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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.


January Services:
11:30 am


10:30 am
William Laud, Bishop
11:30 am
Baptism of the Lord
11:30 am
Epiphany 2
11:30 am

4:30 pm

Epiphany 3

Family Service










Dates for your Diary:

See also hall calendar for the year


Sunday 12th in the Church Hall following morning service
This stall sells Fairtrade tea, coffee, sweets, biscuits, sugar, pasta, cocoa and dates. All top quality items.

Tuesday 14th 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.


Friday 24th and Saturday 25th 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in the Church Hall
Book Sale
Special for this book sale will be a collection of Jazz CDs, covering all the great jazz performers. All our books and CDs are donated by generous local residents. This enables us to offer them cheaply, and in excellent condition. We will have our regular vast selection of great novels, factual works, and children's books, all in good condition; plus our great music CDs, including the jazz bargains.

Gordon Johnson

Sunday 26th 5:30 pm
Choral Evensong in Inverness Cathedral
An invitation to the Installation of the new Diocesan Registrar, John Smart As part of the service we would like to invite choirs and singers from around the Diocese to join the Cathedral choir to sing Evensong. Guest singers will rehearse from 3pm in the Chapter House and then be joined by the Cathedral Choir at 4pm in the Cathedral to rehearse ahead of the service at 5.30pm. The music for the day will be: Brewer in D (Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis) and King of Glory Bach/Harris (Anthem) and the setting/responses will be by Smith. If you have copies of any of the above music, then it would be appreciated if you could bring those with you. The Anthem is taken from the Church Anthem Book. Please RSVP, either as a Choir as a whole or as individuals with numbers and whether SATB and if you have access to copies of the music please, so that we can ensure we have sufficient music etc. for everyone singing. We very much look forward to welcoming everyone from across the Diocese, it would be helpful for catering if an indication of numbers of people from each charge was indicated to the office. All RSVP's can be emailed to the Cathedral Office: office@invernesscathedral.org or 01463 225553. Clergy are invited to robe in Choir Dress.


Other events for 2020

Pancake Day: 25th February

150th Anniversary of the Church: 17th May

Book Sales:
3rd and 4th April
26th and 27th June
4th and 5th September
6th and 7th November

Coffee Mornings:
21st March
23rd May
25th July
26th September
28th November

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 :

The Wise Men

When Rev Ellie asked us in summer if we would like to host the "Out Of The Box" Christmas Musical (with puppets), I don't think anyone at St John's knew quite what to expect. But we all agreed that there is a need, a conviction - a vocation almost - for us to share what we have with the community around us. In conversation, Ellie has mentioned her calling to do mission work up here and, at St John's, we have our "Warden for Mission" as well.

If "The Wise Men" was not mission, alive and well in the community served by our small church, then I don't know what is! The church was full of families and friends who came to watch the show - and we were brought together by our sheer entertainment and enjoyment in a story exploring the birth of Christ.

There were lots of adorable puppets: skilfully managed by just four actors when they weren't playing various other roles. The story looked at what it means to be "wise" and where wisdom can be found. Balthazar (or "Baltie") is a street urchin who relies on stealing to get by - it made me think of Aladdin - until he steals from Gaspar and Melchior, and overhears them talking about the new king whose birth is being announced by the huge star in the sky. His adventures take him on a rollercoaster journey of discovery, with everything from meeting Baby Jesus to a rap battle against King Herod. (King Herod, incidentally, was played by the same person who played Mary. The worst of humanity and the purest of humanity in one face: a powerful theatrical decision.)

The play, with original music and script (written by two of the actors) was a fully entertaining and moving way to spend a Saturday evening, and in the company of the very people who make our church a living, breathing place of mission and worship.

Judith Crow


Carols in the Barn featuring the Poltney Bell Ringers

Our second year ringing at this event and it just gets better, and bigger, each time. Cara Young, the exuberant and charming owner of Puffin Croft at John O'Groats led enthusiastic singing of seasonal favourite songs and carols, interspersed with the Poltney Bell Ringers ringing well known Christmas music and Cara reciting humorous poems. The PBR brought along members of their own fan club and literally there was standing room only. The occasion rounded off with hot cups of tea and Cara's delicious home made mince pies. This gig brought the Bell Ringers December season to a joyous conclusion.

Seasons Greetings to all at St John's from the Ringers.

Lyn Ball



Curate's Letter

It is almost the winter solstice as I write this last letter of 2019 and the first of 2020. The sun is beginning to set having carved a pale arc through the sky. Of course we know that the Earth is almost at its full tilt with the northern hemisphere away from the sun and that by the time we enter the new year, the Earth's axis will be on course to rotating round to give us the long summer days and evenings that we love so much.

A new beginning is just around the corner and the Earth's tilt and wobble is part of a cycle that has existed for millennia. Like our liturgical cycle of celebrating Christmas. Marketing would have us believe that the hype surrounding and leading to Christmas began before the end of October. Yet, the act of celebrating Christmas amongst the annual cycle of hype creates a point of poignancy that nothing else can proffer.

The combination of the shortening of days together with the increased frenzy of sales of materialistic culture around that of Christmas tend to send some of us into hibernation. There is a strong desire to curl up by a log fire and wait for the snow and ice and blizzards to pass through. To wait for the High Street to return a state of 'normality.' Of course, there are those amongst us who love this time of year so much that the winter wonderland becomes their playground, offering ice climbing and cross country skiing.

I asked many of the young students at the school, where I have begun chaplaincy, what Christmas was about. The question as to why we open presents on Christmas Day stumped most of them, though the best answer I received was that it was a joy to receive and open presents. That led nicely to an explanation as to why we, as Christians, celebrate the birth of Jesus on Christmas Day.

The need to turn away from the frenzy of the High Street and shopping signifies a much greater desire to turn towards a place of stillness, that is sometimes silent and often peaceful. Something in fact that can be found in our churches. There is something that cannot be identified, touched or seen and yet touches us and helps us find our identity in what happens at Christmas time. I taught almost fifty students that what happens at Christmas time is so important that it takes four weeks to get ready. The four weeks of Advent.

What we're doing is part of a cycle. A process. In order that our hearts might receive the birth of Jesus, we need the four weeks of Advent to prepare our hearts so that we might receive him with great joy. The greatest present any of us might ever receive. A poignant moment of birthing something new in our hearts. Because the Jesus we knew yesterday is not the same Jesus as we'll get to know tomorrow. This may come as a surprise, but it's because the liturgical cycle of the church year is not a static circle. It, like the Earth's rotation around the sun, and our journey with God does not ever come back to square one where we began.

Our journey if we look at it head-on may appear like a circle, but if we look at it from another angle, we would see a spiral. If you draw a circle and trace it with your finger, when you get back to the point you began that point is not the same point. Time has passed and you are no longer the same person that began tracing that circle. You are no longer the same person as you were a year ago. The Christ you received into your heart last Christmas will not be the same as the one you receive this Christmas. Your insights have moved on, your beliefs, your principles and dare I say, your theology.

The mystery of Christmas invites us into a participation of a new journey with God. New revelations await. The students of the school discovered a Jesus who they did not know all about. They learned why we open presents on Christmas Day. They learned that Christmas is a mystery so great that we need to prepare ourselves for what would be revealed. They also learned that sometimes people can walk right through a mystery and not even know it was there.

At this time of year, when families gather for a few fraught days, let us remember the poignancy about Christmas that focuses our hearts and minds. Let us remember that the cycle we find ourselves participating in doesn't just affect our lives, but those around us. Let us remember, as the Earth begins tilting towards the sun again, the warmth that the Son gives is as incarnational as the sun warming the Earth.

Ellie Charman





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