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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

Gregory the Enlightener

11:30 am

Pentecost 17

11:30 am
Pentecost 18
11:30 am
Pentecost 19
11:30 am
Pentecost 20










Dates for your Diary:

See also hall calendar for the year


Tuesday 8th 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.

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



Thursday 17th 7:00 - 9:00 pm in Messy Nessy Play Centre, Thurso
Big Climate Conversation





Thursday 24th 7:00 pm in Castletown Free Church
Concert for Blythswood Shoebox Appeal



Friday 25th 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 26th 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.


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

Other events for 2019

Coffee Morning and Mini-Bazaar:
30th November

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.
Details here

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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Recent Events :

Ordination of Ellie Charman

What a marvellous day, the weather was perfect with wall to wall sunshine, the organisation and the arrangements were impeccable. The church was packed. The combined choirs of St Johns Singers and St Peters Choir having spent weeks practising under the direction of Susie Dingle sang their hearts out and even impressed the Bishop who used all 12 words on the inside back page of the order of service in his sermon. I found the whole service to be a spiritual moment; I say "moment" because I was so immersed in it that before I knew it was over and we were outside receiving blessings from Ellie. Much was made about the Children's Corner which utilised Aberdeen and Orkney's Play Church, a play tent and many cushions. There then ensued a really scrumptious tea in the RBLS - many thanks to the organisers. I came away truly full.

Richard Stanley

See also report in local paper



Curate's Letter

"We plough the fields and scatter the good seed on the ground…"

Words that most of us are acquainted with and a good harvest hymn. With the traditional tattie holidays just around the corner, we find that we have come to a point of year where the harvest is being brought in. On Sunday, just gone, I found myself driving ever so slowly behind a large combine harvester on the way to celebrate Harvest Festival at St John's in Wick. It allowed some much-needed time to take a good look at the fields and thank God for the period of fine weather here in Caithness that has allowed the grain to ripen sufficiently and for it to be dry enough to be harvested well. The ensuing bales of straw will serve the animals well over the winter too. All things that we should be thankful for.

The address given in St John's illustrated that many of us do not think about the chain of events that allows the progression of harvested crops to end up in our breakfast bowls and yet, without the sun, the rain and the insects to pollinate the crops we would not just be bereft, but seriously malnourished if not starving.

For those of us who live amongst fields with crops or take the time to forage along hedgerows, harvest is a natural and sustaining part of our existence. I think we are fortunate in Caithness to still have that connection with the land. In urban areas and cities there is not so much thought as to where the food comes from - Mum's or Dad's shopping, or the supermarket. The idea that crops depend on the weather or insect pollinators isn't provided. The connection is not there. This brings me to my next point, and that is the way in which those crops are presented to us as food. Advertising and marketing have done a great job in enticing us to become a consumer culture. Food wrapped up in plastic, ready within a few minutes from the microwave. The plastic wrapper? Chucked in the bin, or if you're lucky, the recycling.

Plastic, as many of us may be aware from Greta Thunberg is contributing greatly to the changing climate. Of course, there are a myriad of other contributing factors, such as our demand for precious metals that end up in our electronic gadgets (that come wrapped in plastic), our demand for energy (with metallic conductive wiring encased in plastic insulation), food miles, energy miles, and of course our incessant demand for meat that has been most recently highlighted by the continued burning of the Amazon rainforest.

Once thought to be a wonder material, plastic does not break down. Biodegradable plastic breaks down into smaller pieces but does not decompose. It enters the food chain. The human food chain. A recent PhD study through UHI discovered that over 48% of creatures living near Rockall have ingested microscopic pieces of plastic. The burning of plastic allows carcinogenic particles to enter the air creating not just general air pollution, but polluting the air we breathe. It also contributes to global warming through the release of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.

It can be really depressing when this is highlighted, but this is a part of our everyday lives, whether we like it or not. We choose, if we want, to block it out so we don't have to think about it. However, activists like Greta Thunberg illustrate how easy it is to make a difference. What a school girl can do. What any of us has the ability to do, if we choose to.

I am going to suggest that you take two weeks and you make a note of every piece of plastic that passes through your hands, and through your life. Make a note of whether it has been recycled, or whether it is possible to recycle the plastic you have. How much goes into landfill? Would it have been possible to gain what you needed without using plastic?

Why am I going on about plastic? Because it's one piece in the really complex jigsaw of life, but is also inextricably tied up with our human existence. We are charged with being stewards of God's kingdom, to conserve and manage the resources given to us in a sustainable manner. Our use of the environment and the planet we live on has not been sustainable. It could be, but we would need to change the way we live our lives. Our existence is inextricably tied in to the climate, as are the crops we need for food. How and when crops ripen is due to a small window of specific temperatures and rainfall. Of course, there is some leeway in that some years will be better than others, but we are consistently experiencing higher temperatures that will make that window of the year in which harvesting can be done smaller and tighter. Increased temperatures may mean that certain insect species cannot survive in the higher temperatures.

We can all make a difference in how we consume our food, and how we put back into the environment. Let us be thankful to God that we can make choices how we live. Let us be thankful that we can voice our dissent when choices are made across the nation that we might not agree with. Let us be reminded of how and why plastic has become such a convenience to us and how it transports the crops of the field to our plates. Let us encourage one another in ways that help us all change our ways to reduce the amount of plastic we use, burn, recycle or throw away. Above all, let us be consciously thankful to God that our Caithnessian farmers have a good harvest this year.





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