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October 2019

Some thoughts …  

The Harvest 
There was once a spider who lived in a cornfield. He was a big spider and he had spun a beautiful web between the corn stalks. He got fat eating all the bugs that would get caught in his web. He liked his home and planned to stay there for the rest of his life. 

One day the spider caught a little bug in his web, and just as the spider was about to eat him, the bug said, "If you let me go I will tell you something important that will save your life." The spider paused for a moment and listened because he was amused. "You’d better get out of this cornfield," the little bug said, "The harvest is coming!" 

The spider smiled and said, "What is this harvest you are talking about? I think you are just telling me a story." But the little bug said, "Oh no, it is true. The owner of this field is coming to harvest it soon. All the stalks will be knocked down and the corn will be gathered up. You will be killed by the giant machines if you stay here." 

The spider said, "I don't believe in harvests and giant machines that knock down corn stalks. How can you prove this?" The little bug continued, "Just look at the corn. See how it is planted in rows? It proves this field was created by an intelligent designer." The spider laughed and mockingly said, "This field has evolved and has nothing to do with a creator. Corn always grows that way." The bug went on to explain, "Oh no. This field belongs to the owner who planted it, and the harvest is coming soon." The spider grinned and said to the little bug, "I don't believe you," and then the spider ate the little bug for lunch. 

A few days later, the spider was laughing about the story the little bug had told him. He thought to himself, "A harvest! What a silly idea. I have lived here all of my life and nothing has ever disturbed me. I have been here since these stalks were just a foot off the ground, and I'll be here for the rest of my life, because nothing is ever going to change in this field. Life is good, and I have it made." 

The next day was a beautiful sunny day in the cornfield. The sky above was clear and there was no wind at all. That afternoon as the spider was about to take a nap, he noticed some thick dusty clouds moving toward him. He could hear the roar of a great engine and he said to himself, "I wonder what that could be?"    (author unknown)


‘First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, Where is this ‘coming’ he promised?”’
 

Harvest Festival 

Sunday October 6th

Gifts for the Food Bank please.

Blythswood have specifically asked for 

1kg bags of rice; oatcakes and crackers; cornflakes; tins of ham; sugar; shaving foam/razors – but all gifts are warmly welcome.

 

Pet Service

Sunday October 6th at 3pm

Please make this known to friends and neighbours.

 

EVENSONG _ Sunday 13th October

at 6pm

Please come and bring your friends.

 

Shoebox appeal

Please place gifts for this at the back of the church.

Provisional date for assembling shoeboxes – Friday 25th October.

Please contact Lynda Coles for more details.

 

Alison’s Homegroup – Wednesday 16th October

 

Dates for your diary

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

6th Pentecost 17  - 10.30am Harvest Festival and Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

3pm Pet Service at St. John’s.

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

 

13th Pentecost 18  - 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

6pm Evensong at St. John’s.

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

 

20th Pentecost 19  - 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

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

 

27th Pentecost 20  - 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

31st 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

September 2019

 

Some thoughts …

 

At St. John’s we’re blessed to have many visitors passing through our doors to be with us in worship. Last week we were joined by Rev. Susan Sayers, a prolific author whose books of prayers and liturgies have enriched churches throughout the country for many years.

Here are some prayers from her book ‘Springboard To Worship’. 

 

My friends in Christ, let us pray to our Heavenly Father trusting in his generous mercy.

We pray for the church as it witnesses to Christ in the world; may its members be always aware that they are called to be servants, ready and happy to minister to the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of all people.

Lord of light: shine through our lives.

 

We pray for the leaders of every community and nation; may governments reflect the values of responsible caring, compassion and integrity, so that no individual or minority group is abused or left in need.

Lord of light: shine through our lives.

 

We pray for a breaking down of any compacency or blindness in us until we are able to see the needs around us, and can work in your strength, giving our whole lives away in loving those whom you love.

Lord of light: shine through our lives.

 

We pray for the rejected, neglected, shunned or despised; for the unwanted and the disturbed; for the ill and the injured; may they be healed, restored and comforted.

Lord of light: shine through our lives.

 

We pray for those who have passed through the gateway of death into eternity; may they know the joy of your presence for ever.

We offer you our thanks for every opportunity we are given to witness to your unfailing love; may our words and our lives proclaim your glory. Amen.

 

At every turn, our world seems to be in chaos. 

Feeling helpless, we turn to our loving God in prayer:

 

Almighty Father,
whose will is to restore all things
in your beloved Son, the King of all:
govern the hearts and minds of those in authority,
and bring the families of the nations,
divided and torn apart by the ravages of sin,
to be subject to his just and gentle rule;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 

What's Happening ?

 

Sunday 8th September - Evensong at 6pm

Please come and bring your friends.

 

Looking ahead ….

 

Harvest Festival    Sunday October 6th

Gifts for the Food Bank please.

 

Pet Service

Sunday October 6th at 3pm

 

Dates for your diary

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

 

8th Pentecost 1310.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

6pm Evensong.

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

15th Pentecost 14  - 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

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

 

22nd Pentecost 15  10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

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

 

29th St. Michael and All Angels10.30am  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 Hart and her husband Ron celebrating 25 years as a priest . Pictured at St Columba's, Grantown

 

JULY 2019

 

Some thoughts …

Visitors to Dornoch Cathedral are invited to use this …

My Daily Check List

 

Am I consciously or unconsciously creating the impression that I’m a better person than I really am?

Do I laugh at the mistakes of others, revelling in their errors and misfortunes?

Do I insist on having my own way?

Is there a tendency for me to put others down, so I’ll be thought of more highly?

Do I pass on to others what is told me in confidence?

Am I thoughtful in expressing thanks to people for what they’ve done for me, no matter how insignificant it seems?

Am I slave to dress, friends, work and habits?

Am I self-conscious, self-pitying and self-justifying?

Did the Bible live in me yesterday?

Did I disobey God in anything yesterday?

Did I insist on doing something about which my conscience was uneasy?

Do I handle discouragement well, or do I have to be coddled?

Am I enjoying prayer?

When did I last speak to someone about Christ?

Is there anyone that I fear, dislike, disown, criticise, or hold resentment towards? If so – what am I doing about it? 

(Joni Eareckson Tada)

 

Prayers for our nation …

Heavenly Father, we pray for the Queen and the members of our government.

Grant that they may seek your face for heavenly wisdom in their counsels.

May they pursue the path of righteousness, peace and integrity.

Purge out all corruption and deceit.

Let justice roll down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.

May the good of the people always be pre-eminent in the minds of those who have rule over us.

We ask this through, Jesus Christ, Lord of all. Amen.

 

We thank you for our local council and ask that our community leaders be men and women of integrity, who despise corruption and serve the good of the people.

Save us from petty tyrannies, from financial malpractice and wastefulness;

From foolish projects and vested interests.

Meet the needs of your people in the provision of buildings and in freedom of activity.

May a good spirit be engendered in Badenoch and Strathspey, through the benign influence of the gospel. Amen.

 

What's happening

Summer Songs of Praise

Sunday 7thJuly

Sunday 4thAugust

at 6pm

Please come and bring your friends.

 

 

 

Message from the Aviemore Food Bank

Items needed, please:

 

Tins of Fruit

Tins of Tomatoes

Toiletry and household items for those going into emergency housing.

Please leave any offerings at the back of the church and they will be taken to the food bank.

Many thanks.

 

Dates for your diary

4thThursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

 

7thPentecost 410.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

6pm Songs of Praise.

11thThursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

 

14thPentecost 510.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

   18thThursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

 

21stPentecost 610.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

25thThursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

 

28thPentecost 710.30am 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

 

 

June 2019

 

Some thoughts on Pentecost …

A man living in London had this thrust into his pocket by a total stranger in the street and when he died aged 84 his wife found it in his pocket – treasured from when it was first given to him. His wife had it printed at the end of his funeral sheet.

God, your church is a mosaic of pieces,

large and small,

of many colours and shapes whose

differences when blended

make a thing of beauty not possible for

one piece alone.

 

Help us to be trusting as you fit us together.

 

Grant us the grace not to find fault with our neighbours,

but hold on to them with genuine love,

knowing that however ill-matched we may feel

we may become a perfect fit to you

who see the whole picture.

(From the magazine of St. John’s Princes Street, Edinburgh)

 

A small boy was once asked what a saint was. Thinking of a figure in a stained-glass window, he replied, “A person whom the light shines through.” He was nearer the mark than he knew; certainly a good deal nearer than the child who described a saint as a ‘dead clergyman.’

 

Prayers for Pentecost …

God of power,

may the boldness of your Spirit transform us,

may the gentleness of your Spirit lead us,

may the gifts of your Spirit

equip us to serve and worship you

now and always. Amen.

 

May the Spirit, who hovered over the waters when the world was created,

breathe into us the life he gives.

May the Spirit, who overshadowed the virgin when the eternal Son came among us,

make us obedient in the service of the Lord.

May the Spirit, who inflamed the Church upon the day of Pentecost,

set the world on fire with the love of the risen Christ. Amen.

 

Almighty God, who on the day of Pentecost ,

sent your Holy Spirit to the disciples

with the wind from heaven and tongues of flame,

filling them with joy and boldness to preach the Gospel:

send us out in the power of the same Spirit

to witness to your truth

and to draw all people to the fire of your love;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

What's Happening in June

 

Sunday June 2nd

Joint Service at St. Columba’s to celebrate Alison’s 25 years of being a priest.

 

Thy Kingdom Come

The prayer initiative from Ascension Day until Pentecost.

Please find out more on  https://www.thykingdomcome.global/

 

Wednesday 19th June – Alison’s Homegroup.

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Recent Cabaret Evening

Many thanks to all who came to the 'DIY Supper and Cabaret' evening at St John's on May 10th and who contributed to its being such fun and such a success. 

Thank you also for the generous donations which amounted to £140 in all. This has been divided between Maggie's Centre at Raigmore Hospital and St John's church funds. Maggie's Centre sent me a nice note asking to pass their thanks on to everyone. It's a lovely place which many of you will be aware of already; it relies on donations and gives tremendous support to people with, or recovering from, cancer. 

Best wishes

Catherine Cargill

(PS – thankyou too to Cathy and Stuart who did a wonderful job organising this. Ed.)

 

Dates for your diary

2nd Seventh Sunday of Easter10.30am Joint Service at St. Columba’s. No service at St. John’s. 

6th Thursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

9th Pentecost10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

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

16thTrinity Sunday10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

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

23rdPentecost 210.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

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

30thPentecost 310.30am 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

 

May 2019

Christian Aid Week 12th-18thMay

What does Christian Aid do?

Christian Aid has a vision of an end to poverty. Across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America and the Caribbean, we work with local partners to bring lasting change for people living in poverty, regardless of their faith, gender or race.

 

How is the money spent?

Of every £1 given over the last year, 86p was spent on helping people living in poverty. We spend 14p from every £1 raised on raising the next £1, which keeps our work going.

 

Why does Christian Aid only work on issues of poverty internationally?

Christian Aid was set up by the churches in Britain and Ireland to be their agency to tackle poverty overseas. Christian Aid works with agencies such as Church Action on Poverty to draw attention to the links between poverty at home and abroad through issues such as tax.

 

Does Christian Aid only help Christians? 

No. We believe everyone is equal. We work to help people on the basis of need, not religion, race, ethnicity or nationality, and we fund projects that help people of all faiths and none.

Much of the work we fund is carried out by local, faith-based organisations – including those run by Christians, Muslims, Jews or people of other faiths – but it’s for the benefit of all. Poverty does not discriminate on the basis of faith and neither do we.

Poverty does not discriminate on the basis of faith and neither do we. We are committed to the Red Cross and Red Crescent Code of Conduct, meaning we never link aid with evangelism, and we don’t promote one Christian church or denomination over another.

 

What does ‘Christian’ in Christian Aid mean?

Christian Aid was created by the churches in Britain and Ireland, and churches remain our key supporters. We’re the overseas development agency of 41 sponsoring churches in Britain and Ireland and we work with church networks around the world.

We believe that every human being is equal in the sight of God and has fundamental dignity. In a world where millions of people live in poverty, we believe that Jesus calls us to be good news to poor communities.

We exist to help those who need it most. Our love and care for all our neighbours means that we stand together with those seeking dignity, equality and justice.

 

Please collect your envelope in church and hand your donation in during the offertory. Many thanks.

 

 

Discovering New Hymns

7.30pm Wednesday May 15th at Ochilbrae.

The final phase of the sing through the whole hymn book.

 

Looking ahead: Sunday June 2nd at 6pm

Evensong for Ascensiontide

 

What's happening

Thursday May 9th10.30am

Holy Communion and Deborah’s Licensing as Lay Reader 

with Bishop Mark. Please remember Deborah in your prayers.

 

Friday May 10th from 7pm

Bring and Share Supper.  - with Cabaret!

Venue: St. John’s Hall.

Please bring a plate of food and something to drink 

(French bread and butter and tea and coffee will be provided).

Most importantly, prepare to have fun!

We’re still looking for more items for the entertainment part of the evening: musical (Stuart and Cathy happy to accompany on keyboard if wanted), readings, poems, stories, magic tricks, comedy … whatever you enjoy doing. 

You’ll be among appreciative friends.

To give some idea of numbers – and especially if you can contribute a performance – please let Cathy know if you’re hoping to come along.

Cathy – 01479 841321 or 07919 386409

cathycargill@gmail.com

 

Dates for your diary

2nd Thursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

5th  Third Sunday of Easter10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

 9th Thursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s and Deborah’s Licensing as Lay Reader with the Bishop.

10th 7pm Bring and Share Supper and Cabaret.

 

12th Fourth Sunday of Easter10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

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

 

19th Fifth Sunday of Easter10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

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

 

26th Sixth Sunday of Easter10.30am 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

Tony Sparham 01479 481151

Ian Sykes 01479 870394

 

April 2019

Bishop’s Lent Appeal 

 

This year’s Lent Appeal is a home one and features two local charities who work in the Diocesan area. The two charities we are supporting are MFR Cash 4 Kidsand Aberlour.

 

 Allana Mackay of MFR Cash 4 Kids writes, ‘In 2018 we supported 19,408 children in the Highlands, Moray and Aberdeenshire.  We purchase school clothing, beds and bedding, essential pieces of equipment for children who are living with a disability, deliver Christmas gifts and enable families to make special memories, pay for school trips, buy new kit for sports clubs and much, much more.  

We support groups, individuals and charities but in recent years we have seen a huge increase in the amount of applications relating to families living in poverty.  It’s something that none of us want to believe is happening in this area but we can see from the numerous applications we receive that it’s a reality. Many of these families find themselves in difficult situations through no fault of their own with the children not having suitable winter clothing, going without meals, sharing beds and unable to take part in after school activities.   All these things we take for granted but our help can make all the difference to these children.’   

For details of Aberlour: https://www.aberlour.org.uk/our-history/ For details of MFR Cash 4 Kids: https://planetradio.co.uk/mfr/charity/info/

St. John’s on Thursdays

10am -11.15am – Eucharist, addresses and discussion on Luke’s Gospel led by Canon Tony Sparham. Followed by coffee at the Druie.

4th April - The Holy Spirit.   Prayer in Luke.

11th :  Journeys in Luke: to Jerusalem.

25th : The Cross and Resurrection.

 

Easter Lilies.

There are envelopes at the back of the church for donations towards Easter lilies. Please return to Lynda Coles by Palm Sunday. Many thanks.

 

God of our salvation, 

you have restored us to life, 

you have brought us back again into your love by the triumphant death and resurrection of Christ. Continue to heal us, 

as we go to live and work in the power of your Spirit, 

to your praise and glory. Amen.

 

HOLY WEEK

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

Monday.  10.30am 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   7pm Easter Eve Vigil.

 Easter Day

10.30am Easter Festival Eucharist.

6.30pm Evensong and Holy Communion.

St. Columba’s  Monday 15th. 7pm Passover Meal.             Easter Sunday 8am Holy Communion

Dates for your diary

4th  Thursday 10.00am Holy Communion and Lent course at St. John’s. 

7th  Passion Sunday10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

  11th Thursday 10.00am Holy Communion and Lent course at St. John’s. 

14th. Palm Sunday10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

15th  Monday 10.30am Holy Communion.

16th. Tuesday 10.30am Holy Communion.

17th. Wednesday 10.30am Holy Communion.

18th. Maundy Thursday 7pm Maundy Thursday Liturgy.

19th. Good Friday 2pm At The Cross.

20th. Holy Saturday 7pm Easter Eve Vigil.

21st. Easter Sunday10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.    6.30pm Evensong and Holy Communion at St. John’s.

25th. Thursday 10.00am Holy Communion at St. John’sand Final Study.

28th. Second 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

Ian Sykes 01479 870394

 

March 2019

Some thoughts for Lent..

‘Lent is a time for discipline, for confession, for honesty, not because God is mean or fault-finding or finger-pointing, but because he wants us to know the joy of being cleaned out, ready for all the good things he has in store.’ N.T. Wright.

 

Jesus said, ‘Come!’         

But I was too busy.

Jesus said, ‘Come!’

But I was too sad.

Jesus said, ‘Come!’

There was something more pressing.

I didn’t go.

I kept saying, ‘No.’

 

Jesus said, ‘Come!’

And others –

Unloved, poor, vulnerable, lost,

The forgotten, the oppressed –

Said, ‘Yes!’

Went instead

And were welcomed

And blessed.    Kathleen Skinner.

 

‘Lent is a fitting time for self-denial; we would do well to ask ourselves what we can give up in order to help and enrich others by our own poverty. Let us not forget that real poverty hurts: no self-denial is real without this dimension of penance. I distrust a charity that costs nothing and does not hurt.’ Pope Francis.

‘And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.’ Micah 6:8.

 

‘Self-denial means knowing only Christ, and no longer oneself. It means seeing only Christ, who goes ahead of us, and no longer the path that is too difficult for us … self-denial is saying only: He goes ahead of us; hold fast to him.’ Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

‘When you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.’ Matthew 6:6.

 

God of the desert, as we follow Jesus into the unknown, 

may we recognise the tempter when he comes;

let it be your bread we eat,

your world we serve and you alone we worship. Amen.

 

The Bishop’s Lent Appeal this year is for 2 charities: 

Aberlour and Moray Firth Radio Cash 4 Kids.

Lent Programme

Ash Wednesday

10.30am Holy Communion and Imposition of Ashes at St. John’s. 

12 noon at Holy Communion and Imposition of Ashes at St. Columba’s followed by Lent lunch.

7pm at St. Columba’s.

 

St. John’s on Thursdays(from March 14th) 

10am -11.15am – Eucharist, addresses and discussion on Luke’s Gospel led by Canon Tony Sparham. Followed by coffee at the Druie.

14th St Luke's Gospel - introduction.  Salvation History.

21st - Birth and infancy stories.  Women in Luke.

28th -   Parables and Preaching.

4th April - The Holy Spirit.   Prayer in Luke.

11th :  Journeys in Luke: to Jerusalem.

25th : The Cross and Resurrection.

 

St. Columba’s on Wednesdays(from March 13th)

12 noon Eucharist. 12.45 Lent Lunch. 1.30 -2.30pm Pictures of the Cross – led by Rev. Ian Sykes.

Come and go as you wish!

 

Discovering New Hymns

7.30pm Thursday 28thMarch at Ochilbrae.

All welcome.

Dates for your diary

3rd Sunday before Lent10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

6th  Ash Wednesday 10.30am Holy Communion and Imposition of Ashes at St. John’s. 

           12 noon at St. Columba’s followed by Lent lunch.

            7pm at St. Columba’s.

 

10th First Sunday of Lent10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

14th Thursday 10.00am Holy Communion and Lent course at St. John’s. 

 

17th Second Sunday of Lent10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

21st Thursday 10.00am Holy Communion and Lent course at St. John’s.

 

24th Third Sunday of Lent10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

28th  Thursday 10.00am Holy Communion and Lent course at St. John’s.

 

31st Fourth Sunday of Lent10.30am 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

 

February 2019

Some thoughts ..

 

With our nation in a time of uncertainty it’s important as Christians that we pray …

‘I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all Godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, who wants all people to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth.’           1 Timothy 2:1-4.

In the House of Commons the Speaker’s Chaplain prays this prayer daily:

Lord, the God of righteousness and truth, grant to our Queen and her government, to Members of Parliament and all in positions of responsibility, the guidance of your Spirit. May they never lead the nation wrongly through love of power, desire to please, or unworthy ideals but laying aside all private interests and prejudices keep in mind their responsibility to seek to improve the condition of all mankind; so may your kingdom come and your name be hallowed. Amen.

God and Father of us all, graciously bless this our nation, and send out your light and your truth to lead us in the paths of justice and peace.   Give wisdom to those who exercise authority in the government of our land; remove all causes of contention and strife among us; unite us in the service of your kingdom; and make us a God-fearing people, regarding your laws and living together in mutual love and concord; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Almighty God, direct the hearts and minds of those who bear in their hands the government of this people. Make them uphold honour and justice, to restrain evil and oppression, and to seek the true prosperity and the welfare of all our citizens; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O God, our refuge and strength in every hour of need, raise up among us at this time faithful and fearless men and women who know that in loyalty to your word and will alone can a nation find true peace and security. To such and to all in authority give a right judgment and the courage to follow your way, whatever the cost; for the good of this people, and for the honour of your name. Amen.

Grant, O Lord, that the men and women of our nation may devote themselves to the common good, not seeking gain for themselves, but giving much and taking little; that in this time of testing we may all know the joy of service and the discipline of self-denial; for the sake of him who gave himself for us, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

If you would like to know more about praying for our nation, then these websites might be useful:

https://www.christiansinparliament.org.uk/prayer-points/

https://www.eauk.org/current-affairs/politics/get-involved/prayer-for-parliament.cfm

http://www.ppscotland.org/

Something to make you smile ….‘Suffer the little children …’

During a long and very boring sermon, a small distinct voice could be heard at the back of the church, asking: “Mummy, is it still Sunday?”

**

Little girl: Is it true that we come from dust and go to dust?   

Mother: Yes, the Bible says so.

Little girl: In that case, lots of people are either coming or going under my bed.   

                            

AGM  appointments:

Lay Representative: Deborah Munday.

Alternative Lay representative: Angus Munday.

People’s Warden: Jan Goodall.  

Priest’s Warden: Sarah Mackay.

Officer for the Protection of Vulnerable groups: Angus Munday.

Data Protection Officer: Jennifer Jones.

Vestry members:  Janet Benson, Andrew Buxton, Kathryn Gillings, Jan Goodall, Sarah Mackay, Deborah and Angus Munday.

Please remember Deborah as she prepares to be licensed as Lay Reader – date to be announced.

 

Vestry meeting – Tuesday February 12th. 

Vestry Minutes are displayed on the noticeboard.

Looking ahead: Ash Wednesday on March 6th.

 

On February 2ndwe celebrate Candlemas: Christians consider Jesus as the “light of the world” so it is fitting that candles are blessed on this day and that a candle-lit procession precedes the Eucharist. It is traditional to eat crepes on Candlemas in some parts of Europe, such as France. And did you know that snowdrops are known as Candlemas Bells because they bloom early in the year?According to folklore, an angel helped these Candlemas bells to bloom and pointed them as a sign of hope to Eve, who wept in repentance and in despair over the cold and death that entered the world. Many Christians see the flower as a symbol of Jesus Christ being this hope for the world.

Dates for your diary

3rd  Candlemas10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

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

 

10th  Fifth Sunday after Epiphany10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

12th  Vestry Meeting.

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

 

17th  Sixth Sunday after Epiphany10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

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

24th  Seventh Sunday after Epiphany10.30am 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

 

 

January 2019


Perspective ….

 

The beginning of a new year is a good opportunity to consider ….

 

If you have food in the fridge, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of this world.

 

If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish somewhere, you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.

 

If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.

 

If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation, you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.

 

If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death, you are blessed than 3 billion people in the world.

 

If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful, you are blessed because the majority can, but most do not.

 

If you can hold someone’s hand, hug them or even touch them on the shoulder, you are blessed because you can offer healing touch.

 

If you can read this message, you are more blessed than over 2 billion people in the world who cannot read at all.

 

God of all blessings, source of all life, giver of all grace:

We thank you for the gift of life:
for the breath that sustains life,
for the food of this earth that nurtures life,
for the love of family and friends without which there would be no life.

We thank you for the mystery of creation:
for the beauty that the eye can see,
for the joy that the ear may hear,
for the unknown that we cannot behold filling the universe with wonder,
for the expanse of space that draws us beyond the definitions of our selves.

We thank you for setting us in communities:
for families who nurture our becoming,
for friends who love us by choice,
for companions at work, who share our burdens and daily tasks,
for strangers who welcome us into their midst,
for people from other lands who call us to grow in understanding,
for children who lighten our moments with delight,
for the unborn, who offer us hope for the future.

We thank you for this day:
for life and one more day to love,
for opportunity and one more day to work for justice and peace,
for neighbours and one more person to love and by whom be loved,
for your grace and one more experience of your presence,
for your promise: to be with us, to be our God,
and to give salvation.

For these, and all blessings, we give you thanks, eternal, loving God, through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen. 
 

WHAT'S HAPPENING?

A.G.M

Sunday January 20th after the morning service.

You are all warmly encouraged to attend.

 

Prayer Cards

Please remember there are prayer cards on the table at the back of the church if there is someone you would like prayer for. The person will be prayed for during the Thursday morning service.

 

Alison’s Homegroup – Wednesday January 16th

Jenny’s Homegroup – Tuesdays at 2.30pm.

 

Dates for your diary

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

 

6th Epiphany10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

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

 

13thF irst Sunday after Epiphany10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

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

 

20th Second Sunday after Epiphany10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

                                AGM after the service.

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

 

27th Third Sunday after Epiphany10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

31st  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

 

 

 

December 2018

A Series of Impossible Events.

 

Of all the impossible things that you ask me to conceive,

‘Which one’, you wonder, ‘do I find it most difficult to believe?’

            That a child might be born without parental seed?

            That God would be in a trough where animals feed?

            That a billion-year-old star should time its flight

            To point so small a band to the royal light?

That winged angels sing impossible news for all the earth

            To nobody-nightworkers on nowhere turf?

 

Or this:

            That God, creator of time and space,

            Mediterranean azure, and gazelle grace,           

            That God, immortal, should come down in mortal flesh,

            God with us, in all our human mess?

            God with us? In bomb blast? And first breath?

            And some slow dimming towards a memoryless death?

God with us? In the crushed commute, and the lonely bed?

In the sleep, wake, eat, work of our daily tread?

In our petty snipes and bloated ambitions?

In all the twists of our confused decisions?

 

God with us in all of that? God with me in all of me?

No, that I could not believe, if, with outstretched heart, he

Had not given free his blood and life on that barren tree,

And, with love and mercy, tender, wiped my tears so I do see.       

Mark Greene.

 

It makes you think …

 

If you take Christ out of Christmas, all you’re left with is M & S.

At Christmas-time, when we receive presents we don’t really need, God offers us a gift we cannot do without.

God couldn’t have made himself bigger to impress us so he made himself smaller to attract us.

Don’t miss Christmas: the innkeeper did because he was too preoccupied with his business. The Jewish leaders did because they couldn’t be bothered to check things out. Herod did because he was threatened by a baby.

 

Shoebox Appeal

A big thankyou to all who contributed to the shoeboxes, and to those who came to assemble them – and to Lynda for organising it all.

 

Services for Advent and Christmas

Sunday December 2nd 4pm Evensong for Advent

Sunday December 16th 6.30pm  Carol Service at St.Columba’s

Sunday December 23rd 4pm Carol Service at St. John’s

Christmas Eve  4pm Crib Service; 11.30pm Midnight Eucharist

Christmas Day  10.30am Christmas Communion 

Wednesday December 26th10.30am

St. Stephen’s Day Holy Communion

 

No service on Thursday December 27th

Dates for your diary

2nd Advent 1  10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.   4pm Evensong for Advent.

6th Thursday  10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

9th  Advent 2  10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

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

16th  Advent 3  10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.; 6.30pm Carol Service at St. Columba’s.

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

23rd  Advent 410.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.  ; 4pm Carol Service at St. John’s.

24th Christmas Eve4pm Crib Service at St. John’s.:  11.30pm Midnight Eucharist at St. John’s.

25th  Christmas Day10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

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

27thThursday NO SERVICE.

 

30th 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 01479 481151

Ian Sykes 01479 870394

 

 

 

 

November 2018

Some thoughts …

The story of the 3 trees.

 

3 young trees in a forest were chatting about their future.

The first one said, ‘When I grow up I want to be a 4 poster bed,beautifully carved, maybe living in a stately home. I’ll have crisp linen sheets on me and I’ll be owned by a very rich person.’

The second tree had similar ambitions: ‘When I grow up I want to be a stately galleon. Sailing the 7 seas. I’ll go to exotic places and I’ll carry adventurous mariners.’

The third tree shared his hopes: ‘When I grow up I want to be a throne. The finest craftsman in the land will work on me. I’ll be beautifully decorated and I’ll be used by a very important monarch.’

Time went by … the trees grew up … and one day the lumbermen came and chopped down the trees. They took them to the workshop and the carpenter got to work.

The first tree (who wanted to be a 4 poster bed) was made into a very rough and humble feeding trough for cattle. He went to a town called Bethlehem … to an inn.

The second tree (whose dream was to be a stately galleon) was fashioned into a humble fishing boat. He went to an inland lake in a hot country …. and was owned by 2 brothers, Simon and Andrew.

The third tree (hoping to be a throne) was just made into 2 roughplanks… one long, the other short. One Friday these planks were used as a gibbet on which to hang a man who’d been accused of being a criminal.

So … the 3 trees got their wish – but not in the way they’d expected. Jesus used each one of them for His purpose – 

a humble cradle when he was born, 

a fishing boat from which he taught the crowds – 

and a cross on which he died to redeem the world.

Sometimes God asks something quite special of us … but not always in the way we’d expected or imagined!

Jenny.

 

A Prayer for All Saints.

 

May God, who has given us in the lives of the saints patterns of holy living and victorious dying, strengthen us to follow them in the way of holiness.

May God, who has kindled the fire of his love in the hearts of the saints, pour upon us the riches of his grace.

May God, who calls us no longer strangers and aliens but fellow-citizens with all the saints, bring us to our home in heaven. Amen.

What's happening this month

Shoebox Appeal  Friday 2ndNovember 10.30am

Assembling the boxes in the church hall.

All welcome.

 

Evensong For All Saints  Sunday November 4th4pm

Discovering New Hymns    Thursday November 8th  7.30pm

at Ochilbrae.   - Opening the hymnbook at number 501!

 

Remembrance Day November 11th

Usual Service of Remembrance at St. John’s at 10.30am.

Also in Aviemore (if you want to go to an ecumenical event): gathering at the War Memorial at 10.50am for a short Act of Remembrance and then a service in St. Andrew’s Church of Scotland  with Revd. Ian Sykes leading.

Dates for your diary

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

4th  Pentecost 24  - 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

4pm Evensong for All Saints.

8th  Thursday  10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

7.30pm Discovering New Hymns.

 

11th  Pentecost 25  10.30am Holy Communion and Act of Remembrance at St. John’s. 

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

18th  Pentecost 26  10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

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

25th Last Sunday after Pentecost 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

29th  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

 

October 2018

Some  prayers from Christian Aid for the season of Harvest ….

 

Ethiopian prayer

God we bless you, show your grace upon us.

When God showed his greatness to Moses, the bush burned with fire and was not consumed.

We praise you for your wonderful greatness,  O God, show your grace and your greatness to us.

We pray for our church. We pray for others. We pray for all people.

We fight against evil. Christians do not fight with guns - our gun is prayer.

Send us your truth, O God. Get all the bad out of us. Let peace come to us.

Send us today’s message. May your Holy Spirit teach us.

Come to us O God, come in the name of Jesus come with your Holy Spirit, again and again. Amen.

(Adapted from a prayer recorded in an Ethiopian Church.)

 

God of justice, you call us to stand together, to walk side by side, to share ideas, dreams and burdens – to work together for a just harvest of your good gifts. 

Together, we have the power to grow hope, to plant seeds that yield a better future. 

This season, we pray with our global family.

 May we embrace the gift of each other – and walk side by side with our sisters and brothers to bring about change. Together, we’re stronger. 

May we offer our gifts this season, with thankfulness and joy.

Lament and petition

Not so safely gathered in 

in recent years, 

climate change, human greed, 

floods and drought and disease 

have taken their toll.

God of creation, 

as we sing the joyful hymns 

and admire the Harvest display, 

give us compassion 

and understanding

which moves beyond our dismay 

at the increased prices in our shops, 

into prayer and active concern 

for those whose livelihoods depend 

on the harvest 

in all its forms.

(Carolyn Morris, from Acorns and Archangels,,  Wild Goose Publications.)

God, who made the earth, root us deeply in your love and grow your wisdom and justice in us. Amen.

 

Jesus who told great stories, sow your good news in our hearts, and help us to live it together, joyfully. Amen.

Holy Spirit of adventure, challenge us and comfort us all our days and bring us at last safe home to Harvest.  Amen.

 

WHAT"S HAPPENING

Harvest  - Sunday October 7th

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

(There are envelopes at the back of the church for your gift.)

6.30 Harvest Evensong.

 

Pet Service

Sunday October 14th3pm at St. John’s.

Please let all your pet-loving friends know.

 

Joint Vestries Meeting

Saturday October 20that St. John’s.

 

Shoebox Appeal

We’re hoping to make up some shoeboxes for the Blythswood Appeal.

There will soon be a list of articles needed and a box at the back of the church.

Then we will arrange a session for assembling the boxes.

Watch this space ….!

 

Dates for your diary

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

 

7th Pentecost 20  10.30am Holy Communion and Harvest  at St. John’s. 

6.30pm Harvest Evensong.

11th Thursday  10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

 

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

3pm Pet Service at St. John’s.

18thThursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

20thJoint Vestries at St. John’s.

 

21stPentecost 22  10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

25thThursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

 

28thPentecost 23  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

 

 

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

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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.

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

Saturday 28th October 11am

Marriage of Jean Brown and Ben Wilson.

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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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