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Regular Services:
Sundays
11.30am
Sung Eucharist

Additional services where possible on Holy Days, Church Feasts etc.

 
 


 

March Services:
Wed
1st
6.0 pm
Ash Wednesday
Sun
5th
11.30 am
Lent 1
Sun
12th
11.30 am
Lent 2
Sun
19th
11.30 am
Evening Prayer
Sun
19th
3.30 pm
Lent 3
Sun
26th
11.30 am
Mothering Sunday

 

 
 

Dates for your Diary

See also new calendar for the year

 

Lenten Study Group - Wednesdays at 2.0 pm throughout Lent

Friday 3rd March 10am - 3pm and Saturday 4th March 10am - 2pm
Book Sale in the Church Hall
A sale of second-hand books, CDs and DVDs. Organiser Gordon Johnson said, "I would like to thank recent donors of large numbers of books for their amazing generosity. All income from our book sales goes towards Church projects."

Friday 3rd March at 2.0 pm in the Salvation Army hall
World Day of Prayer Service

Friday 10th March 10.0 am - 4.0 pm
Sit & Stitch Day in the Church Hall
All aspects of stitching welcome. Be inspired and encouraged by the company and friendly chat. An opportunity to finish cross stitch kits or learn a new skill like patchwork or even take up a hem or two.
Tea and coffee on tap. Bring your own packed lunch. Please phone Lyn to book a table - 07890 902816. 5 a day

Sunday 12th March at 12.45 pm in the Church Hall
TRAIDCRAFT STALL
This stall sells Fairtrade tea, coffee, sweets, biscuits, sugar, pasta, cocoa and dates. All top quality items.

Tuesday 14th March 2.0 - 4.0 pm in the Church Hall
Our Befriending tea room will be open again. The usual team will be on hand to meet and greet. There is always an open invitation to any member of St John's congregation to come along for the afternoon.

Wednesday 15th March at 7.0 pm
Meeting of the Vestry

Saturday 18th March 10.30 - 12.0 in the Church Hall
Coffee Morning with a Spring theme
Organiser Victoria Denley-Spencer said:
We're celebrating "Spring Time" with a coffee morning. With spring flowers on the table, a raffle with its amazing prizes and super delicious home baking on our sales table.
"A taste of spring - hot cross buns, gorgeous homemade pancakes and our special milky coffee and a warm welcome awaits".

Future dates for 2017

Book Sales:
23rd and 24th June
1st and 2nd September
3rd and 4th November

Coffee Mornings:
27th May
1st July
19th August
30th September
25th November

Wednesday Evening with at 7 pm:
19th April - Kenneth McElroy and Iain Maclean Caithness Broch Project
17th May - Ken Crossan An intimate journey - Caithness Coastline
21st June - Lord-Lieutenant Anne Dunnett On her Majesty's Service
19th July - Cara Young Living my dream
16th August - Susie Dingle Life as a music conductor
20th September - Ken Crossan Land of fire & ice - Yellowstone in winter


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Rector's Letter

Dear People of Wick and Thurso,

The desert, or the wilderness: the environment in which the founders of the three monotheistic religions, Moses, Jesus and Mohammed, discovered some of the most profound truths about human beings and God. (The apostle Paul too, after his terrifying conversion, went into the wilderness before embarking on his life of mission.) As we return at the very beginning of this month to the season of Lent, we recall how Jesus was "driven by the Spirit into the wilderness", as Mark's Gospel puts it. Clearly, we infer, the desert had something very important for him to learn before he embarked on his ministry.

I've mentioned before the experience of one of my dear clergy friends in Tasmania who went on a voyage to Antarctica some years ago. The passengers were on a ship taking expeditioners to one of the Australian bases. She described the experience as very like the desert, a place that is frankly dangerous for those who are ill-equipped: she noted how, before any trip from the ship onto the land, the expeditioners who accompanied them ashore prepared for the worst of all possible occurrences, so that they could respond if, for example, the ice suddenly opened into a crevasse.

She also realised how utterly insignificant human beings are in such an environment. The landscape is usually vast and barren, and often lacking in the bustle and noise of gentler and more temperate places. She heard sound, certainly, in Antarctica, but it was the eerie sound of ice creaking and cracking - the sound of a potentially destructive force, very unlike, for example, the soothing babble of a stream.

But what she also found was breathtaking beauty. In Antarctic regions, the ice takes on the most spectacular colours, blue, green, shimmering silver, a loveliness seen nowhere else on earth. She felt hugely privileged, together with the constant sense of her own minuteness before such vastness, to be a part of a world where such loveliness exists, simply is, serving apparently no useful purpose.

And she also found, paradoxically, that her existence came to take on a quality that it had never had before. In a place where she could achieve nothing, she found her own value, as a human being, enriched more than she could ever have predicted. It was, I remember her telling me, almost impossible to explain: it was partly that all the non-essentials with which we clutter ourselves were revealed as simply trivial; partly that in such a stark environment, she had to learn to be at peace with the person she was, because she was faced with only her own existence and the vastness around her. Games and pretences were utterly pointless.

Does this experience explain, even if only in part, why it was so important for Our Lord to go, "be driven", into a similarly stark place, and remain there for over a month? We know nothing of what went on for him during those scorching days and chilly nights, apart from what emerges in his responses at the end of that time. At the end, he knew, with a crystalline clearness, that he had great gifts, but those gifts were never to be used for his own benefit; that he had a unique relationship to his Father, but that the relationship was never to be exploited to give him a privileged life of security; that he was to bring hope to the world, but never through abuse of power.

And the experience of my friend perhaps also explains why it is so important for us to keep the season of Lent each year, not as a time of morbid self-accusing misery, but as a humble and honest attempt to look with clear eyes at who we are, the faults and besetting sins of whose existence we live in steadfast denial, although we can be sure that we fool no one else. The image that I've seen used is that of shining a torch into a dusty, neglected cupboard, in order to see and then do something about the mess we find there. As Christians, of course, we do this only with the grace of God; but he will certainly help us, provided we are willing to ask for his help. And the result of co-operating with God in such a task, will be to lead us more surely, to quote one of the morning Collects, "into perfect freedom".

So, while we probably are not able to go away to a desert of either ice or sand, let us do our best to use Lent as an opportunity to find a time and a place where we can put away all the noise and fuss and bustle, and simply be, honestly and quietly, in the presence of the God who loves us and longs to heal us. I'm sure that we can all find a space and a time in our lives that can become a wilderness of life and renewal for us. Let us use this Lent well.

With my love and prayers,

Revd Wendy.

 

 

 

 

 


 
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