The latest addition to the Body of Christ

Wonderful gathering today at St Andrew’s, as we welcomed Skye Jessie Kemmett into the Body of Christ.  St Andrew’s hasn’t seen that many children at a Sunday Service for quite a while.

Reclaiming the Light

 

Lairg Christians Together held a Light Party yesterday evening in Lairg Community Centre, at which between 20 and 30 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 share the good news of Jesus with the young folk at Halloween.  It’s all about ‘Jesus the Light of the World‘.

Our Light Party was called “The Lost Sun” with 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.  However there were scary moments, such as when James was ‘dressed up’ as a Sun by a group of very enthusiastic young folk.

 

Quebec in the Highlands

Today we were delighted to welcome Bishop Bruce Myers and The Venerable Edward Simonton from the Anglican Diocese of Quebec.  +Bruce preached in Tain and Ven Edward in Dornoch.  In his address +Bruce told us about the scattered small congregations in his Diocese (nothing familiar there then:-)

He told us that when he first became Bishop, he put up a map of his Diocese and inserted a pin for each congregation.  He had without thinking about it used yellow pins and the 68 pins looked like mustard seeds scattered across the map.  How fitting was today’s Gospel –  “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.” (Luke 17:6)

Little Red Riding Hood Piped in to Tea

This afternoon was the annual tea for the volunteers and supporters of the St Finnbarr’s Charities Shop.  40 people gathered in the Dornoch Social Club and were treated to a splendid afternoon tea prepared by a local Patisserie and Cafe.

The gathering was entertained by not one but two “well kent faces”, one who talked about the Northumbrian Small Pipes and played us a few lovely tunes:

The other demonstrated to us how familiar children’s stories have changed since we were all at school:

Needless to say a good time was had by all.  Thanks to everyone who made it such a lovely afternoon.

During proceedings, a presentation was made to Tom and Monica who have clocked up a large number of years between them ob St Finnbarr’s Vestry and who now will perhaps have more time for other activities:-)  We are all very grateful for what you have done over the years.

First Sunday Service at Brora

Following hot on the heals of the Rededication Service on Saturday, St Columba’s, Brora saw its first Sunday Service in a long while last Sunday at which Deacon Don was welcomed and read his Licence as Curate in Brora. James preached and Simon played the keyboard and tea, biscuits and chat followed.

O hear in heaven your dwelling-place

78 people from Brora, from many faith communities and from across Sutherland, Caithness, Ross-shire, Inverness, Moray and as far afield as Linlithgow and Kelso, were shoehorned into St Columba’s Brora today for a service of Rededication and the Licensing of James as Priest-in-Charge.  A very special occasion as it marks the start of a new chapter in St Columba’s 110 year history after more than two and a half years closure as a result of a fire in December 2016.

Bishop Mark spoke movingly of his struggle to discern the will of the Spirit in relation to St Columba’s and how he had been guided towards an exiting new witness with St Columba’s as a place where all are welcome, a place of Godliness.

At the end of the Service, Bishop Mark introduced the clergy team who will minister in and around St Columba’s:

Rev James Currall (Priest-in-Charge), Rev Don Grant (Assistant Curate) and Rev Simon Scott (Assistant Priest),.  He then invited everyone to stay and enjoy refreshments and fellowship, both of which are part of Godliness, as much as worship and praise.

Photos courtesy of Rev Ellie Charman