Pastoral Letter

Bishop’s Lent Appeal


Brothers and sisters in Christ, since early days Christians have observed with great devotion the time of our Lord’s passion and resurrection and prepared for this by a season of penitence and fasting . By carefully keeping these days, take to heart the call to repentance and the assurance of the forgiveness proclaimed in the […]

Pastoral Letter February 2021

Dear Friends, Firstly, let me introduce myself to you. I am the Rev. Canon Sandy Montgomerie and your Interim Priest in the vacancy as Gordon moves to a new charge at St Margaret’s Newlands in Glasgow. Bishop Kevin asked me to support this ministry and I was pleased to help.  I live in Saltcoats and […]

Pastoral Letter for September 2020

Dear Friends, “I was glad when they said unto me, ‘let us go into the house of the Lord’.  This first verse of Psalm 122 seems to me to be so appropriate for us as a community of faith here at St Columba’s in these troubled and uncertain times.   Since the 23 August we […]

Sermon for Pentecost 12. Year A. 23 August 2020

WELCOME BACK! It was good to reopen our building and share, once more, in the Eucharist today after 22 long weeks apart. Each week from now on we intend to post the gospel and sermon from the Sunday Liturgy.  Here is the broadcast from today:

Guidelines for reopening of churches under Phase 3

The College of Bishops and its Advisory Group today issue guidance to the Scottish Episcopal Church on how to prepare for further easing of lockdown restrictions as we approach Phase 3 of the Scottish Government route map through and out of the coronavirus crisis.   Four documents are being made available today:   Introduction to […]

Pastoral Letter July / August 2020

On 1 July 2020 The Rt Revd Kevin Pearson translates from the Diocese of Argyll and The Isles to become our Bishop here in the Diocese of Glasgow & Galloway.  Here are Bishop Kevin’s Reflections and Manifesto for the Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway: Dear Friends,  I believe in God. I believe in the Scottish […]

Pastoral Letter, June 2020

Dear Friends, It is strange how the holy scriptures, as we read and reread them throughout the year, can always hold new insights for us. We can find previously hidden depths of resonance for us within them. As we come to read them in our current surreal circumstances I have certainly found this to be […]

Pastoral Letter, May 2020

Dear Friends, For over a month now we have all shared the very strange experience of lockdown. This has meant staying at home and curbing our natural inclination to mix in a social setting. It has been odd to say the least and, for some, it has proved to be a great challenge and a […]