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

Due  to unforseen circumstances the Service of Prayer on Sunday 20 March has had to be cancelled.  


Bishop Anne and her team of Priests are now leading our Communion Services.                SERVICES 2022

The next Communion Service will be on Sunday 3 April when Revd Ruth Green will preside.

You will be welcome at services BUT please note some precautions will be maintained (See below).


                               COVID PRECAUTION

Due  to the widespread number of cases we continue to take steps to protect everyone. Sometimes last-minute changes may be necessary. To keep you informed, we recommend  you are added to the mailing list  and you will receive emails with any new information. Please mail  You will also be given details of our safety precautions.

Everyone is welcome at these services.  Currently, we continue to record names and contact details of all who attend.  Emails are sent out before  services giving the celebrant and other details.  To join the mailing list please contact

The Government and the Scottish Episcopal Church are recommending carrying out a Lateral Flow Test before attending Church.

     Regular Services from February 2022


SHORT SERVICE OF PRAYER ON THE THIRD SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH AT 2p.m. (See note above concerning Sunday 20 March)


These are also 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, sometimes 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 Priest, Dr Duncan Heddle. He sends his Christmas greetings via a card is apparently still unwell.

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 2019-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.

Ecumenical Links 

St Machar’s  has friendly ecumenical links with  other Church congregations in Bucksburn, Newhills and Dyce.   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)

Community Links

Bucksburn News This regular publication is delivered to St Machar’s and free copies are available in the Annexe.

The Stoneywood Scouts help us to keep the grounds tidy removing autumn leaves, broken branches etc. They have given us four big planters which stand outside the front doors giving a nice welcome. During Covid times our ‘home team’ has 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
SecretaryMrs Erica Steele
TreasurerMrs Jenny Coleman
Lay RepresentativeMr Stewart Thain


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