Our Mission Statement/The Scottish Episcopal Church

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Our Mission Statement

Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit we, in the Glasgow East End Team Ministry, seek to create an atmosphere of welcome and acceptance where individuals are given the encouragement to grow in faith and love, to develop their personal gifts, and to share with others in a life of worship, prayer and action. We are committed to the growth of each congregation within the developing life of the Team. We will continue to be witnesses for the Gospel within our churches and in the communities in which we live and work.

What is the Scottish Episcopal Church?

It is called Scottish because we trace our history back to the earliest known Christian communities in Scotland about 400 AD. It is called Episcopal (from the word for Bishops) because we have maintained a form of church order involving bishops, priests and deacons.

You can find more about our history, news, activities and worship on our website www.scottishepiscopal.com

We formed a particularly close relationship with the Episcopal Church in the USA in the late 1700s - one of the most turbulent periods in our history. During a period of heavy persecution, three of our bishops met in Aberdeen and secretly consecreated Samuel Seabury as the first American Episcopal Bishop. Today we are part of the world-wide Anglican Communion, which also includes the Church of England and the Episcopal Church in the USA.

Year by year, decade by decade, century by century the Church has changed. Great developments in recent years have included new liturgies, the establishment of the General Synod (our central governing body), the development of women's ministries and the launch of Mission 21, a church wide mission initiative. We have also been increasingly involved in talks and meetings with the other Christian traditions in Scotland, and with leaders of the country's other faiths. Changes will continue to happen, but all will be well if the Church continues to hold fast to its love of God and concern for the people of this nation.

The love that was there for Ninian, Columba and all the early Saints of Scottish Christianity has not changed. God continues to guide those who seek to walk in his ways. We pray that the Scottish Episcopal Church will do this in partnership with the other Churches of this land in the years ahead.