Sunday Bulletin 19 February 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 26 February 2017
10am Sacrament of Holy Communion at St Stephen’s
Led by Rev Alastair Younger
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
Led by Rev Doug McRoberts
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12noon. 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
INTERIM MODERATOR The Rev Alastair Younger has been appointed Interim Moderator in the absence of Rev Peter Nimmo due to illness. His contact details are younger873<at>btinternet.com.
PASTORAL CARE will be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant arthursinclair<at>btinternet.com while Peter is absent from his duties, due to illness.
PRESBYTERY PLANNING COMMITTEE DRAFT PROPOSALS The Kirk Session at a special meeting held on Sunday 5 February considered the Draft Presbytery Plan as it affects Old High St Stephen’s Congregation. The plan proposes that Old High St Stephen’s should close one of its buildings and favours retention of Old High Building and closure of St Stephen’s Building. The Plan includes deployment of ministers, given that number of ministers available for charges is certain to fall dramatically in the next ten years. The position of ministers currently in charges is protected. The Plan also seeks to change Parish Boundaries within the Presbytery.
The Kirk Session has formulated a number of questions with regard to the proposed plan seeking clarification of the criteria used in its formation. At this early stage prior to a Presbytery Decision, the Kirk Session seeks to consult with the Presbytery Planning Committee and inform itself so that at later stages in the process it can responsibly represent the interests of Old High St Stephen’s. The Kirk Session seeks the prayerful support of the congregation at this difficult time as they move forward in seeking and realising their place in the mission of the church within Inverness Presbytery. Rev Alastair Younger, Interim Moderator younger873<at>btinternet.com
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet tonight at 7pm in St Stephen’s vestry. We shall be using a book “Life in the Psalms” as the starting point for our discussion. All are most welcome. Andrew Stevenson.
HOBBY/CRAFT EVENING on Wednesday 22 February 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.
MEET & EAT The first Lunch of the year for the Church and parish is on Thursday 23 February at 12.30pm in the Craigmonie Hotel, Annfield Road. A warm welcome is extended to all .This is a pleasant social gathering, and a two-course lunch with coffee is served at the attractive price of £7.50. Please consider coming to join us. For further information contact Val Cantlay Tel val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at St Stephen’s on Sunday 26 February. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. The Retiring Offering will be on behalf of Christian Aid. Please give generously to this worthwhile project.
KIRK SESSION the next meeting will be held at the Old High hall on
1 March at 7.30pm. Linda Philip lindajphilip<at>hotmail.com
CHURCH OPENING It is proposed to open the Old High Church during Lent from 2-4pm each Friday, from 3 March. If anyone would like to assist please contact Joy Cossar (226961) or Sheila MacLeod.
OHSS MAGAZINE Our editor requires articles and photos for the March issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, by e-mail to willie<at>kenilweb.com. The deadline will be confirmed later, but is likely to be Friday, 17 March.
CROSSREACH The latest newsletter is at church doors. Also prayer diary for February to May. CrossReach apologise for the late delivery. Contact Rae Swan raeswan<at>aol.com
WORD FOR TODAY The latest copies of the free UCB daily bible reading magazine are available in the vestibules of both churches.
DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: The St Stephen’s Church and Community Choirs Spring Concert will be on Thursday 30 March at the Culduthel Christian Centre.
OTHER NEWS
LGOWIT On Wednesday 22 February from 2pm to 4pm come along to an afternoon of Boccia (a bit like seated bowls, but with softer balls), in the Spectrum Centre in Inverness. Anyone with a long term condition is welcome to come along and join in – or even just spectate and enjoy the atmosphere! Carers and family members invited. Further information from Roy Anderson lgowitroy<at>highlandtsi.org.uk
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER SERVICE on Friday 3 March at 10.30am at East Church, Academy Street, Inverness. The theme is “Jesus said to them am I being unfair to you”, and written by Christian women of the Philippines. Speaker is Mrs Elspeth Gordon who visited family in the Philippines last year. Rae Swan raeswan<at>aol.com
INVERNESS AND DISTRICT STEDFAST ASSOCIATION (former members of the Boys Brigade) are holding a Singalong on Friday 10 March at 7.30pm at Crown Church, Kingsmills Road, Inverness. Everyone welcome. Entry by donation; all proceeds to CHAS and the Elsie Normington Foundation. Contact Tom Boyle, tom.boyle136<at>gmail.com.

Sunday Bulletin 12 February 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 19 February 2017
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
Both services led by Rev Andrew Lyon
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurchgmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
For information and contact details : invernesschurchgmail.com
INTERIM MODERATOR The Rev Alastair Younger has been appointed Interim Moderator in the absence of Rev Peter Nimmo due to illness. His contact details are younger873btinternet.com.
PASTORAL CARE will be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant arthursinclairbtinternet.com while Peter is absent from his duties, due to illness.
PRESBYTERY PLANNING COMMITTEE DRAFT PROPOSALS The Kirk Session at a special meeting held on Sunday 5 February considered the Draft Presbytery Plan as it affects Old High St Stephen’s Congregation. The plan proposes that Old High St Stephen’s should close one of its buildings and favours retention of Old High Building and closure of St Stephen’s Building. The Plan includes deployment of ministers, given that number of ministers available for charges is certain to fall dramatically in the next ten years. The position of ministers currently in charges is protected. The Plan also seeks to change Parish Boundaries within the Presbytery.
The Kirk Session has formulated a number of questions with regard to the proposed plan seeking clarification of the criteria used in its formation. At this early stage prior to a Presbytery Decision, the Kirk Session seeks to consult with the Presbytery Planning Committee and inform itself so that at later stages in the process it can responsibly represent the interests of Old High St Stephen’s. The Kirk Session seeks the prayerful support of the congregation at this difficult time as they move forward in seeking and realising their place in the mission of the church within Inverness Presbytery. Rev Alastair Younger, Interim Moderator younger873btinternet.com
HEALING SERVICE The monthly Christian Healing Service will be held in St Stephen’s today at 4pm to which all are invited. When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?” (John 5 v 6) Ruth Martin.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP Next meeting will be 19 February, at 7pm in St Stephen’s vestry. We shall be using a book “Life in the Psalms” as the starting point for our discussion. All are most welcome. Andrew Stevenson.
ALTERNATIVE APPROACH TO WORSHIP There has been discussion in the Worship & Education Group about the benefits at this time in the life of Old High St Stephen’s for us to plan occasional services which could be led by elders and members of the congregation. The aim would be to deepen our personal growth as Christians and find new opportunities for participation by leading worship together. We would welcome the chance to explore next steps towards that, through meeting with anyone from the congregation who would like to join this discussion, by sharing ideas, even if you may not want at this time to be directly involved in leading such a service. We shall meet in St Stephen’s vestry at 7pm tonight. Please do consider joining us then. More details from Andrew Stevenson stevenson.atabtinternet.com
HIGHLAND FOODBANK The Foodbank would be grateful for donations of the following goods during February. Long grain rice, tinned ham, tinned Corned Beef, Soap/Shower. Please bring them to Church and they will be delivered to the Foodbank. Contact Val Cantlay val.cantlaybtinternet.com
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at St Stephen’s on Sunday 26 February. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. The Retiring Offering will be on behalf of Christian Aid. Please give generously to this worthwhile project.
OHSS MAGAZINE our editor requires articles and photos for the March issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, by e-mail to williekenilweb.com. The deadline will be confirmed later, but is likely to be Friday, 17 March.
CROSSREACH The latest newsletter is at church doors. Also prayer diary for February to May. CrossReach apologise for the late delivery. Contact Rae Swan raeswanaol.com
WORD FOR TODAY The latest copies of the free UCB daily bible reading magazine are available in the vestibules of both churches.
OTHER NEWS
LIFE ON THE FRONT LINE is a resource for churches to use in small groups to encourage and equip Christians to work out what ‘whole life discipleship’ is. Come along to a Taster Evening at Inshes Church on Monday 13 February 2017 from 7.30pm to 9pm. The evening is for church leaders and potential leaders of small groups. Contact Heather Beck, Secretary, Inverness Presbytery Outreach & Education Comittee kenny.beckbtinternet.com.
CHALMERS LECTURES 2017 Reforming the Kirk – the future of the Church of Scotland on 1, 8 and 15 February 2017 at 6.30pm at St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh. In this series of three lectures, Glasgow-based Practical Theologian, Dr Doug Gay will offer a candid, forthright and bold analysis of the state of the Church of Scotland and the choices facing it. Free to attend; watch online/further details at www.churchofscotland.org.uk
LGOWIT On Wednesday 22 February from 2pm to 4pm come along to an afternoon of Boccia (a bit like seated bowls, but with softer balls), in the Spectrum Centre in Inverness. Anyone with a long term condition is welcome to come along and join in – or even just spectate and enjoy the atmosphere! Carers and family members invited. Further information from Roy Anderson lgowitroyhighlandtsi.org.uk

Sunday Bulletin 5 February 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 12 February 2017
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
Both services led by Stewart Robertson
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12noon. 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
INTERIM MODERATOR The Rev Alastair Younger has been appointed Interim Moderator in the absence of Rev Peter Nimmo due to illness. His contact details are younger873<at>btinternet.com.
PASTORAL CARE will be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant arthursinclair<at>btinternet.com while Peter is absent from his duties, due to illness.
SOUTHSIDE NURSING HOME There will be a short service, led by Iain Todd, 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. We still also seek members willing to lead these services on a rota basis; please contact Janet Robertson janetnfraser<at>btinternet.com
KIRK SESSION a meeting will be held tonight at 7pm in St Stephen’s hall. Linda Philip lindajphilip<at>hotmail.com
HOBBY/CRAFT EVENING on Wednesday 8 February 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.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP Next meetings will meet tonight and 19 February, at 7pm in St Stephen’s vestry. We shall be using a book “Life in the Psalms” as the starting point for our discussion. All are most welcome. Andrew Stevenson.
OLD HIGH MUSIC The inaugural concert of the 2017 series will take place on Saturday 11 February at 12 noon, when the Badenoch Chorale will perform a programme including pieces by Haydn, Parry, Elgar and Sullivan, along with modern songs and organ interludes. The brochure detailing monthly recitals throughout the year will shortly be circulated, and we would ask the support of the congregation in circulating these as widely as possible amongst family and friends. This programme is now a well-established part of the music life of the city, but we are keen to build audience numbers further in the course of this coming year. Details from Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
ALTERNATIVE APPROACH TO WORSHIP There has been discussion in the Worship & Education Group about the benefits at this time in the life of Old High St Stephen’s for us to plan occasional services which could be led by elders and members of the congregation. The aim would be to deepen our personal growth as Christians and find new opportunities for participation by leading worship together. We would welcome the chance to explore next steps towards that, through meeting with anyone from the congregation who would like to join this discussion, by sharing ideas, even if you may not want at this time to be directly involved in leading such a service. We shall meet in St Stephen’s vestry at 7pm on Sunday 12 February. Please do consider joining us then. More details from Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
ST STEPHEN’S SOUND ROTA We need another person to do the sound. Training, if required, will be given. If you can help please contact Joan. Darcy joan.darcy<at>tesco.net.
HIGHLAND FOODBANK The Foodbank would be grateful for donations of the following goods during February. Long grain rice, tinned ham, tinned Corned Beef, Soap/Shower. Please bring them to Church and they will be delivered to the Foodbank. Contact Val Cantlay val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com
HEALING SERVICE The monthly Christian Healing Service will be held in St Stephen’s today at 4pm to which all are invited. When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?” (John 5 v 6) Ruth Martin.
CROSSREACH The latest newsletter is at church doors. Also prayer diary for February to May. CrossReach apologise for the late delivery. Contact Rae Swan raeswan<at>aol.com
WORD FOR TODAY The latest copies of the free UCB daily bible reading magazine are available in the vestibules of both churches.
OTHER NEWS
LGOWIT – Living Better with a Long-term Condition Support Group meets on Monday 6 Febuary from 2pm to 4pm at Trinity Church and on Tuesday 7 February from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Hilton Church Hall. All ages welcome, transport on request. Contact Roy Anderson lgowitroy<at>highlandtsi.org.uk
LIFE ON THE FRONT LINE is a resource for churches to use in small groups to encourage and equip Christians to work out what ‘whole life discipleship’ is. Come along to a Taster Evening at Inshes Church on Monday 13 February 2017 from 7.30pm to 9pm. The evening is for church leaders and potential leaders of small groups. Contact Heather Beck, Secretary, Inverness Presbytery Outreach & Education Comittee kenny.beck<at>btinternet.com
CHALMERS LECTURES 2017 Reforming the Kirk – the future of the Church of Scotland on 1, 8 and 15 February 2017 at 6.30pm at St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh. In this series of three lectures, Glasgow-based Practical Theologian, Dr Doug Gay will offer a candid, forthright and bold analysis of the state of the Church of Scotland and the choices facing it. Free to attend; watch online/further details at www.churchofscotland.org.uk