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:-)

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Mystic Rose Garden

On Good Friday morning, there was a lovely large gathering of Christian people of all ages in the Rose Garden in Tain, for the traditional ‘Hot Cross Bun‘ event (as it is described).  That description really doesn’t do it justice.  It was a moving service of prayer, praise, dancing, testimony and teaching, to mark Christ’s sacrifice for our Salvation.  These people came together to worship, share fellowship and take refreshment together.  It was so uplifting to see so many children as part of the gathering and also taking part in the service.

SEI April Newsletter

The Scottish Episcopal Institute, which is responsible for training priests, deacons and lay readers in our Church, produces a monthly newsletter.  If you are interested in what the Institute and its students (including our own Don Grant) do at Residential Weekends, you can read about it here in the SEI newsletter April 2018.

The Lost Sheep – found!!

On Thursday over 40 children and many adult helpers gather in Lairg Community Centre for the “Lost Sheep” holiday club.

We prayed:

listened stories from scripture, acted out by our own Good Shepherd:

made crafts:

played games:

all the while trying not to get caught by the big (by maybe not so bad) wolf:

And then we had a picnic:

Suffice to say an uplifting, spirit-filled, educational and enjoyable time was had by all.

There is a Green Hill

A wonderful gathering of Christian Witness in Lairg this morning from across the Christian Community.

Not entirely dry, but not enough rain to dampen the spirits of the crowd that gathered to mark the road to Calvary.

And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

SEI March Newsletter

The Scottish Episcopal Institute, which is responsible for training priests, deacons and lay readers in our Church, produces a monthly newsletter.  If you are interested in what the Institute and its students (including our own Don Grant) are doing, you can read about it here SEI Newsletter March 2018.

Hub Church off to a flying start

The Kyle of Sutherland Hub was the venue for a busy gathering of Christians yesterday (Tues 27th Feb).  The idea grew out of the gatherings to celebrate the Eucharist at Liz and Buster Crabb’s home in Ardgay, but was the realisation of an earlier dream that Liz and Rosie Baxter had for a Christian gathering at the Lady Ross Hotel/Cafe/Restaurant (which burnt down and was demolished and replaced by the Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust building) in Ardgay.

Hub Church grew from a desire of Christians from different traditions to get together for Prayer and Praise without it being “too churchy“.  And that is exactly what 17 people did yesterday.  We sang, prayed, heard scripture and testimony  and then as all such gathering should do, we retired to the Hub Cafe of tea and coffee and fellowship.  Thanks to Liz and Rosie for organising and Simon for accompanying our singing.

This will be a regular gathering on the last Tuesday of each month at 5:30pm in the Hub.  The form that it takes will vary from month to month.  All are invited, all are welcome, the only requirement is that you want to worship God in the name of His Son Jesus Christ.