Home groups this week

The aim of our Home Groups is to provide places to allow people to get to know others in the church better, to grow their faith, and to provide mutual support. You are welcome to join either the Tuesday or Wednesday evening group.
TUESDAY is taking a break this week, but will meet a week on Tuesday (9 October) at the home of Christine Lacey, 78 Laggan Road 7.30-9pm.
WEDNESDAY meets this week at the home of Winnie Stafford 13 Cradlehall Park, 7.30-9pm.
Please contact Peter on 01463 250 802 if you require transport, or more information, or of you would be interested in attending a group at another time.

Home Groups for Bible study and mutual support

This Bible study group are using the Poverty and Justice Bible which highlights more than 2,000 verses that spell out God's attitude to poverty and justice. Click on the image for more information.

This Bible study group are using the Poverty and Justice Bible which highlights more than 2,000 verses that spell out God’s attitude to poverty and justice. Click on the image for more information.

This week saw the first meetings of our new Home Groups.

The aim of the Home Groups is to provide places to allow people to get to know others in the church better, to grow their faith, and to provide mutual support. It is also an activity to which new members and enquirers can be directed to (alongside Christian Basics). This is based on experience of other churches, where it seems people integrate best if there is a small group they can be part of, as well as the larger Sunday gatherings

David Anderson will be the Home Groups Co-ordinator, with the groups supervised by the Minister and the Education Action Team.

2 groups will be set up initially, and adding more as required.

Groups will meet in a different home most weeks, times to be announced in the bulletin and online.

The study material to be used will be provided by the Minister. Initially this will be material from Roots based on the Lectionary for the following Sunday. David Anderson will ensure that the leaders have access to the discussion material.

Leaders of the group will lead the discussion, ensure that there is a venue week by week, and report back on progress to the Minister.

Thanks to David Anderson for agreeing to co-ordinate, and Chrissie Lacey and David Martin for agreeing to lead the first two groups. Any other volunteers to lead should contact Peter.

Same-sex relationships and the ministry- some resources

The place of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender persons continues to be a matter of controversy within many churches worldwide.

In 2010 the Kirk Session (governing body) of Old High St Stephen’s adopted the following statement:

Our interpretation of the Bible is that God’s Grace is inclusive and the life of Jesus emphasized God’s love and openness to the powerless and the marginalized in society. Therefore it would be wrong to discriminate in the Church on the basis of sexual orientation.

This was in response to a request from a Special Commission which was investigating the issue on behalf of the Church of Scotland.

To prepare for our Kirk Session’s discussions, we held adult education events for members of the congregation. Our minister, the Rev Peter W Nimmo wrote a paper for these events, which deals both with the theological and practical issues facing the Church of Scotland. You can read his paper here.

Please visit this page again for more resources on this topic.

If you have any concerns about issues of sexuality, please do not hesitate to contact Peter.

Recital on the Willis Organ at the Old High: Saturday 12 October, 12 noon

Richard SteeleSaturday 12 October, 12 noon: Recital on the historic Willis Organ with Richard Steele MA BMus FRCO FRAM GRSM HonRCM.

Richard Steele studied organ at the Royal Academy of Music, took a London University BMus and then gained a PGCE at Cambridge University. He is the son-in-law of one of our elders, Diana Fraser.

Donations welcome for The Highland Hospice and The Archie Foundation Raigmore Childrens Ward Appeal.

One of the conditions of the grants from The Heritage Lottery Fund and The Common Good Fund was to set up recitals and concerts in the Old High following the restoration of the organ.

After a quiet year in 2012 a short programme of recitals has been arranged for this year. It is hoped that over the winter a full programme will be organised and published for 2014.

Imagining Scotland’s Future

Imaging Scotland Future logoOld High St Stephen’s congregation, the Presbytery of Inverness, and the Church and Society Council of the Church of Scotland invite you to a community meeting to ‘Imagine Scotland’s Future’.

Explore with your neighbours and friends the values you would like to see in Scotland in the years ahead.

The meeting will help you explore by focusing on 3 questions:

1. What values are most important to you for the Future of Scotland?
2. How can we make Scotland a better place to be?
3. How do we put our aspirations into action?

There will be structured discussion at the end of which we will have produced a values based statement about our vision for the future.

The outcomes of the discussions will be gathered from communities across Scotland in 2013 and published in 2014, in the run-up to the referendum on independence.

Date: Wednesday 23 October
Time: 7.30pm
Place: St Stephen’s Church, Southside Road, Inverness IV2 4XA

Read more from the Church and Society Council.

Contact: Rev Peter W Nimmo
peternimmo(a) minister.com (replace (a) with @)
Phone 01463 250 802

Minister curator of @ScotVoices this week

Peter writes-
I am representing Scotland on Twitter for the next few days. The Twitter account @ScotVoices has a different guest contributor week by week, and I will be the ‘curator’ until Sunday. Why not follow the Twitter account. There’s more on http://scotvoices.tumblr.com

Sought by heaven- sermon for 15 September 2013 (Proper 19)

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 15 September 2013: Year C, Proper 19
SERMON
Texts: Psalm 14
Luke 15:1-10

Sought by heaven!

In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

Català: Gravat del primer terç del s. XVI amb Sant Anselm de Canterbury
Date circa 1520
Source www.npg.org.uk
Author anonymous (1420)
Wikipedia Commons

One of the brainiest Christians of all time was man called Anselm, a Norman who became Archbishop of Canterbury around 1,000 years ago. Anselm was one of the greatest thinkers of the mediaeval world, but most of what I learned about him was not in the theology class, but the philosophy class. Anselm wrote a treatise on the existence of God which began with the first words of our Old Testament reading: ‘Fools say in their heart, there is no God’. And he went on to try to prove, through a very subtle philosophical argument, that the were fools wrong. Continue reading