The Scottish Episcopal Church
The Scottish Episcopal
Church was the first reformed Church in Scotland and was established by King James V (reigned 1513-1542, father of Mary Queen
of Scots). Bishops continued to govern the Church in Scotland, and it was later,
during the constitutional crisis of 1688/9 that the Presbyterian Kirk finally became the established Church of Scotland. In Victorian times the Scottish Episcopal Church began to flourish again and in the
1990s is proud of its antiquity and unbroken apostolic succession. The Church
is in full communion with the Church of England and worldwide Anglican Church.
The Linked Parishes of St Andrews and St
St Andrew’s Church, Callander was built by the resident stone mason of Stronvar, Balquhidder, and consecrated
by Bishop Wordsworth in 1857. It was raised to the status of an ‘incumbency’
St Mary’s, Aberfoyle was built in 1892-1893 and consecrated in
1893. Its first congregation included many of the quarry workers who had come
from Ballachulish, a staunchly episcopalian area of Argyll, who had settled in Aberfoyle to work in quarries here.
St Andrew’s and St Mary’s are the most westerly parishes
of Diocese of St Andrew’s, Dunkeld and Dunblane. The Cathedral Church is
in Perth and diocesan Bishop is the Rt Revd David Chillingworth. The Revd Richard
Grosse is Rector of both parishes.
The Diocesan Synod is responsible for overseeing the administration
of the Diocese, through its appointed officers. Representatives of both churches
attend both the Diocesan Synod and the General Synod, the governing body of the Scottish Episcopal Church, led by the Bishops. The congregations elect and appoint members to serve on the two Vestries, which are
responsible for conducting the day-to-day administration of each Church and parish.
The churches receive some diocesan support, but
are largely self-funding and have to provide an annual quota sum to Diocesan funds.
Certain aspects of joint funding are conducted. Repairs and maintenance
to the Church building and rectory is the responsibility of the congregation and all running costs of the parishes. From time to time volunteers are forthcoming for practical maintenance tasks with regard to the Churches