ST MACHAR’S SCOTTISH EPISCOPAL CHURCH
“FOLLOWING JESUS AND MAKING HIM KNOWN”
St Machar’s Church, Bucksburn is situated just off the A96 on the outskirts of Aberdeen. It is a congregation within the Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney, and in full communion with Anglican Churches from around the world.
Services in the Church Building Are now Suspended
St Machar’s is Closed until Further Notice.
There is positive news. Services still occur!
CHOICE OF SERVICES
both of which are being emailed out to the congregation.
Those who would like to follow the Morning Prayer Service which we have been using at St Machar’s can do in their own homes using the Order of Service.
As part of the ongoing response to the Coronavirus pandemic the Scottish Episcopal Church (SEC) is broadcasting
Sunday Eucharistic Services at 11am. Video coverage of these services is available via its website, social media channels and YouTube channel. The web page for the broadcast is located at
These are uplifting services, so far led by Bishops. We encourage you to try them.
New Page on the Website
There is now a new page available on which you can read the Diocesan Newsletter. Bishop Anne sends this out each week. It is full of inspiring articles to encourage us in our prayers and actions in these worrying days, from the Bishop and others all over the Diocese. You are encouraged to contribute yourself if you would like. Do have a look.
Members of the congregation who have email will be sent this directly and you will notice it then includes beautiful illustrations which are not on the webpage so far!
PLEASE LOOK AT THE SPECIAL PAGE COVID-19 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION about St Machar’s Church, our Diocese and The Scottish Episcopal Church during reaction to this pandemic.
At this time we pray for all involved in decision-making concerning the COVID-19 virus spread, all those ill and all their carers, family and friends.
We pray for our Priest, Dr Duncan Heddle who is still in hospital. He is making good progress and is pleased with the care he receives from the hospital staff. members of the congregation are saying in touch with Dr Heddle mostly by telephone.
We were extremely happy to welcome Bishop Anne on Sunday 8 March and had a beautiful Eucharist service followed by refreshments and fellowship.
On other Sundays we joined in a lay-led service of Morning Prayer.
The long-awaited work in the Annexe to provide better heating is completed and the first Monthly Fellowship meal was on Sunday 2 February-Candlemas.
Pictures showing this should be on the website soon.
We are also extremely happy with the new Communion Table which we think offers a more intimate atmosphere at the Eucharist.
Eucharist on the first Sunday of every month incorporates modern translations of readings. On these Sundays all services are followed by a time of fellowship and refreshments in St Machar’s annexe. Click on the ‘News’ button for further details of this and other events
EVERYONE IS WELCOME AT SERVICES so we look forward to times when the building is able to open.
St Machar’s has friendly ecumenical links with other Church congregations in Bucksburn, Newhills and Dyce. As an example, Pentecost was celebrated this year as part of the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ initiative. Rev. Dr Nigel Parker co-ordinated an ecumenical service at Newhills Church of Scotland. St Machar’s Episcopal Church took part as did Dyce Parish Church and Bucksburn Stoneywood Church of Scotland. We already hold some regular events together notably the annual World Day of Prayer on the first Friday of March. Also we have links with The Living Well Project at Newhills Church (See item above on The Bishop’s Lent Appeal)
Bucksburn News This regular publication is delivered to St Machars and free copies are available in the Annexe.
The Stoneywood Scouts do a great job helping us to keep the grounds tidy after the autumn leaves, broken branches etc. They have given us two big planters which stand outside the front doors giving a nice welcome. This year our ‘home team’ carried out most of the ground clearing but we look forward to seeing the Scouts again as they have promised to help. Our grass cutter keeps the grounds in good order.
A defibrillator for Bucksburn A keen-eyed member of the congregation noticed that the Community Council was collecting for a defibrillator to be situated outside the Milne’s butcher shop in Auchmill Road, Bucksburn. We had a collecting box in our Annexe and made a small contribution to this worthwhile cause. The generous community collected so much that there will probably be three defibrillators in Bucksburn to potentially save lives. More of these seem to be appearing around Bucksburn now-a good community initiative.
Community Homes We maintain a friendly contact with several local Care Homes
On Sunday 18 August 2019, St Machar’s was privileged to welcome once again choir members from St Andrew’s Cathedral Aberdeen with their director Professor Andrew Morrison and organist Dr Ed Jones. Dr Heddle led the service and about 50 people enjoyed the service and fellowship afterwards.
People at St Machar’s:
|Priest in Charge:||Rev Dr Duncan Heddle|
|Secretary||Mrs Erica Steele|
|Treasurer||Mrs Jenny Coleman|
|Lay Representative||Mr Stewart Thain|
Where we are: