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Regular Services: (but see also below)
11.30 am
Sung Eucharist,
Communion from Reserved Sacrament or Morning Prayer
First Wednesday each month
10.30 am
Communion from Reserved Sacrament

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


March Services:
11:30 am
Lent 3
10:30 am
St. Perpetua and her Companions
11:30 am
Mothering Sunday
11:30 am
Passion Sunday
3:30 pm
Evening Prayer
11:30 am
Palm Sunday
10:30 am
Wednesday in Holy Week
5:30 pm
Maundy Thursday
12 noon - 3 pm
Good Friday - quiet time for prayer and reflection
8:00 pm
Good Friday - Tenebrae

We welcome the Revd. David Balfour and the Revd. Robert Breaden as our celebrants and preachers for some services this month



Dates for your Diary:

See also calendar for the year


Lent Course
Fridays at 3:00 pm at 11 Lyndsay Place weekly throughout Lent
(Please note that this will take place at 3.00 pm on Saturday 3rd March because of the book sale and the World Day of Prayer)

Friday 2nd March at 2:30 pm in Pulteneytown Parish Church
Women's World Day of Prayer


Friday and Saturday, 2nd and 3rd March, 10 am till 2 pm in the Church Hall
Bargain Book Sale

Our books are all in great condition: factual works, novels, and children's books, and at low, low prices because they are all donated to us. We will also have CDs and DVDs at bargain prices, and possibly gramophone records as well. You won't get a better bargain anywhere.

All the income goes to church projects, so you are not just getting a great deal, but the church gets a great deal more. One of our major projects is a toilet for the church, and that costs a lot these days.

Gordon Johnson

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Friday 9th March 10.0 am - 4.0 pm
Sit & 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

Sunday 11th March at 12.45 pm in the Church Hall
This stall sells Fairtrade tea, coffee, sweets, biscuits, sugar, pasta, cocoa and dates. All top quality items.

Tuesday 13th March 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.


Friday 16th March from 10:00 am in the Church Hall
Creative Felting Workshop

Have you ever felt like learning a new skill? This is your opportunity to learn how to create a felted picture, approximately 6"X 8" You will be supplied with a kit containing a pre-prepared felted background and felting sponge and needle. You will also be supplied with a variety of beautifully prepared coloured wool and accessories to fashion your picture as you wish. You can bring a picture postcard, photograph or other type of picture to inspire you if you wish. However, your tutor for the day, Angie, will guide and instruct you to compose a beautiful scene for you to treasure.

The day will start at 10am with coffee and cake before the workshop begins. Lunch will be served at 1pm. On the menus will be a choice of two soups served with freshly made scones followed by a scrumptious pudding. Afternoon tea and biscuits will conclude the day.

Angie is a very experienced felter who will lead you through the creative journey to result in a uniquely crafted piece of art. Lyn will pamper you with her culinary delights throughout the day. If you can't make the 16th and are interested we are already planning another date - probably a Saturday. Please phone to express your interest (see poster).

Lyn Ball


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Thursday 22nd March at 7:00 pm - meeting of the Vestry

Saturday 24th March from 10:30 am to 12 noon in the Church Hall
Coffee Morning


Future events for 2018

Book Sales:
20th and 21st April

22nd and 23rd June
7th and 8th September
2nd and 3rd November

Coffee Mornings:
26th May
28th July
29th September
24th November

CMS Conference
12th May

Doors Open Day
15th September


Recent Events:

of the Consecration of Bishop Anne Dyer, Aberdeen and Orkney

Pedalling & Performing
Inner Tuba was guest to this month's Befriending Caithness tearoom. Jon Hodkin combines travel by tricycle and musical performances. He performed in the church by telling stories of his travel and playing his beloved tuba. His musical programme started with 'My bonnie lies over the ocean.' He explained that Inner Tuba was born in the year 2000 and Jon's ultimate aim is to pedal and perform from coast to coast across Canada.
He is currently touring Caithness as a result of a grant awarded to him from the Spirit of Caithness Fund which is a legacy of the Commonwealth Games, held in Glasgow in 2014.
He remarked about St John's Church as a venue, saying "what better place was there to perform than in such a beautiful spiritual place like this and having funding from the Spirit of Caithness it seemed so appropriate". We were blessed with a bright sunny day that showed our stained glass windows off to great advantage. He played at various volumes showing how skilful a musician he is and how wonderful an instrument the tuba is. He also demonstrated making musical notes on an animal horn and a Conch shell and an ordinary water hose. He concluded his musical programme with the haunting melody of 'Danny boy.'
After the concert Jon joined us all for our usual tasty eats and a very welcome cup of tea. Jon mingled and chatted to Befrienders and their Befriendees still causing some hilarity and entertainment.

Lyn Ball


Priest's Letter

from the Revd. Dr. James Currall of Scottish Episcopal Church - Dornoch, Tain & Lairg


Walking Together


On my way to and from Lairg early on Sunday morning, there were two items on the radio that particularly caught my attention and as the day went by I started to see connections between them.

The first was in the Sunday Service on Radio Scotland, when the preacher said "Jesus leaves His Father in Heaven to come to a world where He's not welcome, where He's not received. He experiences alienation and rejection. His earthly family misunderstand and reject Him. His enemies pursue Him. Jesus has no home, no pillow of His own to rest His head on. And in the end He's dragged through a rigged trial, condemned to death even though He's innocent and then crucified."

The second was in the review of the papers, when the news that Brendan Cox, husband of murdered MP Jo Cox, had stepped down from the two charities that were set up in her name as a result of a number of earlier allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards women. In his statement, Mr Cox said: "I do acknowledge and understand that during my time at Save the Children I made mistakes and behaved in a way that caused some women hurt and offence, this was never malicious, but it was certainly inappropriate. In the past I have focused on disputing what I felt was untrue in the allegations, but I realise now that it's more important to take full responsibility for what I have done." He also said he was committed to holding himself to "much higher standards of personal conduct" in the future.

On the face of it they don't appear to have much in common, so where is the connection? For me it's in the two sections in bold type. As I listened to the first piece, I became increasingly uneasy, because I felt that that what was being said was a gross simplification, it was casting the whole thing in terms of goodies and baddies in much the way that the old Westerns did (except in this case the goodies didn't wear white hats and the baddies black!) From the perspective of Pilate, he had a responsibility to keep peace in his corner of the Roman Empire and woe-betide him if riots had broken out on his watch. Caiaphas, for all his faults, was committed to preserving the Jewish way of life, not rubbing the occupying force up the wrong way and having Jewish freedoms curtailed. Yes both played fast and loose with the facts to preserve what they believed in and, broadly speaking, they were dealing with a dissident who was bent on upsetting the status quo. They were however far less brazen about it than the leader of a country three and a half thousand miles to our west today. The point is that there are different points of view and the 'Kingdom of Pilate' and the 'Kingdom of Caiaphas' are radically different than the 'Kingdom of God'. I don't believe either man to be wholly bad without any redeeming features; but they did understood the situation very differently to the message of Good News that Jesus was preaching.

Now to Mr Cox. In any interaction between two people, there are (at least) two understandings of what has happened. In the past, he has concentrated on the aspects of the testimony of his accusers that he believed to be wrong, in order to maintain his innocence. So what has changed? Mr Cox in reflecting perhaps on the legacy of his late wife, has switch his focus from his feelings to those of his accusers. He may well not understand why they are so upset and hurt by his past behaviour towards them, but he now accepts the plain fact that they are hurt and upset by what he did. He has now realised that his understanding is different to theirs and is prepared to acknowledge that publically. What he has done might: help to bring some healing to those that he has hurt, allow the charities set up in his late wife's name to move forward without a shadow hanging over them and help him to become the better person he would like to be. What Mr Cox has done is what the Prayer Book means when it says "Remission of all your sins, true repentance, amendment of life".

It is just so easy to see things from one point of view and as black and white. This Lent as we reflect on how we live our lives we might do worse that consider this short extract from a poem written in 1895 by Mary T. Lathrap called Judge Softly (often mistakenly attributed to various Indian tribes):

Just walk a mile in his moccasins
Before you abuse, criticize and accuse.
If just for one hour, you could find a way
To see through his eyes, instead of your own muse.
I believe you'd be surprised to see
That you've been blind and narrow minded, even unkind.







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