Our Bishop Elect Canon Anne Dyer

Cathedral Welcomes Bishop Elect Anne Dyer to her Cathedra

The Episcopal Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church elected the Rev Canon Anne Dyer as the new Bishop of Aberdeen & Orkney on Thursday the 9th of November 2017 in the Suther Chapel.

Canon Dyer is Rector of Holy Trinity church, Haddington (since 2011). Her wider church involvement includes being a member of the Scottish Episcopal Institute Council and a member of General Synod.

Being in the first group of women for each of these Orders, Canon Dyer was ordained Deacon in 1987 and Priest in 1994 in Rochester. She served as Warden of Cranmer Hall, Durham and before that was Ministry Development Officer in the Diocese of Rochester. Prior to ordination Anne Dyer read Chemistry at St Anne’s College, Oxford and was a Business Systems Analyst with Unilever before training for ordained ministry at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford and studying theology at King’s College London.

Canon Dyer is Chair of the East Lothian Foodbank and is also a regular lecturer across Edinburgh and the Lothians on the subject of fine art and theology.

On hearing of her election Canon Dyer said “I am delighted to be elected by the Bishops of the Scottish Episcopal Church to serve as Bishop in the United Diocese of Aberdeen & Orkney. It will be a privilege to lead the people of this diocese as they continue to make known the love of God to those in their communities and beyond. I am looking forward to both the challenge and excitement of serving and worshipping together in diverse locations across the diocese and to joining the College of Bishops.”

Canon Dyer is the first woman to be elected Bishop in the Scottish Episcopal Church. The General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church voted to allow the election of female bishops in 2003. The See of Aberdeen & Orkney became vacant last November when the Rt Rev Dr Robert Gillies retired as Bishop of the Diocese.

The Most Rev Mark Strange, Bishop of Moray, Ross & Caithness and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church says “I am delighted to welcome the Rev Canon Anne Dyer to the College of Bishops. Anne brings with her a wealth of experience in theological education and mission development, and has so many of the gifts sought by the diocese together with a deeply loving and generous personality.

I am also delighted that those gifts have allowed us to elect a woman to our College of Bishops. Please pray for Anne, her family, for the congregation at Haddington and for the Diocese of Aberdeen & Orkney as they journey on in faith.”

Canon Dyer was born in 1957, is married and has a daughter.

Thy Kingdom Come – Peace

I will not leave you orphans. I am coming to you. John 14.18

Thy Kingdom Come

Pledge to Pray for Peace

Monday 22nd May, 22 year old Salman killed 22 people in Manchester arena.

It is hard to come to terms with the devastation caused by one individual on so many lives and lives associated with the victims and perpetrator. He was at the prime of his life with the whole life ahead of him. He was only 22 and for unknown reasons he had taken a life for each of his life on earth. It is of little comfort or hope to speculate. And for those who believe in life, abundant life promised by the one who gave his life to give us life, Jesus Christ we have a commandment to obey and an advice to follow. We are called to love and have been asked to pray.

Today is the eve of Ascension, a Rogation day i.e. a day observed as a of Prayer and a day of asking, by the Church. Jesus promised, ‘I will not leave you orphans. I am coming to you.’ (NRSV) The verb ‘coming’ ἔρχομαι is used in the Present, Indicative, Middle or Passive voice in the 1st Person Singular. The force of that usage is that the ONE who promised to be with us is both ever present and ever coming to our comfort and aid.

Let us pray that the ONE who is coming to bring peace and comfort will sustain and surround all who grieve the loss of their loved one, so violently. Let us also pray that the Peace of the ONE who is coming will come to all who are troubled and chose death over life and cause much pain.

The symbol above is Arabic numerals for 22 designed as M to remember the 22 victims of the 22 year old Salman in Manchester on the 22nd of May.

The Most Holy Place

Jesus entered the Most Holy Place once and for all. Hebrews 9.8


Every moment of suffering has three layers. The outer, the medial and the inner. When Jesus entered his Passion, his outer court looked focused, determined and active. Jesus ate with his friends, communed with them, taught them and prepared them for entry into the inner court. Here he had his close friends, he preferred solitude, he prayed, he cried and was in agony. In the most holy place, he was with his Father, alone. He was visible on the cross and yet invisible in his communion with the father. While the on lookers saw his suffering and heard his cry, it was but the shadow of his offering. Here in is the mystery of the cross. While the senses give us some glimpse into this suffering, there is peace and joy in the invisible. He we enter in only in and through him.

Mothering Sunday Festival

Mothering Sunday Festival at the Cathedral

Around a hundred and fifty people gathered at the Cathedral Church to celebrate the Mothering Sunday Festival with Prayer and Praise, Singing and Dancing, Eucharist and Food. The Cathedral ladies, many from the Egbo family background, processed through the centre isle of the Cathedral singing and dancing giving thanks for the gift of motherhood and remembering mothers around the world.

The Liturgy was set to Eucharist setting by world renowned composer, Prof Paul Mealor and conducted by the Master of Choristers at the Cathedral, Prof Andrew Morrison. The setting by Prof Mealor evoked the beauty, tenderness and robustness of motherhood. And the words of the Liturgy brought home for many, the motherhood of God.

The Lenten Choral Meditation in the afternoon was a perfect end to a most beautiful day. In between the two worship events, the John Skinner Centre of filled with people, food, drinks, music, dance and many children. The day was a foretaste of heaven. God bless all those who put in hours of hard work to make it such a special day.

Photos will follow. Watch the space.

CDP 2020 Fundraising

CDP2020 Dr Claire Woods, Director of Fundraising outlined the plan

Good evening everyone, my name is Claire Woods. I am an active member of the St Andrew’s Cathedral congregation, serving on the Board of Trustees as Provost’s Warden and assisting in the cathedral choir, training the young trebles.

I was both honoured and slightly scared when I was invited to join the Project Management Team as Director of Fundraising and I am speaking to you in that capacity this evening. A quick glance around you will be enough for you to realise that our Diocesan Cathedral is in dire need of some TLC. The walls, which were last repainted in the early 1980s, are covered in waxy dirt, many of the lights no longer work because the wiring is corroded and the heating is chronically unreliable. Most of you have attended large diocesan events here in the past and will have found that the vestries are too small and the toilets are woefully inadequate. It is clear that something has to be done – but what?

The Cathedral Trustees have been exploring development options for the past 15 years, with many false starts and rejected ideas along the way. Now at last, under Isaac’s leadership, we believe we have discerned God’s purpose for us in this central Aberdeen location. The congregation and Chapter all share a vision of making St Andrew’s Cathedral a home of Christian hospitality and culture in the heart of Aberdeen.

The brochures you have been given explain the development plans. In particular they tell you how the improvements are designed to benefit the congregation, young and old, the diocese as a whole, local community groups, young music performers and other musicians, seekers after truth and pilgrims from further afield.

We believe this programme will give something to everyone and we are asking everyone to give something to the programme. The total cost of the programme is £1.7 million, of which £650,000 has been secured and a further £200,000 identified. This brings us to the halfway point of the journey. We have a target of £400,000 to raise from the present and past cathedral community and the diocese.

We are most grateful that the Diocesan Lent Appeal has been allocated to the project this year. I am asking that you consider becoming an individual benefactor of the cathedral, as the mother church of the diocese. I also urge you to organise a group of members of your own church collectively to become a benefactor. For example, the mothers at the cathedral have pledged to join together to become a group benefactor and they will do this as part of their thanksgiving offering to God on Mothering Sunday.

By pledging 5, 10 or 25 pounds a week for a 3-year period, you can become a benefactor, donating a sliver, gold or platinum seat or ‘Cathedra’ to the project. All the information you need to do this is at the back of the brochures. There are additional brochures and separate pledging forms on the tables at the back of the cathedral. Please take a few as you leave and distribute them around your own church.

I sincerely thank you in advance for your generous response to this appeal.

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