Prayer Tree for Creation and Climate Justice

During the Season of Creation, members of the congregation of and visitors to St Andrews, Tain are invited to write their prayers for Creation and Climate Justice on ‘leaves’ and hang them on the tree in the porch.

Over the month, the bare 2020 Christmas Tree will acquire new leaves and take on a new life.

A Banner for Creation

During the Season of Creation a splendid banner will announce the season outside St Andrew’s, Tain.

The Banner in Position
In the beginning …
Hard at work
Drying in the sun

A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to this project, the result is testament to the creativity and industry of all involved.

Scarves and Cards

On Saturday Carol took the charity stall outside the Tain Service Point and sold Scarves and Cards. The cards were donated and the scarves were lovingly knitted by Renata who until her death in 2020 was a member of St Andrew’s congregation.

Having been homeless herself at one time, Renata was very keen to alleviate homelessness in others and so the money raised will go to assist in that cause.

If anyone didn’t get the opportunity to buy on Saturday, both cards and scarves are available in St Andrew’s on Sunday mornings.

Well done Carol and thanks to everyone who contributed.

Light of the World

Ted fascinated by the Light of Christ

In St Andrew’s on Sunday we welcomed Edward (Ted) Knott into the Christian Family in Baptism.

He seemed to enjoy the experience as did his Parents and God Parents after the Service.

Study Group for Season of Creation

Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.
Your faithfulness continues through all generations;
you established the earth, and it endures.
Your laws endure to this day, for all things serve you.

(Ps 119: 89-91)

This year the Scottish Episcopal Church is to join other denominations in marking a Season of Creation.

The Season of Creation is a time to renew our relationship with our Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion, and commitment together. During the Season of Creation, we join our sisters and brothers in the ecumenical family in prayer and action for our common home.

To align with ecumenical custom, the Season runs from the Sunday on or after 1st September for four weeks (five Sundays) until the Commemoration of St Francis on 4th October. The last Sunday of which (3rd September) is an appropriate time to celebrate Thanksgiving for Harvest.

The Liturgy Committee has prepared material for use during this Season, including:

  • In addition there is provision for Morning and Evening Prayer which we will use in our Zoom celebrations on Monday and Tuesday mornings and Thursday and Friday Evenings.

Study Group

During September I am planning to lead a study group on Creation, where we can discuss various theological and ethics aspects of the world in which we live, God’s Creation and the Climate Crisis.  

Can anyone who would like to take part (one meeting a week for four weeks) please get in touch with me, so that I can figure out what day/time would be best and whether people would prefer an in person gathering or an online one.

A Collect for the Season of Creation

O God,
in whose wisdom all things have been established in order:
enlighten the people you have saved,
that they may consider
the greater wonder of your new creation,
brought forth in the fullness of time,
through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Lord,
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen

There’s a moose loose aboot God’s hoose

A mouse at the Communion rail?

In the July 1981 edition of the ‘Scots Magazine’ there was a feature on the ecclesiastical work of Robert Thompson to be found in Scotland. Robert was the ‘Mouseman’ from Kilburn in Yorkshire who made exquisite oak furnishings complete with his trademark mouse crawling over it. It was Robert and his descendants who made many of the oak furnishings and fittings in St Andrew’s Tain. The article has a short piece about St Andrews and our thanks to Campbell for digging the article out for us. The bit about St Andrew’s follows:

We now return to the mainland, and cross Easter Ross to the ancient Royal Burgh of Tain on the Dornoch Firth. Here is the church of St Andrew, a lovely little building dating from Victorian times and adorned with more than one mouse.

In 1936 Robert [Thompson] installed the reredos, and his work on these is always worth examining closely. At the same time he fitted the altar rails, and what better tribute to him can be found than that from a Kent lady who tells me that she never passes through Tain without popping into St Andrew’s Church to see ‘the neat little mouse carved under a rail.” A lengthy enough mouse-hunting journey for anyone!

The congregation of the church must have been satisfied, too, because in 1967 they commissioned the grandsons Cartwright1 to carve a lectern and later to fashion a pulpit.

  • 1 The sons of Percy and Elsie Cartwright (Robert Thompson’s daughter), John and Robert, joined the family business when they left school at 15 and worked under the supervision of their grandfather Robert Thompson until his death in December 1955 when they took over.