Sunday Bulletin got 19 October 2014

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.

OTHER NEWS

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.

ADVANCE NOTICES

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.

Sunday Bulletin for 12 October 2014

WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Today

3pm Broadcast Gaelic Service for Royal National Mod at Old High Church

Led by Rev Norman MacIver

Sunday 19 October

10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11.15 Morning Worship at Old High

Services led by Rev Arthur Sinclair, Pastoral Assistant

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 15-22 October. For urgent pastoral matters, please contact your elder or the Rev Arthur Sinclair,.

ADEN HOUSE CARE HOME There will be a short act of worship at, Annfield Road, on Tuesday 14th October at 2.00pm. Members and friends of the congregation are warmly invited to help and participate in this service led by Rev. Arthur Sinclair. Further details from Jim Alexander.

TEA AND CHAT Everyone is welcome to have a cup of tea and to enjoy some home baking on Thursday 16 October in St Stephen’s Hall from 2.00 – 3.30pm.This is an informal event, organised by the Pastoral Care Team. Come when you can, and enjoy some fellowship with friends. For more details contact Val Cantlay.

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.

HEALING SERVICE There will be a Healing Service in St Stephen’s this afternoon at 4pm- all welcome. Contact Ruth Martin.

HOME GROUP restarts on Wednesday 15 October 7.30-9 pm, fortnightly at Winnie Stafford’s, Cradlehall Park. We start with a prayer, then some discussion followed by a cup of tea. New members would be very welcome. If you would like more information or a lift please contact David Martin or Deborah Macrae.

CROSS REACH CHRISTMAS CATALOGUE are now at the church doors. I know it is still early to be thinking about Christmas, but I would like to be prepared well in advance. By the time I placed the order last year in early November several items were sold out. The calendar this year has exceptional views and costs £4.50. I would to have the forms completed and returned to myself or Sheila MacLeod by 19th October. An order for more than £100 is postage free.For further details please contact Rae Swan 222318.

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.

ORGANIST AND CHOIRMASTER AT OLD HIGH CHURCH We are looking for someone to play the finest organ in the Highlands. Old High St Stephen’s congregation are seeking an organist and choirmaster for the Old High Church, Inverness. The Old High is the original parish church of the city of Inverness. We have a fine Willis organ, beautifully restored in 2010, which is often used for concerts (our new organist can help develop this aspect of our music). We have a small but enthusiastic choir. Our worship is formal, but music is a blend of old and new. Our vision for worship at the Old High is to further develop our tradition of worship by being open to fresh ideas. If you would like to know more, our minister would be happy to speak to you: The Rev Peter W Nimmo

OTHER NEWS

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.

ST JOHN the EVANGELIST CHURCH, Southside Road, Inverness has a prayer group that meets every Friday evening at 7.30pm in the church vestry. All welcome to come along and join together as we pray for the world and all who dwell in it. For more details contact Katrina O’Neill

INVERNESS STREET PASTORS fund-raising coffee morning on Saturday, 18th October at 10.00am to 12.30pm in the Free North Church hall (entry from Church Street gate between New Start and the Clansman Hotel). There will also be a sales table. Entry: £2.50. All are welcome to come and support the work of the Street Pastors.

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 the Minister or see here.

FOR YOUR DIARY: SCOTLAND’S FUTURE NOW 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. See also the Church of Scotland website.

Unexpected guests? Sermon for 12 October 2014

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 12 October 2014: Year A, Proper 23
SERMON
Texts: Isaiah 25:1-9
Matthew 22:1-14

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

The churches in Scotland, in common with churches around Europe, are facing challenges like never before. We are seeing fewer people wanting to join us in our communities of faith. Our influence is decreasing, in the face of enormous cultural changes.

Faced with the challenge of the way faith is changing in our culture great change, religious people are often tempted to go back to their holy books, believing that there they can find precepts which are unchanging and comforting. The idea is that when we are faced with change and challenge, we should go back to scripture to find words of comfort and hope.

Now, there certainly is comfort and hope in the Bible. We just sung the 23rd Psalm, the Lord’s my Shepherd. Who could not take comfort from those words? Even when we go through the valley of the shadow of death, God goes with us. I don’t know about you, but I cling to that idea. It helps me to be grounded in faith, even as I deal with the worst the world can throw at me.

But comfort and hope are not the only messages of the Bible. Continue reading

Sunday Bulletin for 5 October 2014

Minister: The Rev Peter W Nimmo

01463 250802 peternimmo

Pastoral Assistant: The Rev Arthur Sinclair

01463 716 288

www.oldhighststephens.com

www.facebook.com/oldhighststephens

Twitter: @Invernesschurch

Scottish Charity No. SC035073

Visiting or here for the first time? welcome! Please tell us about yourself! Please ask someone on door duty for a contact card so we can keep in touch with you.

Childrenarealwayswelcomeatourservices. At St Stephen’s there are children’s activities in the hall after the Children’s Moment. A Crèche is also available. Please ask those on door duty for more information

Hard of hearing? We have a loop. Set your hearing aid to the T setting.

Recordings of this morning’s service on CD available from Tuesday

from the Olive Grove, Kingsmills, or contact Katharina Nimmo (01463 250 802; katharina.nimmo).

Hospital Visits Please let the Minister know if you are going into hospital or if you know of anyone who is sick in hospital or at home.

WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Tonight

7pm Short Evening Communion Service at St Stephen’s

Next Sunday

10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11.15 Morning Worship at Old High

3pm Gaelic Service for Royal National Mod at Old High

LedbyRevNormanMacIver

SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to Jim Monro: @jimmonro.com 01463 231 172 146 Culduthel Road Inverness IV2 4BQ

The deadline for all items is Wednesday at noon

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION

HARVEST THANKSGIVING Thank you for your donations to Highland Foodbank. If you can, please stay behind after the services to help distribute flowers to elderly and housebound members.

SOUTHSIDECAREHOMEMembers and friends of the congregation are warmly invited to help and participate in the short act of worship at Southside Care Home, this morning, following St Stephen’s church service.

We meet in the transept and, after tea/coffee, leave at 11.15am.

Details from Jim Alexander

TONIGHT: EVENING COMMUNION SERVICE at St Stephen’s, 7pm. At the suggestion of one of our elders, following the service, we will be watching parts of the service of reconciliation following the referendum held at St Giles in Edinburgh, at which the Moderator preached and discussing the issues raised for our faith. More details from the Minister.

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,

HOME GROUP restarts on Wednesday 15th October 7.30-9 pm. We meet fortnightly at Winnie Stafford’s, Cradlehall Park. We start with a prayer, then some discussion followed by a cup of tea. New members would be very welcome. If you would like more information or a lift please contact David Martin or Deborah Macrae

CROSS REACH CHRISTMAS CATALOGUE are now at the church doors. I know it is still early to be thinking about Christmas, but I would like to be prepared well in advance. By the time I placed the order last year in early November several items were sold out. The calendar this year has exceptional views and costs £4.50. I would to have the forms completed and returned to myself or Sheila MacLeod by 19th October. An order for more than £100 is postage free.For further details please contact Rae Swan

BRIDGE EVENING at St Stephen’s, Friday 24 October, 7pm. Tickets £7.50 from Margaret MacTeer, Christina Cameron and Diana Fraser

ORGANIST AND CHOIRMASTER AT OLD HIGH CHURCH

We are looking for someone to play the finest organ in the Highlands

Old High St Stephen’s congregation are seeking an organist and choirmaster for the Old High Church, Inverness. The Old High is the original parish church of the city of Inverness. We have a fine Willis organ, beautifully restored in 2010, which is often used for concerts (our new organist can help develop this aspect of our music). We have a small but enthusiastic choir. Our worship is formal, but music is a blend of old and new. Our vision for worship at the Old High is to further develop our tradition of worship by being open to fresh ideas.

If you would like to know more, our minister would be happy to speak to you:

The Rev Peter W Nimmo

OTHER NEWS

FRIENDS OF CAMERON HOUSE would like to thank all who made the Afternoon Tea last Saturday such a success, raising £1464.

ADVANCE NOTICES (more than 4 weeks)

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

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 or contact the Minister. Cost £15.

FOR YOUR DIARY: SCOTLAND’S FUTURE NOW 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.

Sunday Bulletin for 28 September 2014

 WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Sunday 5 October 2014

10am All-Age Harvest Thanksgiving at St Stephen’s

11.15 Harvest Thanksgiving at Old High

7pm Short Evening Communion Service at St Stephen’s
with discussion of the Moderator’s service of reconciliation to follow Continue reading

After the referendum- time to reflect this Sunday

Reconciliation ServiceJoin us this Sunday at Stephen’s as we watch and discuss the service of reconciliation which took place at St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh, on the Sunday following the Scottish independence referendum.

The ‘service reflecting shared values and common purpose’ was the idea of the Moderator of the General Assembly, the Rt Rev John Chalmers, who also preached the sermon at the service.

During his sermon, the Moderator said,

Post referendum there are those who are elated or at least relieved, and there are those who are desperately disappointed, “gutted” – is the description that I have frequently heard. Feelings like these will take time to heal and I want no one to think that I think that there is a quick fix or an easy “dusting down”. For some, this referendum has been about national identity; for us all it has been about self-identity and that is about as close to the soul as it gets. So recovery and healing is a soul searching matter and for me, that is a deeply spiritual matter – so no quick fix. Instead, it will take a force of magnanimity and graciousness to restore equilibrium to both nation and individuals.

On Sunday night at St Stephen’s. we will be watching highlights of the service, and having some discussion about whether there is a need for reconciliation after the referendum, and where country goes from here.

More about the St Giles’ service here.

The discussion at St Stephen’s will follow a short evening communion service, to which anyone is welcome.

The service begins at 7pm, and the film and discussion starts at 7.30pm. People are welcome to come to either or both events.

The Moderator will be hosting a nationwide discussion on 5 November  about the aftermath of the referendum, ‘Scotland’s Future Now’. The venue in Inverness will be Crown Church. More details to follow.

Concert this Saturday: Richard Steele plays the historic Old High Willis organ

Richard Steele
Respected organist Richard Steele returns for a third time to play a concert on the historic Willis organ at the Old High Church this coming Saturday.

He’ll play music by J S Bach, Mendelssohn, Stanford and Vierne.

Download the programme here.

The recital is part of the 150th anniversary of the Royal College of Organists and donations will go to the RCO Anniversary Appeal.

To receive information about music at Old High St Stephen’s, email ohssmusic@gmail.com .

Old High music 2014

Click here for more information about the lunchtime concerts at the Old High Church

Download the event poster here.

Richard Steele studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London University and Cambridge University.

After a teaching career which started in Edinburgh, he took a Master’s degree in Arts Administration at City University.

From 1988 Richard was Executive Director of the Society for the Promotion of New Music. Appointed Executive Director at the British Association of Concert Agents in 1994, he became the first Executive Director of the International Artist Managers’ Association in January 1996.

Director of Resources and then Artistic Policy at the Royal College of Music between 2002 and 2010, he is currently a trustee of the Gemini ensemble and the Kirckman Concert Society.

A Fellow of the RCO, he has given solo recitals throughout the UK, including St Paul’s, Ripon, Southwark and Lincoln Cathedrals, and accompanied choirs in many choral concerts, including the Brahms Requiem under Sir David Willcocks.

He is delighted to be giving another recital on the Old High organ.

With the 150 for 150 Recital Challenge, the Royal College of Organists (RCO) is celebrating its 150th anniversary by uniting organists across the country and internationally in a spectacular year-long celebratory recital series of at least 150 concerts.

Throughout 2014 the RCO will be celebrating 150 years of working for the advancement of this fine tradition. Through this recital, and other events like it, we hope that we can share our celebrations with everyone plays the organ, directs or sings in a choir, or simply enjoys the music.

More information here about the Royal College of Organists and its 150th anniversary celebrations

 

Organist and choir director sought for Old High Church

We are currently searching for a new organist and choir director for the Old High Church.

Here is the advert and the job description for the post.

ORGANIST AND CHOIR DIRECTOR AT OLD HIGH CHURCH, INVERNESS

We are looking for someone to play the finest organ in the Highlands

Old High St Stephen’s congregation are seeking an organist and choir director for the Old High Church, Inverness.

The Old High is the original parish church of the city of Inverness. We have a fine Willis organ, beautifully restored in 2010, which is often used for concerts (our new organist can help develop this aspect of our music).

We have a small but enthusiastic choir. Our worship is formal, but music is a blend of old and new.

Our vision for worship at the Old High is to further develop our tradition of formal worship whilst being open to fresh ideas.

If you would like to know more, our minister would be happy to speak to you: The Rev Peter W Nimmo 01463 250 802 peternimmo@minister.com

ORGANIST AND CHOIR DIRECTOR
The Old High Church, Church Street, Inverness
Job Description

Old High St Stephen’s is a congregation of the Church of Scotland with two places of worship: the Old High in the city centre and St Stephen’s in Southside Road. They have shared a minister since 1975, but have been an united congregation for more than ten years under a single Kirk Session, using historic churches as places of worship.

Church services are held every Sunday at 11.15am in the Old High, except for a small number of ‘congregational services’ when only one service is held that morning in one of our buildings. On these Sundays, the two choirs combine to lead the praise.

The Old High Church is on a site that goes back to Celtic times. Although there are some mediaeval parts of the building, today’s distinctive sanctuary dates from the 18th century.

It is a venue for significant civic and community occasions, such as the recent World War I Commemoration, and the annual Kirking of the Council.

The fine two-manual and pedal Willis organ was beautifully restored to its original condition in 2010, and there is a small enthusiastic SATB choir.

Duties would include:
• Leading worship with the organ and the choir at Sunday services and other services set by the Kirk Session.
• Developing the musical life of the choir and congregation, including the introduction of new choir repertoire and hymns.
• Leading regular choir practices.
• Helping to develop the concerts and other musical activities at the Old High.
• Playing for weddings and funerals (if available).
• Developing the important musical link with St Stephen’s.
• It is hoped the successful applicant might participate in the Worship Action Team.

Qualifications should include:
• A sound organ technique.
• Ability to lead a choir and bring out the musical talents of the congregation.
• Knowledge of, and a sympathetic and sensitive approach to, church music, worship and the Christian faith.

There will be a contract of employment based on the Church of Scotland’s standard organist contract.

This post requires PVG clearance.

Salary will be based on the SFO recommended salary scale.

For more information, please contact:

Rev Peter W Nimmo
Telephone 01463 250 802
Email: peternimmo(a)minister.com (replace (a) with @)

or the secretary to the selection committee, Mrs Margaret Sutherland (Depute Session Clerk), telephone 01463 235 324.

Applications should be sent to Mr Nimmo. Click here to go a page from which you can download an application form (in case of difficulties, we can send you a paper copy by post).

If you wish, you may also send us a CV.

Applications should be accompanied by details of two referees.

The closing date for applications is 10 November 2014.

 

Paradoxical freedom: sermon for 29 September 2014 (St Stephen’s communion)

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 28 September 2014

SERMON
Texts:  Romans 12:9-21
Matthew 16:21-28

Paradoxical freedom

A few years ago, former Pope Benedict XIV, pondering why is Christianity is so unpopular in Europe today, said that he thought many people were put off Christianity because they think that, he said, that ‘Christianity is composed of laws and bans which one has to keep’ which is ‘something toilsome and cumbersome’ I didn’t often agree with Benedict, but I think he was right that time. Many people do think that Christianity- in its Catholic or Protestant forms- is cumbersome. I happen to believe that believing in Christ sets us free. But that is not always how it is seen. Continue reading