The UK Oil & Gas Chaplaincy

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Calendar & Updates

Upcoming Offshore Visits

The Chaplain will be making various offshore visits throughout the year. The following list will be updated on a regular as visits are arranged.

Rev George Cowie

22-Dec-2021

Rev George Cowie

It is with great sadness that we bring the news that the Rev George Cowie passed away at home yesterday, following his long battle with brain cancer. He was comfortable and surrounded by his family in his final hours.


George supported the Chaplaincy for many years, particularly during the time of Rev Andrew Jolly’s illness. He was a man who touched the lives of so many with his compassion and humour and I consider it an honour to have known him. I can think of no other who epitomised the word ‘gentleman’ better. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and family.

2021 Act of Remembrance

06-Nov-2021

2021 Act of Remembrance

The link below will take you to the Annual Act of Remembrance for those who have died offshore in the UK Oil and Gas Industry. This year, for the first time, there have been no additional names added to the Book of Remembrance but a lighted candle represents all who never returned to their loved ones. This includes the 45 men who died on this day in 1986 when the Chinook helicopter came down off Shetland while returning from the Brent Field.

Conscious that many families throughout the land have suffered the shattering effects of bereavement we have also lit candles representing those losses. We invite you to use this simple Act of Remembrance to remember someone close to you no longer with us.

https://vimeo.com/638371108

Oil and Gas Industry Annual Service of Remembrance

18-Oct-2021

Oil and Gas Industry Annual Service of Remembrance

We are delighted to announce that this year, for the very first time, there have been no names added to the Book of Remembrance recording the details of those who die offshore. 
However we have to regretfully announce that the UK Oil and Gas Industry’s Annual Service of Remembrance will be a virtual service this year, available online on Saturday, 6th of November. At the stage of discussing and planning the service it was doubtful if we would be able to hold such a gathering due to government restrictions on congregational gatherings. Churches are open in Scotland, however, there are still restrictions including social distancing and mask wearing. Numbers would have to be limited and track and trace operated. As well as the restrictions already mentioned, most importantly, we would not want to exclude anyone from our annual service. With the agreement of the Trustees, and with a heavy heart, we took the decision not to hold a service in the church

Piper Alpha - Act of Remembrance 2021

06-Jul-2021

An Act of Remembrance, organised by the Pound for Piper Trust took place at 1000 on 6th July 21. The Chaplain was honoured to conduct this  service which remembered the 167 men who lost their lives on 6th July 1988. A video of the service can be found here. https://vimeo.com/570842125


For more details please access the Pound for Piper Facebook page.  https://www.facebook.com/PoundforPiper/


 

Act of Remembrance - Johnston Gardens

01-Apr-2021

Act of Remembrance - Johnston Gardens

On the 1st of April 2009 a Super Puma helicopter came down around 11 miles from Peterhead while returning from BP’s Miller Production Platform. Sixteen people died. On the same day, in a separate incident a crewman of DSV Wellservicer also died. An act of remembrance filmed in Johnston Gardens, Aberdeen can be accessed via the link below from 1000 on 1 April. 


https://vimeo.com/529942360


 

Piper Alpha 25th Anniversary Commemoration - Video

06-Jul-2013

Please follow this link to watch the video http://vimeo.com/69827641.