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All around Scotland, wherever you see a Scottish Episcopal Church, you will find this sign of our hope and promise; “You are welcome.” Whoever you are, where ever you come from, there is a place for you here.

We are a diverse congregation, committed to growing in faith in Jesus and living for God, making a positive difference in our local community and the wider world.

Some of our members have grown up in the Church and in Dunblane while others have visited and stayed with us because they have felt welcome and found a spiritual home.

We value people of all ages and backgrounds, and we seek to shape our events and services so that everyone can join in the social and worship life of our church. This is a creative process which encourages us to find new ways to express diversity in community: drawing people together, without pretending that everyone is the same.

Rev Nerys Brown, Rector of St Mary’s Dunblane

Our main service each Sunday morning is at 10:30am followed by a time for coffee and fellowship in the hall. During this service there is provision for children of all ages.

We have a reflective, traditional communion service at 8:30am every Sunday, and a Celtic style communion at 10:30am on the first Thursday of every month.

At 3:15pm on the second Tuesday of every month we have Messy Church in the hall, a time to explore faith together with fun hands-on activities for all ages, finishing with a shared meal.

Our church building is open for visitors and for prayer each day from morning ’til night-fall.

There is a loop system in the church for those with hearing aids, and wheelchair access to both the church and the hall.

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A blessing to all those who are still shielding.May you recognize in your life the presence,
power, and light of your soul.

May you realize that you are never alone,
that your soul in its brightness and belonging
connects you intimately with the rhythm of
the universe.

May you have respect for your individuality
and difference.

May you realize that the shape of your soul is unique,
that you have a special destiny here,
that behind the façade of your life,
there is something beautiful and eternal happening.

JOHN O'DONOHUE

Excerpt from the blessing, 'For Solitude,' from his books:
Benedictus (Europe) / To Bless the Space Between Us (US)
Ordering Info: johnodonohue.com/store

Cottage Window / Co. Clare, Ireland
Photo: © Ann Cahill
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Those of you who have walked through St Mary’s churchyard will almost certainly have noticed the eye-catching headstone marking the grave of Lilias Graham who died 12 years ago today. Her life story is one of care, generosity and kindness, reflected in her work particularly in the Gorbals, and can be read in more detail at the attached link. “He has chosen me to bring good news to the poor”. Much missed by all who knew her.On the eve of the 12th anniversary of the death of community worker and philanthropist Lilias Violet Graham, we commemorate her life of "sheer goodness, rooted in practical Christian love".
Lilias was born in London in 1917 to a family with Scottish aristocratic heritage and a strong social conscience. Following her family's tradition, she volunteered in the Docklands of East London among people living in the poverty of the 1930s.
Her experience with the Auxiliary Territorial Service led to work with the United Nations Refugee and Relief Agency in Egypt, Palestine, Greece and Austria.
She returned to Britain in 1948, suffering from a brain tumour, which was successfully operated on. After completing a training course, aimed at making Christianity relevant to the social needs of the country—in 1952 she wrote to John How, the then Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway, offering herself for work among the poor in Glasgow.
Lilias was appointed as a lay worker by the Scottish Episcopal Church, but the Church initially resisted her desire to live in the Gorbals, then a notorious slum in Western Europe, because it was considered far too risky for a single woman. She got her way, however, and her flat on Abbotsford Place, in the heart of the Gorbals, became a drop-in centre with a playroom, a nursery and a room where local women, the Old Hens' Club, could meet and talk. The women also ran a second-hand clothing store, known as the Hen House, in nearby Bedford Street.
When the Gorbals days ended, she moved into Braendam, a house she had inherited in Perthshire and had set up as a holiday and respite centre, and which she later signed over to a charity trust, which continues the work that was so close to her heart.
Through the work of Lilias Graham and a myriad of others working alongside, two charities continue the legacy of care—The Lilias Graham Trust and the Glasgow Children's Holiday Scheme.
We give thanks for the witness of Lilias Graham and the perseverance of those following in her steps to care for others.
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