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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.


January Services:
11:30 am


11:30 am

Baptism of the Lord

10:30 am

Bishop Kentigern / Saint Mungo

11:30 am

Epiphany 2

11:30 am

Epiphany 3




Dates for your Diary:

Church Hall calendar for 2019 to follow


Tuesday 8th 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.

Sunday 13th in the Church Hall
This stall sells Fairtrade tea, coffee, sweets, biscuits, sugar, pasta, cocoa and dates. All top quality items.

Friday 18th 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 19th 10:00 am - 3:00 pm in the Church Hall
Crochet Along
As a result of the enthusiasm of some who attended our Crochet and Knitting Fest in October I will be trying out a 'Crochet Along' day on the third Saturday of each month. Some new crocheters, like myself, are hooked, but most are certainly beginners. So there is the chance to learn a new skill along with me. There will be help on hand to guide us. We of course, would welcome knitters if they wish to join us and enjoy some company. It is also planned to visit the Fibre Fest in Dornoch in the spring. I am only just learning about the exciting variety of yarns & patterns that are available. There is a revival of crochet as a fashion statement and some of the stylish scarfs and cowl designs are stunning. Cost 5 which includes complimentary tea and coffee. Please bring a packed lunch.
Lyn Ball.

For sale in aid of church funds

Beautiful quality teatowels - only £6.50, individually wrapped.

Available in church (after a service) or contact Lyn on 07890 902816 or Brenda on stjohnswick@btinternet.com . Delivery or collection will be arranged.

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Other events for 2019


See also Love North

Recent Events

December Befriending

At our December afternoon tea for Befriending Caithness, we were delighted to include an afternoon concert by the Poltney Bell Ringers. The musicians rang a selection of seasonal music including the melodies of much loved Christmas carols such as Silent Night and Away in a Manager. The Ringers programme continued with a blast from the past with the chart topping Mary's Boy Child and with a change of tempo a couple of old time favourites - Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Winter Wonderland. To bring the concert to a conclusion the musicians rang the haunting melody The Carol of the Bells by M.D. Leontovich.

The Poltney Bell Ringers Roadie, Richard Stanley, kindly said a few words of praise for the Ringers. He remarked on how the team has gone from strength to strength over the years. Dot Woodall, on behalf of Befriending Caithness, said a few words of thanks. Everyone then tucked in to a tasty afternoon tea of sandwiches, savoury nibbles and home-made cakes. Sincere thanks go to all involved from the church who help in anyway throughout the year to maintain this very popular event.

Lyn Ball



Curate's Letter

Christmas and Epiphany

Wishing you all the very best for Christmas and a happy new year! It's almost time for a fresh start. New resolutions and an endeavour to keep those new ideas and thoughts flowing. I wonder if you've given much thought as what you're going to do differently in the new year, or if you're a little weary and wary of such ideas. We have Pope Gregory XIII to thank for declaring that January 1st was the start of the new year, having introduced what is known as the Gregorian calendar in 1582. The tradition of making new plans for the year to come stems back from that time. There may be valid questions here as to whether we're perpetuating a tradition for the sake of tradition, or whether there is a validity to carry on with the tradition of making new plans every new year.

I would like to propose that one of the endeavours of the new year should be to spend more time getting to know God. Who we are, both as individuals seeking God, but also as representatives of the body of Christ here in Caithness. As Christians our spiritual nourishment needs to come from our Trinitarian God, together with Christ Jesus and Holy Spirit. As followers of Christ, our sustenance needs to be spiritual as well as physical. How else do we find out what it means to know, love and be loved by Christ? We're all on this journey together. We all have different ideas and understandings and one of the ways we grow in faith is to share those ideas with each other.

Spiritual sustenance shows itself in different ways, and we have a heritage of shared liturgy, be it the Scottish Prayer Book, a service of the word, or the 1970 and 1982 Eucharistic liturgies. We should also receive nourishment through the physical act of partaking communion together. But these are not the only ways in which we can be nourished. Perhaps it is time for our communities to look at other ways in which we can receive spiritual nourishment? For example, a sustained study of who we are in Christ would allow us to really explore our faith.

Over the Christmas period there will be daily reflections posted on the Northern Episcopalians website, which will be available in perpetuity. These are to aid with that process of allowing God to speak through the Holy Scriptures and how we can reflect on that in our daily lives. They will, I hope, provide and spark discussions in and amongst families and with each other. These reflections will lead into explorations later in 2019 where I would like to spend more time with the people of both charges exploring what God means to us as individuals and corporately, as the body of Christ. These more in-depth discussions will aim to firstly look at various Christian spiritual traditions, before taking us all on a journey which I hope will be both challenging and life changing as we seek to discover more of who God is and how our relationship with Him affects our everyday lives.

With all the intensity of human relationships that are brought together at Christmas time, one way or another and the possibility of ensuing mayhem, we will I hope, have a chance to put our feet up and reflect on why we celebrate Christmas and how important that festival is in our lives, both liturgically and personally. As we go forward into the new year I hope and pray that the provisions that are being put in place by Chris and myself will provide nourishment and support, and thereby help nurture and grow our communities of faith.

Christmas, in that way, can never come too early. Yes let's celebrate that purpose, meaning and action with trees and baubles and keep that sacred but let us be Joy to the World because we are indeed the Christmas people that makes Christmas come early for someone. Maybe even with just the only smile they see that day.

Ellie Charman





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