Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Service – 25th January

Traditionally, 18th-25th January is observed as The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.  

Last year we held a very successful service on Zoom with participation from across Sutherland and Easter Ross and beyond.  When we remembered about it, we thought that it would be a good thing to try to mark Christian Unity every year and so we propose a

Zoom service next Tuesday

25th January at 7pm

The Zoom details have been sent out by email, but if you haven’t received them, please get in touch.

The service materials have been prepared by the Christian Churches of the Middle East, including the Orthodox, Coptic and Syriac Churches.  The theme is the Epiphany and there is some splendid Middle Eastern music, which really brings the theme alive. You can access the Order of Service here.

As part of the service there is a ritual act for which you will need a a star – exactly what form depends on your creativity – and also a candle and the means to light it.

All are Welcome

Service for the Feast of the Epiphany

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Adoration of the Magi – Edward Burne-Jones

There will be a Service to mark the

Feast of the Epiphany

at St Andrew’s Church, Tain

on Thursday 6th January 2022

at 6pm

All are welcome

Feast of the Holy Innocents – Tuesday 28th December, 11am at St Columba’s Brora!

Holy Innocents

The Holy Innocents are the children mentioned in the gospel of Matthew, chapter 2:16-18.

Herod, perceiving that he was deluded by the wise men, was exceedingly angry, and sent his soldiers to kill all male children ages two and under that were in Bethlehem and on the boarders, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men. Then was fulfilled the prophecy of Jeremiah: A voice in Rama was heard, of lamentation and great mourning; Rachel bewailed her children, and would not be comforted, because they were no more.

We keep this feast in order to honour these children as martyrs – they are the first buds of the Church killed by the frost of persecution; they died not only for Christ, but in his stead” (St. Augustine).

Services at Christmas 2021

  • Thursday 23rd DecLessons and Carols
    • St Andrew’s Church, Tain at 3:00pm.

  • Friday 24th Dec – Christmas ‘Midnight’ Services 
    • St Finnbarr’s, Dornoch at 8:00pm and
    • St Andrews, Tain, at 10:00pm.

  • Saturday 25th DecChristmas Day Services
    • St Maelrubha’s, Lairg at 8:30am,
    • St Finnbarr’s, Dornoch at 10:00am and
    • St Andrews, Tain at 10:30am.

  • Sunday 26th Dec – Services
    • A Joint Service in St Finnbarr’s, Dornoch at 11:00am
      (there will be NO SERVICES in St Maelrubha’s, Lairg or St Andrew’s, Tain)
    • Christmas Service at St Columba’s, Brora at 4:00pm

Advent Carol Service – 28th November 2021

Advent Carol Service

in Dornoch Cathedral

Sunday 28th November – 6pm

(Please enter via the west door and bring a facemask)

Collection in aid of ImpACT

(Raising funds to provide Clean Birth Kits)

All are welcome, so come along and join in.

O come, O come Emmanuel!

Remembrance Sunday St Andrew’s Tain – 14th November 2021

The service at St Andrew’s will begin promptly at 10:45am with an Act of Remembrance including a two minutes silence at 11am, so please be in your seats by 10.45am this week. All are very welcome.

As usual there will be a ceremony for the laying of wreaths at the war memorial in the Collegiate Church in Tain. This will start with prayer at 12:15pm, James, Charlie and Joanie will be participating in this ceremony, but others are welcome to join us or stay in the hall for coffee .

Service changes this week – 1-7 Nov 2021

St Andrew’s Tain Midweek Service

The St Andrew’s midweek service will be on Wednesday rather than Thursday this week at the usual time of 6pm but in the Church rather than the Hall.

St Columba’s Brora Sunday Service 7th Nov

There will be no Sunday Service in St Columba’s on 7th November as the clergy are occupied with the

Golspie Community Memorial Service

in the Fountain Road Hall, Golspie

at 4pm

Normal Services will be resumed next week.

Service for All Souls (2nd November)

As part of our Season of Remembrance, members from across our churches will be joining together at St Finnbarr’s in Dornoch on Tuesday 2nd November at 6.30pm for a special service at which we remember those we have loved and lost.

At this special service the names of the departed will be read aloud. We have lists of names from previous years, so if you have provided names already they will be read, we will also add the names of all those whose funerals we have conducted in the last year, but if there are additional loved ones that you wish us to add please let us know.

If you can’t make the service but would like someone’s name added to our lists, please email either ihssimonscott@gmail.com or revjcurrall@mail.scot or telephone Fr Simon on 01408 633614 or Canon James on 01862 881737 (please feel free to leave a message if there is no answer)!

Service Changes – Online Prayer and Tain midweek

Morning and Evening Prayer on Zoom

We have some services of Morning and Evening Prayer on Zoom, from this week these are as follows:  

Morning Prayer – Mondays and Tuesdays at 10:00am

Evening Prayer – Thursdays and Fridays at 5:00pm (previously these were at 5:30pm)

All are welcome to join in these services, which will be led by a number of different (mostly lay) people. If you wish to follow them and join in with the responses, etc. then you would find it helpful to have a copy of the Scottish Prayer book.

Outside the Church

Midweek in Tain

The MIdweek Service in St Andrew’s, Tain changes from Wednesday at 6pm to Thursday at 6pm from this week. These services are generally in the hall at the back of the church and all are welcome.

World Day of Prayer in Dornoch – 5th October

The Guild of the Church of Scotland in Dornoch are holding

a delayed World Day of Prayer service

in the West Church Hall

on Tuesday October 5th at 2.30pm,

to which people from other churches are invited.

This will be the shorter form of the service prepared by the women of Vanuatu.

There may also be a cup of tea afterwards.

Vanuatu is in the South Pacific