Worship This Week
Sunday 27 May
10.00am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
Led by reader Iain Todd
11.15am Holy Communion at the Old High
7pm Shorter Service of Holy Communion at St Stephen’s
(NB not 7.30pm as per the magazine)
SUNDAY BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS should be sent to Joy Cossar The deadline for all items is Wednesday at noon.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
COMMUNION SERVICES: MORNINGS We will celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion next Sunday (Pentecost) at 11.15am next Sunday at the Old High Church. The next morning Communion service at St Stephen’s will be on Sunday June 17 at 10am. There will be retiring offerings at both these services for Road to Recovery, the addiction project of the Free North Church based at Madras Street.
EVENING COMMUNION SERVICE NEXT SUNDAY There will be a shorter service of Holy Communion at St Stephen’s Stephen’s at 7pm. (Please note the time- NOT 7.30pm as per the magazine). All welcome! If you would like to take part in planning or leading this service, please contact Peter
SUNDAE SUNDAY CONGREGATIONAL SERVICE 3 JUNE Advance notice that on Sunday 3 June we will have one service only, at St Stephen’s at 10.30am. This will be an all-age service, and there will be ice cream afterwards! Although we will give out prizes, Sunday School will continue until Sunday 24 June.
JUBILEE SERVICE An ecumenical service to celebrate and give thanks on the occasion of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Led by the Rev Alastair Younger, Clerk of the Presbytery of Inverness. At the Old High Church, Church Street, Monday 4 June at 7.30pm- all welcome! Details from the Minister
LUNCH CLUB The Lunch Club will meet at 12.30pm on Thursday 24 May at the Craigmonie Hotel. All welcome. For further information please contact Val Cantlay.
SUMMERTIME OPENING OF THE OLD HIGH CHURCH We are glad to say that we currently have the Old High Church open for a few hours each weekday. We rely on volunteers to do this- can you help? You can choose what days and times you wish to be there. No experience needed- just a willingness to make the visitors from all over the world welcome! To volunteer or find out more, contact Margaret Sutherland
TRIP TO BALMORAL CASTLE will take place on Saturday 30 June. A coach will leave Inverness at 10am, returning in early evening, about 7.30pm,. At Balmoral Castle, there is a special exhibition of ball gowns as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations. There will also be an opportunity to visit Crathie Church. On the return journey, the coach will stop at the Heather Centre, near Dulnain Bridge where there will be an opportunity to have High Tea and visit the Heather Story Exhibition. Tickets are priced at £17 for senior citizens, £23 for adults and £15 for children. Ticket prices include coach and entry to Castle costs. There will be an additional charge of £8.50 per head for the Heather Centre meal etc. This trip is open to members of the congregation and their friends. To book seats, please contact Sandy Cumming or Christina Cameron.
FLORAL EVENING Please note that the floral art demonstration in St Stephens church hall will take place at 7.30pm on Tuesday 29th May, not 25th as printed in the Church Magazine. Tickets £5.00, includes tea/coffee and home baking – contact Jill or Ann
CAN YOU HELP? We would like a couple of people to help with keeping our outdoor noticeboards (at Academy Street, on the gate at the Old High, and at St Stephen’s) up-to-date and lively. And we are still seeking to appoint one or two people to act as Treasurers. If you can help with either of these, please call Peter
SINGALONG EVENING on Tuesday the 5th June at 7.30pm in St Stephen’s Hall in Aid of The Highland Hospice to raise fund for a cycle in Vietnam and Cambodia in October. Tea/Coffee and Home baking included in the ticket price £5.00 per head. Tickets are available from Freda Charters. Details from Joan Darcy
CARE GROUP will meet in SS vestry on Wednesday 23rd May at 7.30pm.Details from Rae Swan.
MINISTER’S STUDY LEAVE Peter will be in the USA on study leave after Sunday 3 June. He will also have a holiday following afterwards. You can follow his adventures as he travels in the USA learning about faith and public life on his study leave blog: http://peterstudyleave.wordpress.com/ or by following him on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PeterWNimmo .
SUMMER EVENING SERVICES AT THE OLD HIGH CHURCH We will be hosting the following guest preachers this year at special services at the Old High Church:
Sunday 8 July: Annabel Goldie MSP, former leader of the Scottish Conservative Party and elder of the Church of Scotland.
Sunday 22 July: Bishop Hugh Gilbert, Roman Catholic Bishop of Aberdeen and former Abbot of Pluscarden Abbey
Sunday 19 August: Rev.Peter Macdonald, leader of the IonaCommunity
All services at 7.30pm; followed by refreshments and question and answer session. More details from the Minister
LUKE PAUL BOOK TOUR You are invited to the Highland launch of a new book by the former Principal Clerk and Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Finlay Macdonald. Entitled ‘Luke Paul’ this tells the tale of a fictional minister and congregation as they engage with the debate on ministry and same-sex relationships. The author will speak about his book at an event (with refreshments) on Monday 28 May at 7.30pm at the Old High Church Hall, Academy Street. For more information, please contact the Minister or see our Church website: http://oldhighststephens.com/2012/05/10/highland-launch-for-same-sex-debate-novel/
FORUM ON HOMELESSNESS The Presbytery’s Church and Community Committee is arranging a Forum on Homelessness on Sat 2nd June 9am -12 noon at the Culduthel Christian Centre, Inverness. The purpose of the Forum is to better inform our churches about the needs of those who have been or who are Homeless in Inverness and what different groups are doing to help them. . Anyone interested in the needs of the Homeless are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be provided. Details from Rev Reg Campbell – Convener Church and Community.
BIKE AND HIKE 2012 There is a proposal for an inter-church fundraising event for EMMS International and the individual churches taking part. EMMS International is a small, effective charity that works with some of the poorest and most neglected people in the world. Their health care services are provided to those who need it most and for whom the impact will be the most significant. They work with partners based in Malawi, India and Nepal to ensure that every penny is spent wisely. Tens of thousands of people benefit directly each year. This event is to take place on 1st September and those churches wishing to take part should firstly contact John Bruce
AMERICAN YOUTH CHOIR from Shallowford Presbyterian Church in Atlanta is visiting Crown Church on the weekend 9-11 June to sing in their services. They are a very nice group who regularly comes to Inverness. Crown Church is looking for help in hosting them. There is a lot organised for them during their stay, including a Ceilidh on the Saturday night and a community barbeque on the Sunday night. All you need to provide is dinner on the Saturday, breakfast and a packed lunch on Sunday and breakfast on the Monday. If you are able to help or for any further information please phone Katharina Nimmo at the Crown Church Office.
STREET PASTORS There will be a Benefit Concert held on the 6th August, in aid of “Street Pastors, Inverness”, hosting a number of homegrown acts, including the “Inverness and District Gospel Male Voice Choir”. This will be held in the New Drumossie Hotel, starting at 7pm. Tickets (£10 / £8 con.) will be available shortly. Anyone wishing more information, or to make a donation to the running of this event can do so by contacting the organizer. Details also available online at: www.babyfacepromotions.co.uk
COFFEE MORNING in aid of Mission Trip to DC Congo in June, in the Barn Church Saturday 26th May 2012 10-12am Admission £3 (Contact Ruth Martin)
THE NORTHERN CELTIC ISLANDS TOUR 2012 Keith & Kristyn Getty with Stuart Townend & The New Scottish Choir and Orchestra. These 4 Scottish concerts will showcase several new Getty/Townend hymns as well as performances of Getty/Townend favourites such as ‘In Christ Alone,’ ‘The Power of the Cross,’ and ‘O Church Arise’.As part of this tour there will be a performance in Inverness at Eden Court on Wed 6th June at 7.30pm. Box Office 01463 234 234 www.eden-court.co.uk
YMCA’S SPRING SALE is to be held in the CYC, Bank Street, on Saturday, 26th May from 10.00 to 12.00. There will be stalls of produce, baking, crafts and a wide selection of plants. Tea/coffee and home baking will also be available.