Seafarers Service 2019

Photo courtesy Ailene Hunter

Once again the Cathedral was pleased to welcome the Band of the Royal Marines and Sea Cadets to our annual Seafarers Service at 11:00 am. This morning’s preacher was The Rev’d Robert Jackson MA(Oxon), BA(hons), RNR|FASFLOT Chaplain and lessons were read by Captain John Hood RFA Retd Seafarers UK Scotland & Captain Chris Smith NRC Scotland & Northern Ireland. We were joined at the service by Deputy Lord Provost Bailie Philip Braat, Scottish Port Chaplains from Apostleship of the Sea (Stella Maris), Deacon Joe O’Donnell Senior Chaplain covering Clyde and Grangemouth and Deacon Tom Whin Chaplain for Argyll and the Islands. Prior to, and following the service we were entertained by the musicians from the Band of the Royal Marines Scotland lead by BdSgt A. M. Spain.

The service was, in part, to support the work of Seafarers UK. SEAFARERS UK (King George’s Fund for Sailors) is a charity that helps people in need in the maritime community by giving £2.5m of grants to around 80 smaller specialist maritime charities annually across the UK. The charity’s representative in Scotland is Captain John Hood who read one of the lessons this morning. For further information please visit the Seafarer’s website,

Photo courtesy Ailene Hunter



Kirk Session

This is the governing body of the Cathedral as in all churches belonging to the Church of Scotland, which follow the Presbyterian tradition. The Kirk Session is a group of individuals inducted as Elders of the Church.

The Thursday Club

The equivalent of the Womens’ Guild, this organisation allows for the women of the Congregation to meet and discuss various topics relevant to the Church. They also organise fund-raising events in the Church.

Flower Committee

The Flower Committee organises a rota of ladies who arrange flower displays for Sunday services, Weddings, Funerals and other services. Money can be donated for the purchase of flowers to commemorate a person’s life or any other special event.

Linen and Fabrics Committee

Members of the Linen and Fabrics Committee look after the Clergy’s Robes, Communion Linen and the various sets of Communion Table Covers, Bible Markers, Kneeler Covers and all other aspects of the internal fabric of the Cathedral.

The Drama Club

            The Drama Club meets on the fourth Sunday of each month.