Lent Study Group

The Lent Study Group this year will be on:

Wednesdays: 21st & 28th Feb, 7th, 14th & 21st March.

This time we will look 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 five sessions are entitled:

  1. Shrinking and Growing
  2. Giving and Using
  3. Praying and Forgiving
  4. Loving and Telling
  5. 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.

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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.

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

Carols at the Crask – 28th Dec

Come and enjoy an afternoon of Carols, Readings, Good Company and Festive Cheer at the Crask on 28th December starting at 2:00pm.  Mike and Kai’s Carols at the Crask is always a wonderful afternoon and a chance to meet new friends and catch up with old ones.

A Plea from Bishop Mark

Homelessness is an issue which affects too many people in Scotland. Jane and I have experienced the insecurity of homelessness and want to do anything we can to help people currently in that position, and to bring attention to a problem which is so often unnoticed in our community.

As you may already know, my family and I are taking part in Social Bite’s Sleep In The Park event in December. We will be spending the night of the 9th of December in Princes Street Gardens in order to raise both money and awareness for homelessness in Scotland. The overall aim of the charity is to completely eliminate homelessness in Scotland over the next ten years, and this is one of their biggest and most significant fundraising events.

I would be grateful if you could circulate this information to the members of your congregation, along with the link to the fundraising page at;

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/primus-and-family

Any offline donations can be sent to the Diocesan Office. I thank you all for your support of this important cause.

+Mark, Bishop of Moray, Ross, and Caithness

Jonah: the Advent Study 2017

The book of Jonah is about the relationship between a rebellious prophet and a relentless God. It’s one of the most famous stories in the Old Testament perhaps because of the miraculous moment when Jonah is swallowed by a whale. The message of Jonah, however, takes us beyond the miraculous to ask deep questions of all of us about God’s calling and our response. In the belly of the whale Jonah prays and the way that he pray provides considerable food for thought. The ultimate message of Jonah may be that God’s will is not easily subverted, but our God is nothing if not both persistent and compassionate in seeking us out and bringing us home.

Come and join us as we consider all of this in a series of three Advent Study sessions on Thursdays: 30th Nov, 7th Dec and 14th Dec from 2:00-3:30pm, followed by refreshments. The sessions will take place at James and Anna’s house in Spinningdale.

St Andrew’s Fair and Christmas Bazaar – 2nd Dec

On December 2nd the Charity Shop will  stay open until 3pm as part of the St Andrew’s Fair taking place in Dornoch.

On the same day the Charity Shop will also have a stall at the Christmas Bazaar in the Social Club, from 10am – 4pm, with the theme – “A Touch of Christmas Glass” with decorative glass, gifts and jewellery.