St.James’, Dingwall & St. Anne’s,Strathpeffer NEWSLETTER August/September 2016

Welcome to our late summer Newsletter!
Ian writes: As you will by now almost certainly have heard I shall be shortly be relinquishing my post as your Rector prior to taking up more extensive work in hospital chaplaincy in Moray. My final Sunday with you will be September 18th. This will bring to an end a period of nearly thirteen years with you – a time when it has been a privilege to serve as your Priest-in-Charge and then Rector.
An interregnum can be a time of opportunity for a charge with new challenges to growth and ministry. I know that you will be well served by your Vestry who are have already begun to look to the future. Also Valerie, Barbara and Ruth will be at hand, together with a number of retired clergy now living in the area. Of course Bishop Mark will have overall responsibility both for the interregnum and for working with you in the search for the next priest to serve with you.
So for those of you that I will not perhaps see over the next few weeks – ‘farewell and God’s speed.’
Blessings, Ian

There will be a concert in St James’ Church at 7.30pm on Friday 12th August, given by two Sicilian musicians known as the Ten Strings Duo – Marianatalia Ruscica on violin and Davide Sciacca on guitar. Entry by donation at the door. Refreshments served during the interval. To give us an idea of numbers of those attending it would helpful if you can please sign the list in church or ring Reg Holder on 01349 863499 if you hope to attend. Proceeds towards church funds.

The Highlands Supports Refugees (THSR)
This newly established organisation operates out of the old Education Centre behind Castle Street in Dingwall, just a short step from St James’ church. It provides practical support (particularly food and clothing) to refugees, including those fleeing Syria who have ended up in the temporary camps in Greece and elsewhere. The Vestry has recently given THSR a significant donation, but the organisation would also welcome practical help from volunteers in preparing the clothing packs to be sent out in their lorries. Could you spare a couple of hours on an evening or weekend to help with this work? If so, please contact Jude Monson by e-mail at – Jude has also let us have the list of their current priorities for donated items, as follows –
Men’s and women’s summer clothing – light weight cotton and small sizes (UK 8-10 for women, 30in. waist or less for men). Long sleeves and longer lengths for the women.
Light weight summer shoes and sandals, again, small sizes.
Summer clothes for children over the age of 5  – loose fitting trousers and leggings.
Light scarves for the women.
Sunscreen, body lotion and sanitary towels.
Maternity clothes, small sizes (U.K 8-10).
Jude says –“If you feel your congregations could help with any of this or with transporting items to the Dingwall depot, that would be very much appreciated.”

We congratulate Lewis John Wright and Morgan Christina Handyside on the occasion of their recent wedding.
We offer our condolences to the families of Mairi Catriona Stewart, Molly Morton and Catherine Ravenshear after their recent funerals.

Facebook: Wyvis Group Of Scottish Episcopal Churches, Twitter: @wyvischurches

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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