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Regular Services:
Sung Eucharist

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


October Services:
11.30 am
St Michael & All Angels
11.30 am
Pentecost 21
11.30 am
Pentecost 22
11.30 am
Harvest Festival
11.30 am
All Saints / All Souls

We welcome the Poltney Ringers to help us celebrate St Michael & All Angels.


Dates for your Diary:

Sunday 9th October 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 11th October 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.

Friday 14th October 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

Tatties & Herring Harvest Craft Festival
Thursday 20th & Friday 21st October 11am - 4 pm /Saturday 22nd 11am - 2pm

This year, running up to our annual 'tattie and herring' harvest festival we will be holding a three day harvest craft festival. Each day the church will be the venue for various craft workshops and demonstrations. The idea came about following our very successful 'crafts from the past' exhibition last year. Many a visitor said they would love to see how various crafts were done or even have the chance to try their hand at it too.

The crafts being either demonstrated or run as workshops are: lacemaking, patchwork and quilting,
canvas work, broomstick crochet and Tunisian Crochet.

Throughout the three days refreshments will be on sale in the church hall including, homemade soups, cheese scones and various home bakes. No admission fee. Charge for workshops. The proceeds from this event will be dedicated to our toilet fund.
Further information & to book a place phone Lyn 07890 902816


Ladies Day Saturday 29th October 10am - 4 pm in Wick Baptist Church
A showing of the film Do You Believe - all women welcome.
Tea and coffee provided, bring your own packed lunch.

Time to Remember Service
Wednesday 2nd November. Time to be confirmed.


November Book Sale
Friday 4th 10am - 3pm and Saturday 5th 10am -2pm in the Church Hall

Our two-day sale of second-hand books will feature many hundreds of novels and a goodly number of non-fiction books, as well as music CDs (classical, opera, and pop) and DVDs.

We are offering an exceptionally wide range of novels and factual books, due to recent new donations. We have some excellent bargains in new-quality children's books, offering a good deal for parents or grandparents to buy for extra Christmas presents. These are all extremely low-priced thanks to the generosity of local donors. Our books are as always in excellent condition, and all the proceeds go to help fund church projects.

Gordon Johnson


Caithness Food Friends
is a new food sharing initiative, where volunteers cook and take a homemade meal to an elderly person within the local area, and over time create the opportunity to build a relationship.

CFF leaflet to download and/or print.
We are on facebook Caithness Food Friends.
See also Caithness Voluntary Group and recent article in local press

Caithness Food Friends Co-ordinator: Victoria Denley Spencer Tel: 01955 609968 or email Victoria

"If you have spare then you can share"


Future dates for 2016

Book Sales:
4th and 5th November

Coffee Mornings:
26th November

12th November Regional Synod


Recent Events:

St John's open Wednesdays
From May to September this year the church has been open to visitors on Wednesdays fom 1200 to 1500 hours. A small team of volunteers has been present to welcome visitors and if necessary to talk about the church and to safeguard the same. We have had a number of visitors, both local and people on holiday in the area. The number is up on last year and the open Wednesdays will start again in May 2017


Rector's Letter

Dear People of Wick and Thurso,

This piece has been doing the rounds for some years, but perhaps some readers will not have seen it.

Pastoral Search Report
We do not have happy results to report. We have not been able to find a suitable candidate for this church, apart from one who seems to be promising. We are grateful for all the suggestions from church members, and we have followed up each candidate with interviews or calling at least three referees. The following is our confidential report on the present candidates.

Adam: Good man but problems with his wife. Former nudist.
Noah: Former pastorate of 120 years with no converts. Prone to unrealistic building projects.
Joseph: A big thinker but a braggart, believes in dream-interpreting, and has a prison record.
Moses: A modest and meek man, but poor communicator. Sometimes blows his stack and acts rashly. Some say that he left an earlier church over a murder charge.
David: The most promising leader of all until we discovered the affair he had with his neighbour's wife.
Solomon: Great preacher but our parsonage would never fit all those wives.
Elijah: Prone to depression; collapses under pressure.
Hosea: A tender and loving pastor but our people could never handle his wife's occupation.
Deborah: Female.
Jeremiah: Emotionally unstable, alarmist, negative, always lamenting, and reported to have taken a long trip to bury his underwear on the banks of a foreign river.
Isaiah: On the fringe? Claims to have seen angels in church.
Jonah: Refused God's call into ministry until he was forced to obey by getting swallowed up by a great fish, which he claimed later spat him out on the shore near here. We hung up.
Amos: Too backward and unpolished. With appropriate theological college training he might have promise, but has a hang-up about wealthy people. Might fit in better in a poor congregation.
John: Says he is a Baptist, but definitely doesn't dress like one. Has slept in the outdoors for months on end, has a weird diet, and provokes denominational leaders.
Peter: Too blue-collar. Has a bad temper; has even been known to curse. Had a big run-in with Paul (next candidate) in Antioch. Aggressive, and a loose cannon.
Paul: Powerful CEO type, and fascinating preacher. However, short on tact, unforgiving with younger ministers, harsh, and has been known to preach all night.
Timothy: Too young.
Jesus: Has had popular times: at one point he had 5,000 in his congregation. Somehow he managed to offend them all and this church dwindled to twelve people. Seldom stays in one place very long. And, of course, he's single.
Judas: His references are solid. A steady plodder. Conservative. Good connections. Knows how to handle money. We're inviting him to preach this Sunday. Possibilities here.

It's funny, of course, but the laughter ought to be rueful, because it shows up how often we, God's people, fail so spectacularly to see ourselves and others as God does. And it also reminds us, as if we needed reminding, that God calls the most unlikely people to be his ambassadors. This month we celebrate the feasts of Francis of Assisi, who could be termed a drop-out, James, brother of Our Lord, who couldn't, in Jesus's lifetime, see what was as plain as the nose on his face in terms of his elder half-brother, and Jude, the patron saint of lost causes (whom I for one find the most helpful to appeal to for help in finding lost items of mine.

If we fail to see others as God sees them, then the same, for sure, applies to ourselves: when God calls us to some service for him, he knows what he is doing and we can do no better than take him at his word.

With my love and prayers,
Revd Wendy.





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