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Regular Services: (but see also below)
Sundays
11.30 am
Said Eucharist or
Communion from Reserved Sacrament
Wednesdays (see Services)
10.30 am
Communion from Reserved Sacrament or Service of the Word

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

 

 
 


December Services:
Wed
2nd
10:30 am
Nicholas Ferrar, Deacon, 1637
Sun
6th
11:30 am
Advent 2
Sun
13th
11:30 am

Advent 3

Sun
20th
11:30 am
Advent 4
Thu
24th
8:00 pm
Christmas Eve
Fri
25th
11:30 am
Christmas Day
Sun
27th
11:30 am
St. John the Evangelist - Patronal Festival


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Online worship from the SEC - still available on Sunday mornings at 11 am
See also complete list from start of lockdown

Daily Prayer - Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer and Night Prayer (Compline)

 

News from the SEC for Advent and Christmas

 
 

 

Scottish Christians asked to join in prayer every Sunday at 7pm

Coronavirus updates and resources - Updated 20 November

 

Dates for your Diary:

 

All events discontinued until further notice.

Other events for 2020

Book Sales:
None planned

Coffee Mornings:
None planned

See also Love North - Worship & Connect

For sale in aid of church funds

Our fundraising Tea Towel makes an ideal gift for many occasions. Priced 6.50 it is excellent value for such a quality item. So any time you need a gift please think 'Church Tea Towel'. Tea Towels can be gift wrapped & posted direct, saving you any hassle. Purchasing our tea towel contributes towards the running cost of St John's, particularly at this time of reduced income.

To place your order please phone Lyn on 07890 902816 or 01955 611339 or contact Brenda via email. Delivery or collection will be arranged.

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Recent Events and Church News:

Christmas Bells at St John's

During the month of December the Poltney Bell Ringers plan to ring out the good news in the grounds of the church. For some months now the Ringers have been getting together in the church grounds for support and laughter. We realise this year our ringing calendar is going to be very empty. Normally, it is our busiest time of the year; we spend some time reminiscing over December gigs past and recalling several outdoor events that we have taken part in over the years. So our plan is to continue meeting up in the church grounds in December and weather permitting be prepared to ring out Christmas carols. We will position ourselves by Francis Street and the corner of Moray Street. Our sessions will be spontaneous and will let the people of Wick know that the Poltney Bell Ringers are most certainly celebrating Christmas at St John's.

Lyn Ball

Christmas Greetings

Wishing you all at St John's & St Peter's a Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year - Neil Thompson

To Rev. Ellie and our friends at St. John's and St. Peter's. Our love and best wishes for a joyous Christmas, and a blessed new year. Jane and John Stevenson.

Best Wishes for a very happy Christmas to all our good friends in Caithness. Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2021, Peter and Cynthia Hardyman and Family.

Happy Christmas - with fondness and love Stuart and June Knox. I will send a cheque as a donation to the church funds. With our love xx

Best wishes to all for a happy Christmas wherever you are and a better new year. With love from Brenda Herrick.

Gloria and Alan Jones wish all their friends at St Peter & the Holy Rood Thurso and at St Johns Wick a very Happy, Healthy and Holy Christmas and a Prosperous New year.

 

Vestry Secretary's Report

Church Attendance
St John's has been open for services since 27th September. Everyone who has attended has followed the guidelines and played their part to keep us all safe. Thank you for this. Please remember to book your place each week (contact Jeanette via this website ), so we can ensure there are enough seats. The guidelines ask that you:

Wear a mask
Sanitise your hands in the porch
Keep a two metre distance from other persons
Provide your name and telephone number
Sit where directed

In the event that the Government guidance changes, the Vestry will adapt the services as necessary. If you do not feel comfortable attending a service at the present time, the alternative arrangements for online and postal worship will continue for as long as they are needed.

Toilet Project
Disappointingly we were not successful in our bid for funding from the National Churches Trust. We will move on to seek other sources of funding in the coming months.

12 Days of Giving Competition
Our church insurer, Ecclesiastical, is running a competition in December where nominated charities can win 1000. There is no cost to enter. Organisations must have charitable status to be eligible. The more nominations that a charity has, the more chance of winning. The site states "We will draw 10 winners at random each weekday and nominations will remain open until midnight the day before each draw. Draws will take place each weekday from 7 22 December 2020."

Please follow this link to nominate St Johns, and get family and friends nominating too.

Click on the Nominate a charity orange button

No need to complete the Search field as our name is already entered below

Complete the fields below (under Who are you select Supporter)

Answer the next two questions

It is not necessary to complete the options to receive updates unless you wish to

Finally select Submit

Thank you.

Jeanette Harper
Vestry Secretary


 
 

Curate's Letter

Dear All,

I wished to say a very big thank you to those who have helped each other over the past year. Thank you to those who helped reopen our churches, overcoming various different obstacles to provide a safe (as safe as we can be) place for us to gather in public worship.

I am very grateful to those who have shown each other grace, care and compassion as our mental health and physical health has been stretched in ways that we never thought possible over the period of Lockdown and as some of us continue to shield.

Had this pandemic happened a decade ago, or even a few years, the idea or concept of doing church online would have been almost non-existent. All made available with more affordable broadband. Yet, for some concurrently, even this is not possible. So thinking of a myriad of different ways of communicating and staying in touch has taxed the ministry teams. And of course as we begin to reopen our churches, we need to make sure that we don't just drop those who we have reconnected with over the past few months. Ministry can never return to the previous model where it was building centric.

Ministry going forward has to be both/and. I am acutely aware that each charge has a very wide and dispersed community across the county (and probably further afield). For example, we have more people at a Tuesday midweek service on Zoom (to which anyone can join) than we had in St Peter's for a long time. The need to connect online is real, but doesn't suit everyone.

Much of the clergy's time is spent reflecting on how well the previous Sunday's worship went and what can we do this coming Sunday that is more inclusive, or helps the congregation worship more deeply. What can we do better? And the idea what happens at Christmas time is probably something on our minds from Easter onwards.

What does Christmas mean to us when all the trimmings and Victoriana is stripped away? Having just had a Vestry meeting where the question of whether we could have a Christmas tree came up, shows just how different this year is, in comparison to other years. To have to actually consider physically distancing while decorating it and how we're going to decorate it. Can we include the community? And who, from the community? Just those coming to church? Or everyone who we have contact with from around the county?

Christmas, as it is presented by society will be different this year. But the essence of Christmas will be exactly the same. Before that we have the journey towards Christmas through Advent. An adventure, I hope that will enable us to reflect and come closer to Christ as we think about his birth, and what that birth meant over 2000 years ago and what it means now.

We will be exploring a series of Advent reflections provided by the Province. These will be posted out weekly and there will be an opportunity to meet (virtually) on Wednesday evenings (7:30-8:30 pm), using the Zoom link as provided in the weekly newsletter. You can join us by phone (in the same way as many of you joined the Provincial Sunday service), with the details in the same newsletter. The aim of these Zoom meeting is to study the Scriptures and reflect on what is provided.

Ellie

 
 

 

 

 

 
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