At the going down of the sun and in the morning

Very moving Services of Remembrance in St Andrew’s, St Finnbarr’s and at War Memorials in many of our towns, villages and communities (including: Ardgay, Bonar Bridge, Dornoch, Golspie, Lairg and Tain)  Very much capturing the spirit of marking the 100 Anniversary of the Armistice.

 

SEI November Newsletter

 

The Scottish Episcopal Institute, which is responsible for training priests, deacons and lay readers in our Church, produces a monthly newsletter.  If you are interested in what the Institute and its students (including Don Grant) have been up to, you can read all about it  SEI November 2018 Newsletter

This edition contains details and photos of all those who have been ordained Deacons and Priests or licensed as Lay Readers over the Summer and early Autumn, including no less than three from our Diocese: Ellie Charman, Megan Cambridge (both pictured above) and Clare Caley.

Over the Rainbow

Lairg Christians Together held a Rainbow Light Party on Friday in Lairg Community Centre, at which about 40 children (difficult to count them all in the dark:-), plus helpers and parents, enjoyed a splendid time.  It really was fun for everyone!!

Light Parties have been held by churches with the help of Scripture Union teaching materials. They’re focused on offering an alternative message around the time of what many people associate as Halloween.  The idea is that as a church we give out a more positive message at this time with teaching about ‘Jesus the Light of the World‘.

Our Light Party had a ‘Rainbow ‘ theme remembering God’s covenants with His people.  We had bible teaching, games, crafts and, like any good party, lots of party food. A wonderful celebration of Jesus being the light in the darkness and about us being called to follow him. A really encouraging message in place of all the ghouls and monster type stuff that’s on offer in the shops at the moment.

 

Of Church and State – from flags to drains

Yesterday evening Rev Canon Laurence Gunner regaled an enthusiastic audience with a talk about St George’s Chapel Windsor Castle.  This was no dry historical account (though there was plenty of history), no this was more of a ‘behind the scenes documentary’.  You see, Laurence was the Canon Steward at St George’s for about 10 years, a post that meant that he was responsible for every thing from the flag flying on top of the castle, to the tarmac and the drains.  In such a role, any mistake that you make is very public and probably long-lasting and you risk upsetting some very important people (and others who only think that they are important).

Laurence’s talk was well illustrated with his own photographs and also with anecdotes and humorous asides and he generated quite a buzz in the room – each time he suggested that we might have had enough, we just begged for more.  After the Tales, there was as there always is at such events,  Tea and Treats.

Thanks Laurence and the Easter Ross Inter-Church Group (ERICG) and the people of St Ninian’s Invergordon.

The next ERICG meeting is on Wednesday 14th November at Logie Easter Church of Scotland at 7:30pm, when Drew Anderson of the Sailors’ Society will be the speaker.

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good

Harvest Festival in St Andrew’s, Tain today and a wonderfully joyous occasion it was.  Members of the congregation invited friends to come and join us in our service of praise and thanksgiving and to share in food and fellowship afterwards.  There was a collection for people affected by the recent floods in Kerala in India and groceries for the Highland Food Bank.

A huge thank you to everyone who brought produce, decorated the Church and brought friends along to share in our service and fellowship together and also to those who friends who joined us – we hope that you will join us again in the future.

Sing to the Lord a New Song

Each year at the end of the summer season, St Finnbarr’s congregation invites all the wonderful helpers who work so hard in the Charities Shop throughout the year to a sumptuous afternoon tea in order to say Thank You for a job well done (and over £34,000 raised this year so far).

After the tea, there is always an ‘entertainment’.  Due to unforeseen circumstances, the entertainment this year had to be changed at short notice and a dozen members of the Golspie Choral Society (above) gave of their time to provide a delightful rendition of a number of the pieces that they have worked on in the recent past.  As you can see, the guests really enjoyed their afternoon.

A huge Thank You to all those who work so hard in the Charities Shop the work that you do is much appreciated throughout the community.  And a huge Thank You to the choir who gave up their Saturday afternoon at short notice to help out and Fr Simon for getting them together.

SEI October Newsletter

The Scottish Episcopal Institute, which is responsible for training priests, deacons and lay readers in our Church, produces a monthly newsletter.  If you are interested in what the Institute and its students (including our own Don Grant) have been up to, you can read all about it  October 2018 News from SEI.

On 10th September eight Placement Supervisors (pictured above) gathered the for a day’s training. Placements are an integral part of the Reflective Practice modules which all students take every year of the course.

Final year students are placed with a congregation for the entire academic year, and study the exercise of pastoral care in that setting; second year students can opt to do their placement in a social care agency, mission setting, chaplaincy or church, depending on their particular vocation. First year students undertake a placement with Workplace Chaplaincy Scotland, shadowing local WPCS Chaplains in retail centres, emergency services and businesses across Scotland.