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

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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.

Foodbank Collection – 5th Dec

St Finnbarrs is holding one of it special:

Foodbank Collections

on Dec 5th between 10am and 12 noon

in Dornoch Social Club Coffee Lounge.

Fairtrade tea and coffee will be available.

Although there is always a Foodbank collection box in the church, we hold special collections in the run up to the main school holidays when children are not able to get a midday meal at school and family resources are even more stretched than usual.

In addition to the usual food items; tinned ham, tinned salmon, tinned potatoes, Christmas pudding and cake, mince pies and chocolate would also be appreciated. As well as food, simple toiletries and sanitary products are needed.

Pluscarden – ERICG – 15th Nov 2017

The next meeting of Easter Ross Inter-Church Group will take place on Wednesday 15th November 2017 in St Ninian’s, Invergordon at 7:30pm.  The speaker will be Richard Cross who will speak about “Pluscarden“, the Benedictine Abbey near Elgin.

Situated six miles south-west of Elgin in Moray, the monastery enjoys the peace and stillness of a secluded glen, but is easily reached by road from the town. The atmosphere of quiet reflection and of work dedicated to the glory of God is the same now as it was in the thirteenth century, when a community of monks first came to this part of Moray.

It is home to a community of Catholic Benedictine monks living in the only medieval British monastery still being used for its original purpose.

One Family’s Experience of The Holocaust

A talk by Eva Clarke in Logie Easter Church on 4th November at 7:30pm.

Eva Clarke is one of the Holocaust’s youngest Survivors. Eva was born in Mauthausen concentration camp, Austria, on 29th April 1945. She and her mother are the only survivors of their family, 15 members of whom were killed in Auschwitz-Birkenau: three of Eva’s grandparents, her father, uncles, aunts and her 7-year-old cousin, Peter.

Come along and hear Eva’s moving and inspiring testimony.

Those attending must be aged 13+. Refreshments will be available.

Entry by Donation (For Anne Frank Trust)

Let your light shine

Lairg Christians Together held a Light Party on Friday in Lairg Community Centre, at which between 40 and 50 children (difficult to count them all in the dark:-), plus helpers and parents, enjoyed a splendid time.  It really was fun for everyone!!

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Light Parties have been held by churches with the help of Scripture Union teaching materials. They’re focused on offering an alternative message around the time of what many people associate as Halloween.  The idea is that as a church we give out a more positive message at this time with teaching about ‘Jesus the Light of the World‘.

Our Light Party had a ‘Glow in the Dark ‘ theme with bible teaching, games, crafts and, like any good party, lots of party food. A wonderful celebration of Jesus being the light in the darkness and about us being called to follow him. A really encouraging message in place of all the ghouls and monster type stuff that’s on offer in the shops at the moment.