Here’s Who We Are . . .
We come from many backgrounds and locations around the UK and abroad. At St. Mary’s, the Scottish Episcopal Church in Stromness, we are building a church community that is inclusive, vibrant and socially engaged. We worship with enthusiasm, always give a warm welcome to our many visitors, and are keen to show you our lovely church, our care for one another, and our commitment to God’s work in the world
So, If you come to us by campervan, caravan, cruise ship or coach; staying in a B & B or self-catering – whatever has brought you to our wonderful islands, we would like to encourage you to visit St. Mary’s!
And if you are a new resident of Orkney, try us out. It’s a great way to get to know people and make new friends around your new home.
Here’s How the Find Us . . .
Our beautiful little Anglican church can be found easily half way up Church Road in the centre of Stromness – a short distance from the Pier Head and the Hamnavoe ferry. There is parking nearby and a handicap access spot in front of the church.
Here’s What You will Find . . .
The building is one of the oldest in Stromness and was used in a variety of ways before being converted to a Scottish Episcopal Church, part of the Anglican Communion, between 1885 and 1888. Rather modest from the outside, the interior presents a wonderful surprise. Major renovation in 2014 and subsequent improvements – plus décor and furnishings by local artists – have combined to create a congenial and comfortable worship space that also serves as a venue for music and community events. There is also an annexe for hospitality after services and small meetings.
St. Mary’s ministry is headed up by the Rev. Tom Miller, who was Canon for Liturgy and the Arts at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York before his retirement – thus making the move from the largest Gothic-style cathedral in the world to one of the smallest churches in the Orkney Islands. Other retired clergy and active Lay Readers contribute to the life of St. Mary’s, but it is the whole congregation of people motivated by the Spirit to be people of God that makes our church such a remarkable – and welcoming — place.
Here’s Our Invitation . . .
Call in on a Sunday morning or on Thursday for weekday meditation and stay for the conversation that follows – a right good blather over tea, coffee and enticing home bakes.
We look forward to meeting you!
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