Sunday Bulletin 12 February 2017

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
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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
PASTORAL CARE will be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant 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
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
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
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 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
WORD FOR TODAY The latest copies of the free UCB daily bible reading magazine are available in the vestibules of both churches.
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
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
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