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.
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:
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.
The Crask Inn is something unique. A working Inn, hosted by Mike and Kai Geldard, it sits alone close to Alltnahara and is a way-station for those seeking openness, peace and the raw beauty of the Highlands.
We gather there monthly and what a gathering it is. People come from miles around – from Tongue, Dornoch, Tain, Invergordon, Ullapool and beyond. It is a family whose life comes together for a time to be fed spiritually and physically and takes that life back out into the wider world.
The worship is simple but joyful, encouraging exploration and discussion. The Eucharist gathers God’s people together to be fed with his life and that fellowship of love is continued in the bar over lunch provided my Mike, Kai and willing volunteers.
Meeting in a home, gathering from all around, sharing the life of God and sharing the food God provides. It exemplifies the manner of worship as it might have been for the earliest people of The Way, revealing the falsity of the barriers between sacred and secular.
The main service is the Holy Eucharist. This takes place at Noon on the third Thursday of each month. In the event that a priest is unavailable to represent the Bishop at the Eucharist, communion will be offered from the Reserved Sacrament, from a previous Eucharistic service.