Sharing Lunch Together

The congregation of St Finnbarr’s and some also from St Maelrubha’s met together for a bring and share lunch after the services on Sunday.  Prior to that, Bishop Mark presided and preached in both congregations and so Jane and he were also able to be able to be part of the lunch party.  In spite of the weather forecast, the sun shone from time to time and it wasn’t as cold as we expected, but there were only a few hardy souls who trusted that their lettuce would not blow away in the strong breeze and lunched outside.  Suffice to say, a good time was had by all.

Charities Shop Distribution of Monies

The distribution of funds from St Finnbarr’s Charities Shop for this year is now complete.
£16,200 has been distributed among the following to 26 local groups:

  • Alzheimer Scotland (Dornoch Dementia Cafe),
  • Caithness and Sutherland Womens’ Aid,
  • CALA,
  • Citizens Advice Bureau,
  • Dornoch Academy Additional Support Team,
  • Dornoch Academy School Library,
  • Dornoch and District Community Association,
  • Dornoch BRIG (Dornoch Beach Regeneration Improvement Group),
  • Dornoch Brownies,
  • Dornoch Cathedral Boy’s Brigade/Shipmates,
  • Dornoch Firth Group,
  • Dornoch Flowers and Fairs,
  • Dornoch Primary School Additional Support Team,
  • Dornoch Youth Cafe,
  • East Sutherland Rescue Association,
  • Enlightening Youth Group (run by Free Church and Christian Fellowship),
  • Friends of Oversteps,
  • History Links,
  • Lawson Cambusavie Memorial Hospital Friends,
  • Little Lambs (Free Church Playgroup),
  • Maggies Highland,
  • Meadows Patient’s Comfort Fund,
  • Migdale Hospital Comfort Fund,
  • SSAFA, Sutherland Care Forum,
  • Support in Mind Scotland (Golspie Gatehouse),
  • Sutherland Schools Pipe Band.

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.

Witness in Bonar & Ardgay

On the warmest, sunniest Good Friday that I can remember, a couple of dozen Christians from a variety of Churches and Christian gatherings met outside the Bonar Bridge Health Centre.  We then walked from there through Bonar, across the bridge and over to Ardgay.  We walked behind a rough wooden cross held high, in witness to the Passion of Christ.  We paused seven times to hear parts of the story in Scripture, to reflect, to pray and to sing.

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A wonderfully moving experience for us all and a powerful reminder to all who saw us as we walked.

Thanks to all who read, reflected and prayed.  Thanks to Malcolm and Emma for the posters.  Thanks to Holly and Adam for the refreshments.  Thanks to those who ferried people in their cars.

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.

Ready, Steady, Go …

Mothering Sunday was a busy day in St Andrew’s in Tain.  Being the fifth Sunday of the month, it was a joint service with the congregation of St Finnbarr’s in Dornoch joining the congregation of St Andrew’s for the 11 o’clock Eucharist.  It was also the latest in our ‘Bring a Friend to Church‘ services when we extend a particular welcome to friends and family of regular church-goers.

It was a lovely occasion, which acknowledged both the joys and heartache of motherhood, the fact that we are all children, both of Mothers and of God and the pain that each of us feels when eventually our Mothers are no longer with us.  Posies of daffodils were lovingly made by the Tain Guides and Blessed before being distributed to the whole congregation, with the posies left over being taken for friends and neighbours.

The Sunday which marks the mid-point of our Lenten Journey is sometime referred to as ‘Refreshment Sunday‘ and that was very much in our minds after the service as a splendid spread in the hall provided the opportunity for refreshment and fellowship as is fitting when hospitality is extended to those beyond our regular fellowship.

Ready …

 

Steady …

Go …