Sunday Bulletin 7 February 2016

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 14 February: First Sunday in Lent
10am: Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
SUNDAY BULLETIN please send items to invernesschurchgmail.com. Deadline: Wednesday at noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
For further information and contact details: E-mail invernesschurchgmail.com (substitute @ with <at>
LENT GROUP will meet this year at St Stephen’s, starting on Sun 14 Feb between 7.30pm and 8.30pm. Our discussion will be based on chapters from ‘We make the road by walking’ by Brian McLaren (Hodder 2014) which both presents the Christian faith in a new, fresh way, and encourages us to move ourselves and our religious traditions into the future. You don’t need to have read the book to come along. More on the book at https://www.facebook.com/JerichoBooks More from Andrew Stevenson stevenson.atabtinternet.com.
SOUTHSIDE CARE HOME There will be a short service, led by Isobel Alan, at Southside Care Home immediately after this morning’s service at St Stephen’s. If you are able to assist with the singing, please speak to Isobel; your assistance would be much appreciated. We still also seek members willing to lead these services on a rota basis; please contact Janet Robertson.
TEA AFTER CHURCH Please join us for tea/coffee and biscuits after the service at the Old High Church. We hope all members of the congregation will wait for a chat and get to know each other better. If anyone would like to help serving and/or setting up, please speak to Margaret Sutherland.
DOOR WELCOMING DUTY At both St Stephen’s and the Old High we need new 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 few Sundays a year 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 at St Stephen’s: Deborah Macrae dmmacraeuwclub.net; Old High: Margaret Sutherland margaretsutherland23talktalk.net. Whoever welcomes you welcomes me’ Matthew 10.40.
OLD HIGH MUSIC the inaugural recital will be on Saturday 20 February at 12 noon when there will be the chance to hear a gifted young pianist, Hyuk Namkoong, play Sonatas by Bach, Beethoven and Kapustin. Hyuk is currently studying for a Masters degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. He has won various music awards, including, most recently the New Piano Stars Competition. This promises to be a wonderful hour of music. The monthly programme of lunchtime recitals will continue this year on Saturdays at the Old High, comprising choral concerts, organ and instrumental recitals. Full details available shortly. Andrew Stevenson or ohssmusic<at>gmail.com
MESSY CHURCH Saturday, 20 February 11am to 1pm. We still need more helpers!!!! We are looking for as many as possible to get involved; craft people, servers, cooks, home bakers, singers, actors, people to set up and clean up! If you would like to be a part of this wonderful outreach please contact Heidi Hercus on tripleh<at>75hotmail.co.uk. We are looking for donations for crafts: If you have any of these things at home, we could use them. Please bring them to the church there will be a box in the hall labelled Messy Church: Jam Jars with Lids; Baby Food Jars with Lids; empty water bottles with lids ( 500 ml); glitter; plastic small funnels.
OHSS MAGAZINE Willie Morrison, the magazine editor, needs articles and photos for the March issue by Friday 4 March. Contact willie<at>kenilweb.com .
WORD FOR TODAY The new copies of daily bible readings for Feb – April, are available in the churches for collection.
OTHER NEWS
CROSSREACH latest newsletter and prayer diary (Feb – Mar) are available at church doors. Rae Swan.

Sunday Bulletin 24 January 2016

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 31 January: Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
10am: Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
Led by Rev Andrew Lyon, Retired Minister
11.15am Sacrament of Holy Communion at the Old High
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. The deadline for all items is Wednesday at noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
For further information and contact details: E-mail invernesschurch<at>gmail.com
EXPLORING FAITH Would you like to explore the Christian Faith? Perhaps you have a friend who would like to be introduced to Christianity? Maybe you’d like to explore your own faith further. Peter is planning a series of meetings in the New Year, based on a new Church of Scotland resource Learn: Exploring Faith, an engaging guide to the Christian faith for the 21st century. It’s suitable for anyone who would like to become an adult member of the church, but also for existing church members who like to explore. Please contact Peter PNimmo<at>churchofscotland.org.
COMMUNION FOR HOUSEBOUND There will be a short Communion service THIS SATURDAY 30 January at 2.30pm at St Stephen’s. Transport can be arranged to allow those who often are unable to come to the regular Communion services to attend- and everyone else is welcome. Tea will be served after the service in the Church Hall. Contact Val Cantlay val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com or contact your elder.
HOBBY/CRAFT EVENING Wednesday 3 February in St Stephen’s Church Hall 7.30-9pm and fortnightly thereafter. New Crafters welcome or if you wish to learn a craft please come along. Tea/coffee & biscuits in a very relaxed atmosphere. Contact Margaret McAleer.
OLD HIGH MUSIC the inaugural recital will be on Saturday 20 February at 12 noon when there will be the chance to hear a gifted young pianist, Hyuk Namkoong, play Sonatas by Bach, Beethoven and Kapustin. Hyuk is currently studying for a Masters degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. He has won various music awards, including, most recently the New Piano Stars Competition.This promises to be a wonderful hour of music. The monthly programme of lunchtime recitals will continue this year on Saturdays at the Old High, comprising choral concerts, organ and instrumental recitals. Full details available shortly. Andrew Stevenson ohssmusic<at>gmail.com
MESSY CHURCH Saturday, 20 February 11am to 1pm. We still need more helpers!!!! We are looking for as many as possible to get involved; craft people, servers, cooks, home bakers, singers, actors, people to set up and clean up! If you would like to be a part of this wonderful outreach please contact Heidi Hercus tripleh75<at>hotmail.co.uk. We are looking for donations for crafts: If you have any of these things at home, we could use them. Please bring them to the church there will be a box in the hall labelled Messy Church: Jam Jars with Lids; Baby Food Jars with Lids; empty water bottles with lids ( 500 ml); glitter; plastic small funnels.
OHSS MAGAZINE Willie Morrison, the magazine editor, needs articles and photos for the March issue. The deadline is Friday 4th March. Contact willie<at>kenilweb.com .
WORD FOR TODAY The new copies of daily bible readings for Feb – April, are available in the churches for collection.
OTHER NEWS
WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY 2016 Ecumenical Service of Worship today at 3pm at Inshes Church, Inshes Retail Park, Sir Walter Scott Drive, IV2 3TW. Church leaders from 7 different denominations in the City will lead the worship. Please join us in worship.
HOMELESSNESS SUNDAY today. Help is still needed to support the Inverness and district Direct Accommodation Access supported through Inverness Presbytery. The need has been such that just in the first month of this season the project has cost £2,344, leaving a balance of £3,810 for up to the end of March, which may not be enough. Can you help with a donation? Contact Vivian Roden, Presbytery & Society Convenor v.roden<at>btinternet.com
CHURCH OF SCOTLAND VOCATIONS CONFERENCE Carnegie Conference Centre, Dunfermline, Saturday 6th February 2016. For anyone exploring a sense of vocation, and a required first step for any applicant for Ministry of Word and Sacrament (full time or OLM), Diaconal Ministry or the Readership. Please contact Peter if you’re interested, or Heather French at the Ministries Council.
AMPD PERFORMING ARTS WEEK Saturday 13 to Wednesday 17 February, 10 to 4, Hilton Parish Church. AMPD is run by Out of the Box (Scotland) Ltd where young people, from P5 through to S2, can make new friends, develop creative skills, and grow in faith. Info: chrisoutofthebox.me.uk or 07793 000309 or www.outofthebox.me.uk/amp/ampbook.html
VOLUNTEERING VOCATIONS, a gap year scheme for young adults aged 18–25, is currently being piloted in two locations in Scotland, and we are hoping to continue the programme with a new group of volunteers in 2016–17. The programme offers a fantastic opportunity for young people to gain experience of the different types of work within a parish or project in a supported environment, whilst exploring any potential call to serve the Church in the long term. Closing date 3 March 2016. Information Day in Perth- Saturday 23 January at Letham St Marks, Perth. Contact Heather French vocation<at>churchofscotland.org.uk

Sunday Bulletin 17 January 2016

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 24 January: The Third Sunday after Epiphany
10am: Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. The deadline for all items is Wednesday at noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
For further information and contact details:
E-mail: invernesschurch<at>gmail.com
CHRISTMAS OFFERINGS The excellent sum of £569.73 was raised by our Christmas offerings in aid of Christian Aid’s maternal health project in Malawi.
EXPLORING FAITH Would you like to explore the Christian Faith? Perhaps you have a friend who would like to be introduced to Christianity? Maybe you’d like to explore your own faith further. Peter is planning a series of meetings in the New Year, based on a new Church of Scotland resource Learn: Exploring Faith, an engaging guide to the Christian faith for the 21st century. It’s suitable for anyone who would like to become an adult member of the church, but also for existing church members who like to explore. Please contact Peter: PNimmo<at>churchofscotland.org.
COMMUNION FOR HOUSEBOUND There will be a short Communion service on Saturday 30 January at 2.30pm at St Stephen’s. Transport can be arranged to allow those who often are unable to come to the regular Communion services to attend- and everyone else is welcome. Tea will be served after the service in the Church Hall. Contact Val Cantlay: val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com or contact your elder.
HOBBY/CRAFT EVENING Wednesday 20 January in St Stephen’s Church Hall 7.30-9pm and fortnightly thereafter. New Crafters welcome or if you wish to learn a craft please come along. Tea/coffee & biscuits in a very relaxed atmosphere. Contact Margaret McAleer.
MESSY CHURCH MEETING The Messy Church has now been re-scheduled for Saturday, 20 February 11am-1pm. Messy Church is a free family outreach, offering worship, crafts and a meal together; it happens all around the UK, is a great way to share God’s love in a fun, relevant, engaging way, and is open to the community and families (Nursery to P7). We are looking for as many as possible to get involved; craft people, servers, cooks, home bakers, singers, actors, people to set up and clean up! Please consider how you can join in this important outreach to the parish. If you would like to be a part of this wonderful outreach please contact Heidi Hercus on tripleh75<at>hotmail.co.uk
HIGHLAND HOMELESS TRUST Alex Gilchrist has written to thank the Old High congregation for their very generous gifts given at Christmas time. The recipients are most appreciative of their caring kindness. Thanks very much. Diana Fraser.
FOOD FOR FAMILIES The chopping, stirring and packing has all been done and well over 200 portions of soup and pasta have been cooked by 15 members of the congregation. In total we were able to do 18 batches of food (3 did it twice) and this will make a real difference to families within our area. A big thank you to everyone who helped, it not an easy time of year to take on more work but it is very much appreciated. We give thanks for the success of the project which is co-ordinated by Highland Homelessness Trust. Christine MacKenzie.
OTHER NEWS
CHURCH OF SCOTLAND VOCATIONS CONFERENCE Carnegie Conference Centre, Dunfermline, Saturday 6th February 2016. For anyone exploring a sense of vocation, and a required first step for any applicant for Ministry of Word and Sacrament (full time or OLM), Diaconal Ministry or the Readership. Please contact Peter if you’re interested, or Heather French at the Ministries Council.
WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY 2016 An Ecumenical Service of Worship will be held on Sunday 24 January at 3pm at Inshes Church, Inshes Retail Park, Sir Walter Scott Drive, IV2 3TW. Church leaders from 7 different denominations in the City will lead the worship. Please join us in worship. Contact: Rev Trevor Hunt: nverness<at>churchofscotland.org.uk
HOMELESSNESS SUNDAY 24 January. Help is still needed to support the Inverness and district Direct Accommodation Access supported through Inverness Presbytery. The need has been such that just in the first month of this season the project has cost £2,344, leaving a balance of £3,810 for up to the end of March, which may not be enough. Can you help with a donation? Contact Vivian Roden, Presbytery & Society Convenor v.roden<at>btinternet.com.
VOLUNTEERING VOCATIONS, a gap year scheme for young adults aged 18–25, is currently being piloted in two locations in Scotland, and we are hoping to continue the programme with a new group of volunteers in 2016–17. The programme offers a fantastic opportunity for young people to gain experience of the different types of work within a parish or project in a supported environment, whilst exploring any potential call to serve the Church in the long term. Closing date 3 March 2016. Information Day in Perrth- Saturday 23 January at Letham St Marks, Perth. Contact Heather French vocation<at>churchofscotland.org.uk
AMPD PERFORMING ARTS WEEK Saturday 13 to Wednesday 17 February, 10 to 4, Hilton Parish Church. AMPD is run by Out of the Box (Scotland) Ltd where young people, from P5 through to S2, can make new friends, develop creative skills, and grow in faith. Info: chris<at>outofthebox.me.uk or www.outofthebox.me.uk/amp/ampbook.html

Minister’s welcome at the launch of the Friends of the Old High Church, Inverness

To find out how you can help the Old High Church of Inverness, please call 01463 250 802, or email invernesschurch@gmail.com .

Welcoming remarks at the opening of the Launch of the Friends of the Old High Church, Inverness
12 January 2016

Rev Peter Nimmo A

Rev Peter W Nimmo, minister of Old High St Stephen’s

Deputy Provost, ladies and gentlemen, on behalf of the congregation of Old High St Stephen’s, I would like to warmly welcome you to our historic city centre building, the Old High Church of Inverness, for the launch of this new Friends Group. Continue reading

Sunday Bulletin 10 January 2016

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 17 January : Second Sunday after Epiphany
10am: Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
Services led by Rev Arthur Sinclair, Pastoral Assistant
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
For further information and contact details:
E-mail: invernesschurch<at>gmail.com
EXPLORING FAITH Would you like to explore the Christian Faith? Perhaps you have a friend who would like to be introduced to Christianity? Maybe you’d like to explore your own faith further. Peter is planning a series of meetings in the New Year, based on a new Church of Scotland resource Learn: Exploring Faith, an engaging guide to the Christian faith for the 21st century. It’s suitable for anyone who would like to become an adult member of the church, but also for existing church members who like to explore. Please contact Peter: PNimmo<at>churchofscotland.org.
COMMUNION FOR HOUSEBOUND There will be a short Communion service on Saturday 30 January at 2.30pm at St Stephen’s. Transport can be arranged to allow those who often are unable to come to the regular Communion services to attend- and everyone else is welcome. Tea will be served after the service in the Church Hall. Contact Val Cantlay val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com or contact your elder.
FRIENDS OF THE OLD HIGH CHURCH The inaugural Launch of the Friends of the Old High Church will take place on Tuesday 12th January at 7.30pm in the Church. Ross Martin our Historian will talk about the Old High, there will also be musical entertainment and refreshments. Please come along and see what the Friends are about. Contact Christina Cameron 01463 221420 http://oldhighststephens.com/friends-of-the-old-high-church/ .
MESSY CHURCH MEETING This Wednesday 13 January at 7.30pm for all those interested in taking part. The Messy Church has now been re-scheduled for Saturday, 20 February 11am-1pm. Messy Church is a free family outreach, offering worship, crafts and a meal together; it happens all around the UK, is a great way to share God’s love in a fun, relevant, engaging way, and is open to the community and families (Nursery to P7). We are looking for as many as possible to get involved; craft people, servers, cooks, home bakers, singers, actors, people to set up and clean up! Please consider how you can join in this important outreach to the parish. If you would like to be a part of this wonderful outreach please contact Heidi Hercus on tripleh75<at>hotmail.co.uk
FOOD FOR FAMILIES The chopping, stirring and packing has all been done and well over 200 portions of soup and pasta have been cooked by 15 members of the congregation. In total we were able to do 18 batches of food (3 did it twice) and this will make a real difference to families within our area. A big thank you to everyone who helped, it not an easy time of year to take on more work but it is very much appreciated. We give thanks for the success of the project which is co-ordinated by Highland Homelessness Trust. Christine MacKenzie.

The fire and the dove- a sermon on the Baptism of Christ

Scripture Readings: Isaiah 43.1-7
Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

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

The gospels tell us almost nothing about the training or education of Jesus. There is a little about his childhood in Luke, but soon we are hearing about the preaching of John the Baptist, in the passage we read today. John was a relative of Jesus, a prophet who preached that the Messiah- the one who would save God’s people- was about to appear. John called people to change their lives, to get ready for God’s saviour to appear among them. Crowds of people went down to the River Jordan to hear John’s preaching. And he would challenge them to respond by being baptised. John would immerse people in the waters of the River Jordan, to symbolise that they had died to their previous life- drowned it, if you like. They rose from the water into a new life, with their sins washed away, as water washes away dirt.

John the BaptistEventually, Jesus himself appeared, and was baptised by John in the river as well- and you can see a picture of it on the front of our order of service. Jesus’ baptism marks the point when Jesus passed from being a purely private figure to becoming a public preacher. This is a day he for which he would have been preparing for years. It is Jesus’ graduation day, his passing out parade. Continue reading

Launch of Friends of the Old High Church

The Kirk Session of Old High St Stephen’s have recently set up the new Friends of the Old High Church, which will launch on Tuesday 12 January 2016 at 7.30pm within the Old High Church.

Everyone is welcome to attend

We are delighted with this initiative, and look forward to working very closely with the Friends to develop this building, which is so important to the civic, artistic, spiritual and historical life of our city.

You can read the minister’s comments at the launch here.

Here is the press release which went out about the event.

Lovers of the Highland Capital’s historic heritage are invited to gather at the Old High Church, Inverness, on Tuesday evening, to promote its welfare and conservation for present and future generations.

 

Enthusiasts have already formed a new organisation to raise funds for the ancient building’s improvement, and to advertise it as a local cultural and tourist destination.

The Grade-A listed church stands on the site where St Columba is said to have converted the Pictish King Brude to Christianity in 565.

 

The new group, Friends of the Old High Church, is to hold an open meeting to launch itself formally and to welcome those wishing to join, with a talk from the Old High’s historian and author of the informative booklet Tales of the Old High, Ross Martin, musical entertainment including a recital on the church’s magnificent Willis Organ, choral items, a virtuoso demonstration by the Handbell Ringers and refreshments.

 

Friends of the Old High Church is a separate entity from the congregation, and is inviting membership from members of other churches, religions or heritage enthusiasts with no religious affiliation, besides those who worship within its own walls. The site has hosted a place of worship since the Sixth Century.

 

The group has received the endorsement of minister the Rev Peter Nimmo and his Kirk Session.

 

Church elder Christina Cameron, who has led the bid to found the group, and who has been elected its first chairperson, said that the oldest church in Inverness was a vital part of the City’s heritage, but like all historic buildings was very costly to maintain.

 

“It’s a wonderful building which was for centuries the only place of worship in the town, and a focal point of the community,” she added, “but It’s now like an old lady that needs some tender loving care.

 

“Our group’s mission is to ensure that the building will be secured for future generations and continue to contribute actively to the spiritual, cultural and social life of the city. This is why we invite all who love the long and varied history of Inverness to join.”

 

Despite an already busy civic workload, the City’s depute provost, Councillor Jean Slater, has volunteered for the time-consuming task of Friends’ secretary.

 

The group has set up its own website, separate from, but loosely linked to, the official website of Old High St Stephen’s congregation, which worships in the Old High and in its sister church on Southside Road.

 

While the congregation is responsible for financing the general maintenance of the church, Friends’ members believe there is much a strong, secular supporters’ group might achieve to enhance it.

 

One of its early priorities is to keep it open for several hours each day between Easter and autumn, to give the City’s many visitors the opportunity to visit it.

 

In recent years there have been many visitors from all over the world, but regular opening has sometimes been curtailed by lack of volunteers to welcome and supervise them, despite appeals to congregation members.

 

Ms Cameron and her colleagues are anxious to ensure that tourists from cruise ships visiting Invergordon, as well as those staying locally, should be aware of the church’s significance, and enjoy easy access to it, particularly in view of proposals to turn nearby Inverness Castle into a tourist attraction.

 

Rev Nimmo said: “If people would like to be involved in activities like being guides in the church, or in stewarding events organised by the Friends, they’ll be very welcome.”

Among more mundane projects the group might hope in time to fund is much-needed improvement of the building’s toilet facilities – there is at present only one toilet, in the vestry.

 

Tuesday’s meeting begins at 7.30pm.

 

Historical note: St Michael’s Mount, the little prominence overlooking the River Ness on which the old High Church stands, may arguably be described as the cradle of Christianity in the Northern Highlands. Here, according to local tradition, the pioneering Irish missionary St Columba first preached in 565, and converted the Pictish King Brude to Christianity. There has been a church on the site since shortly after that date. Much of present building dates largely to 1772, although the tower is between four and six centuries old.

Funeral Announcement – Mrs Georgina Wallis

Mrs Georgina (Nina) Wallis, previously of 6 Leys Park, Inverness,  died at Cradlehall Care Home, Inverness on 2 January 2016.

She was 87.

Mrs Wallis’ funeral service will be held at St Stephen’s Church, Southside Road, Inverness IV2 4XA on Monday 11 January at 2pm. Interment is private.

The funeral director is John Fraser  & Son, 17-29 Chapel Street, Inverness 01463 233366.

Funeral Announcement – Mr John Robertson

John Cullen Robertson died at Kingsmills Nursing Home on 28 December 2015.

He was 90.

Rev Canon Arthur Sinclair will officiate at Mr Robertson’s funeral service which will be held at The Old High Church, Church Street, Inverness IV1 1EY on Friday 8 January 2016 at 1.30pm.  Thereafter to Tomnahurich Cemetery.

The funeral director is D Chisholm & Sons (01463 712255).