Dornoch War Memorial Centenary

It is now over a century since the Great War, came to an end in 1918. In the period shortly after the war, war memorials were established in most communities to commemorate those who had lost their lives in the war. After the Second World War, additional names were added to those memorials and some have had names added in relation to subsequent conflicts.

Most of the memorials were built and dedicated in the period 1921-1922 although one or two were a little later (Creich – 1923 and Helmsdale – 1924). As a consequence many will be marking their centenaries over the next year or so.

On Friday 24th June, we held a service of Commemoration and Rededication at the Dornoch War Memorial at the foot of Poles Road. On top of this impressive memorial there is a magnificent sculpture of a 5th Seaforth Highlander at Beaumont Hamel in about 1916. It was produced by Alexander Carrick and shows the soldier looking south towards the battlefields. 

At the service, pipes were played, prayers were said, wreaths were laid and we had a two minute silence as we remembered the fallen. Young people planted small wooden crosses one for each of the 100 names on the memorial and the Young Curators group from History Links told a little of the story of the memorial.

This pattern is likely to be repeated across our region over the coming months:

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; 
age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them. 

photo by Lynne Mahoney

More pictures at the Northern Times.

Trees Duly Planted

This afternoon at St Columba’s, the outgoing President of East Sutherland Rotary (Linda Graham), in incoming President (Elizabeth Sweetman) and Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for Sutherland (Monica Main) planted trees for Ukraine, World Peace and Her Majesty’s Jubilee respectively.

Canon James led a short service of Dedication and Blessing, the large congregation sang out, ably competing with the traffic on the A9, passers by stopped to see what was happening and tea and many delicious cakes and biscuits were enjoyed by all.

And Piper April Sutherland demonstrated why she has been accepted to study at the Royal Conservatoire for Scotland after the holidays.

Well done to everyone – a huge thank you to all those who helped the Rotary to raise £5000 to send Shelterboxes to help the refugees from Ukraine.

God of Wonder,
as we gather together to bless the earth
and celebrate the potential of the trees before us,
we pray that they may serve as a living witness
to our commitment to heal our common home
through long-lasting, bold changes.
Grant us the courage to continue to take this stand
for the sake of the goodness of your creation,
and the inspiration and delight it provides us.
Through Christ, your Son, our Lord


Jubilee Weekend Celebrations

A lovely celebration of the life and work of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in Tain Parish Church to round off the Jubilee weekend. The service was led by Canon James and both Lord Lieutenant Joanie Whiteford and MP Jamie Stone took part.

On Saturday there was a splendid street party on Cathedral Green in Dornoch.

Tea, cakes and music, all in the sunshine.


On Sunday 5th June (the day of Pentecost) we will be delighted to welcome our beloved Bishop Mark to St Finnbarr’s, Dornoch. We have a number of candidates who will be confirmed and first communions will also take place at this service.

If you are interested in confirmation, first communion or re-affirmation of faith, you are most welcome to join one of our preparation courses taking place in the month of May. Please let Fr Simon know if you would like to take part by emailing or call 01408 633614 and leave a message!

What is Confirmation?

Your baptism marked the start of your relationship with Jesus Christ. Your soul was changed permanently and you were filled with grace from God. Through Confirmation, the Holy Spirit strengthens these graces, gives you more of them and seals them all inside you – like a carefully wrapped present! This brings you closer to Christ and better prepares you to face the daily challenges of Christian life.

You might want to consider Confirmation if you have ‘moved’ to the Episcopal Church from another denomination – have a chat with one of our clergy team!

What is First Communion?

First Communion is one of the holiest and most important occasions in a person’s life. It is the first time that a person receives the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, which is the eating of consecrated bread and drinking of consecrated wine. Many children receive their First Communion when they’re 8 or 9 years old, because this is considered the age of reason. Older people can receive communion for the first time too!

What is ‘Re-affirmation of Faith’?

Re-affirmation of Faith can be really helpful to those who feel a bit like they have lost their way. Do you feel like you have fallen out of touch with your faith? Re-affirming your faith in Jesus Christ publicly can help re-balance your life. Speak to one of our clergy team if this sounds like something you’d be interested in!


Rev Lizzie Campbell – through one of the other clergy below

Rev Canon James Currall – 01862 881737

Fr Simon Scott – 01408 633614

It is finished …

When Jesus had received the wine, he said, ‘It is finished.’ Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

John 19:30

They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it with the spices in linen cloths, according to the burial custom of the Jews. Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid. And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation, and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.

John 19:40-42

In Brora we Prayed for Peace

Today we had the latest in our series of services Praying for Peace in our troubled world and especially for the people of Ukraine.

and afterwards Alistair showed us around the Shelterbox accommodation which will be his home until Friday and which Canon James blessed with Holy Water (along with Alistair himself).

If you are passing through Brora, do drop in to see Alistair in the grounds of St Columba’s on Victoria Road (the A9 north of the centre of Brora). He will show you around and take any contributions that you wish to make to his fund-raising to buy similar Shelterboxes to house refugees from Ukraine.

If you can’t make it is person, you can contributed via his Just Giving page.