OHSS Sunday Bulletin 11 March 2018

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 18 March 2018:  Fifth Sunday of Lent
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
CHRISTIAN AID are holding a celebratory musical evening in Inverness Cathedral on Tuesday 15 March at 7.30m featuring our own St Stephen’s Choir, Inverness Hand Bells Group and other local choirs. All welcome. Donations to
‘Mothers in Malawi’. Details from Alastair Owens af.owens3<at>gmail.com
OLD HIGH MUSIC on Saturday 17 March at 12 noon. Robin is bringing together, for the first time, 2 groups of musicians whom he conducts. Along with guest soloists, the Ness Sinfonia and the Inverness Singers will perform Schubert’s Mass in G Major, with an accompanying programme of Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture, Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus and a cello arrangement of Peter Maxwell Davies’ Farewell to Stromness. Andrew Stevenson  stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
90KG RICE CHALLENGE As part of Fairtrade fortnight (26 February to 11 March), Kilombero Malawian rice will be available for sale over the next few weeks. The proceeds of the sale of 90kg is equivalent to one year of secondary school fees in this sub-Saharan African country. White and Brown rice available £3 per bag. Contact Andy Pyott  or Winnie Stafford  for more details.
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, with music from the Old High Choir
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 is meeting in St Stephen’s vestry every week during Lent. A 6-week study programme has been identified, which provides a Biblical focus on migration, and the particular challenge this issue presents us in Europe in our own time. We hope this will prove a thought-provoking theme for reflection and conversation during this special time in the Christian Year. New hearts and minds joining in would be most welcome. For details about the study material please contact Andrew Stevenson on at stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
HIGHLAND FOODBANK During the month of March the Foodbank would be grateful for donations of Tins of corned beef, Tins of mince/stew, Cartons of long life juice, tins of ham (small). Please bring these to Church and leave in the Food boxes provided. Thank you! Bill Guthrie williamguthrie<at>googlemail.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 starting Friday 16 February. 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 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.
OHSS MAGAZINE CONTRIBUTIONS Willie Morrison urgently requires articles and photos for the March issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, by e-mail to willie<at>kenilweb.com. Deadline Friday 16 March.
CROSSREACH Latest newsletter and prayer diary (Feb/May) available at church doors. Rae Swan.
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.
KIRK SESSION meets on 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
VISITING SERVICE FOR THE NORTH OF SCOTLAND Can you give up one hour a week to befriend an older, isolated or lonely person? This can be an all-win situation, as rewarding for the volunteers as it is enjoyable for the recipients. If you are interested, please write to the Visiting Service, 28 Culloden Road, Balloch, Inverness IV2 7HQ or contact Alan Michael 984 or alan<at>friendship-services.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. The Winner will receive a certificate and a supply of their winning design as printed Christmas Cards. Full details at http://www.crossreach.org.uk/christmascard-competition-2018 or alan<at>friendship-services.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 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. The Winner will receive a certificate and a supply of their winning design as printed Christmas Cards. Full details at http://www.crossreach.org.uk/christmascard-competition-2018

Sunday Bulletin 3 December 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Sunday 10 December 2017: Second Sunday of Advent

10am: Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION

PASTORAL CARE Peter, or the Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.

THE SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet every Sunday through Advent (considering the section of Woodhouse’s book entitled Prayer), responding to the call at the recent Congregational Retreat to reflect prayerfully on what we may be being asked to do in 2018 and beyond. If anyone would like to join us, even intermittently, contact Andrew Stevenson.

FOOD FOR FAMILIES Following yet another successful year of the Food for Families project, Ann and David Sutherland have extended their generosity to provide the mince for the Food for Families project once again. Local suppliers provide other donations. Last year the project provided 3,057 meals, which was a fantastic effort from all the teams involved, and be assured all meals were gratefully received by individuals and families who were in need. We hope to maintain the number of meals delivered this year. Over the six years of providing this service we have all helped to provide 15,709 meals! This year we are making vegetable soup for week commencing 4 December and macaroni for week commencing 8 January. All ingredients are supplied. Contact Christine MacKenzie.

HIGHLAND FOODBANK To try to make Christmas a little more bearable for those who need to use the Foodbank over the festive period you are asked to donate any long life hard goods, tinned items or biscuits during the month of December. These will be very much appreciated by those who find themselves in need over Christmas. Thank you.

ST STEPHEN’S GIVING TREE is available again today and there are still nearly 40 gift labels (out of 104 on offer). Gifts will be distributed to Beechwood, Cale House, Manna House, Mackenzie Centre, Hilton Village (Social Work), Porterfield Prisoners’ Children & Barnardo’s Springboard (toiletries for vulnerable youngsters aged 16 to 20. Please choose a tag from the Giving Tree and return the red bow for future use. Please wrap your gifts, attaching the label for identification and return them on 10 December for delivery by 15 December. More information from Cliff Sim.

THE OLD HIGH GIVING TREE will be in the East Corridor from Sunday 3 December. We are providing gifts for the homeless people in the area and suggested donations include gloves, socks, scarves, pants or warm hats. A little extra such as a Mars bar or some sweets would be a nice surprise. Gateway have advised that at present 15 ladies and 20 gentlemen are homeless but additional gifts would be appreciated for unexpected situations. Wrapped gifts should be returned by Sunday 17 December. Sheila MacLeod or Diana Fraser.

OLD HIGH FLOWER LIST 2018 This is now being prepared and there are just a few spaces available. If you would like to add your name to the list please contact Sally McCubbin.

CAMERON HOUSE The retiring offerings held in August, September, October and November raised the magnificent sum of £850 for Cameron House. Sincere thanks for such a generous response. Sandy Cumming, Treasurer.

CRAFT EVENING in St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm on Wednesday 6 December. Please 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 provided. Enquiries from Margaret McAleer.

CHRISTMAS FAYRE The Social & Fundraising Action Team would like to say a big Thank You to all who contributed/helped on the day, and to those who braved the weather to come along and support us. To date we have raised approximately £800. Margaret McAleer.

OLD HIGH TEA will be served after the service today. All welcome.

FUNDRAISING BAKE SALE By popular request Anna Kelly is going to hold another bake sale as part of her fundraising for her year in Nepal on 17 December after the service at St Stephens. It will have a festive theme with tablet on sale too. She looks forward to seeing you there. Fiona Kelly.

OHSS MAGAZINE Magazine distributors can collect their bundles next Sunday 10 December. Jennifer Morrison.

CROSSREACH CATALOGUES are available at the church doors. There is a good selection of cards and wrapping paper. Rae Swan.

OLD HIGH MUSIC Final recital for 2017 on Saturday 9 December at 12 noon: theTuradh Duo. Emma Donald (violin) and Isabel Pendlebury (clarsach) met when they were studying music in Edinburgh and Strathclyde Universities. Since returning to the Highlands they have established a fine reputation for their original interpretations and arrangements from the Scottish Folk Music Tradition. A relaxed hour of music, followed by seasonal refreshments and the chance to give feedback on this year’s music and hear about the programme for 2018. Andrew Stevenson.

GOING FORWARD SURVEY AND CONGREGATIONAL RETREAT We are very sorry that those who attended the Congregational Retreat on 4 November did not get the chance to discuss the Community Survey by Kerrera Wilson and the proposals for outreach projects. As we did promise that that would happen, we propose to hold another, shorter meeting solely for the congregation to give feedback on the proposals. This will take place on the morning of Saturday 20 January 2018- please keep your diary free! The report and proposals are available on our website http://oldhighststephens.com/going-forward-survey-report/.

SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator. Pat is on Annual Leave from Tuesday 5 December to Friday 15 December. Items for the 3, 10 and 17 December bulletins were requested by Wednesday 29 November at 12 noon.

OTHER NEWS

ON CHRISTMAS NIGHT Wednesday 6 December at 7.30pm, Crown Church. The Inverness Singers, conducted by Robin Versteeg, with guest soloist, Alison Young, mezzo soprano present a programme of nocturnal carols to celebrate the peace and wonder of the festive season. (Parking in the Crown School playground). Admission by programme (Adults £8, Children/Students £4); Margaret Young, at the Music Shop, Church Street, or at the door on the night.

VOCATIONS INFORMATION DAY Saturday 10 February 2018 at The Conforti Institute, Coatbridge. Follows the great success of our launch of the Tomorrow’s Calling campaign in 2015. For those with an interest in Ministry of Word and Sacrament, Diaconal Ministry or Readership but as a much wider exploration of the ministry of the whole people of God; compulsory for potential candidates for ministry. For more information, speak to the Minister.

Sunday Bulletin 19 November 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Tonight
6.30pm Ding Dong Merrily Old High
Carol Service for the Inverness Christmas Lights Switch-On at the Old High
led by the Minister
Sunday 26 November 2017: Christ the King Sunday
10am: Congregational Communion Service at St Stephen’s
led by the Minister
(NB No service at Old High)
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
DING DONG MERRILY OLD HIGH this evening 6.30pm at Old High. This family-friendly carol service following the Christmas Lights Switch on brings hundreds of families into church to hear the Christmas story. Please do bring along your families. Also, we need people to help lead the singing (nothing you don’t know!), so feel free to join the choir on the night. Details from Peter, or see http://www.invernessfestivals.com/winter08/blog/index.php
OUR MINISTER is now fully returned to work. We are very grateful to the Rev Alastair Younger for acting as our Interim Moderator, and thank him and Pat warmly!
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or the Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
TODAY’S SERVICE AT ST STEPHEN’S will be led by the Worship Group.
THE SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will not meet tonight since members will be attending the Old High Service. From 26 November the group will meet every Sunday through Advent (considering the section of Woodhouse’s book entitled Prayer), responding to the call at the recent Congregational Retreat to reflect prayerfully on what we may be being asked to do in 2018 and beyond. If anyone would like to join us, even intermittently, let Andrew Stevenson know stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com for reading material in advance.
CHRISTMAS FAYRE Saturday 25 November, St Stephen’s 10am-12 noon. Tickets £3. Tea/coffee & mince pie/shortbread. Donations for Auction, Gift Stall, Baking, and Raffles appreciated. Please start thinking about this now! Donations apart from Baking will be accepted 18/19 November or bring along to Church Margaret McAleer at St Stephen’s or Kate Leckie at Old High.
CRAFT EVENING in St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm on Wednesday 22 November. Please 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 provided. Enquiries from Margaret McAleer.
CONGREGATIONAL COMMUNION We will celebrate the Sacrament together at St Stephen’s next Sunday 26 November. All welcome at the Lord’s Table. Retiring Offering for Cameron House. No service at Old High. Linda Philip lindajphilip<at>hotmail.com.
FOOD FOR FAMILIES Following yet another successful year of the Food for Families project, Ann and David Sutherland have extended their generosity to provide the mince for the Food for Families project once again. Local suppliers provide other donations. Last year the project provided 3,057 meals, which was a fantastic effort from all the teams involved, and be assured all meals were gratefully received by individuals and families who were in need. We hope to maintain the number of meals delivered this year. Over the six years of providing this service we have all helped to provide 15,709 meals! This year we are making vegetable soup for week commencing 4 December and macaroni for week commencing 8 January. All ingredients are supplied- if you would like to help please contact Christine MacKenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
ST STEPHEN’S GIVING TREE will be available on 26 November (Joint Service) and 3 December so we ask for a thought to be given to those who sadly may not get any sort of small gift at Christmas. Please feel free to take one or more labels. Contact Cliff Sim  cliffsim<at>btinternet.com.
THE OLD HIGH GIVING TREE will be in the East Corridor from Sunday 3 December. We are providing gifts for the homeless people in the area and suggested donations include gloves, socks, scarves, pants or warm hats. A little extra such as a Mars bar or some sweets would be a nice surprise. Gateway have advised that at present 15 ladies and 20 gentlemen are homeless but additional gifts would be appreciated for unexpected situations. Wrapped gifts should be returned by Sunday 17 December. For further information please contact Sheila MacLeod macloshei<at>aol.com or Diana Fraser
CROSSREACH CATALOGUES are available at the church doors. There is a good selection of cards and wrapping paper. Contact Rae Swan.
OHSS MAGAZINE Willie Morrison requires articles and photos for the December issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, by e-mail to willie<at>kenilweb.com. Deadline is Friday 1 December.
OLD HIGH MUSIC Final recital for 2017 on Saturday 10 December at 12 noon: theTuradh Duo. Emma Donald (violin) and Isabel Pendlebury (clarsach) met when they were studying music in Edinburgh and Strathclyde Universities. Since returning to the Highlands they have established a fine reputation for their original interpretations and arrangements from the Scottish Folk Music Tradition. A relaxed hour of music, followed by seasonal refreshments and the chance to give feedback on this year’s music and hear about the programme for 2018. Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com.
GOING FORWARD SURVEY AND CONGREGATIONAL RETREAT We are very sorry that those who attended the Congregational Retreat on 4 November did not get the chance to discuss the Community Survey by Kerrera Wilson and the proposals for outreach projects. As we did promise that that would happen, we propose to hold another, shorter meeting solely for the congregation to give feedback on the proposals. This will take place on the morning of Saturday 20 January 2018- please keep your diary free! The report and proposals are available on our website http://oldhighststephens.com/going-forward-survey-report/. If you would like paper copies, please contact our Church Administrator. Linda Philip, Session Clerk.
OTHER NEWS
FAITH, BELIEF AND MENTAL HEALTH A Day for reflection and connection Thursday 30 November 2017, 10.30am-3.30pm, Inshes Church, Inverness. Speakers: Rev Iain Macritchie Mental Health Care Chaplain; Rev Fiona Smith on Faith Communities & Mental Health Care; Michael Perera Mental Health Services Manager. Light lunch provided. To attend, contact Raigmore Chaplaincy:  lorna.sculthorpe-goode<at>nhs.net
CHURCH OF SCOTLAND NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER ‘A call to pray that God would do a fresh work amongst His people.’ As a Presbytery, we will respond to this call on Saturday 25 November, when congregations and presbyteries across the Church of Scotland will be gathering on this national day to pray. 9.30-10.30am for prayer at Kinmylies Church, with coffee served at 10.30am. Trevor Hunt Inverness<at>churchofscotland.org.uk
VOCATIONS INFORMATION DAY Saturday 10 February 2018 at The Conforti Institute, Coatbridge. Follows the great success of our launch of the Tomorrow’s Calling campaign in 2015. For those with an interest in Ministry of Word and Sacrament, Diaconal Ministry or Readership but as a much wider exploration of the ministry of the whole people of God; compulsory for potential candidates for ministry. For more information, speak to the Minister.
BLYTHSWOOD VACANCIES Retail Administrator – Fixed term 6 months, Evanton (30 to 37.5 hours/week). Warehouse Person/Driver, Evanton (37.5 hours/week). Shop Warehouse Person (Casual), Harbour Road Shop (~ 21 hours over 3 days). Closing date Friday 24 November 2017.  Barbara Grace personnel<at>blythswood.org for information
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.

Sunday Bulletin 8 October 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 15 October 2017: The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
10 am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 Morning Worship at the Old High
Both services led by Stewart Robertson
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
OUR MINISTER is on a phased return to work and undertaking limited duties. The Rev Alastair Younger continues as our INTERIM MODERATOR. PASTORAL CARE continues to be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, who should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
HEALING SERVICE at St. Stephen’s, 4pm this afternoon- all are invited. Contact Ruth Martin
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP tonight at 7pm at St Stephen’s. Continuing our exploration of “Life in the Psalms” by Patrick Woodhouse. All welcome at these discussions! Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
CRAFT EVENINGS (every second Wednesday in St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm). Next meeting Wednesday 11 October. Please 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 provided. Enquiries from Margaret McAleer.
FROM SALON TO DRAWING ROOM Saturday 28 October, 7pm, Old High Church Hall. Join Robin Versteeg and friends for an evening of French and Scottish Chamber Music, raising funds of the Friends of the Old High Church. Tickets £12.50 including wine & canapes. Tickets & info from Christina Cameron christinajcameron6<at>gmail.com.
AUTUMN CHURCH WALK on Sunday 29 October. A straightforward short circular walk from the old fishing village of Avoch. The walk visits Ormond Castle – once an important medieval stronghold but later completely destroyed by Oliver Cromwell. Today the green mound offers excellent views back to the village and across the bay. Meet at St Stephen’s church for car share at 1.30pm, or 2pm at parking on the seafront at the southern end of Avoch. Cuppa at Munro’s nurseries at Bogallan at 3.30 pm. Contact Deborah Macrae.
ST STEPHEN’S HARVEST FESTIVAL FLOWERS Many many thanks to Pam, Jill, Jaye and Marslaidh who joined me in doing the flowers for Harvest Festival last week. You all worked so hard to make the church look splendid. There were many compliments from the congregation which makes our enjoyment of doing the flowers so worthwhile. We are now busy planning Christmas! Annette Stoker.
OLD HIGH HARVEST FESTIVAL FLOWERS thanks also to Sally McCubbin and her team. As well as the church decorations, the posies for members and friends were also much appreciated- Peter.
BLYTHSWOOD SHOE BOX APPEAL Leaflets are available at church doors. Filled boxes to be returned by 3 November. Academy Street shop will accept. Thanks. Rae Swan.
CROSSREACH £1 COIN BOXES The Church of Scotland social care agency has produced money boxes to collect old £1 coins which go out of circulation on 15 October. If you have any of these coins around the house please bring them to Church and donate them to this worthwhile cause. Val Cantlay  val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com.
OTHER NEWS
CAMERON HOUSE AFTERNOON TEA on 30 September raised £2,059. Many thanks to all who contributed in any way. Rae Swan
‘BACK TO CHURCH SUNDAY’ ROADSHOW on Wednesday 25 October 2017 from 1-3pm at Inshes Church, Inshes Retail Park, Sir Walter Scott Drive, Inverness. The purpose of the Roadshow is to provide ideas and inspiration for church members to develop a culture of inviting people to come to church, in advance of the National Weekend of Invitation in June 2018. The event is free but registration is required at https://www.resourcingmission.org.uk/weekend-invitation-roadshows-23-26-October or contact Linda Philip
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Due to holidays the deadline for the Sunday Bulletins for 8 and 15 October is Wednesday 4 October at 12 noon.

Sunday Bulletin 1 October 2017

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 8 October 2017: Harvest Thanksgiving
10 am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 Morning Worship at the Old High
Both services led by Rev Andrew Lyon
OUR MINISTER is on a phased return to work and undertaking limited duties. The Rev Alastair Younger continues as our INTERIM MODERATOR. PASTORAL CARE continues to be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, who should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
TEA AFTER THE SERVICE at Old High, as well as St Stephen’s, this morning!
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP next Sunday 8 October at 7pm at St Stephen’s. Continuing our exploration of “Life in the Psalms” by Patrick Woodhouse. All welcome at these discussions! Andrew Stevenson stevenson.atabtinternet.com
HARVEST GIFTS Thank you to all who brought donations of food for the Highland Foodbank. After our services we also deliver house plants and flowers to the elderly and housebound in our congregation. The Pastoral Care Team would be grateful if YOU could help to deliver these. Please collect a plant or a bunch of flowers after the service. Thank you.
OLD HIGH MUSIC Saturday 7 October 12 noon. Third and last organ recital in 2017. Kevin Duggan, Organist and Director of Music at Dunblane Cathedral, performing music by J S Bach and H Purcell, and short 20th century French organ compositions. As part of the Inverness Area celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, he will conclude with improvisations on Lutheran Chorales. This promises to be a splendid finale to this year’s organ recitals. Andrew Stevenson stevenson.atabtinternet.com
FROM SALON TO DRAWING ROOM Saturday 28 October, 7pm, Old High Church Hall. Join Robin Versteeg and friends for an evening of French and Scottish Chamber Music, raising funds of the Friends of the Old High Church. Tickets £12.50 including wine & canapes. Tickets & info from Christina Cameron christinajcameron6gmail.com.
CROSSREACH £1 COIN BOXES The Church of Scotland social care agency has produced money boxes to collect old £1 coins which go out of circulation on 15 October. If you have any of these coins around the house please bring them to Church and donate them to this worthwhile cause. Val Cantlay val.cantlaybtinternet.com.
SUNDAY ORDERS OF SERVICE are now published online on Thursday or Friday- take a sneak peek at Sunday’s readings and hymns!
SOUTHSIDE NURSING HOME There will be a short service, led by Iain Todd, 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. We still also seek members willing to lead these services on a rota basis. Contact Janet Robertson janetnfraserbtinternet.com
OTHER NEWS
THE ALPHA COURSE in the Olive Grove at 7 pm for the next nine Mondays. A fresh and contemporary way of thinking through some of the basics of Christian faith. Do invite people! Contact Crown Church.
LEPROSY MISSION COFFEE MORNING Saturday 7 October 2017 at Free North Church Hall. As OHSS are running the Bring and Buy stall, donations of bric-à-brac appreciated. Ruth Martin.
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurchgmail.com. Due to holidays the deadline for the Sunday Bulletins for 8 and 15 October is Wednesday 4 October at 12 noon. Please keep items brief, and give a contact phone number and email.

The Great Reversal: a sermon for Harvest Thanksgiving 1 October 2017

Scripture Readings: Exodus 16:2-15

Matthew 20:1-16

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

Two stories. The first, from a man who makes his living growing our food.

frank-zulu-pigeon-pea-field-thumbFor Frank Zulu of Chithumbwi village, Malawi, abundant life is in part denied because the rain is no longer reliable. He says: ‘Sometimes it rains heavily and washes seeds away and then it suddenly stops; sometimes it rains very late so our seeds die in the ground; sometimes it doesn’t rain at all.’

The consequences for the maize harvest, and therefore communities, is devastating. Frank says: ‘In Malawi, when we say somebody is hungry, we mean they don’t have maize. When the maize is not in harvest or there are shortages, people starve.’

With support from Christian Aid partner Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM), Frank has diversified his crops to include sweet potatoes and pigeon peas, which are better able to survive low rainfalls… However, even with a successful harvest of pigeon peas, the poor market prices for individual farmers prevent Frank and his family from getting a good price for his crops…

Frank and his community [often experiences corruption] at the farm gate where he sells the pigeon pea crop to traders. Often, these middlemen use illegal buying scales and exploit individual farmers. These ruthless tactics have the effect of driving prices right down. For Frank, this is a disaster: ‘Even though I am growing more pigeon peas than ever, my life is miserable because of the low prices offered by the traders. The money is not enough to feed my family or pay school fees for my four children’.[1]

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Sunday Bulletin 17 September 2017

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 24 September 2017: The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
10 am Sacrament of Communion at St Stephen’s
Led by the Minister
11.15 Morning Worship at the Old High
led by Rev Alastair Younger
OUR MINISTER is on a phased return to work and undertaking limited duties. The Rev Alastair Younger continues as our INTERIM MODERATOR. PASTORAL CARE continues to be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, who should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
BARNABAS MUSICAL: A lively Christian musical by Roger Jones, performed by Christian Music Ministries and four local church choirs, including our own two choirs, this evening at 7 pm at St Stephen’s. Tickets from any choir member, Profits to Christian Aid. Contact Katharina Nimmo (katharina.nimmo<at>btinternet.com).
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP on Sunday 24 September at 7pm in St Stephen’s vestry, then fortnightly thereafter. Continuing our exploration of “Life in the Psalms” by Patrick Woodhouse, we shall be starting a new section entitled ‘Wonder’, reflecting on the vast beauty of this mysterious universe, God’s purpose for it, our place within it and our responsibility for its care. All welcome at these discussions! Contact Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
AFTERNOON COMMUNION SERVICE at St Stephen’s Church at 2.30pm on Saturday 23 September, followed by tea. All welcome, especially those who can’t usually get to church. Would elders please collect invitations from the Vestry after this service. Val Cantley val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at St Stephen’s on Sunday 24 September. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. Retiring Offering will be in aid of Cameron House. Linda Philip lindajphilip<at>hotmail.com.
OHSS MAGAZINE The magazine will be available for distributors to collect on Sunday 24 September. Jennifer Morrison jennifersutherlandmorrison<at>gmail.com
CROSSREACH £1 COIN BOXES The Church of Scotland social care agency has produced money boxes to collect old £1 coins which go out of circulation on 15 October. If you have any of these coins around the house please bring them to Church and donate them to this worthwhile cause. Val Cantley val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com
HARVEST APPEAL We will support the Highland Foodbank at our Harvest Thanksgiving Services on Sunday 1 October. Our congregation has been asked to donate: Tins of Ham, UHT Milk, Tins of Potatoes, Tins of Fruit, Packets of Biscuits and Shower Gel. Please bring any of these items along to Church. “Bags for Life” would also be much appreciated. Val Cantlay (01463 231298) val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com. The Old High Church will be open from 10am to 12 noon if members wish to donate flowers, plants or items for the Food Bank. Please contact Sally McCubbin.
WORD FOR TODAY (Aug-Oct) and CROSSREACH newsletter and prayer diary now available at the church doors.
SUNDAY ORDERS OF SERVICE are now published online on Thursday or Friday- take a sneak peek at Sunday’s readings and hymns!
OTHER NEWS
CAMERON HOUSE annual fundraising Afternoon Tea: Saturday 30 September, from 2pm-4pm, in the Scout Hall, Green Drive (off Culduthel Road). Baking and Produce stalls. All donations gratefully received. Tickets (£3) from Rae Swan and Val Cantlay. Children free, when accompanied by an adult.
SPONSORED HILLWALK FOR INVERNESS STREET PASTORS Saturday 21 October 2017. Hill of Cullen, Ben Aigan and Ben Rinnes, climbing 986m and walking 16km. Join us for all 3 hills or just one, make it your own challenge! Details: Robyn Teago robyn<at>loveinverness.org or create your own sponsorship page at https://tinyurl.com/3hillchallenge
LEPROSY MISSION COFFEE MORNING Saturday 7 October 2017 at Free North Church Hall. As OHSS are running the Bring and Buy stall, donations of bric-à-brac appreciated. Ruth Martin.
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items brief, and give a contact phone number and email.

Sunday Bulletin 27 August 2017

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 3 September 2017: The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 Morning Worship at the Old High
led by the The Rev Alastair Younger
SUNDAY ORDERS OF SERVICE are now published online on Thursday or Friday- take a sneak peek at Sunday’s readings and hymns!
OUR MINISTER is on a phased return to work and undertaking very limited duties. The Rev Alastair Younger continues as our INTERIM MODERATOR. PASTORAL CARE continues to be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, who should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at the Old High today. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. The Retiring Offering will be in aid of the Church of Scotland’s care home in our parish, Cameron House.
KIRKING OF THE COUNCIL Sunday 10 September at 11.15am at the Old High – all welcome! This is one of the most important events our congregation offers to the community, and deserves the enthusiastic support of us all. As always, this is a Congregational Service, with no service at St Stephen’s so that we can all take part.
BARNABAS SERVICE AT ST STEPHEN’S on Sunday 17 September. This will be a Congregational Service so there will be no service at the Old High that day.
OLD HIGH ST STEPHEN’S CHURCH SUMMER WALK Sunday today at the Inverarnie Esker trail, Littlemill (3 mile walk). Meet at Littlemill Forestry Car Park at 1.30pm; Cuppa at The Dairy at 3.30pm. For lifts or car share meet at St Stephen’s car park at 1pm. Details/queries Deborah Macrae.
HIGHLAND DOORS OPEN DAY Saturday 2 September. Both OH and SS will be open on that day (OH from 10am to 4pm; SS from 1030am to 4pm). Rena Beaton will play the organ at Old High from 11.30-12.20.This is always a good opportunity for locals (and holidaymakers) to see our Churches. We need people to welcome visitors especially between 2 and 4pm at the Old High. If you are able to help please contact Sheila MacLeod (macloshei<at>aol.com) for OH or Jim Alexander jbdalex<at>yahoo.com) for SS.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP resumes at 7pm this evening in St Stephen’s vestry, then on Sunday 10 September, fortnightly thereafter. Continuing our exploration of “Life in the Psalms” by Patrick Woodhouse, we shall be starting a new section entitled ‘Wonder’, reflecting on the vast beauty of this mysterious universe, God’s purpose for it, our place within it and our responsibility for its care. All welcome at these discussions! Contact Andrew Stevenson stevenson.atabtinternet.com
OLD HIGH MUSIC The next recital is at midday on Saturday 9 September when we have a return visit from Voiceworks, a chamber choir from Easter Ross, who are now being conducted by Chris Josie. Some of you may remember the delightful performance they gave in 2015. More details about what they are proposing to sing will be available nearer the time. Andrew Stevenson: stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com.
CHURCH MAGAZINE Our Editor urgently requires articles and photos for the September issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, by e-mail to willie<at>kenilweb.com. Deadline: Friday 15 September.
BARNABAS MUSICAL: A lively Christian musical about the biblical figure of Barnabas by Roger Jones will be performed by Christian Music Ministries and four local church choirs, including our own two choirs, on Sunday 17 September, 7 pm at St Stephen’s Church. Get your free tickets from any choir member. Donations can be given at the door. Profits to Christian Aid. For more information contact Katharina Nimmo (katharina.nimmo<at>btinternet.com).
HIGHLAND FOODBANK During August the Foodbank would be grateful for donations of Tins of Fruit, Tins of Tomatoes, Tins of Custard, Tins of Corned Beef. Please bring these to Church and leave in the boxes at the doors. Contact Bill Guthrie  williamguthrie<at>googlemail.co
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING We are open for visitors to the end of September on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday each week from 10am-12 noon and 2-4 pm. If you are able to help (even just occasionally) please contact Sheila MacLeod (macloshei<at>aol.com).
WORD FOR TODAY (Aug-Oct) and CROSSREACH newsletter and prayer diary now available at the church doors.
OTHER NEWS
BLYTHSWOOD’S GONE BANANAS IN SERBIA Blythswood Care is renewing its appeal to provide essential food aid to migrants (vegetable soup, bread and bananas) escaping the Middle East conflicts and now stranded in Serbia. Donate to this appeal at www.blythswood.org/bananas or text SYRI17 £5 to 70070. £5 will provide over 5 kilos (more than 40 bananas) for people in the migrant centre. Contact Danny Muschate danny.muschate<at>blythswood.org
BEING DISCIPLES DAY RETREAT Want to refresh or deepen your spiritual life?  Why not join a day’s retreat on the theme of Being Disciples? Day retreats at various venues in the Highlands, offering an opportunity to refocus and deepen your devotional life. The day will include insights from Scripture, guided meditations, reflection on our own experiences, prayer and worship. Led by Steve Aisthorpe (Mission Development Worker) Cost £15. Details and registration: www.resourcingmission.org.uk/events Diane Knowles.
SPONSORED HILLWALK FOR INVERNESS STREET PASTORS Saturday 21 October 2017. Hill of Cullen, Ben Aigan and Ben Rinnes, climbing 986m and walking 16km. Join us for all 3 hills or just one, make it your own challenge! Details: Robyn Teago robynlove<at>inverness.org or create your own sponsorship page at https://tinyurl.com/3hillchallenge
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.

Sunday Bulletin 20 August 2017

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 27 August 2017: The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
led by the Rev Arthur Sinclair
11.15 Holy Communion at the Old High
led by the Minister
SUNDAY ORDERS OF SERVICE are now published online on Thursday or Friday- take a sneak peek at Sunday’s readings and hymns!
OUR MINISTER is on a phased return to work and undertaking very limited duties. The Rev Alastair Younger continues as our INTERIM MODERATOR. PASTORAL CARE continues to be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, who should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
BRIDGE SOCIAL EVENING Friday 25 August in St Stephen’s church hall, 6pm. Buffet meal with wine and coffee followed by social bridge. Price £20 per person. Entries must be received by Monday 21 August. Entry forms in St Stephen’s hall or at the door at Old High. Contact Linda Philip lindajphilip<at>hotmail.com
HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at the Old High on Sunday 27 August. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. The Retiring Offering will be in aid of the Church of Scotland’s care home in our parish, Cameron House.
OLD HIGH ST STEPHEN’S CHURCH SUMMER WALK Sunday 27 August at the Inverarnie Esker trail, Littlemill (3 mile walk). Meet at Littlemill Forestry Car Park at 1.30pm; Cuppa at The Dairy at 3.30pm. For lifts or car share meet at St Stephen’s car park at 1pm. Details/queries Deborah Macrae.
HIGHLAND DOORS OPEN DAY Saturday 2 September and both OH and SS will be open on that day (OH from 10am to 4pm and SS from 1030am to 4pm). This is always a good opportunity for locals (and holidaymakers) to see our Churches. If you are able to help greet visitors please contact Sheila MacLeod (01463 220435 macloshei<at>aol.com) for OH or Jim Alexander jbdalex<at>yahoo.com) for SS.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP resumes at 7pm on Sunday 27 August in St Stephen’s vestry, then on Sunday 10 September, fortnightly thereafter. Continuing our exploration of “Life in the Psalms” by Patrick Woodhouse, we shall be starting a new section entitled ‘Wonder’, reflecting on the vast beauty of this mysterious universe, God’s purpose for it, our place within it and our responsibility for its care. All welcome at these discussions! Contact Andrew Stevenson on stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
CHURCH MAGAZINE Our Editor urgently requires articles and photos for the September issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, by e-mail to willie<at>kenilweb.com. Deadline: Friday 15 September.
HIGHLAND FOODBANK During August the Foodbank would be grateful for donations of: Tins of Fruit, Tins of Tomatoes, Tins of Custard, Tins of Corned Beef. Please bring these to Church and leave in the boxes at the doors. Contact Bill Guthrie williamguthrie<at>googlemail.co
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING We are open for visitors to the end of September on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday each week from 10am-12 noon and 2-4 pm. If you are able to help (even just occasionally) please contact Sheila MacLeod (macloshei<at>aol.com).
WORD FOR TODAY (Aug-Oct) now available at the church doors. Ruth Martin.
CROSSREACH newsletter and prayer diary are at church doors. Contact Rae Swan.
OTHER NEWS
COMMUNITY OF FAITH CONFERENCE ON CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND For those who work with and minister to children and young people in the church. 26 August 2017, 10am-4pm in Dunfermline- transport may be available. Cost £20 including lunch and a complimentary copy of Learn: Children and Young People resource (RRP £10). Contact Pat Macleod  invernesschurch<at>gmail.com
BLYTHSWOOD’S GONE BANANAS IN SERBIA Blythswood Care is renewing its appeal to provide essential food aid to migrants, escaping the Middle East conflicts and now stranded in Serbia. The organisation provides vegetable soup, bread and bananas, with the last item having almost symbolic significance as an example of high-energy food that is culturally acceptable to people from every religious tradition. Blythswood has been helping to feed people escaping from Syria and other conflict zones for nearly two years. Donate to this appeal at www.blythswood.org/bananas or by texting SYRI17 £5 to 70070. £5 will provide over 5 kilos (more than 40 bananas) for people in the migrant centre. Contact Danny Muschate danny.muschate<at>blythswood.org
BEING DISCIPLES DAY RETREAT Want to refresh or deepen your spiritual life?  Why not join a day’s retreat on the theme of Being Disciples? Day retreats at various venues in the Highlands, offering an opportunity to refocus and deepen your devotional life. The day will include insights from Scripture, guided meditations, reflection on our own experiences, prayer and worship. Led by Steve Aisthorpe (Mission Development Worker) Cost- £15. Details and registration: www.resourcingmission.org.uk/events Diane Knowles.
SPONSORED HILLWALK FOR INVERNESS STREET PASTORS Saturday 21 October 2017. Hill of Cullen, Ben Aigan and Ben Rinnes, climbing 986m and walking 16km. Join us for all 3 hills or just one, make it your own challenge! Details: Robyn Teago robyn<at>loveinverness.org or create your own sponsorship page at https://tinyurl.com/3hillchallenge
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.

Sunday Bulletin 6 August 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 13 August 2017: The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 Morning Worship at the Old High
Both Services led by Rev Alastair Younger
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
INTERIM MODERATOR The Rev Alastair Younger continues as our Interim Moderator: younger873<at>btinternet.com.
PASTORAL CARE continues to be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant arthursinclair<at>btinternet.com.
MINUTE FOR MISSION David Martin will introduce Kerrera Wilson to the congregation, regarding the Go Forward Project Survey OHSS is undertaking to establish the needs of our community and how we in OHSS can engage to introduce Jesus to the community. Kerrera will be in St Stephen’s this Sunday and in Old High on Sunday 13 August. David Martin davidmartin30<at>hotmail.com
OLD HIGH MUSIC The next lunchtime event will be an organ recital, Saturday 12 August, 12 noon. We welcome back Mark Spalding from Angus, who performed for us in 2015. His repertoire includes work by J.S. Bach, Mozart and Brahms, and 20th century organ compositions. Details: ohssmusic<at>gmail.com or stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
OLD HIGH Tea will be served after the service on Sunday 13 August instead of 6 August this month.  All welcome. Contact Christine Mackenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
ST STEPHEN’S SUMMER CHURCH WALK on Sunday 27 August at the Inverarnie Esker trail, Littlemill (3 mile walk). Meet at Littlemill Forestry Car Park at 1.30pm;  Cuppa at The Dairy at 3.30pm. For lifts or car share meet at St Stephen’s car park at 1pm. Details/queries, contact Deborah Macrae.
HIGHLAND FOODBANK During the month of August the Foodbank would be grateful for donations of: Tins of Fruit, Tins of Tomatoes, Tins of Custard, Tins of Corned Beef. Please bring these to Church and leave in the box . Contact Bill Guthrie williamguthrie<at>googlemail.co
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING The Old High will be open for visitors to the end of September on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday each week from 10am-12 noon and 2-4 pm. If you are able to help please contact Sheila MacLeod (macloshei<at>aol.com). If you can’t help every week we will still need people to help out on an occasional basis to cover in case of illness and holidays and will keep a list of those who can help in this way. In advance thank you for your help. Christine Mackenzie hristinemac73<at>hotmail.com.
WORD FOR TODAY (Aug-Oct) now available at the church doors. Ruth Martin (07595 219308).
CROSSREACH newsletter and prayer diary are at church doors. Contact Rae Swan.
MONTH OF SUNDAYS there was an error in the version printed last week, and a corrected version is attached.
OTHER NEWS
COMMUNITY OF FAITH CONFERENCE ON CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND For those who work with and minister to children and young people in the church, to connect, be resourced and inspired and explore new and exciting ideas. Worship, an address from the Moderator and a market place. 26 August 2017, 10am-4pm in Dunfermline- transport may be available. Cost £20 including lunch and a complimentary copy of Learn: Children and Young People resource (RRP £10). Contact Pat Macleod invernesschurch<at>gmail.com
LGOWIT (LET’S GET ON WITH IT TOGETHER) a partnership supporting self-management have been asked to make you aware that consultation is currently taking place on the Community Planning Partnership’s Highland Outcome Improvement Plan (HOIP).The document will shape the work of the CPP for the next 10 years. The link below will take you to the draft Plan and the consultation survey, to which you are invited to respond. http://www.highlandcpp.org.uk/hoip.html Roy Anderson LGOWITRoy@<at>highlandtsi.org.uk
BLYTHSWOOD’S GONE BANANAS IN SERBIA Blythswood Care is renewing its appeal to provide essential food aid to migrants, escaping the Middle East conflicts and now stranded in Serbia. The organisation provides vegetable soup, bread and bananas, with the last item having almost symbolic significance as an example of high-energy food that is culturally acceptable to people from every religious tradition. Blythswood has been helping to feed people escaping from Syria and other conflict zones for nearly two years. Donate to this appeal at www.blythswood.org/bananas or by texting SYRI17 £5 to 70070. £5 will provide over five kilos (more than 40 bananas) for people in the migrant centre. Contact Danny Muschate,  danny.muschate<at>blythswood.org