History (and Herstory) at the Crask


It may have been raining and blowing a gale, but today we made history at the Crask, as we solemnised the first wedding there since it was dedicated as a ‘Church’.  A gathering of just over 40 helped Susie and Ian to celebrate their marriage, coming from as far afield as Minnesota and Devon.

It was a wonderfully friendly gathering and, with that number of family and friends packed into the dining room for the service, a pretty intimate occasion.

If it had been last week, there would have been a foot of snow, but since much of that had thawed, there was at least enough space to park the cars and also the camper-vans that a number of the congregation are staying in tonight after the Ceilidh.

World Day of Prayer Service – Tain – 1st March

The Tain service for the World Day of Prayer will take place

on Friday 1st March, 3pm

in St Andrew’s.

The Service this year has been prepared by the Women of Slovenia who write:

We, the women of the World Day of Prayer Committee of Slovenia heartily embrace you into this gathering. The theme of the service is ‘Come – Everything Is Ready

All are welcome.

World Day of Prayer Service – Dornoch – 1st March

The Dornoch service for the World Day of Prayer will take place

on Friday 1st March, 2pm

in St Finnbarr’s.

The Service this year has been prepared by the Women of Slovenia who write:

We, the women of the World Day of Prayer Committee of Slovenia heartily embrace you into this gathering. The theme of the service is ‘Come – Everything Is Ready

All are welcome.

Celebration and Thanksgiving

The Tain Youth Cafe YMCA has been celebrating its 25th Anniversary year.

The final event in the year of celebration will be:

A Thanksgiving service

at the Tain Parish Church

on Saturday 2nd March 2019

starting at 2 pm

There will be refreshments and fellowship afterwards in the small hall.

The Lord Lieutenant Mrs Janet Bowen will be in attendance and the address will be given by Rev Roddy Macrae the Church of Scotland Minister from Brora who was the first part time youth worker for the Tain Youth Cafe YMCA.

Official invitations are to be posted to any volunteers who were with the Tain Youth Cafe YMCA at the start and they would be grateful if you could e-mail or drop in any names and addresses to Graham Nutt as he is keen to not miss anyone out.

It would also help us out if people could The Youth Cafe know that they plan to attend, for catering purposes.

Graham’s contact details are:

Graham Nutt
Senior Youth and Community Worker

Tain & District Youth Cafe YMCA
17, Stafford Street
Tain, Ross-shire
IV19 1AZ

01862 – 894252
graham@tainyouthcafe.co.uk

Diocesan News – February 2019

The February 2019 Edition of Diocesan News is now available.

In it, Bishop Mark writes…

Dear Friends

As we continue our journey through the year we are now ready for Candlemas and our Choral Evensong on Sunday 3rd as we welcome a new Synod Clerk and a new Honorary Canon, please try and be with us at the Cathedral. In this period, I will be leading services of confirmation in Elgin and at Gordonstoun School, if you yourselves have not been confirmed and would like to consider it please speak to your priest. I will also be leading worship in both Wick and Thurso on the 10th February.

Provincial and Communion business will keep me busy in February, a trip to Kenya, a Provincial Primates meeting in Armagh and the Diocesan Synod in Glasgow and Galloway to mention the highlights, please continue to keep Jane and myself in your prayers.

We are looking at new opportunities for study and training in the diocese, so please watch this space and consider what it is you might want to offer to the service of God in our wonderful diocese.

Blessings
+Mark

SEI February 2019 Newsletter

The Scottish Episcopal Institute, which is responsible for training priests, deacons and lay readers in our Church, produces a monthly newsletter.  If you are interested in what the Institute and its students have been up to, you can read all about it SEI Newsletter February 2019.

The SEI was thrilled to learn before Christmas that it had been awarded a generous grant from the Rebecca Hussey’s Book Charity. The object of the Charity is ‘to provide religious and useful books to institutions in theUnited Kingdom’.  The grant will be used to expand the SEI Library, to support the new modules on evangelism, mission and ecclesiology.

Candles, Fellowship and Food

Today in St Andrew’s, we celebrated the Feast of the Presentation (Candlemas), with a ‘Bring a Friend to Church‘ service, followed by fellowship and food.  Quite a lot of ‘friends’ joined us for what was a very joyous and uplifting service.

A big thank you to all our visitors and to the congregation of St Andrew’s for doing so much to make them welcome, looking after them both during the service and afterwards in the hall with food and conversation – true Hospitality.

Last Friday was the Feast Day of St Brigid (or Bride).  Brigid was born in 5th century Ireland.  She established a double monastery for men and women in Kildare around 470AD as a centre of education, pilgrimage, worship and hospitality.  Brigid’s spirit of hospitality was legendary. For Brigid, every guest is Christ – “Let all guests who arrive be received as Christ“.