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Regular Services:
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.

 
 

They shall grow not old,
as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them,
nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun
and in the morning
We will remember them.

November Services:
Wed
1st
10.30 am
St Margaret of Scotland
Sun
5th
11.30 am
All Saints / All Souls
Sun
12th
11.30 am
Remembrance
Sun
19th
11.30 am
Pentecost 24
Sun
19th
3.30 pm
Evening Prayer
Sun
26th
11.00 am
Christ the King
Wed
29th
10.30 am
St Andrew
 
 

On Sunday 12th we welcome the Revd. Laurence Gunner as our celebrant and preacher.

Please note time of service on Sunday 26th as it will be followed by the Annual General Meeting.


 

Scottish Episcopal Church appoints first female bishop

 

Dates for your Diary:

See also calendar for the year

Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th November 10.0 am - 2.0 pm
Book Sale in the Church Hall
The sale will comprise adult factual books and novels, children's books, plus CDs, DVDs and gramophone records. We always accept donations of books, etc for our sales. All the proceeds go to assist church projects, and currently we are raising money to build a toilet at the church, instead of folk having to go to the church hall.

Gordon Johnson

Friday 10th Novemberr 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

Sunday 12th November 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 November 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.

25th November 10.30 am - 12.0 in the Church Hall
St. Andrew's Day Themed Coffee Morning

This month we have a St Andrew's Day theme. The tables will be decorated with candle arrangements and flag ribbons. There will be a home baking stall, books and the raffle with its amazing number of prizes. We shall have our gorgeous homemade pancakes, our special milky coffee and warm mince pies, to celebrate St Andrew's Day. A truly warm welcome awaits.

Victoria Denley-Spencer

26th November after Morning Service in the Church Hall
Annual General Meeting

Future dates for 2018
T.B.A.

 

Recent Events:

 

Fundraising Craft Festival

This year we marketed this event as 'learn a new skill to help while away the winter months.'
On offer were workshops on crochet, patchwork & card making. The three day event went well with a constant flow of visitors curious to see what was going on and others who came along to 'learn a new skill.' The crochet was aimed at beginners, but more advanced tuition was on hand. The patchwork was hand sewn using the 'English paper piecing ' method over paper hexagons and the card making was a trip into a world of stamping, glueing and the subtle use of glitter. Examples of the crafts can be seen in the accompanying pictures.
The days flew past with creativity filling the church. There were moments of concentrated silence and times of animated chat and laughter. In conjunction with the crafts in church the hall operated a welcoming place to enjoy home made soups, refreshments and home baking. There was a steady stream of customers to the hall and many compliments received about the fare on offer. The total sum raised was an encouraging 608.96 for our toilet fund.
Crochet & patchwork kits are still available for sale from Lyn, continuing to earn for the toilet fund.
Sincere thanks go to all the member of the congregation who supported and helped over the three days in any way and to other out with our church who gave of their time and talents.

Lyn Ball



 
 

Priest's Letter

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


No God or Know God?

"No God, No Peace.
Know God, Know Peace."

That's what the sign outside the Church in the outskirts of Harrogate said. You know how these things are, you turn it over and over in your mind trying to decide whether it is rather trite, sacrificing truth to fit a formula or rather clever with considerable truth about it. In this instance, I'll leave final arbitration on that to each of you, as you ponder it. I want to move on to what was on the box later the same evening.

In the first programme that I caught a brief 'slice' of, Sue Perkins was in India, travelling to the source of the Ganges in search of spiritual enlightenment and yes, Peace. In the segment that I saw, she talked with a number of people, but always there was a slightly flippant commentary, which was more Sue Perkins the comedienne, than Sue Perkins the seeker after the Spirit. She was bewailing the 'fact' that she had to travel 5000 miles to the source of the Ganges, to find peace in the orbit of the God - Mother Ganga. Apparently such peace is not available to those of us who live in the Western World, because of the noise, the bustle and the connectedness. I did pause to wonder if Sue had ever been to Caithness, Sutherland or Ross-shire, but then of course it also begs the question "What is Peace?".

In a rare glimpse of the Sue that lies behind the comedic front, it emerged that she had lost her father about six months previously and had kept herself very busy, quite explicitly to avoid having to deal with her grief at the loss and the empty space that his death had left. Sadly death has become very much a taboo subject for many in Western Society and there are consequently many people who feel uncomfortable talking about it and dealing positively with the loss of someone close and who do exactly what Sue did, hide from it in business. Her comment when communing with Mother Ganga "I'm not a religious person, but I do have a sort of spiritual sense here." is probably representative of the thinking of many on this subject. I wonder how we as the Christian communities in this part of the world might help people to come to a better understanding of what religious and spiritual practice might do to help them. Recently, I read an obituary of Monsignor Augustine Hoey who, as an Anglican Priest in deprived parts of England, opened the doors of his dimly lit church to local people, where he had placed an open coffin with a mirror in the bottom of it. He invited them to look into the coffin to see who was inside. They were astonished to see themselves and he said: "One day this will be you.", then after a dramatic pause: "Are you ready?" and after another pause: "Come to confession." It apparently had a positive effect, though I am not sure that emulating the good Monsignor would work in all of our communities.

The second programme that I caught a snatch of was 'Bad Habits, Holy Orders' in which five 19-25 year old, hard living, hard drinking, hard spending, hard partying girls, had somehow agreed to spend a month in a convent in Norfolk, with just 25 for pocket money, no booze and chapel several time a day. The snatch that I saw was the first of four weekly instalments on Channel 5 on Thursdays at 11pm. The newspaper reviewer that I read on Friday was horrified: "How did a show about naughty nuns end up so dull? It's almost inconceivable how a premise such as 'Bad Habits, Holy Orders' could result in TV duller than a four hour sermon, but somehow Channel 5 managed and achieved the seemingly impossible, which is itself a minor miracle."

For me that's the point. The miracle is that the elderly members of the Daughters of Divine Mercy, even though they espouse pretty much the opposite values of a lingerie model, an exotic dancer, a nightclub hostess, a clubbing addict and a secretary, simply by the lives that they lead are serving as agents of God's Grace to five very lost souls. By the time I switched off, one of the girls had said to her diarycam: "I'm not sure if I've got the wrong reaction, but I feel like I could make myself at home in this bedroom. It's very calming and very relaxing." and two had used some of their 'pocket money' to buy small gifts for nuns, from a local charity shop. And in all of this none of them had to travel 5000 miles to the source of the Ganges as part of their spiritual journey of transformation, how cool is that?

Finally back to peace and knowledge: May the peace of God which passes all understanding keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God and of His Son Jesus Christ.

Blessings
James

 

 

 

 

 


 
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