What we believe
Our beliefs as Christians at St Mary Magdalene's are probably best summed up in the words of St Luke 10 vv 25–37. Our duty to God and our duty to our neighbour — as taught by Jesus in his most famous parable — with the final hope of eternal life.
Being part of the Anglican Communion, the Scottish Episcopal Church subscribes to the 1988 Lambeth Quadrilateral, which provides the four main articles which govern our faith and worship.
- the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments "contain all things necessary to salvation".
- The Apostles Creed and the Nicene Creed provide the sufficient statement of the Christian faith.
- The two sacraments of Baptism and Communion "using the words of Christ and the elements ordained by him" bind us together in the Body of Christ.
- The Historic Episcopate maintains the apostolic tradition of the laying on of hands for bishops, priests and deacons.
The official noticeboard of the Scottish Episcopal Church proclaims our belief in "Evangelical Truth and Apostolic Order". This declaration is accompanied by no less than eight mitres — which might suggest to the unenlightened observer that we specialise in rather outlandish millinery!
It is perhaps important to add that in St Mary Magdalene's, we do believe that our God has a wonderful sense of humour.