Old High Organ Recital 8 October 2016

OLD HIGH MUSIC

The next of this year’s organ recitals takes place on Saturday 8 October at 12 noon, when Stephen Doughty (Director of Music and Organist at St John’s Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh) is going to perform a programme which will include the Prelude and Fugue in E flat minor by J S Bach, the well-known Organ Sonata No. 4 by Mendelssohn and music by Henry Smart, whom we also know as the composer of a much loved hymn.
Stephen is a highly-regarded musician around Scotland and this promises to be a memorable recital.
Click here to download the programme

Sunday Bulletin 25 September 2016

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 2 October 2016 : Proper 22
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
SUNDAY BULLETIN please send items to invernesschurch<at>gmail.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 details and contact information : invernesschurch<at>gmail.com (replace <at> with @).
OLD HIGH CHOIR REHEARSALS have now re-started on Thursday nights at 7.30pm in the Old High Hall. Anyone interested in joining will be warmly welcomed. A wide range of introits and anthems is planned, and there are very few prerequisites – only enthusiasm and a love of music! Contact Robin Versteeg versteegr<at>hotmail.com
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet tonight between 7 and 8pm in the vestry at St Stephen’s and will continue fortnightly thereafter. We would welcome new participants in these lively and thought-provoking discussions. Further details from Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com.
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at St Stephen’s today. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. The Retiring Offering will be in aid of the Highland Hospice. Please give generously to this worthwhile project.
MEET & EAT The next gathering for Lunch is at 12.30pm on Thursday 29 September at the Craigmonie Hotel. Everyone is welcome. Please contact Val Cantlay val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com to book your meal. Transport is available.
HARVEST THANKSGIVING will be on Sunday 2 October. The service at St Stephen’s that day will be an all-age service. At both churches, you are asked to bring along gifts for the Blythswood Highland Foodbank. We trust you will be generous. Needed are: Tins of ham, Breakfast cereal, Tins of custard, Sugar, Cream crackers, Toilet rolls, New or used bags for life, Tin openers. Thank you for your support. Details from Linda Philip. Visit http://highland.foodbank.org.uk/ to see what they do.
THE CHURCH BAND will play at the Harvest Thanksgiving service in St
Stephen’s on Sunday 2 October. There will be a quick rehearsal prior to the service that day. Music will be available from Pam for anyone who would like to play pam.41<at>tiscali.co.uk
OLD HIGH There will be no tea/coffee in the Old High on Sunday 2 October due to the harvest thanksgiving service. It will however be back on Sunday 6 November. Contact Christine Mackenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
OLD HIGH MUSIC The next of this year’s organ recitals takes place on Saturday 8 October at 12 noon, when Stephen Doughty (Director of Music and Organist at St John’s Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh) is going to perform a programme which will include the Prelude and Fugue in E flat minor by J S Bach, the well-known Organ Sonata No. 4 by Mendelssohn and music by Henry Smart, whom we also know as the composer of a much loved hymn. Stephen is a highly-regarded musician around Scotland and this promises to be a memorable recital. More details from Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
SHOE BOX APPEAL 2016  Give hope to someone in need this Christmas. Please pick up a leaflet from the Church door and fill a shoebox. Deliver your shoebox to the Blythswood shop or superstore by 4 November. Any queries or help with delivery contact Val Cantlay val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com
SS ORDERS OF SERVICE Could you help folding the orders of service once a month at St Stephen’s? One of our team of folders has had to stop due to work commitments. For more information please contact Katharina Nimmo katharina.nimmo<at>btinternet.com.
WORD FOR TODAY booklets are available at the doors at both churches.
CROSSREACH NEWS the latest edition is now available at church doors. Also latest Prayer Diary for Oct – Jan 2017. CHRISTMAS CATALOGUES are also at the doors. An early order will ensure you receive your requested items. Contact Rae Swan.
AUTUMN CHURCH MAGAZINE Distributors can collect their bundles of magazines today. Contact Jennifer Morrison jennifer<at>kenilweb.com
HOBBY/CRAFT EVENING on Wednesday 28 September in St Stephen’s Hall at 7.30pm and fortnightly thereafter. Please bring your craft to share with others. If not a crafter, perhaps you would like to learn. Please come along and enjoy the camaraderie. Further details from Margaret McAleer.
KIRK SESSION TRAINING The next Kirk Session Safeguarding training session will be held at Inshes Church on Saturday 1 October at 10am till 1pm. Can all elders who have not been before, please make every effort to attend as this is one of the things looked at in the audit of Safeguarding Practice in our church at the end of each year. To book, please contact Fiona Kelly seankelly12<at>sky.com.
A NOTE FROM THE MINISTER As you may be aware, the meeting regarding the sale of the Old High Hall, planned for Tuesday 13 September, had to be cancelled. During the previous week, an item appeared in the Inverness Courier in which I stated that the decision had been made to sell the Old High Hall. This was, of course, not the case, as that decision still had to be made by the Congregation. I ought to have said that the meeting was to decide on a recommendation from the Kirk Session. I was contacted by the Presbytery Clerk to say that the article had prejudiced the forthcoming meeting and that it would have to be cancelled. He also stated that I would have to put a retraction into the newspaper (he and I wrote a letter jointly) and that I should apologise to the Kirk Session, all of which I have now done. Our next Kirk Session meeting, on 27 September, will now decide how to proceed. I should point out that I had no desire to bring the matter of the Old High Hall to the attention of the media. I was contacted by the journalist, who had received an anonymous telephone call about the matter and asked me about it. Unfortunately I did not make the facts clear enough. None of this would have happened had it not been for the anonymous phone call. Nevertheless, I offer my sincere apologies to the congregation. Peter
OTHER NEWS
SAYING GOODBYE SERVICE on Wednesday 28 September at 7.30pm at St Andrew’s Cathedral, Inverness. We are holding a baby loss support and remembrance service for anyone touched by any form of baby loss, be it in pregnancy, at birth or shortly after. For further information contact Emilie de Bruijn Emilie.de.bruijn<at>sayinggoodbye.org www.sayinggoodbye.org .
CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE The Church of Scotland is holding a climate change conference at Bridge of Allan Parish Church on Saturday 1 October from 10am-4pm. Speakers from partner churches will be sharing the impact of climate change on the lives of communities across the continents, and all participants will join workshops to explore how we can respond in Scotland. Spaces are filling up fast, e-mail nskinner<at>churchofscotland.org.uk to book your place. Details from Peter.
LEPROSY MISSION COFFEE MORNING on Saturday 1 October at 10am in the Free North Hall (enter from Church Street,). Please support this annual event. Leprosy is not eradicated – 6-700 new cases are reported daily in Africa and India. Tickets £3 from Ruth Martin
HOPE UK CHRISTIAN DRUG EDUCATION AND PREVENTION WORK COFFEE MORNING on Saturday 8 October from 10.30 am to 12 Noon at Elgin & Forres Free Church, South St, Elgin. Entry Free; donations welcomed. Join us for tea/coffee and pancakes. Details from Jo Pickford j.pickford<at>hopeuk.org.
INVERNESS STREET PASTORS CHALLENGE on Saturday 8 October 2016 at 8am. Take part in a sponsored walk up Bin Hill of Cullen, Ben Aigan and Ben Rinnes. Join us for all three hills or just one. You will be climbing 986m, and walking 16km so do come adequately shod! Please register beforehand. You can use the attached form http://tinyurl.com/he5447o or contact Morven Ball directly morven<at>loveinverness.org. If you just want to donate http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ChallengeMark
ON THE ROAD is a series of day and evening events run by the Church of Scotland to listen to the voice of people in the local Church. The Inverness event will be held at Inshes Church on Thursday 27 October from 11am to 3pm. These free events are an open invitation to everyone connected with the Church, whether you are a regular worshipper, or an occasional attender; whether you take a leadership role in your local Church, or simply drop in from time to time; we want to hear from folks from every background and every congregation: don’t leave it to someone else – come and have your say! Book online at www.churchofscotland.org.uk/connect/on_the_road or contact our Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com.
ALPHA COURSES explore the Christian faith, ask questions and share points of view. Hilton Church is running a 10-week course which begins at the Lighthouse on Monday 2 November from 9.45 -11.30 am. Tea/Coffee will be provided. Parents/carers with small children are welcome. Further information from Jane Murtin-Armer www.alpha.org

Sunday Bulletin 18 September 2016

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 25 September 2016: Proper 21
10am Sacrament of Holy Communion at St Stephen’s
led by the Minister
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
led by Rev Arthur Sinclair, Pastoral Assistant
SUNDAY BULLETIN please send items to invernesschurch<at>gmail.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 details : invernesschurch<at>gmail.com (replace <at> with @)
OLD HIGH CHOIR REHEARSALS have now re-started on Thursday nights at 7.30pm in the Old High Hall. Anyone interested in joining will be warmly welcomed. A wide range of introits and anthems is planned, and there are very few prerequisites – only enthusiasm and a love of music! Contact Robin Versteeg versteegr<at>hotmail.com
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING The Church will be open on weekdays until September on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10am to 12 noon and 2-4pm. We can always use more volunteers, especially to cover times when the regulars can’t make it- please contact Christine Mackenzie if you can help christinemac73<at>hotmail.com. And please let your friends know that they can visit the church at these times.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet on 25 September between 7 and 8pm in the vestry at St Stephen’s and will continue fortnightly thereafter. We would welcome new participants in these lively and thought-provoking discussions. Further details from Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com.
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at St Stephen’s on Sunday 25 September. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. The Retiring Offering will be in aid of the Highland Hospice. Please give generously to this worthwhile project.
HARVEST THANKSGIVING will be on Sunday 2 October. The service at St Stephen’s that day will be an all-age service. At both churches, you are asked to bring along gifts for the Blythswood Highland Foodbank. We trust you will be generous. Needed are: Tins of ham, Breakfast cereal, Tins of custard, Sugar, Cream crackers, Toilet rolls, New or used bags for life, Tin openers. Thank you for your support. Details from Linda Philip. Visit http://highland.foodbank.org.uk/ to see what they do.
THE CHURCH BAND will play at the Harvest Thanksgiving service in St
Stephen’s on Sunday 2 October. There will be a quick rehearsal prior to the service that day. Music will be available from Pam for anyone who would like to play pam.41<at>tiscali.co.uk
SS ORDERS OF SERVICE Could you help folding the orders of service once a month at St Stephen’s? One of our team of folders has had to stop due to work commitments. For more information please contact Katharina Nimmo katharina.nimmo<at>btinternet.com.
WORD FOR TODAY booklets are available at the doors at both churches.
CROSSREACH NEWS the latest edition is now available at church doors. Also latest Prayer Diary for Oct – Jan 2017. Also CHRISTMAS CATALOGUES are also at the doors. An early order will ensure you receive your requested items. Thanks Rae Swan.
AUTUMN CHURCH MAGAZINE Distributors can collect their bundles of magazines on Sunday 25 September. Contact Jennifer Morrison jennifer<at>kenilweb.com
KIRK SESSION TRAINING The next Kirk Session Safeguarding training session will be held at Inshes Church on Saturday 1 October at 10am till 1pm. Can all elders who have not been before, please make every effort to attend as this is one of the things looked at in the audit of Safeguarding Practice in our church at the end of each year. To book, please contact Fiona Kelly seankelly12<at>sky.com.
A NOTE FROM THE MINISTER As you may be aware, the meeting regarding the sale of the Old High Hall, planned for Tuesday 13 September, had to be cancelled. During the previous week, an item appeared in the Inverness Courier in which I stated that the decision had been made to sell the Old High Hall. This was, of course, not the case, as that decision still had to be made by the Congregation. I ought to have said that the meeting was to decide on a recommendation from the Kirk Session. I was contacted by the Presbytery Clerk to say that the article had prejudiced the forthcoming meeting and that it would have to be cancelled. He also stated that I would have to put a retraction into the newspaper (he and I wrote a letter jointly) and that I should apologise to the Kirk Session, all of which I have now done. Our next Kirk Session meeting, on 27 September, will now decide how to proceed. I should point out that I had no desire to bring the matter of the Old High Hall to the attention of the media. I was contacted by the journalist, who had received an anonymous telephone call about the matter and asked me about it. Unfortunately I did not make the facts clear enough. None of this would have happened had it not been for the anonymous phone call. Nevertheless, I offer my sincere apologies to the congregation. Peter
OTHER NEWS
FRIENDS OF CAMERON HOUSE ANNUAL AFTERNOON TEA with various stalls, on Saturday 24 September 2016 from 2pm-4pm at Green Drive Scout Hall. Come along and enjoy a great afternoon. Admission £3 including Tea/Coffee. Children free; donations gratefully received. Tickets at Old High from Sheila Macleod; St Stephen’s Church Hall church at coffee time. Rae Swan.
SAYING GOODBYE SERVICE on Wednesday 28 September at 7.30pm at St Andrew’s Cathedral, Inverness. We are holding a baby loss support and remembrance service for anyone touched by any form of baby loss, be it in pregnancy, at birth or shortly after. For further information contact Emilie de Bruijn Emilie.de.bruijn<at>sayinggoodbye.org www.sayinggoodbye.org .
CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE The Church of Scotland is holding a climate change conference at Bridge of Allan Parish Church on Saturday 1 October from 10am-4pm. Speakers from partner churches will be sharing the impact of climate change on the lives of communities across the continents, and all participants will join workshops to explore how we can respond in Scotland. Spaces are filling up fast, e-mail nskinner<at>churchofscotland.org.uk to book your place. Details from Peter.
ALPHA COURSES explore the Christian faith, ask questions and share points of view. Hilton Church is running a 10-week course which begins at the Lighthouse on Monday 2 November from 9.45 -11.30 am. Tea/Coffee will be provided. Parents/carers with small children are welcome. Further information from Jane Murtin-Armer or www.alpha.org

Sunday Bulletin 11 September 2016

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Saturday 17 September
2.30pm Afternoon Communion Service, St Stephen’s (details in the Bulletin)
Sunday 18 September 2016: Proper 20
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 am Morning Worship at the Old High
SUNDAY BULLETIN please send items to invernesschurch<at>gmail.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 details and contact information : invernesschurch<at>gmail.com (replace <at> with @)
WELCOME TO THE KIRKING OF THE COUNCIL A special welcome to our visitors from Augsburg.
EDICT: CONGREGATIONAL MEETING REGARDING SALE OF THE OLD HIGH HALLS
To be read on two Sundays: 4 and 11 September 2016
Notice is hereby given that a meeting of this congregation will be held in the Old High Church on Tuesday the 13th day of September 2016 at 7.30pm for the purpose of considering the recommendation of the Kirk Session to sell the Old High Hall or to take such other action as the congregation may determine.
For the avoidance of doubt a vote will be taken at this meeting seeking the congregation’s concurrence with the Kirk Session’s recommendation.
By order of the Kirk Session, Linda Philip, Session Clerk.
Note: information on this matter was previously distributed to the Congregation. Additional copies are available from the church doors and will be available on the night. You can also download it from our website at http://oldhighststephens.com/sale-of-the-old-high-hall-congregational-meeting-13-september-2016/
You can also obtain this information from our Session Clerk Linda Philip or Depute Session Clerk Christine Mackenzie both of whom are also happy to answer any questions you may have regarding this issue.
HARVEST THANKSGIVING will be on Sunday 2 October. The service at St Stephen’s that day will be an all-age service. At both churches, you are asked to bring along gifts which we will pass on to Inverness Foodbank- full details to follow in coming weeks. We trust you will be generous.
OLD HIGH CHOIR REHEARSALS have now re-started on Thursday nights at 7.30pm in the Old High Hall. Anyone interested in joining will be warmly welcomed. A wide range of introits and anthems is planned, and there are very few prerequisites – only enthusiasm and a love of music! Contact Robin Versteeg versteegr<at>hotmail.com
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING The Church will be open on weekdays until September on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10am to 12 noon and 2-4pm. We can always use more volunteers, especially to cover times when the regulars can’t make it- please contact Christine Mackenzie if you can help christinemac73<at>hotmail.com . And please let your friends know that they can visit the church at these times.
HANDBELL PRACTICE resumes on Tuesday 6 September in the Old High Halls at 7.30p.m. Contact Rena Beaton rena.beaton<at>hotmail.co.uk
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet on 11 and 25 September between 7 and 8pm in the vestry at St St Stephen’s and will continue fortnightly thereafter. We would welcome new participants in these lively and thought-provoking discussions. Further details from Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com.
HOBBY/CRAFT EVENINGS re-commence on Wednesday 14 September in St Stephen’s Hall at 7.30pm and fortnightly thereafter. Please bring your craft to share with others. If not a crafter, perhaps you would like to learn. Please come along and enjoy the camaraderie. Further details from Margaret McAleer.
AFTERNOON COMMUNION SERVICE Saturday 17 September at 2.30pm at St Stephen’s Church. This short service is open to all, but is especially suitable for those who have difficulty attending our usual morning communion services. Elders will arrange for transport to be provided. Tea will be served after the service in the hall. Further information from Val Cantlay val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com.
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at St Stephen’s on Sunday 25 September. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. The Retiring Offering will be in aid of the Highland Hospice. Please give generously to this worthwhile project.
ST STEPHEN’S ORDERS OF SERVICE Could you help folding the orders of service once a month at St Stephen’s? One of our team of folders has had to stop due to work commitments. For more information please contact Katharina Nimmo katharina.nimmo<at>btinternet.com.
OHSS MAGAZINE editor Willie Morrison urgently requires articles and photos for the autumn issue. Please, submit whatever you can, as early as possible by e-mail to willie<at>kenilweb.com. Deadline Friday 16 September, but the earlier the better.
WORD FOR TODAY booklets are available at the doors at both churches.
KIRK SESSION TRAINING The next Kirk Session Safeguarding training session will be held at Inshes Church on Saturday 1 October at 10am till 1pm. Can all Elders who have not been before, please make every effort to attend as this is one of the things looked at in the audit of Safeguarding Practice in our church at the end of each year. To book, please contact Fiona Kelly seankelly12<at>sky.com.
OTHER NEWS
FRIENDS OF CAMERON HOUSE ANNUAL AFTERNOON TEA with various stalls, on Saturday 24 September 2016 from 2pm-4pm at Green Drive Scout Hall. Come along and enjoy a great afternoon. Admission £3 including Tea/Coffee. Children free (with a paying adult). All donations gratefully received. Tickets available from St Stephen’s (Rae Swan 01463 222 318 and Old High (Sheila Macleod 01463 220 435). Further information from Rae Swan.
LISTENING TO GOD DAY RETREAT 3 December 10am-3.30pm at The King’s Factory, Smithton, Inverness, led by Steve Aisthorpe (Mission Development Worker) and Grace Penney (National Director, Interserve). An opportunity to re-focus and deepen your devotional life. Cost £15; bring your own lunch. Registration: www.resourcingmission.org.uk/events or Sara Deeks 0131 225 5722 ext 2365.
SAYING GOODBYE SERVICE on Wednesday 28 September at 7.30pm at St Andrew’s Cathedral, Inverness. We are holding a baby loss support and remembrance service for anyone touched by any form of baby loss, be it in pregnancy, at birth or shortly after. For further information contact Emilie de Bruijn (07717 337719) Emilie.de.bruijn<at>sayinggoodbye.org www.sayinggoodbye.org
CHURCH AND SOCIETY COUNCIL will host a climate change conference for members on Saturday 1 October from 10am-4pm. We are joining with Christian Aid Scotland and the Church of Scotland World Mission Council, along with climate change experts from partner churches around the world. Speakers will be sharing the impact of climate change on the lives of communities across the continents, and all participants will join workshops to explore how we can respond in Scotland. Spaces are filling up fast, email nskinner<at>churchofscotland.org.uk to book your place.
ST ANDREW’S SCOTS MEMORIAL KIRK IN JERUSALEM Rev Páraic Réamonn, their minister, and Moray’s Mission Partner, will visit from 16 to 21 September. We are hosting an evening with him on Friday 16th September, which will be a talk and discussion followed by prayers for peace in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. We would love to welcome anyone interested, from all denominations and faiths. Páraic will also be speaking at open meetings of the church Guilds of St. Leonard’s in Forres on Sat 17th 2-4.30pm, and at Dyke Church on Tue 20th at 7.30pm and will be one of many speakers at Interfaith Moray’s International Peace Day event in Forres on Sun 21st 2-5pm at Newbold House in Forres.  Details from Rev Jenny M Adams, Minister of Duffus, Spynie & Hopeman Church www.duffusparish.co.uk tel. 01343 830276 JAdams<at>churchofscotland.org.uk

Leftover people: Sermon for the Kirking of the Council, 11 September 2016

Scripture Readings: Isaiah 1.15-18 (not Lectionary)

Luke 15:1-10

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

At the beginning of today’s Bible reading, Jesus of Nazareth is in trouble. This happened to Jesus a lot. Again and again, he went against people’s expectations, and this upset some of them.

Luke tells us that, ‘all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him’. Tax collectors were not popular in a country under Roman occupation. Sinners were those who were thought to have broken moral and religious rules.

This causes ‘the Pharisees and the scribes’ to grumble. These are the respectable, those who think of themselves as very religious and moral. Nowadays they might be called ‘role-models’, to show the rest of us how to live. Admired by most people, they have a high opinion of themselves, for they are the kind of people who usually think they are right. And they believe that they have God on their side.

So they grumble: ‘This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them’. They think that Jesus is attracting the wrong crowd. How can Jesus be a respected religious teacher, if his audience attracts people who are pretty irreligious? As the Pharisees and the scribes see it, there must be something wrong with a religious teacher who attracts the outcasts, the scum, the dregs of society, the irreligious, the immoral.

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Sunday Bulletin 4 September 2016

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 11 September 2016: Proper 19
11.15 am Congregational Service: The Kirking of the Council at the Old High
No service at St Stephen’s
SUNDAY BULLETIN please send items to invernesschurch<at>gmail.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 : invernesschurch<at>gmail.com (replace <at> with @)
THE KIRKING OF THE COUNCIL takes place next week, with a Congregational Service at the Old High at 11.15am. Please ensure you attend this service, which is a major opportunity for us to make a positive Christian witness to the Inverness community and therefore deserves the wholehearted support of the entire congregation. There will be music from our combined church choirs, and visitors from our Twin City of Augsburg, and participants including the Episcopalian Bishop Rev Mark Strange and the Presbytery Moderator, the Rev David Scott.
EDICT: CONGREGATIONAL MEETING REGARDING SALE OF THE OLD HIGH HALLS
To be read on two Sundays: 4 and 11 September 2016
Notice is hereby given that a meeting of this congregation will be held in the Old High Church on Tuesday the 13th day of September 2016 at 7.30pm for the purpose of considering the recommendation of the Kirk Session to sell the Old High Hall or to take such other action as the congregation may determine.
For the avoidance of doubt a vote will be taken at this meeting seeking the congregation’s concurrence with the Kirk Session’s recommendation.
By order of the Kirk Session, Linda Philip, Session Clerk.
Note: information on this matter was previously distributed to the Congregation. Additional copies are available from the church doors and will be available on the night. You can also download it from our website at http://oldhighststephens.com/sale-of-the-old-high-hall-congregational-meeting-13-september-2016/
You can also obtain this information from our Session Clerk Linda Philip or Depute Session Clerk Christine Mackenzie, both of whom are also happy to answer any questions you may have regarding this issue.
SOUTHSIDE ROAD CARE HOME A service will be held today at Southside Road Care Home, shortly after the service at St Stephen’s. If anyone can assist with the singing, it would be much appreciated. Please speak to Janet Robertson.
OLD HIGH CHOIR REHEARSALS have now re-started on Thursday nights at 7.30pm in the Old High Hall. Anyone interested in joining will be warmly welcomed. A wide range of introits and anthems is planned, and there are very few prerequisites – only enthusiasm and a love of music! Contact Robin Versteeg on versteegr<at>hotmail.com
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING The Church will be open on weekdays until September on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10am to 12 noon and 2-4pm. We can always use more volunteers, especially to cover times when the regulars can’t make it- please contact Christine Mackenzie if you can help christinemac73<at>hotmail.com. And please let your friends know that they can visit the church at these times.
OLD HIGH Tea will be served after the service today. All welcome. Contact Christine Mackenzie on christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
BAKE SALE AT ST STEPHEN’S TODAY I will be travelling to Bolivia to volunteer for 3 months on 14 September to work with disadvantaged children in a village near La Paz, with the charity UpClose Bolivia. As part of my fundraising I will be holding a bake sale following church today. For more information on the charity visit upclosebolivia.org. I am also doing a 50-mile sponsored cycle on 2 September. Please visit my JustGiving page https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/catherine-kelly. Any support would be much appreciated! Contact Catherine Kelly at seankelly12<at>sky.com.
HANDBELL PRACTICE resumes on Tuesday 6 September in the Old High Halls at 7.30p.m. Contact Rena Beaton rena.beaton<at>hotmail.co.uk
OLD HIGH MUSIC on Saturday 10 September at 12 noon: “A Scottish Mass of 1546”. The Musick Fyne Soloists, directed by James Ross, will perform Scottish Renaissance Music incorporating the ‘Inverness Fragments’, composed in the Song School close to St Michael’s Mound (the site of the Church) in 1550. These were only re-discovered in 1973 and have been re-worked into this unique, rarely performed piece of music. More details from Andrew Stevenson on ohssmusic<at>gmail.com
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet on 11 and 25 September between 7 and 8pm in the vestry at St St Stephen’s and will continue fortnightly thereafter. We would welcome new participants in these lively and thought-provoking discussions. Further details from Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com.
HOBBY/CRAFT EVENINGS re-commence on Wednesday 14 September in St Stephen’s Hall at 7.30pm and fortnightly thereafter. Please bring your craft to share with others. If not a crafter, perhaps you would like to learn. Please come along and enjoy the camaraderie. Further details from Margaret McAleer.
AFTERNOON COMMUNION SERVICE Saturday 17 September at 2.30pm at St Stephen’s Church. This short service is open to all, but is especially suitable for those who have difficulty attending our usual morning communion services. Elders will arrange for transport to be provided. Tea will be served after the service in the hall. Further information from Val Cantlay val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com.
SS ORDERS OF SERVICE Could you help folding the orders of service once a month at St Stephen’s? One of our team of folders has had to stop due to work commitments. For more information please contact Katharina Nimmo katharina.nimmo<at>btinternet.com.
OH ORDERS OF SERVICE Ron and Iris Lyon have folded the orders of service for the Old High and ensured that they are available at the service on the Sunday morning for a number of years. They wish to give this up at the end of August and we are most grateful for all their assistance. We now need volunteer(s) who can collect the printed orders of service on a Friday or Saturday, fold them, and ensure they are available for the morning service. If this is something you can help with please contact Christine MacKenzie, christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
OHSS MAGAZINE editor Willie Morrison urgently requires articles and photos for the autumn issue. Please, submit whatever you can, as early as possible by e-mail to willie<at>kenilweb.com. Deadline Friday 16 September, but the earlier the better.
WORD FOR TODAY booklets are available at the doors at both churches.
KIRK SESSION TRAINING The next Kirk Session Safeguarding training session will be held at Inshes Church on Saturday 1 October at 10am till 1pm. Can all Elders who have not been before, please make every effort to attend as this is one of the things looked at in the audit of Safeguarding Practice in our church at the end of each year. To book, please contact Fiona Kelly seankelly12<at>sky.com.
RETIRING OFFERING held at the Summer Songs of Praise at the Old High on Sunday 21 August raised £200 for Christian Aid’s South Sudan Crisis Appeal. Thanks to all who gave. Sandy Cumming sandy.cumming<at>btinternet.com
OTHER NEWS
FRIENDS OF CAMERON HOUSE ANNUAL AFTERNOON TEA with various stalls, on Saturday 24 September 2016 from 2pm-4pm at Green Drive Scout Hall. Come along and enjoy a great afternoon. Admission £3 including Tea/Coffee. Children free (with a paying adult). All donations gratefully received. Tickets available from St Stephen’s (Rae Swan) and Old High (Sheila Macleod). Further information from Rae Swan.
LISTENING TO GOD DAY RETREAT 3 December 10am-3.30pm at The King’s Factory, Smithton, Inverness, led by Steve Aisthorpe (Mission Development Worker) and Grace Penney (National Director, Interserve). An opportunity to re-focus and deepen your devotional life. Cost £15; bring your own lunch. Registration: www.resourcingmission.org.uk/events or Sara Deeks.
SAYING GOODBYE SERVICE on Wednesday 28 September at 7.30pm at St Andrew’s Cathedral, Inverness. We are holding a baby loss support and remembrance service for anyone touched by any form of baby loss, be it in pregnancy, at birth or shortly after. For further information contact Emilie de Bruijn Emilie.de.bruijn<at>sayinggoodbye.org www.sayinggoodbye.org

Sale of the Old High Hall: Congregational Meeting, 13 September 2016

The Congregational Meeting regarding the sale of the Old High Hall has now been rescheduled to Tuesday, 13 September 2016 at 7.30pm in the Old High Church.

The following is the edict which will be read on the two previous Sundays, 4 and 11 September 2016:

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of this congregation will be held in the Old High Church on Tuesday the 13th day of September 2016 at 7.30pm for the purpose of considering the recommendation of the Kirk Session to sell the Old High Hall or to take such other action as the congregation may determine.

For the avoidance of doubt a vote will be taken at this meeting seeking the congregation’s concurrence with the Kirk Session’s recommendation.

By order of the Kirk Session,

Linda Philip,

Session Clerk

Please contact us if you need any further information.

More information about this matter is available here.