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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
Communion from Reserved Sacrament

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



September Services:
11:30 am
Pentecost 12
10:30 am

The Martyrs of New Guinea

11:30 am

Pentecost 13

11:30 am
Pentecost 14

11:30 am

4:00 pm

Morning Prayer

Harvest Festival Eucharist

11:30 am
St. Michael and All Angels












Dates for your Diary:

See also hall calendar for the year


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 1st 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 novels for sale at bargain prices, so come on a Wednesday and have a look.


Sunday 1st at 3pm
Evensong to celebrate 150 years of worship at Inverness Cathedral


Friday 6th and Saturday 7th 10:0 am to 2:0 pm in the Church Hall

Book Sale

Our books are all donated by local residents. This enables us to offer them cheaply. We will have our regular vast selection of great books: novels, factual works, and children's books, all in good condition; plus a large collection of CDs and DVDs at our fantastically cheap prices.


Sunday 8th in the Church Hall
This stall sells Fairtrade tea, coffee, sweets, biscuits, sugar, pasta, cocoa and dates. All top quality items.

Tuesday 10th 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.

Tuesday 10th 7:30 pm in Castletown & Community Free Church
Meeting with Suresh Vemulapalli, who has long-standing Caithness connections. He will be speaking about the work of India Villages Ministries. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Friday 13th 7:30 pm in Castletown & Community Free Church
Caithness Churches United Prayer Meeting. Talking to others about getting the churches together to pray. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Saturday 14th 10:30 - 12:00 in the Church Hall

Coffee Morning

Freshly baked scones will be on offer along with our lovely milky coffee and biscuits. Hope to see you there.

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Saturday 14th in Inverness Cathedral
Ordination to the Diaconate

Monday 16th at 5:00 pm in the church hall - meeting of the Vestry

Sunday 21st at 12:30 pm
Ordination of Ellie Charman to the Priesthood

Note from Ellie Charman: The Ordination will take place at the church of St Peter and the Holy Rood (on the right, just over the bridge in Thurso). A finger buffet will be served afterwards at the Royal British Legion. There will be a retiring collection to support the SEI (Scottish Episcopal Institute).
On Sunday 22nd September, the Eucharist will be celebrated at 9.30am at St Peter and the Holy Rood.
On Sunday 22nd September there will be no morning service at the church of St John the Evangelist at Wick. This will be replaced by a Harvest family service at 4pm. A harvest supper will follow in the church hall. All are welcome to join in the various celebrations and you are welcome to attend either or both services. To give us an idea of numbers for the refreshments, please RSVP as follows:
Anne in Thurso if you wish to attend the Ordination and Reception
Jeanette in Wick if you wish to attend the harvest supper.

N.B. On Sunday 22nd September there will be a service of Morning Prayer at 11:30 am in St. John's

Saturday 28th from 10:30 am at Golspie Primary School and St. Columba's Brora
Regional Synod
(Richard Stanley is our lay representative)


Other events for 2019

Coffee Mornings:
30th November

Save the Date: Saturday 14th December, 2.00pm
A Provincial Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Ordination of Women to the Priesthood. at St Ninian's Cathedral, Perth.
More details to follow.

See also Love North

Parish Pixels:

What Makes Us Special? Ecclesiastical Insurance are running a competition for churches with a chance to win a regional prize of 1500, or 5000 for the national winner. The insurer is calling on budding photographers to capture the essence of their church in a single snapshot, with a one-sentence caption to accompany it. The judges will assess the photo based on its visual impact, originality and interpretation of the theme. There is only one entry per church allowed.

The Vestry thought we could have our own competition to find the best photograph to enter. Please have your entries to Jeanette by Saturday 21st September so we can meet the competition deadlines. Photographs must be taken with a camera or smartphone, but not polaroid cameras. A digital image would allow us to submit the entry on-line. A small prize is on offer to the winner!

Jeanette Harper

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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Curate's Letter

"Say, Pooh, why aren't you busy?" I said.
"Because it's a nice day," said Pooh.
"Yes, but----"
"Why ruin it?" he said.
"But you could be doing something Important," I said.
"I am," said Pooh.
"Oh? Doing What?"
"Listening," he said.
"Listening to what?"
'To the birds. And that squirrel over there."
"What are they saying?" I asked.
"That it's a nice day," said Pooh.
"But you know that already," I said.
"Yes, but it's always good to hear that somebody else thinks so, too," he replied.
- From Winnie the Pooh by A.A.Milne.

The opportunity to take time out from the stress of life. I find so much insight in the stories of Winnie the Pooh. However, the stories were written from a contemplative viewpoint of the world, trying to conjure up the imagination of a little boy and his bear. Of course, the real story behind Winnie the Pooh was also incredibly sad as the demands of thousands of fans placed pressure on the family to whom Winnie the Pooh belonged. However, Winnie the Pooh has remained a firm favourite of many people and it's not hard to see why. I wonder when you last took the opportunity to listen. I wonder how many of you saw that opportunity as doing something important?

I would like to share three short stories where listening was paramount to the outcome of what was taking place. The first of these was in the listening we were invited to do as part of the recent family service at St John's. Held in the grounds of St John's, the service took the form of a teddy bears' picnic, with rugs spread out and camping chairs for those who felt the ground might be a tad far away. We had well known songs, home baked snacks and juice and activities that involved crayons and chalks and trees and pavements. We shared lots of stories too. The adults and children listened, and we all took part in the activities. It was clear that by the end of the service the three eldest children had become friends, communicating well with one another and listening to each other's needs. The adults too, were allowed to find their inner child and take part as much as they wanted to. Listening and taking part together helps us to grow as a community.

My second story that I wish to share took place on Sunday 18th August. I took part in the Black Saturday Memorial Service for the thirty-seven men who lost their lives in the storm of 1848, just off Wick. I was on a friend's yacht as part of the flotilla that gathered outside the safety of Wick Harbour, where many of those men died. Listening to the service broadcast from the Isabella Fortuna, on a choppy sea, with an on-shore wind, trying to keep the yacht stationary, required a great deal of concentration. The service was broadcast not just to the other forty-six boats in the flotilla but also to those gathered on land around the harbour. This was the first time that a service of this kind had been attempted and the community support has been overwhelming. Listening to the people is key and requires concentration.

My last story is part of an ongoing story. One where listening and discerning the move of God in our communities is current, and it brings me back to Winnie the Pooh. Where something important is happening, but not by being busy. I wonder how many of us miss the opportunity to sit and listen because we think we have to be busy. We have to be doing things. Things are needing to be done, therefore we ought to get on and do them. There is always something more important. But what if we're missing a vital part of our spiritual journey of who we are in God if we don't take the wisdom offered here and listen?

My journey as an ordained clergy person has not reached a year yet and I am poignantly reminded that our spiritual needs depend very much on our active discipline to stop being so busy. Many people see this as mindfulness. Being mindful of the stress that can be caused by doing too much rather than taking time to slow down, and spending time with God. This is not just my story. This story belongs to each of you, too. Listening to God requires active discipline.

Take time to listen to God, and the birds, and that squirrel over there. You'll be doing something very important and you'll thank yourself in years to come that you took time out from doing things that seemed important, but actually were not that important after all.





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