Forthcoming Events at St James

On 30th March we have our annual gift day. The church will be open from 10am.

Also on 30th March we have our next soup lunch. Serving from midday so do come along and sample some of our excellent soups.

On 6th April we will be having our annual spring clean at St James. We will be starting at 10am and as many hands make light work hope people will come along for an hour or two. Coffee and cake will be provided for the workers.

At 7.30pm on 6th April Octavoce will be performing in our now clean and shiny church. All are welcome.

Octavoce is an award-winning eight-apart vocal ensemble. Formed in 2009 in Aberdeen by students united by a love of choral music, Octavoce is now based in Edinburgh and enjoys performing across the UK.
The singers have a wealth of choral experience between them, having sung in church and cathedral choirs all over the UK, the National Youth Choirs of Scotland and Great Britain, the Aberdeen and Glasgow Chamber Choirs, and the Robin Chapel Choir (Edinburgh), amongst others. The choir comprises doctors, teachers, students and freelance musicians, many of whom sing, play and perform with other professional and amateur ensembles across the country.
Octavoce has been privileged to have been invited to sing for a variety of events and fundraisers. Most recently, the choir travelled to Derry to compete in the City of Derry International Choir Festival, and were delighted to win the National Vocal Ensemble 2018 category.

Octavoce’s highly popular annual candlelit Christmas concert series has been running for five years with concerts in the Black Isle and Edinburgh. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 saw another sell-out performance of music celebrating nature. During summer 2018, the choir toured to Hampshire to perform two concerts in aid of the Cameron Bespolka Trust. Both concerts were sold out, raising over £4000.
Previously, Octavoce sang for the music launch for Music at Paxton (2016); performed at the prestigious Edinburgh Festival Supper (2012); were runners up in the Brewers Fayre nationwide carol competition (2011); gave the world premiere of ‘She Walks in Beauty’ which was composed specially for Octavoce by Paul Mealor (2011); and sang at the grand opening of the Union Square shopping centre in Aberdeen (2009). Octavoce has performed at various charity events, helping to raise money for Nordoff-Robbins music therapy, Alzheimer’s Scotland, Cystic Fibrosis, the British Heart Foundation, Scottish Pensioners and Cancer Research UK.
Octavoce has recorded three CDs: A Ceremony of Carols (2017), Make The Season Bright (2017) and She Walks in Beauty (2014).

On 10th April at 7.30pm Robin Lingard will be giving a talk on Holy Russia.

Lent Course Thursday 14th March

This week the Lent course will be held at Revd Gunner’s home in Contin. All are most welcome to attend and take this opportunity to grow closer to God during this season of Lent.

If you have not attended before or need directions please email for further information.

Services during Lent & Easter


7pm 6th March (Ash Wednesday)  at St James’

10.30am 10th March (Lent 1)   at  St Anne’s 

10.30am 17th March (Lent 2)   at  St James’ 

10.30am 24th March (Lent 3)    at St Anne’s 

10.30am 31st March (Lent 4)   at St James’  [Mothering Sunday – All Age Eucharist]


10.30am 7th April (Lent 5)   at St Anne’s

10.30am 14th April (Palm Sunday). at St James’ 

6pm    at St Anne’s 

Services in Holy Week

15th April – 17th April

7pm Daily Compline or Tenebrae at St James’ 

7pm 18th April (Maundy Thursday) Eucharist at St James’ 

19th April (Good Friday) (times to be confirmed)

10.30am at St Anne’s 

7pm at St James’

21st April (Easter Day)

10.30am – All Age Eucharist at St Anne’s

Please note also an invitation from Rev Angus MacRae to join

Easter Joint Communion at Dingwall Free Church at 6 pm on 21st April 2019. 


Lent Discussion Group


We will be holding Thursday afternoon meetings throughout Lent. The first meeting will be hosted by Kit & Janet Bowen at Kinellan, Strathpeffer on Thursday 7th March starting at 3pm. The format will be similar to the sessions we held in Advent with an hour of study followed by the opportunity for refreshments and further discussion after. If you have not attended before or need directions email

Lent booklets, Pilgrim Journeys: 40 days of reflections on the Beatitudes will be available to pick up from St James on Sunday. The booklets are for personal study and also form the theme for the Lent meetings.

Services for March 2019


1030    Sung Eucharist at St James’           Clergy       Julia Boothby

7pm Wednesday 6th March – Ash Wednesday at St James’



 1030    Sung Eucharist at St Anne’s           Clergy       Julia Boothby


1030    Sung Eucharist at St James’            Clergy      Valerie Saunders


1030    Sung Eucharist at St Anne’s             Clergy      Julia Boothby


 1030    All Age Eucharist at St James’         Clergy      Julia Boothby