St Mary the Virgin
St Mary the Virgin Scottish Episcopal Church is located in the centre of the thriving village of Ullapool, in Wester Ross. It is from this lovely village that many people come to take the ferry to the stunning Outer Hebrides, and also plays host to the many cruise ships that visit here during the summer months.
The church was originally a derelict croft that was purchased by Bishop George Sessford in the early 1970's. It was totally renovated with the view of it being the Rectory for the Priest in Charge, but in 1975 it was Consecrated as a church for the Scottish Episcopal Church.
The Holy Mother
Devotion to Mary, Mother of God and of our blessed Saviour Jesus Christ, is common in the Roman Catholic, Orthodox and Anglican tradition.
Whilst Mary is not prayed to in her own right, by honouring her, we honour her Son. We believe she has been given a place next to her Son in heaven, from where she guides and protects those who come to her for aid. And so we ask Our Lords Blessed Mother to pray for us to her Son, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
The recently installed votive candle-stand by the image of Our Lady in St Mary’s in Ullapool serves to remind us of the power of prayer – a powerful light that no darkness can ever overpower. When we look to Mary, we are also reminded of her obedience, which is our calling too – and a calling to imitate her simplicity and trust in God.
St Mary the Virgin, 25 Market Street, Ullapool, Ross-Shire,
The Sunday Eucharist is usually followed by coffee and fellowship
Facilities; Hearing loop, Disabled ramp access with hand rail, Toilet/Disabled toilet
Chapel of St MARY the VIRGIN
Sunday Morning Eucharist
Bishop Mark Celebrating the 40th Anniversary Eucharist Harvest Festival display
The Lectern-fall at St Mary the Virgin, Ullapool.
This is an original design and was made especially for St Mary's by the Rev'd Valerie Saunders, the starting point was from a photograph taken by her husband Brian. Valerie has fond memories of the years when she had close connections with the congregation.
Local Emergency Fund
The church of Scotland have invited us to contribute to a local emergency fund, which is a Church initiative aimed at supporting families in the village who are struggling financially by providing discretionary emergency payments. This will be administered by Andre Duplessis ( local social worker) to particularly needy cases, and will take the form of Tesco vouchers ( and will not be exchangeable for alcohol nor tobacco products). You will have noticed a receptable at the back of Church labeled "Local Emergancy Fund". This is for such contributions if you wish to make an offering from time to time.
Easter Garden in St Mary's
On Easter Day, 5th April 2015, some 145 people gathered for the 4th Easter Praise on the Pier. This draws the various congregations and clergy from around Ullapool and further afield for a community celebration of the Resurrection, singing traditional Easter Hymns, hearing the Easter Story, and giving thanks for the Redemption brought us by the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
This year we were hosted by the Ullapool Harbour Trust in the brand new Calmac Ferry Terminal; and the staff from The Frigate Cafe in Ullapool provided us yet again with restorative coffee, tea and bacon butties!
The Rev'd Canon Nicholas Court
Telephone: 01854 612506
Mobile: 07518 026641