SEI December Newsletter

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 December Newsletter.

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and the food rolled in

Just a small selection …

Yesterday saw a very successful Special Collection for the Food Bank which St Finnbarr’s held in the Dornoch Social Club.  There was a steady stream of contributors, most of whom stopped for coffee/tea and a chat.

A huge thank you to those who contributed and to Marian and the other members of the congregation who worked so hard throughout the morning.  Margaret and Alan’s car will be much relieved when it’s all over and it’s suspension can return to normal:-)

Caithness and Sutherland Women’s Aid

Recently at the invitation of St Finnbarr’s, Dornoch, a small group of women gathered in the Dornoch Social Club to learn about the work of Caithness and Sutherland Women’s Aid (CASWA) which St Finnbarrs Charity Shop has supported with donations for several years. Those present were from the congregation of St Finnbarrs, volunteers from the Charity Shop, members of the Dornoch and District Community Association (DADCA) coffee group and some members of the Dornoch Cathedral Guild.

In an informal and interactive talk, the two speakers Carol an adult support worker and Jackie a child support worker, gave the group an idea of the different forms of abuse which women suffer, how children in a family can be affected and how CASWA supports them.

The physical nature of abuse is probably fairly well known but the speakers emphasised the insidious mental abuse to which many of the women who come to them are subjected. The coercive, dominating and controlling behaviour exerted by partners undermines women and leads to loss of confidence and self-esteem. The increasing role of social media in this kind of abuse was highlighted. Just one example of several we were given was that some women are tracked by their partners mobile phones when they are out of the house. Social media abuse is also a growing problem among young women still at school.

The work of CASWA is confidential and support workers are non-judgemental. Their role is to offer emotional and practical to help to abuse sufferers, to help them decide what to do, not tell them what to do. They then support them and any children involved in following through with their decisions. Although CASWA can no longer fund a safe house for abused women and children they have access to a national data base of organisations and authorities that can provide safe accommodation. If women and any children they may have are at immediate risk of harm they are therefore able to make referrals if necessary.

CASWA is responding to increasing numbers of requests for help. This reflects national trends. In 2016 -2017 there were 58,810 domestic abuse incidents reported to police in Scotland and there are certainly many more which were not reported.

CASWA can be contacted on:

Tel 0345 408 0151 (24 hour answer service)
National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0800 027 1234 (24 hours)
Office hours 9am – 5pm Monday – Friday

or by Email at: info@caswa.org.uk

SEI November Newsletter

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 November 2017 News-sheet.

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.

 

St Finnbarr’s Tea

Saturday saw the annual St Finnbarr’s Tea an event which is put on in appreciation of the work put in by all involved in running and helping in the Church Charity Shop, which this year distributed nearly £14,000 to 30 local groups.

Volunteers, friends, family and members of the congregation enjoyed a splendid spread prepared by Greens of Tain.

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Afterwards the assembled company were entertained by Golspie magician Clive Grewcock who performed a number of card tricks.   We are very grateful to Dornoch Free Church for the use of their premises this year.

All in all, a huge thank you to everyone connected with both the charity shop and this celebration of its work.