CONFIRMATION at PENTECOST!

On Sunday 5th June (the day of Pentecost) we will be delighted to welcome our beloved Bishop Mark to St Finnbarr’s, Dornoch. We have a number of candidates who will be confirmed and first communions will also take place at this service.

If you are interested in confirmation, first communion or re-affirmation of faith, you are most welcome to join one of our preparation courses taking place in the month of May. Please let Fr Simon know if you would like to take part by emailing ihssimonscott@gmail.com or call 01408 633614 and leave a message!

What is Confirmation?

Your baptism marked the start of your relationship with Jesus Christ. Your soul was changed permanently and you were filled with grace from God. Through Confirmation, the Holy Spirit strengthens these graces, gives you more of them and seals them all inside you – like a carefully wrapped present! This brings you closer to Christ and better prepares you to face the daily challenges of Christian life.

You might want to consider Confirmation if you have ‘moved’ to the Episcopal Church from another denomination – have a chat with one of our clergy team!

What is First Communion?

First Communion is one of the holiest and most important occasions in a person’s life. It is the first time that a person receives the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, which is the eating of consecrated bread and drinking of consecrated wine. Many children receive their First Communion when they’re 8 or 9 years old, because this is considered the age of reason. Older people can receive communion for the first time too!

What is ‘Re-affirmation of Faith’?

Re-affirmation of Faith can be really helpful to those who feel a bit like they have lost their way. Do you feel like you have fallen out of touch with your faith? Re-affirming your faith in Jesus Christ publicly can help re-balance your life. Speak to one of our clergy team if this sounds like something you’d be interested in!

CLERGY TEAM CONTACTS:

Rev Lizzie Campbell – through one of the other clergy below

Rev Canon James Currall – 01862 881737

Fr Simon Scott – 01408 633614

Holy Week and Easter 2022

DayTimePlaceService or Event
Palm Sunday
10th April
8:30am
11 am
11 am
4 pm
Lairg
Dornoch
Tain
Brora
Liturgies of the Palms and Passion
Liturgies of the Palms and Passion
Liturgies of the Palms and Passion
Liturgies of the Palms and Passion 
Holy Monday
11th April
10 am
7 pm
Zoom + Tain
Zoom + Tain
Morning Prayer (SPB)
Evening Prayer (SPB) 
Holy Tuesday
12th April
10 am
7 pm
Zoom + Tain
Dornoch
Morning Prayer (SPB)
Evening Prayer and Benediction
Holy Wednesday
13th April
9 am
10:30am
7 pm
Zoom + Tain
Dornoch
Tain
Morning Prayer (SPB)
Eucharist
Stations of the Cross
Maundy Thursday
14th April
9 am
11:30am
7 pm
Zoom + Tain
Inverness_Cathedral
Tain
Morning Prayer (SPB)
Diocesan Chrism Mass
Mass of the Lord’s Supper and Watch
Good Friday
15th April
9 am
10 am
2 pm
7 pm
Zoom + Tain
Tain Rose Garden
Brora
Tain
Morning Prayer (SPB)
Tain Churches – Hot Cross Bun Event
Good Friday Reflections 
Tenebrae
Holy Saturday
16th April
10 am
8 pm
Zoom + Tain
Dornoch
Morning Prayer (SPB)
Easter Vigil & First Mass of Easter 
Easter Day
17th April
8:30am
11 am
11 am
4 pm
Lairg
Dornoch
Tain
Brora
Easter Eucharist
Easter Eucharist
Easter Eucharist
Easter Eucharist

All are very welcome at any of the service or events listed. If you need more detail, then please get in touch.

Daffodil Day – 9th April 2022

You are invited to a

Daffodil Day

which due to flooding in the garden at Knockbreck House
has been moved to

The Duthac Centre, Tain

on Saturday 9th April 2pm-4pm

Beautiful Daffodils,
Refreshments with Home Baking,
Treasure Hunt,
Craft Stalls,
Daffodils for Sale,
Raffle,
Lucky Squares,
Garden Stall,
Book Stall,
Lucky Dip.

Fun for all the family

Donations Welcome

Organised by the Tain and Dornoch Firth Fundraising Group
in aid of Marie Curie which provides care and support through terminal illness

Sunday 27th March – Mothering Sunday

Tomorrow, Sunday 22nd March, there will be a services at 11am in St Andrew’s, Tain and St Finnbarr’s, Dornoch for Mothering Sunday.  There will also be a Service of Prayer for World Peace in St Columba’s, Brora at 4:00pm.

 

Mothering Sunday

Since it is Mothering Sunday, there will be posies of spring flowers for all, so take this opportunity to Bring a Friend to share in the joyous celebration of the Family of the Church.  A huge thank you to those who even at this moment are making posies for everyone to take for their mother or a friend or whoever might appreciate it at this, the midway point of Lent.

As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.

Isaiah 66:13

Don’t forget that the clocks go forward tomorrow, because it would be a great shame if you turned up just as everyone was leaving!  Also Alistair Risk begins his ‘Sleep Out‘ in the church grounds of St Columba’s after the service there, to raise money to buy Shelter Boxes to house refugees displaced by the war in Ukraine.

Prayer for Peace – Sunday 27th March – Brora

A Service of Prayer, Music and Reflection

The next in our series of special services for Peace in our World, remembering especially the people of Ukraine and the neighbouring countries, will be

in

St Columba’s Episcopal Church, Brora

on

Sunday 27th March

at 4:00pm

Anyone who wishes to join us

Reflecting on and Praying for Peace

is most welcome.

After the Service Alistair Risk will begin his five nights of camping to support the Rotary Club of East Sutherland in raising funds to send Shelterboxes to Poland and wherever 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. There will be a retiring collection after the service in support of Alistair’s efforts.

Prayer for Peace – Tuesday 8th March – Ardgay

A Service of Prayer, Music and Reflection

The next in our series of special services for Peace in our World, remembering especially the people of Ukraine and the neighbouring countries, will be

in

Kincardine Church of Scotland, Ardgay

on

Tuesday 8th March

at 5:30pm

Anyone who wishes to join us

Reflecting on and Praying for Peace

is most welcome.

There will be a retiring collection for the UNHCR.

A Service of Prayer for Peace in God’s World

Given the tension that now exists across Europe and beyond, it seems appropriate that we should have a series of special services for Peace in our World, remembering especially the people of Ukraine and the neighbouring countries.

The first such service will be

A Service of Prayer, Music and Reflection

in

St Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Tain

on

Friday 4th March (the World Day of Prayer)

at 7:30pm

Anyone who wishes to join us

Reflecting on and Praying for Peace

is most welcome.

There will be a retiring collection for the UNHCR.

Prayers for our Friends in Kyiv

Our friends from the Ukraine, the Kyiv Classic Accordion Duo made twelve visits to St Finnbarr’s to enthral all who heard them with skill and virtuosity and raise money for the charity Hippokrat, which supports survivors of the Chenobyl Nuclear Disaster.

About the Kyiv Classical Accordion Duo:
In 2006 Igor and Oleksii finished studying in the National Music Academy of Ukraine in Kiev. However they had begun performing professionally in 2002. Oleksii plays in the Orchestra of the National Radio of Ukraine; Igor works in the National Philharmonic of Ukraine. They decided to give the name Kyiv Duo Classic to the duo, however this doesn’t mean that Igor and Oleksiy perform only classical music; programmes of their concerts include music of Bach, Grieg, Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov as well as traditional Ukrainian and Russian music. Two contemporary button accordions make it possible to produce a sound like a small squeezebox and at the same time, like a big church organ, a string quartet and even an orchestra.

About their charity – HIPPOKRAT:
The main purpose of the Kyiv Classic Accordion Duo UK tours was to raise money for the HIPPOKRAT Society of Mothers of Disabled Children who suffered as a result of the explosion in 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Energy Plant. The Chernigiv region suffered most from the radiation fall out and since 1986 a large number of children have been born with mental and physical problems. Many of these children are now young adults and in need of support that the state is unable to provide.

Prayer for all in Ukraine

We pray for Igor and Oleskiy, their families and friends, those supported by Hippokrat and all the people of Ukraine in this time of  danger, fear and conflict.

Lord of all the earth,
be present with the people of Ukraine
at this time of danger, fear, and conflict.
Grant that wise and peaceable counsels may yet prevail,
and give to all suffering nations
the freedom they desire and deserve.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

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.

Ash Wednesday Services

Ash Wednesday Eucharists next week on 2nd March 2022, where the imposition of ashes will be available for those who wish, will be held as follows:

  • 10:30am – St Finnbarr’s, Dornoch
  • 6:00pm – St Andrew’s, Tain

(Please note that there will be NO Thursday midweek service at St Andrew’s, Tain on 3rd March)