SEI January 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 have been up to, you can read all about it SEI newsletter January 2019.

The image above shows third year ordinand Harriet Oxley (second right) who recently spent time with the Revd Canon Dr Sarah Hills and the Community of the Cross of Nails, Coventry Cathedral, learning about reconciliation ministry as part of an extra placement.  Harriet spent time in East Sutherland, Tain and Invergordon during Summer School 2017, staying with James and Anna.

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).

Blessings

+Mark

Carols and Taindeer

A joyful sound came from St Andrew’s, Tain this afternoon as we retold the story of the Incarnation in readings and Carols at our Carol Service.  The the leaders, readers and congregation were in fine voice, but the prize for the best jumper must go to the organist:-)

As the picture implies there were refreshments – mince pies and mulled wine – but clearly Simon has finished his, or else the reindeer got to them first:-)

Thanks everyone you all did a splendid job.

Silent Night and not so silent afternoon

A very special and moving Crask Carol Service this afternoon, including a very heartfelt reading of an account of the Christmas Truce in 1914 in the trenches of WW1.  A lovely atmosphere, a packed room a very fitting set of readings, poems and carols, not forgetting the refreshments aftwerwards.

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A huge thanks to Kai and Mike for organising it all, to all those who read and played and sang and to Denise and Douglas and those who assisted them with the refreshments.

On the Feast of Stephen

After the business and excitement of Christmas Day, perhaps a peaceful and relaxing St Stephen’s Day, although the prospect of ‘deep, crisp and even‘ snow seems rather remote given the temperature today.

Hereabouts we had very busy gathering at our midnight and Christmas Day services and there is still time to sing more carols at the Carol Services at The Crask on Thursday @ 2pm or at St Andrew’s Tain on Friday @ 3pm.

Many blessings for the remainder of Christmastide.

And all the angels sang for him!

What a lovely afternoon of prayer and carols, nativity readings and Christingle making we had in Lairg.  Folk from all of the local Churches and Fellowships and many others from round and about came together to mark Christmas in the Lairg Christians Together (LCT) Family Christmas Service.

A group of the children who attend the LCT Big Club sang “A Starry Night”, and they were really good and we all joined in the final chorus.

At the end, the Christingles were lit and the congregation processed out of the Church and to the hall for mince pies, sausage rolls, shortbread and tea and coffee.

A splendid occasion for young and old.  Thanks to everyone who organised, helped, read, sang, played and made tea and to everyone who came and provided such a wonderful atmosphere.

Go Tell it on the Mountain

Over sixty people enjoyed a selection of carols, readings, poetry and music this evening in St Finnbarr’s, as we reflected on the story of the nativity and its meaning.

A splendid retiring collection raised over £300 for the homeless charity Emmaus, which houses, feeds and provides work for people who have been homeless whilst they get back on their feet again.

By providing a stable home and meaningful work,
we help companions
 to regain their self-esteem
and find a positive way to move forward with their lives.

At the interval, there were mince pies, shortbread and tea and coffee, and if I was looking for a picture for a caption competition, this one might serve that purpose:-)

A huge thank you to all those who organised, read, sang and played and another one to all those who came and gave so generously for people less fortunate than themselves.  Now go tell it on the mountain, and wherever else you happen to be.