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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
Eucharist or
Communion from Reserved Sacrament

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


August Services:
11:30 am
Pentecost 11
10:30 am
Transfiguration of the Lord
11.30 am
Pentecost 12
11.30 am
Pentecost 13
11.30 am
Pentecost 14



Dates for your Diary:

See also calendar for the year


Thursday 2nd at 7.30pm in the Free Church, Castletown
Dr Suresh Vemulapalli plans to give an update of the work of India Village Ministries. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Friday 10th 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.


Saturday 11th 10:30 am to 12:0 pm in the Church Hall
We Do Love To Be Beside The Seaside coffee morning

Fabulous home baking table which is absolutely delicious, the raffle with it amazing number of prizes, we will also feature a selection of books. "We shall have our special milky coffee and gorgeous homemade pancakes. A truly warm welcome awaits"

Victoria Denley-Spencer


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The Bishop is delighted to announce that Dr Joseph J Morrow, CBE, QC, has accepted his invitation to become the Chancellor of Moray Ross and Caithness. Dr Morrow will be present in the diocese for the first time in his new role at the ordination to the priesthood of Revd Dr Clare Caley. This will take place at St Michael and All Angels Church, Inverness at 1.00 pm on Saturday, 11th August. All are welcome.

Sunday 12th 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 14th 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.

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 9th 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 books for sale at less than a pound each. They are of all types, not just religious, so come on a Wednesday and have a look.

Future events for 2018

Book Sales:
7th and 8th September
2nd and 3rd November

Coffee Mornings:
29th September
24th November

Doors Open Day
15th September

Also Ordination of Ellie Charman in Inverness Cathedral

See also Love North


Recent Events:

Creative Felting Workshop

A second felting day was held recently by popular demand. The event is another fundraiser for our church toilet project.
Thirteen ladies attended and were enthusiastically tutored by Angie House. Angie made up kits and provided all extra materials and her time free.
Angie is well known to members of St John's as the Co-ordinator of the local charity Befriending Caithness. She was aghast to learn that St John's did not have a toilet in the church and was very quick to offer her talent as a way of helping raise some funds toward our church toilet project fund. All who came along to learn the art of dry needle felting left amazed at what they had achieved as the photos prove.
Lyn Ball was on hand to pamper the ladies with a delicious menu for the day. On arrival coffee and a choice of carrot cake or coffee walnut cakes were served. Lunch offered a choice of sweet potato and coconut soup or carrot and peanut butter served with freshly made cheese scones. Desert of sticky toffee pudding followed to conclude lunch. Tea and homemade shortbread were served to round off the day. An encouraging 260 was raised.

In November it is hoped to run a wet felting day making a scarf and or small handbag as can be seen in the photo. Just in time to make and give as a Christmas gift. The date is yet to be fixed. Many thanks must go to Angie and Lyn and all the ladies who came along to make this fundraiser such a fun and successful day.

Lyn Ball



Priest's Letter

Kipper Ties and Broken Bread


The best liturgy I have probably ever experienced was as an ordinand. As part of the interfaith aspect in Birmingham I was part of a group invited to take part in the Sabbath Morning Service at Birmingham Progressive Synagogue. The Rabbi of the Synagogue at the time was Pete Tobias - a man who emanated joy in his faith. Mind you, some of that might have been the loud ties he wore! Pete had a lightness of touch, that incomparable ability to distinguish between being serious about his faith with simply being dour and serious!

The Sabbath, or Shabbat, service was a beautiful liturgy. The Cantor, along with Pete, led the service well and all engaged fully and intently. We ordinands were welcomed amongst the congregation and assisted throughout. After the main liturgy was over, everybody retired to a side room where Kiddush - the sanctification of God's gift of the Sabbath with bread and wine - was to be held.

Respectfully, we Christians stood to one side, out of the way, to allow the community to gather for this sacred moment. Immediately, Pete beckoned us to stand with within the community, telling us that we were there as one body in God's presence irrespective of religion. Pete first took the cup of wine, blessed as it was being poured with gusto and it was passed round - to us Christians as well! Pete then took the Challah loaf and with utter exuberance pronounced the blessing and then literally tore a piece off to eat with relish as the remainder was passed round for us all to share. We Christians were taken aback. We had been included when we expected, and indeed had initiated, an exclusion. Instead of a nice tidy sharing of pre-packaged wafers and everything done very solemnly, we were brought into a purely joyful celebration - and a few crumbs over the floor simply spoke of the generosity and abandon of God.

Even as I remember it I smile and wish I was back there that Shabbat morning.

Our own celebrations often seem so formal, so tidy, so prescribed. Pre-cut wafers to ensure no crumbs of Jesus go awry. A very careful holding of the chalice. Yet respect is one thing, control another. I wonder what picture it paints of God both to us and more especially to guests, especially a newcomer? Now that's not to say we are not welcoming. I have found both Wick and Thurso to be incredibly welcoming to me. Yet do our celebrations need a bit of loosening? Could our Eucharists exude something of that flamboyance of God that Pete and his community revealed to us? And whilst we say we welcome all to the table, do we really? Strictly speaking we welcome the baptised - those in formal commitment. Yet personally I couldn't care less who presents themselves for the bread of life and the cup of salvation - and I will never ask for credentials of 'worthiness'. I have a feeling Jesus, who broke bread for all present in that upper room, would exude nothing but generosity of spirit. He would welcome all who seek his company, and for me we have that same responsibility. Pete and company taught me that the generosity of God far exceeds our human boundaries.

I would like to invite our worshipping communities to think about how we 'celebrate' our form of Kiddush, the Eucharist. How can we make always make it speak of the Jesus who welcomed children with open arms, who gave bread and fish to five thousand without asking who they were, who broke both bread and himself for us to share with generosity and 'for all', who in the face of the tidiness of rules and laws, interpreted them untidily so that they serviced us rather than us be slaves to them?

In our worship, and indeed in our lives, let us speak more of Jesus. For me it took a Jewish Rabbi in Birmingham to remind me of my Jewish Rabbi in ancient Palestine.







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