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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:
10:30 am

Francis of Assisi

11:30 am

Pentecost 20

11:30 am

Pentecost 21

10:30 am

Ignatius of Antioch

11:30 am

Pentecost 22

11:30 am

Pentecost 23




Dates for your Diary:

See also church hall calendar for the year


Tuesday 9th 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 12th 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.

Sunday 14th 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.


Friday 26th and Saturday 27th 11:0 am - 3:0 pm in the Church and Hall
Crochet/Knitting Fest

A two day event to encourage the art of crochet and knitting. Beginners sessions of both crafts will take place in the church. Crochet kits with all the requirements will be on sale and relaxed, friendly tuition will be given by two enthusiastic and experienced crocheters, Elly & Patsy. There will be kits for making poppy brooches, coasters/table runners and Christmas tree decorations. Experienced crocheters are also invited to join in with their own projects. Wool & knitting needles will also be available with demonstrations on how to cast on and knit a cosy scarf for winter. We would also like enthusiastic knitters to come along and share their expertise.

In conjunction with these activities in the church, the hall will be set up to offering our usual enticing catering with home baking, refreshments, home-made soups and light puddings for sale.

Further information available from Lyn 07890 902816.


Future events for 2018

Book Sale:
2nd and 3rd November

Coffee Morning:
24th November

An Afternoon of World War 1 Music and Poetry
Sunday 11th November 2 - 4.30pm Old Boy's School Inverness Cathedral

Seeing Injustice, Imagining Change
1st December in St John's Episcopal Church, Princes Street, Perth

See also Love North


Recent Events:

Harvest Welcome for Ellie

This year at our Harvest Festival Service we had the added joy of welcoming our new Deacon - Ellie Charman. Ellie had been ordained on Saturday the 15th of September by our Primus, Bishop Mark, at a service in St Andrews Cathedral in Inverness. Several members of both charges in Caithness were among the congregation to witness this important step in the lives of Ellie, St John's Church Wick and St Peter's Church Thurso.

At our Harvest Festival Service Ellie assisted Chris and preached her first sermon as Deacon at St John's. Judith Crow was Server for the day. We had known of Ellie's appointment for some time and it was our pleasure to meet her and put a face to the name. The Chancel at St John's was artfully decorated by our Prior, Neil Thompson, with a charming variety of seasonal fruit and vegetables. Neil had harvested vegetables from his own garden and fruits from his neighbour's fruit trees. The successful harvesting of such crops is reason for much thankfulness. During our service of worship we sang traditional harvest hymns of thanks and praise and celebrated communion with home-made bread.

After the service we adjourned to the church hall for our harvest lunch. A selection of tasty soups, morning rolls and oatcakes were served by our ever faithful band of waitresses. Scrumptious fruit crumbles followed with tea and coffee to conclude our harvest celebration. Sincere thanks go to everyone for helping in any way to making our Sunday such a blessed one.

Lyn Ball


Regional Synod Minutes 2018




Priest's Letter


Not winning the race (with apologies to the apostle Paul)


A sound heard at many a teenage sporting gathering up and down the nation. For creativity's sake, such a sharp and rather distinct utterance is often chanted in unison by laurel-bearing members of the victors. Like some ancient duel between Roman forces and the Barbarians, only with more blood and gore (have you seen Sunday morning football??!!!??).

It is fair to say if I was ever on any team that uttered such jubilation, it was more in spite of me rather than because of me. I was certainly not on any competitive team that's for certain. My sporting prowess was not so much limited as annihilated.

I was always the "LOSER"....

In sharp contrast to my two older brothers, both selected for the Olympics (but turned down the offer - who does that????!!!!???). They could just about succeed at any sport, game, physical activity that came their way. They were adored for it by peers. Especially girls. It's fair to say there was a definite genetic split.

Now before you think I'm begging for sympathy, don't. I'm not. It is a mere statement of fact, painful at the time, but such is life. No, in fact the experience of being a loser is something that I've come to embrace. To a degree. Still wish I could play cricket, though.

You see, being a 'LOSER' is all part of the Christian experience. In fact in many ways it defines it. Looking at Jesus himself, through the eyes of his opponents, and not theologically, one would proclaim him an outright failure. Disciples - they desert him. Family - they think he is seriously deranged. The establishment - opposes him. His home town - drive him out. By any standard measure, Jesus is a serious loser.

Then there is the ultimate mark of his loser credentials, the cross. Understanding his power to oppose the empire without violence, they make the ultimate example of him - strung up as an enemy of the state, the sarcasm of his charge, "King of the Jews" marking the extent of his failure.

Yes, Jesus is a failure. A loser. Thank God.

Jesus was all too aware that his Way and the ways of the world were at complete odds, with the world having the lion's share of the support, something he pointedly says to Pilate when he says his Kingdom is not of this world. His entire mission was not based upon the criteria of success or failure but because it was the only thing he could do to live life, as he in his bones knew, God intended. God is not a God of success criteria but a God of love, and love means open and alongside the loser.

"He eats with Tax collectors and sinners" was a charge against him - a catch-all designed to show his lack of righteousness by polite standards. But it is the standard required by love, even if that means standing with the loser outside of polite society. Jesus stands with those who have not made the grade, reached the standard, not 'succeeded', failed. Therein lies the path to resurrection - no matter the judgement of the world, no matter the rejection or the condemnation of the world, God's final and ultimate answer is the loving embrace that does not let go, "even unto death". The theological and spiritual acclamation of "Jesus is risen!" is not about reanimation. It is about the ultimate triumph of the ultimate failure - the gates of the underworld itself shall not prevail against it.

For we who proclaim ourselves as Christians, then, our task is not to be buoyant over mega-church size congregations, or eye-catching building projects, the success of outreach programmes, the delight of 'bums on pews'. It is to grow into the knowledge that to love is to not let go of one another, neither let go of the outsider, the straggler, the condemned, the hurting. There's a reason Jesus talks in terms of mustard seed, grains, the two or three. It's not about keeping score. It's about loving till your heart bursts, and then some besides - to count neither cost nor score.

And, as we know, we will often be losers at that too! Over and over again. Whether we be losers in the eyes of the world or losers in our own eyes for believing we have failed God, ultimately we win because we are held tight by the Love that will not let us go.

The Way is narrow. It goes against everything we are led to believe - sometimes even by the Church itself. But, by God, it is THE Way, THE Truth and THE life.

So go on. Be a loser. I dare you.






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