Ministries

At the Good Shepherd we are served by our Rector  (one who looks after a congregation) Fr.Dean, who is a priest and Brenda who is a vocational deacon. Both priest and deacon are ordained roles within the Church and exercise their ministries in conjunction with the Bishop.

The bishop to quote the Scottish Ordinal 1984:
"follows in the succession of the apostles who Christ sent to proclaim the Gospel to the world and to bear authority in the community of faith. With fellow bishops he or she oversees and cares for the universal Church. as one under authority he or she must be attentive to the Holy Spirit who leads us into all the truth; called into fellowship of Christ's disciples he or she must seek the Father's will. within the diocese he or she ordains and sends out new ministers. he or she guides and serves the priests and deacons who share his or her responsibility to nurture the community of the baptised."

A priest:
"shares in the priestly ministry of his or her bishop. with his or her fellow presbyters (another name for priest) he or she serves and sustains the community of the faithful that they may grow into the fullness of Christ and be a living sacrifice acceptable to God. He or she prays and cares for those committed to his or  her charge, enabling them to respond freely to God's call. he or she proclaims the coming of the Kingdom (of God), calling sinners to repentance and absolving them in God's name. He or she presides at the Eucharist (Holy Communion) and draws together in worship those who come to the Lord's table, so that fed by the body and Blood of Christ they may go out in mission to serve God in the unity of the Spirit."
                                    Scottish Ordinal 1984

A deacon:
"shares with the bishop and presbyters in the ministry of word and sacrament and in works of love. in a distinctive way the deacon is a sign of that humility which marks all service in the name of Christ. he or she bears witness to his or her Lord who laid aside all claims of dignity, assumed the nature of a slave and accepted death on a cross. in the name of the church, (the deacon) is to care for those in need, serving God and his creation after the pattern of Christ our Master."
                                    Scottish Ordinal 1984

Hospital and Home Visiting
If you, or one of your family, are sick or have been admitted to hospital, or would like a visit from the clergy please let the Rector or our deacon know as soon as possible.  (Please note: that under the rules of confidentiality, we cannot be informed by the hospital chaplain unless you particularly request this or ask for this on your admittance form.)

Arrangements
Please consult the Rector or any other member of the Ministry Team before making any arrangements for Baptism, Weddings or Funerals. For more information regarding weddings see under Events.

 
The Sacraments
Sacraments are to paraphrase our Prayer Book; 'outward and visible signs of God's inward action'. What this means is that through the words and symbols we use God sends his blessings upon us.

Baptism (Christening)
We are always happy to welcome infants, children and adults into the church by Baptism. We do not turn anyone away as this Sacrament is a gift of the Church and available to all God's people. We will, however, explain the significance of Baptism and the promises that will be made, to anyone who enquires. 

The Eucharist (Holy Communion)
Every Sunday and Wednesday mornings at 10am, we together to celebrate the Eucharist. The word 'Eucharist' comes from the Greek meaning 'Thanksgiving'. We give thanks to God for Jesus Christ and for the blessings we receive; we pray for those in need and we share bread and wine. Anyone and everyone is welcome to attend our services. We place no restrictions on those wishing to receive the bread and wine for we believe that the service belongs to Jesus and that he would welcome anyone to his table.

Marriage (weddings)
What great joy it is for all concerned both family and friends when two people who love each other commit themselves to each other through prayer and action. We are always happy to welcome any couple who wish to enter into Holy Matrimony to our church for their celebration. In the Scottish Episcopal Church there is usually no bar on the re-marriage of divorcees. For more information see under events.

Confession
As well as the general confession and absolution which forms part of our Eucharistic worship the Rector is always happy to meet with anyone who wishes to make a personal confession of sin or to talk through their concerns and worries.

The Last Rites
Many people request the opportunity to make their peace with God and others before their death and we are always willing to respond to such requests.

Confirmation
In the Scottish Episcopal Church it is believed that Baptism is full entry into the life of the Church and that admission to Holy Communion can occur from that point. Some young people and adults may wish to do this more formally through Confirmation, following a period of study and prayer. Our clergy are happy to discuss this with you. In Confirmation the bishop lays his or her hands on your head and blesses you in the name of the Holy Spirit.

Ordination
This Sacrament is only conferred by the Bishop. candidates undergo a rigorous selection and training programme of about three years. If you wish to discuss the discernment of a call to ministry please talk to the clergy.