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Welcome to our church - please come and join us for worship and to make new friends. We are here KW1 5QF, on the corner of Francis Street (A99) and Moray Street. Our Scottish Charity number is SC016432.

The Scottish Episcopal Church is part of the Anglican Communion and we welcome visitors from all over the world; many return to join us year after year and renew friendships. Our congregation is drawn from a wide area of Caithness with members as far afield as Castletown, Freswick, Lybster and Watten. We are a joint charge with St Peter and the Holy Rood, Thurso, with whom we share our priest.

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Acting Priest-in-Charge: The Most Rev'd Mark Strange

Curate: The Rev'd. Ellie Charman
tel: 01847 896403
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The St John's Singers is a musical group open to men and women, church members and non-church members. We sing a variety of music, ranging from pop music to light classics, and some of us lead the singing at special services. Our music director is Susie Dingle. The Singers rehearse most Wednesday afternoons at 3.45pm - 5.15pm in the church hall and are always keen to have new members. For further information, if you would like to sing with us, please contact Susie Dingle on 01847 893517 or Lyn Ball on 07890 902816. Susie and Katrina Gordon have a website with details of all their musical activities in Caithness - www.caithnessmusic.com.

Postponed due to Coronavirus




The Poltney Ringers (formerly the St John's Ringers) meet in the church hall most Tuesday mornings throughout the year. We meet at 10am - 12.30pm. We have both gentlemen and lady ringers. The group ring American handbells and the ability to read music is not a prerequisite to becoming a handbell ringer. If you have always wanted to learn a new musical instrument or take up a new hobby this might be the thing for you. Or you may just want to pop in and enjoy the beauty and sound of our handbells. The ringers are always in recruitment mode and would welcome new ringers anytime. For further information give Lyn Ball a ring on 07890 902816 or email Lyn.

Postponed due to Coronavirus


Altar servers at the church are members of the Scottish Guild of Servers. A small servers' Priory meets on a regular basis.



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St. John's is situated in an attractive site on the corner of Francis Street, the main road into Wick (from the south), and Moray Street.


There is a church hall further along Moray Street with the usual facilities including disabled access and toilet. The hall is a much used asset to the life of St John's. It is used for church fundraising events and socials as well as used regularly by local groups such as the Poltney Bell Ringers and Wick Choral Society.




The church, designed by the architect Alexander Ross, was built in 1868-70 and has seating for approximately 110 people. It became a Category B listed building in 1997.

The visual appeal of the church is often commented upon both by visitors and local people, and the interior, which has a warm friendly atmosphere, is always appreciated due in no small part to the impressive stained glass windows.


There is a pipe organ by Harrison of Durham in the chancel and in recent years St. John's has been a venue for musical evenings and concerts.

For a history of the church see The People of St. John's, Wick: a congregational history
written by Gordon Johnson.
Now out of print but a recently updated online version is available.




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