Flower Festival in Creich Church

Creich Church – Bonar Bridge

Creich Church in Bonar Bridge is holding its annual Flower Festival this coming week.

The Church will be open on the following days and times:

  • Friday 12th Aug 10am – 4pm ( pancakes and tea) 
  • Saturday 13th Aug  10am – 4pm
  • Sunday 14th Aug 10 – 11am and 2 – 4pm

On. Sunday 14th there will also be a celebratory Songs of Praise at 6pm.

All are very welcome.

Crask Newsletter – July 2022

The last Crask Newsletter was in February 2020, just one month before the Covid pandemic was announced.

This Crask Newsletter provides an update on the two years of challenges and opportunities since then.

One particular event that you may be interested in is the

Friends afternoon tea
Saturday 3rd September

You are all warmly welcome.

There will be a service at 1 pm followed by Afternoon tea and

if anyone wishes to stay on for a buffet (£18 / head) and music night.

For catering reasons please let us know if you can attend

War Memorial Centenaries

Dornoch War Memorial

It is now over a century since the Great War, came to an end in 1918. In the period shortly after the war, war memorials were established in most communities to commemorate those who had lost their lives in the war. After the Second World War, additional names were added to those memorials and some have had names added in relation to subsequent conflicts.

Most of the memorials were built and dedicated in the period 1921-1922 although one or two were a little later, so several of the war memorials in the Creich & Kincardine area are marking their centenaries shortly.  

The centenary commemorations are:

  • Kincardine (Ardgay) – Monday 15th August, 2.45 for 3pm
  • Rogart – Saturday 24th September, 10.30am
  • Lairg – Friday 30th September, 10.45 for 11am 

All local residents are welcome, and the organisers would particularly like to hear from anybody with family connections to those named on the memorials, or to people who died in the many subsequent conflicts. If you have any information speak to James who can put you in touch with the appropriate organisers.

KYIV Accordion Duo – are back in Concert!!

KYIV ACCORDION DUO are back

Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th August
7.30pm

St Finnbarr’s Church 

Schoolhill, Dornoch

(Scottish Charity No 009639)

ENTRANCE BY FREE TICKET ONLY

Available from St Finnbarr’s Charity Shop
(Monday to Thursday 10am -1pm,
Friday & Saturday 10am – 4pm) &

Community Market Stall (August 10)
or by email to ihssimonscott@gmail.com

Donations at the venue on the day in aid of
the Hippokrat Society and the victims of the war in Ukraine

About the Kyiv Classical Accordion Duo:

In 2006 Igor and Oleksiy finished studying in the National Music Academy of Ukraine in Kiev. However they began to perform professionally from 2002. Oleksiy plays in the Orchestra of the National Radio of Ukraine; Igor works in the National Philharmonic of Ukraine. They decided to give the name Kyiv Duo Classic to the duo. However this does not mean that Igor and Oleksiy perform only classical music; programmes of their concerts include music of Bach, Grieg, Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov as well as traditional Ukrainian and Russian music. Two contemporary button accordions make it possible to produce a sound like a small squeezebox and at the same time, like big church organ, a string quartet and even an orchestra. Here is a sample of the Duo in action playing: Dance of the Furies by Gluck.

About their charity – HIPPOKRAT:

One of the main purposes of the Kyiv Classic Accordion Duo 2009 UK tour was to raise money for the HIPPOKRAT Society of Mothers of Disabled Children who suffered as a result of the explosion in 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Energy Plant. This has remained the focus of fund-raising on each subsequent tour, as the need continues.  The Chernigiv region suffered most from the radiation fall out and since 1986 a large number of children have been born with mental and physical problems. Many of these children are now young adults.

As Oleksiy explains:

There are at least 1000 invalid children in Chernigiv which has a total population of around 320,000 and unfortunately, these children get no real support from the state. The mother of a disabled child usually needs to be with the child all the time, so she cannot earn money. That is why the Society of Mothers of Disabled Children, HIPPOKRAT, was founded more than 15 years ago”.

The task of HIPPOKRAT is to provide families with invalid children with food, medicine and money. HIPPOKRAT also organises different events and parties with presents for children. It is not a commercial organisation. It is run by 10 women led by Valentina Frol. They do not receive any money for their job and all of them have disabled children”.

and now of course there is the war in Ukraine:

Lord of all the earth,

be present with the people of Ukraine
at this time of danger, fear, and conflict.
Grant that wise and peaceable counsels may yet prevail,
and give to all suffering nations
the freedom they desire and deserve.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

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.

2-4pm

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?

Refreshments

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

No charge but donations welcome

5pm

Evening prayer (shared via zoom for the wider congregation)

6pm

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 Julyhttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/346594221647 

Saturday 2nd Julyhttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/346598374067 

Sunday 3rd Julyhttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/346600209557 

To find out more about the choir visit: https://www.tarantara.org.uk 

and find a video of the choir at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SM6c1uwPpuY

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.

CONFIRMATION at PENTECOST!

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 ihssimonscott@gmail.com 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!

CLERGY TEAM CONTACTS:

Rev Lizzie Campbell – through one of the other clergy below

Rev Canon James Currall – 01862 881737

Fr Simon Scott – 01408 633614