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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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Priest-in-Charge: The Revd. Chris Mayo
Contact Richard Stanley on 07860 499000 or Neil Thompson on 01955 602074

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St. John's is a member of Scotland's Churches Trust

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.
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.

Sit & Stitch Day in the Church Hall 10am - 4pm monthly on a Friday. See Events page for next date.

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 for further information - 07890 902816.
£5 a day.

 

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


 
 

Our Church

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, Wick Choral Society and Lyn's Patchwork & Quilting Guild.

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Inside of Church

 
 

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.

 
 
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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.

There is also a beautiful, well kept garden maintained by dedicated church members who ensure a regular welcoming display of flowers (weather permitting!).

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.


 
 

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Local -

St. Peter and the Holy Rood, Thurso

Wick St. Fergus Church

The Scottish Episcopal Church in the North West Highlands

Scottish Episcopal Church - Dornoch, Tain and Lairg

Caithness Community

 

Other Christian -

Affirming Catholicism

Church Times

Ship of Fools

St. Pixels

Thinking Anglicans

Changing Attitude Scotland

Anglican Communion -

The Anglican Communion

Archbishop of Canterbury

Scottish Episcopal Church

SEC online magazine - PISKYSCOT

Scottish Episcopal Institute

Diocese of Moray, Ross and Caithness

 

Intercessions -

Anglican Cycle of Prayer

Diocese Prayer Cycle

 

Our Companion Dioceses -

Diocese of Quebec

Diocese of Bujumbura, Burundi

 

 
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