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Regular Services: (but see also below)
Sundays
11.30 am
Sung Eucharist,
Communion from Reserved Sacrament or Morning Prayer
Wednesdays (see Services)
10.30 am
Said Eucharist or
Communion from Reserved Sacrament

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

 
 

May Services:
Wed
1st
10:30 am

Philip and James, Apostles

Sun
5th
11:30 am
Easter 3
Sun
12th
11:30 am

Easter 4

Sun
19th
11:30 am
Easter 5
Sun
26th
11:30 am
Easter 6
Thu
30th
6:30 pm
Ascension Day
 
 

On 5th May we welcome the Revd. Robert Breaden, as our celebrant and preacher

On 26th May we welcome the Most Rev'd. Mark Strange as our celebrant and preacher


Dates for your Diary:

See also hall calendar for the year

 

Church Open Days

Visiting Wick this summer? Or discovering your own town? Our Church will be open for anyone to visit on Wednesdays, 12noon - 3pm, from 1st May to September. This interesting building, on the corner of Moray Street and Francis Street, has commemorative wall tablets and decorative windows, as well as the normal church furnishings and equipment. It is open to believers and non-believers alike. You can come to see it as interesting architecture, a place of worship, or a place of quiet contemplation. One or more church members will be on hand to offer a guided tour if you wish, but there is a self-guide leaflet if you prefer, or you can just sit in one of the pews, or a soft chair, to absorb the quiet atmosphere.

As an added attraction, this year we are offering second-hand novels for sale at bargain prices, so come on a Wednesday and have a look.

 

Sunday 5th 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 2:15 - 3:30 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.

Friday 17th 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sit'n 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.

Saturday 18th 10:00 am - 4:00 pm in the Church Hall
Crochet Along
We meet on the third Saturday of most months. Beginners and more experienced crocheters most welcome. We get together to exchange ideas and discuss what's trending in the world of crochet. We share patterns & skills to encourage the art of crochet. The day runs from 10am-4pm but if you can only manage a morning or afternoon that's fine. £5 regardless of how long you stay. Complementary coffee & tea. Bring a packed lunch if staying for the day. Sharing time together is a great way to make new friends, learn or improve a skill and keep alive a technique of handicraft. To confirm dates or other information get in touch with Lyn on 07890 902816.

Saturday 25th 10:30 - 12:00 in the Church Hall

Coffee Morning

Freshly baked scones will be on offer along with our lovely milky coffee and biscuits. Hope to see you there.

 


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Sunday 26th 1:00 pm in the Church Hall - Vestry Meeting


Other events for 2019

7th/8th June Hearing the Word
15th June - Crask Shed Opening

Book Sales:
14th and 15th June
6th and 7th September

Coffee Mornings:
14th September
30th November

21st July - 27th July 2019 at Glenalmond College, Perthshire
GLEN '19 - Stories and Songs

1st September at 3pm
Evensong to celebrate 150 years of worship at Inverness Cathedral

28th September - Regional Synod, venue t.b.a.

See also Love North

 

For sale in aid of church funds

Beautiful quality teatowels - only £6.50, individually wrapped. Proceeds to church funds.

Available in church (after a service) or contact Lyn on 07890 902816 or Brenda at stjohnswick@btinternet.com . Delivery or collection will be arranged.

 

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Curate's Letter


Happy Easter! Christ is risen! Alleluia!

As I write this, the sun is shining and birds are singing. There is wall to wall blue sky and children are outside playing in the warmth of this April morning. We are so fortunate to have land that we can access so easily and to enjoy the diversity of His creation.

One of the weeks of the Lent course that was run in both Wick and Thurso explored Orthodox theology and our role in that. Being part of the created cosmos and seeing God in all created things. We learned about the art of iconography and one person's discovery that she could pray an icon into existence, using her paintbrush. Another week, we explored how to use a finger labyrinth and how that can be used to still our hearts and minds and focus on God.

We have explored and discussed deep and meaningful quotes by some of our earliest theologians and practised different ways of connecting with God. All of which are provided to help us determine how each of us as individuals connects with God on a deep and personal level. Because there is no 'one size fits all' in the journey of Christian discipleship. So it is with our journey with Christ as we lead to the Cross and reflect on our part in that story.

This, combined, with my questions for previous letters, "Where do our priorities lie?" and "where does our future lie?" gives us a springboard to launch into the post-Easter future. What lies ahead? The easy answer is that the liturgical year of the church is already mapped out for us. We begin to look to Ascension Day and Pentecost. However, how do we use what God has provided for us in terms of ministry and mission in and around Caithness?

I was very aware, in running the course on Christian Spirituality and Mysticism of just how much spiritual hunger there is in Caithness. The course in Thurso was held in the Community Café on Harbour Road in Thurso and that allowed various people to come to the course who would not have attended otherwise. What other opportunities do we see around us, but don't necessarily think are relevant to the Church in Caithness? We can no longer think of the church continuing as it has done for decades, Now is the time to think outside of the box. What initiatives have you seen elsewhere that might, given the very specific geographical nature of Caithness, work in reaching out and spreading the Good News of the risen Christ?

Can we choose intentionally to be as radical as Christ? N. T. Wright wrote: "If someone in the first century had wanted to invent a story about people seeing Jesus, they wouldn't have dreamed of giving the star part to a woman." In a heavily patriarchal society, no thought was given to a woman being party to the first resurrection appearance of the risen Christ (John 20:16-18). If you read from Luke's Gospel, the men thought an idle tale was being told to them by the women (Luke 24:11). These were the women who stuck with the Lord through thick and thin, who catered for his needs, who were there at the cross, and who had the courage to go to the tomb with spices on the third day to prepare his body for burial. They were not expecting to see the risen Christ, but they did. And they went and told the others.

My point is not to raise one gender up over the other, but to ask where you might have seen, noticed or thought of a way in which to reach out to others that you have then put aside as being a nonsensical idea. I would like to know what those ideas are. We are the church in Caithness, as a corporate body, but we are also individually searching for God on our own spiritual journeys. Different viewpoints and different ideas carefully and respectfully shared enrich our journey together as we search out radical opportunities to be a witness and light to the many different nationalities that we meet every day in Caithness.

We meet in Christ's name. Let us share His peace.

Ellie

 

 
 

 

 

 

 
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