Pilgrimage Route between Tain and Kirkwall

At a time of growing interest in the reviving of ancient pilgrimage routes, the North of Scotland is playing its part. A national organisation, the Scottish Pilgrimage Routes Forum, is overseeing the development of a route from Tain to Kirkwall, linking the medieval shrines of St. Duthac and St. Magnus.

At a meeting of interested parties, held in Tain in April, the route was named the Northern Pilgrims Way. It will largely avoid roads, following footpaths and tracks suitable for walking and cycling. Much of it will provide the traveller with magnificent coastal scenery, as well as experience of the unique Flow Country in Caithness and Sutherland.

It is hoped that publicity will attract not only dedicated pilgrims, intent upon travelling the whole way, but will also provide the opportunity for visitors to enjoy walking a section of the route to add interest to their holiday in the area.

The Pilgrimage Church in the centre of Tain will be the focus for the start of the journey. It contains a medieval statue of St. Duthac, preserved by the people of Tain for nearly six centuries. Visitors to the Church are welcome when Tain and District Museum is open, all weekdays from April to October, plus all Saturdays in the summer.

Revd Sandy Sutherland at Umbrella in Golspie

Umbrella is a Christian social club in Golspie, set up to deepen friendships and build bridges within the Christian Community. Umbrella is independent, not part of, or affiliated to, any denomination of the church.

At Umbrella, Christians meet for a cup of tea or coffee, enjoy the company of old friends and the chance to make new ones. It is open to anyone, whether they go to church, (any church), or not.

Venue: The Stag’s Head (Main St, Golspie) each Monday 10.30 – 12 noon
Cost: Free! (“Donations box” for contributions towards expenses).

Revd Sandy Sutherland

On Monday June 3rd,

Rev. Sandy Sutherland

will be at “Umbrella” to give a presentation titled

‘Revelation in Creation’.

Sandy is an excellent photographer, especially know for his pictures of birds. His plan is to show pictures of the creation as well as to say something about his personal testimony.

This is an excellent opportunity for anyone who would like to come along and try “Umbrella”, they would be very welcome.

For further information:

or speak to James.



ERICG – Mission Aviation Fellowship – 23rd May 2019

The next meeting of the Easter Ross Inter-Church Group (ERICG) will take place on

Thursday 23rd May 2019

in Tain Parish Church at 7:30pm.

The speaker will be

Revd Andrew Fothergill,

who will talk about the

Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF)

who fly medical, relief and life-transforming help to vulnerable people in hard-to-reach places

In today’s ‘connected world’, the irony is that never have so many people been so isolated. Many remote communities have never heard the Gospel and are living in spiritual darkness.

If a person has a medical emergency and the nearest hospital is a few days walk or an uncomfortable drive on rough roads, their prognosis is poor.

When natural disasters, conflict or famine strike hard-to-reach places, an aircraft may be the only safe way to reach the affected areas.

At MAF, we believe nothing should stop people from receiving the love of God and the essentials of life – no matter how remote they are. Our vision is to see ‘isolated people physically and spiritually transformed in Christ’s name.’ We believe that everyone deserves a chance to experience the love of Jesus Christ. We use aviation and technology, because in many places those are the only ways to reach isolated people with Christ’s love.

Holy Week and Easter 2019

Palm Sunday 14th April 

8.15am Eucharist, St Maelrubha’s, Lairg*

11.00am Eucharist, St Finnbarr’s, Dornoch

11.00am Eucharist, St Andrew’s, Tain

Monday 15th April 

7.00pm Evening Prayer and Reflection, St Andrew’s Tain

Tuesday 16th April 

7.00pm Evening Prayer and Reflection, St Andrew’s, Tain

Wednesday 17th April

10.30am Eucharist, St Finnbarr’s, Dornoch

7.00pm Stations of the Cross, St Andrew’s, Tain

Maundy Thursday 18th April

11.00am Chrism Mass, Inverness Cathedral

12 Noon Holy Communion from the Reserved Sacrament, The Crask Inn

7.00pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper, St Finnbarr’s, Dornoch

Good Friday 19th April

10.15am Walk of Witness (Start at the Bradbury Centre in Bonar Bridge)

2.30pm Good Friday Meditations, St Finnbarr’s, Dornoch

7.00pm Tenebrae and Communion, St Andrew’s, Tain

Holy Saturday 20th April

8.00pm, Easter Vigil and First Mass of Easter, St Andrew’s Tain

Easter Day 21st April

8.15am Eucharist, St Maelrubha’s ,Lairg*

11.00am Eucharist, St Finnbarr’s, Dornoch

11.00am Eucharist, St Andrew’s, Tain

Tuesday 23rd April 

5.30pm Prayer and Praise for Easter, Kyle of Sutherland Hub, Bonar Bridge

Morning Prayer in Holy Week

During Holy Week Morning Prayer will be said at St Andrew’s Tain at the following times:

Mon-Tues at 10.00am; Wed-Fri at 9.00am; Sat at 10.00am

*meets in Church of Scotland, Lairg by kind permission.

We wish you Christ’s Blessing and Peace

The 90Kg Rice Challenge

St Finnbarr’s Vestry have bought 90Kg of Kilombero White Rice from Just Trading Scotland, who deal directly with Malawian farmers. This is what is called The 90Kg Rice Challenge.

JTS say: “The 90kg Rice Challenge runs throughout the whole year and is the perfect social enterprise activity for your school, church or community group covering a range issues which are prevalent in today’s society including Fairtrade, Sustainability, Social Enterprise and Citizenship. Over 800 schools, churches and community groups have completed this already – so why not join them? It is a fun and engaging project with excellent learning outcomes to promote Fairtrade, Sustainability and Citizenship. It’s easy to organise and comes with an educational Challenge Pack, we have one for schools and one for churches, which feature plenty of information, lesson plans (or sermon outlines and prayers), ideas, promotional materials, recipes and activities to teach participants about Fairtrade which will be sent to you along with your 90 x 1kg bags of delicious Great Taste award winning rice.

Anna and I have tried the rice and confirm that it does indeed have a “Great Taste“.  The rice is available in 1Kg bags at £3 each. Please contact Anna or James if you are able to use or sell a few bags, whilst at the same time helping directly farmers in a part of the world that is facing huge problems just at the moment in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai.

90kg is the amount of rice a farmer in Malawi has to sell to enable him to send a child to secondary school for a year and so we can see that our participation can directly help to provide a better life for those in some of the poorest communities in Malawi, through the opportunity of education.