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.


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

Hub Church

We have done some rethinking of the Ardgay Services that Liz and Buster Crabb have kindly hosted for a few years now.  On the second Tuesday of the month, there will continue to be a Eucharist in Liz and Buster’s living room at 10:30am as before, but the services that used to be on the fourth Tuesday of the month are changing.

On the last Tuesday of each month (which is usually also the fourth Tuesday), Services of Prayer and Praise will be held in the Kyle of Sutherland Hub, at 5:00pm followed by fellowship in the Hub Cafe.

These services are open to all in Ardgay, Bonar Bridge and beyond who wish to meet together with other Christians in Prayer and Praise to the God who made Heaven and Earth and whose son Jesus Christ died for our Salvation.

All are welcome, whether established Churchgoer or just a wee bit curious.

Lent Retreat 2018

Artwork by Elizabeth Wang

The Ignatian Spirituality Centre in Glasgow is offering an online Lent Retreat in the form of a course in prayer. It’s aim is to help participants get to know and love Jesus Christ better, in order to live a deeper and more authentic Christian life of service.  Details are to be found at the dedicated Lent Retreat website.

Every day the web site offers: one passage from Scripture, plus another meditation and a picture to ponder. They also give a few suggestions each day on how to pray the day’s materials.

The Centre also suggests that although this retreat may be used by individuals, there is value in retreatants meeting together as a group from time to time to support each other in prayer and help them to see where God is in their prayer and in their lives. Such a group might also introduce members to different ways of praying with Scripture.

There are such groups in various parts of Scotland, but none so far in our area.  If you wish to follow the retreat AND would find meeting up as a group helpful, speak to James.

There is no charge for participation in the Lenten Retreat 2018, but the Ignation Spirituality Centre is always happy to receive donations to help them cover their costs.

Sunday 31st December – Joint Service Dornoch

This Sunday (31st December) is the fifth Sunday of the month and there will be services as follows:

  • Lairg – 8:15am in Lairg Parish Church as usual
  • Dornoch – 11:00am Joint Service, St Andrew’s and St Finnbarr’s

There will be no service in Tain this week.

Where to Celebrate the Birth of Jesus

All are welcome to share with us in celebrating Christ’s Birth at any of our services in this part of the world:


Dec 24th – Christmas Midnight Sung Eucharist at St Finnbarr’s at 11:00pm

Dec 25th – Christmas Day Holy Communion from the Reserved Sacrament at 9:30am


Dec 24th – Christmas Midnight Sung Eucharist at St Andrew’s at 11:30pm

Dec 25th – Christmas Day Sung Eucharist at 10:30am


Dec 24th – Lairg Christians Together – Lessons and Carols at 6:30pm

Dec 25th – Christmas Day Sung Eucharist at 8:15am


Dec 24th – Christmas Midnight Sung Eucharist at St Ninian’s at 7:30pm


Dec 28th – Carol at the Crask at 2:00pm


Dec 29th – Christmas Sung Eucharist at St Mary by the Cross at 12 noon