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

A momentous day in their lives and the life of the Cathedral

Today saw the Ordination to the Diaconate of not one, not two, but three people.  Inverness Cathedral hasn’t seen that number of Ordinations in a single day for many many a long year.

Congratulations to Don Grant, Katrina O’Neill and Kathryn Sanderson.

May God richly bless them and those that they serve in Ministry.

Another Night to Remember

Another WOW of a concert from our friends the KYIV Classical Accordion Duo from the Ukraine.  A sizeable audience heard pieces by: Vivaldi, Mozart, Bach, Greig, Saint-Saëns, Borodin, Piazzolla and Anderson in a concert entitled “Round the World in 80 Minutes”.

The collection for the HIPPOKRAT Society of Mothers of Disabled Children who have suffered as a result of the explosion in 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Energy Plant, raised just over £592, with a further £90 in CD sales.

A wonderful night (as always) and a goodly number of people who had not heard Oleksii and Igor before, were introduced to their incredible musicianship in making their instruments sound like anything from a small squeezebox to a large church organ, to a string quartet or even a full orchestra.

Thanks boys and all who gave so generously.

Praise my Soul

This week is Golspie Gala Week.  It started on Sunday, when there was a Songs of Praise in the Marque.  The proceedings were attended by the Gala Queen Faith Francis, a nursing student, and her two attendants Mia Ratter and Mellisa Kay and led by our own Rev Simon Scott who is also headteacher of Golspie Primary School.

The congregation were in splendid voice as we sang hymns old and new.  Simon gave us a little bit of the story surrounding each one, so we came away knowing more about them than we did when we arrived.  A wonderful uplifting act of ecumenical worship to start what is proving to be a glorious week.



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.