Sunday Bulletin 8 April 2018

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 22 April 2018: Fourth Sunday of Easter
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High Church
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE A BEADLE? The Sunday Beadle helps out those leading on a Sunday with practical matters- you’ll have noticed him or her carrying the Bible in at the start. We’d like to add people to the rotas. Please speak to Peter, or to Linda Philip at St Stephen’s or Christine Mackenzie at Old High.
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.
OHSS CHURCH SPRING WALK 22 April Blackmuir Wood, Strathpeffer. Meet St Stephen’s car park 1.15pm for car share or 1.45pm Blackmuir Wood car park. Directions below. Cuppa at Railway Cafe, Museum of Childhood 3.30pm. From Inverness follow the A9 north to the Tore roundabout. Take the second exit onto the A835 (for Ullapool and Dingwall). Stay on this road for 10 miles (16 km) turning right onto a minor road for Kinnahaird, and then right onto the A834 for Strathpeffer. Just as you enter the village there’s a large white building on the right and a tourist information sign on the left. Turn right after the building and follow signs to the car park. Using SatNav? IV14 9BT is the nearest postcode. Deborah Macrae deb.macrae.10<at>gmail.com
ST STEPHEN’S CHOIR SPRING CONCERT: Thursday 26 April 7.30 pm at the Culduthel Christian Centre. Tickets (£8) are available from Susan MacLeod at SS and Roberta Mackintosh at OH. The money raised is for Prostate Scotland. Contact Katharina Nimmo katharina.nimmo<at>btinternet.com
AFTERNOON COMMUNION A short service at 2.30pm, Saturday 28 April, St Stephen’s. Tea will be served after the service. All are welcome and transport can be arranged. Contact your elder, or Val Cantlay val.cantlay <at>btinternet.com.
RETIRING ELDER Diana Fraser who has been a long -term member of OHSS, an elder and convener of our social care committee will be bidding us ‘au revoir’ on Sunday 29 April to move nearer family in St Andrews. To give everyone the opportunity to wish her well her before she departs, we are having tea/coffee and cakes after the service on Sunday 29 April in the Old High. Please join us if you can. Christine Mackenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING 2-4pm each Friday afternoon from 23 March. The Summer Opening programme from Friday 1 June to Friday 28 September. Opening times Tuesday to Friday inclusive 10am -12 noon and 2-4pm. Contact Sheila MacLeod macloshei<at>aol.com
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.
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 and CROSSREACH NEWSLETTER available at church doors. Rae Swan.
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator at invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep all items as brief as possible, and include contact details (phone and/or email).
CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR THE OLD HIGH CHURCH
Thanks to all who attended the meeting on 24 March with Allan Marshall, the Chartered Architect appointed by the Kirk Session to lead and prepare a conservation and development study on the Old High Church. We are still asking for your input on how the Old High Church might be developed, its role in the life of our congregation and the city, what facilities we might need to attempt to incorporate within it, and what its future might be. Please send your thoughts, ideas, suggestions and question to Pat Macleod, our Church Administrator (invernesschurch<at>gmail.com) or you can by writing to her c/o Old High St Stephen’s Manse, 24 Damfield Road Inverness IV2 3HU. Or you can write a note and bring it along to church and give them to our Session Clerks, Linda Philip and Christine Mackenzie. Please give your name and contact details in all cases. We look forward to hearing from you!
OTHER NEWS
ELDERS CONFERENCE 2018 A Journey of Discipleship Friday 27 April – Sunday 29 April 2018 at Scottish Police College, Tulliallan Castle Practical ideas and suggestions for current and future elders. Contact Peter for details.

OHSS Sunday Bulletin 1 April 2018

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 8 April 2018: Second Sunday of Easter
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High Church
Both services led by Rev Alastair Younger
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
SOUTHSIDE NURSING HOME There will be a short service, led by Deborah Macrae, 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. Please speak to Deborah after the service. We still also seek members willing to lead these services on a rota basis; please contact Janet Robertson janetnfraser<at>btinternet.com
WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE A BEADLE? The Sunday Beadle helps out those leading on a Sunday with practical matters- you’ll have noticed him or her carrying the Bible in at the start. We’d like to add people to the rotas. Please speak to Peter, or to Linda Philip (790 253) at St Stephen’s or Christine Mackenzie at Old High.
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.
OHSS CHURCH SPRING WALK 22 April Blackmuir Wood, Strathpeffer. Meet St Stephen’s car park 1.15pm for car share or 1.45pm Blackmuir Wood car park. Directions below. Cuppa at Railway Cafe, Museum of Childhood 3.30pm. From Inverness follow the A9 north to the Tore roundabout. Take the second exit onto the A835 (for Ullapool and Dingwall). Stay on this road for 10 miles (16 km) turning right onto a minor road for Kinnahaird, and then right onto the A834 for Strathpeffer. Just as you enter the village there’s a large white building on the right and a tourist information sign on the left. Turn right after the building and follow signs to the car park. Using SatNav? IV14 9BT is the nearest postcode. Deborah Macrae deb.macrae.10<at>gmail.com
ST STEPHEN’S CHOIR SPRING CONCERT: Come and enjoy the St Stephen’s Church and Community Choirs’ Spring Concert on Thursday 26 April 7.30 pm at the Culduthel Christian Centre. Tickets (£8) are available from Susan MacLeod. The money raised will go to Prostate Scotland. More information from Katharina Nimmo katharina.nimmo<at>btinternet.com
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING The Church will be open to visitors from 2-4pm each Friday afternoon from 23 March. The Summer Opening programme starts on Friday 1 June and will continue until Friday 28 September. Opening times : Tuesday to Friday inclusive 10am -12 noon and 2-4pm. Contact Sheila MacLeod macloshei<at>aol.com
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.
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.
CROSSREACH Latest newsletter and prayer diary (Feb/May) available at church doors. Rae Swan.
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator at invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline this week is Tuesday 3 April at 12 noon. Please keep all items as brief as possible, and include contact details (phone and/or email).
OTHER NEWS
INVERNESS SINGERS:“FOR PEACE” music to celebrate the centenary of the ending of World War I, Crown Church, Wednesday 4 April at 7.30pm. Music by Schubert, Mozart, Vaughan Williams, Stanford, and “Songs from the Trenches”. Programmes (Adults £8; Children/Students £4) from: Ken and Margaret Young, in the OH Church Choir; Music Shop, Church Street and at the door. Donation to Marie Curie. Margaret Young kenmag20<at>btinternet.com
ELEVATE HIGHLAND Friday 6 April at Culduthel Christian Centre, with worship, an Easter message, food, and games. Doors at 7:15pm. Full details on Facebook www.facebook.com/elevatehighland. Elevate is a monthly event for those in S3-S6. Details from Greg Youngson (elevatehighland<at>gmail.com).
ELDERS CONFERENCE 2018 A Journey of Discipleship Friday 27 April – Sunday 29 April 2018 at Scottish Police College, Tulliallan Castle Practical ideas and suggestions for current and future elders. Contact Peter for details.
CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR THE OLD HIGH CHURCH
Thanks to all who attended the meeting on 24 March with Allan Marshall, the Chartered Architect appointed by the Kirk Session to lead and prepare a conservation and development study on the Old High Church. We are still asking for your input on how the Old High Church might be developed, its role in the life of our congregation and the city, what facilities we might need to attempt to incorporate within it, and what its future might be. Please send your thoughts, ideas, suggestions and question to Pat Macleod, our Church Administrator (invernesschurch<at>gmail.com) or you can by writing to her c/o Old High St Stephen’s Manse, 24 Damfield Road Inverness IV2 3HU. Or you can write a note and bring it along to church and give them to our Session Clerks, Linda Philip and Christine Mackenzie. Please give your name and contact details in all cases. We look forward to hearing from you!

Sunday Bulletin 25 March 2018

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
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.
Sunday 1 April 2018: Easter Sunday
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High Church
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
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.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE A BEADLE? The Sunday Beadle helps out those leading on a Sunday with practical matters- you’ll have noticed him or her carrying the Bible in at the start. We’d like to add people to the rotas. Please speak to Peter, or to Linda Philip at St Stephen’s or Christine Mackenzie at Old High.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP St Stephen’s, every Sunday, 7pm, during Lent. A 6-week study programme on a Biblical focus on migration, and the particular challenge this issue presents us in Europe in our own time. New hearts and minds joining in would be most welcome. Contact Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
OHSS MAGAZINE Distributors can collect their bundles of magazines today. Jennifer Morrison jennifer<at>kenilweb.com
MEET & EAT LUNCH at the Craigmonie Hotel at 12.30pm on Thursday 29 March. All are welcome and transport can be arranged. Contact Rae Swan rae.swan<at>aol.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. All welcome. Ruth Martin
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING The Church will be open to visitors from 2-4pm each Friday afternoon from 23 March. The Summer Opening programme starts on Friday 1 June and will continue until Friday 28 September. Opening times : Tuesday to Friday inclusive 10am -12 noon and 2-4pm. Contact Sheila MacLeod macloshei<at>aol.com
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.
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.
CROSSREACH Latest newsletter and prayer diary (Feb/May) available at church doors. Rae Swan.
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 716309 alimaclean18<at>gmail.com
INVERNESS SINGERS:“FOR PEACE” music to celebrate the centenary of the ending of World War I, Crown Church, Wednesday 4 April at 7.30pm. Music by Schubert, Mozart, Vaughan Williams, Stanford, and “Songs from the Trenches”. Programmes (Adults £8; Children/Students £4) from: Ken and Margaret Young, in the OH Church Choir; Music Shop, Church Street and at the door. Donation to Marie Curie. Margaret Young kenmag20<at>btinternet.com
ELDERS CONFERENCE 2018 A Journey of Discipleship Friday 27 April – Sunday 29 April 2018 at Scottish Police College, Tulliallan Castle Practical ideas and suggestions for current and future elders. Contact Peter for details.

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

Old High St Stephens Sunday Bulletin 4 February 2018

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 11 February 2018: Transfiguration Sunday
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
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
SOUTHSIDE NURSING HOME There will be a short service at Southside 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; please contact Janet Robertson janetnfraser<at>btinternet.com.
TEA AND COFFEE AT OLD HIGH after the service today. Do stay if you can. Contact Christine Mackenzie on christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
CRAFT EVENING in St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm on Wednesday 7 February. 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 .
OLD HIGH MUSIC Saturday 10 February at 12 noon. The recital by Tom Wilkinson, University Organist at St Andrews, will include the following pieces:  Handel – March from Scipio; J.S Bach – Toccata and Fugue in D Minor (Dorian) and Canonic Variations; Vivaldi – Concerto in A Minor; concluding with Mendelssohn – Sonata No. 5. Programmes for the whole year will also be available on that day. Andrew Stevenson  stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com. To get emails about coming music events, contact ohssmusic<at>gmail.com.
WINTER WALK TO CULBIN SANDS on Sunday 25 February. Meet St Stephen’s Church Car Park 1.15pm for Car sharing. Start walk from Kingsteps car park, Lochloy Road at 2pm. Flat terrain. Cuppa at Brodie Countryfare at 3.45pm. Contact Deborah Macrae for information.
ALASTAIR YOUNGER has now finished as our Interim Moderator and it has been agreed to give a gift to Alastair in recognition of his assistance to our Congregation during that period. To make a contribution, please either send your donation direct to our Treasurer, Sandy Cumming, or put it in an envelope marked ‘Presentation to Alastair Younger’ and put it in the offering bag. The closing date for contributions is Sunday 28 February.
THANK YOU I would like to thank the members of the congregation for their cards and condolences, also for the flowers, following the sudden death of my brother on 15 January. Much appreciated. Jean Harper.
CHANGES TO SEATING AT THE OLD HIGH We will be worshipping together at St Stephen’s at a Congregational Communion Service on 25 February, while work is carried out to make changes at Old High. As reported by Jim Alexander in the September 2017 magazine, the purpose of the changes is to deal with problems flagged up by a recent risk assessment: limited circulation space at the chancel area for wheelchair users during services and other events; and restricted access in the event of emergency.
The proposed changes are:

  • Removal of the central front pew
  • On pulpit side: front pew, cut back to match pew arrangement at audio console control end.
  • On lectern side: front pew, cut back at both ends to reflect proposed pew arrangement at pulpit side.
  • Associated work on heating pipes and the floor.

All the work will be carried out with due care and attention to detail in the reinstatement of existing pew finishes. The aim to respect the sanctuary and its symmetry centred on the chancel area. For more details, please see the September magazine (available on our website) or contact our Session Clerks.
GATEWAY (HIGHLAND HOMELESS TRUST) has written on behalf of the service users, staff and Board to say ‘thank you’ for the Christmas gifts from the congregation of Old High St Stephens and have advised that this is a difficult time for many of the people they support, in particular with the adoption of Universal Credit in the area. They are always grateful for the support of the local community, and the generosity of OHSS is, as ever, appreciated throughout the organisation. Craig Riddle, Finance Manager.
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.
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator at invernesschurchgmail.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
WORLD COUNCIL VISIT TO PALESTINE AND ISRAEL Have you booked your place yet? If not, now is the time to do so! The visit will be led by Rev Grant Barclay, Giffnock: Orchardhill, and will take place from 4-14 May 2018. This unique 10 day pilgrimage to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories will take in the cities of Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Jaffa, and Tiberias, introducing you to the local Christians and partners of the Church of Scotland, as well as visiting some of the major Biblical sites. You will be guided by a local Palestinian Christian, with support from the two Church of Scotland ministers based locally. Email: Krogerchurchofscotland.org.uk to register your interest or to get more information.
HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS YOUTH FOR CHRIST “The Sense & Stance” in Concert on Friday 9 February at Culduthel Christian Centre, 7:30 for a 7:45pm start.  A great concert of music and dance and there is an opportunity to hear the gospel message through testimony, so it is an ideal event to invite friends along who perhaps don’t go to church. Open to all, especially those in secondary school. Linda Buchan pd<at>whiyfc.co.uk

Sunday Bulletin 28 January 2018

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 4 February 2018: Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
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
HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at the Old High today. All welcome at the Lord’s Table. The Retiring Offering will be in aid of Mikeysline a text-for-support helpline which is supported by a volunteer bank of young people over weekends. It provides a valuable service for young people who are too distressed to talk over the phone. The Hive, is a drop-in centre in Academy Street, which is run by the Mikeysline charity and offers advice for anyone over 17 who feels they need help. www.mikeysline.co.uk.
OLD HIGH MUSIC the inaugural recital of the 2018 season will take place on Saturday 10 February at 12 noon, when the University of St Andrews Organist Tom Wilkinson will be our soloist. Tom conducted the Kellie Consort concert in the church last July, experienced by many to be one of the highlights of last year’s events. He specialises in performing music from the Baroque period, so his programme will centre around Vivaldi and JS Bach, though Mendelssohn-lovers will also not be disappointed. Tom has a high reputation in the music world of Scotland, so we are keen to have a good audience to show our appreciation for his trip north. Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com. To get emails about coming music events, contact ohssmusic<at>gmail.com.
ALASTAIR YOUNGER has now finished as our Interim Moderator and it has been agreed to give a gift to Alastair in recognition of his assistance to our Congregation during that period. To make a contribution, please either send your donation direct to our Treasurer, Sandy Cumming, 15 Cradlehall Meadows, Inverness IV2 5DG, or put it in an envelope marked ‘Presentation to Alastair Younger’ and put it in the offering bag. The closing date for contributions is Sunday 28 February.
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.
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).
CHANGES TO SEATING AT THE OLD HIGH We will be worshipping together at St Stephen’s at a Congregational Communion Service on 25 February, while work is carried out to make changes at Old High. As reported by Jim Alexander in the September 2017 magazine, the purpose of the changes is to deal with problems flagged up by a recent risk assessment: limited circulation space at the chancel area for wheelchair users during services and other events; and restricted access in the event of emergency.All the work will be carried out with due care and attention to detail in the reinstatement of existing pew finishes. The aim to respect the sanctuary and its symmetry centred on the chancel area. For more details, please see the September magazine or Recent Posts Pew Alterations at the Old High (available on our website) or contact our Session Clerks.
OTHER NEWS
VOCATIONS INFORMATION DAY Saturday 10 February 2018 at The Conforti Institute, Coatbridge. For those with an interest in Ministry of Word and Sacrament, Diaconal Ministry or Readership, and 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 or visit http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/serve/ministries_council/education_and_support/vocations-information-day
OXFAM INVERNESS invite you to an open day on Saturday 27 January from 10am to 3pm. Come and see what goes on behind the scenes in our busy Oxfam Shop at 11 Lombard Street, Inverness; no need to book, just call in.Our shop is a great place to meet new people, gain new skills, indulge a hobby, and make a difference! Pamela Nolan oxfamshopf6505<at>oxfam.org.uk
WORLD COUNCIL VISIT TO PALESTINE AND ISRAEL Have you booked your place yet? If not, now is the time to do so! The visit will be led by Rev Grant Barclay, Giffnock: Orchardhill, and will take place from 4-14 May 2018. This unique 10 day pilgrimage to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories will take in the cities of Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Jaffa, and Tiberias, introducing you to the local Christians and partners of the Church of Scotland, as well as visiting some of the major Biblical sites. You will be guided by a local Palestinian Christian, with support from the two Church of Scotland ministers based locally. Email: kroger<at>churchofscotland.org.uk to register your interest or to get more information.
ELEVATE HIGHLANDS on Friday 2 February at 7.30pm  at Inshes Church, Inshes Retail Park, Sir Walter Scott Drive, Inverness.  We have worship, games and food, along with a guest speaker. All in S3-S6 welcome. Elevate is a monthly event for those in S3-S6 which aims to challenge, encourage and inspire our young people in their walk with God, with a leadership team from churches around Inverness. If you want to know more about what Elevate is before sending along your youth group, please do feel free to get in contact with us via email. Greg Youngson elevatehighland<at>gmail.com www.facebook.com/elevatehighland

Sunday Bulletin 21 January 2018

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO TOOK PART IN YESTERDAY’S MEETING ABOUT THE GOING FORWARD PROJECT. We will get back to you with the results as soon as possible.
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
HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at the Old High on Sunday 28 January. All welcome at the Lord’s Table. The Retiring Offering will be in aid of Mikeysline a text-for-support helpline which is supported by a volunteer bank of young people over weekends. It provides a valuable service for young people who are too distressed to talk over the phone. The Hive, is a drop-in centre in Academy Street, which is run by the Mikeysline charity and offers advice for anyone over 17 who feels they need help. www.mikeysline.co.uk.
CRAFT EVENING St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm, Wednesday 24 January. Please come along with your craft or if you wish to learn a craft you will be made very welcome. Knitting, crochet, cross stitch, tapestry and card making but other crafts welcome. Refreshments. Margaret McAleer.
OLD HIGH MUSIC the inaugural recital of the 2018 season will take place on Saturday 10 February at 12 noon, when the University of St Andrews Organist Tom Wilkinson will be our soloist. Tom conducted the Kellie Consort concert in the church last July, experienced by many to be one of the highlights of last year’s events. He specialises in performing music from the Baroque period, so his programme will centre around Vivaldi and JS Bach, though Mendelssohn-lovers will also not be disappointed. Tom has a high reputation in the music world of Scotland, so we are keen to have a good audience to show our appreciation for his trip north. Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
ALASTAIR YOUNGER has now finished as our Interim Moderator and it has been agreed to give a gift to Alastair in recognition of his assistance to our Congregation during that period. To make a contribution, please either send your donation direct to our Treasurer, or put it in an envelope marked ‘Presentation to Alastair Younger’ and put it in the offering bag. The closing date for contributions is Sunday 28 February.
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.
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
WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY: ECUMENICAL SERVICE Sunday 21 January at 6pm, at Culduthel Christian Centre, Culduthel Avenue, Inverness IV2 6AS. Inverness Presbytery are helping to organise this service, which we are hoping will be an opportunity for local Christians from our various denominations to worship together and learn from each other. Please come along if you are able to, and witness to the uniting power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Jonathan Appleby jon.wyvis<at>gmail.com
VOCATIONS INFORMATION DAY Saturday 10 February 2018 at The Conforti Institute, Coatbridge. For those with an interest in Ministry of Word and Sacrament, Diaconal Ministry or Readership, and 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 or visit http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/serve/ministries_council/education_and_support/vocations-information-day
OXFAM INVERNESS invite you to an open day on Saturday 27 January from 10am to 3pm. Come and see what goes on behind the scenes in our busy Oxfam Shop at 11 Lombard Street, Inverness; no need to book, just call in.Our shop is a great place to meet new people, gain new skills, indulge a hobby, and make a difference! Pamela Nolan oxfamshopf6505<at>oxfam.org.uk
BLYTHSWOOD CARE are looking for an innovative and motivated person with excellent people skills for the charity shop in Academy Street, Inverness (closing date 22 January 2018) and a shop warehouse person for the Dingwall shop, who must be fit for heavy manual lifting. 37.5 hours p/w. Job descriptions/application forms from Barbara Grace personnel<at>blythswood.org or www.blythswood.org

Sunday Bulletin 26 November 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 3 December 2017: First Sunday of Advent
10am: Sacrament of Baptism 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 from tonight 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, contact Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com for reading material in advance.
CONGREGATIONAL COMMUNION SERVICE today: all welcome at the Lord’s Table. Retiring Offering for Cameron House.
MEET AND EAT There will be a Gathering for lunch on Thursday 30 November at 12.30pm at the Craigmonie Hotel. Please let me know if you wish to join us.
Contact Val Cantlay val.cantlay<at>btinternet.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. Contact Christine MacKenzie  christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
ST STEPHEN’S GIVING TREE is available today and next Sunday, 3 December. Please choose a tag from the Tree and return the red bow now for future use. Details of the gifts required are on the labels. Please wrap your gifts, attaching the label for identification and return them either on 3 or 10 December for subsequent distribution. Gifts are for 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 years). Contact: 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 macloshei<at>aol.com or Diana Fraser.
OLD HIGH TEA will be served after the service next Sunday- All welcome.
CROSSREACH CATALOGUES are available at the church doors. There is a good selection of cards and wrapping paper. 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. 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 (079 342 85924). Linda Philip, Session Clerk.
PROVOST OF INVERNESS CATHEDRAL Rev Sarah Murray will be installed as Provost on Thursday 30 November in at a ceremony in Inverness Cathedral at 7.30pm. All welcome!
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Pat is on A/L from Tuesday 5 December to Friday 15 December. Items for the 3, 10 and 17 December bulletins should be with her by Wednesday 29 November at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
OTHER NEWS
INVERNESS STREET PASTORS 10th Anniversary at Inverness Cathedral on Friday 1 December at 7pm for a Commission Service of Street Pastors and Prayer Pastors. Robyn Teago robyn<at>loveinverness.org
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
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.
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 kenmag20<at>btinternet.com, at the Music Shop, Church Street, or at the door on the night.

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.