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.

Inverness Cathedral Welcome Team

Within the next few weeks the 2019 cruise season is about to start. The first ship arrives at the end of March. It was a successful year last year with visitors from around the world. The forecast increase in numbers of visitors from both the Cruise Ship industry and the wider tourist industry is set to continue with significant increases.

We would very much like to invite you for your help. As many of you will know the set down point in the city is right outside the Cathedral West Doors and we wish to be able to share a Highland welcome with as many people as possible- this will help us with the planned hospitality to share our celebrations of 150 years.

If you can spare any time and would like to be a part of the welcome at the Cathedral (appreciating that many of you are busy in their own churches and communities), and would like to help out, perhaps on a regular or semi-regular basis or as a one off Welcomer then please do contact Andrew Ritchie, the Inverness Cathedral Welcome Team Coordinator at welcometeam@invernesscathedral.org

Lent Study Groups 2019

This Lent the Study Groups will focus on the Sacraments: what are they, what do they do, why are they so important in our tradition and even how many are there?  The five sessions will provide the opportunity to explore these questions, and is always the case other questions that arise out of the discussion in a friendly, supportive environment.

This year there will be two groups, both will be held on Wednesdays on 13th, 20th & 27th March and 3rd & 10th April:

  • 2:00pm at James and Anna’s house in Spinningdale
    (if you want to come and don’t know where that is, just ask)
  • 7:00pm in St Andrew’s Hall

Come to whichever is most convenient and if that varies from week to week, you can mix and match.  If you can’t manage to all five sessions, just come to those you can – they will each be largely self-contained.

Sessions will be a little over an hour long and will be followed by refreshments and fellowship.  All are welcome, you don’t need to be a fully paid-up member of the Scottish Episcopal Church, or indeed any church.

World Day of Prayer Service – Tain – 1st March

The Tain service for the World Day of Prayer will take place

on Friday 1st March, 3pm

in St Andrew’s.

The Service this year has been prepared by the Women of Slovenia who write:

We, the women of the World Day of Prayer Committee of Slovenia heartily embrace you into this gathering. The theme of the service is ‘Come – Everything Is Ready

All are welcome.

World Day of Prayer Service – Dornoch – 1st March

The Dornoch service for the World Day of Prayer will take place

on Friday 1st March, 2pm

in St Finnbarr’s.

The Service this year has been prepared by the Women of Slovenia who write:

We, the women of the World Day of Prayer Committee of Slovenia heartily embrace you into this gathering. The theme of the service is ‘Come – Everything Is Ready

All are welcome.