Walk of Witness – Good Friday – Ardgay and Bonar

Bonar/Arday Walk of Witness

Good Friday 19th April 2019

Start Bonar Health Centre/Bradbury Centre 10:15am*

End Ardgay Stores and Highland Cafe about 11:30am

The walk will consist of six stops along the way, with a variable amount of walking between them. There is room for at least a few cars at each stop and so it will be possible for those who cannot walk the whole route to participate by adjusting the amount of walking required to suit their needs.

At each stop, there will be a Reading from Scripture, a short Reflection and a Prayer. As we leave heading towards the next stop, we will sing a hymn and carry a wooden cross as witness to Christ’s Sacrifice.

*Those with cars and who wish to do the walk, may leave their cars at the ‘Barn’ (Kyle of Sutherland Dev Trust) car park by 10:00am and we will organise transport to get them over to the start in Bonar, which will be at 10:15am. This will mean that your car will be there for you when you are ready to leave, rather than having to wait for a lift back over to Bonar to pick up the car.


SEI April 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 in April 2019 News from SEI.

Megan Cambridge from Moray, Ross and Caithness, spent her Final Year placement working in and with the local Church of Scotland parish in Keith: Keith North, Newmill, Boharm and Rothiemay together with Keith St Rufus, Botriphnie and Grange. Since being licensed as a Lay Reader last autumn, she and the SEC congregation in Keith under the Revd Canon Michael Last have continued to foster these links. She writes: ‘I had the great privilege of leading worship at Keith St Rufus in the first of their week-long celebrations for the 200 anniversary. We had the Keith and District Silver band playing which gave us a rousing start.

Ready, Steady, Go …

Mothering Sunday was a busy day in St Andrew’s in Tain.  Being the fifth Sunday of the month, it was a joint service with the congregation of St Finnbarr’s in Dornoch joining the congregation of St Andrew’s for the 11 o’clock Eucharist.  It was also the latest in our ‘Bring a Friend to Church‘ services when we extend a particular welcome to friends and family of regular church-goers.

It was a lovely occasion, which acknowledged both the joys and heartache of motherhood, the fact that we are all children, both of Mothers and of God and the pain that each of us feels when eventually our Mothers are no longer with us.  Posies of daffodils were lovingly made by the Tain Guides and Blessed before being distributed to the whole congregation, with the posies left over being taken for friends and neighbours.

The Sunday which marks the mid-point of our Lenten Journey is sometime referred to as ‘Refreshment Sunday‘ and that was very much in our minds after the service as a splendid spread in the hall provided the opportunity for refreshment and fellowship as is fitting when hospitality is extended to those beyond our regular fellowship.

Ready …


Steady …

Go …

Holy Week and Easter 2019

Palm Sunday 14th April 

8.15am Eucharist, St Maelrubha’s, Lairg*

11.00am Eucharist, St Finnbarr’s, Dornoch

11.00am Eucharist, St Andrew’s, Tain

Monday 15th April 

7.00pm Evening Prayer and Reflection, St Andrew’s Tain

Tuesday 16th April 

7.00pm Evening Prayer and Reflection, St Andrew’s, Tain

Wednesday 17th April

10.30am Eucharist, St Finnbarr’s, Dornoch

7.00pm Stations of the Cross, St Andrew’s, Tain

Maundy Thursday 18th April

11.00am Chrism Mass, Inverness Cathedral

12 Noon Holy Communion from the Reserved Sacrament, The Crask Inn

7.00pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper, St Finnbarr’s, Dornoch

Good Friday 19th April

10.15am Walk of Witness (Start at the Bradbury Centre in Bonar Bridge)

2.30pm Good Friday Meditations, St Finnbarr’s, Dornoch

7.00pm Tenebrae and Communion, St Andrew’s, Tain

Holy Saturday 20th April

8.00pm, Easter Vigil and First Mass of Easter, St Andrew’s Tain

Easter Day 21st April

8.15am Eucharist, St Maelrubha’s ,Lairg*

11.00am Eucharist, St Finnbarr’s, Dornoch

11.00am Eucharist, St Andrew’s, Tain

Tuesday 23rd April 

5.30pm Prayer and Praise for Easter, Kyle of Sutherland Hub, Bonar Bridge

Morning Prayer in Holy Week

During Holy Week Morning Prayer will be said at St Andrew’s Tain at the following times:

Mon-Tues at 10.00am; Wed-Fri at 9.00am; Sat at 10.00am

*meets in Church of Scotland, Lairg by kind permission.

We wish you Christ’s Blessing and Peace

Diocesan News – April 2019

The April 2019 Edition of the Diocesan Newletter is now available.

In it, Bishop Mark writes…

This Newsletter comes to you at the halfway point of Lent, a time of refreshment and relaxation, a time to gather and give thanks for Mother Church, a day when your Lenten fast can be lightened. I hope that you have been enjoying your Lent, finding extra time to be in the company of God, in prayer and in action.

It is always good to see what is going on in the diocese, and there are so many opportunities to use our gifts. It was good to be at the Cathedral Hall recently to see Provost Sarah and Emmanuel enrolled as Beaver Leaders and then to watch them enrol the nine beavers at the new Cathedral Group. I was also glad to inspect the new toilet and small kitchen at St Pater’s, Thurso, to join the vestry of Elgin and Lossiemouth as they interviewed for a new priest. To be with the Lay Readers who spent a day at Arpafeelie and to meet with Incumbents at St Michael and All Angels.

I am going on a short retreat during the fourth week of Lent before heading to Jerusalem where I have been invited to Preach in St George’s Cathedral on Palm Sunday, I will be back for the Chrism Mass on Maundy Thursday and will celebrate Easter at both the Cathedral and at Lochinver.

Please pray for me as I will continue to pray for you as we continue our Lenten journey.


The 90Kg Rice Challenge

St Finnbarr’s Vestry have bought 90Kg of Kilombero White Rice from Just Trading Scotland, who deal directly with Malawian farmers. This is what is called The 90Kg Rice Challenge.

JTS say: “The 90kg Rice Challenge runs throughout the whole year and is the perfect social enterprise activity for your school, church or community group covering a range issues which are prevalent in today’s society including Fairtrade, Sustainability, Social Enterprise and Citizenship. Over 800 schools, churches and community groups have completed this already – so why not join them? It is a fun and engaging project with excellent learning outcomes to promote Fairtrade, Sustainability and Citizenship. It’s easy to organise and comes with an educational Challenge Pack, we have one for schools and one for churches, which feature plenty of information, lesson plans (or sermon outlines and prayers), ideas, promotional materials, recipes and activities to teach participants about Fairtrade which will be sent to you along with your 90 x 1kg bags of delicious Great Taste award winning rice.

Anna and I have tried the rice and confirm that it does indeed have a “Great Taste“.  The rice is available in 1Kg bags at £3 each. Please contact Anna or James if you are able to use or sell a few bags, whilst at the same time helping directly farmers in a part of the world that is facing huge problems just at the moment in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai.

90kg is the amount of rice a farmer in Malawi has to sell to enable him to send a child to secondary school for a year and so we can see that our participation can directly help to provide a better life for those in some of the poorest communities in Malawi, through the opportunity of education.