OHSS Sunday Bulletin 11 March 2018

Sunday 18 March 2018:  Fifth Sunday of Lent
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
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).
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 28 May 2017

Sunday 4 June 2017
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 Morning Worship at the Old High
Services led by Rev Andrew Lyon
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
Contact details : invernesschurch<at>gmail.com
INTERIM MODERATOR The Rev Alastair Younger has been appointed Interim Moderator in the absence of Rev Peter Nimmo due to illness. His contact details are younger873<at>btinternet.com.
PASTORAL CARE will be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant arthursinclair<at>btinternet.com while Peter is absent from his duties, due to illness.
THE SACRAMENT OF 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 Christian Aid. Please give generously to this vital project. Christine Mackenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com.
KIRK SESSION The next meeting will be at the Old High hall on Tuesday 30 May. The meeting will be preceded with a meal at 6.30pm. Linda Philip lindajphilip<at>hotmail.com.
THE SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet in St Stephen’s Vestry tonight at 7pm. We would welcome anyone to join with us, even for the summer months. Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com.
CHRISTIAN AID Many thanks to all who helped in any way with, firstly, the Coffee Morning which raised the fine total of £880.95 and secondly, the house to house collection. Also thanks to all who contributed via the envelopes distributed at the Church services and who will contribute at the Old High Communion retiring offering today. Any house to house collections or church collections should be given to Susan MacLeod at St Stephen’s or to Roberta MacKintosh at the Old High today, or to myself at 5 Beaufort Road, after 1 June. The returned envelopes will be counted following the St Stephen’s service on 4 June. Watch the magazine for totals! Thanks again to all. Ken Cantlay ken.cantlay<at>btinternet.com
FRIENDS OF THE OLD HIGH CHURCH The Old High will be open from10am till 4pm on Friday 9 June, St Columba Day. There will be organ music at intervals during the day and a short talk at 1pm about St Columba and his connection to the Old High and Inverness. Refreshments available. For information contact Christina Cameron christinajcameron6<at>gmail.com
OLD HIGH MUSIC Saturday 10 June at 12 noon will be the opportunity this year to hear a number of advanced music pupils from around Inverness. Some of them will perform pieces they are playing at the Highland Young Musician of the Year Competition the following weekend. We know from recent years how encouraging it can be for these young people to play for an appreciative audience, so we do hope many of you will be able to come along to add support.
Looking ahead to the evening of Wednesday 5 July, the Old High is thrilled to be hosting the Highland Concert being organised as part of the Kellie Consort 2017 Summer Tour www.kellieconsort.org.uk. The Kellie Consort is made up of outstandingly talented young singers and instrumentalists, with a connection to Scotland, who wish to develop their skills in baroque performance to the highest level. The soloist and coach on this tour is Philip Higham, Principal Cello at the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. This charity has to operate on a low budget and therefore has asked whether OHSS can offer one night’s B&B to the 14 musicians after the concert. I have given an undertaking that we will try and organise that, so I’d be most grateful to hear as soon as possible from anyone who could offer such hospitality. Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com).
OHSS MAGAZINE Our Editor requires articles and photos for the June issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, by e-mail to willie<at>kenilweb.com . The deadline is Wednesday 14 June.
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING The Old High will be open for visitors from 1 June to the end of September on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday each week from 10am-12 noon and 2-4 pm each day. If you are able to help with this 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 and I know that visitors to the City will appreciate being able to see round the Old High Church during their visit. Christine Mackenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com.
FIRE DRILL We propose to hold a fire drill next month (weather permitting) and we hereby attach a plan of St Stephen’s church and hall. St Stephen’s – Please note there are 4 fire exit doors on the plan and we ask you to familiarise yourself with them all. Old High: There are two exit doors, the east and west door. Linda Philip.
BARNABAS PERFORMANCE The choirs of St Stephen’s, Old High, Crown and Ness Bank are to join forces for a performance of Barnabas, a semi- staged cantata on the evening of Sunday 17 September in St Stephen’s Church. Roger Jones, the composer, and his team from Christian Music Ministries (CMM) are touring Scotland in September performing the musical in a variety of churches. The large choir will sing the chorus sections of the work whilst the team from Birmingham will provide the vocal solos, dialogue and instrumental accompaniment. It will be a ‘night off’ for Robin, Pam and Alyn. The choirs are soon to be meeting to learn the light-hearted music. If you would like to join the choir for this project please get in touch with Pam at pam.41<at>tiscali.co.uk. We hope that many of you will come along to the performance to support your choirs and enjoy the music. You can find further information about Christian Music Ministries at www.cmm.org.uk.
HIGHLAND FOODBANK. During the months of May and June the Foodbank would welcome donations of: Tins of potatoes, Crackers/ Oatcakes, Jars of Pasta sauce, Tins of Corned Beef. ‘Bags for Life’ are also very well received for packing the goods when they are given out. Please bring these items to Church and they will be taken to the Foodbank. Blythswood are very grateful for our support. Contact Bill Guthrie: williamwguthrie<at>googlemail.com. The Foodbank Centres in Hilton and Madras Street have vacancies for volunteers (a couple of hours every week/fortnight). Contact Lorna Dempster lorna.dempster<at>blythswood.org.
WORD FOR TODAY New copies of the daily readings Word for Today are now available in both churches. Ruth Martin.
CROSSREACH  – the latest newsletter and prayer diary (June – Sept) are available at church doors. Contact Rae Swan.
Thy Kingdom Come- Inverness Prayer Space and Joint Churches Celebration This is an initiative facilitating global prayer between Ascension and Pentecost (25 May to 4 June). Churches across the Inverness area are delighted to be hosting a physical prayer room, open 24 hours a day, at CYC Centre,12 Bank Street, Inverness IV1 1QR. Sign up for your hour slot to pray at https://tinyurl.com/hov2raw. Come on your own, with a spouse or group of friends to pray during that hour, whether 3pm or 3am to continue an unbroken prayer chain. On Sunday 4 June, from 6pm to 7.30pm, there will be a joint churches celebration at Inverness Cathedral. Details from Rev Trevor Hunt inverness<at>churchofscotland.org.uk
WATOTO CHILDREN’S CHOIR are putting on two concerts at the Inverness Cathedral on Tuesday 6 June at 1.30pm and again at 7pm. Admission free. Details from Cathedral Office.
HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS YOUTH FOR CHRIST BIG FRIENDS GATHERING Monday 12 June, Barn Church Culloden, 6:30-8:30pm. An evening of fellowship about the work of HIYFC in schools and in the community, with the opportunity to ask questions and pray together for the young people of our area. Light buffet. Contact: Linda Buchan pdw<at>hiyfc.co.uk
CHURCH OF SCOTLAND VOCATIONS CONFERENCE 2017 Saturday 17 June 2017. Carnegie Conference Centre, Dunfermline. This Conference offers an inspirational keynote speech on the Call to Serve Today, practical information and the opportunity to ask important questions about how God might be calling you. £15 booking fee. Details and and to register: Ministries Council, 121 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 4YN. vocation<at>churchofscotland.org.uk Spaces are limited – booking is essential. You must attend this if you are interested in full-time ministry in the Church.
NATIONAL PRAYER BREAKFAST SCOTLAND 7-9am Tuesday 20 June Culduthel Christian Centre. Details www.culduthelchristiancentre.org.

Meeting about the Old High Hall cancelled

The Congregational Meeting about the sale of the Old High Hall, planned for this Tuesday night, has, unfortunately, had to be postponed. This is because someone raised a concern about the way it has been intimated to the congregation.

A Congregation Meeting of this sort happens after at least 2 Sunday’s notice has been given to the Congregation. We checked with the Presbytery Clerk and the Principal Clerk of the General Assembly, it is clear that we more than enough notice for the meeting has been given (3 Sundays, not just 2).

However, someone complained that the wording of the announcements did not make clear what the purpose of the meeting was to be. In fact, myself and our Session Clerk, Linda Philip, and Depute Session Clerk, Christine Mackenzie, are quite sure that everyone did understand what the purpose of the meeting was, so this complaint was a complete surprise to us. Throughout this process, the Session Clerks and myself have been utterly committed to being open with the Congregation about the reasons for the need for the sale, and the process to be followed.

In order to absolutely ensure that everything is done according to the law of the Church, we will now postpone Tuesday’s meeting. We intend to propose to the Leadership Team that the new meeting take place on 13 September, and will give due notice nearer the time.

Our apologies that this has happened. Of course we want to get this decision over with. You have today the information which we were giving out in advance of the meeting, and you will notice that not much has changed since the Kirk Session made the decision to sell the Hall, and that if you were not already acquainted with this information we trust you will find it informative. As always, and continuing our policy of openness, Linda and Christine remain happy to answer your questions on this matter.

Magazine for June 2014

The latest edition of our church magazine is now available online. This is a downloadable PDF file.

Please contact us if you would like a printed copy.

Here is the minister’s letter from the magazine, which previews changes coming in the life of the congregation.

Dear friends,

There are lots of things in this magazine, but there are two items which are important for us as we look to the future of our congregation. Continue reading

Action Teams and our new constitution

Our congregation operates legally under a Unitary Constitution.

As in all Church of Scotland congregations, the Kirk Session, consisting of elders and chaired by the Minister, is our governing body.

In 2013 we reviewed the workings of the Session. You can read the model which was agreed at that time here.

Within the Session there is a small Leadership Team, and a series of Action Teams: Continue reading

Constitutional Review- new Action Teams being formed

Following Future Focus, one of the big issues we decided to address was a streamlining of our decision-making structures.

We’ve abolished our Congregational Board (introducing a Unitary Constitution).

We are now introducing a small Leadership Team, which will report to the Kirk Session.

We’re also inviting congregation members to join the Action Teams- please get in touch if you would like to help.

Here is the full report which went to the Session.

A shorter version of this document will be in the September church magazine.

Comments are, as always, very welcome!

Theological Commission on Same-Sex Relationships and the Ministry publishes report to General Assembly

The Church of Scotland’s General Assembly will meet from 18 to 25 May in Edinburgh this year. Our Minister, the Rev Peter W Nimmo, and one of our elders, David Smillie, will be Commissioners.

One item being considered will be a report by a commission set up at the 2011 Assembly on the matter of whether persons in same-sex relationships ought to be able to be Ministers or office-bearers within the Church. The Commission’s report is now available on the Church of Scotland website. Continue reading

Sunday Bulletin for 14 April 2013

Worship Next Week
Wednesday 17 April
12.30pm Midweek Quiet Time at St Stephen’s
Sunday 21 April
11.15am Congregational Service: admission of New Members by Baptism and Confirmation at the Old High Church NB New time for Congregational Service: no service at St Stephen’s. Kirk Session meets 11am Parking available in John Fraser’s yard, just before
7.00pm Worship and discussion at St Stephen’s
SUNDAY BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS should be sent to Joy Cossar The deadline for all items is Wednesday at noon. Continue reading