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Sunday 3 September
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 Morning Service at the Old High
For further information and contact details for any items listed below:
E-mail: invernesschurchgmail.com (replace with @)
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to Jim Monro: jimjimmonro.com. The deadline for all items is Wednesday at noon.
Reaching out into our parish.
All of these events are open to the public, and are a way for us to welcome our local community in Christ’s name to our church.
Please support these events by volunteering, attending, or bringing friends or suggesting ideas.
We will be ensuring that we encourage people at each event to come along to the next event on our calendar.
OLD HIGH MUSIC: VOICEWORKS Friday 4th September, 7.30pm The autumn series begins with a concert by “Voiceworks” at the different time of 7.30pm on a Friday. This local choir offer a mixture of solo and choral pieces from the classical repertoire. We hope this varied programme will have something for everyone! Details: Andrew Stevenson ohssmusicgmail.com.
INVERNESS DOORS OPEN DAY The Old High will be open from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 5 September. Thank you to all who have volunteered to be on duty that day. However, we would like visitors to meet as many people as possible from our congregation that day, to tell people about what we are doing, for example the Kirking and the Fun Day on the following Saturday. The Minister plans to be present all day, and we will offer tours, including to some parts of the building not usually accessible to the public. If you have ideas for the day, please contact Peter.
KIRKING OF THE COUNCIL Sunday 13 September at 11.15am at the Old High- all welcome! This is one of the most important events our congregation offers to the community, and deserves the entuhsiastic support of us all. This year’s service will focus on volunteering. Those taking part will include Lt. Kate Donaldson of the Salvation Army. As always, this is a Congregational Service, with no service at St Stephen’s so that we can all take part.
FAMILY FUN DAY Saturday 19 September. Please put this in your diary to help out or to bring a friend! A chance to people of all ages in our community into the church with activities, crafts, food, and music. Volunteers are required to show off their skills and talents- simply taking part in hosting this event will answer the question many in our community have about church; Q. what do they do in that building? A. worship God through fellowship, music, meals, and service. If you think you can help in anyway, get involved. Based at St Stephen’s we hope there will be activities inside and outside the church so that people take notice! Sign-up sheets at the doors at St Stephen’, and on the Communion Table at Old High. Contact: Dougie Wolf dougiejoangooglemail.com.
SILENT AUCTION will now be part of the Fun Day. Could you offer any items for the auction? Or your time & talents eg gardening/ cleaning/ painting/ car washing etc to people in our community and congregation? Contact Margaret McAleer margaretmcaleertalktalk.net.
ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF LOOS Sunday 27 September 11.15am at the Old High. Once again we will be joined by the Cameron Highlanders Regimental Association as we remember this battle of the First World War in which many local Camerons were killed and injured. We will also be receiving into the congregation’s care regimental colours which were previously at Fort George. All welcome- details from Peter.
Also coming up:
More Old High concerts
Bring a friend to Church at our Harvest Thanksgiving, 4 October
Christmas Concert at St Stephen’s 17 November
Ding Dong Merrily Old High, 22 November
Christmas Fayre, 28 November
Alterative Advent Meal, 6 December
Christmas Lunch 20 November
and a Scottish-themed event in the New Year.
Details to follow!
OTHER NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
MUSICIANS AT ST STEPHEN’S Pam McCulloch, our organist and choir director, would like to know of anyone of any age who would like to help accompany our singing with any instrument to enrich our hymn singing occasionally with a small band. Contact Pam at pam.41tiscali.co.uk, or speak to her or any choir member at the Sunday service
OHSS MAGAZINE Willie Morrison, editor of the OHSS Magazine, urgently requires articles and photos for the next issue, which is due out at the end of September. Please submit whatever you can by to williekenilweb.com. Deadline is Friday 18 September, but the earlier the better.
OLD HIGH ORGANIST We continue to seek applications and recommendations for this post. Contact: Andrew Stevenson stevenson.atabtinternet.com).
JULIAN MEETINGS are now well-established in Inverness and meet for silent contemplative prayer on the first Wednesday of each month. Our next meeting is on 2 September from 7.15pm to 8.30pm in the Vestry of St Stephens. All are very welcome to join us. For further information please contact Patsy Thomson on patsyburnside.vispa.com
CROSSREACH NEWS and PRAYER DIARY are available at church doors.
ST JOHN CHURCH Southside Road, Inverness has a monthly prayer group that meets in the church vestry. It meets the 1st Friday of the month. Next meeting is on Friday 4 September 7pm.
SAYING GOODBYE SERVICE at St Andrew’s Cathedral Inverness IS a chance to Say Goodbye to any lost babies no matter how recent. 7.30pm on 23rd September. For more information visit www.sayinggoodbye.org
INVERNESS INTERFAITH GROUP The group meets on Tuesday 8th September, the topic being ‘Sharing of Faiths: on Inspiring Scriptures’. Assemble at 6 pm for 6.30 start with shared/potluck food followed by contributions on the above topic. For details contact Tom & Ann Mackenzie atmackenzie9<at>gmail.com
THE CARING AND SHARING SHOP at 68A Church Street, Inverness collects and sells used articles and clothing from their shop, with all profits going to local charities. The shop is always looking for donations of toys, equipment, books, small furniture etc. At the present time they are in urgent need of gent’s shirts and shoes to meet local demand. Should you have any such clothes lying around that is no longer being used please consider donating them to this excellent cause along with any other ‘surplus’ items / goods you may have. If you have any query please contact the store.
DORNOCH SPONSORED WALK Saturday 26 September 2015. 5, 10 or 15 mile sponsored walk in and around the stunning area of Dornoch to raise funds for Blythswood Care and help us to transform lives. With three routes to choose from, there is something for everyone! Contact Adrienne Dempster adrienne.dempsterblythswood.org .
ALPHA COURSE AT CROWN CHURCH A chance to ask any questions about life & faith and to explore the basics of Christianity in a friendly, informal environment (with tea/coffee and cakes!). Mondays from 28 Sept to 30 Nov; 7 till 8.45pm in The Olive Grove. Contact Charlie Forbes CrownAlphaCourse<at>gmail.com
Let us in all our business this week, pause and find time each day to find a place, set aside time, to speak and listen to God through prayer and bible reading! The UCB Word for Today (available at church doors) or on ucb.co.uk/player
This week let us pray for our family, those who sit around us in Church, live around us, who work or used to work with us
We pray for The Church and our leaders Peter Nimmo and Dougie Wolf as they preach this Sunday; for Arthur Sinclair on his pastoral visits
Help us to ‘spread the Good News’ to someone this week, as missionaries we do not need to cross the sea but just to see the cross to know what Jesus did for us.
Bless the many outreach activities we have planned for the autumn and winter.
Bless the Alpha Course starting this autumn in Olive Grove
We give thanks for the blessings we have received, and ask forgiveness for where we have fallen short hurting God and others, and forgive those who have hurt us
If there is something in our lives preventing us from fully knowing God we pray for repentance, and ask God to help us re-establish a full relationship with him
Protect your church and Christians where they are being persecuted. We pray for those fleeing their country that a solution will be agreed with governments
We pray for the countries of the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, for the maintenance of peace and reconciliation after so many years of occupation and fighting. For Christians who have assisted the further development of these countries
(Comments and prayer requests always: Ruth Martin)
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