Sunday Bulletin 23 April 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 30 April 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
Further 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.
THE MINISTER: Peter had his procedure and the surgeon was very happy with how it had gone. He’ll need to recover now and will find out over time whether it has been a success. Both Peter and Katharina are very grateful for all the good wishes and practical help they’ve received!
ST STEPHEN’S DOOR DUTY ROTA We have a couple of gaps in this year’s rota for May, and need volunteers to help welcome people to church. This is a great help in the church and a good way to meet more people. If you or someone you know would be willing to do this for a couple of Sundays in May, it would be greatly appreciated. As well as greeting people, some of our welcomers help with serving tea and counting the offering; but you don’t have to do these things. Contact Deborah Macrae dmmacraeuwclub.net
MEET & EAT Lunch is on the Menu this coming Thursday, 27 April at 12.30 at the Craigmonie Hotel. All are welcome and transport is available. Please contact Val Cantlay val.cantlaybtinternet.com
THE SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet in St Stephen’s Vestry Sundays 30 April, and 14 and 28 May. We would welcome anyone to join with us, even for the summer months. Andrew Stevenson stevenson.atabtinetrnet.com
AFTERNOON COMMUNION SERVICE There will be a short service with Communion on Saturday 29 April at 2.30pm in St Stephen’s Church. This is open to all, but is particularly suitable for those who are unable to attend the regular morning Communion services. Elders will give further information and can arrange transport. Tea will be served after the service. Contact Val Cantlay val.cantlaybtinternet.com. (Will elders, please, collect information sheets from Linda or Christine)
OLD HIGH MUSIC The first organ recital in the 2017 series will be held on Saturday 13 May at 12 noon, when the soloist will be Henry Wallace, Organist and Choirmaster at Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh (previously at Hexham Abbey). He will perform a programme which includes many favourite pieces, including Bach, Mendelssohn, Howells, Stanford and Vierne. An hour of music to enjoy after the Christian Aid Coffee morning. Details from Andrew Stevenson stevenson.atabtinternet.com
HIGHLAND FOODBANK During March and April the Foodbank would appreciate the following items – Tinned potatoes, Crackers/Oatcakes, Tinned ham (small), Soap/Shower gel  Contact Val Cantlay val.cantlaybtinternet.com
OHSS SPRING WALK, Farigaig Forest, on Sunday 7 May 2017. Meet 2pm in the car park for the walk. There are 3 different walks at the forest ranging from a 20 minute steep walk to a viewpoint over Loch Ness, a 1¾ mile loop, or the Farigaig trail 3¼ mile. Proposed times are as above for the intermediate loop. However, you can start earlier if you want a longer walk. Walking shoes and poles recommended. You can also just come for the cup of tea/coffee at the lovely Waterfall café for 3.15pm. Please let me know if you need a lift or if you want to share a car. Hope to see you there. Deborah Macrae.
CHRISTIAN AID COFFEE MORNING The annual coffee morning will be held on Saturday 13 May in St Stephen’s hall. There will be the usual stalls and gardeners are asked to donate from their gardens any divided plants suitably labelled for sale at the plant stall. For further information please contact Jennifer Morrison jenniferkenilweb.com
OLD HIGH COFFEE MORNING The Friends of the Old High Church would like to thank everyone  who donated, helped and supported the coffee morning last Saturday. The sum of £540 was raised. Christina Cameron
SOCIAL FRIENDSHIP GROUP Would you like company to perhaps attend the theatre/cinema/coffee/day trips? It is hoped to form a Social Friendship Group but obviously depends on uptake. This would be a way of meeting and getting to know people. If you would like further information please contact Margaret McAleer (Social & Fundraising Action Team).
WORD FOR TODAY New copies of the daily readings Word for Today are now available in both churches. Ruth Martin
OTHER NEWS
STREET PASTORS’ FUNDRAISING EVENT Spring Fashion Show on Friday 28 April at 7-10pm at M&Co on Academy Street. Tickets available on the night. Contact Ruth Martin robynloveinverness.org
CHURCH OF SCOTLAND VOCATIONS CONFERENCE 2017 on Saturday 17 June 2017 at The Carnegie Conference Centre in Dunfermline.This Conference offers an inspirational keynote speech on the Call to Serve Today, practical information and the opportunity to ask important questions about how God might be calling you. £15 booking fee. For further details and to register contact Ministries Council, 121 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 4YN.vocationchurchofscotland.org.uk Spaces are limited – booking is essential.
INVERNESS SCIENCE FESTIVAL Crown Church is taking part in Inverness Science Festival Week (Saturday 29 April to Saturday 6 May) and will be open between 10am and 4pm (2pm and 4pm on Sunday) for an exhibition which is open to the public ‘The God Dimension: Do faith and science need each other?’ On Tuesday 2 May at 8pm, there will be a lecture, open to anyone, given by Rev Dr Alistair Donald, Chaplain to Heriot-Watt University, entitled ‘Is it OK to believe?’. For programme details contact Eileen Ardern eileenardernhotmail.com
LGOWIT VOLUNTEER TRAINERS don’t forget about our monthly Boccia Afternoon in the Spectrum Centre from 2pm to 4pm on 26 April. We still have a few places left on our Self Management course starting next Thursday 20 April in Inverness Library. If you know of anyone who may be interested please let them know and encourage them to take up this exciting opportunity. Further details/job description from Roy Anderson LGOWITRoyhighlandtsi.org.uk
BLYTHSWOOD A well-organised, motivated and flexible person with good communication skills is required to assist in Blythswood Care’s charity shop in Nairn. Previous retail experience essential, but training will be provided. The position is for 12 hours per week over 2 days between Monday and Saturday. Application Form/Job Description from Barbara Grace personnelblythswood.org

Sunday Bulletin 16 April 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 23 April 2017
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
Both services 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
Further 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.
MINISTER Peter now has a date for his second medical procedure. It will be this coming Wednesday at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. We are hoping this will be a success and that he will be back to work before long. Peter and Katharina would like to thank the congregation for their prayers and concern.
ST STEPHEN’S DOOR DUTY ROTA We have a couple of gaps in this year’s rota for May, and need volunteers to help welcome people to church. This is a great help in the church and a good way to meet more people. If you or someone you know would be willing to do this for a couple of Sundays in May, it would be greatly appreciated. As well as greeting people, some of our welcomers help with serving tea and counting the offering; but you don’t have to do these things. Contact Deborah Macrae dmmacrae<at>uwclub.net
THE SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet in St Stephen’s Vestry tonight at 7pm, so we can complete our celebration of Easter together, by starting to explore a new section in the book entitled ‘Hope’. Thereafter we shall meet fortnightly, on Sundays 30 April, and 14 and 28 May. We would welcome anyone to join with us, even for the summer months. Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinetrnet.com
OLD HIGH MUSIC The next recital will be at 12 noon on Saturday 22 April, when there will be a chance to hear an acclaimed young pianist who has already performed in venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall. Maciej Granat will play a Bach Sonata, work by Saint-Saens and then tell us about and perform a beautiful composition of his own. For those of you who attended the piano recital in the last series, you will recall how exciting it is to be able to hear and watch a pianist from closeby. One of the pieces is written for left hand only and is an extraordinary demonstration of the versatility of the piano and the technique of a top-class musician. Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
AFTERNOON COMMUNION SERVICE There will be a short service with Communion on Saturday 29 April at 2.30pm in St Stephen’s Church. This is open to all, but is particularly suitable for those who are unable to attend the regular morning Communion services. Elders will give further information and can arrange transport. Tea will be served after the service. Contact Val Cantlay val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com. (Will elders, please, collect information sheets from Linda or Christine)
HIGHLAND FOODBANK During March and April the Foodbank would appreciate the following items – Tinned potatoes, Crackers/Oatcakes, Tinned ham (small), Soap/Shower gel  Contact Val Cantlay val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com
OHSS SPRING WALK, Farigaig Forest, on Sunday 7 May 2017. Meet 2pm in the car park for the walk. There are 3 different walks at the forest ranging from a 20 minute steep walk to a viewpoint over Loch Ness, a 1¾ mile loop, or the Farigaig trail 3¼ mile. Proposed times are as above for the intermediate loop. However, you can start earlier if you want a longer walk. Walking shoes and poles recommended. You can also just come for the cup of tea/coffee at the lovely Waterfall café for 3.15pm. Please let me know if you need a lift or if you want to share a car. Hope to see you there. Deborah Macrae.
CHRISTIAN AID COFFEE MORNING The annual coffee morning will be held on Saturday 13 May in St Stephen’s hall. There will be the usual stalls and gardeners are asked to donate from their gardens any divided plants suitably labelled for sale at the plant stall. For further information please contact Jennifer Morrison jennifer<at>kenilweb.com
SOCIAL FRIENDSHIP GROUP Would you like company to perhaps attend the theatre/cinema/coffee/day trips? It is hoped to form a Social Friendship Group but obviously depends on uptake. This would be a way of meeting and getting to know people. If you would like further information please contact Margaret McAleer (Social & Fundraising Action Team).
AURICULAS FOR SALE (in aid of Christian Aid) Margaret Young has a box of mature auricula plants, almost in flower, surplus to her requirements. It would be more sensible to sell them now rather than waiting until the Christian Aid Coffee Morning. Suggested price £5. kenmag20<at>btinternet.com if interested.
OTHER NEWS
CHURCH OF SCOTLAND VOCATIONS CONFERENCE 2017 on Saturday 17 June 2017 at The Carnegie Conference Centre in Dunfermline.This Conference offers an inspirational keynote speech on the Call to Serve Today, practical information and the opportunity to ask important questions about how God might be calling you. £15 booking fee. For further details and to register contact Ministries Council, 121 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 4YN. vocation<at>churchofscotland.org.uk Spaces are limited – booking is essential.
INVERNESS SCIENCE FESTIVAL Crown Church is taking part in Inverness Science Festival Week (Saturday 29 April to Saturday 6 May) and will be open between 10am and 4pm (2pm and 4pm on Sunday) for an exhibition which is open to the public ‘The God Dimension: Do faith and science need each other?’ On Tuesday 2 May at 8pm, there will be a lecture, open to anyone, given by Rev Dr Alistair Donald, Chaplain to Heriot-Watt University, entitled ‘Is it OK to believe?’. For programme details contact Eileen Ardern eileenardern<at>hotmail.com
LGOWIT VOLUNTEER TRAINERS We are currently looking for more volunteer trainers to help lead Self Management training courses in each area.To this end a Volunteer Trainer course has been organised over four days 24/25 May and 19/20 July. If you know of anyone who may be interested please let them know and encourage them to take up this exciting opportunity. Further details and a job description from Roy Anderson LGOWITRoy<at>highlandtsi.org.uk

Funeral Announcement Mrs Esther (Sue) Robertson

Mrs Esther (Sue) Robertson, 8 Woodend Road, Balloch, Inverness passed away on 7 April 2017.

She was 71 years of age.

Her funeral will be held at 1.30pm on Thursday 13 April at St Stephen’s Church, Southside Road, Inverness IV2 4XA.

For further details please contact the funeral undertakers, John Fraser & Son, 17-29 Chapel Street, Inverness (01463)) 233366.

 

Sunday Bulletin 9 April 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 16 April 2017
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
Both services led by Rev Alastair Younger
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 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.
MINISTER Peter now has a date for his second medical procedure. It will be on Wednesday 19 April at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. We are hoping this will be a success and that he will be back to work before long. Peter and Katharina would like to thank the congregation for their prayers and concern.
FRIENDS OF OLD HIGH COFFEE MORNING on Saturday 15 April 2017 from 10am – noon in the Old High Church Hall; crafts,sales and candy. Tickets (£3 adults/£1 children) available at the door, or from Christina Cameron.
ST STEPHEN’S DOOR DUTY ROTA We have a couple of gaps in this year’s rota for May, and need volunteers to help welcome people to church. This is a great help in the church and a good way to meet more people. If you or someone you know would be willing to do this for a couple of Sundays in May, it would be greatly appreciated. As well as greeting people, some of our welcomers help with serving tea and counting the offering; but you don’t have to do these things. Contact Deborah Macrae dmmacrae<at>uwclub.net
HEALING SERVICE There will be a Healing Service this afternoon at 4pm at St Stephen’s to which all who are ill or know someone who is unwell are invited to come and meet Jesus who has promised his healing powers for our benefit. Ruth Martin.
HOLY WEEK OHSS is sharing Holy Week with Crown Church. All Services will be held in Crown Church
Thursday 13th April at 7 pm: Evening Worship with Holy Communion  ( Light Supper from 6.15 pm
Friday 14th at 7 pm: Evening Worship for Good Friday
Saturday 15th April at 7 pm: Evening Worship, anticipation of the resurrection
For more information contact Heidi Hercus tripleh75<at>hotmail.co.uk.
THE SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet in St Stephen’s Vestry at 7pm on Sunday 16 April, so we can complete our celebration of Easter together, by starting to explore a new section in the book entitled ‘Hope’. Thereafter we shall meet fortnightly, on Sundays 30 April, and 14 and 28 May. We would welcome anyone to join with us, even for the summer months. Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinetrnet.com
OLD HIGH MUSIC The next recital will be at 12 noon on Saturday 22 April, when there will be a chance to hear an acclaimed young pianist who has already performed in venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall. Maciej Granat will play a Bach Sonata, work by Saint-Saens and then tell us about and perform a beautiful composition of his own. For those of you who attended the piano recital in the last series, you will recall how exciting it is to be able to hear and watch a pianist from closeby. One of the pieces is written for left hand only and is an extraordinary demonstration of the versatility of the piano and the technique of a top-class musician. Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
OHSS SPRING WALK, Farigaig Forest, on Sunday 7 May 2017. Meet 2pm in the car park for the walk. There are 3 different walks at the forest ranging from a 20 minute steep walk to a viewpoint over Loch Ness, a 1¾ mile loop, or the Farigaig trail 3¼ mile. Proposed times are as above for the intermediate loop. However, you can start earlier if you want a longer walk. Walking shoes and poles recommended. You can also just come for the cup of tea/coffee at the lovely Waterfall café for 3.15pm. Please let me know if you need a lift or if you want to share a car. Hope to see you there. Deborah Macrae.
CHRISTIAN AID COFFEE MORNING The annual coffee morning will be held on Saturday 13 May in St Stephen’s hall. There will be the usual stalls and gardeners are asked to donate from their gardens any divided plants suitably labelled for sale at the plant stall. For further information please contact Jennifer Morrison jennifer<at>kenilweb.com
EAST AFRICA CRISIS APPEAL the retiring offerings raised £654.69. In addition, a further £97.50 will be received from completed Gift Aid forms. Sincere thanks for the congregation’s excellent response. Sandy Cumming, Treasurer.
SOCIAL FRIENDSHIP GROUP Would you like company to perhaps attend the theatre/cinema/coffee/day trips? It is hoped to form a Social Friendship Group but obviously depends on uptake. This would be a way of meeting and getting to know people. If you would like further information please contact Margaret McAleer(Social & Fundraising Action Team).
OTHER NEWS
CHURCH OF SCOTLAND VOCATIONS CONFERENCE 2017 on Saturday 17 June 2017 at The Carnegie Conference Centre in Dunfermline.This Conference offers an inspirational keynote speech on the Call to Serve Today, practical information and the opportunity to ask important questions about how God might be calling you. £15 booking fee. For further details and to register contact Ministries Council, 121 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 4YN. vocation<at>churchofscotland.org.uk Spaces are limited – booking is essential.

Sunday Bulletin 2 April 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 9 April 2017
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
Both services 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
Further 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.
MINISTER Peter now has a date for his second medical procedure. It will be on Wednesday 19 April at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. We are hoping this will be a success and that he will be back to work before long. Peter and Katharina would like to thank the congregation for their prayers and concern.
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 janetnfraser<at>btinternet.com.
PRAYERS FOR LENT Old High every Friday at 1pm; St Stephen’s Meditative Prayers every Wednesday 12-2pm. Bring lunch if you wish; come for a short while, or as long as you are able. Everyone welcome to come on these Lenten Journeys. Contact Ruth Martin
LENT STUDY GROUP The fortnightly Sunday evening discussion group will meet in St Stephen’s Vestry every Sunday evening at 7pm for an hour, from Sunday 5 March till Sunday 2 April inclusive, to explore material to guide us through Lent. All are most welcome. Details from Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
FRIENDS OF OLD HIGH COFFEE MORNING on Saturday 15 April 2017 from 10am – noon in the Old High Church Hall; crafts,sales and candy. Tickets (£3 adults/£1 children) available at the door, or from Christina Cameron
ST STEPHEN’S DOOR DUTY ROTA We have a couple of gaps in this year’s rota for May, and need volunteers to help welcome people to church. This is a great help in the church and a good way to meet more people. If you or someone you know would be willing to do this for a couple of Sundays in May, it would be greatly appreciated. As well as greeting people, some of our welcomers help with serving tea and counting the offering; but you don’t have to do these things. Contact Deborah Macrae dmmacrae<at>uwclub.net
HOLY LAND TRIP 2018 Rev Doug McRoberts will be available in the hall after the service at SS today for anyone giving consideration to next year’s trip to the Holy land.
SUPPORT FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES People attending St Stephen’s recently had the chance to hear about the first-hand experiences of Struan Charters, working as a volunteer in the Elpida Refugee Camp in Greece. This talk will be repeated in the Old High today, but, here is information about practical ways in which help can be offered. Donations can be made online at www.thehighlandssupportrefugees.com, or may be given to Doreen MacDonald. Gifts in kind will be gratefully received by Doreen at Crown Church (weekday evenings and Friday mornings). Clothing for men, women and children including shoes, new underwear, blankets, sleeping bags, tents and camping gear (no duvets, bedding, towels or nightwear at present). Toiletries including sanitary pads and nappies. More information from Struan at struancharters<at>gmail.com.
OLD HIGH Tea will be served after the service today. All welcome. Contact Christine Mackenzie on christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
HEALING SERVICE There will be a Healing Service in St Stephen’s next Sunday 9 April at 4pm to which all are invited to ask for, and receive, divine healing. Ruth Martin
CHRISTIAN AID COFFEE MORNING The annual coffee morning will be held on Saturday 13 May in St Stephen’s hall. There will be the usual stalls and gardeners are asked to donate from their gardens any divided plants suitably labelled for sale at the plant stall. For further information please contact Jennifer Morrison jennifer<at>kenilweb.com
SOCIAL FRIENDSHIP GROUP Would you like company to perhaps attend the theatre/cinema/coffee/day trips? It is hoped to form a Social Friendship Group but obviously depends on uptake. This would be a way of meeting and getting to know people. If you would like further information please contact Margaret McAleer (Social & Fundraising Action Team).
OTHER NEWS
TEACH US TO PRAY an evening of reflection and prayer for the persecuted church at Culduthel Christian Centre on Wednesday 5 April from 7.30pm-9pm. Please come and hear a guest speaker from Open Doors. Details Jenny Sinclair  admin<at>culduthelchristiancentre.org
LIVING BETTER GROUP MEETING on Thursday 6 April 2017 (6.30-8pm) in MS Therapy Centre (Burnett Road – behind Police Station). Come along for a free taster session of Autogenic Training. Further details from Roy Anderson lgowitroy<at>highlandtsi.org.uk
CHURCH OF SCOTLAND VOCATIONS CONFERENCE 2017 on Saturday 17 June 2017 at The Carnegie Conference Centre in Dunfermline.This Conference offers an inspirational keynote speech on the Call to Serve Today, practical information and the opportunity to ask important questions about how God might be calling you. £15 booking fee. For further details and to register contact Ministries Council, 121 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 4YN. vocation<at>churchofscotland.org.uk Spaces are limited – booking is essential.