About Us

We are a Scottish Episcopal Church in Cove Bay, Aberdeen, Scotland.

St. Mary's is home to two congregations, St. Marys's Episcopal Church and Cove Congregational Church. The two congregations have very different styles of worship but share many other aspects of the church’s life, fellowship meetings, fundraisers, decisions about the property.

Both Congregations are here to serve the community, and are also involved in helping the poorest parts of the world. The beautiful and historic church building is available for Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals, or group meetings.

This is the website for the Episcopal Congregration.

Why is it called an Episcopal Church ?

Most Churches in the Anglican Communion are called Anglican Churches, but a few (notably the Scottish and American Churches) are called Episcopal Churches. Episcopal refers to a style of Church Government where the Church is lead by Bishops. All Churches in the Anglican Communion are lead by Bishops.

There are seven Dioceses in the Scottish Episcopal Church, each lead by a Bishop. The Bishops elect a presiding bishop known as a Primus (which means first among equals).

Interestingly the Scottish Episcopal Church enabled the creation of the American Episcopal Church after the American Revolution by consecrating its first Bishop in Aberdeen. Samuel Seabury was refused consecration by the Bishops in England because of his inability to take an oath to the English crown.

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