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Regular Services:
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.


October Services:
11.30 am
St Michael and All Angels
10.30 am
St Francis of Assisi
11.30 am
Pentecost 18
11.30 am
Pentecost 19
3.30 pm
Evening Prayer
11.30 am
Pentecost 20
11.30 am
Pentecost 21

On Sundays 8th and 29th we welcome the Revd. Robert Breaden as our celebrant and preacher.


Dates for your Diary:

See also calendar for the year


Tuesday 3rd October
Primus addresses the Anglican Communion Primates' Meeting
"At the Primates’ Meeting today the Most Rev Mark Strange, Bishop of Moray, Ross & Caithness and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church was asked to explain the process undertaken by the Scottish Episcopal Church in its move towards an adjustment of its Canon on Marriage to enable those who felt called to offer marriage to same gender couples the ability to do so...."

Saturday 7th October - Regional Synod in Dingwall.

Sunday 8th October at 12.45 pm in the Church Hall
This stall sells Fairtrade tea, coffee, sweets, biscuits, sugar, pasta, cocoa and dates. All top quality items.

Tuesday 10th October 2.0 - 4.0 pm in the Church Hall - CANCELLED THIS MONTH
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.

Friday 13th Octoberr 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


26th, 27th and 28th October
10.30am - 4pm on week days and between 10.30 - 2pm on Saturday
Craft Festival

As a result of its success last year another Craft Festival will be held in the church and the hall. The craft workshops will take place in the church. In conjunction with the activities in the church, the hall will be the centre of hospitality offering for sale home made soups, scones and bread and home baking.
There will be hand sewn patchwork kits on sale, and free help in creating an heirloom Christmas decoration following on from the success of last year's Christmas tree hanging. A team of enthusiastic crocheters will be on hand with kits to make 'drip catchers'. It is hoped there will be more crafters present giving demonstrations of their particular crafts.
This three day event is also in aid of our church toilet fund.

Lyn Ball

Future dates for 2017

Book Sales:
3rd and 4th November

Coffee Mornings:
25th November

Recent Events:


It never ceases to amaze me - the generosity of our local community, without whom St John's would not survive. Our three hour Bazaar event was full of fascinating items awaiting new homes. Items flew off the tables as soon as the hall door opened. There were kids games galore, jigsaws piled high, sparkling crystal, a retro child's desk & chair, an interesting selection of clothes & many practical & curious items. Our sales volunteers were primed with sales chat and business was brisk.
After the excitement of shopping until they nearly dropped, some refreshments & tasty home baking, served by our friendly, efficient kitchen team revived our customers before heading off with their newly acquired treasures.
A terrific result of £418.86 was raised for the church toilet fund. A big thank you to all who were involved in any way to making this event such a success.

Lyn Ball

Wednesday evening with...

Land of Fire & Ice - Yellowstone in Winter

What a marvellous way to conclude our series of fundraising Wednesday evening with … talks. To a packed hall I welcomed Ken Crossan back for a second time this year as a guest speaker. He kindly aired his premier talk on his visit to Yellowstone Park at the beginning of this year. He enthralled us with the retelling of his journey throughout the park at a time of year when the weather was at its most severe and had us gasping at his stunningly breathtaking photographs of the wildlife and landscape he encountered on his adventure. Ken has the knack of capturing the most endearing shots of animals that would melt anyone's heart as well as images of the landscape that look like works of art. His presentation technique is relaxed, but full of fascinating facts and an evening spent with Ken is truly an education.
This was the second of two major trips on his retirement bucket list. The other he achieved a couple of years back when he visited Japan in winter. Now that he has done both he is more than content to continue his real passion of exploring and recording the amazing sights of his adopted home, Caithness.

Lyn Ball



Priest's Letter

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

Thresholds of Growth

Yesterday in Tain, we hosted the Easter Ross Inter Church Group's annual Songs of Praise. The theme that we chose, a couple of days after the autumn equinox, was Harvest. There was a very good crowd who were in fine voice, St Andrew's church was suitably decorated and there were lovely things to eat afterwards as we shared fellowship in the hall. It was a fitting celebration to mark the end of summer and all the good things that it has brought.

However, the end of one thing marks the beginning of something else. In the case of the seasons, what is beginning is obvious, the end of summer marks the beginning of autumn; but at other times, the end of something seems very much the end and doesn't readily seem like a beginning. These points are what the spiritual writer Margaret Silf calls 'Crossing-Places' and she lists bridges and gateways, causeways and burial grounds - yes burial grounds. Whilst all these types of place can be found in a literal sense, they can also be found in metaphors of what we are facing in our lives; those places where we are crossing from one world to another.

When I was in training for ministry, we spent our summer schools at Kinnoull monastery near Perth and part of the week was a couple of days of silent retreat. I had been reading one of Margaret Silf's books (Sacred Spaces: Stations on a Celtic Way) and I went for a walk down the hill from the monastery, through the park, part way across the railway bridge onto an island in the middle of the Tay. From the beach at the upstream end, I could seem the traffic on the road bridge, hear the trains on the railway bridge, and see the ford back to the mainland and the old cemetery. I suddenly realised that I was at the confluence of many crossing places and as I reflected I began to see that perhaps the lack of certainty about where I though I might be heading in ministry might not simply be waiting on God, but a more active trying not to hear what God was saying and a failure to commit. Perhaps not quite in the same league as Jonah's heading off in the opposite direction when God asked him to go to Nineveh (as we heard in the Hebrew Scriptures on Sunday), but a reluctance to accept God's will all the same.

Crossing-places can be difficult, something to do with crossing into the unknown. Imagine how the disciples felt when the leader that they had followed and come to rely on was suddenly taken from them. They saw it as an ending, but never in their wildest dreams did they see it as a new beginning. Even when three days later Jesus started His post-resurrection appearances, it took them some time, and a certain persistence on Jesus' part, to grasp the new beginning and run with it.

We arrive at crossing-places: when we come up against resistance along our chosen path or barriers which give us a choice - to fall back in despair or break through into something new. We arrive at crossing-places when we suddenly find ourselves in a new and perhaps frightening stage of our lives or face the challenge of new demands or loss of control over what we are doing or where we are going. We arrive at crossing-places when we are forced to face our own mortality, including the death of our dreams and wonder about what it all means and whether we have missed something in it all.

All the congregations in the north-east of our Diocese are at cross-places, one way or another. New ministry is anticipated, just beginning or temporarily postponed. Any or all of the descriptions in the previous paragraph may apply and the challenge for all of us is to move beyond what has ended into what is starting to emerge as a new beginning. We stand at the threshold of the growth that those new beginnings offer. The nights may be "fair drawin' in" as we move into autumn, but the autumn fruits in the hedgerows don't just mark the end of the long days of summer, but the start of a new season full of anticipation and promise and an unshakeable hope in God's goodness to us.

Blessings to you all







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