Worship Next Week: Sunday 8 December
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 Morning Worship at the Old High
6 pm ALTERnativity at St Stephen’s
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to Jim Monro:
146 Culduthel Road Inverness IV2 4BQ
The deadline for all items is Wednesday at noon.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
The Giving Tree is at St Stephen’s today, 1st December, and next Sunday, 8th December. Gifts will be distributed to Beechwood, Cale House, Manna House, Mackenzie Centre, Hilton Village – (Social Work), Porterfield Prisoners’ Children & Barnardo’s Springboard (toiletries for vulnerable youngsters aged 16 to 20 years).Please choose a tag from the Giving Tree and return the red bow for future use. Please wrap your gift and remember to attach the appropriate gift tag for ease of identification and distribution. It would be appreciated very much if gifts could be handed in at the church door next Sunday 8th December and on Sunday 15th December for delivery by 17th December
The Giving Tree is in the Old High in the east corridor of the on Sunday 1st. December and the gifts will be collected on Dec.8th and 15th. The Highland Homeless Trust is again this year the Charity which your kind and never failing generosity supports. I was advised by Alex Gilchrist that the number of the homeless had increased and there are equal numbers of men and women. The most acceptable gifts include warm socks and gloves and toiletries such as shower gel, shampoo, deodorants and cosmetics. It would be appreciated if each item could be separately wrapped and, labelled for either men or women for easier distribution. There will be additional labels on the tree.
WORSHIP IN CARE HOMES Members and friends of the congregation are warmly invited to participate in these forthcoming short acts of worship.
SOUTHSIDE CARE HOME Following TODAY’S service at St Stephen’s, the worship will led by Jim Alexander. We meet in the transept and leave the church at 11.15am.
ADEN HOUSE CARE HOME, Annfield Road. On Tuesday 3rd December at 2.00pm, the worship will be led by Rev. Peter Nimmo.
CHRISTMAS LUNCH The Congregational Christmas lunch is in the Old High Church Hall on Sunday 15 December at 12.30pm. Everybody is welcome, please come along and enjoy the food and the sparkling company!
LUNCH CLUB The Lunch Club will meet at 12.30pm on Thursday 5 December at the Craigmonie Hotel.
ALTERnativity This year our meal and worship will be held at St Stephen’s, Sunday 8 December 6.00pm. As in recent years, the men of the congregation will be providing the meal. ALTERnativity encourages us to remember and focus upon the simplicity and hardship of Christ’s birth. It is a chance perhaps to alter, refocus, to take stock about what Advent, this time of waiting, means to us. It is also another important chance to meet and eat and so nourish and build up the body of Christ in this place. Please let David Anderson know if you plan to come so that the chefs can get cooking!
HELP WANTED Could you spare a couple of hours a week to help the Minister with admin? To find out more, please call Peter who will explain all that is required. Full training given!
WORD FOR TODAY Nov-Jan issue is available the church doors.
MUSIC AT THE OLD HIGH a weel kent face returns to the Old High organ on Saturday 7 December at 12 noon. David Mackay, who hails from Inverness is kept busy with a series of recitals in and around Ayrshire, will play a programme of Advent and Christmas music. His last recital two years ago was extremely well received. Donations to Highland Hospice and Archie Foundation.
CHRISTMAS CONCERT in Aid of The Orchard Endowment Fund (Music Therapy) with St Stephen’s Choir & Community Choir. Come and support the choirs and a worthy charity in St Stephen’s Church on Thursday 19th December at 7.30pm. Tickets £5.
INVERNESS HANDBELLS The Bell Ringers are ringing out their joyful sound in Simpsons on Sunday 15 December from 1 to 3pm. Why not come along and hear them and support The Orchard Endowment Fund (Music Therapy) as well after the Christmas Lunch
HEALING SERVICE There will be a Healing Service in St Stephen’s next Sunday 8th December at 4pm to which all are welcome.
WORLD AIDS DAY will be marked by a service on Sunday 1 December at 3.30pm, at St Andrew’s Cathedral. All welcome.
CAROLS AT THE CROWN The Inverness Singers with the Inverness Handbell Ringers will be held in the Crown Church, Wednesday, 4th December at 7.30 pm. Programmes priced £6 for adults and £3 for children available from Ken and Margaret Young, at the Music Shop, Church Street and at the door on the night. A donation from the proceeds will be given to Cameron House.
JULIAN MEEETING This month’s meeting is being led by Iain Todd in the St Stephen’s vestry this Wednesday at 7.30pm. For those who would like to explore quiet reflective worship, this may suit you.
WINTER PAYMENTS The Highland Council has launched the Inverness Common Good Fund Winter Payments Scheme for 2013. Residents within the Wards of Aird and Loch Ness, Inverness West, Inverness Central, Inverness Ness-side, Inverness Millburn, Culloden and Ardersier and Inverness South are now invited to apply for a payment as soon as possible and not later than Friday 28th February 2014. Application forms are available from the Town House, Council HQ Reception, Local Service Points, Libraries, Health and Social Care Offices, Citizens Advice Bureaux and Community Centres.
FOOD FOR FAMILIES Could you cook for a family in need this Christmas? Following the success of last year’s Food for Families project, once again Mr David Sutherland has extended his generosity to provide the mince for the Food For Families. The Food for Families Project has proven to be a very successful initiative for families in need over the festive period. The first batch of cooking mince & tatties will be week commencing 9th December with the final cooking week being 6th January, with all meals delivered by Friday 10th January. Mince and vegetables are delivered to your home for cooking, the cooked meals are picked up by the Trust, then frozen prior to delivery to local schools, community centres and to families who have been referred from various agencies. If you can help with cooking please contact Christine MacKenzie. and say whether you wish to be involved w/c 9 December to w/c 6 January.