Crask dedicated to St Trolla

At today’s service of commissioning and dedication at the Crask Inn, Bishop Mark dedicated this community of worship, welcome and spirituality to St Trolla.  St Trolla (or Triduana) lived in the 7-8th centuries and is thought by some to have been one of several abbesses who accompanied St Regulus to Scotland when he brought the relics of St Andrew from Constantinople. She is also thought to have accompanied St Boniface on his mission to Pictland in AD 715.  St Trolla is commemorated in two places in East Sutherland, including St Trolla’s Chapel at Loth near Brora.

It was a splendid gathering of nearly 80 people who shared worship, fellowship and a wonderful spread lovingly prepared by Douglas and his team.  Bishop Mark dedicated the Crask for its twin tasks of welcome and hospitality and worship and spirituality and in so doing he sprinkled holy water at the entrance and in the principal rooms.

After which we celebrated The Eucharist:

All those involved in planning and ensuring the smooth running of a memorable occasion are to be congratulated (including fixing such glorious weather), +Mark, Denise and Douglas and their band of helpers – well done:-)


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:

Living Waters Village

Ronny Heyboer from Living Waters Village in Borneo

will be speaking at a meeting in the

Kinvonvie Suite, Lairg Community Centre,

at 7.00 pm on Saturday 21 April.

(rear entrance from carpark)

Come and be inspired by what God is doing in the middle of the jungle in Borneo, where Ronny and his team are building facilities to provide accommodation for 1,000 neglected children and schools for 2,000 children from primary to high school level. They are also building a nursery, workers’ and teachers’ accommodation, a training centre, a praise and worship centre, a clinic, a bakery, sewing rooms, visitors’ quarters, a radio station for outreach and a Bible College.

Apart from children having their physical needs met and receiving an education, they are also fed and trained spiritually, so that they can return to their villages as well as go into other villages that are unreached, plant churches and bring the gospel to their people.”

All are very welcome.

Holy Week and Easter

Palm Sunday March 25th

8.15am Eucharist, St Maelrubha’s, Lairg*

11.00am Eucharist, St Finnbarr’s, Dornoch

11.00am Eucharist, St Andrew’s, Tain

Monday March 26th

11.30am Chrism Mass, Inverness Cathedral

Tuesday March 27th

5.30pm Prayer and Praise, Kyle of Sutherland Hub, Bonar Bridge

Wednesday 28th March

10.30am Eucharist, St Finnbarr’s, Dornoch

Maundy Thursday 29th March

7.00pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper, St Andrew’s Tain

Good Friday 30th March

10.30am Walk of Witness (starts Lairg Church of Scotland)

10.30am Prayer & Praise, Tain Rose Garden

2.30pm Good Friday Meditations, St Finnbarr’s, Dornoch

7pm Good Friday Meditations, St Andrew’s, Tain

Holy Saturday 31st March

8pm, Easter Vigil and First Mass of Easter, St Finnbarrs Dornoch

Easter Day 1st April

8.15am Eucharist, St Maelrubha’s ,Lairg*

11.00am Eucharist, St Finnbarr’s, Dornoch

11.00am Eucharist, St Andrew’s, Tain

*meets in Church of Scotland, Lairg by kind permission.

We wish you Christ’s Blessing and Peace

World Day of Prayer Service – Dornoch – 19th March

The service for the World Day of Prayer postponed because of the weather a couple of weeks back has been re-scheduled for Monday 19th March, 2pm in the West Church Hall.  All are welcome.

Lent Study Group

The Lent Study Group this continue on:

Wednesdays: 14th & 21st March.

This time we are looking at some of the hard sayings of Jesus in the Bible. His ‘uncomfortable’ words needs to be faced if we are to embrace the gospel fully in our lives.

Some of Jesus’ statements in the Gospels sound morally shocking – ‘Hate your father and mother’ – while others seem deliberately obscure. This 5-session course considers some of these challenges.

The sessions will each run from 2:00-3:30pm in the hall at St Andrew’s Tain. All are most welcome.

The two remaining sessions are entitled:

  1. Loving and Telling
  2. Trusting and Entering

The course has a CD which includes thought-provoking reflections by three theologians with quite different perspectives:

  • Bishop Tom Wright (former Bishop of Durham, now Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St Andrews)
  • Revd Steve Chalke (a Baptist minister and founder of the Oasis Charitable Trust)
  • The late Fr Gerard Hughes SJ (was a Jesuit Priest and spiritual writer, whose book “God of Surprises” remains a best seller)

At the end of each session Professor Frances Young (Emeritus Professor of Theology at Birmingham University and a Methodist minister) provides a thoughtful Closing Reflection.

Praise Night at Dornoch Free Church – 10th March

Duncan Macleod, Minister at Dornoch Free Church, writes: “We are glad to have our friends Brad and Rachel Howren from Stony Point Church, Richmond, Virginia with us here in Dornoch for a number of weeks. Other members of Stony Point will be visiting in March and so we are arranging a Praise Night on Saturday 10th March beginning at 7pm. All who are interested are most welcome to come along on the night.