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Regular Services: (but see also below)
Sundays
11.30 am
Sung Eucharist,
Communion from Reserved Sacrament or Morning Prayer
Wednesdays (see Services)
10.30 am
Said Eucharist or
Communion from Reserved Sacrament

Additional services where possible on Holy Days, Church Feasts etc.

 
 

March Services:
Sun
3rd
11:30 am

Sunday next before Lent - Quinquagesima

Wed
6th
10:30 am
Ash Wednesday
Sun
10th
11:30 am

Lent 1

Sun
17th
11:30 am
Lent 2
Wed
20th
10:30 am

Cuthbert, Bishop

Sun
24th
11:30 am

Lent 3

Sun
31st
11:30 am
Mothering Sunday
 
 

On Sunday 24th March we welcome the Most Revd. Mark Strange as our celebrant and preacher.


Dates for your Diary:

See also hall calendar for the year

 

Lent Video Series 2019
Each Sunday in Lent, and every day throughout Holy Week, there will be a new video from one of the Dioceses of the Scottish Episcopal Church with reflections and prayers on the imagery and art of Lent.

Bishop's Lent Appeal - boxes are on the font.
This year shared between Aberlour and Moray Firth Radio Cash 4 Kids

Weekly Lent Course
This will be every Wednesday from 1:45 pm at 11 Lindsay Place, Wick. Please bring a Bible. All are welcome to attend.

Friday 1st 2pm
World Day of Prayer at St. Joachim's

Friday 1st 7pm
Film 'Tortured for Christ' in Castletown Free Church

Saturday 2nd
Diocesan Synod in Inverness

Sunday 10th in the Church Hall
TRAIDCRAFT STALL
This stall sells Fairtrade tea, coffee, sweets, biscuits, sugar, pasta, cocoa and dates. All top quality items.

Tuesday 12th 2:0 - 4:0 pm in the Church Hall
Our Befriending tea room will be open again. The usual team will be on hand to meet and greet. There is always an open invitation to any member of St John's congregation to come along for the afternoon.

 

Saturday 16th 10:30 am - 12:00 pm in the Church Hall
Spring Coffee Morning

Hot-cross buns and biscuits, with tea or our delicious milky coffee will be on offer and there will be our usual raffle with a tempting array of prizes.

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United prayer meeting to which all the Caithness Churches are invited on Saturday 23rd March, at 7.30pm in Castletown and Community Free Church, Main Street, Castletown. The intention is to bring the churches together in a relatively informal setting, to seek the Lord and his blessing on our county. The hope is that this can become a regular event, (monthly or bi-monthly, perhaps) in different venues round Caithness.

Friday 29th 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sit'n Stitch Day in the Church Hall
All aspects of stitching welcome. Be inspired and encouraged by the company and friendly chat. An opportunity to finish cross stitch kits or learn a new skill like patchwork or even take up a hem or two. Tea and coffee on tap. Bring your own packed lunch. Please phone Lyn to book a table - 07890 902816. £5 a day.

Saturday 30th 10:00 am - 4:00 pm in the Church Hall
Crochet Along
We meet on the third Saturday of most months. Beginners and more experienced crocheters most welcome. We get together to exchange ideas and discuss what's trending in the world of crochet. We share patterns & skills to encourage the art of crochet. The day runs from 10am-4pm but if you can only manage a morning or afternoon that's fine. £5 regardless of how long you stay. Complementary coffee & tea. Bring a packed lunch if staying for the day. Sharing time together is a great way to make new friends, learn or improve a skill and keep alive a technique of handicraft. To confirm dates or other information get in touch with Lyn on 07890 902816.

Thurso Baptist Church are holding a special service on Saturday, 30th March at 7pm, to which all churches are invited to encourage Godís people to further express their essential unity in Christ and to pray together.

 

Friday 5th and Saturday 6th April 10:0 am to 2:0 pm in the Church Hall
Book Sale
Our books are all donated by local residents. We will have our regular vast selection of great books: novels, factual works, and children's books, all in good condition; plus CDs and gramophone records, and a larger than usual collection of DVDs at our normal cheap prices.

 


Other events for 2019

Book Sales:
5th and 6th April
14th and 15th June
6th and 7th September

Coffee Mornings:
25th May
14th September
30th November

21st July - 27th July 2019 at Glenalmond College, Perthshire
GLEN '19 - Stories and Songs

1st September at 3pm
Evensong to celebrate 150 years of worship at Inverness Cathedral

28th September - Regional Synod, venue t.b.a.

See also Love North

 

For sale in aid of church funds

Beautiful quality teatowels - only £6.50, individually wrapped. Proceeds to church funds.

Available in church (after a service) or contact Lyn on 07890 902816 or Brenda at stjohnswick@btinternet.com . Delivery or collection will be arranged.

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Curate's Letter


I wonder where our priorities lie? This was my opening gambit of Sunday's sermon. Three texts of the Beatitudes from the Bible, of which two were from the Old Testament and one from the New Testament. Jeremiah 17:5-10 illustrates a curse as a shrub that is parched that will never see relief and then immediately shows the reflection of one who is rooted in God's grace. This person is like a tree planted by water that continues to bear fruit. Psalm One is also a collection of Beatitudes. It begins with a positive statement where people who follow God are once again likened to trees planted by water. Whereas the opposite image is likened to the chaff of wheat that blows away when the grain is being prepared on the threshing floor. The Gospel reading from Luke (ch 6:17-26) is part of Jesus's Beatitudes and as such is the most well-known. It is full of blessings and woes that illustrate the opposite of each other.

Beatitudes were a common way of expressing spirituality in Jewish and Hellenistic traditions. A contrast is drawn between the ways of wisdom and of irrationality. Wisdom that belongs to the Kingdom of God and what happens or can be expected to happen when one steps outside of that sphere of grace. All three texts of Beatitudes can make for uncomfortable reading. However, the two sides of the coin are there to see the choice in following God or not, as the case may be. Regardless of the route chosen, we are all on a spiritual journey and God may or may not be a large influence on that journey at this time in your life.

I come back to the question, as to where our priorities lie. Do they lie in the way that things have always been done? Are our priorities to hold on to the traditions that occurred somewhere in our lives and for some unknown reason, will we hold on to them as if our lives depend on them? Do we intend to keep hold of negativities because somehow, we have become accustomed to the reaction they incite? If we choose to live like those rooted in streams of water, drinking deeply of God's grace and wisdom, then inevitably, our choice will be to turn to God. Our mourning will turn to joy. Our despair will turn to laughter.

In last month's Outlook, we were asked whether we can be Christ's hands and feet and I wonder how this can work with what I have asked in the paragraph above? Perhaps, we each need to make a choice in how we approach God before whom we pray, praise and speak our devotions? Perhaps as we approach Lent, we can consciously make a decision to be rooted more in the stream of God's grace and allow that to wash over us. Particularly as we begin a time of preparation to renew our baptismal vows.

What are your priorities? Is it to know God more deeply? Is it to see a Christian presence on the streets in your neighbourhood? Is it to share Christ with those around you? Looking once again at the Beatitudes, we see that nowhere in each of the passages does it mention that life will be easy, or comfortable. The way of life that God is calling us to will have its fair share of hardships, but in community we have the opportunity to share those hardships with others. We do not travel on this journey alone. We are part of a community, and as spiritual beings, we find fellowship together. This enables us to grow and deepen our relationship with God.

In Caithness, this does not just occur in the two Episcopal congregations in Thurso and Wick, but will occur elsewhere in the county, such as cafes, supermarkets, pubs and castles. In order that we may grow deeper into who God is calling us to be, we need to ask ourselves what our priorities are. Will we choose to be a people who are outward focussed? Who choose, whatever the cost, to reach out to others? Who choose to help others in poverty, despair or addictions so that they may come to know the love and peace of Christ?

Our priorities should reflect that of Christ, who always reached out to the lost and the broken. He knew that the greatest need was beyond the four walls of the buildings he found himself in, which is why so many of the stories in the Gospels are of Christ as he walks from village to village. To be able to share Christ throughout Caithness requires an understanding that Christ's model has to be echoed in the here and now.

As our priorities become more like Christ's we will find solace in God. We will find peace, and we will find rest. Anxieties will disappear because they have no foundation in God. The peace of God that passes all understanding. What is there about this that we do not want to share? So, therefore, I finish this letter with one question. What are your priorities?

 

 
 

 

 

 

 
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