O Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: Let all the earth be moved at his presence (Psalm 96. 9)
St Bride’s Episcopal Church – WELCOME!
Welcome to our website, and if you have not yet joined us at one of our services, we hope to see you in person soon. Our Rector is Revd Dr Kevin Francis, who is also Honorary Anglican Chaplain at the University of Glasgow.
Have a good browse around our website to get a flavour of what goes on here – we hope that you will be inspired to come along to our church, to experience the beauty, peace and fellowship of St Bride’s.
St Bride’s is first of all a place where we offer prayer and worship to God. As you will see when you look around our website, we also have one of the most beautiful and interesting church buildings in Glasgow. Our church is an oasis of calm in Glasgow’s bustling West End. We are open six days a week for various services, and at other times as well; see below for our Opening Times. Everyone is welcome to come in to St Bride’s at any of these times, to simply sit and enjoy the peace and quiet, or to pray, and to look at the lovely architecture and stained glass windows.
Music is of fundamental importance to the life of St Bride’s, and every week you will hear a variety of beautiful choral and organ music at the services and events that take place here. On the 3rd Sunday of each month (except July and August) we have a special service of Choral Evensong and Benediction, where the choir sings more elaborate music. See our Organ, Choir, Music List and Events pages for more information.
Do click on the links below to read our church magazine The Oystercatcher and our Pew Sheets. These, and this website, are updated every week and contain a host of useful information about what’s happening currently at St Bride’s.
Above all, we want you to be a part of our community. We are dedicated to making St Bride’s a warm, welcoming and friendly place for everyone who visits us. So, if you are in the area, do pop in and say hello!
We are delighted that you have found our website. Happy browsing, and we hope to see you soon!
The highlight of our worship each week is the Choral Eucharist (or High Mass) celebrated at 10.30 am every Sunday morning, and we have further services during the week. Baptised members of all churches are welcome to receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion, and everyone is welcome at the altar for a blessing. Refreshments are served after Choral Eucharist on Sunday mornings and at other times as well. This is a great opportunity to chat and get to know each other.
A Baptism, Wedding or Funeral can be arranged by contacting one of our Clergy, who, together with our pastoral assistants, are always willing to visit the housebound or those in hospital, offer a listening ear, or (where appropriate) provide practical support.
Our magnificent, historic 1865 William Hill & Son organ has undergone a complete restoration with the organ now back in regular use. The organ was originally installed in Anderston Parish Church, and was the first organ in Scotland to be used with official authorisation in Presbyterian worship. It was moved to St Bride’s in 1972 when Anderston closed. Please see our Organ and Organ Restoration pages for more information.
Photo on right: Ross Campbell.
Services for The Week Ahead
Monday 25th March – ANNUNCIATION OF THE LORD
5.30 pm Evening Prayer
7.00 pm Choral Eucharist (1970 Liturgy) with sermon
Celebrant: The Rector; Preacher: Bishop Gregor
Tuesday 26th March
7.30 am Morning Prayer
8.00 am The Eucharist (1982 Liturgy)
Wednesday 27th March
5.30 pm Evening Prayer
6.00 pm The Eucharist (1970 Liturgy)
Thursday 28th March – Patrick Forbes, Bishop, 1635, and the Aberdeen Doctors, Teachers of the Faith
9.00 am Morning Prayer
10.00 am The Eucharist (1970 Liturgy) – with hymns
11.00 am Knit and Natter in the Crypt
Friday 29th March – John Keble, Priest, 1866
Saturday 30th March
9.00 am Morning Prayer
9.30 am The Eucharist (1982 Liturgy)
2.00 pm Daffodil Tea in Crypt
Sunday 31st March – Lent 4 (Mothering Sunday)
10.30 am Choral Eucharist (1970 Liturgy) with sermon
Celebrant: Bishop Gregor; Preacher: The Rector
All are welcome to join us at all our services.
CHURCH OPENING TIMES
The church is open for general visiting at the following times:
– 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month from 9.00 am to Midday
– 3rd Sunday of the month from Midday to 3.00 pm
The church is also open at other times for private prayer and visiting, by request.
The current edition of our church magazine is available for download in PDF form here. Note: If you’re asked to sign up to DropBox, simply click the X on the small window that appears and the page will load as normal.
If you are still unable to access the current magazine it can be found listed here along with older editions. The Pew Sheets are available by clicking here.
Note: The most recent editions of The Oystercatcher are at the top of the scroll-down list in chronological order. To find the most recent Pew Sheet, scroll down the list until you find the relevant day, month and year, e.g. 6 Mar 16.
JOIN OUR CHOIR
The choir of St Bride’s is looking for new members. If you are keen to sing a variety of sacred music week by week, have reasonable sight-reading skills (or wish to develop your skills) and a clear voice, we should be delighted to hear from you. Choral Scholarships may also be available for singers in full-time education. Further details are at the choir section of the website, or e-mail our Organist and Choirmaster, Mark Browne on email@example.com
The Organist and Choirmaster is always very pleased to hear from people by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) and is generally available after Sunday morning services for an open audition or to talk more about singing at St Bride’s. Please feel most welcome to introduce yourself if you would like to know more!