Celebration and Thanksgiving

The Tain Youth Cafe YMCA has been celebrating its 25th Anniversary year.

The final event in the year of celebration will be:

A Thanksgiving service

at the Tain Parish Church

on Saturday 2nd March 2019

starting at 2 pm

There will be refreshments and fellowship afterwards in the small hall.

The Lord Lieutenant Mrs Janet Bowen will be in attendance and the address will be given by Rev Roddy Macrae the Church of Scotland Minister from Brora who was the first part time youth worker for the Tain Youth Cafe YMCA.

Official invitations are to be posted to any volunteers who were with the Tain Youth Cafe YMCA at the start and they would be grateful if you could e-mail or drop in any names and addresses to Graham Nutt as he is keen to not miss anyone out.

It would also help us out if people could The Youth Cafe know that they plan to attend, for catering purposes.

Graham’s contact details are:

Graham Nutt
Senior Youth and Community Worker

Tain & District Youth Cafe YMCA
17, Stafford Street
Tain, Ross-shire
IV19 1AZ

01862 – 894252

Diocesan News – January 2019

The January Edition of the Diocesan Newsletter.

In it, Bishop Mark writes…

My Dear Friends,

Happy New Year to you all.

As it is the new year I thought I would take this opportunity to let you know some of the times that I will be away in the next term.

I will be having my usual weeks in Edinburgh during January and February.

I am in Kenya for 5 days in February, attending an African Primates retreat, then I will be in Armagh for a couple of days attending the Regional Primates meeting.

In March there will be time spent in Glasgow as they and I seek a new bishop for the Diocese.  We are also expecting the “Our Common Calling” group to be visiting us in the Highlands, they will be arranging a programme that will include visits to some of our churches.

In April I will be heading for Jerusalem and we will be there leading up to Palm Sunday returning home on the Wednesday in Holy Week, this will mean that the Chrism Mass this year will be at 11.30am in the Cathedral on MAUNDY THURSDAY (18th April).



The Life of the Beloved: an Advent Study

Henri Nouwen was a gifted spiritual teacher who was born in the Netherlands in 1932 and early on became a priest. Throughout his life he studied philosophy, theology and psychology and spent much time traveling, living in community and speaking publicly. He writes lovely prose and his work is full of his own personal and intimate experiences of God’s love.

Henri devoted much of his later ministry to emphasizing the idea that our identity is as the Beloved Children of God. In an interview, he said that he believed the central moment in Jesus’s public ministry was his baptism in the River Jordan, when as he came out of the water he heard the voice of God saying, “You are my beloved son on whom my favour rests.” Nouwen writes: “That is the core experience of Jesus. . . . He is reminded in a deep, deep way of who he is. . . . I think his whole life is continually claiming that identity in the midst of everything.

In 1992 Nouwen travelled to Garden Grove, California where he delivered three sermons extolling the fact that we are all beloved daughters and sons of God. The sermons were delivered and televised at the famous Crystal Cathedral.

This Advent study is based on this series of sermons which are entitled:

  • Being the Beloved

  • Becoming the Beloved

  • Disciples of the Beloved

The sessions will start at 2pm on Wednesdays: 5th, 12th and 19th December, at James and Anna’s house in Spinningdale.

Sessions will last a little over an hour and there will be refreshments afterwards for those who can stay. Everyone is most welcome to join us.

The Joy of Christmas

Tuesday 18th December 2018 at 7pm

St Finnbarr’s Episcopal Church, Dornoch

An evening of Carols and Poetry for Christmas

Refreshments will be served

A collection will be taken in aid of the homelessness charity Emmaus.

Diocesan News – December 2018

Bishop Mark writes…


My Dear Friends,

I am delighted that for the first time in a while we have a Diocesan What’s on Leaflet. lt is always so easy for the Charges and Congregations of the Diocese to lose track of what is going on and to miss opportunities to support each other by sharing and visiting each other’s events.

I am always surprised by just how busy you all are and it is good to be able to hold each event in my prayers, no matter how far from home I might be.

May I thank you all for the hard work and dedication you reveal in your service of God, it makes me proud to be Bishop of this Diocese. May I wish you all a joyous Christmas when it arrives. I hope to catch up with many of you in the year ahead.



Advent with the our friends across Easter Ross

Together with our friends in the

Easter Ross Inter-Church Group (ERICG)

we will be celebrating the start of Advent with

a Service of Word and Song

at 3pm on Sunday 2nd December 

in St Andrews Episcopal Church

There will be refreshments and fellowship afterwards

All are very welcome to join us

Annual Congregational Meetings

The Annual Congregational Meetings this year are as follows:

St Andrew’s – at 12 Noon after the Service on Sunday 2nd December 2018

St Finnbarr’s –  at 12 Noon after the Service on Sunday 9th December 2018

We hope that as many as possible will be able to attend these meetings.  If there are any matters you wish to raise speak to the Vestry Secretaries – Tanya Brooke (St Andrew’s) or Anna Currall (St Finnbarr’s) or a member of the Clergy.