St Mary’s began its life in 1907 in Ranfurly Castle Hotel, where a small group of Episcopalians joined together for a monthly service. Then towards the end of 1908, a site was given to the church – which explains why St Mary’s is “The little white church in the wood” – and a foundation stone was laid in January 1909. The church was dedicated by Bishop Archibald Campbell on May 1st that same year. They moved fast in 1909. Originally services were provided from the Episcopal Cathedral in Glasgow. However by the early 1920s the church nearby closed because the numbers attending were so small. Then in 1926 a priest was appointed to serve both St Mary’s and St Fillan’s in Kilmacolm and the link has continued since. In 2014 it was decided to join the thee Episcopal churches in central Renfrewshire into joint charges (called the Renfrewshire Heartland Group) served by a team of ministers led by a rector based in Port Glasgow. St Mary’s Church is a Scottish Episcopal Church which can be traced back to Celtic Christianity. Today we are part of the Global Anglican Communion and this is reflected in our current ministerial team. The current Rector is a Welshman, the Associate Priest a Cuban, two Scots, a Northern Irishman and a Yorkshireman.
Sundays: 10.00am. Tuesday 8.30am morning prayer
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