We were at St Regulas Cromarty for the Sunday service today, a very busy and lively church this morning. I licensed Jill as a Eucharistic Minister and then enjoyed the intimate atmosphere of this congregation who worship in the round. From Cromarty we drove over to Fortrose for the Sunday service at St Andrew’s and here I licensed Alison, Jill and Terry for their ministry among the people of the Black Isle. The day ended with the Scottish Prayer Book Eucharist which we celebrate once every couple of months on a Sunday evening. We met up with very old friends after the service Anne and Drew were coming to stay for a few days at Bishop’s House it was good to see them.
Not that I had much time with our guests as I was off to Edinburgh on the train on Monday, Faith and Order Board Meeting, I then took the train to Glasgow and on to Largs where I caught the ferry to Cumbrae and the bus to Millport, just in time for the village to shut for the evening! I was here for the College of Bishops’ Meeting arriving early as It was impractical to go home after the Edinburgh meeting and back to Cumbrae the following day. The journey home was just as complicated, the Primus drove me to Perth but I had just missed the train!!
The weekend was really good, dinner with friends on Friday night and four friends staying at Bishop’s House on Saturday. On Sunday we were at the Cathedral and in the afternoon I led a session on Ministry as we begin to rebuild the Cathedral ministry team. In the evening we had a wonderful service at St Finbarrs, Dornoch as I licensed Rev James Currall as a priest in the North of the Diocese, it was good to see so many there and the fellowship in the Institute afterwards was great fun.
The week ended with more visitors, Andrew and Caroline, with Jess and baby Ruaridh arrived on Thursday and on Saturday evening three of our nieces arrived as did Beth. During all this I conducted the wedding of Jess and Hugo at St John’s, Arpafeelie, a very joyful event. O Sunday I drove over to Confirm Tracey in St James’s, Dingwall while Jane, Beth, Erin, Samantha and Harriet all ran the Baxters 10k, I came home full of beans while Jane just kept saying ouch!!!