ERICG – Mission Aviation Fellowship – 23rd May 2019

The next meeting of the Easter Ross Inter-Church Group (ERICG) will take place on

Thursday 23rd May 2019

in Tain Parish Church at 7:30pm.

The speaker will be

Revd Andrew Fothergill,

who will talk about the

Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF)

who fly medical, relief and life-transforming help to vulnerable people in hard-to-reach places

In today’s ‘connected world’, the irony is that never have so many people been so isolated. Many remote communities have never heard the Gospel and are living in spiritual darkness.

If a person has a medical emergency and the nearest hospital is a few days walk or an uncomfortable drive on rough roads, their prognosis is poor.

When natural disasters, conflict or famine strike hard-to-reach places, an aircraft may be the only safe way to reach the affected areas.

At MAF, we believe nothing should stop people from receiving the love of God and the essentials of life – no matter how remote they are. Our vision is to see ‘isolated people physically and spiritually transformed in Christ’s name.’ We believe that everyone deserves a chance to experience the love of Jesus Christ. We use aviation and technology, because in many places those are the only ways to reach isolated people with Christ’s love.

Open Garden – 18th May – for Multiple Sclerosis Research

Prue and Corby Douglas-Menzies are opening their garden on Saturday 18th May in aid of Multiple Sclerosis research.

The garden will be open from 2-4pm and refreshments will be available.

The address is Cadboll Cottage, Fearn, IV20 1XP

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

Running Home

Meet Mark Calder (seen here with James outside Lairg Church at 7:30am today, Good Friday).

For most people just finishing a single marathon would be a challenge. But marathons aren’t enough for Mark, who lives in Aberdeenshire with his wife and two young daughters. No Mark runs ultra-marathons (which is like several run one after another).  But ultra-marathons aren’t enough either for this intrepid hero, he’s running 14 in one year … That’s superhuman!!

Mark is a Regional Manager for charity called Embrace the Middle East.  Embrace the Middle East is a Christian charity with over 160 years’ experience helping people of all faiths and none to free themselves from a life of poverty and injustice. Together with local Christian communities they’re bringing lasting change to the Middle East through healthcare, education and community development projects.

Under the name Running Home, Mark is running pilgrimage routes across Scotland and the North of England to raise money and awareness about the challenge that Iraq’s Christians face as they try to rebuild their country after war.

As Embrace starts supporting Christian-led projects in Iraq for the very first time Mark hopes as many people as possible will get behind him in this epic challenge.

From Maundy Thursday until Holy Saturday (18-20 April) Mark is running from Bettyhill to Poolewe along St Maelrubha’s Pilgrimage route, calling at the Crask Inn and the Christian Communities  dedicated to St Maelrubha in Lairg and Poolewe along the way.

… that’s just 113.5 miles, which isn’t far is it:-) Sadly James had another engagement and wasn’t able to join Mark on his Good Friday run from Lairg to Dundonnell, but was in Lairg at 7:30am to pray with him and see him on his way.

If you wish to help Mark’s fundraising efforts, you can do so via this page.

If you want to hear more, Mark will be speaking during the Service at Dornoch Cathedral on Easter Day at 6:30pm.

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.