WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 26 October
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
led by Rev Arthur Sinclair, Pastoral Assistant
11.15 Sacrament of Holy Communion at Old High
led by The Minister
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS
should be sent to Jim Monro
The deadline for all items is Wednesday at noon
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
THE MINISTER WILL BE ON HOLIDAY until Thursday 22 October. For urgent pastoral matters, please contact your elder or the Rev Arthur Sinclair.
SCOTLAND’S FUTURE NOW Wednesday 5 November, Crown Church. The Moderator will once again host a nationwide discussion about the nation’s future, with events happening across the country. More details to follow, or contact the Minister.
HOBBY/CRAFT EVENINGS are recommencing fortnightly in St Stephen’s Hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday 22 October. Please bring your craft to share with others. Also if not a crafter perhaps you would like to learn. Please come along and enjoy the camaraderie. Further details from Margaret McAleer (Social & Fundraising Action Team).
RENA BEATON After many years of devoted service, our friend Rena has retired from the post of organist and choir master at the Old High Church. We would like to make a presentation in a few weeks to say thank you to Rena, and members of the congregation are encouraged to contribute. Please bring along cash or cheques in envelopes marked ‘Rena’ and give them to Linda Philip or Margaret Sutherland, or put them in the offering bags. Alternatively, you can send a cheque- made payable to Old High St Stephen’s Church, with a note that it is for Rena, to Sandy Cumming.
CROSS REACH CHRISTMAS CATALOGUE This is the last day for post-free orders via the church. Catalogues are at the church doors- have a browse and speak to Sheila MacLeod or Val Cantlay to order. You can also order directly online at
BLYTHSWOOD SHOE BOX APPEAL By filling a shoebox with simple gifts you can bring laughter to someone this Christmas. Please collect a leaflet (at the Church Door) about the 21st Shoebox Appeal. Filled boxes can be delivered to the Blythswood Shop in Academy Street or to their new Superstore on Harbour Road. Ask anyone in the Pastoral Care Team if you require help in delivering your box. All boxes to be handed in by 7 November. For more details contact Val Cantlay.
FLORAL ART CLASSES Annette Stoker has kindly offered to do floral art classes again this year. If anyone is interested could they please contact Annette or Jill Russell. More details to follow.
ORGANIST AND CHOIRMASTER AT OLD HIGH CHURCH If you know anyone who might be suitable for this post, please ask them to visit http://oldhighststephens.com/oldhighorganist/ where there is a full job description and contact details. Closing date is 10 November.
JOHN BUCHAN LECTURE BY HARRY REID Born the son of a Presbyterian minister in 1875, Buchan is probably most famous for his spy thriller The Thirty Nine Steps. In addition to writing well over 100 books Buchan was, amongst other things, a government administrator in South Africa at the end of the Boer War, a Member of Parliament for the Scottish Universities and His Majesty’s High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland (twice) before being appointed Governor-General of Canada in 1935. He died Lord Tweedsmuir in 1940. Hear about how the Christian faith influenced the life and writings of Buchan and other eminent twentieth century Scottish writers. Inverness Town House, Friday 31st October, 7.30pm. Speaker: Harry Reid, journalist and author, former editor of the Glasgow Herald. All welcome. No ticket required. This event is organised by Highland Theological College UHI as part of its 20th Anniversary celebrations.
EXTRAORDINARY GOD IN AN ORDINARY LIFE Are you seeking a more powerful sense of God’s presence, but don’t know where to find it? A deeper experience of Him, but don’t know how to achieve it? Do you sometimes feel inadequate or let down because you don’t get more spiritual ‘fireworks’? Join with others on this Retreat Day to discover how we can encounter God in the ordinary stuff of life. Leaders include Steve Aisthorpe (Mission Development Worker). Saturday 8 November 2014 10am-3.30pm, The Lighthouse, Hilton, Inverness IV2 4UA. Book and pay online at or call Sheila Reeves.
ALPHA COURSE This 10-week course to refresh your Christian faith allows you to ask all the questions like; How do I get to know God? How do I pray? What should I do with my life? All welcome at Crown Church for a meal, short video and discussion starts at 6.30pm Monday. For more details contact David Martin.
DEMENTIA FRIENDLY CHURCHES CrossReach training day for Ministers, Pastoral Care Teams and all who minister to members with dementia. Inverness East Church on Saturday 22 November from 10.30 to 15.00. The day includes key note speakers, workshops on pastoral visiting and worship, and there will be an opportunity to hear from some congregations who are running dementia projects. To register an interest please contact Lynne Hood or contact the Minister.