The Rev. Graeme Beebee
Born and bred in Ayrshire, on the West Coast of Scotland, after leaving school and completing studies in Business, Marketing and Journalism, Graeme went to the University of St. Andrew’s, graduating BD with Honours from St. Mary’s College in 1992.
Following a year as Probationer Assistant in Troon, he was ordained and inducted into his first charge of Balmerino linked with Wormit in North East Fife in 1993, where he remained for nearly ten years, before coming to Guernsey and St. Andrew’s in the Grange in 2003.
During his years in the Kirk he has served in various positions within the Presbyteries of St. Andrews and England, as well as the wider church; in school, hospital and hospice chaplaincy, and community based groups and organisations. He is an Associate Member of The Iona Community, and a Local Tutor with STETS (The Southern Theological Education Training Scheme).
Graeme has always felt a strong sense of Call to Parish Ministry. He sees his role as one of encouraging folk in their journey of faith by sharing the experiences he has had in his own journey. He is committed to developing worship and leadership within the church, and to helping people of all-ages find their place in the Kingdom’s vision.
Graeme is married to Ailsa who is a Primary School Teacher.
Who we are
The Established Church in Guernsey is the Church of England with the Dean of Guernsey recognised as the senior Church appointment on the island. The 10 island parishes each have their own Parish Church and Hall, similar to rural Scotland. In addition to several other Anglican Churches, there is a strong Methodist and Roman Catholic following and a variety of other denominations.
St. Andrew's in the Grange is a member of the Presbytery of England, the Presbytery to which Church of Scotland congregations located in England and the Channel Islands belong, which holds quarterly meetings in London.
Why is there a Church of Scotland on Guernesy?
St. Andrew's in the Grange, Church of Scotland, represents the Presbyterian faith, with a membership of 246 and some 60 adherents, comprising Guernsey born, Scots, Dutch, English and Irish in the main - a cosmopolitan congregation originating from a staunch Guernsey following and a Scottish heritage dating back to the days when Scottish troops were garrisoned on the island. Today, members work across the community, including the finance industry, horticulture and tourism, there being full employment in the island.
The congregation includes 25 ordained Elders of whom 22 are members of the Kirk Session, and the Congregational Board numbers 30. The Sunday School is lively and thriving with some 20 children, mainly of the younger age group. At present there are no other youth groups attached to St. Andrew's in the Grange.
How to find us
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The island of Guernsey
The second largest of the Channel Islands, Guernsey is situated just a few miles from the French coasts of Normandy and Brittany in the bay of St Malo. Independent and self governing for more than 700 years, the island has a culture and character which are quite unique. The language is English and traffic drives on the left.
A history of our church
Since the reformation in the middle of the 16th Century, there had always been a Presbyterian presence in Guernsey.