SEI August 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  August 2018 News from SEI.

Next month marks Mrs Denise Brunton who has been SEI’s Administrator throughout its life, and before that worked for TISEC and Coates Hall. In total, Denise has served the Scottish Episcopal Church for 27 years! A remarkable achievment from someone who has touched  the lives of many people, through her immensely caring attitude to all that she does and all those she meets.

Braw Bricht Nicht Music

Accordion Duo Wow Dornoch – again!










For the eleventh year running these hugely talented musicians held a large audience spellbound as they made a couple of button-key accordions make sounds that convinced those listening that they were listening to a whole orchestra, an organ, strings or even the pipes.

In a programme featuring the music of Widor, Prokofiev, Bor, Heidrich, Bizet/Waxman, Khachaturian, Rimsky-Korsakov/Zubitsky and a number of other Ukranian composers, these professional musicians entertained us with their skill, their humour and their sheer virtuosity.

And all in the name of the charity Hippokrat, which supports the mothers of children born in the Ukraine since the Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986. Many of these children have severe physical and mental problems and need constant support, even though they are now young adults.

Each summer this duo devote their holidays to raising money to support these families who get little help from the state – a labour of love. They left Dornoch having raised nearly £750 (including about £120 in CD sales) and appear again tonight at St Andrew’s Fortrose.

They intend to return next year, so look out for them and make it a date – superb entertainment and a very worthy cause!!




Charities Shop Distribution of Monies

The distribution of funds from St Finnbarr’s Charities Shop for this year is now complete.
£15,440 has been distributed among the following organisations:

  • Alzheimer Scotland for Dornoch Dementia Cafe
  • Angel Faces (Christian Fellowship Playgroup)
  • Friends of Brora Learning Centre
  • Caithness and Sutherland Women’s Aid
  • CALA (formerly Family First East Sutherland)
  • Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Crossroads (East Sutherland) Care
  • Dornoch Academy Additional Support Team
  • Dornoch Academy School Library
  • Dornoch Area Resilience Group
  • Dornoch and District Community Association
  • Dornoch BRIG (Dornoch Beach Regeneration Improvement Group)
  • Dornoch Brownies
  • Dornoch Cathedral Boys’ Brigade/Shipmates
  • Dornoch Firth Group
  • Dornoch Flowers and Fairs
  • Dornoch Primary School Additional Support Team
  • Dornoch Youth Café
  • East Sutherland Rescue Association
  • Friends of Oversteps
  • Historylinks
  • Lawson Cambusavie Memorial Hospital Friends
  • Little Lambs (Free Church Playgroup)
  • Maggies Highland
  • Meadows Patients’ Comfort Fund
  • Migdale Hospital Comfort Fund
  • SSAFA Forces Help
  • Sutherland Schools Pipe Band
  • Support in Mind Scotland (Golspie Gatehouse)

A huge thank you to everyone who helped to raise the money by working in the shop or donating goods for sale – the above groups really appreciate your efforts, as do we in St Finnbarr’s.

A Cause for Celebration

At our joint service this morning, we helped St Finnbarr’s organist Gill, mark a significant birthday.  Part of that was of course cake and the singing of Happy Birthday.  Congratulations Gill, it was special for us too.

Come to me … and I will give you rest

Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’  Matthew 11:28-30

Almost 30 people met at the Crask for a service that was best summarised by the Gospel for today – that wonderful passage above.  We celebrated the Eucharist, shared lunch together and yes, found rest for our souls. That in summary is what the ministry at the Crask has been about pretty much ever since Kai and Mike took on this isolated wayside Inn on a dozen years ago and is now being continued by Douglas and Denise.

We welcomed eleven folk who came on a (mini)bus trip up from Inverness Cathedral and also a couple from Germany who are travelling around in their campervan, as well as people from around the northern parts of the Diocese.

Douglas and the team sustained us, whilst also catering for a fair number of others passing by and feeling peckish.  If you have never been to a service at the Crask, you can always find one on the third Thursday of the month at noon and you will be most welcome.

Organ Screen Refurbished

In 2016 Susan Reed, a longstanding member of St Finnbarr’s congregation reached the end of her long and varied life.  In her will, Susan left a sum of money to St Finnbarr’s to be used to enhance the worship of the church.  As a result we now have copies of both the Melody and Full Music editions of our hymn book (which are put to good use each Sunday) and the screen, which protects the organist from the full blast of the winter wind whenever the door is opened, has been refurbished.  The screen (pictured) has been recovered in an ‘Arts and Crafts’ style fabric and the woodwork restored to its former glory.

Thank you Susan – may you rest in peace, and rise in glory.

You raised me up

Yesterday over 130 people gathered in Dornoch Cathedral on a beautiful clear evening.  The main focus of this service of Evensong was the licensing of Rev. Simon Scott, who has moved to Sutherland from Halifax to become Head Teacher at Golspie and Rogart Primary Schools.

This was an historic occasion, with the congregations of St Finnbarr’s (Episcopal) and Dornoch Cathedral (Church of Scotland) joining forces in a wonderful show of Christian togetherness.  In his address Bishop Mark emphasised that Simon was not just being licenced as “another Episcopalian priest in the heather” to serve the congregations in East Sutherland and Tain but for the whole community in this area, bringing the message of Christ’s love for all. He said that the service being held in Dornoch Cathedral was particularly relevant, as it emphasised the importance of our churches working together to demonstrate that Christ’s love in all that we do.

Two churches coming together, thereby bringing Christians for churches across Sutherland and Ross-shire but also there were two choirs – one composed of singers gathered together by Jamie Campbell, under whose guidance the liturgy came alive with their singing (which included an arrangement of the Nunc Dimittis composed by Jamie himself). The other choir were the Golspie Choral Society, led by Roddy Maclean (who also played the organ). They sang two pieces – the anthem “You raised me up” by Rolf Løvland and “An Irish Blessing” by Joanna Forbes. Bishop Mark said it was like being surrounded by a heavenly choir!!

After the service we adjourned to Dornoch Social Club, where delicious refreshments were served and we had an opportunity to catch up with old friends as well as meeting new people.