The Auld Kirk

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The ‘Auld Kirk’ of Scotland is the Scottish Episcopal Church. As a Christian community, we are rooted in the traditions that are founded on the teaching of the great early Celtic saints. The great missionary Christians such as Columba of Iona and Ninian of Whithorn. Like that early Church, we continue the lineage of communities gathered around a Bishop charged with their unity and the guardians handing on of the faith from one generation to another.

We are a Church that is a Church in Scotland, of Scotland and for Scotland. We gather people in the worship of the God of Jesus Christ and form congregations that learn from his teaching. Yet our gaze is always outward, serving all people in God’s love without expectation, a presence of Christian community alongside and with the communities of our villages and towns. We have survived the upheavals of the Scottish Reformation and beyond, remaining faithful to our calling to be a presence of Christ to all God’s children.

Bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness
Bishop Mark Strange

We are part of the Diocese of Moray, Ross and Caithness, one of the seven regions that comprise the Scottish Episcopal Church. More widely we are part of the worldwide Anglican Communion so if you hail from the Church of England, the Church of Ireland or any Anglican/Episcopal background, you should feel very familiar with our worship life and way of being followers of Jesus Christ. Like all Anglican dioceses, our congregations find their unity in the person of our bishop. Currently, this is the Most Reverend Mark Strange, who is also the Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, responsible for chairing and representing the College of Bishops to the Anglican Communion and being our official voice as a Church to the world.

You can find out more about the United Diocese of Moray, Ross and Caithness here.

If you would like to find out more or wish to speak to one of the Ministry Team, please contact us .

May we wish you every blessing.