Online – Services from Glasgow Cathedral.

During the current lockdown, in common with all other Churches in the UK, we are unable to provide worship within the Cathedral on a Sunday morning, or Evensong  in the afternoon. The home page has links to these services and are updated each week. There are also services on our official YouTube channel and we are pleased to provide podcasts here on the website and through the usual channels.

The service is led by Revd Mark Johnstone, Minister of Glasgow Cathedral
Director of Music – Andrew Forbes
Cathedral Organist – Dr Malcolm Sim
Hymns are from the Church of Scotland Hymnary CH3

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In the event of severe weather, there is always the possibility that we cannot maintain our link to the internet. We normally record the service and if the broadcast is interrupted, we will try to make it available  as soon as possible.

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Glasgow Cathedral is now closed for Public Worship

It is with no small amount of sadness, I must inform you that 121 George Street has instructed us that as of tomorrow we are no longer to hold public worship in the Cathedral. We are not alone in this, as it affects all Church of Scotland parishes, and I suspect many other denominations as well.

We were informed by Rev Angus Mathieson, Interim Head, Faith Nurture as follows:

Church of Scotland – Covid-19 Briefing 17th March 2020 – Cancellation of Services and other information

The Church’s Covid-19 Task Group met this morning, and considered the most recent advice from the Scottish Government, issued on the evening of Monday 16th March, available here. This information from the Scottish Government takes precedence over the briefing note issued by myself at 17:53 on 16th March 2020.

The Scottish Government advised that people should minimise social contact by avoiding crowded areas and large gatherings, including religious congregations, and smaller gatherings, listing areas which were of concern.

Worship – Cancellation of Worship Services

In the light of the above, the Church of Scotland Task Group has agreed to ask, in the strongest terms, that all gatherings for worship should cease until further notice, with effect from Wednesday 17th March 2020, or earlier if possible. Other Scottish Churches are taking similar actions.  This obviously includes Easter services.  Some Presbyteries have already instructed this action. This will include, but not be restricted to, housegroups, meetings for youth work, and church cafes.  It will still be possible for an individual to offer a livestreaming of a sermon and prayers. Further information on livestreaming, including information on copyright, can be found in this circular on the Law Department’s webpages here.  Sunday broadcasts of a weekly service take place on Radio 4, and also on Radio Scotland; other radio stations are available.

Church buildings can be kept open as a place for people to come and pray. Notices should be clearly displayed asking that visitors observe robust hand hygiene, including washing their hands on entry to the church.

As a result, we have agreed with the Music Department, at least in the short term, that we will stream both a morning service and Choral Evensong at the normal times each Sunday, beginning on Sunday the 22nd. It is our intention to record these services in batches, and “play them out” at the appropriate times of 11:00 and 4:00. Both services will be available on YouTube and here on the Cathedral website.

Guided Tours in the Cathedral are suspended until further notice

Due to the current advice from the Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, we have reluctantly had to take the decision to suspend our free guided tours. We apologise to those who have booked a tour at any time from today, but as many of our guides fall within the “at risk” group for serious complications if they were to contract Covid19, we feel this is the correct decision.

The Cathedral will remain open to the public for the foreseeable future, and you are most welcome to visit during opening hours. Historic Environment Scotland has available, at a modest cost, an excellent audio guide which details many aspects of the history and architecture of Glasgow Cathedral. Although the Guides’ bookstall will be closed there will be  selection of multi-language leaflets available.

Until further notice, as we’ve no way of knowing how long this epidemic will last, please do not request tours via our contact page.

Photography in the Cathedral

Normally, when the Cathedral is open to tourists, any oPhotosne is free to take pictures for personal use, (although we would appreciate a donation in any of the available boxes). If you intend to use a tripod, please make sure it has rubber feet. You can take pictures from any of the public areas and hope you have many happy memories of your visit to our Church.

Please note however, we do not appreciate photographs being taken of our practice of Christian Worship. The clergy find it distracting, and all view it as disrespectful. We would also appreciate it if you do not take photos, videos or sound recordings on Sunday afternoons when the Choir is rehearsing before the Service of Choral Evensong. We’re sure you would not appreciate someone coming into your place of work and filming you at your job (assuming you are not an actor).

Provision of Genealogical Information

 

To those seeking historical information about family members who may and been Baptised, Married or  be buried in the Cathedral graveyard or area;

All Kirk records older than 50 years are required to be lodged with the Church of Scotland offices at 121 George Street, Edinburgh. At the time of the Reformation, all materials pertaining to the Cathedral’s life as a Catholic Church, were removed we believe, to France.

One source of information about the location of graves throughout the world is findagrave.com. This is not a recommendation, but we’ve had some success in using the site.

The Cathedral does not hold any records of those buried in the immediate Old and New Burial Grounds, however we can put you in touch with someone who can provide limited  research into family members interred. This is offered on a free, no guarantee basis. They may be contacted by using the Contact Form  and selecting “To request assistance on tracing ancestors” as the reason for contacting the Cathedral from the drop down menu.

The Glasgow Necropolis, which sits above the Cathedral but has no direct connection with the Cathedral.This burial ground was always intended to be interdenominational and the first burial in 1832 was that of a Jew, Joseph Levi, a jeweller. In 1833 the first Christian burial was of Elizabeth Miles, stepmother of the Superintendent, George Mylne.  Information on this may be obtained from the Friends of Glasgow Necropolis.

Church Officer Required

After many years of faithful service our Church Officer, or Beadle, has retired. If you are interested in performing a key role in the life of Glasgow Cathedral we would be pleased to hear from you. This is a paid position and would involve working Sunday mornings and afternoons, plus other times during the year when services are held in the Cathedral. These would include  Christmas and Easter; when weddings and funerals are held, together with school services etc.

It is a position which requires dignity, tact and a willingness to meet with and interact with many different people, sometimes at very difficult times in their lives. You would need to be physically fit as some moving of furniture, such as tables and chairs is involved. You would be responsible to the Minister and to the Kirk Session.

For further information please use the contact form and choose “Contact the Session Clerks” as the reason for contacting us.

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, seafarers-uk.org.

Photo courtesy Ailene Hunter