Over the Rainbow

Lairg Christians Together held a Rainbow Light Party on Friday in Lairg Community Centre, at which about 40 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 give out a more positive message at this time with teaching about ‘Jesus the Light of the World‘.

Our Light Party had a ‘Rainbow ‘ theme remembering God’s covenants with His people.  We had 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.


Of Church and State – from flags to drains

Yesterday evening Rev Canon Laurence Gunner regaled an enthusiastic audience with a talk about St George’s Chapel Windsor Castle.  This was no dry historical account (though there was plenty of history), no this was more of a ‘behind the scenes documentary’.  You see, Laurence was the Canon Steward at St George’s for about 10 years, a post that meant that he was responsible for every thing from the flag flying on top of the castle, to the tarmac and the drains.  In such a role, any mistake that you make is very public and probably long-lasting and you risk upsetting some very important people (and others who only think that they are important).

Laurence’s talk was well illustrated with his own photographs and also with anecdotes and humorous asides and he generated quite a buzz in the room – each time he suggested that we might have had enough, we just begged for more.  After the Tales, there was as there always is at such events,  Tea and Treats.

Thanks Laurence and the Easter Ross Inter-Church Group (ERICG) and the people of St Ninian’s Invergordon.

The next ERICG meeting is on Wednesday 14th November at Logie Easter Church of Scotland at 7:30pm, when Drew Anderson of the Sailors’ Society will be the speaker.

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good

Harvest Festival in St Andrew’s, Tain today and a wonderfully joyous occasion it was.  Members of the congregation invited friends to come and join us in our service of praise and thanksgiving and to share in food and fellowship afterwards.  There was a collection for people affected by the recent floods in Kerala in India and groceries for the Highland Food Bank.

A huge thank you to everyone who brought produce, decorated the Church and brought friends along to share in our service and fellowship together and also to those who friends who joined us – we hope that you will join us again in the future.

Sing to the Lord a New Song

Each year at the end of the summer season, St Finnbarr’s congregation invites all the wonderful helpers who work so hard in the Charities Shop throughout the year to a sumptuous afternoon tea in order to say Thank You for a job well done (and over £34,000 raised this year so far).

After the tea, there is always an ‘entertainment’.  Due to unforeseen circumstances, the entertainment this year had to be changed at short notice and a dozen members of the Golspie Choral Society (above) gave of their time to provide a delightful rendition of a number of the pieces that they have worked on in the recent past.  As you can see, the guests really enjoyed their afternoon.

A huge Thank You to all those who work so hard in the Charities Shop the work that you do is much appreciated throughout the community.  And a huge Thank You to the choir who gave up their Saturday afternoon at short notice to help out and Fr Simon for getting them together.

Welcome to Fiona

Photo thanks to Caroline Daye

Lovely joint service today in St Andrew’s as Bishop Mark welcomed Fiona to our Church Family as she was Confirmed in her faith.  Afterwards, we shared fellowship, food and fun.  Thanks everyone who helped in any way, a splendid team effort.  It was lovely to have so many visitors and old friends in St Andrew’s as well as those who crossed the bridge from Dornoch.  And Fiona, its lovely to have you amongst us as well as giving us an excuse for a party.

Braw Bricht Nicht Music

Accordion Duo Wow Dornoch – again!










For the eleventh year running these hugely talented musicians held a large audience spellbound as they made a couple of button-key accordions make sounds that convinced those listening that they were listening to a whole orchestra, an organ, strings or even the pipes.

In a programme featuring the music of Widor, Prokofiev, Bor, Heidrich, Bizet/Waxman, Khachaturian, Rimsky-Korsakov/Zubitsky and a number of other Ukranian composers, these professional musicians entertained us with their skill, their humour and their sheer virtuosity.

And all in the name of the charity Hippokrat, which supports the mothers of children born in the Ukraine since the Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986. Many of these children have severe physical and mental problems and need constant support, even though they are now young adults.

Each summer this duo devote their holidays to raising money to support these families who get little help from the state – a labour of love. They left Dornoch having raised nearly £750 (including about £120 in CD sales) and appear again tonight at St Andrew’s Fortrose.

They intend to return next year, so look out for them and make it a date – superb entertainment and a very worthy cause!!




Charities Shop Distribution of Monies

The distribution of funds from St Finnbarr’s Charities Shop for this year is now complete.
£15,440 has been distributed among the following organisations:

  • Alzheimer Scotland for Dornoch Dementia Cafe
  • Angel Faces (Christian Fellowship Playgroup)
  • Friends of Brora Learning Centre
  • Caithness and Sutherland Women’s Aid
  • CALA (formerly Family First East Sutherland)
  • Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Crossroads (East Sutherland) Care
  • Dornoch Academy Additional Support Team
  • Dornoch Academy School Library
  • Dornoch Area Resilience Group
  • Dornoch and District Community Association
  • Dornoch BRIG (Dornoch Beach Regeneration Improvement Group)
  • Dornoch Brownies
  • Dornoch Cathedral Boys’ Brigade/Shipmates
  • Dornoch Firth Group
  • Dornoch Flowers and Fairs
  • Dornoch Primary School Additional Support Team
  • Dornoch Youth Café
  • East Sutherland Rescue Association
  • Friends of Oversteps
  • Historylinks
  • Lawson Cambusavie Memorial Hospital Friends
  • Little Lambs (Free Church Playgroup)
  • Maggies Highland
  • Meadows Patients’ Comfort Fund
  • Migdale Hospital Comfort Fund
  • SSAFA Forces Help
  • Sutherland Schools Pipe Band
  • Support in Mind Scotland (Golspie Gatehouse)

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.