St Kentigern's Episcopal Church, Glasgow



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HISTORICAL NOTE
St Kentigern's came into being after the closures of St Barnabas's, Dennistoun and Holy Trinity, Riddrie in the mid-1980's.


The small congregation of St Barnabas's had moved into a side aisle of Dennistoun Central Church in late 1983 with the full permission of the Presbytery of Glasgow and the Kirk Session of Dennistoun Central Church and on 1st July, 1984, a small chapel within the aisle was dedicated in honour of St Kentigern by the Rt. Reverend Derek A Rawcliffe, Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway.


St. Kentigern's has strong links with the former Christ Church, Mile End, the first Episcopal Church in Glasgow's East End, opened in 1835 and closed in 1978.


In January 1996 St Kentigern's joined with St Serf's, Shettleston and St John's, Baillieston and the East End Team Ministry officially came into being.


Former and Current Clergy:
J Graham, 1984-95
S P Holland 1995-96
J M McLuckie 1996-2000
A C Salmon 2001-2003
C G Wylie 1998-2008
A E J Richardson 2009-


St Kentigern (c.518 Lothian - Glasgow c.603; feast day 14 January) St Kentigern (also known as Mungo) is the patron saint of Glasgow and was first Bishop of Strathclyde c.543. He was ordained by St Serf at Culross.


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.