Old High St Stephens Sunday Bulletin 4 February 2018

Sunday 11 February 2018: Transfiguration Sunday
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
EMAIL CONTACTS We would like to make more use of email to keep in touch with congregation members and friends. We have email addresses for many people in the congregation, but if we do not have yours, would you please notify our Church Administrator, Pat MacLeod: invernesschurch<at>gmail.com
SOUTHSIDE NURSING HOME There will be a short service at Southside 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.
TEA AND COFFEE AT OLD HIGH after the service today. Do stay if you can. Contact Christine Mackenzie on christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
CRAFT EVENING in St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm on Wednesday 7 February. Please come along with your craft or if you wish to learn a craft you will be made very welcome. At present there is knitting, crochet, cross stitch, tapestry and card making but we would welcome any other craft. Refreshments provided. Enquiries from Margaret McAleer .
OLD HIGH MUSIC Saturday 10 February at 12 noon. The recital by Tom Wilkinson, University Organist at St Andrews, will include the following pieces:  Handel – March from Scipio; J.S Bach – Toccata and Fugue in D Minor (Dorian) and Canonic Variations; Vivaldi – Concerto in A Minor; concluding with Mendelssohn – Sonata No. 5. Programmes for the whole year will also be available on that day. Andrew Stevenson  stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com. To get emails about coming music events, contact ohssmusic<at>gmail.com.
WINTER WALK TO CULBIN SANDS on Sunday 25 February. Meet St Stephen’s Church Car Park 1.15pm for Car sharing. Start walk from Kingsteps car park, Lochloy Road at 2pm. Flat terrain. Cuppa at Brodie Countryfare at 3.45pm. Contact Deborah Macrae for information.
ALASTAIR YOUNGER has now finished as our Interim Moderator and it has been agreed to give a gift to Alastair in recognition of his assistance to our Congregation during that period. To make a contribution, please either send your donation direct to our Treasurer, Sandy Cumming, or put it in an envelope marked ‘Presentation to Alastair Younger’ and put it in the offering bag. The closing date for contributions is Sunday 28 February.
THANK YOU I would like to thank the members of the congregation for their cards and condolences, also for the flowers, following the sudden death of my brother on 15 January. Much appreciated. Jean Harper.
CHANGES TO SEATING AT THE OLD HIGH We will be worshipping together at St Stephen’s at a Congregational Communion Service on 25 February, while work is carried out to make changes at Old High. As reported by Jim Alexander in the September 2017 magazine, the purpose of the changes is to deal with problems flagged up by a recent risk assessment: limited circulation space at the chancel area for wheelchair users during services and other events; and restricted access in the event of emergency.
The proposed changes are:

  • Removal of the central front pew
  • On pulpit side: front pew, cut back to match pew arrangement at audio console control end.
  • On lectern side: front pew, cut back at both ends to reflect proposed pew arrangement at pulpit side.
  • Associated work on heating pipes and the floor.

All the work will be carried out with due care and attention to detail in the reinstatement of existing pew finishes. The aim to respect the sanctuary and its symmetry centred on the chancel area. For more details, please see the September magazine (available on our website) or contact our Session Clerks.
GATEWAY (HIGHLAND HOMELESS TRUST) has written on behalf of the service users, staff and Board to say ‘thank you’ for the Christmas gifts from the congregation of Old High St Stephens and have advised that this is a difficult time for many of the people they support, in particular with the adoption of Universal Credit in the area. They are always grateful for the support of the local community, and the generosity of OHSS is, as ever, appreciated throughout the organisation. Craig Riddle, Finance Manager.
CROSSREACH Latest newsletter and prayer diary (Feb/May) available at church doors. Rae Swan.
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or the Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator at invernesschurchgmail.com. Deadline is Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep all items as brief as possible, and include contact details (phone and/or email).
WORLD COUNCIL VISIT TO PALESTINE AND ISRAEL Have you booked your place yet? If not, now is the time to do so! The visit will be led by Rev Grant Barclay, Giffnock: Orchardhill, and will take place from 4-14 May 2018. This unique 10 day pilgrimage to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories will take in the cities of Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Jaffa, and Tiberias, introducing you to the local Christians and partners of the Church of Scotland, as well as visiting some of the major Biblical sites. You will be guided by a local Palestinian Christian, with support from the two Church of Scotland ministers based locally. Email: Krogerchurchofscotland.org.uk to register your interest or to get more information.
HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS YOUTH FOR CHRIST “The Sense & Stance” in Concert on Friday 9 February at Culduthel Christian Centre, 7:30 for a 7:45pm start.  A great concert of music and dance and there is an opportunity to hear the gospel message through testimony, so it is an ideal event to invite friends along who perhaps don’t go to church. Open to all, especially those in secondary school. Linda Buchan pd<at>whiyfc.co.uk