment, but please watch this space for more news as it becomes available.

Click or tap HERE to read the Presentation to the Congregation on Behalf of the Vacancy Committee given by Alan Coupe (Rector’s Warden) on Sunday, 29th January 2017.

Please click/tap HERE for results from the Congregational Survey.

Please click/tap HERE for edited extracts of the very relevant sermon preached by
Revd Eileen Thompson on 6th November 2016


The Edge - Autumn 2016Please click/tap HERE for Autumn 2016 Edition of ‘The Edge’ which has details of our new ‘Bishop’s Mission Enabler’ on page 7.