September Newsletter

St.James’, Dingwall & St. Anne’s,Strathpeffer
September 2015

A New Face
As recently announced in church I shall be undertaking a couple of sessions a week as chaplain at Dr Gray’s Hospital Elgin with effect from the end of September until the middle of next year. Whilst the hours for this are flexible and should, therefore, be able to be worked around my duties, Bishop Mark has arranged for Rev’d James Currall (who has recently moved into the Northern Chapter area) to offer ministry here when I am not available. James is being licensed to the Northern Chapter on September 20th at 7pm in St Finnbarr’s Dornoch and all are welcome to attend.

Don’t forget that Bishop Mark will be joining us on September 27th at 11am at St James’ for a Sung Eucharist with Confirmation. Confirmation is always a joyous occasion and it is hoped as many as possible will be there to offer Tracy Bruce their love and support.

Soup Lunches
Our lovely soup lunches are about to start again. The first takes place on Saturday 26th September at 12noon-1.30pm in the hall. Future dates are 31st October, 21st November, 23rd January, 27th February and 26th March.

Harvest Festival
This will take place at the New Venture service on October 4th and will be followed by a bring and share lunch. We will once again be collecting for the Dingwall Foodbank and we have particularly been requested to bring tinned ham, tinned mince/stew, tinned custard, sugar and jars of baby food. In addition we are invited to support the charity ‘Smalls for All’ which collects new underwear for women and children in Africa. (If any gentlemen in the congregation want a letter justifying why they might be seen buying these items, then please apply to the Rector). Please come along and join us on this day as we give thanks for the gifts of the earth in their due season and remember those in need.

Russian Cruise
Mary Machin and Sheila Fraser recently returned from a river cruise in Russia. They will be presenting an illustrated talk of their holiday on Friday 16th October at 7.30pm in the hall. Light refreshments will be served and there will be a collection for church funds.

Diocesan Discussions
Our own link to St Ninian’s Invergordon and the establishment of the Northern Chapter form part of a wider Diocesan re-organisation. Seeking to provide and fund Episcopalian life across the whole of the Diocese, these proposals are currently being discussed by all congregations. We shall have a congregational meeting on Saturday 17th October from 10am – 12noon in the hall to hear more about what is being proposed and to have a chance to give our comments.

I had hoped to book a group visit to stay at Iona Abbey next year but this has not proved to be possible. If any individuals wish to apply to stay at the Abbey on their own or with friends I am very happy to advise them on how to do that. Ian
Please find attached an open letter from Traidcraft.
“The Good Society”
Also attached is information about an event which will take place at St Andrew’s Cathedral Inverness on Saturday 31st October, organised by the Diocesan Church in Society Group and based on the Good Society Report which has been published by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.
A Musical Interlude
Margaret Lingard writes : First of all I should like to express my very warm thanks to everyone for the support that has been afforded to the choir in the last few months. There has been a great deal of positive feedback and this in turn has helped all involved to work hard and tackle fresh music. Some suggestions are being implemented: the anthem title will now appear in the pewsheet, and should we be singing in a different language words and translation will be available. In most cases with an English-language anthem the title leads to the words, as for instance with The Lord bless you and keep you. (Most of the anthems we do are little musical meditations on well-known passages out of Scripture or equally well-known prayers).
Secondly, a word about how the choir works at the moment. There is a core of five or six singers, who practise of a Tuesday evening partly in the Hall and partly in St James’ (this gives us a better idea of the sound we are making). I also have a list of folk who are happy, if they are free, to augment the choir for festivals and other special occasions. If anyone would like to be added to that list, please let me know and next time I’m fishing for voices you can be on the mailing list too. We plan, for instance, to have a full choir for the confirmation service on 27th September: and Christmas is not far down the road. There is no need to be able to read music, and no requirement for particular voices – it’s just nice to make a bigger noise sometimes! Participation involves a minimum of one Tuesday practice and the service.

Of course if anyone would like to join the choir on a regular basis they will be very welcome – again, just let me know.
Finally, it occurs to me to wonder if there is any (sacred) sheet music stashed away (old-fashioned piano stools are a goldmine in this respect) that folk sang “ages ago” but might like to have revived? The core choir can manage upper voice settings – has anyone kept music from fond memories of the school choir?
And as a PS, many thanks again for all the support.

Day of Prayer to highlight the plight of refugees
There will be a day of prayer to highlight the light of refugees taking place at the Cathedral on Friday 25th September. There will be worship and prayer times throughout the day as well as collections in cash and kind.

Bible Reading Fellowship
One of the hidden ministries within our congregation has long been the supply of BRF bible reading notes. BRF notes offer daily guided bible reading in a very easily accessible form. A sample copy will shortly be appearing at the back of each of our churches. Please have a look at the sample copies and if you would like to receive notes in the future please have a word either with Ian or with Sheila Fraser.

High Heels Walk
This year’s high heels walk in which men are asked to undertake a mile long sponsored walk around Dingwall for Ross-shire Women’s Aid will once again take place this year. If you wish to take part please ask Ian for details.

Service Booklets
The service booklets we use at our Sunday and Wednesday services are now available in A4 size (ie twice as big!). If you would like to make use of these larger print versions, please ask the sidesperson on duty.

Annual Congregational Meeting
Please note in your diaries that this year’s ACM will take place at 10am on Saturday 12th December in the hall.

We offer our congratulations to Marcos Daniel Alejandro Pose Gunner on the occasion of his recent baptism.

We also offer our congratulations to Gavin James Scott and Corinne Catherine MacDonald; Alan James Torrance and Christian Margaret Leslie; Jonathon Michael Tully and Alexandra Louise MacFarlane; Kevin Joseph Slinger and Joanna Mairead Grant on the occasion of their recent marriages.

We offer our condolences to the friends and family of Glynis Mary Stranraer-Mull; Peter Faithfull Cumberlege; Nora Ross Newton and Alan Vincent Armstrong after their recent funerals.

Service Times

St James’ St Anne’s
6 Pentecost 15 11.00 New Venture 9.30 Eucharist
13 St Ninian 9.30 Eucharist 11.00 Matins and Eucharist
20 Pentecost 17 11.00 Sung Eucharist 9.30 Family Service
27 Pentecost 18 11.00 Sung Eucharist with Confirmation

4 Harvest 11.00 New Venture 9.30 Eucharist
11 Pentecost 20 9.30 Eucharist 11.00 Sung Eucharist
18 Pentecost 21 11.00 Matins and Eucharist 9.30 Family Service
25 Pentecost 22 9.30 Eucharist 11.00 Sung Eucharist

1 All Saints 11.00 New Venture 9.30 Eucharist
8 Remembrance 9.30 Eucharist 11.00 TBA
15 Pentecost 25 11.00 Matins and Eucharist 9.30 Family Service
22 Christ the King 9.30 Eucharist 11.00 Sung Eucharist
29 Advent 1 11.00 Sung Eucharist (joint service followed by lunch)

Clergy contact details:

Revd. Canon Ian Pallett: 01349 862204
Revd. Valerie Saunders: 01349 865445
Revd. Ruth Flockhart: 01463 731580
Revd Barbara Chandler 01463 831849

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Dear Friends
Traidcraft has placed editorial in the July editions of the church press with a simple message – we’re telling the Church and the wider community that we urgently need help. We need your help because the world’s poorest small-scale farmers, struggling to feed and support their families, need our help.

Sound like a familiar plea? It should. It’s the same message as when we first started our mission over 35 years ago – to practically apply the love and justice which lies at the heart of Christian faith to international trade, and so give the world’s poorest farmers the opportunity to trade fairly and thrive.
Given we’re about to publish our accounts which show a trading loss for the fourth consecutive year, we are taking the unprecedented step of trying to communicate directly with Church leaders and members, to try and reinforce the work that we and our supporters have been battling to do.
There are two general misconceptions. The first is that the Fairtrade battle is won. Chocolate, tea, coffee and many more products with the now familiar Fairtrade Mark are stacked high on our supermarket shelves. Something Traidcraft and our supporters can be proud to have helped bring about. However, it is a myth that the job is done. Unfortunately, injustice in trade and its resultant poverty is as much of a scandal now as it was 35 years ago, and right now we’re still doing everything we can to tackle it directly.

The second misconception is that Traidcraft and Fairtrade are the same. They are not. Traidcraft is an independent trading company, with a linked development charity. We do not benefit from the sales of Fairtrade products in the supermarkets. Traidcraft trades with and supports the most vulnerable farmers and artisans (who could not cope with the demands or scale required by big business or the supermarkets.) We pioneer to bring new commodities into the fair trade arena. Our linked development charity runs projects developing peoples’ potential to trade their own way out of poverty in their own countries; and we lobby big business and government for fundamental changes to the way trade works so that it benefits the poor. We believe this is the ‘best of fair trade’.

But we urgently need help to keep doing it because despite the growth of total Fairtrade sales, we’ve seen Traidcraft sales significantly decline. Why? People are buying Fairtrade products from the supermarket and not from Traidcraft or its supporters. This means our original pioneering mission is now under serious threat.

Our plea is simple…
Ensure there’s a Traidcraft Fair Trader in your church, offer them as much support as possible and buy Traidcraft products through them.
Don’t just serve refreshments with the Fairtrade Mark on, make sure they’re from Traidcraft.
Watch out for our Autumn “Show you care” campaign and place whole church orders at Christmas time

We hope our approach galvanises support. That’s really all we’re asking; for support. Together, we will continue to make trade fairer for the world’s poorest producers who still desperately need our help.

If you already have a Traidcraft Fair Trader in your church please speak to them to see how you can help. There’s more information about how to take action at

Thank you for your ongoing love and support and please keep us, and those we strive to help, in your prayers.

Yours faithfully,
Andy Biggs (Chief Executive)

Why the “Good Society”?

“Within both faith and wider communities, there is a growing awareness that to create the just and sustainable society we really want we need to work towards a positive vision.
Our starting point is a vision of the Good Society we want to see and how we can work together to make it happen. We all have a stake in building a Good Society, and all our opinions matter equally. We want to identify the values underpinning a Good Society, and what we can do as communities, churches and individuals to put these values into practice.
The starting point for a Good Society is ensuring that everyone is included. It’s particularly important that we listen to those whose voices are rarely heard.” ( Source material produced by CTBI.)
The event will take the form of a conversation between several invited guests followed by small group discussions reflecting on what has been said and sharing experiences of good practice and particular issues people want to raise. We have invited representatives from a wide range of community groups as well as church and faith groups.
We would be grateful if you could ensure this information is shared with your group and extend an invitation to those with whom you work or who are part of your community.
It would be helpful if people could book a place by email or phone by 19th October to give us an idea of numbers for catering purposes.
With thanks
Val Dunford (Convener Diocesan Church in Society Group)

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