Taizé Retreat Day

Taizé Retreat Day

at

The Crask Inn

A guided day retreat including music and prayers inspired by the work of the Taizé Community – led by:

Rev Simon Scott and Rev Ellie Charman

Friday 19th July 2019

10.30am – 3.30pm

£20 (Lunch Included)

Running Home

Meet Mark Calder (seen here with James outside Lairg Church at 7:30am today, Good Friday).

For most people just finishing a single marathon would be a challenge. But marathons aren’t enough for Mark, who lives in Aberdeenshire with his wife and two young daughters. No Mark runs ultra-marathons (which is like several run one after another).  But ultra-marathons aren’t enough either for this intrepid hero, he’s running 14 in one year … That’s superhuman!!

Mark is a Regional Manager for charity called Embrace the Middle East.  Embrace the Middle East is a Christian charity with over 160 years’ experience helping people of all faiths and none to free themselves from a life of poverty and injustice. Together with local Christian communities they’re bringing lasting change to the Middle East through healthcare, education and community development projects.

Under the name Running Home, Mark is running pilgrimage routes across Scotland and the North of England to raise money and awareness about the challenge that Iraq’s Christians face as they try to rebuild their country after war.

As Embrace starts supporting Christian-led projects in Iraq for the very first time Mark hopes as many people as possible will get behind him in this epic challenge.

From Maundy Thursday until Holy Saturday (18-20 April) Mark is running from Bettyhill to Poolewe along St Maelrubha’s Pilgrimage route, calling at the Crask Inn and the Christian Communities  dedicated to St Maelrubha in Lairg and Poolewe along the way.

… that’s just 113.5 miles, which isn’t far is it:-) Sadly James had another engagement and wasn’t able to join Mark on his Good Friday run from Lairg to Dundonnell, but was in Lairg at 7:30am to pray with him and see him on his way.

If you wish to help Mark’s fundraising efforts, you can do so via this page.

If you want to hear more, Mark will be speaking during the Service at Dornoch Cathedral on Easter Day at 6:30pm.

History (and Herstory) at the Crask


It may have been raining and blowing a gale, but today we made history at the Crask, as we solemnised the first wedding there since it was dedicated as a ‘Church’.  A gathering of just over 40 helped Susie and Ian to celebrate their marriage, coming from as far afield as Minnesota and Devon.

It was a wonderfully friendly gathering and, with that number of family and friends packed into the dining room for the service, a pretty intimate occasion.

If it had been last week, there would have been a foot of snow, but since much of that had thawed, there was at least enough space to park the cars and also the camper-vans that a number of the congregation are staying in tonight after the Ceilidh.

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.

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.

We are at One

Douglas and Denise with presenter Sarah Mack

Today, a crew from the One Show (on BBC1) were at the Crask filming a piece following on from the press coverage of the Dedication and Commissioning of the Ministry St Trolla’s last weekend.  The result will be aired as part of the One Show on BBC1 on Monday (30th April) at 7pm (segment actually at about 7:25pm).