Institution of our new Rector, Paul Watson.

The Institution of the Rev Paul Watson will be on Saturday 26th August from 2-5pm.

The Scottish Episcopal Church

 The Bishop of The Diocese of Glasgow & Galloway

The Vestry & Congregation of St James the Less, Bishopbriggs

 are pleased to invite you to the Institution of 

The Reverend Paul Robert Watson

as Rector of St James the Less Scottish Episcopal Church

on Saturday 26th August 2017 at 2 pm

in St James the Less Church, Hilton Road, Bishopbriggs G64 3EL

Clergy and Lay Readers are invited to robe (Green)

Following the service there will be light refreshments in the hall


R.S.V.P. Wendy Petrie, Secretary to the Vestry on

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New Rector for St James


We are pleased to announce that the Vestry and the Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway have agreed to the appointment of the Revd Canon Paul Watson as the new Rector of St James the Less.

Paul is currently the Rector of St Devenicks, Bieldside and St Clement’s, Mastrick in the the Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney. He trained in Scotland and served his curacy at St Ninian’s, Pollokshields before spending time in Sri Lanka.

Paul writes:

It is good to finally write to you and bring you greetings from Ina and I. It is quite fitting that this is being announced on Pentecost Sunday, when we celebrate both the coming of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the church. A new season awaits us all as we journey and grow together over the coming years. Ina and I are sure about God’s call to come and serve you as your Rector and are very grateful for the generous and open-hearted way that your vestry approached the interview and selection process. We are very aware of how much we have to learn from all of you and your long experience of witnessing faithfully in an area that will, too, become our home shortly.

Meanwhile, be assured of our prayers in the coming months that you will make the most of what remains of this very rich interregnum period and that God will inspire you with a vision of himself and his love for you and the community within which you live.

With my kindest regards,

Paul Watson

It is hoped that Paul’s institution as Rector will take place in September and we look forward to welcoming Paul and Ina among us and working together in the next stage of the ministry and mission of St James.

Please hold Paul and Ina in your prayers, as well as the congregations at St James,  and St Devinick’s and St Clement’s.
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St James the Less Congregational Profile

As part of the process for recruiting our new Rector, the Vestry has prepared a Congregational Profile to assist potential applicants to learn more about the church.  In addition to the profile there is a person description and an outline 3 year budget.

If you wish to submit an application or seek further details, all contact should be made through the Vestry Secretary Mrs W M Petrie at

St James Congregational Profile PDF version with Budget



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New Year Honour for Ann Glenesk

Congratulations to Ann Glen-Esk on her award of a British Empire Medal in recognition of her prison and community work.
From the Evening Times:
 A spokeswoman for The Scottish Prison Service said:
Ann has been involved with HMP Low Moss since its opening back in 2012 and it is those in our care, as well as their families, who benefit from her hard work and long-standing dedication which this award recognises.”
 Ann says:
The British Empire Medal in my name represents the willingness of a host of folk to come together, to have fun and at the same time do a wee bit of good – often difficult to quantify, but reassurance comes in spades from the most unlikely sources. Victims of crime deserve justice, perpetrators of crime deserve punishment from courts. Rehabilitation, support for families in prisons can be aided by a friendly smile, chat and a willingness of us all to notice and respect our neighbours in whatever context.
Thanks to Scottish Episcopal Church, Mother’s Union and the amazing Low Moss Volunteer Group and staff of HMP Low Moss.
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Thank you!

Shelley – the outgoing Rector writes:
Thank you for all the fellowship, friendship and support over the last ten years as together we in St James the Less have done our best to worship and serve God as best we are able and as we believe we have been called. Thank you for your generosity as Pete and I move on to the next stage of our life in retirement. May we all find the road ahead brings with it new friends along with new depths and strength to our faith and trust in the Lord.Cross

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Rector’s final service


Handing over the church keys to the two wardens toward the end of the service,


Shelley and Pete having a go at cutting the amazing cake.








Sunday 20th November was Shelley’s final service as Rector of St James the Less.  A wonderful congregation of St James the Less members, family and friends gathered for worship followed by great fellowship and celebrations in the hall.

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Sunday 20th!

On Sunday 20th November there will only be one service in St James the Less at 10.30am. This is the Rector’s final service prior to her retirement. The music group in its current form will be playing for the last time as the keyboard player will be leaving too – he is married to the Rector!



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Fantastic Ceilidh

A great night at St James the Less Ceilidh on Friday 11th November. Lots of dancing, great buffet in the break and some singing then too! Beginning of the countdown for Shelley and Pete – Shelley’s last service being the 20th November.p1030857

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St James the Less are having a Ceilidh on country-dancing
Friday, 11th November, 2016
Starring the fabulous…
John Burns Ceilidh Band
Cadder Freestone Social Club,
5 St Mungo Street, Bishopbriggs G64 1QT

A relaxed evening where we begin to say farewell to Shelley and Pete

Tickets: £5

Contact: Church members for tickets if you wish to join us.ceilidh-poster

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Insight into Dementia

It was a very interesting, helpful, positive and informative event in the hall on the afternoon of Saturday 1st October giving those of us present an insight into dementia. Well worth considering another such event and encouraging others to attend and grow in awareness – for the good of our wider community. The home baking which followed was amazing – thank you to all who did the baking.


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