Top left - The seed is the word of God
Top centre - St Peter, the fisherman
Top right - St Fergus
Middle left - Ancient font
Bottom centre - The Charity of Dorcas
Bottom right - Nic Tamen Consumebatur
Why is our church called Wick St Fergus?
In the distant past our church building was the Kirk of St Fergus. It became Wick Parish Church when it was the only church in Wick Parish.
In 1929 when the united free church rejoined the established church the building was going to become Wick North but after much debate it was agreed it should become Wick Old Parish Church.
Then on the union with Wick Bridge Street the decision was to return to the connection with St Fergus and so our united congregation now worships as Wick St Fergus Church.
In 2017 the effigy of St Fergus was transferred to Wick St Fergus Church. See below for an image of the effigy in the sanctuary and for a history of the saint and the effigy.
This week after a long wait we are delighted to announce the return of the effigy of St Fergus to our Church on Wednesday 12th April, 2017 (suitably in the middle of Holy Week.) The conveyance of the effigy from Wick Carnegie Library to Wick St Fergus Church was efficiently carried out by Hugh Simpson Ltd and now rests on an oak plinth crafted very skillfully by Mr. Ian McLean a member of our congregation
St Fergus was a companion of St Drostán, along with St Colm and St Medan. He was active both in the area of Buchan (near to Drostán's foundation at Deer) and in the province of the Pictish tribe of the Cat (now known as Caithness). He is said to have been a Pict by birth and is sometimes known as St Fergus the Pict.
St Fergus is patron saint of Wick. His cell is believed to have stood in pre-Reformation times at a place called Mount Halie (now Mount Hooly) at the top of Shore Lane.
The effigy originally came from the old church of St. Fergus, of which a fragment still stands and known locally as the Sinclair Aisle next to the St Fergus Church in the High Street. In the past, the effigy spent some time reposing in the Town Jail and later stood upright in a garden next to the Town House. Prior to its removal to the former Wick Museum in the library, it once again lay in the Sinclair Aisle for a time.
The figure dates from the end of 15th or the early part of the 16th century. It shows a man with long, tonsured hair, dressed in a loose, cassock-like garment with loose sleeves. His hands are folded across his breast, and hold a cross with notched ends to the arms. Small round bosses, probably representing jewels, are seen on the arms of the cross and on a small, lozenge-shaped addition at the intersection. His feet rest upon a crouched or sleeping lion.
Our congregation are delighted to welcome the ancient Saint back to our Church and a service of re-dedication will be held on 28th May 2017 at 11.30am to which all will be welcome.