We at St Mary’s pray for peace in the world, and for our leaders to have wisdom in their decision-making at this time of conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

Almighty God,
from whom all thoughts of truth and peace proceed:
kindle in the hearts of all people the true love of peace;
and guide with your pure and peaceable wisdom
those who take counsel for the nations of the earth;
that in tranquillity your kingdom may go forward,
till the earth is filled with the knowledge of thy love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


St Marys is open and we are singing!!! Albeit wearing masks.

Hello and welcome,

I am Lesley-Ann Craddock and I was appointed as Quarter time Priest in Charge of St Mary’s, just before ‘Lock down’ happened. This timing created a few challenges re ‘working from home’ as I do not live full time at the rectory; However with the Covid rules relaxing I am now in Birnam on Fridays, Saturdays, and for the Sunday service at 10 am.

I enjoy all aspects of ministry, but I am especially fond of a good blether! I like sharing a cup of tea and a cake now that Covid 19 restrictions are easing.

If I had to label myself in the Christian tradition I would choose – contemplative; I am happiest when I am creating the quieter spiritual spaces for you and God to meet.

I encourage discipleship in context – enabling enquirers and those already engaging with regular worship and teaching, to feel comfortable as they seek to understand more about God’s character.

I preach in a way that brings the word of God alive in today’s world. My family says that I will speak about Jesus joyfully, anywhere and everywhere! and they are quite right.

It is my prayer and hopes that I can lead the church of St Mary’s in ways that will both challenge and soothe; living out Jesus’ commandment in Birnam and Dunkeld. I am wise enough to know for certain that I can’t do anything alone. I need other people and God. We are all called through our baptism to minister, and that calling has a myriad of possibilities.

The First Commandment

28 One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; 30 you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” 32 Then the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that ‘he is one, and besides him, there is no other’; 33 and ‘to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength,’ and ‘to love one’s neighbor as oneself,’—this is much more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” 34 When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” After that, no one dared to ask him any question.

If you seek adventure, or a silent space to slow the pace – come on over. 

St Mary’s Church Charity number – SC003109

St Mary’s Rectory Birnam PH8 OBJ

01350 728091 – rectory Friday pm – Sunday pm.


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