Sunday Bulletin 30 October 2016

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 6 November 2016 : Proper 27
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
Both Services led by Rev Andrew Lyon
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
PASTORAL CARE will be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant (arthurasinclair<at>btinternet.com) while Peter is absent from his duties, due to illness.
SUNDAY BULLETINS 6 and 13 NOVEMBER Pat MacLeod will be on A/L. In her absence please send items to katharina.nimmo<at>btinternet.com Deadline: Wednesday at noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
ORDER OF SERVICE FOLDING AT ST STEPHEN’S: Again we have a vacancy for someone in our team of people who fold the orders of service. If you are able to help with this once a month can you please get in touch with Katharina Nimmo (katharina.nimmo<at>btinternet.com).
ST STEPHEN’S – UPDATE ON PARKING RESTRICTIONS FROM 17 OCTOBER 2016 – Parking is NOT permitted on double yellow lines on Annfield Road, Southside Road, Old Edinburgh Road or Mayfield Road. However, if anyone has a blue badge they are allowed to park on double yellow lines, as long as it does not obstruct traffic. Also, the permit parking allows parking on a Sunday. Crown Court Hotel (25 Southside Rd), Kingsmills Medical Practice (18 Southside Rd), Southside Rd Surgery (43 Southside Rd), and  Southside Dental Practice (28 Southside Rd), have all given us permission to use their car parks, but all are at owners own risk. Funerals and Weddings are exempt from this law. Contact Joan Darcy (joan.darcy<at>tesco.net).
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet on Sunday 6 November between 7 and 8pm in the vestry at St Stephen’s and will continue fortnightly thereafter. We would welcome new participants in these lively and thought-provoking discussions. Further details from Andrew Stevenson (stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com).
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at the Old High today. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. The Retiring Offering will be in aid of the Leprosy Mission Scotland. Please give generously to this worthwhile project.
SHOE BOX APPEAL 2016  Give hope to someone in need this Christmas. Please pick up a leaflet from the Church door and fill a shoebox. Deliver your shoebox to the Blythswood shop or superstore by 4 November. Any queries or help with delivery contact Val Cantlay (val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com).
OLD HIGH Tea will be served after the service on Sunday 6 November. All welcome. Contact Christine Mackenzie on christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
OLD HIGH MUSIC On Saturday 12 November at 12 noon, Katy Bell will play a solo programme in the Old High Church. Katy originates from Glasgow but has lived with her family in Crown for the last few years, following advanced studies in cello in the US and the Netherlands. You may already have heard her perform. The acoustic of the church will surely resonate with her wonderfully rich tone in J. S. Bach’s Suite No 3 and two modern pieces that Katy is going to interpret for us. Please do come along if you are free that morning. Andrew Stevenson.
WORD FOR TODAY booklets are available at the doors at both churches.
CROSSREACH NEWS the latest edition is now available at church doors. Also latest Prayer Diary for Oct – Jan 2017. CHRISTMAS CATALOGUES are also at the doors. An early order will ensure you receive your requested items. Thanks Rae Swan.
OTHER NEWS
ALPHA COURSES explore the Christian faith, ask questions and share points of view. Hilton Church is running a 10-week course which begins at the Lighthouse on Monday 2 November from 9.45 -11.30 am. Tea/Coffee will be provided. Parents/carers with small children are welcome. Further information from Jane Murtin-Armer www.alpha.org
FOOD FOR FAMILIES: Following another successful year of the Food for Families project, Ann and David Sutherland have extended their generosity to provide the mince for the Food for Families project once again this year. This year’s project will also be sponsored by the Mustard Seed, The Kitchen and Williamson Foodservice. Last year 3,508 meals were provided, which was a fantastic effort from all the teams involved,and they hope to maintain the number of meals delivered this year. Over the five years they have all helped to provide 12,652 cooked meals to many families who have been in need. I have indicated that we could do the following: W/c 5 December – Spaghetti Bolognese : W/c 9 January – Macaroni Cheese. All ingredients will be provided. If you could help on one or both of the above dates please let me know as soon as possible. Thank you for your support. Christine MacKenzie ( christinemac73<at>hotmail.com).
CRISIS ACCOMMODATION FOOD Highland Gateway (formerly Highland Homlessness Trust) are providing crisis accommodation throughout the year for the most vulnerable in our society. Previously it was provided from November to March with the support of Inverness Presbytery and other churches in the area. Now that the service is being extended to meet the need for an all year round provision, volunteer help is required. Liz Walsh has kindly agreed to co-ordinate the volunteer requirement over the next 12 months. Volunteers would provide/cook say 6 or so meals that could be frozen, and Liz would co-ordinate this on a rota basis to ensure an even spread of cooked meals being received over the coming months. For further information or to volunteer please contact Liz at patrickwalsh611<at>btinternet.com). Christine MacKenzie (christinemac73<at>hotmail.com

Sunday Bulletin 23 October 2016

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 30 October 2016 : Proper 26
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
Led by Stewart Robertson, Reader, Crown Church
11.15am Sacrament of Holy Communion at the Old High
SUNDAY BULLETIN please send items to invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline: Wednesday at noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
For further information and contact details : invernesschurch<at>gmail.com (Replace <at> with @).
PASTORAL CARE will be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant (arthurasinclair<at>btinternet.com) while Peter is absent from his duties, due to illness.
OLD HIGH CHURCH KEYS The Clansman Hotel will be closed for two weeks from Sunday 16 October. The church key will be available from Leakeys Bookshop which is open from 10am to 5pm daily. Contact Christine Mackenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com.
ORDER OF SERVICE FOLDING AT ST STEPHEN’S: Again we have a vacancy for someone in our team of people who fold the orders of service. If you are able to help with this once a month can you please get in touch with Katharina Nimmo (katharina.nimmo<at>btinternet.com).
ST STEPHEN’S – UPDATE ON PARKING RESTRICTIONS FROM 17 OCTOBER 2016 – Parking is NOT permitted on double yellow lines on Annfield Road, Southside Road, Old Edinburgh Road or Mayfield Road. However, if anyone has a blue badge they are allowed to park on double yellow lines, as long as it does not obstruct traffic. Also, the permit parking allows parking on a Sunday. Crown Court Hotel (25 Southside Rd), Kingsmills Medical Practice (18 Southside Rd), Southside Rd Surgery (43 Southside Rd), and  Southside Dental Practice (28 Southside Rd), have all given us permission to use their car parks, but all are at owners own risk. Funerals and Weddings are exempt from this law. Contact Joan Darcy (joan.darcy<at>tesco.net).
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet tonight between 7 and 8pm in the vestry at St Stephen’s and will continue fortnightly thereafter. We would welcome new participants in these lively and thought-provoking discussions. Further details from Andrew Stevenson (stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com).
MEET & EAT!  The next gathering for Lunch is on Thursday 27 October at 12.30pm at the Craigmonie Hotel, Annfield Road. All welcome. Please contact Val Cantlay (val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com)  to book your place or to arrange transport.
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at the Old High next Sunday, 30 October. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. The Retiring Offering will be in aid of the Leprosy Mission Scotland. Please give generously to this worthwhile project.
HOBBY/CRAFT EVENING on Wednesday 26 October in St Stephen’s Hall at 7.30pm and fortnightly thereafter. Please bring your craft to share with others. If not a crafter, perhaps you would like to learn. Please come along and enjoy the camaraderie. Further details from Margaret McAleer.
SHOE BOX APPEAL 2016  Give hope to someone in need this Christmas. Please pick up a leaflet from the Church door and fill a shoebox. Deliver your shoebox to the Blythswood shop or superstore by 4 November. Any queries or help with delivery contact Val Cantlay (val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com).
OLD HIGH MUSIC On Saturday 12 November at 12 noon, Katy Bell will play a solo programme in the Old High Church. Katy originates from Glasgow but has lived with her family in Crown for the last few years, following advanced studies in cello in the US and the Netherlands. You may already have heard her perform. The acoustic of the church will surely resonate with her wonderfully rich tone in J. S. Bach’s Suite No 3 and two modern pieces that Katy is going to interpret for us. Please do come along if you are free that morning. Andrew Stevenson.
WORD FOR TODAY booklets are available at the doors at both churches.
CROSSREACH NEWS the latest edition is now available at church doors. Also latest Prayer Diary for Oct – Jan 2017. CHRISTMAS CATALOGUES are also at the doors. An early order will ensure you receive your requested items. Thanks Rae Swan.
OTHER NEWS
GLOBAL WORSHIP DAY on Saturday 29 October from 10am to 3m in the Kings Fellowship, Smithton Industrial Estate IV2 7WL. There is no charge for this event. Further details macdonald116<at>btinternet.com
ON THE ROAD is a series of day and evening events run by the Church of Scotland to listen to the voice of people in the local Church. The Inverness event will be held at Inshes Church on Thursday 27 October from 11am to 3pm. These free events are an open invitation to everyone connected with the Church, whether you are a regular worshipper, or an occasional attender; whether you take a leadership role in your local Church, or simply drop in from time to time; we want to hear from folks from every background and every congregation: don’t leave it to someone else – come and have your say! Book online at www.churchofscotland.org.uk/connect/on_the_road or contact our Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com.
INVERNESS STREET PASTORS – meeting on Monday 24 October at 7.15pm at St John’s Episcopal Church, Southside Road, Inverness with Wendy Thomas, National Prayer Coordinator for Street Pastors, who will be visiting Inverness.  Please come along if you would like to know more about Street Pastors or Prayer Pastors. Contact Robyn Teago robynteago<at>hotmail.com and on Saturday 29 October, a day of 24-hour prayer. (Further details from morven<at>loveinverness.org
ALPHA COURSES explore the Christian faith, ask questions and share points of view. Hilton Church is running a 10-week course which begins at the Lighthouse on Monday 2 November from 9.45 -11.30 am. Tea/Coffee will be provided. Parents/carers with small children are welcome. Further information from Jane Murtin-Armer www.alpha.org
FOOD FOR FAMILIES: Following yet another successful year of the Food for Families project, I am pleased to let you know that Ann and David Sutherland have extended their generosity to provide the mince for the Food for Families project once again this year.  This year’s project will also be sponsored by the Mustard Seed, The Kitchen and Williamson Foodservice.   Last year 3,508 meals were provided, which was a fantastic effort from all the teams involved, and be assured all meals were gratefully received by individuals and families who were in need, they hope to maintain the number of meals delivered this year.  Over the five years of providing this service they have all helped to provide 12,652 meals!
The Food for Families project has proven to be a very successful initiative for families in need over the festive period and this will be their sixth year providing this very much appreciated help.  There is no doubt that the time and effort given by the various ‘cooking teams’ has ensured that the project has been successful and delivered cooked meals to many families who have been in need.
There are a range of meals being provided but I have indicated that we could do the following
Week commencing 5 December – Spaghetti Bolognese
Week commencing 9 January – Macaroni Cheese
All ingredients will be provided. If you could help on one or both of the above dates please let me know as soon as possible. Thank you for your support. Christine MacKenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com).
Crisis Accommodation Food
Highland Gateway (formerly Highland Homlessness Trust) are providing crisis accommodation throughout the year. This is for the most vulnerable in our society. Previously it was only provided during the winter months, November to March with the support of Inverness Presbytery and other churches in the area.
Now that the service is being extended to meet the need for an all year round provision, they would really appreciate volunteer help to provide the evening meals for the coming year.
Liz Walsh has very kindly agreed to co-ordinate the requirement for meals over the next 12 months.  This sounds a big ask from volunteers, but when broken down the requirement will be approximately 8/10 meals per week.  Ideally, what would be really wonderful is if individuals might volunteer to provide/cook say 6 or so meals that could be frozen, Liz would co-ordinate this by some form of rota to ensure an even spread of cooked meals being received over the coming months.
If you would like any further information or would like to volunteer please contact Liz direct on patrickwalsh611<at>btinternet.com).
OHSS have also been extremely supportive of both these projects in the past and I hope this will continue to help the vulnerable in our society. If so I will arrange to advertise these projects in our orders of service and newsletter. Christine MacKenzie

Sunday Bulletin 9 October 2016

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 16 October 2016 : Proper 24
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
Both Services led by Rev Arthur Sinclair, Pastoral Assistant
SUNDAY BULLETIN please send items to invernesschurchgmail.com. Deadline: Wednesday at noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
For furter information and contact details : invernesschurchgmail.com (Replace with @).
PASTORAL CARE will be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant arthurasinclairbtinternet.com while Peter is absent from his duties, due to illness. For the week from 8-15 October when Rev Sinclair is on holiday, please contact Heidi Hercus tripleh75hotmail.co.uk.
THANK YOU from Peter and Katharina for all the good wishes and cards. They are much appreciated.
ST STEPHEN’S – PARKING RESTRICTIONS FROM 17 OCTOBER 2016 – Parking is NOT permitted on double yellow lines on Annfield Road, Southside Road, Old Edinburgh Road or Mayfield Road. At the moment Highland Council have not decided on times for the permit parking bays which will be provided, but I am hopeful we will be allowed to park there on a Sunday. I will report back when I get confirmation. Crown Court Hotel (25 Southside Rd), Kingsmills Medical Practice (18 Southside Rd), Southside Rd Surgery (43 Southside Rd), and  Southside Dental Practice (28 Southside Rd), have all given us permission to use their car parks, but all are at owners own risk. Funerals and Weddings are exempt from this law. Contact Joan Darcy joan.darcytesco.net.
SALE OF THE OLD HIGH HALL At their meeting on Tuesday 27 September, the Kirk Session agreed not to rescind their decision to proceed with the process to sell the Old High hall. They also agreed not to proceed with a congregational meeting in the short term. Instead the Kirk Session will provide more information, considering a range of options. Rev Trevor Hunt, Presbytery Clerk attended this meeting and explained that the Inverness Planning Committee will have a consultation paper on the Presbytery Plan available at their conference on 21 January 2017. The process for a decision to sell the Old High hall will require a congregational meeting to be held at which a vote will be taken by secret ballot. Presbytery have kindly agreed to chair this congregational meeting. This will be a meeting open to members and adherents but only members will be eligible to vote. Linda Philip, Session Clerk lindajphiliphotmail.com
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet tonight between 7 and 8pm in the vestry at St Stephen’s and will continue fortnightly thereafter. We would welcome new participants in these lively and thought-provoking discussions. Further details from Andrew Stevenson stevenson.atabtinternet.com).
HEALING SERVICE today at 4pm in St Stephen’s, for all who are ill of body or mind, and for any known to you, to which all are welcome. (Contact Ruth Martin).
OLD HIGH Tea will be served after the service today. All welcome. Contact Christine Mackenzie on christinemac73hotmail.com.
HOBBY/CRAFT EVENING on Wednesday 12 October in St Stephen’s Hall at 7.30pm and fortnightly thereafter. Please bring your craft to share with others. If not a crafter, perhaps you would like to learn. Please come along and enjoy the camaraderie. Further details from Margaret McAleer.
SHOE BOX APPEAL 2016  Give hope to someone in need this Christmas. Please pick up a leaflet from the Church door and fill a shoebox. Deliver your shoebox to the Blythswood shop or superstore by 4 November. Any queries or help with delivery contact Val Cantlay val.cantlaybtinternet.com.
CAMERON HOUSE AFTERNOON TEA The magnificent sum of £2,030 was raised at the afternoon tea on 24 September. Many thanks to all who helped in any way. Rae Swan.
WORD FOR TODAY booklets are available at the doors at both churches.
CROSSREACH NEWS the latest edition is now available at church doors. Also latest Prayer Diary for Oct – Jan 2017. CHRISTMAS CATALOGUES are also at the doors. An early order will ensure you receive your requested items. Thanks Rae Swan.
OTHER NEWS
ON THE ROAD is a series of day and evening events run by the Church of Scotland to listen to the voice of people in the local Church. The Inverness event will be held at Inshes Church on Thursday 27 October from 11am to 3pm. These free events are an open invitation to everyone connected with the Church, whether you are a regular worshipper, or an occasional attender; whether you take a leadership role in your local Church, or simply drop in from time to time; we want to hear from folks from every background and every congregation: don’t leave it to someone else – come and have your say! Book online at www.churchofscotland.org.uk/connect/on_the_road or contact our Church Administrator invernesschurchgmail.com.
INVERNESS STREET PASTORS have organised an evening gathering on Monday 24 October with their National Prayer Co-ordinator and on Saturday 29 October, a day of 24-hour prayer. Further details from morvenloveinverness.org.
ALPHA COURSES explore the Christian faith, ask questions and share points of view. Hilton Church is running a 10-week course which begins at the Lighthouse on Monday 2 November from 9.45 -11.30 am. Tea/Coffee will be provided. Parents/carers with small children are welcome. Further information from Jane Murtin-Armer www.alpha.org

Sunday Bulletin 2 October 2016

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 9 October 2016 : Proper 23
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
Both Services led by Barry Dennis, Reader
SUNDAY BULLETIN please send items to invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline: Wednesday at noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
For further details and contact information : invernesschurch<at>gmail.com (replace<at> with @).
PASTORAL CARE will be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant arthurasinclair<at>btinternet.com) while Peter is absent from his duties, due to illness. For the week from 8-15 October when Rev Sinclair is on holiday, please contact Heidi Hercus tripleh75<at>hotmail.co.uk.
THANK YOU from Peter and Katharina for all the good wishes and cards. They are much appreciated.
ST STEPHEN’S – PARKING RESTRICTIONS FROM 17 OCTOBER 2016 – Parking is NOT permitted on double yellow lines on Annfield Road, Southside Road, Old Edinburgh Road or Mayfield Road. At the moment Highland Council have not decided on times for the permit parking bays which will be provided, but I am hopeful we will be allowed to park there on a Sunday. I will report back when I get confirmation. Crown Court Hotel (25 Southside Rd), Kingsmills Medical Practice (18 Southside Rd), Southside Rd Surgery (43 Southside Rd), and  Southside Dental Practice (28 Southside Rd), have all given us permission to use their car parks, but all are at owners own risk. Funerals and Weddings are exempt from this law. Contact Joan Darcy joan.darcy<at>tesco.net.
WELCOME TO OUR HARVEST SERVICE – especially if you’re here for the first time. Thank you for your gifts, which will go to Blythswood Highland Foodbank.
SOUTHSIDE NURSING HOME: There will be a short service, led by Jim Alexander, at Southside Nursing Home immediately after this morning’s service at St Stephen’s. If you are able to assist with the singing, your assistance would be much appreciated. Please speak to Jim after the service. We still also seek members willing to lead these services on a rota basis; please contact Janet Robertson.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet on Sunday 9 October between 7 and 8pm in the vestry at St Stephen’s and will continue fortnightly thereafter. We would welcome new participants in these lively and thought-provoking discussions. Further details from Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com.
HEALING SERVICE next Sunday 9 October at 4pm in St Stephen’s, for all who are ill of body or mind, and for any known to you, to which all are welcome. Contact Ruth Martin.
OLD HIGH There will be no tea/coffee in the Old High today due to the harvest thanksgiving service. It will however be back on Sunday 6 November. Contact Christine Mackenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com.
OLD HIGH MUSIC The next of this year’s organ recitals takes place on Saturday 8 October at 12 noon, when Stephen Doughty (Director of Music and Organist at St John’s Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh) is going to perform a programme which will include the Prelude and Fugue in E flat minor by J S Bach, the well-known Organ Sonata No. 4 by Mendelssohn and music by Henry Smart, whom we also know as the composer of a much loved hymn. Stephen is a highly-regarded musician around Scotland and this promises to be a memorable recital. More details from Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com.
SHOE BOX APPEAL 2016  Give hope to someone in need this Christmas. Please pick up a leaflet from the Church door and fill a shoebox. Deliver your shoebox to the Blythswood shop or superstore by 4 November. Any queries or help with delivery contact Val Cantlay val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com.
WORD FOR TODAY booklets are available at the doors at both churches.
CROSSREACH NEWS the latest edition is now available at church doors. Also latest Prayer Diary for Oct – Jan 2017. CHRISTMAS CATALOGUES are also at the doors. An early order will ensure you receive your requested items. Thanks Rae Swan.
THE RETIRING OFFERINGS held recently at the Old High and St Stephen’s raised £304.64 in aid of the Highland Hospice’s Project Build Appeal. Sincere thanks to all who contributed. Sandy Cumming.
OTHER NEWS
HOPE UK CHRISTIAN DRUG EDUCATION AND PREVENTION WORK COFFEE MORNING on Saturday 8 October from 10.30 am to 12 Noon at Elgin & Forres Free Church, South St, Elgin. Entry Free; donations welcomed. Join us for tea/coffee and pancakes. Details from Jo Pickford j.pickford<at>hopeuk.org.
INVERNESS STREET PASTORS CHALLENGE on Saturday 8 October 2016 at 8am. Take part in a sponsored walk up Bin Hill of Cullen, Ben Aigan and Ben Rinnes. Join us for all three hills or just one. You will be climbing 986m, and walking 16km so do come adequately shod! Please register beforehand. Registration form at http://tinyurl.com/he5447o or contact Morven Ball directly morven<at>loveinverness.org. If you just want to donate http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ChallengeMark
ON THE ROAD is a series of day and evening events run by the Church of Scotland to listen to the voice of people in the local Church. The Inverness event will be held at Inshes Church on Thursday 27 October from 11am to 3pm. These free events are an open invitation to everyone connected with the Church, whether you are a regular worshipper, or an occasional attender; whether you take a leadership role in your local Church, or simply drop in from time to time; we want to hear from folks from every background and every congregation: don’t leave it to someone else – come and have your say! Book online at www.churchofscotland.org.uk/connect/on_the_road or contact our Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com.
ALPHA COURSES explore the Christian faith, ask questions and share points of view. Hilton Church is running a 10-week course which begins at the Lighthouse on Monday 2 November from 9.45 -11.30 am. Tea/Coffee will be provided. Parents/carers with small children are welcome. Further information from Jane Murtin-Armer www.alpha.org