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

On Sunday 3 March St Machar’s congregation was happy to welcome Bishop Anne Dyer for the first time and enjoyed a beautiful Communion Service for the last Sunday before Lent.

Bishop’s Lent Appeal

The Living Well Cafe at Newhills Church

This year’s Bishop’s Lent Appeal was supported in in two ways: A collection was arranged for donations to the Living Well Project (Local Dementia Support Group) at Newhills Parish Church and some members of the congregation have started visiting the Living Well Cafe at Newhills. ‘The Café’ is very keen to welcome visitors and those who have been find it an enriching experience. Opening times for the Café, on alternate Tuesdays are shown on the website link below, on the Annexe noticeboard or available for those interested on a flyer.         

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)

Choral Evensong on 26 August 2018 (Photo courtesy of Mrs Jenny Coleman) 


The celebration of CHORAL EVENSONG  on Sunday 26 August with members of St Andrew’s Cathedral Choir was a beautiful service. Priest-in-Charge, Rev Dr Duncan Heddle officiated and welcomed the choir under their director Professor Andrew Morrison.  We were also pleased to welcome the Provost from St Andrew’s, Very Rev Dr Isaac Poobalan,  our neighbouring minister from Bucksburn Stoneywood Church, Rev Dr Nigel Parker and visitors from other local churches  in Bucksburn, Dyce, Middlefield, Powis and other areas.  There was an abundant supply of cakes to go with the tea/coffee afterwards and a good time of fellowship was enjoyed.

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

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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