St Andrew’s, Tain Open Day – 30th June

St Andrew’s Church

Open Day

Thursday 30th June

Outside the Church

As part of Tain Gala Week, St Andrew’s Church is throwing open its doors to allow you to look around, have refreshment, listen to organ music and, if you wish later on join us in prayer.


Informal organ music and the chance to enjoy this beautiful historic building.

Did you know there are a whole lot of mice carved into the woodwork within the church?


Sandwiches, strawberries and cream, home bakes, tea and coffee.

No charge but donations welcome


Evening prayer (shared via zoom for the wider congregation)


Holy Eucharist.

Everyone welcome.

Choir on Tour

Tarantara is a mixed choir from the English Midlands. They have been singing to great acclaim, and for countless charitable causes, for almost 20 years. Profits from concerts go to the organiser’s chosen charity, and over the years the choir has raised in excess of £100k.

The choir will be visiting the Highlands from Friday 1st July until Monday 4th July and performing as follows:

Friday 1st July: Inverness Cathedral at 8pm

Saturday 2nd July: Inverallan Church of Scotland, Grantown at 7.30pm

Sunday 3rd July: Dornoch Cathedral at 3pm.

This is the first time the choir have been in Scotland, many of the members of the choir have also never visited Scotland.

Tickets will be sold at £7.50 for adults, £5 for concessions and free for children, on the door and online via Eventbrite with 50% going to mikeysline and 50% to the church the choir are performing at.

Eventbrite links:

Friday 1st July 

Saturday 2nd July 

Sunday 3rd July 

To find out more about the choir visit: 

and find a video of the choir at:

Prayer for the Queen’s Jubilee

The Queen’ Platinum Jubilee celebrations take place from 2-5 June, marking Her Majesty’s 70 years of service as Monarch.

A prayer has been prepared by the Liturgy Committee to mark the occasion. It has been approved by the College of Bishops for use in their dioceses.

Prayer for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Almighty and eternal God,
you uphold and govern all things 
both in heaven and on earth, 
and by your grace alone kings and queens do reign.
We thank you for all the blessings which you have bestowed upon us 
throughout the reign of our sovereign lady, Queen Elizabeth, 
whom you have set over us these threescore years and ten.
We thank you for the wisdom of her guidance and her love of peace, 
for the care and devotion with which she has served her people, 
for the example of her gracious life.
As we rejoice before you with thankful hearts, 
we pray that we may ever be united in love and service to one another, 
as people called to live according to your will, 
for the good of all the world, 
and the glory of your great name, 
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Service of Thanksgiving

There will be a Service of Thanksgiving for Her Majesty’s life and reign at Tain Parish Church on Sunday 5th June at 8pm – all are welcome.

Tree Planting in Brora

The Rotary club of East Sutherland are very grateful to all the folk of Brora and Sutherland for all the support they have given to the Ukraine/Shelterbox Appeal which had St Columba’s member Alistair Risk camping in the snow in the grounds of the Church and which has raised around £5,000 (enough to buy 8 Shelterboxes).

As a thank you to the church three flowering cherry trees will be planted at the church on Tuesday 7th June between 3.30 and 4:30pm. The three trees will be dedicated:

  • For the Queens Platinum Jubilee
  • For World Peace
  • For the people of Ukraine

Canon James will bless the trees which will be laid by outgoing Rotary President Linda Graham, incoming President Elizabeth Sweetman and Polina, Alina and Olha, the three Ukrainian girls currently living in Golspie with St Finnbarr’s members Patrick and Henrietta Marriott. 

Anyone who wishes to join us for this event will be most welcome, tea and biscuits etc will also be provided.

Mental Health Awareness week

The theme of Mental Health Awareness Week (9 to 15 May 2022) this year is ‘loneliness’. 

Local author Philip Paris will be talking about his award-winning novel “Men Cry Alone“, which broke new ground with its storyline of men being abused by their wives, but which also examines violence against women.

There is obviously a link between domestic abuse/isolation/loneliness/lockdowns and mental health. The pandemic and recent lockdowns have resulted in a significant increase in domestic violence, with victims at even greater risk of isolation than others because of the controlling behaviour of their partner. In these situations people can experience huge loneliness, while to the outside world they appear to be in a stable relationship and considered more fortunate than a person living alone. Loneliness often has nothing to do with being alone, and being alone does not have to mean being lonely.

The talk will be at the Tain library on Monday 9th May at 10.00 am

It will last about 50 minutes plus a Q&A.  It will be quite informal.  It’s free and people can simply turn up.  If you can think of anyone who might be interested please let them know.


On Sunday 5th June (the day of Pentecost) we will be delighted to welcome our beloved Bishop Mark to St Finnbarr’s, Dornoch. We have a number of candidates who will be confirmed and first communions will also take place at this service.

If you are interested in confirmation, first communion or re-affirmation of faith, you are most welcome to join one of our preparation courses taking place in the month of May. Please let Fr Simon know if you would like to take part by emailing or call 01408 633614 and leave a message!

What is Confirmation?

Your baptism marked the start of your relationship with Jesus Christ. Your soul was changed permanently and you were filled with grace from God. Through Confirmation, the Holy Spirit strengthens these graces, gives you more of them and seals them all inside you – like a carefully wrapped present! This brings you closer to Christ and better prepares you to face the daily challenges of Christian life.

You might want to consider Confirmation if you have ‘moved’ to the Episcopal Church from another denomination – have a chat with one of our clergy team!

What is First Communion?

First Communion is one of the holiest and most important occasions in a person’s life. It is the first time that a person receives the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, which is the eating of consecrated bread and drinking of consecrated wine. Many children receive their First Communion when they’re 8 or 9 years old, because this is considered the age of reason. Older people can receive communion for the first time too!

What is ‘Re-affirmation of Faith’?

Re-affirmation of Faith can be really helpful to those who feel a bit like they have lost their way. Do you feel like you have fallen out of touch with your faith? Re-affirming your faith in Jesus Christ publicly can help re-balance your life. Speak to one of our clergy team if this sounds like something you’d be interested in!


Rev Lizzie Campbell – through one of the other clergy below

Rev Canon James Currall – 01862 881737

Fr Simon Scott – 01408 633614

Daffodil Day – 9th April 2022

You are invited to a

Daffodil Day

which due to flooding in the garden at Knockbreck House
has been moved to

The Duthac Centre, Tain

on Saturday 9th April 2pm-4pm

Beautiful Daffodils,
Refreshments with Home Baking,
Treasure Hunt,
Craft Stalls,
Daffodils for Sale,
Lucky Squares,
Garden Stall,
Book Stall,
Lucky Dip.

Fun for all the family

Donations Welcome

Organised by the Tain and Dornoch Firth Fundraising Group
in aid of Marie Curie which provides care and support through terminal illness

Sleep out to Help out

The heart breaking predicament of the fleeing refugees from the Ukraine is one of ongoing concern to everyone who has been watching TV and media news reports. Already many are donating essential food and medical items for onward transport to Poland and the other neighbouring countries that are doing their best to cope with nearly 2,000,000 refugees and perhaps in time to those left to face the Russian forces who have devastated buildings and killed thousands who are so bravely defended their homes and country.

A member of St Columba’s Brora and Rotarian, Alistair Risk has been so moved that he’s determined to support the Rotary Club of East Sutherland in raising funds to send Shelterboxes to Poland and whereever needed – each complete with tents for 8 people, bedding, cooking and eating utensils, First Aid equipment, Toys and books as well as tools and axes & a water tank, so that a family can survive in some sort of comfort for up to a year.

Each Shelterbox costs about £600 and he hopes to raise the cash for at least 2 which will be sent this month direct to the needy, sleeping out in a Shelterbox tent from Sunday 27th March for five nights. We are giving Alistair ‘asylum’ in the grounds of St Columba’s (the Tin Church on the A9) and he will sleep in the tent by night and during the day hopes that others will come along for a chat and to donate to the cause.

Alistair has set up a JustGiving page if you wish to help him on his way and he would be happy to talk with anyone who is passing and tell them about all the other events that the local Rotary are doing to raise money for this appeal (and of course take your money:-)

Alistair tells us:

As I approach 80 it’s some time since I last slept out but I still has my Scouts sleeping bag and blanket and I did once spend a month in the Arctic in Finland in 1961, so feels I will cope!
I’m very grateful to the church for their support and the use of such a prominent site on the A9 and hope that lots of people will visit me and give generously.

Alistair Risk

Fellow Rotarian Linda Graham says:

The Ukraine situation is heart breaking and the club is delighted that Alistair is helping us support the refugees

Linda Graham

Canon James says

“While the power of prayer is essential is such terrible times actions such as this will hopefully bring relief to some of the displaced people in need—well done !”

Rev Canon James Currall

Lent starts today … but yesterday

… was Shrove Tuesday

… and the traditional

Pancake Party and Quiz

… and a good time was had by all.

A huge thanks to those who made it happen, to those who took part and to everyone who donated in aid of the refugee situation in Ukraine.