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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.


December Services:
11:30 am

Advent Sunday

10:30 am

Clement of Alexandria

11:30 am
Advent 2
11:00 am
Advent 3
4:00 pm
3:30 pm
Nine Lessons and Carols
11:30 am
Advent 4
11:30 pm
Midnight Mass
11:00 am
Christmas Day
11:30 am
John, Apostle and Evangelist










Dates for your Diary:

See also hall calendar for the year


Saturday 30th November 10:00 am - 1:00 pm in the Church Hall

A new Christmas Shopping Experience

Mini Bazaar with Coffee Morning. Shop for Christmas in the comfort of a cosy environment offering a curious collection of inspiring, affordable gifts plus a Lucky Dip for fun. Also on sale our famous milky coffee, served with mince pies and homemade baked treats.


Saturday 7th 6:00 pm in the church

"The Wise Men" - an "Out of the Box" Christmas musical for all the family.

Admission free.

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Sunday 8th in the Church Hall following morning service
This stall sells Fairtrade tea, coffee, sweets, biscuits, sugar, pasta, cocoa and dates. All top quality items.

Tuesday 10th 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.

Saturday 14th 2:00pm at St Ninian's Cathedral, Perth
A Provincial Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Ordination of Women to the Priesthood.

Sunday 15th in the church hall
Annual General Meeting
On that day, the morning service will begin at 11:00 am. The meeting will follow straight on. Forms for nomination of Vestry members, Lay Representative, Alternate Lay Representative and People's Warden have been placed on the font at the back of the church. If you are making a nomination, please make sure you have the permission of the nominee, and a proposer and seconder. We need a quorum of twelve for the AGM to be properly constituted so please attend if you can.



See also Love North - Worship & Connect

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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Thank you to everyone who has helped with our fundraising this year. It takes a lot of effort to keep our little church warm and welcoming, and it's all down to our dedicated helpers and supporters.
Jeanette Harper, Vestry Secretary


Traidcraft on show at Befriending
At November's afternoon tea Kay Johnson was guest speaker. She was introduced and welcomed by Isobel Campbell of Befriending Caithness. She set up a stall with the many Traidcraft items in stock. These products are on sale at St John's after the morning service on the second Sunday of each month. Below follow details of the talk she gave.

Traidcraft was founded in 1979 to prove that fair trade could work commercially. This movement of radical church-based individuals began importing direct from growers and artisans. Fair Trade was no longer about aid, but a process of learning and ethical trading simultaneously, giving the producers a much better return for their efforts, and teaching us in the First World how we should treat our less well off brethren.
Over the past forty years, Traidcraft has pioneered fair trade chocolate, coffee, tea, clothes, greeting cards, household items, biscuits and other foodstuffs. This action has forced the main grocery chains to also make a start on fair trading some of their products, so Christian action can indeed change the world.



Curate's Letter

Last month, I wrote about harvest and plastic consumption and how the harvest ended up on our breakfast tables. I received a query as to how and why Christians should be concerned about this and why I would write about that in a parish magazine. Inherent in our worship of the Christ are our Christian values. For all churches in the Anglican Communion, of which the Scottish Episcopal Church is one, there are five marks of mission. These are:

  • To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
  • To teach, baptise and nurture new believers
  • To respond to human need by loving service
  • To transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and pursue peace and reconciliation
  • To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth

These are not in descending order of importance, all five are equally important. The fifth is ably demonstrated by Pope Francis' Encyclical on the Environment, Laudato Si. This is found on the Vatican's website in a range of languages for anyone who is interested. The environment is not just there as a resource for us to use but is also inherent to our spiritual and physical wellbeing and indeed, the future of humanity. The mission of the Church is the mission of Christ.

How we care for our environment is integral to our lives. This care is not just a plea on my behalf, but is actually something we all need to do as Christians. To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth. This needs to come into our understanding in how we celebrate Christmas. How we choose presents for one another, how we decorate our homes and how we choose what chocolates to buy.

In the shops, shelves are piled high with a varying assortment of chocolate delights all marketed in a way to say 'Buy me! Eat me!' Differing centres, hard toffees which seem to be designed to break teeth or soft gooey ones that equally frustrate the person eating them. Why am I choosing to write about chocolate? Why aren't I writing the letter you would expect at Christmas time about why we celebrate Christmas? Well, firstly, if you're reading this magazine that is obviously about Church then I am guessing you are quite well versed in why we, as Christians, celebrate the Christ Mass.

I don't know how many of you chose to watch David Attenborough's program on the BBC about the plight of orangutans? I don't know how many of you were or are still aware of the continued burning of the Amazon rainforest? We have, in recent weeks, been bombarded with two places in the world where deforestation is being carried out at a rate of knots that has not only adversely affected the biodiversity of the region, but is being done because the demand of the more highly developed regions of the world. Why? Because of our increased and exponentially increasing consumption of palm oil, soya and cheap beef.

Palm oil has seen much press in recent weeks, with companies such as Iceland announcing that its own-label brand no longer contains palm oil. Palm oil is cheap and mass produced. It is currently the highest yielding oil which means that its use and production is here to stay. So there is no clear cut decision of whether to boycott palm oil or not. It is found in so many of the products we use. Over half of all supermarket products contain palm oil - from food to cleaners and even in cosmetics. For example, biofuel, soap, biscuits, and chocolate. In essence it became the 'new oil on the block' in response to the health scares over hydrogenated oils in mass produced foods.

Therefore, what as consumers should we do? The answer is long and complex, and more than the space given to this in the parish magazine. However I would like us, as consumers in a highly developed country, to take some time to think about our consumer choices and the effect they can have on the environment. However, a simply boycott of palm oil is not the answer. Other oils used in the production of food, biofuel, cleaners and so on will actually have a greater negative impact on the environment than palm oil does. This is because they yield less oil. So, therefore, an analysis needs to happen of what palm oil is being used. Unfortunately, this is quite arduous but as Christians we should help lead the way in making changes - however small - to our lifestyles.

Pressure is required by the public and non-government organisations (NGOs) to change the policy and mindset of industrial corporations. For example, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil is an industry-led initiative that seeks to respect the lives of the local people and minimise environmental impacts of production. They terminated the membership of four companies in 2018 and suspended 55 more. These are quite depressing figures and it is only through consumer pressure that these companies will seek change.

Palm oil can be sourced sustainably and it can be fairly traded. Traidcraft state that "Palm oil can be a great crop for smallholders, as you don't need much land, the crop is fairly low maintenance, and high yielding." Known as Fairpalm, it is certified organic. It is found in Traidcraft's 'Clean and Fair' range of cleaning products, as well as biscuits and chocolate products. Chocolate itself does not tend to contain palm oil, but biscuits that are dipped in chocolate or chocolates with soft or hard centres will likely contain palm oil. Unfortunately, companies are well versed in cloaking palm oil as something else so it can be quite hard to work out what does contain palm oil.

Traidcraft was originally set up by Tearfund, a Christian charity. Thus, Christian input into pressurising large corporations has existed for a long time. It is up to us as consumers to ensure that charities, like Traidcraft, can continue to exert pressure through our support of their activities. Traidcraft stalls in church are one way to doing that, as is choosing to buy fairly traded products in supermarkets. By doing so, you are buying into an ethos that allows smallholders across the world to build their skills and have a fair chance in a trading economy, while bringing up their children with the opportunities to go school. In effect, you are meeting at least four of the five marks of mission. Responding to human need with love, transforming unjust structures of society, safeguarding the integrity of creation, and helping to sustain and renew the life of the earth. In this Christmas season, wouldn't a conscious decision to switch to Fair trade or Traidcraft products be a present worth giving to smallholders this Christmas?

Ellie Charman





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