The first attempt at electing a new Bishop for our Diocese of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dumblane was unsuccessful. A second mandate has now been issued by the Primus and at the first meeting of the Electoral Synod held on Saturday 24th February, +Kevin confirmed the various relevant dates for this process.
Advertisements will be placed in the Church Times on 2nd & 9th March with a closing date for nominations of 15th March. If sufficient suitable nominations are received and a short list of not less than 3 candidates and not more than 5 can be made this will be declared on 25th April with members of Electoral Synod meeting the candidates on 26th May and voting on 2nd June.
Please hold everybody involved in your prayers and if you know of any suitable candidates for nomination please access the nomination form on the Diocesan website. As +Kevin said “the more suitable nominations there are, the more chance we have of finding a new Bishop”. There is a prayer from the church which I did pass on last August but I have included it for use below.
Linda Brownlie, Lay Representative
Prayer for an Episcopal Vacancy
Let us pray that a faithful Pastor may be given to this diocese:
Almighty God, the giver of every good gift, bestow at this time, we pray, your especial blessing upon the clergy and lay representatives of the Diocese of St. Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane and grant them in their deliberations the spirit of wisdom and understanding, that they may be guided by you to the choice of a chief Pastor who shall minister before you to the glory of your holy name, the good government of your flock and the welfare of your whole Church, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen