Our new Rector

We are delighted to welcome Rev’d Nicholas (Nick) Bowry, who will be Instituted as Rector of St James the Less, Penicuik and St Mungo’s, West Linton, on Wednesday 9th 0ctober 2019, at St James the Less church.

He comes to us from the Diocese of Aberdeen, where he had responsibility for two churches, at St Clement’s, Mastrick, and St Ninian’s, Seaton.

A relatively recent entrant to the priesthood, Nick was ordained Priest in 2017. In his previous career, he held many posts in HR with a range of organisations, including the University of Edinburgh and the Medical Research Council.

He has been a member of the Scottish Episcopal Church’s Administration Board and served on General Synod. He has also initiated many projects involving local communities.

He owns to preferring an anglo-catholic style of worship, and values the role of music in worship. He is also a member of the Iona Community, Cursillo and enjoys Taize worship.

He continues to enjoy walking the pilgrim way to Santiago de Compestela when he can. [See right: after 5 weeks of walking el Camino de Santiago, having started in Santander, at the lighthouse at Cape Finisterre (Cabo Fisterra in Galician), at the zero km ‘monolito’ giving a big hint you can walk no further west.]

Apart from walking, he likes reading. Oh, and he has a dog, named Jep, who will doubtless accompany Nick on his perambulations around Penicuik, meeting and chatting to folk.

Outreach online – Fathers’ Day

Fathers’ Day 2019 is on 16th June. It’s a day to appreciate and celebrate everybody (including women) who provides paternal care for somebody – child or adult. Paternal care can range from kicking a ball around with the “cared-for” every so often, to deeply involved hour-by-hour care. It also includes the love and care that an estranged father might have for his children- perhaps one of the most difficult paternal roles of all.

What a broad remit! We think of them all, and pray for them all on Fathers’ Day. Rev’d Neville delivered a lovely sermon for last year’s Fathers’ Day which we share now in Outreach Online. Please click the image below to download the article.

Outreach Article: Elizabeth Fearnley

A few weeks ago, St James the Less church was privileged to host the funeral and celebration of the life of Elizabeth (Bet) Fearnley. Her husband (Bill) and their son (Robert) delivered a very moving and inspiring eulogy, while Rev’d Neville provided the context of this beautiful service. The words that were spoken by Bill, Robert and Neville are collated in the article. We hope that it brings comfort smiles to the Fearnley family and their friends, and, as happened for me, that it provides inspiration for people who didn’t know Bet. Please click on the image below to download the article.

Outreach Article:Denis Smith

About a year ago, the funeral and celebration of Denis Smith’s life took place at St James the Less Church. It was an uplifting and eye-opening occasion. The church was full of family, friends and colleagues of Denis. Folk musicians (including members of his own family) payed homage to Denis by playing folk music that he loved. We learned a lot about this extraordinary man. Many of us had only known him in the later years of his life when he was suffering from dementia. Lynda Smith wrote this article about Denis, and it seems fitting to post it online now to mark his anniversary. Please click on the image below to download the document.

Denis Smith FINAL