Advent Calendar 2018

The Most Rev Mark Strange, Bishop of Moray, Ross & Caithness and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church (SEC) introduces a series of videos for Advent 2018.  There will be a new ‘window’ every morning throughout Advent with contributions from diverse voices in the SEC and associated organisations.

The theme of the calendar is ‘Our Place, Our World’, focussing on the many different communities within and outwith the SEC.

Christmas Day

December 24

The Most Rev Mark Strange, Bishop of Moray, Ross & Caithness and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church brings our online advent calendar to a close with a blessing on Christmas Eve.

December 22

Stella, a member of the congregation at St Paul & St John the Evangelist in the United Diocese of Glasgow & Galloway reflects on volunteering in her Church.

December 21

One of our young people, Keiron, discusses the charity he helped set up after the death of a family friend.

December 20

The Rt Rev Andrew Swift, Bishop of Brechin reflects on beginning his work in the communities of the Diocese of Brechin as their new Bishop.

December 19

Laura, a youth leader in the Diocese of Moray, Ross & Caithness reflects on the things that led her to receive an award for her work with Young People in this last year.

December 18
The Rt Rev John Armes, Bishop of Edinburgh reflects on living life under God.

December 17

The Rev Ellie Charman offers a prayer for those who find Advent and Christmas a difficult time of year.

December 15

Megan, the Provincial Youth Committee Rep for the Diocese of Moray, Ross & Caithness discusses the call to engage with social inequality in our communities.

December 14

The Rev Kate McDonald, a Scottish Episcopal priest working for the Church of Scotland in Israel and Palestine recently hosted the congregation of Old Saint Paul’s, Edinburgh as they went on pilgrimage to the Holy Land. In this video she reflects on Christianity in the Holy Land in this time.

December 13

The Rt Rev Kevin Pearson, Bishop of Argyll & The Isles reflects on the pilgrimages and journeys he makes in his life.

December 12

David Bradwell, Co-ordinator for Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees responds to the question he is often asked: “What can we do in Scotland as Christians to help refugees?”

December 11

The International Cafe is a project run by the congregation of St John’s Church, Perth. It was founded to offer a welcome to families who have come into the community in Perth. Elaine Cameron, one of the organisers, speaks about how the regular event was established.

December 10

The Very Rev Dr Isaac Poobalan, provost of St Andrew’s Cathedral, Aberdeen reflects on inter generational issues in today’s Advent Calendar ‘window’.

December 9

In today’s Advent Calendar ‘window’, some members of the Diocese of Edinburgh who participated in Social Bite’s Big Sleep Out offer prayers for the homeless and marginalised communities.

The Diocese is fundraising for Social Bite, more information can be found here:

December 8

Olivia, Edinburgh Diocesan representative on the Provincial Youth Committee talks about her experience at an event, held at the Scottish Parliament about ‘Celebrating the Year of the Young Person’.

December 7

In today’s Advent Calendar ‘window’ three young members of the Scottish Episcopal Church reflect on moving from their home church to a new community after leaving home.

December 6

The Rt Rev Anne Dyer, Bishop of Aberdeen & Orkney speaks about anticipation in Advent.

December 5

One of our young people, Hannah, speaks about volunteering in Cambodia and finding the same community she had experienced at her home church in today’s Advent Calendar ‘window’.

December 4

The Rt Rev Ian Paton, Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld & Dunblane speaks about his experiences at the separation barrier in the West Bank on a recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land in today’s Advent Calendar ‘window’.

December 3

Today our online Advent Calendar comes from Aberlour Children’s Charity, a charity with longstanding links to the Scottish Episcopal Church. Founded in 1875 by the Rev Canon Charles Jupp, the charity exists to support Scotland’s hidden children.

You can learn more about the charity at

December 2

On Advent Sunday Thal offers a prayer for the Young People in the Scottish Episcopal Church.

In this Year of Young People, members of the Youth Network and Committee were asked to contribute to the Online Advent Calendar.

Please look out for more from the Young People throughout the season.

December 1
The Most Rev Mark Strange, Bishop of Moray, Ross & Caithness and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church introduces the online Advent Calendar for 2018.