Churches open for Prayer and Reflection

The Episcopal Churches in Tain, Dornoch and Brora will be open today between 10am and 5pm for anyone who wishes to have a quiet place to pray and reflect on the life and death of Queen Elizabeth II or just a quiet place to be.

At Noon, the bells in St Finnbarr’s Dornoch and St Andrew’s Tain will be tolled 96 times to mark this sad day in the life of our nation as we remember a remarkable woman who dedicated herself to a life of service for over 60 years as Queen and was carrying out her duty until two days before her death.

Eternal Lord God, you hold all souls in life:
Shed forth upon your faithful servant, Queen Elizabeth,
the bright beams of your light and heavenly comfort;
And grant that she, and we with her,
may at length enter into the joys of your eternal kingdom;
Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.

Season of Creation – September 2022

The Season of Creation runs from 1st September until 4th October (The Feast of St Francis).

This year we have a number of things going on in addition to our usual services:

Study Groups

There will be five pairs of sessions, based on material produced in South Africa in 2008 by members of  Green Anglicans – one after each of the midweek services in:

  • St Finnbarr’s Dornoch (Wednesdays starting at about 11am) and
  • St Andrew’s Tain Hall (Thursdays starting at 7pm)


  • 31st Aug/1st Sept – The Earth is the Lord’s
  • 7th/8th Sept – Water: the Source of Life
  • 14th/15th Sept – Climate Change
  • 21st/22nd Sept – Need not Greed
  • 28th/29th Sept – Stewardship: Caring for God’s Creation

The materials for the five sessions can now be found on the Study Group page.

Stations of Creation

There will be four services in different locations spread through the season:

  • St Andrew’s Tain – Friday 9th September at 5:30pm
  • St Trolla’s at the Crask – Thursday 15th September at 2:00pm
    (the same day as the Eucharist at noon)
  • St Columba’s Brora – Friday 23rd September at 5:30pm
  • St Finnbarr’s Dornoch – Tuesday 4th October at 5:30pm (The Feast of St Francis)

The service is based around St Francis’ “Canticle of the Creatures” and at each station there is a reflection from “Laudato si” Pope Francis encyclical on Care for Creation.

Season of Creation Study Groups – 2022

Artwork by Bob Mash

Our Study Groups for the Wednesdays and Thursdays of the Season of Creation (the month of September) this year will be based on material produced in South Africa by members of Green Anglicans

There will be five pairs of sessions, one after each of the midweek services in:

  • St Finnbarr’s Dornoch (Wednesdays starting at about 11am) and
  • St Andrew’s Tain Hall (Thursdays starting at 7pm)


  • 31st Aug/1st Sept – The Earth is the Lord’s
  • 7th/8th Sept – Water: the Source of Life
  • 14th/15th Sept – Climate Change
  • 21st/22nd Sept – Need not Greed
  • 28th/29th Sept – Stewardship: Caring for God’s Creation

The sessions will be largely independent of each other, so you are welcome even if you can’t manage all of them. Also the sessions will be similar in each of the venues, so you can mix and match to suit your diary.

If you wish any more information, speak to or contact Canon James.

the Divine could not
express itself in any single being,
the Divine created the great multiplicity
of beings so that the perfection lacking to one

would be supplied by the others. Thus the whole
universe together participates in and manifests
the divine more than any single being
St Thomas Aquinas (1225 – 1274)

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.

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.

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