Of Church and State – from flags to drains

Yesterday evening Rev Canon Laurence Gunner regaled an enthusiastic audience with a talk about St George’s Chapel Windsor Castle.  This was no dry historical account (though there was plenty of history), no this was more of a ‘behind the scenes documentary’.  You see, Laurence was the Canon Steward at St George’s for about 10 years, a post that meant that he was responsible for every thing from the flag flying on top of the castle, to the tarmac and the drains.  In such a role, any mistake that you make is very public and probably long-lasting and you risk upsetting some very important people (and others who only think that they are important).

Laurence’s talk was well illustrated with his own photographs and also with anecdotes and humorous asides and he generated quite a buzz in the room – each time he suggested that we might have had enough, we just begged for more.  After the Tales, there was as there always is at such events,  Tea and Treats.

Thanks Laurence and the Easter Ross Inter-Church Group (ERICG)and the people of St Ninian’s Invergordon.

The next ERICGmeeting is on Wednesday 14th Novemberat Logie Easter Church of Scotlandat7:30pm, when Drew Anderson of the Sailors’ Societywill be the speaker.

Hello and Thank you

I wanted to begin this, my first post on the website, by taking this opportunity to thank you all for making David I and feel so welcomed and supported since our move. We are very much enjoying living here and I begin my ministry here with a thankful heart for all that your kindness and love. Thank you too for the wonderful licensing service and for making my family and guests so at home. It was a very special occasion and confirmed our sense of calling and anointing at the beginning of my ministry.
As we enter this season of Pentecost I am reminded of the need we all have to daily ask God for his Holy Spirit to be poured out on us to enable us to fulfil God’s calling on our lives. When we read of how the Day of Pentecost changed the uncertain and confused disciples into those who fearlessly spread the good news of the Gospel throughout the whole world then surely we can take heart that God will so equip and strengthen us to do the same if we but ask and open our hearts to receive.
‘So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. 10For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. …..13If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!’ Luke 11 v 9ff
As I begin my ministry please can I encourage you to get in touch with me if you have anything you would like to talk about or to ask for prayer for. My contact details are below.
May we grow in love and fellowship as together seek God
Yours in Christ
Rev Julia Boothby
Priest in Charge
Phone 01349 862204

Our New Priest

This afternoon in St Anne’s Church in Strathpeffer, Revd Julia Boothby was presented to Bishop Mark to be licensed as Priest-in-Charge of Invergordon, Dingwall and Strathpeffer – Julia has now arrived to minister amongst us.

A large number of members of the congregations, Julia’s family, some people from her previous parish (North Mymms Park near Hatfield in Hertfordshire) and clergy and laity from around our Diocese packed into St Anne’s.

It was a lovely service and splendid fellowship (and food) was shared in the Strathpeffer Community Centre afterwards.

Welcome Julia (and David) it’s lovely to have you amongst us and to have another priest in the northern part of the Diocese.

The young ones entertained the older ones

Forty children from P6 and P7 at South Lodge Primary sang at St Ninian’s Teas, Tales and Treats for over twenty older folk in the community.

All ages also sang carols as part of a Christingle service and shared in some wonderful goodies afterwards.  As they say “a good time was had by all”.

We had over 20 older folk including 5 people who came along for the first time.  The bus made it’s way round despite recent snow and ice, driven carefully by Pip Dunford, ably assisted by Ian Higgott who escorted people on and off safely.

The children sang beautifully and James explained the origins and meaning of Christingles. They all took one home and the older folk were presented with Christmas potpourri posies as well as Christmas cards from St. Ninian’s

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 10th January at the usual time of 2.30pm.

Meantime we wish you all a blessed and peaceful Christmas.