St Serf's Episcopal Church, Shettleston, Glasgow


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HISTORICAL NOTES
The Reverend George Crane, Rector of St John's Baillieston from 1895-1907, opened a mission at Shettleston in 1899 with a celebration of Holy Communion once a month on a Sunday and on the Greater Festivals.


By 1914 the congregation worshipped in a classroom in Eastmuir School and in 1917 a corrugated iron building in South Chester Street was dedicated as a Mission under the Rector of Baillieston.


In 1934 the present church, designed by Whyte and Galloway as a memorial to Canon E J Petrie, was dedicated.


It remained a dependent mission of St. John's, Baillieston for some years and was later served by the clergy of Christ Church, Mile End.

After some years as an Independent mission the link with Baillieston was later restored and both are now, together with St. Kentigern's Dennistoun forming the Glasgow East End Ministry.


Former and Current Clergy:

P Walker 1924-28
E Cryer 1928-39
J W Johnson 1939-44
W Brady 1944-46
T Leedham 1946-50
R Whallie 1950-52
G V Kendall 1953-56
L A Todd 1957-59
R E Allsopp 1959-65
J Trimble 1965-69

M Wilson 1970-74
J Marshall 1974-82
B M Crowther-Alwyn 1983-87
D Reid 1988-95
K L Macaulay 1992-94
S Holland 1995-96
J M McLuckie 1996-2000
A C Salmon 2001-2003
C G Wylie 1998-2008
A E J Richardson 2009-


St Serf (feast day 1 July). Serf lived in Culross in the 6th century and ordained Kentigern (later first Bishop of Strathclyde).


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.