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September 2018

Some  reflections ….

 

One evening a man came home from work to find total mayhem in his house. His 3 children were outside, still in their pyjamas, playing in the mud. Indoors, a lamp had been knocked over, the TV was loudly blaring, the room was strewn with toys and clothing. In the kitchen, dishes filled the sink, dog food was spilled on the floor, a broken glass lay under the table, and a small pile of sand was spread by the back door.

He went upstairs to look for his wife, thinking she might be ill. He found her still curled up in bed in her pyjamas, reading a novel. She looked up, smiled and asked how his day went.

He looked at her in bewilderment and asked, ‘What happened here today?’

She smiled and answered, ‘You know every day when you come home from work you ask me what in the world I did all day?’

‘Yes,’ was his incredulous reply.

She answered, ‘Well, today I didn’t do it.’

 

For our church life to run smoothly and effectively, we need every single person to use their gifts and ministries – otherwise, like this story, there’s chaos! 

 

Last month we gave each of you (and the folk at Grantown) a leaflet entitled ‘The Church’s Life’ – and asked you to complete the enclosed form.

Sadly at St. John’s we’ve had very few replies … so a new form will be coming to each of you later this month and we ask that you would prayerfully complete it and place it at the back of the church in the Prayer Requests box. 

 

It’s wonderful to see so many visitors joining us for worship over the summer. Let’s all use our gifts and ministries to be a church that refreshes and encourages not just ourselves, but also our many visitors – and brings a blessing to our local communities as we share the love of God with them.

 

Deborah is embarking on a new calling and ministry as Diocesan President of the Mothers’ Union. Let’s pray for her as she’s commissioned on the 2ndand as she begins to make contact with Mothers Union members and grows the ministry in the Diocese.

Jenny

Loving God, we thank you for the work of the Mothers’ Union over the years; for all the women who have given tirelessly of their time and resources in your service, over many countries and continents. We thank you for their faithfulness and perseverance, and for their witness to your immense love for humanity. We pray for women around the world, united by their faith and their commitment to work together for the common good. We pray that they would witness powerfully, work faithfully and rejoice in each other’s fellowship. In the name of Jesus Christ your Son, our Saviour and our Friend. Amen.  (Archbishop Justin Welby)

What's happening

Sunday September 2nd  10.30am - Visiting speaker Rev. Jim Rettie. 

Service followed by  prayer for healing.

 

Sunday September 2nd 5.30pm   Inverness Cathedral

Deborah is to be commissioned as the new Diocesan Mothers Union President.

 

 

Sunday September 9th 6.30pm  Evensong

 

Discovering New Hymns  - Wednesday 12thSeptember 7.30pm at Ochilbrae.

 

- Saturday 22ndSeptember 10 to 5. - Doors Open Day

Please sign your name on the list at the back of the church if you can help.

 

Alison’s Homegroup – September 26th

 

Harvest – Sunday October 7th

Gifts of food for the Food Bank and gifts of money for Christian Aid.

6.30 Harvest Evensong

 

Dates for your diary

2ndPentecost 15 - 10.30am Holy Communion and Ministry of Healing at St. John’s. 

5.30pm Deborah commissioned at the Cathedral as Diocesan MU President.

6thThursday  10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

 

9th Pentecost 16    10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

6.30pm Evensong. 

13thThursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

 

16thPentecost 17  10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

20thThursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

22ndSaturday Church Open Day.

 

23rdPentecost 18   10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

26thWednesday Alison’s Homegroup.

27thThursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

 

30thPentecost 19   10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

 

Richard Gillings 01479 831365  

Jenny Jones 01540 673532 

Alison Hart 01479 841614

Tony Sparham 01479 481151

Ian Sykes 01479 870394

August 2018

Some  reflections ….

 

Ten little Christians standing in a line,

One disliked the preacher, then there were nine.

Nine little Christians stayed up very late,

One overslept on Sunday, then there were eight.

Eight little Christians on their way to heaven,

One took the low road and then there were seven.

Seven little Christians chirping like chicks,

One disliked the music, then there were six.

Six little Christians very much alive,

But one lost their interest and then there were five.

Five little Christians pulling for heaven’s shore,

But one stopped to take a rest, and then there were four.

Four little Christians each busy as a bee,

One got their feelings hurt, and then there were three.

Three little Christians knew not what to do,

One joined the sports club, and then there were two.

Two little Christians, our rhyme is nearly done,

Differed with each other, and then there was none! Anon.

 

In the last few weeks we’ve been focussing on ministry. Whilst the ditty above is amusing, there’s also a grain of truth in it. 

We’re a small church at St. John’s and every person is vital to the health of the whole.

 

YOUR gifts and hugely valued and necessary – so please would you take some time to prayerfully fill in the ministry forms that were handed out last month, and leave them at the back of the church or hand them to a member of the clergy. If you’ve lost your form, then please let us know and we can give you a new one. 

 

Fear not – it doesn’t mean you’re committing yourself to something harsh! It means that we can grow our church in the best possible way, using the gifts God has given to each one of us. Jenny.

 

A Prayer by John Wesley

(not easy to pray truthfully but life-changing if we can)

 

I am no longer my own, but Yours,

put me to what You will.

Put me to doing, put me to suffering.

Let me be employed for You, or laid aside for You.

Let me be full, let me be empty.

Let me have all things, let me have nothing.

I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things

 to Your pleasure and disposal.

And now glorious and blessed God,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

You are mine and I am Yours.

So be it.

And this covenant now made on earth, 

let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

What's happening?

Dates for your diary

5thPentecost 11   10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

9thThursday  10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

 

12thPentecost 12   10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.  

15th– Alison’s Homegroup.

16thThursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

 

19thPentecost 13   10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

6.30pm. Songs of Praise. 

23rd Thursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

26th Pentecost 14   10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

28th Tuesday  Vestry Meeting.

30th Thursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

 

Richard Gillings 01479 831365  

Jenny Jones 01540 673532 

Alison Hart 01479 841614

Tony Sparham 01479 481151

Ian Sykes 01479 870394

Alison’s Homegroup – August 15th   

 

Songs of Praise  - Sunday August 19th 6.30pm

 

Vestry Meeting – Tuesday 28thAugust.

 

Jazz Mass – Come and sing from scratch.  Inverness Cathedral Saturday 26thAugust. 

More details – office@invernesscathedral.org

 

Looking ahead.

Discovering New Hymns – Wednesday 12th September 7.30pm at Ochilbrae.

 

Doors Open Day - Saturday 22ndSeptember 10 to 5.

Harvest – Sunday October 7th.

 

JULY 2018

 

Some  reflections ….

 

A slightly cynical minister, on his first flight in a Jumbo Jet, said that it reminded him of his church: several hundred people sitting back looking bored and a few stewards and crew members rushed off their feet!

But being part of the Body of Christ, the Church, should be more like being part of the crew of a Hurricane Jet – every person on board totally engaged and necessary for the flight.

This month, under Tony guidance, we’re looking at what it means for each of us personally to be a church member.

In Scripture we read – ‘The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts … if the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? …. In fact, God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them,just as he wanted them to be.’

So it’s false modesty (and unbiblical!) to say, ‘I’m not good at anything’ or ‘I’m too old to play much of a part.’ 

God needs each one of us for the Body of Christ to function smoothly. If we’ve a toe or thumb missing – or an under-functioning thyroid, our body struggles! Likewise, as we discover our gifts and ministries, we need each of us at St. John’s to play our part – or the rest of the Body suffers.

recent times we’ve certainly grown in ministry and it’s been encouraging to see so many folk take up new responsibilities. So this next month let’s go for a Spiritual Check-up and see how the Body of Christ at St. John’s can get fitter!!

Jenny

 

 

Prayer

We pray, O God, for your Church throughout the world 

- and especially for our Church here at St. John’s – 

that we may respond wholeheartedly to your love 

by committing ourselves to the service of your kingdom, 

with faith strengthened 

by a living experience of Christ’s presence,

 and with freedom and courage to follow where Christ leads

for the honour of his name. Amen.

 

Dates for your diary

1st Pentecost 610.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

Vestry Meeting after church. 

 5th - Thursday  10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

Discovering New Hymns at Stuart and Cathy’s.

 

8th - Pentecost 710.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.  

9th - 1pm Service of Thanksgiving for Catherine Cottam.

12th - Thursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

 

15th - Pentecost 810.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

6.30pm Summer Songs of Praise at St. John’s.

19th - Thursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

 

22nd - Pentecost 910.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

26th Thursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

 

29th - Pentecost 1010.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

 

Richard Gillings 01479 831365  

Jenny Jones 01540 673532 

Alison Hart 01479 841614

Tony Sparham 01479 481151

Ian Sykes 01479 870394

 

Vestry Meeting

Sunday July 1s tafter church.

 

Discovering New Hymns

Thursday July 5th at Stuart and Cathy’s home.

 

Service of Thanksgiving for Catherine Cottam

Monday July 9th  1pm at St. John’s.

Refreshments in the Hall afterwards.

 

Songs of Praise - Sunday July 15th6.30pm

Alison’s Homegroup – July 18th 

 

Looking ahead

Joint Vestries Meeting and Pets Service. - Details coming soon.

 

 

JUNE 2018

O Lord of night and day?

More secure am I within your hand

than if a multitude did round me stand.

Amen.

 

 

Evensong - Sunday June 3rd.

 

Alison’s Homegroup – June 20th

 

From the last Vestry meeting:

- we hope to go ahead with the removal of 1 or 2 pews from the back of the church.

- the boundary fence is in need of repair.

- the church bell has been electrified.

- a new altar cloth is to be purchased, thanks to legacies from Audrey and Mac.

- the entrance and main room of the hall is to be painted.

- there are discussions on improving the acoustics of the hall.

- Church Doors Open Day is on Saturday 22ndSeptember.

- St John the Baptist’s day falls on Sunday 24thJune and it was proposed the congregation has lunch at the Cairngorm Hotel after the service.

Looking ahead

Vestry meeting Sunday, 1stJuly after church.

 

Discovering New Hymns– Thursday 5thJuly

Dates for your diary

3rd Pentecost 210.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.  

17th Thursday  10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

 

10th Pentecost 3  - 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.  

14th Thursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

 

17th Pentecost 4 - 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

21st Thursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

 

24th Pentecost 510.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

28th Thursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

 

Richard Gillings 01479 831365  

Jenny Jones 01540 673532 

Alison Hart 01479 841614

Tony Sparham 01479 481151

Ian Sykes 01479 870394

 

A Prayer by Justin Welby

Gracious and generous God, you became poor so that we might be enriched by your love, and you gave the world’s wealth and resources as a common inheritance of all human beings.

We pray you would strengthen your church to be a beacon of hospitality for the poor.

We pray that, seeing the light of Christ’s love, the nations and peoples of the world may fight not to kill, but to outdo one another in care for the poor, and in actions of gracious generosity.

Through Him who for our sakes did not grasp the wealth of heaven, but instead gave all to live for us as a slave, and die for us in pain, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour. Amen.

 

Some  reflections ….

St. Columba of Iona

 

I wonder which saint you feel you have a connection to? For me, it’s Columba and on June 9thwe celebrate the life of St. Columba of Iona. But who was this 6thcentury monk?

 

He was born into a royal family in Ireland and had a comprehensive education, becoming a priest and abbot.

Around 560AD he became involved in a dispute with another abbot, which led to a battle in which many men were killed.

Columba resolved to go into exile and to win for Christ as many men as had been killed in the battle.

 

In 563 with 12 companions he travelled to Scotland in a wicker currach covered with leather. Arriving on the white sandy beaches of Iona (the first place he landed where he couldn’t look back and see his native Ireland), Columba built his first church of clay and wood and established a monastic community. 

 

 

MAY 2018

Some  reflections ….

 

Thy Kingdom Come

10th– 20thMay

Join the Global Wave of Prayer

 

Once again, from Ascension day to Pentecost, Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury is inviting us to join with hundreds of thousands of Christians around the world in praying ‘Thy Kingdom Come’.

 

I would strongly encourage you to look at the website. Amongst other really useful suggestions of how to pray, you can see a short video giving a moving testimony of how Justin Welby came to faith.

https://www.thykingdomcome.global/

 

I’ve downloaded a daily prayer guide for those 11 days and will send it nearer the time, and also provide hard copies at the back of church.

 

We are also encouraged to choose 5 friends, family or neighbours and to covenant to pray for them daily. (Remember the leather thong with the 5 knots that we used as a visual aid a couple of years ago?)

 

Please visit the website to sign up with your own pledge to pray – I’ve already signed up St. John’s as a praying church so don’t let me down!

Andrew Murray, the renowned Scottish Author and Bible teacher wrote these words some decades ago:

 

‘A man is no bigger than his prayer life. What a man (woman) is on his knees before God, that he is and nothing more. In that coming day when the hearts of men will be revealed, there will be some big men who will appear very small and those we thought to be small will turn out to be spiritual giants’.

From the website:

During the 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come, it is hoped that everyone who participates will deepen their friendship with Jesus, bring other to know Jesus or know him better, and come to know that every aspect of their life is the stuff of prayer.  

What's Happening

Sunday May 13th 5.30pm   St. Columba’s Grantown

Visit of Bishop Mark. 

A special service at which Canon Tony Sparham and Rev. Ian Sykes

will be warranted for their ministry in our churches and the local community.

There will also be a licensing/relicensing of our excellent Lay Ministry Teams.

This is a very important occasion in the life of our 2 church communities and we hope everyone will do their best to be present to welcome our Primus and to support those who will be authorised in their ministries.

 

Ascension Day - Thursday May 10th

12noon Eucharist at St. Columba’s

7.30pm Evensong and Eucharist at St. John’s.

 

Alison’s Homegroup – May 16th

 

Christian Aid Week 13th– 19thMay

For more details please see

https://www.christianaid.org.uk/christian-aid-week

Dates for your diary

3rdThursday  10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

6thSixth Sunday of Easter10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.  

10thThursday  Ascension Day 12 noon Holy Communion at St. Columba’s.

7.30pm Evensong and Eucharist at St. John’s.  

 

13thSeventh Sunday of Easter10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.  

5.30pm Licensing Service at t. Columba’s with the Primus.

17thThursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

 

20thPentecost10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

24th  Thursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

 

27thTrinity Sunday10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

31stThursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

 

Richard Gillings 01479 831365  

Jenny Jones 01540 673532 

Alison Hart 01479 841614

Tony Sparham 01479 481151

Ian Sykes 01479 870394

 

April 2018

 

Canterbury, Justin Welby:

‘Prayer is one of the most intimate and beautiful activities in which human beings can engage, whether alone or with others. 

 

We are changed, and the world is changed, as God allows us, through prayer, to share in his making of the world. We are his partners in making the world, in prayer. 

 

Jean Vanier, who founded the L’Arche communities, said: “To pray is essentially to come to Jesus and to drink.” 

 

Prayer begins with an encounter with a person: an opening of ourselves to be with the person who is three persons in one: God, who comes to be with us, through Jesus by his Spirit, and being with us changes us.

 

Too often, in the way that we all talk of prayer, and especially in the way we teach about prayer, we become mechanical and manipulative. It’s as though there is a technique that makes a difference: press the buttons in the right order and everything will work.

 

But just as we can’t manoeuvre our way into friendships, it’s the same with prayer. Prayer has at its centre a relationship with God in Jesus Christ. We are not praying to placate or please God: we’re praying to relish and rejoice in Him. Relationships are not built on process, but on partnerships. Prayer is about sharing every part of yourself and your life with God. 

 

the right order’ and live a suitably good life. He just says, ‘come and be with me’. It’s an invitation. 

 

Partnership with Jesus Christ in prayer is risky because it’s deeply costly. When we accept the invitation of Jesus to be with him, it will mean putting ourselves in places that are tough. Pushing ourselves to limits that are very demanding. So prayer is apparently, looking at it from outside, a fearful thing, and deeply risky. 

 

The reality, of course, is that the risk is nothing: it’s a zero. To cast yourself into the hands of one who loves you immeasurably and perfectly is fairly obviously not much of a risk. Not to do so is really the risk. But it feels like a risk because in prayer that is a partnership with God, everything is on the table – we hold nothing back. 

 

There has never been a renewal of the spiritual life of the church – which means all Christians, you and me – without a renewal of prayer. 

That’s why I’ve made it the highest priority of my ministry.’ 

(Abridged from the Church of England website)

 

Lord, teach me to pray …..

 

 

WHAT"S HAPPENING

Wednesday 18thApril 7.30pm

Discovering New Hymns

at Stuart and Cathy’s home –  Ochilbrae.

A warm welcome to all. Hymn books provided!

Please come so that we can extend our repertoire of hymns at St. John’s

 

Joint Vestries Meeting

St. John’s and St. Columba’s

Saturday April 14th10am – 12.30am

St. John’s Hall

An opportunity for general discussion on matters of common interest. Canon Tony Sparham will also talk on Lay Ministry Teams

 

The Bishop's Lent Appeal 

The 'Barefoot College.' 

This is a charity which works in 1300 villages  in more than 70 countries. It connects rural communities 

and enables them to access solar power, clean water,  education etc. Please put donations in an envelope marked ‘Lent Appeal’ and place in the offertory plate before the end of April. Many thanks. Check its website for lots more detail:

www.barefootcollege.org

 

Dates for your diary

5thThursday  10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

 

8thSecond Sunday of Easter10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.  

12thThursday  10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.  

14th10am Joint Vestries meeting in Hall.

 

15thThird Sunday of Easter10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.  

19thThursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

 

22ndFourth Sunday of Easter10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

26th Thursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

 

29thFifth Sunday of Easter10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

 

Richard Gillings 01479 831365  

Jenny Jones 01540 673532 

Alison Hart 01479 841614

Tony Sparham 01479 481151

 

Advance Notice

Thy Kingdom Come –

The Archbishop of Canterbury’s prayer initiative

is taking place from 10th– 20thMay.

More details later.

 

March 2018

March 2018

HOLY WEEK

Palm Sunday

10.30am Eucharist with Blessing and distribution of crosses and the reading of the Passion.

 

Monday

10.30am and 7pm Holy Communion.

 

Tuesday

10.30am Holy Communion.

 

Wednesday

10.30am Holy Communion.

 

Maundy Thursday

7pm Maundy Thursday Liturgy.

 

Good Friday

2 -3pm Hour at the Cross.

 

Holy Saturday

7.30pm Easter Eve Vigil.

 Easter Day

10.30am Easter Festival Eucharist.

6.30pm Evensong and Holy Communion.

WHAT"S HAPPENING

Please remember …

Every Thursday at 10.15am Communion and Lent Study.

Sunday March 18th

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING after the morning service.

 

 

The Bishop's Lent Appeal this year will be the charity 'Barefoot College.'

It is a charity working largely in India but also in Africa and it supports communities with projects relating to solar power, water supplies, education etc.

Please put donations in an envelope marked ‘Lent Appeal’ and place in offertory plate.

Check its website:

www.barefootcollege.org

 

Advance notice.

Wednesday 18th April 7.30pm

Discovering New Hymns

at Stuart and Cathy’s home –

Ochilbrae.

A warm welcome to all.

 

Some Lenten prayers:

 

“If you want to become a disciple of Jesus,

deny yourself, take up your cross,

and follow Him.”

Mark 8:34

 

Lord Jesus, there are times when I do not notice your coming to me;

times when I have ignored your presence.

There are times when my senses are dull:

when my mind begins to doubt you.

Lord, lead me out of my darkness into your light.

Lord, lead me from my loneliness to the joy of your presence,

until I come out of the wilderness, and emptiness

and share the joys of the Promised Land. Amen.

David Adam

 

Thanks be to you,

my Lord Jesus Christ,

for all the benefits you have won for me,

For all the pain and insults you have borne for me.

O merciful redeemer, Friend and Brother,

may I know you more clearly,

love you more dearly,

and follow you more nearly,

day by day. Amen.

St. Richard of Chichester (1197 – 1253)

 

Dates for your diary

1st  Thursday  10.15am Holy Communion and Lent Study at St. John’s.

 

4th Third Sunday of Lent 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

8th Thursday  10.15am Holy Communion and Lent Study at St. John’s. 

 

11th Fourth Sunday of Lent 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

15th Thursday 10.30am Holy Communion and Lent Study at St. John’s.

 

18th Passion Sunday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s followed by AGM.

22nd  Thursday 10.30am Holy Communion and Lent Study at St. John’s.

 

25th Palm Sunday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

26th Monday 10.30am and 7pm Holy Communion.

27th Tuesday 10.30am Holy Communion.

28th Wednesday 10.30am Holy Communion.

29th 7pm Maundy Thursday Liturgy.

30th Good Friday 2 – 3pm Hour at the Cross.

31st Holy Saturday 7.30pm Easter Eve Vigil.

 

Richard Gillings 01479 831365 

Jenny Jones 01540 673532

Alison Hart 01479 841614

Tony Sparham 01479 481151

February 2018/Lent 2018

St. John’s Rothiemurchus and St. Columba’s Grantown.

 

ASH WEDNESDAY  February 14th

St. John’s - Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes at 10-30a.m. & 7-00p.m. (from the reserved sacrament)   

St Columba's  - Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes 12-00noon  & 7-00p.m.

 

No Thursday Eucharist at St. John’s.

 

Wednesdays at St Columba's (from February 21st )

Eucharist at 12 noon

Lent Lunch at 12.45

1.30 – 2.30pm ‘On the Third Day’ – an ecumenical course in 5 sessions.

 

Thursdays at St. John’s (from February 22nd)

10.15am (please note time change) until 11.15am – Eucharist plus introducing Mark’s Gospel followed by coffee at the Druie.

 

Specials!

Evensong for the beginning of Lent on Sunday February 18th at 4pm at St. John’s.

Holy Communion and shared lunch at Meadowbank, Main Street, Newtonmore on Saturday March 3rd at 12 noon.

 

 

 

January 2018

Some New Year reflections and prayers ....

I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year, ‘Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.’

And he replied, ‘Go out into the
darkness and put your hand into
the hand of God, that shall be to
you better than light and safer than a known way.’

As this New Year unfolds, O God,
Enlarge my vision of yourself,
Deepen my trust in your love,
Increase my faith in the perfection of your purposes That when you speak I may listen,

And when you direct I may obey, Confident that you will never
Cause your child a needless tear. Amen.

‘You crown the year with your goodness.’ (Psalm 65.)

‘Many are the plans in the human heart,
But it is the purpose of the Lord that will be established.’ (Proverbs 19.)

‘The Lord knows the path I take:
When he has tried me I shall come forth as gold.’ (Job 23) 

‘Do not worry about tomorrow:
Tomorrow will take care of itself. Each day has trouble enough of its own.’ (Matthew 6)

‘I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.’ (Rev. 22)

God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Whose years never fail
And whose mercies are new each returning day: Let the radiance of your Spirit renew our lives, Warming our hearts and giving light to our minds; That we may pass the coming year
In joyful obedience and firm faith; Through him who is the beginning and the end, Your Son our Lord. Amen.

**** 

 

WHAT'S HAPPENING

Help needed ... After the morning service this Sunday (7th), help is needed

to dismantle the Christmas tree. All able hands on deck, please!

Advance notice:

AGM meeting in February (date to be announced)

Recent coffee money was used to help provide Christmas gift bags for those who came to the Christmas lunch at the Community Café. Thanks to Jan Goodall for organising this.

For those wanting to keep in touch, I (Jenny) have Jean Brown’s (now Wilson’s) new address and phone number. Please let ask if you would like it.

The new 2018 Church Family List will be coming out soon. If there are any changes/amendments, please email jennifer.jones32@btinternet.com 

Dates for your diary

4th Thursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

7th First Sunday after Epiphany 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.
11th Thursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

14th Second Sunday after Epiphany 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.
18th Thursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

21st Third Sunday after Epiphany 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.
25th Thursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

28th Fourth Sunday after Epiphany 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

Richard Gillings 01479 831365

Jenny Jones 01540 673532

Alison Hart 01479 841614

Tony Sparham 01479 481151 

 

December 2017

 

A Christmas reflection ….

 

Mary and Joseph were people in a country under occupation. The Romans ruled them and told them what to do. They had little or no say about their circumstances. They were moved around at the whim of an Emperor.

We pray for those with no voice, who cannot decide where they live, who are oppressed by forces beyond their control. We ask that we will remember them and be their voice when we can.

 

The innkeeper had little to offer but gave what he could.

We thank you, Lord, for those who share what they have, whether it be little or much, with others. Help us to be generous like them.

 

The shepherds were poor people who lived ordinary lives, but their lives were changed and their vision was transformed on that night.

We praise you for the way that you transform the lives of ordinary people. We pray for Christians all over the world as they live for you, and we ask that you will give them vision as they tell others about you.

We pray for all those who are dissatisfied and are searching for the truth. We pray that they won’t be confused by the things of the world, but will find Jesus, the source of all truth.

 

To make Advent special, could I encourage you to take part in one of these on-line Advent calendars. A few moments each day will help us to make Christmas truly special this year.

 

https://advent.tearfund.org/

https://www.biblesociety.org.uk/get-involved/adventchallenge/

https://churchmissionsociety.org/advent-2017-who-are-you-waiting-A

 

 

Services for Advent and Christmas

Sunday December 3rd 4pm  Evensong

Sunday December 17th 4pm   Carol Service at St. John’s

Tuesday December 19th 6.30pm

Carol Service at St. Columba’s

Christmas Eve

10.30am Holy Communion

4pm Crib Service

11.30pm Midnight Eucharist

Christmas Day

10.30am Christmas Communion

Tuesday December 26th 10.30am

St. Stephen’s Day Holy Communion

No service on Thursday December 28th

 

Dates for your diary

3rd  Advent 1 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

   4pm Evensong.

7th  Thursday  10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

10th Advent 2 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

14th Thursday  10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

17th Advent 3 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

        4pm Carol Service at St. John’s.

19th Tuesday 6.30pm Carol Service at St. Columba’s.

21st  Thursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

24th Advent 4 and Christmas Eve 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

4pm Crib Service at St. John’s.

11.30pm  Holy Communion at St. John’s.

25th Christmas Day 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

26th St. Stephen’s Day 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

28th  Thursday No service at St. John’s.

31st  First Sunday after Christmas 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

 

Richard Gillings 01479 831365 

Jenny Jones 01540 673532

Alison Hart 01479 841614

Tony Sparham 

November 2017

Some random thoughts ....

‘For a couple of years I’ve been blaming it on lack of sleep and too much pressure from my job, but now I’ve found the real reason:
I am tired because I am overworked.

The population of this country is 58 million.
24 million are retired.
That leaves 34 million to do the work.
There are 20 million at school, which leaves 14 million to do the work.
Of this there are 7.5 million unemployed by the government, leaving 6.5 million to do the work.
Take from the total the 3,770,000 people who work for local authorities and that leaves 30,000 to do the work.
At any given time there are 20,000 people in hospital, leaving 10,000 to do the work.
Now there are 9.998 people in prison.
That leaves just 2 people to do the work.
You and me.
And you’re sitting here reading jokes.’
(From ‘A Box of Delights’ by J.John and Mark Stibbe)

I’m sure we could write something similar for all the tasks to be done at St. John’s! ...... We still need helpers for the coffee rota!

Another random thought ...

Just a drip?

Don’t underestimate yourself. You may think that your influence is a mere drop in a bucket.
But one drop of cleansing disinfectant can neutralise a bucketful of poisonous material.

One drop of germ culture can turn a bucket of water into a deadly solution.
One drop of water into concentrated acid can create an explosion.

The drop in the bucket can be quite an influence ... For good or evil.

After Church Coffee and Tea (message from Janet Benson)

As you may know, the number of people on the Coffee Rota has recently fallen.

There have been no new volunteers, as yet , and so this means that for those that remain, the coffee duty is coming round every three weeks, or more often if the rota doesn’t work out for some people .

In an effort to simplify things for both those who remain on the rota and anyone who might be thinking of volunteering, various ways of organizing coffee are being tried out.. Various options have been considered but at the moment we are keeping cups and saucers and trialling a self service table for food, sugar, milk etc with drinks being served form the hatch.

The new waterheater has made a big difference, as we don’t have to fill the boiler and empty it. There are often people willing to help with the washing up and sometimes help with putting out and putting away chairs. Every little helps and is appreciated.

 

 

WHAT'S HAPPENING

There is no Evensong Service in November.

Wednesday November 1st 11.30am All Saints at St. Columba’s. Thursday November 2nd 10.30am All Souls at St. John’s.

Please print the names of those you’d like remembered at this service and leave at the back of the church.

Sunday November 12th Remembrance Day Service Alison’s Homegroup – Wednesday November 15th.

Leading Intercessions Training (led by Alison) November 16th at 6.30pm at St. Columba’s. Open to all.

Saturday November 18th Christmas Box at St. Columba’s.

Please remember that Stuart and Paul are gathering folk together for the choir for the Christmas services.

 

Dates for your diary

1st Wednesday All Saints 11.30am Holy Communion at St. Columba’s.
2nd Thursday All Souls 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

5th Pentecost 22 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 9th Thursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

12th Pentecost 23 Remembrance Sunday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.
15th Wednesday - Alison’s Homegroup.
16th Thursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

19th Pentecost 24 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 23rd Thursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

26th Last Sunday after Pentecost 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.
30th Thursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

Richard Gillings 01479 831365 Jenny Jones 01540 673532 Alison Hart 01479 841614

 

 

October 2017

 

Some thoughts ....

MEMORANDUM

 

TO: Jesus, Son of Joseph,
Woodcrafters’ Shop,
Nazareth.
FROM: Jordan Management Consultants, Jerusalem. SUBJECT: Staff Aptitude Evaluation.

Thank you for submitting the resumes of the 12 men you have picked for management positions in your new organization. All of them have now taken our battery of tests, and we have not only run the results through our computer but also have arranged personal interviews for each of them with our psychologist and vocational aptitude consultant.

It is the staff opinion that most of your nominees are lacking in background, education and vocational aptitude for the type of enterprise you are undertaking. They do not have the team concept. We would recommend that you continue your search for persons of experience in managerial ability and proven capability.

Simon Peter is emotionally unstable and given to fits of temper. Andrew has absolutely no qualities of leadership. The two brothers, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, place personal interest above company loyalty. Thomas demonstrates a questioning attitude that would tend to undermine morale. We feel that it is our duty to tell you that Matthew has been blacklisted by the Greater Jerusalem Better Business Bureau. James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddeus definitely have radical leanings, and they both registered a high score on the manic depressive scale.

One of the candidates, however, shows great potential. He is a man of ability and resourcefulness, meets people well, has a keen business mind and has contact in high places. He is highly motivated, ambitious and innovative. We recommend Judas Iscariot as your controller and right hand man. All the other profiles are self-explanatory.

We wish you every success in your new venture.

 (Author unknown)

Looking ahead ...

*****

Thursday November 2nd at St. John’s
All Souls
Please print the names of those you’d like remembered at this service and leave at the back of the church.

....

Wednesday November 1st 11.30am at St. Columba’s
All Saints Service

 

 

A HUGE thanks to Richard Green who

will be stepping down from the amazing job he’s done as church treasurer. He’s gone far and away beyond the call of duty and it is much appreciated by us all. A true ministry of caring and generosity.

 

Dates for your diary

October 2017

1st Pentecost 17 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.


3rd Tuesday 7.15pm Vestry Meeting.


5th Thursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

8th Harvest 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.
6.30pm Harvest Evensong.


12th Thursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.


13th Friday 2pm Service and Interment of ashes of Audrey and Mac.

15th Pentecost 19 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

 18th Wednesday - Alison’s Homegroup.


19th Thursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

22nd Pentecost 20 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

26th Thursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.


28th Saturday 11am Wedding of Jean Brown and Ben Wilson.

29th Pentecost 21 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

Newtonmore Homegroup – Tuesday 2.30 – 4pm Meadowbank, Newtonmore


Richard Gillings 01479 831365


Jenny Jones 01540 673532


Alison Hart 01479 841614

The earth is fruitful may we be generous. The earth is fragile may we be gentle. The earth is fractured may we be just. Creating God, harvest in us joy and generosity as we together share in thanks and giving.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harvest Thanksgiving
Sunday October 8th
Donations for the Highland Food Bank welcome.

St. John’s has been asked to provide:
tins of ham; UHT milk; tins of potatoes; tins of fruit; sweet biscuits; pasta.


Sunday October 8th 6.30pm Harvest Evensong

……….

Friday October 13th 2pm
Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Audrey James and Interment of Ashes of Audrey and Mac.

Refreshments afterwards in the Hall. Audrey’s relatives are coming from Canada, so please come and support them if you are able.

………….

Alison’s Homegroup – Wednesday October 18th. Saturday 28th October 11am

Saturday 28th October 11am

Marriage of Jean Brown and Ben Wilson.

…………….

Many thanks to those who ‘manned’ the church for Open Doors Day. We had a good number of visitors who enjoyed seeing the church and sharing a cup of coffee. 

September 2017

Open Doors 2017

This year St. John’s is taking part in the Open Doors Celebration on Saturday September 23rd.

The church will be open from 10am to 5pm and we will need 2 people on duty at any one time – 1 for the church and 1 for the Hall serving tea, coffee and cakes.

Sarah Mackay would be very pleased to hear if you could spend an hour or two, or produce some cakes.

There probably won’t be hundreds of visitors! – so it’s a good opportunity for a quiet time to sit in church, reflect, do some knitting or read a book! And welcome anyone who comes through the open door. 

Evensong cancelled on Sunday September 3rd.
This is to allow folk to go to the Cathedral for the service at 5.30pm to celebrate Bishop Mark’s election as Primus.

....What's happening?
Sunday September 17th we welcome Rev. Elspeth Bland to take our service.
Sunday September 24th we welcome Bishop mark who will take the service and baptise the grand-daughter of Rev. Patricia Lockhart.

Alison’s Homegroup - Wednesday September 27th

Looking ahead ...

Harvest Thanksgiving Sunday October 8th (please note the change of date). Donations for the Highland Food Bank welcome.

We now have a wonderful new website (thanks to Janet Benson and Ron Hart)
– our window to the world!
Please check it out at: http://www.stjohns-rothiemurchus.co.uk It’s an ongoing project and new photos and information will be added as time goes by.

 

Some thoughts ....

At the Nicene Council, an important church meeting in the 4th century AD, of the 318 delegates attending, all except about 12 had lost an eye or a hand or limped on a leg lamed by torture for their Christian faith.

Did you know of the organisation called ‘Open Doors’ (http://opendoorsuk.org/) which doesn’t allow access to buildings (as on Sep. 27th) – but serves persecuted Christians worldwide today.

They provide advocacy services, livelihood support, leadership training and lots of practical help. Supporters are encouraged to write to Christians who are suffering through persecution – and to pray for them.

Here’s an excerpt from their website:

‘In the World Watch List, North Korea is still number one in terms of persecution. And Islamic extremism continues to strangle the expression of the Christian faith. Millions of Christians around the world now live their lives against varying levels of discrimination, discovery, violence and arrest.’ 

Dates for your diary

3rd Pentecost 12 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.
5.30pm Service at Cathedral.
7th Thursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

10th Pentecost 13 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 14th Thursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

17th Pentecost 14 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 21st Thursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

24th Pentecost 15 10.30am Holy Communion and Baptism at St. John’s.
27th Wednesday Alison’s Homegroup.
28th Thursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

Newtonmore Homegroup – Tuesday 2.30 – 4pm Meadowbank, Newtonmore


Richard Gillings 01479 831365
Jenny Jones 01540 673532
Alison Hart 01479 841614

 

Father, your will is for peace; Forgive us that wars continue. Your will is for love:
Forgive us that we still hate.
Your will is that people live in harmony: Forgive us that discord remains. You call the peacemakers blessed: May we all, wherever we are, Strive to spread Your peace.
In Jesus’ name we pray.

 

 

August 2017

Some thoughts ...

When is enough enough?

 

An American businessman was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large fin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

The Mexican replied, ‘Only a little while.’

The American then asked why he didn’t stay longer and catch more fish.

The Mexican said he had enough to support his family’s immediate need.

The American then asked, ‘But what do you do with the rest of your time?’

The Mexican fisherman said, ‘I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take a siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full and busy life, senor.’

  The American scoffed, ‘I am a Harvard MBA and I could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats, eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually NYC where you will run your expanding enterprise.’

The Mexican fisherman asked, ‘But senor, how long will this take?’ To which the American replied, ’15 – 20 years.’‘But what then, senor?’

The American laughed and said, ‘That’s the best part. When the time is right you would you’re your company stock to the public and become very rich. You would make millions.’

‘Millions, senor? And then what?’

‘Then you would retire. Move to a small fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play you’re your kids, take a siesta with your wife, and stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and you’re your guitar you’re your amigos.’

‘Why wait 20 years, senor?’ the fisherman asked with a smile.

‘Godliness with contentment is great gain.’ 1 Timothy 6.

Jenny

 

Songs of Praise

Sunday 13th August 6.30pm.



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Looking ahead ...

Harvest Thanksgiving Sunday October 1st 

Vestry Meeting Tuesday October 3rd

Enjoy the summer!

Dates for your diary

3rd Thursday 10.30am      Holy Communion at St. John’s.

6th The Transfiguration of the Lord      10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

10th Thursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

13th Pentecost 9      10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 6.30pm Songs of Praise.


17th Thursday         10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

20th Pentecost 10   10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

24th Thursday 10.30am    Holy Communion at St. John’s.

27th Thursday 10.30am    Holy Communion at St. John’s.

31st Pentecost 11 10.30am           Holy Communion at St. John’s.

Newtonmore Homegroup – Tuesday 2.30 – 4pm Meadowbank, Newtonmore

Richard Gillings 01479 831365

Jenny Jones 01540 673532

Alison Hart 01479 841614

 

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