The Harvest collection in Dornoch raised £100 for the Halo Trust. A huge thank you to everyone who donated produce and contributed to the collection.
It was Harvest Festival in Dornoch today. Collection and funds raised from the sale of produce donated will go to the Halo Trust, who “create safe and secure environments in war torn communities by clearing landmines, managing stockpiles of weapons and destroying unexploded ordnance.”
St Finnbarr’s looked lovely in the sunlight, decorated with produce and flowers. The good congregation were in fine voice, as they expressed their gratitude for all the good things that the Lord provides.
The Scottish Episcopal Institute, which is responsible for training priests, deacons and lay readers in our Church, now 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 3 October 2017.
Sunday saw St Andrew’s Church full of people, as we hosted the Easter Ross Inter Church Group in a Songs of Praise for Harvest. The congregation drawn for a whole host of churches (even some from the other side of the Dornoch Firth), was in splendid voice accompanied by organ and fiddle. Readings were from Psalm 98, 2 Corinthians 9:6-15 and Luke 12:16-30 as well as John Betjeman’s wonderful poem “The Diary of a Church Mouse” (so apt for celebrating harvest in a church with seven “Mousey Thompson” mice carved into the furnishings).
There were as you might expect excellent refreshments in the hall afterwards and a big thanks to everyone who contributed both sweet and savoury treats, served drinks and helped to clear everything away. A big thanks also to Caroline and Anna for the music, to those who read so well and those who decorated the church. The collection raised £80 for the food bank.
Sadly I failed to take any photo to show the crowded church and hall or the excellent food, so you will have to make do with the “musician’s window” in the sanctuary with Miriam (sister of Moses and Aaron who “took a tambourine in her hand; and all the women went out after her with tambourines and with dancing. And Miriam sang to them: ‘Sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; horse and rider he has thrown into the sea.’” – Exodus 15:20-22 – after The Lord had led them across the Red Sea in safety), King David (you all know who he was:-) and St. Cecilia the Patron Saint of Musicians (It is written that as the musicians played at her wedding she “sang in her heart to the Lord“).
Yesterday saw the last of the outdoor Dornoch Community Markets which have taken place over the summer months. The St Finnbarr’s Charity Shop has had a stall at each of these with a specific theme (Teddy Tombola, Tweed, Glass, Jewellery, etc.). At yesterday’s market, in dry but slightly autumnal weather, it was Glass and Jewellery (twice as nice) and the stall was a great success, with a constant stream of buyers looking over the splendid array of items on offer. Well done to Marian and the team for such a wonderful display of goods and doing such brisk business.
The next Community Market will be an indoor one at the Dornoch Social Club on 19th December, so put the date in your diaries.
Yesterday evening, a packed St Andrew’s, Tain saw the licensing of Revd James Currall as Priest in Charge of St Andrew’s, Tain, St Finnbarr’s, Dornoch and St Maelrubha’s Lairg by our Bishop and Primus Mark. It was a truly ecumenical occasion with clergy, elders and lay people from several denominations from as far west as Gairloch, as far east as Keith and as far north as Tongue.
The splendid music was organised by Jamie Campbell as his ‘swan-song’ before he goes off to Aberdeen University to study Divinity next month. Jamie gathered together a choir of 18, who gave us Stainer’s Magnificat in F, Jamie’s own Nunc Dimitis in F and Stainer’s “God so loved the world”. The preces and responses were by Alan Knight.
Afterwards we enjoyed a splendid spread in the hall and excellent fellowship. A huge, huge thank you to everyone who contributed to this wonderful occasion. This corner of God’s Kingdom now has a new Priest-in-Charge:-)
Today, a lovely gathering at the Crask, including three who haven’t joined us before (welcome to Martha, Muriel and Gordon). The Crask really is a special place and the Church is so blessed to have it, thanks to the generosity of Kai and Mike.
… and of course followed by food, fellowship, conversation and fun (just a few of those there).