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

The long-awaited work in the Annexe to provide better heating is now complete and the first Monthly Fellowship meal is 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.

Do come and join us at any of our services or events

Regular Services

Holy Eucharist is usually celebrated at 11:00 every Sunday , Christmas Day and at 19:30 on Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday and Ascension Day.  An informal service of readings and carols is held on Christmas Eve.  A service of Compline and Shorter Litany is held on Good Friday.

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


Ecumenical Links 

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)

Community Links

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
SecretaryMrs Erica Steele
TreasurerMrs Jenny Coleman
Lay RepresentativeMr Stewart Thain


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