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St Mary-on-the-Rock                                               St James the Less

Saint Mary’s and Saint James’s are churches of the Scottish Episcopal Parishes of Ellon and Cruden Bay in the north-east of Scotland.

We are congregations within the Episcopal Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney, and in full communion with the Scottish Episcopal Church.

Both churches have a long tradition of welcome and are home to people of all denominations and all ages.

The parishes are along the coast north of Aberdeen and we seek to be churches filled with God’s love, giving it away to others. We try to welcome everyone in a non-judgmental way and to develop the ministry of all our members, allowing everyone to find what God is asking of them and the gifts he is giving to them.

Our new website is currently under construction – in the meantime, service times and contact details are available below

Service Times:


  • 8:15am:  Holy Communion at St Mary’s, Ellon
  • 9:30am:  Parish Eucharist at St James’, Cruden Bay
  • 11:00am:  Family Eucharist at St Mary’s, Ellon
  • Wednesday:
  • 10:00am:  Holy Communion in the church hall at St Mary’s, Ellon.

Mainly MusicFriday:

  • 10:00am:  Mainly Music in the church hall at St Mary’s, Ellon
    • a small music group designed for pre-school children. Class is held every Friday morning, during term time, from 10 till 11.30.
      The children and their guardians take part in around 30 minutes of singing and interaction followed by juice and biscuits,then lots of toys whilst the grown ups enjoy coffee and cake.
      If you are interested in attending please contact us at the Parish Office where you can leave your details and then you will be contacted by a member of the team. If there is no place available we will be happy to add you to our waiting list.

pancakes-1536x1024Tuesday 9th February – Shrove Tuesday:

  • 7:00pm:  Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper in the church hall at St Mary’s, Ellon.


Wednesday 10th February – Ash Wednesday:ash-wednesday

  • 10:00am:  Holy Communion with Imposition of Ashes in the church hall at St Mary’s, Ellon.
    • 7:30pm      Ash Wednesday service in St James’, Cruden Bay


Messy ChurchSaturday 13th February:

  • 2:00pm:  Messy Church in the church hall at St Mary’s, Ellon.


Good Friday

Good Friday 25th March:

  • 2:00pm:  A worship event, aimed specifically at young people aged 10-18yrs. St James the Less, Cruden Bay.


Contact Details:

Our Church Office is open daily from Tuesday to Friday:

  • Rector: Reverend Andrew Tucker
  • Email:  parish@stmarystjames.org.uk
  • Tel:  01358 720366