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Regular Services:
Sung Eucharist

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


June Services:
11.30 am
11.30 am
Trinity Sunday
3.30 pm
Evening Prayer
11.30 am
Pentecost 3
11.30 am
Pentecost 4



Dates for your Diary:

See also calendar for the year


Sunday 11th June 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 13th June 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.

21st June at 7 pm in the Church Hall
Wednesday Evening with …
On her Majesty's Service
For our next Wednesday Evening with.... Lord-Lieutenant Anne Dunnett will share her experience of years of service as the Queen's representative in Caithness. Another evening not to be missed. Admission £4 to include refreshments.


Friday 23rd 10am - 3pm and Saturday 24th June 10am - 2pm
Book Sale in the Church Hall

Sale of second-hand books, gramophone records, CDs and DVDs. "We have a number of gramophone records available, mainly classical and opera. All have been checked as playable, so are good value at fifty pence each. All other items are at our usual cheap prices. All income from our book sales goes towards Church projects."

Gordon Johnson

Sunday 25th June 3pm in Lyth Arts Centre
Caithness Handbell Celebration
"…this unique concert will bring together, for the first time, the three established bellringing teams in Caithness. The Caithness Handbell Ringers (musical director Katrina Gordon) will be joined by the Poltney Bellringers (MD Lyn Ball) & members of the Castletown Primary School Bell Team (MD Susan Watson)"


Visiting Wick this summer? Or discovering your own town?

Our Church will be open for anyone to visit on Wednesdays, 12noon - 3pm, from 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.

Gordon Johnson

Future dates for 2017

Book Sales:
1st and 2nd September
3rd and 4th November

Coffee Mornings:
1st July
19th August
30th September
25th November

Saturday 26th August

Crafts Festival:
19th, 20th and 21st October

Wednesday Evening with …

19th July -

16th August -

20th September -

at 7 pm:

Cara Young

Susie Dingle

Ken Crossan


Living my dream

Life as a music conductor

Land of fire & ice - Yellowstone in winter

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Recent Events:

Wednesday evening with ... Ken Crossan
Last month we welcomed Ken Crossan as our second guest speaker in our series of fundraising evening talks. Ken is a renowned photographer of nature be it land or wildlife. He has a particular passion about our county of Caithness and his talk was entitled 'Caithness coastline - an intimate journey.'
Caithness has most spectacular cliffs like no other part of Scotland and Ken presented an evening of delight as he shared with us images of the Caithness coastline many of which are only visible from the sea. The formations of red sandstone along the coast hold a certain fascination to Ken and the many stunning photographs of it were breath taking. The dramatic photographs of waves crashing along our shore as well as a collection of colourful coastal plants were a joy to view.
The second part of the talk and slide show was the story of Ken's encounter with a Grey Seal pup that had just been born on the Caithness coast. He went daily to photograph the pup for 28 days and explained how profoundly moving the experience had been as he observed this unique animal from birth until it was ready to make its own independent journey in life at sea.
The event this month raised £112 which is dedicated to our toilet fund.

Lyn Ball




Rector's Letter

Dear People of Wick and Thurso,

First, a little tale that I've used before:

A DRY TOWN In a small mid-western conservative town in the United States, there wasn't a place to get a drink for miles around, so a local entrepreneur saw an opportunity: He started to build a tavern.

Liking a "dry" town, the local church started a campaign to block the bar from opening with petitions and prayers. The businessman was polite when members of the congregation came to protest, but work continued on the tavern.

But the night before the grand opening, a lightning strike hit the bar and it burned to the ground.

The church folks were rather smug in their piety after that -- until the bar owner sued the church on the grounds that the church was ultimately responsible for the destruction of his building, either through direct or indirect actions or means.

The church vehemently denied all responsibility or any connection to the building's demise in its reply to the court.

At the first hearing, the judge held up the paperwork and took in the lawyers and both sides of the lawsuit.

"I don't know how I'm going to decide this," the judge said, "but as it appears from the paperwork, we have a bar owner that believes in the power of prayer, and an entire church congregation that doesn't."


As this is my final letter for Outlook (and I can infer one or two predictable responses to that), let me take the opportunity to ask three questions upon which readers may care to reflect during the approaching Green Season; and from now on you will be spared my reminding you that this season is the time to reflect upon what we learn anew from the life, ministry, sacrifice, and victory of Christ. Unless, of course, Chris Mayo chooses to do so.

First, do we really believe that Christ is King? that if we ask him for anything in his name, he will give it? or is it truer to say that if an outsider were to look at our churches (and, indeed, us individually) he would see people who behave in no way differently from those around us who claim no allegiance to Christ?

Secondly, please read the Epistle for Trinity Sunday (I didn't choose it): how closely does it match our congregation, and the part of each of us plays in the congregation?

Thirdly, recall the tripod on which traditional Anglicanism rests: Scripture, Tradition, enlightened Christian Reason: how much time does each of us spend on studying the texts of and reflecting on Holy Scripture? how keen are we to know about the teaching by our forefathers and foremothers that has made our church into the creation that it is now under the guidance of the Holy Spirit? how much do we reflect upon our personal faith pilgrimage and how we can more closely (to quote the Prayer Book) "do all such good works as [God hath] prepared for us to walk in"?

Questions for each of us to answer honestly, reminding ourselves that playing games with God is utterly pointless.


Three more observations rather than questions (the doctrine of the Glorious Most Holy and Blessed Trinity is one of my most treasured beliefs; and I find delight in the way things can fall into threes):

First, that small is so often God's way. It's salutary to leaf through both the Old and New Testaments and see, how very often, just one man or one woman is the vehicle that God uses to change the course of history. The small number is not the issue: what is the issue is the faithfulness and commitment of those who are dedicated to doing God's will, not acting on their own choice, however much wiser their choice appears to them to be. In contrast, it often seems to me that we are obsessed with growing our churches (and surely the possessive pronoun is highly significant).

Secondly, either God has an impish sense of humour, or we are incorrigibly obtuse (or perhaps both!), because, again so very often, events take a turn that baffles us or leaves us anxious or angry, until we slowly come to see that this outcome is by far the best possible.

Thirdly, as followers of Christ, those who, in Paul's lovely and imaginative phrase, are "clothed with Christ", it is most likely that we shall have to learn that much of our path is going to be lonely, beset by malice, and attempts at control and manipulation as constant presences. There can be little as deep as the anguish of discovering that those who claim to be closest to God can be the very ones who inflict wounds on both him and us.

That's perhaps enough meat to reflect on.

Farewell; and may the God of peace be with you,
Revd Wendy.





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