Monthly Archives: September 2021

New Dean of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane

Bishop Ian writes:

I am very pleased to announce the appointment today of the Very Revd Graham Taylor as Dean of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane, in succession to the Very Revd Kenny Rathband, who retired on 31st August 2021.Graham continues to serve as Rector of St John the Baptist, Princes Street, Perth, where he has been since 2014, becoming a Canon of St Ninian’s Cathedral in 2019. Before coming to this Diocese, Graham served in several charges in the Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney, where he was ordained in 2001.The role of Dean is one of the most important in the life of any diocese. It includes support for the Bishop’s ministry; sharing in leadership of the Diocese with the Bishop and others; encouraging the clergy, lay ministers and vestries of the Diocese; and fulfilling the other duties specified in the Code of Canons. Graham brings to this ministry his love of the Scottish Episcopal Church, his long experience of congregational ministry, his priority of pastoral care, and his warm sense of humour!I am very glad that Graham accepted my invitation to become Dean, and I am looking forward very much to welcoming him as a colleague and adviser, and to helping him as he settles into this new ministry.Graham will be Licensed as Dean at a short and simple service at St John the Baptist, Perth, today, 1st September 2021, with members of St John’s Vestry present. But he will also be Installed and welcomed, in the presence of many more people, at the full Diocesan service we intend to have at the Cathedral before Advent. At that service other Canons, appointed during lockdown, will also be installed, and we will be able to thank Kenny Rathband as retiring Dean.Please welcome Graham and pray for him as he becomes Dean of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane.

Dean Kenny Raithband Retires 31st August 2021

Bishop Ian writes:

 Dear sisters and brothers, Thank you for all the patient understanding and care many of you have given to our Dean, the Very Revd Kenny Rathband and to Ruth in the months since Kenny had to step back from active ministry because of a serious health issue. They, and all of us, have had to come to terms with his early retirement from full-time ministry which Kenny’s doctors advised. As Kenny wrote to us about making this difficult decision: “This has not been an easy decision to make and follows on from my recent heart attack. I have greatly enjoyed working with both congregations, and the privilege of being Dean for a number of years. I continue to hold everyone in my prayers.” Kenny and Ruth have had to wait until now to set the date of Kenny’s retirement, and this decision has now been taken, with my agreement. Kenny’s last day as Dean of the Diocese, and as Rector of Dunfermline and Priest at Rosyth, will be 31st August, and he will retire from 1st September.  It is good that Kenny and Ruth can be with his congregations on Sunday 12th September to say farewell. We will also be having a significant Diocesan service – before Advent, I hope – at which we will give thanks for and celebrate Kenny’s 14 years as Dean of the Diocese. Congregations and individuals may wish to contribute to the Diocese’s gift which we will be presenting to Kenny and Ruth as a sign of our appreciation and love. Details of where to send contributions will be announced shortly. Please continue to hold Kenny and Ruth in your prayers as they prepare to move into a new chapter of life for them. Please also pray for Holy Trinity and St Margaret’s as they begin to seek a new Rector and a new Priest-in-Charge. And for me, as I appoint a new Dean of the Diocese. I will be announcing that appointment soon. Thank you, and everyone in your congregation, for all your faithfulness and hope for the future, as well as all your compassion and care in the present. With warmest good wishes,
Bishop Ian

Concert 19th September

Music in Aberfoyle is re-starting its concerts!
We are delighted to announce that, after what seems an age, our Third Sunday at Three concert series is getting under way, with our good friend Alastair Savage and his Friends getting us off to a flying start.

Click on the link to see more details, including, for the first time, Charlotte Ashton, Principle Flute with the BBC SSO.
Alastair will once again entertain us with his eclectic mix of traditional and new fiddle tunes.
Tickets may be booked by contacting  Whilst under the present restrictions distancing is not required it will be necessary for masks to be worn and we shall try and keep space between people where possible.

As usual, the concert will start at 3 o’clock on Sunday 19th September in St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Aberfoyle, and last an hour. Further details of our 2021/22 concert programme will be announced shortly.