Food Bank Update

Food Bank Collection

The Food Bank is extremely grateful for our contributions.

They have informed us there is currently a real shortage of the following items:

  • Sugar
  • Tinned potatoes
  • Corned beef
  • Crackers
  • Tins or cartons of Custard
  • Fresh juice
  • Tinned meat eg. Stew, curry, but NOT meatballs.

They would be very grateful if we could focus our efforts on these items over the next few weeks.

Thanks to everyone who contributes.

Study Group for Season of Creation

Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.
Your faithfulness continues through all generations;
you established the earth, and it endures.
Your laws endure to this day, for all things serve you.

(Ps 119: 89-91)

This year the Scottish Episcopal Church is to join other denominations in marking a Season of Creation.

The Season of Creation is a time to renew our relationship with our Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion, and commitment together. During the Season of Creation, we join our sisters and brothers in the ecumenical family in prayer and action for our common home.

To align with ecumenical custom, the Season runs from the Sunday on or after 1st September for four weeks (five Sundays) until the Commemoration of St Francis on 4th October. The last Sunday of which (3rd September) is an appropriate time to celebrate Thanksgiving for Harvest.

The Liturgy Committee has prepared material for use during this Season, including:

  • In addition there is provision for Morning and Evening Prayer which we will use in our Zoom celebrations on Monday and Tuesday mornings and Thursday and Friday Evenings.

Study Group

During September I am planning to lead a study group on Creation, where we can discuss various theological and ethics aspects of the world in which we live, God’s Creation and the Climate Crisis.  

Can anyone who would like to take part (one meeting a week for four weeks) please get in touch with me, so that I can figure out what day/time would be best and whether people would prefer an in person gathering or an online one.

A Collect for the Season of Creation

O God,
in whose wisdom all things have been established in order:
enlighten the people you have saved,
that they may consider
the greater wonder of your new creation,
brought forth in the fullness of time,
through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Lord,
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen

Introduction to the Season of Creation

The Season

The Season of Creation is a time to renew our relationship with our Creator and all creation through celebration, conversation, and commitment together. During the Season of Creation, we join our sisters and brothers in the ecumenical family in prayer and action for our common home.

Ecumenical Patriarch of the Orthodox Churches, Dimitrios I declared 1st September as a day of prayer for creation for the Orthodox in 1989. The Orthodox church year starts on that day with a commemoration of how God created the world. On 4th October, Roman Catholics and other churches from the Western traditions commemorate Francis of Assisi, known to many as the author of the Canticle of the Creatures. The beginning and the end date of Season of Creation are therefore linked with the concern for creation in the Eastern and the Western traditions respectively.

Since then Christians worldwide have progressively embraced the season as part of their annual calendar. Pope Francis made the Roman Catholic Church’s adoption of the season official in 2015 and in 2020 he said:

This is the season for letting our prayer be inspired anew by closeness to nature…to reflect on our lifestyles…for undertaking prophetic actions…directing the planet towards life, not death.”

Pope Francis

This Season is now observed in most of the mainline denominations worldwide, including several Provinces of the Anglican Communion, and forms a focus for Christian reflection on the environment. Over the years, it has evolved to include justice for the poor as well as justice for the environment and in fact there is a close relationship between these ‘two cries of St Francis.’

In the Episcopal Church

In the SEC, the Faith and Order Board and College of Bishops have now approved the introduction of a Season of Creation to our liturgical calendar, running from the first Sunday of September for four weeks, concluding with Thanksgiving for Harvest on the fifth Sunday.

This reflects the commitment of the Scottish Episcopal Church to responding to the global environmental and climate crisis, which has drawn attention to what has perhaps become a neglected aspect of our faith: that God created the world, that it is good, and that we, as human beings created in God’s image, have a particular responsibility for the care of God’s creation. It is right that this be reflected in our worship.

Introduction on Zoom

The Liturgy Committee will be offering an introduction to the recently published experimental liturgies for the Season of Creation ( and to the on-line forms for feedback.

This introduction will be offered on the morning of Friday, 13 August at 10am, and the evening of Wednesday, 18 August at 7:30pm.

It is necessary to register in advance for these events. If you would like to join either of these Zoom sessions, please email Sandra Brindley at to register, and you will be supplied with the necessary log-in information.

St Columba’s, Brora Services

The Church

From the beginning of August (this coming Sunday), there will be a service in St Columba’s, Brora each Sunday.

The services will be as follows:

1st Sunday – Meditative Service

2nd Sunday – Service of Eucharist

3rd Sunday – Service of Prayer and Healing

4th Sunday – Service of Eucharist

5th Sunday – Service of the Word

All services start at 4pm and everyone is welcome.

Web site Liturgical Resources

There are three sets of Liturgical Resources at the right hand side of each page on our web site :

Sunday Eucharist Readings

This links to a web site that provides a list of the readings for the next important Feast Day (which is usually the following Sunday). Clicking on it will take you to the readings themselves. The site providing this is a US university and so occasionally the next Feast Day is one that we don’t celebrate, but it is usually accurate. If there are two OT readings and two Psalms, we use the second of each.

Weekday Eucharist Readings

This links to a web site that provides a list of the readings for the Daily Eucharist today. Clicking on it will take you to the readings themselves. One caveat is that since the site is a Roman Catholic one, the Sunday readings do not always align with the ones that we use, but it’s fine for other days.

Daily Prayer

This links to the services published on the Scottish Episcopal Church Daily Prayer web pages and is updated three time a day with Morning, Evening and Night Prayer, at 5am, 12pm and 6pm respectively.

Rice Update

The Rice is all sold!  

Thank you to everyone who purchased some.  Thank you also to those who donated their change, the total of which amounted to £50, which has been donated to Grace’s Briquette Project , a project working with the Malawian women and supported by Just Trading Scotland (JTS) through whom we get our rice.

Grace Mwanguti is a Kilombero rice farmer in the Karonga District of Northern Malawi. She has a vision for starting a business to turn the waste product from rice milling into a useful fuel for cooking. This is not a new idea in itself, but Grace would love to bring this business idea to the rural communities where the women themselves will manage the business as well as use the fuel to cook for their families. The availability of this fuel will help ease the lives of women rice farmers who for generations have had the back-breaking job of collecting firewood in the hills. It will also help to stop the denudation of the hill slopes, itself a serious environmental and climate emergency issue, which the government made illegal in 2020. The project will give the women training in management and computing skills, and more confidence in their abilities in a society where women do not traditionally have equality with men.

Grace’s Briquette Project

Below is a bit of information about JTS from whom we purchased the rice, but if you follow the JTS link you can read as much or as little about JTS as you wish.

The Rice Challenge supports their work with rice farmers in northern Malawi.  Our sale of 90kg raised the equivalent amount of what it costs to send a child to secondary school in Malawi for a year. More generally the work with rice farmers has improved the fertility of their seed and thus yields, and improved their access to ploughs and ox carts, which help them market the rice locally.

Based in Paisley in the West of Scotland, JTS is a not for profit fair trade organisation set up to facilitate the import and distribution of fairly traded products to the UK. Their aim is to empower and educate producers and consumers, through the fair purchasing and sale of delicious food products from the developing world.

They try to provide sustainable incomes and wellbeing for small holder farmers, producers and their families.

Perishable Food for the Food Bank

The Foodbank at CCAST are in particular need of the following items, as they seek to give their clients some fresh food:

  • Butter,
  • Cooked Ham,
  • Cheese,
  • Chocolate Spread,
  • Bread,
  • Cheese slices,
  • Tea,
  • Coffee,
  • Sugar,
  • Tins of Creamed Rice

(We can store the perishable items brought to St Andrew’s on Sundays in the fridge and then deliver them to CCAST each Tuesday

Ascension Day Service

The Ascension by Tissot

Today (13th May) is the Feast of the Ascension. We will celebrate this Feast with a Service in St Andrew’s, Tain at 7pm. All are very welcome as we mark this final event in Jesus’ life with His Disciples.

N.B. there will be no Wednesday midweek service in St Andrew’s this week.

Charities Shop Open Again


The Charities Shop re-opened on Thursday 29th April – Alleluia! This became possible when non-essential shops were permitted to open from Monday 26th April.

The shop will now be open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 1pm.

The Shop

Great efforts continue to be 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 although it was been reorganised over last summer, the number of customers who can be in the shop at any one time is still strictly limited. Staff will be on hand at the door 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.


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

Gender and Liturgy in Conversation – 12th-17th April 2021

Responding to the Sacred:

Gender & Liturgy in Conversation

A free online conference with a new panel discussion released each day on Facebook and Youtube, 12-16 April, culminating in a plenary session and act of worship on Saturday 17 April.

Taking in a wide range of perspectives our speakers will discuss issues in the field of gender and liturgy, in the context of liturgical reform beginning within the Scottish Episcopal Church.

For more information visit the facebook page Gender and Liturgy Conference or download the Final Programme and in case of queries email

The speakers include:

  • Merete Thommassen (University of Oslo),
  • Bill Paterson (MindfulnessFife),
  • Bishop Ian Paton (SEC),
  • Leon van Ommen (SEC, University of Aberdeen),
  • Bridget Nichols (Church of Ireland Theological Institute, Dublin),
  • David Jasper (SEC, University of Glasgow),
  • Lisa Isherwood (University of Winchester),
  • Beverly Clack (Oxford Brookes University).

Programme for the week

(all talks will be premiered via the facebook pageGender and Liturgy Conference)

MONDAY 12TH APRIL 7PM – Contextualising with Bridget Nichols and Merete Thomassen

Bridget Nichols will give an overview of gender and liturgy in the Anglican Communion to provide a context for discussion. Merete Thomassen will respond drawing on her experience of liturgical revision in the Lutheran Church in Norway.

TUESDAY 13TH APRIL 7PM – Made in God’s Image with Beverley Clack and Harriet Harris

Beverley will talk about questions raised in relation to the (gendered) nature of God and humankind, and Harriet will respond.

WEDNESDAY 14TH APRIL 7PM – Responding to the Masculine with Bill Paterson and Léon Van Ommen

Bill Paterson will talk about the changing nature of masculinity and his work with men’s groups. Léon Van Ommen will respond in terms of how this might be integrated into the discussion of liturgical change.

THURSDAY 15TH APRIL 7PM – Embodiment with Lisa Isherwood and Marion Chatterley

Lisa Isherwood will talk about body and feminist theology from her experience of teaching and academic leadership over many years, and Marion will respond.

FRIDAY 16TH APRIL – Gathering Feedback

Send the team your thoughts and questions, and email us for the link to the Zoom plenary: 

SATURDAY 17TH APRIL from 10AM – Zoom Conference Plenary, chaired by Trevor Hart

Our speaker and conference attendees will have a chance to discuss issues and themes brought up over the week, with opportunity for live q and a from our audience.

SATURDAY 17TH APRIL 2PM – Concluding Act of Worship: Modelling Ideas