Sleep out to Help out

The heart breaking predicament of the fleeing refugees from the Ukraine is one of ongoing concern to everyone who has been watching TV and media news reports. Already many are donating essential food and medical items for onward transport to Poland and the other neighbouring countries that are doing their best to cope with nearly 2,000,000 refugees and perhaps in time to those left to face the Russian forces who have devastated buildings and killed thousands who are so bravely defended their homes and country.

A member of St Columba’s Brora and Rotarian, Alistair Risk has been so moved that he’s determined to support the Rotary Club of East Sutherland in raising funds to send Shelterboxes to Poland and whereever needed – each complete with tents for 8 people, bedding, cooking and eating utensils, First Aid equipment, Toys and books as well as tools and axes & a water tank, so that a family can survive in some sort of comfort for up to a year.

Each Shelterbox costs about £600 and he hopes to raise the cash for at least 2 which will be sent this month direct to the needy, sleeping out in a Shelterbox tent from Sunday 27th March for five nights. We are giving Alistair ‘asylum’ in the grounds of St Columba’s (the Tin Church on the A9) and he will sleep in the tent by night and during the day hopes that others will come along for a chat and to donate to the cause.

Alistair has set up a JustGiving page if you wish to help him on his way and he would be happy to talk with anyone who is passing and tell them about all the other events that the local Rotary are doing to raise money for this appeal (and of course take your money:-)

Alistair tells us:

As I approach 80 it’s some time since I last slept out but I still has my Scouts sleeping bag and blanket and I did once spend a month in the Arctic in Finland in 1961, so feels I will cope!
I’m very grateful to the church for their support and the use of such a prominent site on the A9 and hope that lots of people will visit me and give generously.

Alistair Risk

Fellow Rotarian Linda Graham says:

The Ukraine situation is heart breaking and the club is delighted that Alistair is helping us support the refugees

Linda Graham

Canon James says

“While the power of prayer is essential is such terrible times actions such as this will hopefully bring relief to some of the displaced people in need—well done !”

Rev Canon James Currall

Again we Prayed for World Peace

This evening on International Women’s Day a couple of dozen of us Prayed for World Peace in Kincardine Church of Scotland, holding before God the women of Ukraine.

God of the past, the present and the future,

On this International Women’s Day,
our thoughts and prayers

are with our sisters the women of Ukraine
in their fear and distress
We pray too for women in other regions of the world

where there is conflict, unrest or oppression.
We pray that
reconciliation will overcome hatred,
peace will conquer war,
hope will replace despair
and that your plans for the world and for all its people will be fulfilled.

God, in your mercy
Hear our prayer.

Holy God,

We hold before you all who live close to war and conflict;
and all who live close to the threat of war and violence.

We remember especially at this time, people in Ukraine and Russia.
We pray for nonviolence and peaceful resolutions of conflict.

Give us hearts of hospitality and sanctuary,
forgive us all our hostility and hatred.

Bring all people to the humanity you give us,
and to the reconciliation and healing for which you gave your life.

Strengthen us all to work with you to build justice and peace,
reconciliation and healing,
in our hearts and homes, in our streets,
in all communities, neighbourhoods and nations.

Bless all who live lives for the peace and wellbeing of others,
and make their service fruitful.

In the name of Christ.
Amen.

I know the plans I have for you (Jer 29:11)

This year’s World Day of Prayer (yesterday) was prepared by Christain women of England, Wales and Northern Ireland and was based around a passage from Jeremiah (29:1-14) – Jeremiah’s letter to the exiles in Babylon.

There were well attended services in Brora, Dornoch and Tain.

A huge thank you to the women who prepared the service and to all those who organised the lovely services locally in Christ the King Brora, St Finnbarr’s Dornoch and St Andrew’s tain.

We Prayed for World Peace

Yesterday evening we held our first service of Prayers for World Peace in St Andrew’s Tain.

Holy God,

We hold before you all who live close to war and conflict;
and all who live close to the threat of war and violence.

We remember especially at this time, people in Ukraine and Russia.
We pray for nonviolence and peaceful resolutions of conflict.

Give us hearts of hospitality and sanctuary,
forgive us all our hostility and hatred.

Bring all people to the humanity you give us,
and to the reconciliation and healing for which you gave your life.

Strengthen us all to work with you to build justice and peace,
reconciliation and healing,
in our hearts and homes, in our streets,
in all communities, neighbourhoods and nations.

Bless all who live lives for the peace and wellbeing of others,
and make their service fruitful.

In the name of Christ.
Amen.

Lent starts today … but yesterday

… was Shrove Tuesday

… and the traditional

Pancake Party and Quiz

… and a good time was had by all.

A huge thanks to those who made it happen, to those who took part and to everyone who donated in aid of the refugee situation in Ukraine.

Charities shop now open longer on Friday and Saturday

The St Finnbarr’s Charities Shop

has been open

Monday to Saturday,

10am -1pm

But from the Start of March it will be

Open Extra Hours

on Friday & Saturday

10am – 4pm

We look forward to welcoming both regular and new customers
to our extended opening hours and hope that the afternoon opening will give you all added flexibility.

How Good it is to Worship in Unity

The Magi Journey to meet Our Lord

This Evening, during this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (18th-25th January), almost 50 people met from across the Churches and Denominations in Sutherland and Easter Ross and one or two from further afield. We met as Christians united in a common faith. We met as part of “a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb” (Rev 7). We met “united in the same mind and the same purpose” (1 Cor 1).

We met because before Jesus died, he prayed to his Father:

I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

John 17:20-23

We met for a Service of Unity. We met for a wonderful service prepared by Churches in the Middle East which centred around the Epiphany. We met to pray and to sing, to listen to Scripture and to music and to reflect on Christian Unity.

A huge thank you to everyone who read, who lead and who joined us in a outward and visible sign of our Unity in Christ.

God bless you all.

Some of the participants

Charities Shop January Re-opening

Opening

The St Finnbarr’s Charities Shop in Dornoch is scheduled to re-open for business after the Christmas break on Thursday 6th January.

The shop will be open on Mondays to Saturdays from 10am to 1pm.

The Shop

Great efforts have been made to make the shop safe for customers and staff so we would ask that everybody follows the ‘rules’ carefully. As you will be aware, the shop is small and the number of customers who can be in the shop at any one time is limited. We have a wireless bell for customers to press to let us know they are waiting and staff will be on hand to guide you and answer any questions that you may have.

Donations of Items

It would be appreciated that if you have been saving donations of items for the shop that you drop them off during opening times only and in fairly small quantities as we don’t want to be swamped and have limited storage space.

Welcome

We look forward to welcoming everybody in the coming weeks, meanwhile keep safe.

Celebrating the Incarnation

A great many folk celebrated the Incarnation with us in East Sutherland and Tain this year at six services in four churches over the last few days – people from a range of Christian Fellowships joined us to mark the coming of Christ Light of the world amongst us.

More Singing in St Finnbarr’s??

St Finnbarr’s had an early Christmas Present when an anonymous donor gifted a smart new hymn board with space for, not four, not five, but six hymns. Does that mean extra hymns on Sundays???

A huge thank you whoever you are.