WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 21 June 2015
10am Conformation Service at St Stephen’s
(Admission of New Members; Kirk Session meets at 9.45)
11.15 Morning Worship at Old High
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NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
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COTTON PATCH GOSPEL CHOIR are singing on Monday 22nd June at 7.30pm in St Stephen’s Church. Cotton Patch Gospel is an amazing telling of the story of Jesus’ life, as if he lived in the Southeastern USA, with the lively blue grass style music of Harry Chapin. The cast is the Youth Choir, a group of 30 teenagers, from University United Methodist Church of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA. Tickets £8 per head from Joan Darcy or at Crown Church Office Tuesday to Friday 9.30- noon.
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NEW MEMBERS We will be confirming new members next Sunday at St Stephen’s. Kirk Session will meet at 9.45 in the hall at St Stephen’s.
OLD HIGH SUMMER OPENING Can you give a few hours of your time to show visitors the most historic building in Inverness? Please sign up on the sheets at the Old High, or contact Margaret Sutherland.
FREEWILL OFFERING ENVELOPES are now ready for collection from Sandy Cumming in the Church Hall after this morning’s service. With considerably fewer persons using FWOs, the Kirk Session agreed to purchase a maximum of 100 sets of FWOs. This will save OHSS at least £180 per year but it will also mean that individual envelope numbers have been changed. Apologies for any inconvenience caused by this change. Banker’s Order is a better way to give, and it’s easy set up. Please speak to Sandy Cumming, our Treasurer.
THE CHURCH MAGAZINE is available today for distributors to collect their bundles for delivery to members of the congregation.
A COW FOR ETHIOPIA The Sunday School would like to say a big thank you to all the Mums and Dads, Grannies and Grandads and the wider church family who contributed to their ‘brown penny’ collection throughout the year. We are very happy to say that we have reached our target of £150 which the children decided should be sent to Christian Aid to assist their work with women in Ethiopia. £150 enables Christian Aid to provide a cow for a woman in a village in Ethiopia. With a cow a woman can provide milk and butter for her children to eat and can sell spare milk and butter to make extra money. More importantly, owning a cow enables a woman to join in with community meetings and take part in making serious decisions that affect her and her family. Owning a cow is the difference between being heard by your community and being totally ignored – the difference between having food to eat and going hungry. THANK YOU!
HEALING SERVICE There will be a Healing Service in St Stephen’s this Sunday 14th June at 4pm. Details: Ruth Martin.
OLD HIGH HALL DEVELOPMENT At the congregational meeting on Tuesday 26 May, the congregation voted in favour of proceeding with the development of the Old High halls and leasing part of it to Birchwood Highland. We now hope for Presbytery approval on 23 June. Contact Session Clerk, Linda Philip.
SUNDAY CAR PARKING Highland council have taken the decision to implement payment for parking in public car parks on Sundays. The car parks affected are those where payments are due the rest of the week. This includes the Rose Street car park. Contact: Session Clerk, Linda Philip.
OLD HIGH ORGANIST We continue to seek applications and recommendations for this post. Contact: Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
MODERATOR OF PRESBYTERY OF INVERNESS
As many will know the Moderator of the Presbytery of Inverness for 2014/15 has been Rev Alastair Younger who is a member of our Congregation. We may not have seen him in Church during the last two years as he has been Interim Moderator and Locum at Nairn Old Parish Church, but his wife Pat is a regular and enthusiastic member of the Old High Choir.
The late Rev Colin Anderson started the custom of the Moderator having a reception at the end of their term of office and it is our privilege to host this in the Old High Hall on Friday 19 June. It’s an occasion much appreciated by members of Presbytery when they can get together socially, with their partners, away from the usual business meetings. Presbytery members pay for the meal although the hosting congregation prepares it.
On Tuesday 23 June the Presbytery Meeting will be held in the Old High Church as it is custom for the meeting to be held in the ‘Moderator’s Church’. The meeting will be preceded by a service of Holy Communion at 7.00 pm and members of the congregation are very welcome to attend the service and indeed the meeting thereafter. There will be a break between the service and meeting for tea/coffee. Please do join us!
Christine MacKenzie, Presbytery Elder
FOODBANK COLLECTION at Inshes Tesco in Inverness on Thursday 2nd, Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th July. Blythswood are looking for volunteers to spare an hour or two on either the Friday or Saturday afternoon, between 2pm and 5pm. It involves handing out Blythswood shopping lists to customers entering the store, and thanking them for donations. Contact: Lorna Dempster lorna.dempsterblythswood.org
SMALL FARMERS ROADSHOW INVERNESS Saturday, 20 June, 10:00 to 13:00 The Scottish Fair Trade Forum, Christian Aid Scotland and Just Trading Scotland are joining forces to spread the message about smallholder famers and their importance around Scotland! Come and hear about how they are at the forefront of climate change, how they are developing business models and how fair trade can make a difference in their lives and taste some delicious food at Crown Church Hall, Inverness. We may also be lucky enough to have some Malawian farmers visiting to tell their story. Please help us spread the word of this workshop to anyone who might be interested! For more information go to www.invernessft.eventbrite.co.uk/
CHURCH OF SCOTLAND NATIONAL YOUTH ASSEMBLY is a platform for young adults to voice their opinions and actively participate in decision making within the Church of Scotland. Dates: 5pm on Friday, 14 August to 5pm on Monday, 17 August 2015. Venue: Gartmore House, Stirlingshire. For further details including travel and accommodation contact Suzi Farrant, Young People and Young Adult’s Development Worker sfarrantchurchofscotland.org.uk.
THE LEPROSY MISSION fund-raising coffee morning/afternoon tea at 18 Auldcastle Road on Tuesday, 9 June from 10.00am to 12 noon and 2.00pm to 4.00pm. We hope to have Dan and Babs Izzett who represent the Mission in Zimbabwe with us. All welcome. Details: Peter Home.
Lord we lift up those below and ask for your blessing on them:
• Peter Nimmo; Arthur Sinclair; David Macartney and their families
• We give thanks for David’s time spent with us and may Your hand be upon him in his next ministry
• We look forward to welcoming Dougie Wolf, from Stornoway
The Sunday School children, their parents and families, the Sunday School Teachers including Rosemary Cumming for 25 years of dedicated service
New members joining Your Church next Sunday: Catherine and Anna Kelly
The bereaved including the family of Helen Morrison
Those known to us who are sick or in care. For the Healing Service this Sunday
The people of Brazil. For an improvement in human justice; reduced tension between traditional ways and modern development; street children