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Regular Services: (but see also below)
11.30 am
Sung Eucharist,
Communion from Reserved Sacrament or Morning Prayer
First Wednesday each month
10.30 am
Communion from Reserved Sacrament

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


July Services:
11:30 am
Pentecost 6
10:30 am
Thomas, Apostle
11.30 am
Sea Sunday
11.30 am
Pentecost 8
3.30 pm
Evening Prayer
11.30 am
Pentecost 9
11.30 am
Pentecost 10

On Sunday 22nd July we welcome the Rev'd. Richard Burkitt as our celebrant and preacher
and on Sunday 29th we welcome the Rev'd Robert Breaden.


Draft minutes of the March 2018 Diocesan Synod and Bishop's Charge

Church Toilet
Good News - the planning application for the toilet has been consented with no conditions. Congratulations to the Committee.

Dates for your Diary:

See also calendar for the year

4th, 5th and 6th July 10:0 am - 4:0 pm in the Church Hall
Spina Bifida Thrift Shop

Sunday 8th July 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 10th July 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 13th July 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.

Wednesday 18th July Meeting of the Vestry



Saturday 21st July 10:0 am - 4:0 pm in the Church Hall
Creative Felting Workshop

By popular demand, another creative needle felting workshop. Create a unique picture in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Cost 20 (to include kit, refreshments and lunch) in aid of the Toilet Fund. Booking essential - phone Lyn 07890 902816.

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Saturday 28th July 10:30 am - 12:00 pm in the church hall
Coffee Morning



Church Open Days
Visiting Wick this summer? Or discovering your own town? Our Church will be open for anyone to visit on Wednesdays, 12noon - 3pm, from 9th May to September. This interesting building, on the corner of Moray Street and Francis Street, has commemorative wall tablets and decorative windows, as well as the normal church furnishings and equipment. It is open to believers and non-believers alike. You can come to see it as interesting architecture, a place of worship, or a place of quiet contemplation. One or more church members will be on hand to offer a guided tour if you wish, but there is a self-guide leaflet if you prefer, or you can just sit in one of the pews, or a soft chair, to absorb the quiet atmosphere. As an added attraction, this year we are offering second-hand books for sale at less than a pound each. They are of all types, not just religious, so come on a Wednesday and have a look.


Sunday 22nd - Saturday 28th July
Scottish Episcopal Church Youth Week Want to do something different this summer? Come & join the fun! The Youth Week is open to anyone in secondary education.

Monday 23rd - Saturday 28th July
Welcome to Refuel 18
The Filling Station Trust is inviting Christians from all over the UK and abroad to come together for a summer family Festival of Faith upon the wonderful grounds of Gordon Castle Estate, on the banks of the River Spey, in the Scottish Highlands.


Future events for 2018

Book Sales:
7th and 8th September
2nd and 3rd November

Coffee Mornings:
29th September
24th November

Doors Open Day
15th September

See also Love North


Recent Events:

Animal Service

On Sunday 6th May, we hosted Caithness' first ever animal service. The family-friendly service gave people from the congregation and the wider community the opportunity to come together to share in worship of God through our shared love for His creatures. As well as all the humans in the congregation, there were also six dogs, which brought a lot of joy to the worship.

There was singing (All Things Bright and Beautiful was obviously a must have!), readings and an interactive address and activity where the congregation created a new "window" for St John's using all the things they love about animals. The most moving moment came near the end of the service, when all those present were invited to light a candle for an animal who has died and is at the "Rainbow Bridge".

All those present, both humans and canines, had a super time and are already looking forward to the animal service in 2019!

Judith Crow


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Priest's Letter

from the Revd. Dr. James Currall of Scottish Episcopal Church - Dornoch, Tain & Lairg


Stewards of the Earth

Lovely summer weather, the like of which we haven't seen for a year or two and initially the garden appreciated the long hours of sunshine and, once the cold winds had subsided, the warmth. As the dry spell continues, the lack of water is proving a bit of a challenge for some of the plants and there is no sign of rain in the five-day forecast, though I'm sure that when the weather does break, we may soon forget what a glorious early summer we've had. But of course its not only the garden that may struggle in the heat. Often older people find hot weather very difficult and in many parts of the country, the pollen count is also high, leading to an increase in the number of people suffering what is officially called "seasonal allergic rhinitis" or pollen allergy. For sufferers, weather like this can be very miserable indeed.

After the very wet winter, the availability of water is such that, as yet, there hasn't been much talk of hosepipe bans. That's no reason not to be careful in our use of water. Over a decade ago, I did some teaching in Upper Egypt and flew south from Cairo several times and was very aware that without the irrigation water that the Nile provided, there was simply no life.

Having spent quite a lot of time over the past few months helping to sort out and find suitable recipients of my parents possessions, I have become acutely aware of the waste of resources involved in sending things to skips and landfill. My sister and I have become very well acquainted with the whole range of charity shops in the area around the Cheshire/Shropshire border and St Finnbarr's Charity Shop in Dornoch has also been a beneficiary. I'm sure that my parents would have been much happier that their possessions found new homes and uses than that they simply ending up in a big hole in the ground.

I am reviewing a book for a church newspaper at the moment called "Blue Planet, Blue God", which looks at our relationship with our planet and its resources through the lens of the Bible and it is very interesting to see what the Bible does say about the wise use of the resources that God has provided for His people. Jesus uses parables to talk about these things. In these he refers to 'stewards'. What is a steward? A steward is someone who manages the household or property that belongs to another. As God's people that is the status that we have in relation to our planet and all that is in it. We are stewards because God is the owner of all things. In the 1982 Liturgy, the words at the Offertory include these words from 1 Chronicles:

"Yours, Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory,
the splendour, and the majesty;
for everything in heaven and on earth is yours.
All things come from you, and of your own we give you.

As we manage the things that we think of as ours, including the water that comes out of our taps, the challenge for us as stewards is to be prepared to give account to our Master, who will come and assess how we have stewarded what He has given us in trust. Some of Jesus' parables give stark warning of the consequences of being poor stewards.






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