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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.


October Services:
11:30 am

All Saints/All Souls

10:30 am

George Hay Forbes, Priest

11:30 am
Remembrance Sunday
11:30 am
2nd before Advent
11:30 am
Christ the King










Dates for your Diary:

See also hall calendar for the year


Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd November 10:00 am - 2:00 pm in the Church Hall
Book Sale
Special to this book sale will be a collection of Folio Society books, reserved for this sale. Most are still in their original slip-case, at prices more suited to this specialist publisher. All our books, CDs and DVDs are donated by generous local residents. This enables us to offer them cheaply. We will have our regular vast selection of great novels, factual works, and children's books, all in good condition; plus a large collection of CDs and DVDs at our fantastically low prices.

Gordon Johnson

Sunday 3rd 2:00 pm
Animal Service
Fun thanksgiving service. All animals and well behaved humans welcome!


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

Tuesday 12th 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 22nd 10:00 am - 4:00 pm in the Church Hall
Sit'n Stitch Day
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 23rd 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.

Saturday 30th 10:00 am to 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.

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7th December 6:00 pm
Out of the Box - The Wise Men

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Other events for 2019

Save the Date: Saturday 14th December, 2.00pm
A Provincial Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Ordination of Women to the Priesthood. at St Ninian's Cathedral, Perth.
More details to follow.

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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Curate's Letter

This month, like many others, I find myself juggling a hundred and one things as I prepare and organise the myriad of different services to and within the community here in Caithness. By the time this magazine goes to press I will have conducted four funerals in as many weeks. While not wishing to sound morbid, or put a damper on anyone's lives, funerals and grief are an everyday part of our lives. A number of conversations have arisen as a consequence and have resulted in, I think, a need to put metaphorical pen to paper. So often, deaths seem to occur to other people and when it eventually and inevitably happens to us within our families, we are faced with our own mortality.

As we approach the season of Advent, we are reminded of our transience on this Earth through the liturgical acknowledgements of All Hallows Eve (All Souls), All Hallows Day (All Saints) and Remembrance Sunday. All things that focus our minds on our fragile existence. Like many other things in this world, we can choose not to think about such things. Indeed, in a post-modern society where death is no longer normalised to the extent that it used to be, when faced with such unresolved grief one may not know how to gauge his or her feelings and behaviour. One of the roles of the church is to help normalise this grief. To help those going through grief by being present. Of course, we all wish that we'd had a little bit longer with our loved ones.

The period of the seventeenth- and eighteenth- century Enlightenment combined with modernity has only served to consolidate the ideas of rationalisation, education, and science in our culture as well as a continual relegation and privatisation of faith. The western world with its postmodern ideas is especially confusing at times of bereavement where we are bombarded with a range of understandings and spiritualities.

There are no reference markers for those experiencing bereavement to gauge their grief against, and they may feel disoriented because there is nothing they can do to avoid the inevitable. This lack of control goes against every perceived 'norm' in our society. Once upon a time, Christianity held a special place as it was perceived to be based on objective truths. Now, however, Christianity is no longer the framework by which society is created. One can pick and choose from a plethora of relative truths, which lead to questions when faced with a bereavement.

Interest in the transcendent and that which gives meaning and purpose to life is at the heart of the Scottish Episcopal Church's Funeral Rites:

If we live, we live to the Lord,
And if we die, we die to the Lord;
So then, whether we live or whether we die,
We are the Lord's.
For to this end Christ died and lived again,
So that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.
(Romans 14:8, 9)

We are reminded of the resurrection hope and this is shown in the practice of many churches to pray continually for those who have died - known as their 'year's mind'. The saying, "Rest eternal grant to him/her O Lord. And let light perpetual shine upon him/her", shows how important this practice is. Acknowledging those who have gone before, while accepting that they, and we, are in God's hands.

All Hallows Eve and All Saints are times for the community to come together and remember those saints who have trodden the Earth before us. To remind ourselves that although life may be transient, there is a great deal of good that comes out of our lives before death, and that death is not the end. Then comes Remembrance Sunday. Extended now to remember all those who have fought in all wars across the world, we will be brought together not only as a community in our own towns but across the nation to remind ourselves that they shall grow not old.

The ritual of a ceremony or service or funeral allows each of us to remember and resolve our grief in some way. The words contained therein may help or challenge people as they come to terms with what has happened. Funerals are a statement in which the Christian faith gives meaning to life and to its conclusion in death. The immediacy of one's feelings and experience is a necessary part and path through which God's love and forgiveness is portrayed. And that is the light at the end of the tunnel. God's amazing and unbounded love for every single of us, regardless of where we've been or what we've done. For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.





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