Community Fridge now open in Tain

A SIMPLE WAY OF SHARING GOOD FOOD THAT WOULD OTHERWISE GO TO WASTE.

The average UK family wastes £810 a year by throwing away food and drink, and £3 billion is wasted by the food sectors. Despite growing awareness of food waste, there are few easy ways for people or businesses to get food near its ‘sell by’ date to others.

A Community Fridge is a public space where food can be shared in a community, anyone can put food in and anyone can take food out, there are no pre-conditions. The main aim of Community Fridges is to reduce food waste, so if you have spare food or need food, or just want to make sure that food doesn’t go to waste, this is for you.

They also enable people facing hardship to have easy access to fresh, nutritious food. This project is open to ALL within our community. This is a non-judgemental, friendly community project bringing folk together to ultimately reduce food waste. Community Fridges are also social spaces where people meet others in their communities over a cup of tea or coffee and provide a space where those suffering from social isolation can find someone to talk with.

There is now a Community Fridge in Tain, located in the Guide Hall in Gower Street in Tain.  A couple of supermarkets have agreed to contribute food that is close to sell by date or otherwise surplus, so come along.

Opening Hours:

Monday 10am – 12 noon

Tuesday 2pm – 4pm

Wednesday Closed

Thursday 4pm – 6pm

Friday 2pm – 4pm

Saturday 10am – 12 noon

Sunday Closed

Contact details:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TainCommunityFridge/

Email: taincommunityfridge@outlook.com

 

Diocesan News – March 2019

The March 2019 Edition of our Diocesan News is now available.

In it, Bishop Mark writes…

Dear Friends

I am writing this from Glasgow as I prepare for their Diocesan Synod tomorrow.

We have just returned from Kenya where Jane and myself addressed the African Primates retreat and I had the privilege of preaching in St Stephens Cathedral Nairobi. The fellowship and worship of the retreat revealed the level of affection the SEC is held in across the Communion. The congregation of St Stephen’s wanted me to tell you all that they are now praying for this diocese and all the “lovely Christians in Scotland”

I spent some time in Caithness recently and am still overcome with joy when I travel our diocese, places of great beauty both in scenery and in the affection shown by our communities.

Bless you all for your prayers and fellowship.

Blessings
+Mark

History (and Herstory) at the Crask


It may have been raining and blowing a gale, but today we made history at the Crask, as we solemnised the first wedding there since it was dedicated as a ‘Church’.  A gathering of just over 40 helped Susie and Ian to celebrate their marriage, coming from as far afield as Minnesota and Devon.

It was a wonderfully friendly gathering and, with that number of family and friends packed into the dining room for the service, a pretty intimate occasion.

If it had been last week, there would have been a foot of snow, but since much of that had thawed, there was at least enough space to park the cars and also the camper-vans that a number of the congregation are staying in tonight after the Ceilidh.

Diocesan News – February 2019

The February 2019 Edition of Diocesan News is now available.

In it, Bishop Mark writes…

Dear Friends

As we continue our journey through the year we are now ready for Candlemas and our Choral Evensong on Sunday 3rd as we welcome a new Synod Clerk and a new Honorary Canon, please try and be with us at the Cathedral. In this period, I will be leading services of confirmation in Elgin and at Gordonstoun School, if you yourselves have not been confirmed and would like to consider it please speak to your priest. I will also be leading worship in both Wick and Thurso on the 10th February.

Provincial and Communion business will keep me busy in February, a trip to Kenya, a Provincial Primates meeting in Armagh and the Diocesan Synod in Glasgow and Galloway to mention the highlights, please continue to keep Jane and myself in your prayers.

We are looking at new opportunities for study and training in the diocese, so please watch this space and consider what it is you might want to offer to the service of God in our wonderful diocese.

Blessings
+Mark

SEI February 2019 Newsletter

The Scottish Episcopal Institute, which is responsible for training priests, deacons and lay readers in our Church, produces a monthly newsletter.  If you are interested in what the Institute and its students have been up to, you can read all about it SEI Newsletter February 2019.

The SEI was thrilled to learn before Christmas that it had been awarded a generous grant from the Rebecca Hussey’s Book Charity. The object of the Charity is ‘to provide religious and useful books to institutions in theUnited Kingdom’.  The grant will be used to expand the SEI Library, to support the new modules on evangelism, mission and ecclesiology.

Candles, Fellowship and Food

Today in St Andrew’s, we celebrated the Feast of the Presentation (Candlemas), with a ‘Bring a Friend to Church‘ service, followed by fellowship and food.  Quite a lot of ‘friends’ joined us for what was a very joyous and uplifting service.

A big thank you to all our visitors and to the congregation of St Andrew’s for doing so much to make them welcome, looking after them both during the service and afterwards in the hall with food and conversation – true Hospitality.

Last Friday was the Feast Day of St Brigid (or Bride).  Brigid was born in 5th century Ireland.  She established a double monastery for men and women in Kildare around 470AD as a centre of education, pilgrimage, worship and hospitality.  Brigid’s spirit of hospitality was legendary. For Brigid, every guest is Christ – “Let all guests who arrive be received as Christ“.

SEI January Newsletter

The Scottish Episcopal Institute, which is responsible for training priests, deacons and lay readers in our Church, produces a monthly newsletter.  If you are interested in what the Institute and its students have been up to, you can read all about it SEI newsletter January 2019.

The image above shows third year ordinand Harriet Oxley (second right) who recently spent time with the Revd Canon Dr Sarah Hills and the Community of the Cross of Nails, Coventry Cathedral, learning about reconciliation ministry as part of an extra placement.  Harriet spent time in East Sutherland, Tain and Invergordon during Summer School 2017, staying with James and Anna.