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Sunday Bulletin 9 June 2019

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Sunday 16 June 2019: Trinity Sunday

10am  Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11:15am Morning Worship at the Old High

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION – contact details from Church Administrator

TODAY:  KIRKING OF THE TARTANS AT THE OLD HIGH CHURCH, 11.15AM We have been asked to share our service at Old High today with the Association of Highland Clans and Societies for a ‘Kirking of the Tartans’ service. This year also marks the Tercentenary of the Battle of Glenshiel 1719. The Reverend Peter Marshall, originally from Coatbridge, and chaplain to the US Senate, introduced the idea in the US in 1941. The Rev Allan Maclean of St Vincent’s Episcopal Chapel in Edinburgh will lead prayers, with our own Minister preaching- all very welcome to what promises to be a colourful way for us to celebrate both Pentecost and St Columba’s Day. Our 10am service at St Stephen’s will be led by Rev Derek Brown, chaplain to Raigmore hospital.

CRAFT EVENING St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm, Wednesday 12 June. Crafters and non-crafters welcome (you may wish to learn a craft). Friendly atmosphere and refreshments provided. Jennifer Morrison.

Christian Aid Week – A BIG Thank you! Good news! Jebbeh has had a baby and thanks to the healthcare they received, supported by Christian Aid, he is alive and healthy. She sends a message ’”Thanking you very much with joy”. 30 people helped out in the door to door collection this year. £3,185.72 was raised. So a great success and I am very grateful for everyone’s help and those who helped with counting the money from the envelopes – a long evening of sums!  And a huge Thanks to the parish for their generous donations and patience. The coffee morning with raffle, baking stall and plant stall was a great event and made more money than in previous years, bringing in £891.99. The hall was full of people and chatter. Those who helped at stalls, with baking or in the kitchen deserve much praise for their contributions. Finally donations in envelopes at the coffee morning and in the church added on another £955.75. This brings this year’s grand total to £5033.36 with gift aid still to be added. Let’s pray that this sum of money can help Sierra Leone’s mums live. Deborah Macrae.

THY KINGDOM COME is a global wave of prayer during the period between Ascension and Pentecost. Originally an initiative of the Church of England, it supported by many denominations across the world, including the Church of Scotland. All of us know people whose life would be different if they knew Jesus, so you are invited to join with people from across the world to pray until 9 June for five people whom you know to encounter the love of Christ in their lives. More detail on the Church of Scotland website www.churchofscotland.org.uk or  www.thykingdomcome.global. David Martin has more details.

OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING PROGRAMME 2019 The Summer Opening Programme started on Tuesday 4 June (10am-12 noon and 2-4pm) on Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday and Friday each week. We are organising an Open Afternoon for new Volunteers shortly. It is not too late to join the Team. Contact Sheila MacLeod.

PASTORAL CARE Peter, or your Elder, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.

THANK YOU Dear Friends of Old High St Stephen’s, I would like to thank you for the endless amount of cards, letters and flowers you sent to me and my family. Also to Peter for his support to us during this difficult time. Joan Darcy

HIGHLAND FOOD BANK I have received a letter from Lorna at the Food Bank, thanking the congregation for their generous and continued support and donations. She has asked that, for the month of June and July, they would welcome donations of tins of potatoes, tomatoes, fruit and ham. Many thanks for your continued support. Contact Margaret Neville.

OHSS MAGAZINE Editor Willie Morrison urgently requires articles and photos for the June issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible.Deadline Friday 14 June.

CHRISTIAN BASICS The Minister hopes to run a course for those new to Christianity in the near future Contact Peter for more information.

OHSS Summer Outing Beauly River 7 July Due to the success of last year’s walk and refreshments, the outing is to be repeated this year. I hope you can join us. Meet St Stephen’s Car Park 2pm or Black Bridge Car Park near Kilmorack 2.30pm. Low level walk with flat terrain. Afternoon tea or High tea after at The Priory Hotel, Beauly 4.30pm. Contact Deborah Macrae or Jennifer Morrison to give an idea of numbers and for more information or transport.

SUMMER SERVICES AT OLD HIGH ST STEPHEN’S With a view to strengthening the life of the congregation, the Kirk Session has decided to hold only one service on Sunday in July and August. All our services in July will be at the Old High at 11.15am, and all the August services will be at St Stephen’s at 10am. Easy way to remember: In July at Old High (it rhymes!); in August at St Stephen’s. The Session trust you will give this initiative your enthusiastic support! Please speak to your elder if you have any questions. If anyone has trouble getting to church during this period, please contact your elder, or Pat, our Church Administrator, and we will try to organise a lift.

CrossReach The 2018-19 Impact Report is now available at church doors. Rae Swan.

A new CHURCH MUSIC RESOURCE on the Church of Scotland website at includes recordings by our combined choir. Have a search on music.churchofscotland.org.uk for hymns 491, 608, 26, 192, 333, 496 and many more! Contact Pam or Robin if you want to join our fantastic choirs!

SUNDAY BULLETIN Please send items for this sheet to our Church Administrator Mrs Pat Macleod (079 342 85924) invernesschurch@gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and include contact details and/or e-mail. le 1 Light Acce

Sunday Bulletin 2 June 2019

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Sunday 9 June 2019: Pentecost

10am  Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

Service led by Rev Derek Brown, Raigmore Hospital

11:15am Kirking of the Tartans at the Old High

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION (Contact details from Church Administrator)

THY KINGDOM COME is a global wave of prayer during the period between Ascension and Pentecost. Originally an initiative of the Church of England, it supported by many denominations across the world, including the Church of Scotland. All of us know people whose life would be different if they knew Jesus, so you are invited to join with people from across the world to pray until 9 June for five people whom you know to encounter the love of Christ in their lives. More detail on the Church of Scotland website www.churchofscotland.org.uk or  www.thykingdomcome.global. David Martin has more details. There’s also a “24 Hours of Prayer” event on 8 and 9 June at Inshes Church: contact Jonathan Appleby.

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, or chatting to the residents, this would be much appreciated. Please speak to Jim after the service. We seek members willing to lead these services on a rota basis; contact Janet Robertson.

NEXT SUNDAY: KIRKING OF THE TARTANS AT THE OLD HIGH CHURCH, 11.15AM We have been asked to share our service at Old High next week with the Association of Highland Clans and Societies for a ‘Kirking of the Tartans’ service. This year also marks the Tercentenary of the Battle of Glenshiel 1719. The Reverend Peter Marshall, originally from Coatbridge, and chaplain to the US Senate, introduced the idea in the US in 1941. The Rev Allan Maclean of St Vincent’s Episcopal Chapel in Edinburgh will lead prayers, with our own Minister preaching- all very welcome to what promises to be a colourful way for us to celebrate both Pentecost and St Columba’s Day. Our 10am service at St Stephen’s will be led by Rev Derek Brown, chaplain to Raigmore hospital.

THE SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet this evening at St Stephen’s. Following on from our thinking together about a Christian perspective on Migration we are going to explore the fundamentally underlying issue of Inequality, guided by Sam Wells’ helpful insights. Andrew Stevenson.

OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING PROGRAMME 2019 The Old High Church will be open from 2-4 pm each Friday afternoon from 19 April until 31 May. The Summer Opening Programme will commence on Tuesday 4 June (10am-12 noon and 2-4pm) on Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday and Friday each week. We are organising an Open Afternoon for new Volunteers next month. It is not too late to join the Team. Contact Sheila MacLeod.

PASTORAL CARE Peter, or your Elder, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.

HIGHLAND FOOD BANK I have received a letter from Lorna at the Food Bank, thanking the congregation for their generous and continued support and donations. She has asked that, for the month of June they would welcome donations of tins of potatoes, tomatoes, fruit and ham. Many thanks for your continued support. Contact Margaret Neville.

OHSS MAGAZINE Editor Willie Morrison urgently requires articles and photos for the June issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible. Deadline Friday 14 June.

CHRISTIAN BASICS The Minister will run a course on Sunday nights at 7pm at St Stephen’s. Dates to be confirmed. Contact Peter for more information.

OHSS HANDBELLS Open Night on Tuesday 4 June, from 7.30pm till 8.30pm in the Old High church. If it’s a nice Summer evening we’ll ring in the churchyard. Coffee will be served in the church. It will be a very informal evening and you are welcome to come for 10 minutes or longer. Contact: Rena Beaton.

SUMMER SERVICES AT OLD HIGH ST STEPHEN’S With a view to strengthening the life of the congregation, the Kirk Session has decided to hold only one service on Sunday in July and August. All our services in July will be at the Old High at 11.15am, and all the August services will be at St Stephen’s at 10am. Easy way to remember: In July at Old High (it rhymes!); in August at St Stephen’s. The Session trust you will give this initiative your enthusiastic support! Please speak to your elder if you have any questions.

A VERY BIG THANK YOU for the beautiful floral arrangement, visits to hospital and home, many gifts, cards and well wishes. It’s very humbling to know so many people care. Unfortunately I am not yet at the stage of joining you on Sunday mornings but hopefully it won’t be too long. Best wishes to you all. God bless.

A heartfelt “THANK YOU” to those who made last Saturday afternoon such a success at the Afternoon Tea held for the congregation at St Stephen’s Hall –  the organisers, drivers, bakers, waitresses, kitchen staff, choir members for their entertainment and the opportunity to chat to friends one had not seen for ages. Grateful thanks…. It gives one a happy glow. Joyce Cumming

SUNDAY BULLETIN Please send items for this sheet to our Church Administrator Mrs Pat MacLeod. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and include contact details and/or e-mail.

OTHER NEWS

CHURCH OF SCOTLAND STEWARDSHIP ROADSHOW presenting a new resource, A Narrative of Generosity, and also displaying contactless giving systems. The roadshows are for all, and are open to any other denominations. Inverness Roadshow at Trinity Church 7pm to 9pm, Monday 3 June. Contact David Lynch, National Stewardship Coordinator, Church of Scotland. ity

Sunday Bulletin 26 May 2019

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Sunday 2 June 2019: Seventh Sunday of Easter

10am  Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11:15am Morning Worship at the Old High

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION

SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION AT OLD HIGH TODAY All welcome at the Lord’s Table. The Retiring Offering will be in aid of the Maggie’s Centre. Maggie’s offers free practical, emotional and social support to people living with cancer and their family and friends. Built in the grounds of specialist NHS cancer hospitals, Maggie’s Centres are warm and welcoming places, with qualified professionals on hand to offer a programme of support that has been shown to improve physical and emotional wellbeing.

TODAY’S SERVICE AT ST STEPHEN’S is led by our friend Stewart Robertson, Reader at Crown Church. Please give Stewart a warm welcome!

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK Thank you to all those who helped in any way to the coffee morning and those who came and gave so generously and made it such a success. Approximately £1000 was raised. Thanks, too, to all who helped with the door-to-door collection- we hope to have a final figure soon.

OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING PROGRAMME 2019 The Old High Church will be open from 2-4 pm each Friday afternoon from 19 April until 31 May. The Summer Opening Programme will commence on Tuesday 4 June (10am-12 noon and 2-4pm) on Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday and Friday each week. We are organising an Open Afternoon for new Volunteers next month. It is not too late to join the Team. Contact Sheila MacLeod.

HIGHLAND FOOD BANK The requests for May are for deodorant for men and women, tins of corned beef and tins of potatoes. Many thanks for your continued support. Margaret Neville.

CRAFT EVENING St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm, Wednesday 29 May. Crafters and non-crafters welcome (you may wish to learn a craft). Friendly atmosphere and refreshments provided. Margaret McAleer.

OLD HIGH MUSIC Saturday 1 June at 12 noon will be the annual opportunity to hear young pianists, violinists, a cellist and a clarinet player from around the Inverness Area. They have been invited to come and perform pieces that they have prepared for recent exams or competitions, to extend their experience of playing for an audience. For some this will be their last “home” performance before heading off to University. Your enthusiastic support for them in previous years was much appreciated. Details from Andrew Stevenson. Join the music email list: ohssmusic<at>gmail.com.

PASTORAL CARE Peter, or your Elder, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.

OHSS MAGAZINE Editor Willie Morrison urgently requires articles and photos for the June issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible. Deadline Friday 14 June.

READERS AT OLD HIGH We’d like to add to our band of regular readers at the Old High on Sunday mornings. Contact Margaret Young if you would like to swell our numbers. Thanks.

TABLE FOR SALE We have a handsome wooden table at the Old High Church which is surplus to requirements, and for sale to any member in return for a donation. If you are interested, please contact Pat MacLeod, Church Administrator.

CHRISTIAN BASICS The Minister will run a course on Sunday nights at 7pm at St Stephen’s. Dates to be confirmed. If you are interested, please contact Peter for more information.

OHSS HANDBELLS Since Tuesday 4 June is our last practice this term, we are having an open night in the Old High church from 7.30pm till 8.30pm. If its a nice Summer evening we’ll ring in the churchyard. Coffee will be served in the church. It will be a very informal evening and you are welcome to come for 10 minutes or longer. Rena Beaton.

SUNDAY BULLETIN Please send items for this sheet to our Church Administrator Mrs Pat Macleod (079 342 85924) invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and include contact details and/or e-mail.

OTHER NEWS

CHURCH OF SCOTLAND STEWARDSHIP ROADSHOW presenting a new resource, A Narrative of Generosity, and also displaying contactless giving systems. The roadshows are for all, and are open to any other denominations. Inverness Roadshow at Trinity Church 7pm to 9pm, Monday 3 June. Contact David Lynch, National Stewardship Coordinator, Church of Scotland.

A celebration of Praise In aid of Blythswood and Bear Necessities on Friday 31 May at 7pm at Smithton Free Church. Come along and join in our celebration of praise along with the Highland Male Voice Choir; Mary MacVicar, Eileen MacKintosh, The Tink Family, Alasdair and Morag Moodie, and John Buchanan. Donations welcome on the night. Contact Elma MacKay.

Inverness Festival of Male Voice Praise on Saturday 1 June 2019, at the East Church, Academy Street, Inverness at 7.15pm. Community singing from 7.00pm. Guest Speaker, Pastor Kenny Wilson, Northern Ireland. Guest Singer, Olivia Ross. All are warmly welcomed. Admission free. Robyn Teago, Inverness Street Pastors.

Sunday Bulletin for 12 May 2019

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Sunday 19 May 2019: Fifth Sunday of Easter

10am  Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11:15am Morning Worship at the Old High

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What do we do with our remembrance? Sermon for Remembrance Sunday 2018

Scripture Readings: Micah 4.1-5

Luke 1.67-80

In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

Our church buildings, like many church buildings, are full of memorials. There are the obvious ones: the lists of names from both world wars inside St Stephen’s, the congregational memorial on the outside wall of the Old High Church; the Camerons memorial area inside the Old High. We have memorials to memorial to ministers, organists, town worthies, and congregation members in both our buildings. There is stained glass in the chancel of St Stephen’s gifted by a Royal Artillery officer; and at the Old High, another stained glass memorial from a mother to her child. There are number of individual memorials at the Old High, ranging to a memorial to a General Wimberley, who led the 51st Division at Alamein, to the mention on his family memorial of Ensign James Grant who died at the Battle of Waterloo, aged only 15.

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Pew alterations at the Old High Church

OH pew changes red
At the end of February we plan to make changes at Old High. As reported by Jim Alexander in our 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 shown on the above drawing. Pew portions being removed are in red:

  • 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 2017 magazine or contact our Session Clerks.
More details were in the September 2017 magazine

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