Tain Carol Service – 23rd December 2022

A Service of Lessons and Carols

for Christmas

 St. Andrew’s Scottish Episcopal Church

Glebe Crescent, Tain

FRIDAY 23rd December


Followed by Mulled Wine, mince pies & other seasonal refreshments


Services on Remembrance Sunday

Our Service Times vary a little from usual on Remembrance Sunday:

Dornoch – there is a parade from Cathedral Square at 10:30, followed by a service and Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial. St Finnbarr’s service will therefore start at approximately 11:30am.

Tain – The service at St Andrew’s will start promptly at 10:50 with an Act of Remembrance and two minute silence at 11am, followed by the usual Eucharist. James will lead prayers at the Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Tain Collegiate Church at 12:15pm.

Lairg – There will be a service at the War Memorial at 10:45am, followed by a Church of Scotland service in the Parish Church.

Brora – There will be a Service of Remembrance at St Columba’s at 4pm.

All Souls Day – service tonight 7pm in Tain

Today is All Souls day, a day when in some parts of Christianity the living pray for the dead and specifically those that we have loved but see no more. Throughout the world there are many traditions associated with this day, though it probably observed less in ‘Reformed Christianity’ in the West.

There are references to prayer for the dead in a number of Books of the Bible, including: 2 Maccabees, Zechariah, Sirach, and the Gospel of Matthew. Reacting against flagrant abuses in the Church, when Martin Luther translated the Bible into German, he omitted the seven books of the canon which refer to prayers for the dead (except interestingly Matthew’s Gospel). He then introduced the doctrine that people are simply saved, or not, and argued that there is no need to pray for the dead to get them into heaven.

Judas and his men went to take up the bodies of the fallen and to bring them back to lie with their kindred in the sepulchres of their ancestors….They turned to supplication, praying that the sin that had been committed might be wholly blotted out.… therefore they made atonement for the dead, so that they might be delivered from their sin..

2 Maccabees 12:39, 42,45

All Souls Day is celebrated in much of the western world on 2nd November. The Eastern Orthodox Church has several such days throughout the year, mostly on Saturdays.

Different cultures mark the day differently. In North America, Americans may say prayers or light candles for the departed. In parts of Latin America, families visit the graves of their ancestors and sometimes leave food offerings for the departed. The Mexican traditions surrounding this day are probably the most widely known. They celebrate the day as “El Dia de Los Muertos” (“The Day of the Dead”). Today they traditionally visit graveyards and have a picnic and leave food out for their dead relatives who are on their journey to heaven.

Here in this part of Christendom, we mark the day with a special Eucharist, when we pray for the dead and read out a list of names of the friends, relatives and members of our congregations who have died, both recently and also in former years. Many of us find this a very moving experience.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us

Hebrews 12:1

We generally have just one service which alternates between St Finnbarr’s and St Andrew’s, but we read the names of those provided by members of all our congregations and drawn from our Registers.

This year, the service is as follows:

All Souls Requiem

St Andrew’s, Tain


Wednesday 2nd November

All are most welcome

Eternal Rest grant unto them, O Lord,

and let perpetual light shine upon them.

May they rest in peace.

Sunday 30th October – Services

This Sunday is the fifth Sunday of the month and there will be services as follows:

  • Lairg – 8:30am in Lairg Parish Church (cancelled owing to illness)
  • Tain – 11:00am Service at St Andrew’s
  • Dornoch – 11:00am Service at St Finnbarr’s

There will be no service in Brora this week.

Sunday 9th October – Joint Service in Dornoch

This Sunday (9th October) our 11am Eucharist will be a joint service in St Finnbarr’s Dornoch.

There will be services as follows:

  • Dornoch – 11:00am Joint Eucharist Service, St Andrew’s and St Finnbarr’s
  • Brora – 4:00pm Healing Service in St Columba’s as usual
  • Tain – 7:00pm Thanksgiving Service for the life of Queen Elizabeth II

There will be no 11am Eucharist Service in Tain this week.

Tain Thanksgiving Service – 9th Oct 2022

Outside the Church

You are cordially invited to attend

a Service of Thanksgiving and Memorial

at St Andrew’s Tain

at 7.00 pm

on Sunday 9th October

to commemorate the life of

the late Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to the Royal Dockyard Chapel in Pembroke Dock, Wales.

Stations of Creation – 23rd Sept & 4th Oct

Stations of Creation

During the Season of Creation, we have been holding services of Stations of Creation around the grounds of various places of worship.

The service is based around St Francis’ “Canticle of the Creatures” on which the hymn All Creatures of our God and King is based. As we move around the grounds, we pause 10 times for Scripture, Reflection and Prayer and then sing a little of All Creatures of our God and King as we move to the next stop. It is a lovely way to reflect on Creation and the Creator.

The next service is at: St Columba’s Brora on Friday 23rd September at 5:30pm

There will also be one at: St Finnbarr’s Dornoch on Tuesday 4th October at 5:30pm (The Feast of St Francis)

All are most welcome to join us either tomorrow in Brora or a week on Tuesday in Dornoch.

Sutherland Memorial Service – 25th Sept 2022

You are cordially invited to attend

an Ecumenical Service

at Dornoch Cathedral

at 6.30 pm

on Sunday 25th September

to commemorate the life of

the late Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to the Royal Dockyard Chapel in Pembroke Dock, Wales.

Another Crask First

+Mark with Matthew (and his wee friend)

Saturday was ‘Friends Day’ at The Crask. It started with a Eucharist during which +Mark Confirmed Matthew, who had apparently been dodging it for about 20 years:-).

The service was as always followed by lots of good food and fellowship. Thank you +Mark and of course Douglas and Denise.


Friends arrived in a variety of vehicles!!

This month’s Thursday Service will be on September 15th at Noon and after lunch, to mark the Season of Creation, there will be a service of Stations of Creation around the grounds.

All are very welcome.

Season of Creation – September 2022

The Season of Creation runs from 1st September until 4th October (The Feast of St Francis).

This year we have a number of things going on in addition to our usual services:

Study Groups

There will be five pairs of sessions, based on material produced in South Africa in 2008 by members of  Green Anglicans – one after each of the midweek services in:

  • St Finnbarr’s Dornoch (Wednesdays starting at about 11am) and
  • St Andrew’s Tain Hall (Thursdays starting at 7pm)


  • 31st Aug/1st Sept – The Earth is the Lord’s
  • 7th/8th Sept – Water: the Source of Life
  • 14th/15th Sept – Climate Change
  • 21st/22nd Sept – Need not Greed
  • 28th/29th Sept – Stewardship: Caring for God’s Creation

The materials for the five sessions can now be found on the Study Group page.

Stations of Creation

There will be four services in different locations spread through the season:

  • St Andrew’s Tain – Friday 9th September at 5:30pm
  • St Trolla’s at the Crask – Thursday 15th September at 2:00pm
    (the same day as the Eucharist at noon)
  • St Columba’s Brora – Friday 23rd September at 5:30pm
  • St Finnbarr’s Dornoch – Tuesday 4th October at 5:30pm (The Feast of St Francis)

The service is based around St Francis’ “Canticle of the Creatures” and at each station there is a reflection from “Laudato si” Pope Francis encyclical on Care for Creation.