Sunday Bulletin 19 March 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 26 March 2017
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
Both Services led by Rev Doug McRoberts
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.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
UPDATE ON PETER’S HEALTH Peter continues to be on the waiting list for the procedure he is due to undergo in Aberdeen, which he told us about in January, but he has now advised that this has been delayed again by the hospital.
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.
PRAYERS FOR LENT Old High every Friday at 1pm; St Stephen’s Meditative Prayers every Wednesday 12-2pm. Bring lunch if you wish; come for a short while, or as long as you are able. Everyone welcome to come on these Lenten Journeys. Contact Ruth Martin.
LENT STUDY GROUP The fortnightly Sunday evening discussion group will meet in St Stephen’s Vestry every Sunday evening at 7pm for an hour, from Sunday 5 March till Sunday 2 April inclusive, to explore material to guide us through Lent. All are most welcome. Details from Andrew Stevenson . stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
KIRK SESSION The next meeting will be held tonight at 7pm in St Stephen’s hall. Linda Philip lindajphilip<at>hotmail.com
HOBBY/CRAFT EVENING on Wednesday 22 March in St Stephen’s Hall at 7.30pm and fortnightly thereafter. Please bring your craft to share with others. If not a crafter, perhaps you would like to learn. Please come along and enjoy the camaraderie. Further details from Margaret McAleer.
ST STEPHEN’S BIG CLEAN on Saturday 25 March from 9.30 am to Noon. Let’s all enjoy the big clean together. All Welcome – the more the merrier. Tea/coffee provided. Joan Darcy joan.darcy<at>tesco.net
RETIRING OFFERING There will be a retiring offering on Sunday 26 March with all donations going to the famine crisis in East Africa. Linda Philip lindajphilip<at>hotmail.com
ST STEPHEN’S DOOR DUTY ROTA We have a couple of gaps in this year’s rota for May, and need volunteers to help welcome people to church. This is a great help in the church and a good way to meet more people. If you or someone you know would be willing to do this for a couple of Sundays in May, it would be greatly appreciated. As well as greeting people, some of our welcomers help with serving tea and counting the offering; but you don’t have to do these things. Contact Deborah Macrae dmmacrae<at>uwclub.net
HIGHLAND FOODBANK Thank you to those who contributed food items last month. During March and April the Foodbank would appreciate the following items: Tinned potatoes, Crackers/Oatcakes, Tinned ham (small), Soap/Shower gel. Contact Val Cantlay val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com
CROSSREACH The latest newsletter is at church doors. Also prayer diary for February to May. CrossReach apologise for the late delivery. Contact Rae Swan raeswan<at>aol.com
WORD FOR TODAY The latest copies of the free UCB daily bible reading magazine are available in the vestibules of both churches.
SUPPORT FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES People attending St Stephen’s recently had the chance to hear about the first-hand experiences of Struan Charters, working as a volunteer in the Elpida Refugee Camp in Greece. This talk will be repeated in the Old High on Sunday 2 April, but in the meantime here is information about practical ways in which help can be offered. Donations can be made online at www.thehighlandssupportrefugees.com, or may be given to Doreen MacDonald, 10 Cawdor Road IV2 3NR. Gifts in kind will be gratefully received by Doreen at Crown Church (weekday evenings and Friday mornings). Clothing for men, women and children including shoes, new underwear, blankets, sleeping bags, tents and camping gear (no duvets, bedding, towels or nightwear at present). Toiletries including sanitary pads and nappies. More information from Struan at struancharters<at>gmail.com.
DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: The St Stephen’s Church and Community Choirs Spring Concert will be on Thursday 30 March, 7.30 pm at the Culduthel Christian Centre. Tickets are available from Susan MacLeod or any choir member. £6 donation towards the new sensory garden at Cameron House.
SOCIAL FRIENDSHIP GROUP Would you like company to perhaps attend the theatre/cinema/coffee/day trips? It is hoped to form a Social Friendship Group but obviously depends on uptake. This would be a way of meeting and getting to know people. If you would like further information please contact Margaret McAleer (Social & Fundraising Action Team).
OTHER NEWS
LIVING BETTER GROUP MEETINGS Keen to calm your anxiety? Desperate to ease your pain and sleep better? Then perhaps Autogenic Training can help. Come along to one of our Living Better Group meetings in Hilton (28 March), Merkinch (3 April) or Smithton (30 March) and find out. The taster session is free, no need to book, just turn up on the day. We hope to follow up the session with a short 4-week course for those who would like to learn more. Further details from Roy Anderson  lgowitroy<at>highlandtsi.org.uk
AN EVENING WITH KENNETH STEVEN – the well known and much loved Scottish poet and author is reading from his works on Tuesday 21 March at 7.30pm at Hilton Church. It should be a very special, reflective evening. Admission free. Contact Iain Todd itoddyo<at>aol.com
BLYTHSWOOD CARE are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated person for the Highlands, Islands and Grampian areas, working with Churches, support groups and major donors in the local area, and managing a network of local volunteers. The closing date for completed applications is 27 March 2017. Job description/application form from Barbara Grace (01349 830777) or personnel<at>blythswood.org

Sunday Bulletin 12 March 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 19 March 2017
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
Both 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.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
For further details and contact information : 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.
PRAYERS FOR LENT Old High every Friday at 1pm; St Stephen’s Meditative Prayers every Wednesday 12-2pm. Bring lunch if you wish; come for a short while, or as long as you are able. Everyone welcome to come on these Lenten Journeys. Contact Ruth Martin
LENT STUDY GROUP The fortnightly Sunday evening discussion group will meet in St Stephen’s Vestry every Sunday evening at 7pm for an hour, from Sunday 5 March till Sunday 2 April inclusive, to explore material to guide us through Lent. All are most welcome. Details from Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
HEALING SERVICE The monthly Christian Healing Service will be held in St Stephen’s this afternoon at 4pm to which all are invited. When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?” (John 5 v 6) (Contact; Ruth Martin
OHSS MAGAZINE Willie Morrison 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. The deadline is Friday, 17 March.
KIRK SESSION The next meeting will be held on Sunday 19 March at 7pm in St Stephen’s hall. Linda Philip  lindajphilip<at>hotmail.com
HIGHLAND FOODBANK Thank you to those who contributed food items last month. During March and April the Foodbank would appreciate the following items: Tinned potatoes, Crackers/Oatcakes, Tinned ham (small), Soap/Shower gel. Contact Val Cantlay val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com
CROSSREACH The latest newsletter is at church doors. Also prayer diary for February to May. CrossReach apologise for the late delivery. Contact Rae Swan raeswan<at>aol.com
WORD FOR TODAY The latest copies of the free UCB daily bible reading magazine are available in the vestibules of both churches.
OLD HIGH MUSIC on Saturday 18 March at 12 noon. Black-Isle based, Edward Caswell is a well-known singer and choral conductor, recognised across the UK, the Netherlands and Germany. We are fortunate to have the chance to hear him sing Schumann and Finzi in the Old High, accompanied by Robin Versteeg on the piano. This promises to be one of the highlights of this year’s programme. Details from Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
ST STEPHEN’S BIG CLEAN on Saturday 25 March from 9.30 am to Noon. Let’s all enjoy the big clean together. All Welcome – the more the merrier. Tea/coffee provided. Joan Darcy joan.darcy<at>tesco.net
SUPPORT FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES People attending St Stephen’s last Sunday had the chance to hear about the first-hand experiences of Struan Charters, working as a volunteer in the Elpida Refugee Camp in Greece. This talk will be repeated in the Old High on Sunday 2 April, but in the meantime here is information about practical ways in which help can be offered. Money can be donated at www.thehighlandssupportrefugees.com. Gifts in kind will be gratefully received by Doreen MacDonald at Crown Church (weekday evenings and Friday mornings). Clothing for men, women and children including shoes, new underwear, blankets, sleeping bags, tents and camping gear (no duvets, bedding, towels or nightwear at present). Toiletries including sanitary pads and nappies. More information from Struan at struancharters<at>gmail.com
DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: The St Stephen’s Church and Community Choirs Spring Concert will be on Thursday 30 March at the Culduthel Christian Centre. Tickets are available from Susan MacLeod or any choir member. £6 donation towards the new garden at Cameron House.
OTHER NEWS
AN EVENING WITH KENNETH STEVEN on Tuesday 21 March at 7.30pm in Hilton Church. The well known and much loved Scottish poet and author will read from his works. Kenneth will be discussing the relationship between spirituality and creativity, and the power of words to heal. He will be accompanied by 2 very fine clarsach players – Bill Taylor and Hilary deVries. It should be a very special, reflective evening. Admission free. Further details from John Dempster jahdempster<at>btinternet.com
BLYTHSWOOD CARE are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated person for the Highlands, Islands and Grampian areas, working with Churches, support groups and major donors in the local area, and managing a network of local volunteers. The closing date for completed applications is 27 March 2017. Job description/application form from Barbara Grace or personnel<at>blythswood.org

Sunday Bulletin 5 February 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 12 February 2017
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
Both services led by Stewart Robertson
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.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
For further information and 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.
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; please contact Janet Robertson janetnfraser<at>btinternet.com
KIRK SESSION a meeting will be held tonight at 7pm in St Stephen’s hall. Linda Philip lindajphilip<at>hotmail.com
HOBBY/CRAFT EVENING on Wednesday 8 February in St Stephen’s Hall at 7.30pm and fortnightly thereafter. Please bring your craft to share with others. If not a crafter, perhaps you would like to learn. Please come along and enjoy the camaraderie. Further details from Margaret McAleer.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP Next meetings will meet tonight and 19 February, at 7pm in St Stephen’s vestry. We shall be using a book “Life in the Psalms” as the starting point for our discussion. All are most welcome. Andrew Stevenson.
OLD HIGH MUSIC The inaugural concert of the 2017 series will take place on Saturday 11 February at 12 noon, when the Badenoch Chorale will perform a programme including pieces by Haydn, Parry, Elgar and Sullivan, along with modern songs and organ interludes. The brochure detailing monthly recitals throughout the year will shortly be circulated, and we would ask the support of the congregation in circulating these as widely as possible amongst family and friends. This programme is now a well-established part of the music life of the city, but we are keen to build audience numbers further in the course of this coming year. Details from Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
ALTERNATIVE APPROACH TO WORSHIP There has been discussion in the Worship & Education Group about the benefits at this time in the life of Old High St Stephen’s for us to plan occasional services which could be led by elders and members of the congregation. The aim would be to deepen our personal growth as Christians and find new opportunities for participation by leading worship together. We would welcome the chance to explore next steps towards that, through meeting with anyone from the congregation who would like to join this discussion, by sharing ideas, even if you may not want at this time to be directly involved in leading such a service. We shall meet in St Stephen’s vestry at 7pm on Sunday 12 February. Please do consider joining us then. More details from Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
ST STEPHEN’S SOUND ROTA We need another person to do the sound. Training, if required, will be given. If you can help please contact Joan. Darcy joan.darcy<at>tesco.net.
HIGHLAND FOODBANK The Foodbank would be grateful for donations of the following goods during February. Long grain rice, tinned ham, tinned Corned Beef, Soap/Shower. Please bring them to Church and they will be delivered to the Foodbank. Contact Val Cantlay val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com
HEALING SERVICE The monthly Christian Healing Service will be held in St Stephen’s today at 4pm to which all are invited. When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?” (John 5 v 6) Ruth Martin.
CROSSREACH The latest newsletter is at church doors. Also prayer diary for February to May. CrossReach apologise for the late delivery. Contact Rae Swan raeswan<at>aol.com
WORD FOR TODAY The latest copies of the free UCB daily bible reading magazine are available in the vestibules of both churches.
OTHER NEWS
LGOWIT – Living Better with a Long-term Condition Support Group meets on Monday 6 Febuary from 2pm to 4pm at Trinity Church and on Tuesday 7 February from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Hilton Church Hall. All ages welcome, transport on request. Contact Roy Anderson lgowitroy<at>highlandtsi.org.uk
LIFE ON THE FRONT LINE is a resource for churches to use in small groups to encourage and equip Christians to work out what ‘whole life discipleship’ is. Come along to a Taster Evening at Inshes Church on Monday 13 February 2017 from 7.30pm to 9pm. The evening is for church leaders and potential leaders of small groups. Contact Heather Beck, Secretary, Inverness Presbytery Outreach & Education Comittee kenny.beck<at>btinternet.com
CHALMERS LECTURES 2017 Reforming the Kirk – the future of the Church of Scotland on 1, 8 and 15 February 2017 at 6.30pm at St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh. In this series of three lectures, Glasgow-based Practical Theologian, Dr Doug Gay will offer a candid, forthright and bold analysis of the state of the Church of Scotland and the choices facing it. Free to attend; watch online/further details at www.churchofscotland.org.uk

Sunday Bulletin 29 January 2017

Sunday 5 February 2017
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
Led by Rev Doug McRoberts
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
Both services led by Rev Doug McRoberts
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.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
For further information and 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.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP Next meetings will meet tonight and Sundays 5 and 19 February, at 7pm in St Stephen’s vestry. We shall be using a book “Life in the Psalms” as the starting point for our discussion. All are most welcome. Andrew Stevenson.
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at the Old High this morning. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. The Retiring Offering will be in aid of Christian Aid. Please give generously to this worthwhile project.
OLD HIGH MUSIC The inaugural concert of the 2017 series will take place on Saturday 11 February at 12 noon, when the Badenoch Chorale will perform a programme including pieces by Haydn, Parry, Elgar and Sullivan, along with modern songs and organ interludes. The brochure detailing monthly recitals throughout the year will shortly be circulated, and we would ask the support of the congregation in circulating these as widely as possible amongst family and friends. This programme is now a well-established part of the music life of the city, but we are keen to build audience numbers further in the course of this coming year. Details from Andrew Stevenson  stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
ALTERNATIVE APPROACH TO WORSHIP There has been discussion in the Worship & Education Group about the benefits at this time in the life of Old High St Stephen’s for us to plan occasional services which could be led by elders and members of the congregation. The aim would be to deepen our personal growth as Christians and find new opportunities for participation by leading worship together. We would welcome the chance to explore next steps towards that, through meeting with anyone from the congregation who would like to join this discussion, by sharing ideas, even if you may not want at this time to be directly involved in leading such a service. We shall meet in St Stephen’s vestry at 7pm on Sunday 12 February. Please do consider joining us then. More details from Andrew Stevenson. stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
ST STEPHEN’S SOUND ROTA We need another person to do the sound. Training, if required, will be given. If you can help please contact Joan. Darcy joan.darcy<at>tesco.net.
HIGHLAND FOODBANK The Foodbank would be grateful for donations of the following goods during the months of January and February. Long grain rice, tinned ham, tinned Corned Beef, Soap/Shower. Please bring them to Church and they will be delivered to the Foodbank. Contact Val Cantlay val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com
HEALING SERVICE The monthly Christian Healing Service will be held in St Stephen’s next Sunday 12 February at 4pm to which all are invited. (Contact Ruth Martin)
WORD FOR TODAY booklets are available at the doors at both churches.
OTHER NEWS
BLYTHSWOOD VACANCIES 1 Driver/Warehouse Person; 2 Donated Goods Sorters; 1 Warehouse Person, all based in Evanton. Application forms and job descriptions from Barbara Grace personnel<at>blythswood.org. Closing date for all completed applications is 5pm Wednesday 1 February 2017.
LGOWIT – Living Better with a Long-term Condition Support Group meets on Monday 6 February from 2pm to 4pm at Trinity Church. All ages welcome, transport on request. Roy Anderson lgowitroy<at>highlandtsi.org.uk (01667) 455620
LIFE ON THE FRONT LINE is a resource for churches to use in small groups to encourage and equip Christians to work out what ‘whole life discipleship’ is. Come along to a Taster Evening at Inshes Church on Monday 13 February 2017 from 7.30pm to 9pm. The evening is for church leaders and potential leaders of small groups. Contact Heather Beck, Secretary, Inverness Presbytery Outreach & Educ Cttee kenny.beck<at>btinternet.com
CHALMERS LECTURES 2017 Reforming the Kirk – the future of the Church of Scotland on 1, 8 and 15 February 2017 at 6.30pm at St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh. In this series of three lectures, Glasgow-based Practical Theologian, Dr Doug Gay will offer a candid, forthright and bold analysis of the state of the Church of Scotland and the choices facing it. Free to attend; watch online/further details at www.churchofscotland.org.uk
INVERNESS TOWNSCAPE HERITAGE PROJECT Royal Highland Hotel, Inverness 2 February 2017 from 3pm to 5.30pm. Join us for the whole session or just drop in for ten minutes, to share your memories of Academy Street, recent and not so recent.There will be a short presentation on some of the historic buildings on Academy Street followed by memory sharing. A selection of old photographs, maps and newspaper adverts and articles will be on display and there will be opportunities for you to share your stories. Please bring along photos or other memorabilia, we would love to see them. For more information, contact lynn.fraser<at>aocarchaeology.com

Sunday Bulletin 22 January 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 29January 2017
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
Led by Rev Doug McRoberts
11.15am Morning Sacrament of Holy Communion at the Old High
Led by Rev Alastair Younger
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurchgmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
For further information and contact details : invernesschurchgmail.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.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP Next meetings will be on Sunday 22 January and Sundays 5 and 19 February, at 7pm in St Stephen’s vestry. We shall be using a book “Life in the Psalms” as the starting point for our discussion. All are most welcome. Andrew Stevenson
HOBBY/CRAFT EVENING on Wednesday 25 January in St Stephen’s Hall at 7.30pm and fortnightly thereafter. Please bring your craft to share with others. If not a crafter, perhaps you would like to learn. Please come along and enjoy the camaraderie. Further details from Margaret McAleer.
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at the Old High on Sunday 29 January 2017. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. The Retiring Offering will be in aid of Christian Aid. Please give generously to this worthwhile project.
OLD HIGH MUSIC The inaugural concert of the 2017 series will take place on Saturday 11 February at 12 noon, when the Badenoch Chorale will perform a programme including pieces by Haydn, Parry, Elgar and Sullivan, along with modern songs and organ interludes. The brochure detailing monthly recitals throughout the year will shortly be circulated, and we would ask the support of the congregation in circulating these as widely as possible amongst family and friends. This programme is now a well-established part of the music life of the city, but we are keen to build audience numbers further in the course of this coming year. Details from Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
FOOD FOR FAMILIES A big thank you to all the ladies who have helped with the Food for Families project this year. Over 200 meals have been produced which will go to help families and those vulnerable within our City. You have made a real difference to those people – thanks for all your efforts. Christine Mackenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
OLD HIGH FLOWER LIST 2017 The flower list is currently being made up. There are a small number of spaces and if you would like to donate flowers, please speak to Sally McCubbin.
ST STEPHEN’S SOUND ROTA We need another person to do the sound. Training, if required, will be given. If you can help please contact Joan. Darcy joan.darcy<at>tesco.net.
OLD HIGH CHURCH ROTA DUTIES – HELP REQUIRED We would welcome your help for the following duties at Sunday services: Beadle; Door duty; Creche (PVG required but can be arranged). If we have insufficient helpers for door duty, we will open the East door only. If you are able to help with any of these important duties on a rota basis, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Christine Mackenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
WORD FOR TODAY booklets are available at the doors at both churches.
OTHER NEWS
MAINLY MUSIC INVERNESS on Wednesday, 25 January from 10am to 11.30am at Culduthel Christian Centre, Culduthel Avenue, Inverness IV2 6A. Mainly Music is new to the UK, providing churches with a way to connect Jesus and community. Started in 1990, mainly music is a fun music group for parents to enjoy together with their young child. Children are introduced to music, creativity and more. The concept provides everyday people, mums and dads, grandparents, single people (in fact, anyone who has availability and a heart for families with young children) the chance to press into their faith, grow and be challenged, listen and ask wondering questions, provide care and above all, listen to the prompt of the Holy Spirit before speaking. Coffee available from 9.30am. Contact us to let us know you’ll be coming 0800 112 0382 : ukadminmainlymusic.org
LGOWIT – Living Better with a Long-term Condition Support Group meets on Thursday 26 January from 12 noon–2pm at Smithton Church. Come along and treat yourself to a bit of pampering to celebrate a new year, plus some new therapies to try out. All ages welcome, transport on request. Contact Roy Anderson lgowitroy<at>highlandtsi.org.uk
CHARLMERS LECTURES 2017 Reforming the Kirk – the future of the Church of Scotland to be held on 1, 8 and 15 February 2017 at 6.30pm at St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh. In this series of three lectures, Glasgow-based Practical Theologian and Kirk Minister, Dr Doug Gay will offer a candid, forthright and bold analysis of the state of the Church of Scotland and the choices facing it. Free to attend, or watch online and further details at www.churchofscotland.org.uk

Old High Organ Recital 8 October 2016

OLD HIGH MUSIC

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

Sunday Bulletin 4 September 2016

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