St John the Baptist Church, Rothiemurchus
Scottish charity No 023265.
Everyone is welcome!
St John's is a member of the Scottish Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Moray, Ross and Caithness. To see a copy of the latest Diocesan Newsletter, click here.
The Church is a welcoming and inclusive Church that traces its history back to the beginnings of Christianity in Scotland. The congregation is a small but vibrant community whose numbers are augmented, especially during the summer months and the skiing season, by visitors from all over the United Kingdom and abroad. Several regular visitors have holiday homes nearby and all of these are welcomed back as ‘adherent’ members.
Although the church is situated on the outskirts of Aviemore, our members come from a large area from Dalwhinnie in the south to Nethy Bridge and Carrbridge in the north. It includes the villages of Newtonmore, Kingussie, Kincraig and Boat of Garten .
We are fortunate in being served by by the Venerable Richard Gillings, Revd Alison Hart, Revd Jennifer Jones, and Canon Tony Sparham, licensed as priests for Strathspey and Badenoch.They also minister to St Columba's Grantown. All the clergy are retired and they are supported by a Lay team at St John's. Anne Bridgen and Deborah Munday help to lead worship, but most members of the congregation have a role to play in the Sunday services and the running of the church.
We hope that this web site will provide you with all the information you need, but if you need to contact anyone, please use one of the contacts on the 'contact us' page
How to get to St John's
As you enter Aviemore from the south, turn right at the roundabout into the Ski road (B970) towards Rothiemurchus. Just after the sign saying 'Inverdruie', the church entrance is in the left. If coming from the north, proceed through Aviemore and turn left opposite the Italian restaurant into the Ski road (B970). The post code is PH22 1QH. Parking is available.
Since 2009, we have a church hall adjacent to the church. For information on our Church Hall and how to hire it, please contact Jan Goodall on 01479 821716
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In common with the rest of the Scottish Episcopal Church and all places of worship, we are following the guidelines issued by the Bishops .
We have been open for Worship since Palm Sunday 2021 in accordance with the current Coronavirus restrictions - social distancing, face coverings etc.
SInce the lifting of most restrictions on August 9th, there are some changes to our current practice.
1. There is no longer any need to book to attend church. This is because social distancing measures have been removed. ALL ARE WELCOME!!
2. However, we do, have to keep records for Trace and Protect scheme and so the welcomer will record everyone's name as they enter church. For Visitors, we shall require your telephone number as well.
3. For the time being, most other restrictions remain in place.....face coverings, hand sanitizing. ventilation.......and, until further guidance comes from the SEC, communion in one kind just as we have been doing in these last months. It would also be sensible for everyone to keep the service and hymn books.
Since the beginning of September, we are providing refreshments after the service in the hall. This is in accordance with guidance (food is individually wrapped and members of the congregation should be seated once they have their refreshments.
If for any reason, anyone does not feel confident enough to attend church yet, there are many opportunties to join online worship including the Scottish Episcopal one on a Sunday morning at 11.00
For updated guidance from the College of Bishops please click HERE.
Since the National Lockdown in March 2020, the clergy have been circulating various helpful papers including readings, reflections and prayers. Please click HERE to be directed to our CLERGY MAILINGS page. These are updated weekly.
The Vestry goes on. Members have been meeting by ZOOM since last Summer and held a successful Annual Meeting in January 2021.
To see the VESTRY at work, see the VESTRY page.
For the latest Letter from Bishop Mark, please CLICK HERE
For the newsletter from the Scottish Episcopal Institute, please click here.