Belladrum Tartan Heart tickets auction

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Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival have kindly donated 2 pairs of 3-day tickets to the 2015 festival, which we are able to sell to raise money towards our fabric funds.

These much sought-after tickets originally cost £135 plus booking fee each, and are now sold out elsewhere.

To bid for the tickets:

  1. please email invernesschurch[a]gmail.com, (replace [a] with @)
  2. give the full names you wish to have on the tickets
  3. put “Bellardum tickets” in the subject line.

The top two bids will win a pair of 3-day tickets each (for 6,7 and 8 August). Closing date for entries: Friday 6 March. Contact us for more details.

A glimpse of light: a sermon for Transfiguration Sunday 2015

Texts:

2 Peter 1:16-21

Matthew 17.1-9

A glimpse of light

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

Nowadays, we quite often say that fanatical fans of pop stars, sports stars or other celebrities ‘idolise’ their heroes, and we often speak of such famous people as ‘idols’. We mean nothing especially pejorative about the term- when we say that some sportsman or pop star is an ‘idol’ to his fans, that’s a fairly morally neutral term in today’s culture. We just think it’s slightly crazy that, especially young people, should show such an interest in these performers.

But the word idols has its roots in the Bible, and where it very much has negative overtones Continue reading

Old High Church media report: a correction

Following a media report about the Old High Church, the Minister, the Rev Peter W Nimmo, has issued a statement:

Old High St Stephens’ congregation has been very grateful for the coverage in the media given to our attempts to secure the future of the Old High Church.

However, a media report has today appeared suggesting that we have been receiving a large number of donations. This is not the case.

Although the local community and various bodies have offered support, the support we have been receiving has not, yet, been financial.

The support at this stage is from many people and organisations who have stated that they are willing to work with us to ensure a future for the Old High.

We are having many positive conversations, in which it is apparent that people understand the importance to the city of the Old High building, with many good ideas being suggested to help resolve the situation.

We are very grateful for the moral support from throughout community. That goodwill is also an encouragement to me and the congregation.

Although it is early days, I am hopeful that, eventually, with the support of partners in the city, we will be able to secure the future of the Old High Church as a place of worship and an important landmark in our city.

 

Rev Peter W Nimmo, minister of Old High St Stephen’s Church of Scotland, Inverness.

Faith and Current Issues: Discussions in Lent

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How should Christian faith affect our attitudes to controversial issues?

A chance for conversations about the big questions facing the world today.

Come to one or come to all!

Each Sunday night in Lent, 7-8pm, beginning 22 February, at St Stephen’s Church, Southside Road, Inverness IV2 4XA

The topics for each week are as follows:

22 February: Economics Inequality, poverty, tax- how do we make our country fairer for all?

1 March: Education Should the church be in our schools? Religious education and religious observance

8 March: International issues War and peace, asylum seekers, refugees- What is the church is doing?

15 March: Caring for the earth Climate change, fracking, sustainable energy. How Green is our Christianity?

22 March The ethics of science Embryo research, Frankenstein foods- should we play God with nature?

Contact us for more information.

Ordinary people, fantastic events: sermon for 8 February 2013

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany (Narrative Lectionary)

SERMON
Text: Matthew 14.13-33

Discipleship in the fast lane
In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

What I like about the Gospels is that they are very realistic. That might seem a strange thing to say, when we have just heard stories of miraculous feeding and walking on water. The miraculous and unlikely is certainly part of the Gospels. But there are also realistic- the things people do, even in extraordinary situation, the way they react, is often very true to life. People appear in the Gospels warts and all. That’s especially true of Jesus’ disciples, who come across, not as plaster saints, but as very fallible human beings, who often make mistakes and constantly misunderstand their master. Continue reading

Sunday Bulletin 1 February 2015

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 8 February 2015: The Fifth Sunday after Epiphany
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
CONTACTS
The Minister: peternimmo@minister.com
Pastoral Assistant: arthurasinclair@btinternet.com
For further information and contact details for any items listed below contact:
Church Administrator: invernesschurch@gmail.com
Here for the first time? Welcome! Please tell us about yourself! Please ask someone on door duty for a contact card so we can keep in touch with you.
Children are always welcome at our services. A Crèche is available. Please ask those on door duty for more information.
Hard of hearing? We have a loop. Set your hearing aid to the T setting.
Recordings of this morning’s service on CD available from Tuesday from the Olive Grove, Kingsmills, or contact katharina.nimmo@btinternet.com.
Hospital Visits Please let the Minister know if you are going into hospital or if you know of anyone who is sick in hospital or at home.
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to Jim Monro jim@jimmonro.com. The deadline for all items is Wednesday at noon.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
CONFIRMATION CLASS for anyone wishing to become a full member of the church will run in the New Year. Please contact the Minister if you are interested.
SOUTHSIDE CARE HOME Members and friends of the congregation are warmly invited to help and participate in the short act of worship led by Jim Alexander at Southside Care Home after St Stephen’s morning service. Please meet in the transept from where we leave at 11.15am. We do need more people to help with this- further details from the Minister.
CHURCH MAGAZINE  the editor of the OHSS Magazine, requires reports, articles and photos for the next issue, which is due out in March. Please, please, submit whatever you can, as early as possible, as the cupboard is particularly bare at this time, by e-mail to willie@kenilweb.com. The deadline is Friday 13 March.
HOBBY/CRAFT EVENINGS are recommencing in St Stephen’s Hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday 4 February and fortnightly thereafter. Please come along and enjoy the camaraderie. Further details from Margaret McAleer Social & Fundraising Action Team Convenor.
REAL EASTER EGGS are on sale again with a new range this year: The Original (with an Easter storybook, Happy Easter banner, 125g milk chocolate egg and a pack of milk chocolate Chunky Buttons) for £3.99, the Peace Edition (200g milk chocolate egg, an olive wood peace dove keyring from the Holy Land, a simple guide to the Easter story and an 80g orange milk chocolate bar) for £9.99 and the Dark one (165g dark chocolate, 3 dark chocolate mini squares and a simple guide to the Easter story) for £5.50. Orders can be placed on the sign-up sheets hanging up in both churches or contact Katharina Nimmo (katharina.nimmo@btinternet.com). Last orders on Sunday 22 February, please.
COFFEE MORNING is to be held on Saturday 28 February from 10am to noon in St Stephen’s Hall in aid of Church Funds. Donations of cake/candy, unwanted gifts, raffle prizes will be gratefully appreciated. If you are able to help please contact Margaret McAleer.
PRAYER POINTERS will return in a few weeks. If you have ideas on the format and content of the Prayer Pointers, please contact the Minister. Meantime, as a guide for your prayers, please use the Prayer for the Day on the Order of Service, and pray for the activities of the congregation listed here.
CROSSREACH NEWS and Prayer Diary (Feb – May), is now available at church doors.
WORD FOR TODAY The new issue of Word for Today is available in both the church vestibules.
OTHER NEWS
ST JOHN CHURCH Southside Road, Inverness has a monthly prayer group that meets in the church vestry. It meets the 1st Friday of the month. Next meeting is on Friday 6th February 7pm. All welcome.
OUT OF THE BOX Christian charity based in Inverness are running an event for young people in Primary 5 through to S2 during the February school holidays. The event is called AMP, which stands for Acting, Music and Puppets. A.M.P. is a performing arts week, where young people can make new friends, develop creative skills and grow in faith. Each person attending will have a choice of creative streams where they will have the opportunity to work alongside professionals from the performing arts towards an end of week showcase where they can put all their new skills into practise. The event runs from 14 to 18 February in Hilton Parish Church from 10am till 4pm. The cost to attend is £85, with discounts for siblings. For more information please check out the website www.outofthebox.me.uk or email chris@outofthebox.me.uk
WORK PLACE CHAPLAINCY This is an opportunity for interested or already involved to find out: What is Work Place Chaplaincy; essential skills required and how to use them; opportunities for chaplaincy; introduction to further training. The meeting is in the Baptist Church, Castle Street on Wednesday 25 February from 7.15 to 9.30pm. For further details or to book contact: info @wpcscotland.co.uk
ADVANCE NOTICES
THE BIG CLEAN at Stephen’s will take place this year on Saturday 14 March. Please put this in your diary. For more details contact Joan Darcy.
FRESH EXPRESSIONS OF CHURCH DAY CONFERENCE: IMAGINE CHURCH “for those that don’t do church”. Speakers Olive and John Drane will lead the day with interactive learning with presentations, interviews, stories, activities and questions. Saturday 21 March from 9.30 to 4pm in Fort Augustus Village Hall (transport may be available) For details (http://www.freshexpressions.org.uk/vision/fortaugustus15) or contact The Minister.