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Regular Services: (but see also below)
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.


June Services:
11:30 am
Easter 7
10:30 am
Boniface of Mainz, Bishop
11:30 am


11:30 am
Trinity Sunday
11:30 am
Pentecost 2
11:30 am
Pentecost 3

On 9th June we welcome the Rev'd. Robert Breaden, as our celebrant and preacher

On 30th June we welcome the Most Rev'd. Mark Strange as our celebrant and preacher


Thy Kingdom Come 2019 - Daily Prayer from Ascension Day to Pentecost

Dates for your Diary:

See also hall calendar for the year


Church Open Days

Visiting Wick this summer? Or discovering your own town? Our Church will be open for anyone to visit on Wednesdays, 12noon - 3pm, from 1st May to September. This interesting building, on the corner of Moray Street and Francis Street, has commemorative wall tablets and decorative windows, as well as the normal church furnishings and equipment. It is open to believers and non-believers alike. You can come to see it as interesting architecture, a place of worship, or a place of quiet contemplation. One or more church members will be on hand to offer a guided tour if you wish, but there is a self-guide leaflet if you prefer, or you can just sit in one of the pews, or a soft chair, to absorb the quiet atmosphere.

As an added attraction, this year we are offering second-hand novels for sale at bargain prices, so come on a Wednesday and have a look.


Wednesday 5th 7:30pm in St John's Church.
St John's Singers concert
joined by special guests Pentland Brass Band

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6th - 8th General Synod with Live Stream


Friday/Saturday 7th/8th Bible Course - Introduction in Pulteneytown Church
Hearing the Word

Sunday 9th in the Church Hall
This stall sells Fairtrade tea, coffee, sweets, biscuits, sugar, pasta, cocoa and dates. All top quality items.

Tuesday 11th 2:15 - 3:30 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 14th and Saturday 15th 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.


Saturday 15th 12 noon
Crask Shed Opening
Dedication by the Most Rev'd. Mark Strange

Thursday 20th - 7:30 pm in St. Michael & All Angels, Inverness
Festal Mass to celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi

Friday 21st 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 22nd 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.

Sunday 23rd 8:00 pm - Castletown Free Church
Alcohol Concern Prayer Meeting

Other events for 2019

Book Sales:
6th and 7th September

Coffee Mornings:
14th September
30th November

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

1st September at 3:00pm
Evensong to celebrate 150 years of worship at Inverness Cathedral

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

Save the Date: Saturday 14th December 2019, 2:00pm, at St Ninian's Cathedral, Perth.
A Provincial Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Ordination of Women to the Priesthood. More details to follow.

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 Sermon

What is love?

"I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." John 13:34-35

On Sunday we explored these three sentences. What it means to love one another without hesitation, or resistance. A command that sounds so simple, yet can become so incredibly complex when human emotions are factored in. As the Easter people, why is that we find this so hard to do?

To place these verses into context, we discover that they are part of the discourse that Jesus has with his disciples immediately after the Last Supper and before leaving the upper room for prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane. Judas has just left the room and now there is no going back. Jesus talks to his remaining disciples and tries to explain to them what he means, but they just don't get it. They haven't got the rest of the Gospel or the rest of the New Testament as we do, and what Jesus was talking about wasn't part of their perspective. The bigger picture for them involved Jesus coming in and rescuing Israel and fighting those who were the oppressors. Not this talk about being with them for only a little longer. Their faith was in a Messiah who would rescue their nation from their woes. Jesus needed to radically transform their understanding of what woes they really had and how they would be rescued for them to be able to speak to others. He needed to change their ideology from fighting talk to loving talk. He needed to change their aggression (and denial) to that of love. He needed to change their perception of us and them, of Jew and Gentile, to that of God's children, regardless of creed, colour or race.

All of the Gospel of John points to the cross. This is where understanding and illumination happen. God is seen in Christ, and Christ in God. What is revealed in the cross is the love of God in Christ. Sounds so simple, doesn't it? Love. To love one another. Yet, we also seem to find such difficulty in doing so. Most of the Hebraic Scriptures is about love. Just as Israel was designed as a loving community, who treated those who came into contact with it with respect and care, so it is with what Jesus asks of the disciples. They and we are to be a community from which the love of God shines across and out.

Here is an excerpt from Shakespeare's one hundred and sixteenth sonnet:

"Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved."

This goes to show that the complexities of love are woven through the centuries. Poets have wrangled with how to describe love and what it means in our lives for millennia. What is this love? It is love that knows no bounds, that does not alter or bend. It bears out to death. Jesus's love for us that goes beyond human expectation or knowledge, that takes us just as we are, warts and all, specks or logs in our eyes, and loves us.

This great new commandment can fill us with a great sense of hopelessness and failure, if we do not read the Gospel carefully. We know that we are wholly incapable of showing the love of God in the way that Jesus asks us. This is a commandment given to a group of disciples who seem utterly incapable of grasping the message and are also about to run away when the going gets tough. Jesus entrusts his message to them simply because they are loved by him and by God. There is no other qualification required. However, our love for others is dependent on our ability to accept love, and to love ourselves as God loves us. It is love that knows no bounds, that does not alter or bend. This, then, is where we begin to struggle. Who knows what we despise in ourselves and think that cannot be forgiven? Who knows how much we are capable of 'beating ourselves up' over something said or done that was in some way hurtful? Who knows what 'love' was shown to us in the past that turned out to be a sham. It is things like this that make us withdraw from others and from God. We begin to question how these things could be allowed to happen and why did it happen to us? How could God love someone who is frightened, in denial, outspoken, frequently puts their foot into their mouth and hurts others on the way? This was Peter, and God chose to build his church through Peter. A man who denied Christ three times in a single night and God still believed in him.

Knowing that we are loved and trusted by God is the beginning of fulfilling this commandment. We do not generate this love in ourselves, because it is already there. We do need to cultivate it of course, and that is material for another day. As Christians we know that God is love, not a set of tasks, or works, or rituals, but simply love. We're not better at loving than anyone else, but God has loved us from the very beginning and trusted us, even before we began our journey in Christ.

It takes time to allow God's love to seep into our souls, our hearts and minds. We have a choice to allow God in, to explore where God was in those moments that we felt bereft and to follow Him. Or we could choose to carry on, being very much in control of our lives. What does it mean then, to love one another without hesitation? Having allowed for our emotions, one can see that God himself has made allowances of our emotional and mental state. In fact, one could say that he has thought of everything.

My challenge to you this month is this: will you, as a member of the Easter people, show the light of Christ in you to others without hesitation? The light of God that we carry inside is a precious cargo: "No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, and give glory to our Father in heaven."





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