The latest information from The Auld Kirk of East Sutherland and Tain

New Website for Dornoch, Tain and Lairg

The congregations of:

St Finnbarr’s Dornoch,
St Andrew’s Tain and
St Maelrubha’s Lairg

now have a new web site at:


This follows the reassignment of responsibilities for congregations in the Northern Chapter area.

From 2nd July 2017:

Fr Chris Mayo is Priest in Charge of:

  • St Columba’s, Brora
  • St Peter and the Holy Rood, Thurso
  • St. John the Evangelist, Wick

Fr James Currall is Priest in Charge of:

  • St Finnbarr’s, Dornoch
  • St Andrew’s, Tain
  • St Maelrubha’s, Lairg

A new era for the Crask Inn

It is with much delight and pleasure that we announce a new era in the life of the Crask Inn.

For several years a monthly mission church has celebrated Eucharist, followed by hospitality. It has been a wonderful source of spiritual formation as people have met to explore scripture and seek communion in God with one another.

Mike and Kai Geldard, current owners, have been looking to sell the Crask for a couple of years now but have been led, through their own growth in discipleship and waiting upon God in prayer, to gift the inn to the Diocese.

Sunday Eucharist in Brora

Due to the fire at St. Columba’s, we have been looking for a temporary home whilst the building is assessed and either repaired or replaced.

We are delighted and thankful that our Roman Catholic sisters and brothers are happy to host worship on Sunday mornings. We will meet the usual time of 9.30am on the second and fourth Sundays of each month at Christ The King in Brora.

Fire at St. Columba’s, Brora

It is with great sadness that I have to report that a fire in the Tin Tabernacle in Brora has, for now, meant a closure of the building. We are currently awaiting an insurance and structural assessment to establish if the present building can be repaired or if we require a rebuild.

I am presently in negotiations about the temporary homing of the St. Columba’s congregation and will update as soon as possible

Crowd at the Crask

On Thursday last (18th August), the dining room at the Crask was full to bursting for our monthly gathering to share the Eucharist and fellowship.  The company included visitors, people newly moved to the area and regulars from near and far.  The service was gentle and moving and reflected the diversity of the congregation and as always splendid and very generous hospitality was provided by Kai and Mike, aided and abetted by many of those present.

The sun shone on us, as reflected in this picture of the assembled company:

the gathering outside the Crask Inn

For those that have never been, services at the Crask Inn are at midday on the 3rd Thursday of each month and are followed by soup, sandwiches, cake and conversation.  The next service is on Thursday 15th September.

Move of St. Curetan’s, Invershin to Ardgay

Over the past two years a congregation has diligently met in Invershin on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month, to offer Eucharist together and to share in the study of scripture in an informal way.

Recently, for a number of reasons, the gathering has met, on and off, at the house of Liz and Buster Crabb in Ardgay. This has proven to be a natural environment in which to gather. Following discussion with the regular worshipped, Liz and Buster have offered their home on a permanent basis.

From the second Tuesday in April we will now gather at Liz and Buster’s house to share fellowship. The worship and fellowship begins at 10.30 and all are welcome. You do not have to be a Episcopalian! It is an informal and ecumenical gathering.

For details of how to get to the house, please call Liz on 01863 766011.

We look forward to seeing you.