Kerala Flood Relief – An appeal

In the recent weeks, the state of Kerala in India was subjected to severe destruction caused by unprecedented flooding. At least 350 people lost their lives, (there are many more that are not recorded) thousands watched their homes washed away in floods and landslides and thousands, particularly the poor people living in fragile houses in rural areas, lost everything they had, swept away.

The Church of South India (CSI) and the other churches in the region have been actively engaged in rescue operations and in organising provisions of shelter and basic supplies to the displaced. Churches and their colleges and schools have been turned into emergency shelters and medical camps. Our colleagues and friends, who are priests and leaders of churches in these areas, are seeking the prayers and help of the global community as they continue their rescue and relief efforts for the affected people.

Revd Hamilton Imbadas (St John’s Forres) has been in touch with a few of his friends (priests in the CSI Central Kerala Diocese), who are continuing to be directly involved in rescue, relief and rehabilitation work. They report:

“All six Dioceses in Kerala were affected. East Kerala Diocese, Kochi Diocese and Madhya Kerala Diocese were the worst affected. Churches in the region are heavily involved in helping the affected people in various ways, alongside government’s response teams, other faith communities and volunteer groups. Work is coordinated by the Clergy with the active involvement of the Youth.

During the flooding itself, a team of volunteers from churches worked online connecting those needed rescues with those involved in the rescue operations and saved many lives. As people are starting to return to their houses, (or what is left of their houses) volunteers from churches are engaged in cleaning the mud-filled houses.

The CSI Central Kerala Diocese has formed ‘Flood Rescue-Relief-Rehabilitation Facilitating Committee’ to coordinate the assessment of need and relief and rehabilitation activities, which would involve repair and rebuilding of houses, replacement of furniture and home appliances, books for school and college students, in addition to continuing to provide food and clothes. With all sources of freshwater contaminated, health issues are emerging, and churches contribute to the responses to such needs as well.”

It would be a timely help if we can offer our support to our brothers and sisters in Kerala who are trying their best to assist the most affected and the neediest in the aftermath of the disastrous floods.

I can get further details from Hamilton and this could be where we send our Harvest Collection, let me know what you think.

James

Sunday 29th July – Joint Service in Dornoch

This Sunday (29th July) is the fifth Sunday of the month and there will be services as follows:

  • Lairg – 8:15am in Lairg Parish Church as usual
  • Dornoch – 11:00am Joint Service, St Andrew’s and St Finnbarr’s

There will be no service in Tain this week.

Summer Services at the Crask

There will be services on the following Thursdays (third Thursday of the month) at noon:

  • 19th July 2018
  • 16th August 2018
  • 20th September 2018
  • 18th October 2018

In addition there will be services on the following Sunday evenings at 5:30pm:

  • 15th July
  • 12th August
  • 9th Sept
  • 4th Nov

All are very welcome at any of these services.

Rocky’s Games in Lairg

Lairg Christian’s Together

It will soon be Summer Holiday Club time again in Lairg.

6th, 7th and 8th August 2018

10am – 12:30pm

Lairg Community Centre

If you are aged 4-11 or know anyone who is

You can book by emailing Emma at:   

You can also find us on Facebook at:   LCTKIDSCLUBS

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) each Monday 10.30 – 12 noon
Cost: Free! (“Donations box” for contributions towards expenses).

“Umbrella” Events

  • July 2nd: Blythswood Presentation: Rona Matheson from Blythswood will give us a short presentation on the work of that organisation;
  • July 9th: Historical Film: We hope to be showing some old film snippets, which include fascinating shots of Golspie and Sutherland dating back to the 50’s and possibly before ;
  • July 23rd. Anniversary Meal: “Umbrella” will have been going for 1 year. To mark the occasion we are planning to have a meal together in The Stag, following that morning’s meeting. It would be lovely to see anyone who has been involved with Umbrella there, even if you have not been a regular attendee. If you wish to attend please let us have your name by July 9th.

Please also note “Umbrella” will not be meeting this coming Monday, 25th June.

For information contact Patrick Argyle:

Dedication of the Crask Church: an invitation

You are invited to the service being held for the Dedication and Commissioning of the Ministry of The Crask Church at The Crask Inn, Lairg IV27 4AB.

The service will be on 21st April 2018 at Noon and will be followed by refreshment and fellowship.

If you wish to be part of the gathering could you reply directly to Douglas and Denise by the beginning of April, so they can plan the catering.

Phone: 01549 411241 or Email: thecraskinn@gmail.com