Revd Alasdair Coles was instituted last night as Rector of All Saints, St Andrews. All Saints began as a mission to the fishing community in St Andrews and it inhabits a wonderful miniature campus at the heart of St Andrews and the University – the legacy of Mrs Younger.
It’s also known in our diocese – and far beyond – as a place of beautifully-conducted worship in the Catholic tradition. Generations of students have ‘discovered’ the Scottish Episcopal Church and the Catholic tradition in All Saints and carried the memory – and a living faith – away with them. In our diocese, we see it as a place of prayer and spirituality – a resource for all of us. Alasdair and the congregation will be ensuring that that tradition lives creatively in the world of today – and that they rediscover their roots as a mission community.
Meanwhile we were ‘in the clouds’ last night – beautifully-presented worship and some clouds of incense. The preacher was Revd Lucy Winkett. These are the moments when I feel ‘a long way from Seagoe’. But they are moments which I really enjoy!