Sunday Bulletin 8 April 2018

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 22 April 2018: Fourth Sunday of Easter
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High Church
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE A BEADLE? The Sunday Beadle helps out those leading on a Sunday with practical matters- you’ll have noticed him or her carrying the Bible in at the start. We’d like to add people to the rotas. Please speak to Peter, or to Linda Philip at St Stephen’s or Christine Mackenzie at 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.
OHSS CHURCH SPRING WALK 22 April Blackmuir Wood, Strathpeffer. Meet St Stephen’s car park 1.15pm for car share or 1.45pm Blackmuir Wood car park. Directions below. Cuppa at Railway Cafe, Museum of Childhood 3.30pm. From Inverness follow the A9 north to the Tore roundabout. Take the second exit onto the A835 (for Ullapool and Dingwall). Stay on this road for 10 miles (16 km) turning right onto a minor road for Kinnahaird, and then right onto the A834 for Strathpeffer. Just as you enter the village there’s a large white building on the right and a tourist information sign on the left. Turn right after the building and follow signs to the car park. Using SatNav? IV14 9BT is the nearest postcode. Deborah Macrae deb.macrae.10<at>gmail.com
ST STEPHEN’S CHOIR SPRING CONCERT: Thursday 26 April 7.30 pm at the Culduthel Christian Centre. Tickets (£8) are available from Susan MacLeod at SS and Roberta Mackintosh at OH. The money raised is for Prostate Scotland. Contact Katharina Nimmo katharina.nimmo<at>btinternet.com
AFTERNOON COMMUNION A short service at 2.30pm, Saturday 28 April, St Stephen’s. Tea will be served after the service. All are welcome and transport can be arranged. Contact your elder, or Val Cantlay val.cantlay <at>btinternet.com.
RETIRING ELDER Diana Fraser who has been a long -term member of OHSS, an elder and convener of our social care committee will be bidding us ‘au revoir’ on Sunday 29 April to move nearer family in St Andrews. To give everyone the opportunity to wish her well her before she departs, we are having tea/coffee and cakes after the service on Sunday 29 April in the Old High. Please join us if you can. Christine Mackenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING 2-4pm each Friday afternoon from 23 March. The Summer Opening programme from Friday 1 June to Friday 28 September. Opening times Tuesday to Friday inclusive 10am -12 noon and 2-4pm. Contact Sheila MacLeod macloshei<at>aol.com
OLD HIGH HALLS RENTALS Jim Monro has kindly looked after the Old High hall lets, but wishes to step down. If anyone can take this role on, please get in touch with Linda Philip or Christine Mackenzie.
GIFT AID AND FREEWILL OFFERING TREASURER VACANCY Sandy Cumming has decided to stand down as Gift Aid and Freewill Offering Treasurer after several years of service. A successor is needed for this important role which enables OHSS to recover some £18000 per annum from HMRC. As well as record keeping, the role involves preparation and submission of two claims per annum. If you are interested, or know someone who might be willing to serve OHSS in this capacity, then please contact Sandy Cumming.
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or the Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
WORD FOR TODAY and CROSSREACH NEWSLETTER available at church doors. Rae Swan.
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator at invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep all items as brief as possible, and include contact details (phone and/or email).
CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR THE OLD HIGH CHURCH
Thanks to all who attended the meeting on 24 March with Allan Marshall, the Chartered Architect appointed by the Kirk Session to lead and prepare a conservation and development study on the Old High Church. We are still asking for your input on how the Old High Church might be developed, its role in the life of our congregation and the city, what facilities we might need to attempt to incorporate within it, and what its future might be. Please send your thoughts, ideas, suggestions and question to Pat Macleod, our Church Administrator (invernesschurch<at>gmail.com) or you can by writing to her c/o Old High St Stephen’s Manse, 24 Damfield Road Inverness IV2 3HU. Or you can write a note and bring it along to church and give them to our Session Clerks, Linda Philip and Christine Mackenzie. Please give your name and contact details in all cases. We look forward to hearing from you!
OTHER NEWS
ELDERS CONFERENCE 2018 A Journey of Discipleship Friday 27 April – Sunday 29 April 2018 at Scottish Police College, Tulliallan Castle Practical ideas and suggestions for current and future elders. Contact Peter for details.

OHSS Sunday Bulletin 1 April 2018

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 8 April 2018: Second Sunday of Easter
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High Church
Both services led by Rev Alastair Younger
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
SOUTHSIDE NURSING HOME There will be a short service, led by Deborah Macrae, at Southside Nursing Home 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. Please speak to Deborah after the service. We still also seek members willing to lead these services on a rota basis; please contact Janet Robertson janetnfraser<at>btinternet.com
WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE A BEADLE? The Sunday Beadle helps out those leading on a Sunday with practical matters- you’ll have noticed him or her carrying the Bible in at the start. We’d like to add people to the rotas. Please speak to Peter, or to Linda Philip (790 253) at St Stephen’s or Christine Mackenzie at 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.
OHSS CHURCH SPRING WALK 22 April Blackmuir Wood, Strathpeffer. Meet St Stephen’s car park 1.15pm for car share or 1.45pm Blackmuir Wood car park. Directions below. Cuppa at Railway Cafe, Museum of Childhood 3.30pm. From Inverness follow the A9 north to the Tore roundabout. Take the second exit onto the A835 (for Ullapool and Dingwall). Stay on this road for 10 miles (16 km) turning right onto a minor road for Kinnahaird, and then right onto the A834 for Strathpeffer. Just as you enter the village there’s a large white building on the right and a tourist information sign on the left. Turn right after the building and follow signs to the car park. Using SatNav? IV14 9BT is the nearest postcode. Deborah Macrae deb.macrae.10<at>gmail.com
ST STEPHEN’S CHOIR SPRING CONCERT: Come and enjoy the St Stephen’s Church and Community Choirs’ Spring Concert on Thursday 26 April 7.30 pm at the Culduthel Christian Centre. Tickets (£8) are available from Susan MacLeod. The money raised will go to Prostate Scotland. More information from Katharina Nimmo katharina.nimmo<at>btinternet.com
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING The Church will be open to visitors from 2-4pm each Friday afternoon from 23 March. The Summer Opening programme starts on Friday 1 June and will continue until Friday 28 September. Opening times : Tuesday to Friday inclusive 10am -12 noon and 2-4pm. Contact Sheila MacLeod macloshei<at>aol.com
OLD HIGH HALLS RENTALS Jim Monro has kindly looked after the Old High hall lets, but wishes to step down. If anyone can take this role on, please get in touch with Linda Philip or Christine Mackenzie.
GIFT AID AND FREEWILL OFFERING TREASURER VACANCY Sandy Cumming has decided to stand down as Gift Aid and Freewill Offering Treasurer after several years of service. A successor is needed for this important role which enables OHSS to recover some £18000 per annum from HMRC. As well as record keeping, the role involves preparation and submission of two claims per annum. If you are interested, or know someone who might be willing to serve OHSS in this capacity, then please contact Sandy Cumming.
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or the Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
WORD FOR TODAY is available in the vestibules.
CROSSREACH Latest newsletter and prayer diary (Feb/May) available at church doors. Rae Swan.
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator at invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline this week is Tuesday 3 April at 12 noon. Please keep all items as brief as possible, and include contact details (phone and/or email).
OTHER NEWS
INVERNESS SINGERS:“FOR PEACE” music to celebrate the centenary of the ending of World War I, Crown Church, Wednesday 4 April at 7.30pm. Music by Schubert, Mozart, Vaughan Williams, Stanford, and “Songs from the Trenches”. Programmes (Adults £8; Children/Students £4) from: Ken and Margaret Young, in the OH Church Choir; Music Shop, Church Street and at the door. Donation to Marie Curie. Margaret Young kenmag20<at>btinternet.com
ELEVATE HIGHLAND Friday 6 April at Culduthel Christian Centre, with worship, an Easter message, food, and games. Doors at 7:15pm. Full details on Facebook www.facebook.com/elevatehighland. Elevate is a monthly event for those in S3-S6. Details from Greg Youngson (elevatehighland<at>gmail.com).
ELDERS CONFERENCE 2018 A Journey of Discipleship Friday 27 April – Sunday 29 April 2018 at Scottish Police College, Tulliallan Castle Practical ideas and suggestions for current and future elders. Contact Peter for details.
CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR THE OLD HIGH CHURCH
Thanks to all who attended the meeting on 24 March with Allan Marshall, the Chartered Architect appointed by the Kirk Session to lead and prepare a conservation and development study on the Old High Church. We are still asking for your input on how the Old High Church might be developed, its role in the life of our congregation and the city, what facilities we might need to attempt to incorporate within it, and what its future might be. Please send your thoughts, ideas, suggestions and question to Pat Macleod, our Church Administrator (invernesschurch<at>gmail.com) or you can by writing to her c/o Old High St Stephen’s Manse, 24 Damfield Road Inverness IV2 3HU. Or you can write a note and bring it along to church and give them to our Session Clerks, Linda Philip and Christine Mackenzie. Please give your name and contact details in all cases. We look forward to hearing from you!

Hope- for a change. Sermon for Easter Sunday 2018

 

Scripture Readings: John 20:1-18

1 Corinthians 15:1.11

Hope- for a change

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

On 14 February this year, classes were disrupted at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, by the sound of shooting. By the time the culprit was taken into custody, 17 children and staff lay dead, with 17 more injured. It was just the latest in a long line of mass shootings that have taken place in American schools in recent decades.

You’ll recall that after the murder of schoolchildren at Dunblane Primary School in 1996, the British politicians moved quickly, not just to tighten up school security, but to tighten the availability of guns, especially to those who might be a danger to themselves and others. There have been no more mass shootings at schools in Britain since (it’s been a similar story in Canada, Australia and Switzerland).

But America’s politicians were up against an interpretation of their Constitution which exalts the right for individuals to own firearms over public safety, a message reinforced by a powerful, well-financed pro-gun lobby. Continue reading

Sunday Bulletin 25 March 2018

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Maundy Thursday: 29 March 7pm at St Stephen’s reflecting on the Last Supper and Jesus’ betrayal, with a celebration of Holy Communion, and music from the St Stephen’s Choir.
Good Friday 30 March 7pm at Old High reflecting on the trials and crucifixion of Jesus.
Sunday 1 April 2018: Easter Sunday
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High Church
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
HOLY WEEK AT OLD HIGH ST STEPHEN’S Prepare for Easter by coming along to these services during Holy Week. Everyone welcome!
Maundy Thursday: 29 March 7pm at St Stephen’s reflecting on the Last Supper and Jesus’ betrayal, with a celebration of Holy Communion, and music from the St Stephen’s Choir.
Good Friday 30 March 7pm at Old High reflecting on the trials and crucifixion of Jesus.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE A BEADLE? The Sunday Beadle helps out those leading on a Sunday with practical matters- you’ll have noticed him or her carrying the Bible in at the start. We’d like to add people to the rotas. Please speak to Peter, or to Linda Philip at St Stephen’s or Christine Mackenzie at Old High.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP St Stephen’s, every Sunday, 7pm, during Lent. A 6-week study programme on a Biblical focus on migration, and the particular challenge this issue presents us in Europe in our own time. New hearts and minds joining in would be most welcome. Contact Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
OHSS MAGAZINE Distributors can collect their bundles of magazines today. Jennifer Morrison jennifer<at>kenilweb.com
MEET & EAT LUNCH at the Craigmonie Hotel at 12.30pm on Thursday 29 March. All are welcome and transport can be arranged. Contact Rae Swan rae.swan<at>aol.com
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.
PRAYERS DURING LENT AT ST STEPHEN’S Every Friday from 1pm -1.30pm. All welcome. Ruth Martin
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING The Church will be open to visitors from 2-4pm each Friday afternoon from 23 March. The Summer Opening programme starts on Friday 1 June and will continue until Friday 28 September. Opening times : Tuesday to Friday inclusive 10am -12 noon and 2-4pm. Contact Sheila MacLeod macloshei<at>aol.com
OLD HIGH HALLS RENTALS Jim Monro has kindly looked after the Old High hall lets, but wishes to step down. If anyone can take this role on, please get in touch with Linda Philip or Christine Mackenzie.
GIFT AID AND FREEWILL OFFERING TREASURER VACANCY Sandy Cumming has decided to stand down as Gift Aid and Freewill Offering Treasurer after several years of service. A successor is needed for this important role which enables OHSS to recover some £18000 per annum from HMRC. As well as record keeping, the role involves preparation and submission of two claims per annum. If you are interested, or know someone who might be willing to serve OHSS in this capacity, then please contact Sandy Cumming.
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or the Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
WORD FOR TODAY is available in the vestibules.
CROSSREACH Latest newsletter and prayer diary (Feb/May) available at church doors. Rae Swan.
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator at invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline is Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep all items as brief as possible, and include contact details (phone and/or email).
OTHER NEWS
MUSIC MANIA AT MILLBURN ACADEMY Hi! I’m Will Maclean and some of you may remember me from playing trumpet in the St. Stephen’s church band. This summer myself and 5 other S5 students from Millburn Academy are spending 2 weeks in Romania through the Blythswood Trust. We will volunteer for a week at a holiday camp for under-privileged children and for the second week we will be working at a nearby orphanage. On Monday 26 March at 7 pm there will be a concert at Millburn Academy, featuring the school’s wind band, jazz band, string orchestra and pipe band as well as other groups and some solo performers. I am helping to host the evening and will be playing in the wind band too! Tickets cost £5 per adult and £3 per student and can be bought or reserved with my Gran, Jean Pumford, who is on Church door duty at St Stephen’s for March, or from my Mum, Alison Maclean. Refreshments/raffle will be on sale at the interval. All the money raised from the evening will help fund our trip. The music evening at Millburn is always a great night out with easy parking so we would love to see you there! Contact Alison MacLean 716309 alimaclean18<at>gmail.com
INVERNESS SINGERS:“FOR PEACE” music to celebrate the centenary of the ending of World War I, Crown Church, Wednesday 4 April at 7.30pm. Music by Schubert, Mozart, Vaughan Williams, Stanford, and “Songs from the Trenches”. Programmes (Adults £8; Children/Students £4) from: Ken and Margaret Young, in the OH Church Choir; Music Shop, Church Street and at the door. Donation to Marie Curie. Margaret Young kenmag20<at>btinternet.com
ELDERS CONFERENCE 2018 A Journey of Discipleship Friday 27 April – Sunday 29 April 2018 at Scottish Police College, Tulliallan Castle Practical ideas and suggestions for current and future elders. Contact Peter for details.

Sunday Bulletin 18 March 2018

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 25 March 2018: Palm/Passion Sunday
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High Church
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
HOLY WEEK AT OLD HIGH ST STEPHEN’S Prepare for Easter by coming along to these services during Holy Week. Everyone welcome!
Maundy Thursday: 29 March 7pm at St Stephen’s reflecting on the Last Supper and Jesus’ betrayal, with a celebration of Holy Communion, and music from the St Stephen’s Choir.
Good Friday 30 March 7pm at Old High reflecting on the trials and crucifixion of Jesus.
RESEARCH STUDY ON CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF OLD HIGH CHURCH On the 16th January 2018 the Kirk Session approved the appointment of Alan Marshall, a Chartered Architect with much experience in this field, to lead and prepare a study on the Old High Church. The first step in this study will be for the congregation to meet and share their views with Mr Marshall. All members of Old High St Stephen’s congregation are invited to come along and meet the architect on Saturday 24 March, 10.30am-12.30pm at the Old High Church. Please do come along- it is very important that the congregation is involved in this study from the beginning and throughout. If you are not able to be present please submit your comments in writing to Jim Alexander jbdalex<at>yahoo.com, to be conveyed to Alan Marshall.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP St Stephen’s, every Sunday, 7pm, during Lent. A 6-week study programme on a Biblical focus on migration, and the particular challenge this issue presents us in Europe in our own time. New hearts and minds joining in would be most welcome. Contact Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
OHSS MAGAZINE Distributors can collect their bundles of magazines on 25 March. Jennifer Morrison jennifer<at>kenilweb.com
CRAFT EVENING St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm, Wednesday 21 March. 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. Margaret McAleer.
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.
PRAYERS DURING LENT AT ST STEPHEN’S Every Friday from 1pm -1.30pm. All welcome. Ruth Martin
OLD HIGH HALLS RENTALS Jim Monro has kindly looked after the Old High hall lets, but wishes to step down. If anyone can take this role on, please get in touch with Linda Philip (790252) or Christine Mackenzie.
GIFT AID AND FREEWILL OFFERING TREASURER VACANCY Sandy Cumming has decided to stand down as Gift Aid and Freewill Offering Treasurer after several years of service. A successor is needed for this important role which enables OHSS to recover some £18000 per annum from HMRC. As well as record keeping, the role involves preparation and submission of two claims per annum. If you are interested, or know someone who might be willing to serve OHSS in this capacity, then please contact Sandy Cumming.
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or the Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
WORD FOR TODAY is available in the vestibules.
CROSSREACH Latest newsletter and prayer diary (Feb/May) available at church doors. Rae Swan.
KIRK SESSION meets this Tuesday 20 March at 7.30pm in St Stephen’s hall. Contact Linda Philip.
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator at invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline is Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep all items as brief as possible, and include contact details (phone and/or email).
OTHER NEWS
MUSIC MANIA AT MILLBURN ACADEMY Hi! I’m Will Maclean and some of you may remember me from playing trumpet in the St. Stephen’s church band. This summer myself and 5 other S5 students from Millburn Academy are spending 2 weeks in Romania through the Blythswood Trust. We will volunteer for a week at a holiday camp for under-privileged children and for the second week we will be working at a nearby orphanage. On Monday 26 March at 7 pm there will be a concert at Millburn Academy, featuring the school’s wind band, jazz band, string orchestra and pipe band as well as other groups and some solo performers. I am helping to host the evening and will be playing in the wind band too! Tickets cost £5 per adult and £3 per student and can be bought or reserved with my Gran, Jean Pumford, who is on Church door duty at St Stephen’s for March, or from my Mum, Alison Maclean. Refreshments/raffle will be on sale at the interval. All the money raised from the evening will help fund our trip. The music evening at Millburn is always a great night out with easy parking so we would love to see you there! Contact Alison MacLean alimaclean18<at>gmail.com
HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS YOUTH FOR CHRIST (HIYFC) are hosting a celebration event on Tuesday 20 March 2018 at Dalneigh & Bona Church of Scotland, St Marys Avenue, Inverness at 6:30-9pm. Contact Linda Buchan pdw<at>hiyfc.co.uk
CROSSREACH CHRISTMAS CARDS 2018 Design a Christmas Card and we will print the winning entry and sell it through our 2018 catalogue and website. Full details at http://www.crossreach.org.uk/christmascard-competition-20