Carols at the Crask

Thirty five people crammed into the bar at the Crask for the annual Crask Carol Service on Saturday.  They enjoyed a wonderful selection of Carols and Readings and afterwards lovely refreshments.  Thanks to Kai and Mike for the service and to Douglas, Denise, John and Michael for the refreshments and to the readers and everyone who came and sang so well.

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Worship through Creativity

Worship through Creativity

at

The Crask Inn

Come and enjoy a day’s retreat exploring how to pray with God through Creative Expression – led by:

Rev Ellie Charman and Rev Simon Scott

Curiosity is all that’s needed.  No prior artistic skills are required; just enthusiasm and a willingness to explore more of who you are in God.

Saturday 24th August 2019

10.30am – 3.30pm

£20 (Lunch Included)

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.