ABOUT

We are a mixed congregation including some with strong local roots and others incomers from other parts of Scotland and elsewhere in the UK.

We worship weekly at St Anne’s Strathpeffer and in private houses.

We are stjamesandstannes.com recognising and remembering our foothold in both Strathpeffer and in Dingwall. Sadly our church in Dingwall was deconsecrated in November 2022 but we maintain a presence in the town where our priest lives and participates in church life.

We are in the process of setting up a side chapel in St Annes’ with items from St James and in memory of the many years of worship there. 

Members of the congregation are encouraged to explore and use their gifts. They take a leading role in many activities as well as being involved in serving, reading lessons, leading intercessions, singing and music, flower arranging and the usual round of church tasks.

For the future there are many challenges including that of how we invite and encourage others to join us on the joyful and challenging journey of faith. There are opportunities for engagement with a growing number of migrant workers in the community and for dialogue with modern ‘spirituality’ in the wider sense. Issues of the environment and social justice are of concern to many of our members. There is a concern by many not to lose that of value from the past.

We use the 1982 liturgy for most services.

Music is mainly traditional although this may be supplemented by modern material from a variety of sources.

St Anne’s Strathpeffer

St Anne’s Church lies in Strathpeffer, 5 miles west of Dingwall. Strathpeffer is a spa town which still has a substantial tourist presence. Built in the nineteenth century, the church is ornate with seating for 180.

By 1889, in the thriving Victorian spa of Strathpeffer it was apparent that in order to provide for the influx of workers and visitors a church was needed. Fundraising began immediately and by 1900 St Anne’s Church was built on land donated by Anne Duchess of Sutherland and Countess of Cromartie,

The bells at St Anne’s are a ‘carillon’ comprising 8 tubular bells struck by wooden headed hammers, and can be operated by one person. They were restored for the millennium by a member of the congregation.

All are welcome at our church. Service information is to be found on our Worship page.

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