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Regular Services: (but see also below)
Sundays
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.

 
 

December Services:
Sun
3rd
11.30 am
Advent 1
Sun
10th
11.30 am
Advent 2
Sat
16th
3.30 pm
Nine Lessons and Carols
Sun
17th
11.30 am
Advent 3
Sun
17th
3.30 pm
Evening Prayer
Wed
20th
4.0 pm
Christingle
Sun
24th
11.30 am
Christmas Eve - Advent 4
Sun
24th
11.30 pm
Christmas Eve - Midnight
Mon
25th
11.00 am
Christmas Day
Sun
31st
11.30 am
St John the Evangelist
 
 

On Sundays 3rd and 17th we welcome the Revd. David Balfour as our celebrant and preacher.


 

Dates for your Diary:

See also calendar for the year

 

"It's beginning to look a lot like Advent"
(SEC Advent Calendar)

 

 

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Friday 8th December 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 9th December
Sleep in the Park - to end Homelessness. A request from Bishop Mark.

Sunday 12th December at 12.45 pm in the Church Hall
TRAIDCRAFT STALL
This stall sells Fairtrade tea, coffee, sweets, biscuits, sugar, pasta, cocoa and dates. All top quality items.

Tuesday 14th December 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.

Saturday 16th December 3.30 pm in the Church
Traditional service of Nine Lessons and Carols with the St. John's Singers

Wednesday 20th December 4.0 pm in the Church
Christingle service for children of all ages

 

Future dates for 2018

T.B.A.

 

Recent Events:

Befriending
Youth Philanthropy Enterprise Group visit Befriending Caithness

November's Befriending Caithness 'tea room' saw us enter our third year of hosting this monthly drop in event. The charity was visited by this group of seven second year Wick High School pupils as part of their project named Youth Philanthropy Enterprise. These students are competing, within their year, to win 3000. Several groups of second year students each chose a local charity to work with and this group chose Befriending Caithness. The lads came along and joined in chatting with and listening to our afternoon tea guests. They were courteous and sociable as they mingled with our visitors and finally enjoyed a well earned mug of coffee and plate of cakes & sandwiches. We very much enjoyed their company as I am sure members of Befriending Caithness did.

It was a most welcome visit by the students and we wish them well in their goal of winning 3000.

Lyn Ball



 
 

Priest's Letter

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

Encourage one another and build up each other (1 Thess. 5:11)

As always, this month's gathering at the Crask was relaxed, deeply spiritual and most enjoyable; not least because we marked the feast of St Margaret of Scotland who should be seen as such a splendid example to us all. During the course of our post-Gospel discussion, one of our number told a story that she first heard as a schoolgirl from Mother Theresa of Calcutta. This story can be found in many world cultures, Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, Oriental, Chinese and more.

One version of what is called the Parable of the long chopsticks or Allegory of the long spoons goes like this:

"A curious man once asked to visit heaven and hell. Expecting hell to be a terrible, frightening place, he was amazed to find people seated around a lovely banquet table. The table was piled high with every delicious thing one could possibly want. The man thought, Perhaps hell isn't so bad after all.

Looking closely, however, he noticed that everyone at the table was miserable and thin.

They were starving, because, although there was a mountain of food before them, they had been given six-foot-long chopsticks with which they had to eat. There was no way to carry the food to their mouths with such long chopsticks, and so no one could eat a bite.

The man was then taken to heaven. To his surprise, he found the situation was exactly the same as he had seen in hell. People were gathered around a banquet table piled with food. Everyone held a pair of six-foot-long chopsticks in their hands. But here in heaven, they were well fed with everyone happily eating the delicious food. He asked what was different. The difference: in heaven they were using their extra-long chopsticks to feed one another rather than trying to feed themselves."

As Christians, we are part of a community of faith. In fact Christianity is a faith of relationship, focussed on the community and not on the individual. This is very clearly expressed in the writing of the Apostle Paul and is a constant theme in Jesus's teaching. It can also come as quite a shock to many people in our society, where spirituality is increasingly seen as purely about an individual's relationship with God and nothing to do with anyone else. Without the corrective of the community of faith, it is however so easy to build God in one's own image - the most common form of idolatry.

In our life as Christians, there are many pitfalls that we might fall into. There are the clearly recognisable sins: murder, adultery, stealing, bearing false witness, but these are fairly easy to deal with, in that you probably know when you are committing them. The more insidious ones are the ones that come disguised as virtue, these might be described as sins of the spirit.

As Eugene Peterson wrote "It is in our virtuous behaviour that we are liable to the gravest of sins. It is while we are being good that we have the chance to be really bad. It is in the context of being responsible, being obedient, that we most easily substitute our wills for God's will, because it is so easy to suppose that they are identical." It is in the course of being faithful Christians that we're most likely to fall victim to pride, arrogance or insensitivity to what Jesus called "the least of these my brethren". Ironically, it is those of us in positions of leadership, trust or responsibility that are often most at risk. In all the things that make up Church life, it's so easy to lose sight of what is at the core of being a Christian - the business of loving God and loving our neighbour, no matter who that neighbour many be.

Even within our congregations or the wider Christian community, individual Christians can't manage on their own, nor should they try. We're all responsible to one another for encouragement and support in faith, love, and hope. Others need our support in being Christian, and we need theirs. This Advent, as we prepare to welcome the incarnation of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, coming into the world as a tiny, vulnerable baby, it would perhaps do each of us good to reflect on what it means to be a Christian in our congregations and in our wider community wherever in this beautiful part of the world we might live. The hope that overcomes the uncertainty and anxiety about the future that few if any of us are immune from is fostered by encouraging each other in our faith and in the way we live our lives.

As a final thought, it's no accident that the writers of our liturgies (both those in the Scottish Prayer Book and more recently) finish with a benediction: "And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (or Ghost), be amongst you (not upon you) and remain with you (plural) always."

To you the community of faith in the North-Eastern Highlands:

Blessings
James

 

 

 

 

 


 
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