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Regular Services: (but see also below)
Sundays
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.

 
 

May Services:
Sun
6th
11:30 am
Easter 6
Sun
6th
3:00 pm
Animal Service
Thur
10th
6:30 pm
Ascension Day
Sun
13th
11.30 am
Easter 7
Sun
20th
11.30 am
Pentecost
Sun
20th
3.30 pm
Evening Prayer
Sun
27th
11.30 am
Trinity Sunday
 
 

On Sundays 13th and 27th May we welcome the Revd. David Balfour as our celebrant and preacher


 

Important - please read

DATA PROTECTION PRIVACY NOTICE

 

Dates for your Diary:

See also calendar for the year


Sunday 6th May 3:0 pm (church open from 2:40)
Animal Service
This service, open to all animals and well-behaved humans, will celebrate the role that animals play in our day-to-day life by inviting all animal lovers and their furry friends to sing songs and hear readings. During one of the hymns, a collection will be taken for local animal charities. There will also be a short talk and the opportunity for humans to light a candle for any animals who are at the Rainbow Bridge. A specially created Order of Service will be used. Pet owners do need to be responsible for their own pets and, with that in mind, cats and small animals should be in carriers, and dogs should be on leads. Owners should also be prepared to make one of the leaders aware if there are any 'toilet-type' accidents!
Anyone wishing to know more should contact Judith Crow, a member of our Ministry Team who will be leading the service.

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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 9th 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 books for sale at less than a pound each. They are of all types, not just religious, so come on a Wednesday and have a look.


Tuesday 8th May 2.0 - 4.0 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.

Friday 11th May 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

Sunday 13th May at 12.45 pm in the Church Hall
TRAIDCRAFT STALL
This stall sells Fairtrade tea, coffee, sweets, biscuits, sugar, pasta, cocoa and dates. All top quality items.

Saturday 26th May 10:30 - 12:00
Coffee Morning

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Wednesday 30th May at 7pm Vestry Meeting

 

Future events for 2018

Book Sales:
22nd and 23rd June
7th and 8th September
2nd and 3rd November

Coffee Mornings:
28th July
29th September
24th November

CMS Conference
12th May

Creative Felting Workshop
Saturday July 21st

Scottish Episcopal Church Youth Week
22nd - 28th July

Doors Open Day
15th September

 

Recent Events:

 

Palm Sunday
A calm, bright morning greeted us as we welcomes the St John's Singers to our service. They began by singing Hail, gladdening light by Sir John Stainer before the service commenced. I deliberately began by mentioning the weather as this year our service started outside in the church grounds. The sun shone warmly and the light breeze had no bitter chill in it, as in recent days. Judith, as Minister, began with the words 'Hosanna to the Son of David, King of Israel' and our service started. We were soon joined by a passer-by who followed us into the church as we sang our Introit hymn, All glory laud and honour, and held our Palm crosses processing to symbolise Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Following the reading of the Passion the Singers sang God so loved the world by John Goss and during communion they sang Edward Elgar's Ave Verum. After the final blessing of the service the Singers sang Hosanna to the Son of David by Thomas Weelkes arranged by Susan Dingle. Judith graciously thanked the St John's Singers for enhancing our worship.
Lyn Ball

 

Easter Day
After the sombre reflections of Holy Week the joy of resurrection was celebrated by The Revd. David Balfour at our morning service. We were joined by the Poltney Bell Ringers who in their splendid purple glory, helped lead the music. They filled the church with their enthusiastic ringing of Easter tunes, old and new, as voluntaries, and accompanied the traditional hymns associated with this day. They rang a new piece of music during communion entitled 'Let there be peace on Earth' by Sy Miller & Jill Jackson and arranged for handbell by Arnold B. Sherman. Its simple melody seemed to contradict the title. Peace on earth is proving not simple to achieve, yet it is our aim for our most precious world. As their recessional piece they rang out Susan E. Geschke's joyous tune 'With great joy' which certainly reflected the mood in church.
Soon after a round of applause, led by Father David in appreciation and thanks to the Ringers, the gentle murmur of boiling water for our regular after church coffee and cake ritual was heard and organised chaos ensued at the back of the church as Gordon handed out well earned mugs of coffee.
Lyn Ball

Creative Felting Workshop
Recently, as part of our ongoing campaign to help towards our plan for a toilet in St John's, a day of needle felting took place. The workshop was led by Angie House who gave a 'show and tell' of her wonderful felted pieces of art and wearables. She provided kits containing everything needed to create a pictorial piece of art or brooch or both. The accompanying pictures show how inspired everyone attending was. Lyn Ball provided the pampering element of the day with her tasty treats and lunch time menu. The day raised a very encouraging £320. The day aroused much interest and another event is planned for Saturday July 21st. Anyone out there interested please get in touch (07890 902816) quickly to secure a place. As before the cost of the day is £20. A wet needle felting day is planned for the Autumn. Further information in the near future.
Lyn Ball

Dedication of the Crask Church

 


 
 

Priest's Letter

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

 

Christ is Risen. He is Risen Indeed Alleluia!!

 

Since Easter I've been away quite a bit. I've travelled to Shropshire and back - maybe some 24 hours of travelling by bus, train and car. One of the things I like about travelling by public transport is that you meet a whole selection of people that you would be unlikely to meet under any other circumstances. These people all have their stories to tell and when travelling many share some small portion of their lives with the stranger sitting in the seat opposite. In my experience the likelihood of this increases when the train or bus is delayed, cancelled or suffers some other adversity. My travels were not without incident.

Maybe this willingness to talk is simply a way to pass the time whilst the situation is remedied, or maybe it's because the immediate adversity makes people more acutely aware of the difficulties that they or their loved ones are facing, and the disrupted travel makes a real connection with disruptions in other parts of their lives.

We're travelling through the Easter season, after the disruption and adversity of Holy Week, a week which for me had added resonance this year in the aftermath of my Father's funeral. Easter, I don't mind admitting, was quite literally a blessèd relief. Easter is here. Alleluia Christ is Risen. He is Risen Indeed Alleluia.

In Luke's Gospel, we hear about groups of disciples who meet Jesus under a variety of circumstances. In each case, although they've encountered the Risen Jesus, they've failed to recognise Him (at least initially). On Easter Day we heard about Mary in the Garden, who mistakes Him for the gardener and only recognises Him when he calls her by name. Recognising Jesus requires more than just seeing Him. Hearing about Him isn't enough either, we need faith as well - think of Thomas who we have also heard about recently. In Luke's Gospel there's also the story about two Disciples who meet Jesus on the road to Emmaus and talk with Him as He explains the Scriptures to them whilst walking along. The calling by name, the breaking of bread or the invitation to touch Him - these are when it clicks and we actually realise we are in His presence, as Thomas does when he famously says "My Lord and my God".

In our Resurrection journey, the point is that Jesus is really real and truly alive! How is Jesus really real and truly alive in our world today? How do our eyes need to be opened to perceive Jesus? How do our ears need to be unstopped to hear His voice? Where do we touch the hands and feet of our Lord? If the Resurrection is to mean anything to me it has to mean something every hour of the day, every day of the week and every week of the year. It isn't just an Easter thing or a Sunday thing, we are after all an Easter People. How does the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus help us to make sense of what is happening in our lives just now? How does the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus help us bring comfort and healing to the people of a world which with each passing day seems to be getting itself into a bigger and bigger mess?

At the centre of our Eucharistic Prayer we find Paul's account to the Corinthians about the last supper. In that account what we perhaps hear is: "Jesus took bread and said: this is my body that is for you". But is he not saying "If you are looking for my body, this is it" Jesus is saying if you are looking for my body, don't go looking for it in the tomb, don't look up to heaven for it, you don't have to look anywhere but amongst yourselves. In any meal shared in friendship, in any act of hospitality, in any act of walking with others (feeding the hungry, visiting the imprisoned or the sick or the lonely, housing the homeless, celebrating with friends), it's in all these things that we are in the presence of Christ.

It's sitting on a train that isn't going anywhere, it's sitting in a hospital anxiously awaiting news, it's in all those everyday encounters, as we travel through life, where stories are told and people share their innermost fears with a fellow human being, that we're walking with our Risen Lord; Travelling in the Resurrection.

Blessings
James

 

 

 

 


 
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