Sutherland Christian Convention 2019

The Sutherland Christian Convention

will be held this year in

Dornoch Academy Hall

at the following times

Friday 6th Sept at 7:30pm
Saturday 7th Sept at 7:30pm
Sunday 8th Sept at 8:00pm

with the title

“The Gospel that Saves, Transforms and Sustains”

The Speaker will be

Rev Professor Bob Akroyd

Bob grew up in Lawrenceville, New Jersey and studied American History at the University of Virginia (founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819). Following two years of teaching English in Japan, he came to the University of Edinburgh to study Scottish History in 1990. Attending Buccleuch Free Church in Edinburgh and listening to tapes of the late Douglas MacMillan, Bob was converted in 1993. In 1996, he completed his PhD on “Lord Rosebery and Scottish Nationalism (1868 – 1896).” He continued his studies at the Free Church College from 1996 – 1999. In August 1999, Bob was ordained and inducted as Assistant Minister at Buccleuch Free Church in Edinburgh where he served with his friend and senior Minister Alex MacDonald for more than 13 years. Bob has also served as a Prison Chaplain at Saughton Prison, an honorary Chaplain at Edinburgh University and a volunteer at Bethany Christian Trust.

In 2012, Bob was appointed to the Chair of Systematic Theology at the Free Church College. In 2013, Bob completed an MTh at New College, Edinburgh on “Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield (1851 – 1921) & the Essence of Christianity.” At ETS, Bob is the course organiser for Systematic Theology, Practical Theology and the Access to Theology Course.

Bob is married to Heather and they live in Edinburgh.

All are welcome and there will be a bookstall and refreshments.

St Columba’s Brora – Rededication 28th September

St Columba’s Episcopal

Church Brora

Service of Rededication

3.00pm on Saturday 28th September

Everyone is most welcome to join us to celebrate the start of this new chapter in the story of St Columba’s which began almost exactly 110 years ago.

The service will be followed by refreshments and marks the reopening of the church for regular worship, after refurbishment following the fire which temporarily closed it in December 2016.

St. Boniface Regional Synod – 28th Sept

Saturday 28th September 2019
Golspie Primary School

All clergy and members of congregations are very welcome.  It is a chance to meet members and clergy from the other congregations north of Inverness and to discuss a variety of matters affecting our Church and our communities.

The meeting starts with the Eucharist, 10.30 am Golspie Primary School, Back Road, Golspie, followed by coffee/tea and a short business meeting. The main Diocesan Agenda item will be the Budget.

After a period for lunch, sharing and fellowship, Bishop Mark will lead a service of rededication at St Columba’s Brora (5 miles away) starting at 3:00 pm.

Please speak with the clergy or lay representative for more details, or to let them know that you would like to attend.  You will need to bring your own lunch, but tea/coffee will be provided.

150 Years On

On Sunday 1st September

at 3pm

there will be a special service of

Choral Evensong

at Inverness Cathedral

to mark the

150th anniversary

of worship in the finished building.

Congregations from across the diocese are being invited and encouraged to come to this unique celebration.

Balloons, Bombs and Blessings

Ann Purton (St Finnbarr’s)

will be signing copies of her book

Balloons, Bombs and Blessings

on August 31st, 2.30-4.30pm

in Dornoch Bookshop.

Her reminiscences of childhood near London during World War II in the care of her beloved aunts D and E are written with warmth and wit. Her strong faith, and the love and support of her aunts allowed her to develop an interesting and fulfilled life. The book also gives an insight into interesting historical details about schooling and nurse training over sixty years ago.