Sunday Bulletin 22 January 2017

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 Deadline Wednesday at 12noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
For further information and contact details :
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>
PASTORAL CARE will be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant arthursinclair<at> 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>
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>
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>
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>
WORD FOR TODAY booklets are available at the doors at both churches.
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 :
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>
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

Old High Organ Recital 8 October 2016


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

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> Deadline: Wednesday at noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
For further information and contact details : invernesschurch<at> (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.
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
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>
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> 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>
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 I am also doing a 50-mile sponsored cycle on 2 September. Please visit my JustGiving page Any support would be much appreciated! Contact Catherine Kelly at seankelly12<at>
HANDBELL PRACTICE resumes on Tuesday 6 September in the Old High Halls at 7.30p.m. Contact Rena Beaton rena.beaton<at>
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>
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>
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>
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>
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>
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> 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>
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>
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: 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<at>

Old High midday concert 11 June: Young Highland Musicians

11 June OH concert

The next recital at the Old High is on Saturday 11th June at 12 noon.

It will repeat the format of the concert last June when we invited some advanced Highland School musicians, including some senior pupils who are now moving on to the Conservatoire, to perform for us. This year they are offering a mixture of brass, violin and viola music.

Please come along to support these young musicians.

Click here for the full programme.

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Click here or the complete 2016 Old High concerts leaflet .

2016 Old High Music Recital Programme

The 2016 Music Recital Programme is available to download here.

2016 Old High Music Recital Programme

We are happy to send advance details about each performance to everyone on our emailing list. If you would like to receive details of our music events, please e-mail This will not be used for any other purpose other than informing you about music in our congregation and will not be passed on to any third party.

Old High Music 2015 – The Merlewood Ensemble

OLD HIGH MUSIC Saturday 28th November, 12 noon. Merlewood Ensemble. For the final recital of the 2015 series we welcome back these local musicians. They provided a beautiful ending to our music last year and we are grateful that they are willing to do so again this year. Their programme includes pieces by Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn and others. Andrew Stevenson

Download the Programme here

We have now set up a music e-mailing list and if you would like to be included and get advance notification of our recital programmes and other music event details, please send an e-mail to This will not be used for any other purpose than informing you about music at Old High St Stephens and will not be shared with any third party. We would like to encourage you to forward information on to any interested family and friends. All being well, we hope to hold the inaugural recital in 2016 on Saturday 20th February at 12 noon but this is still to be confirmed. We will circulate details in due course to everyone on our email list.

Organ Recital 3 October 2015

Old High Music

Organ Recital on Saturday 3rd October at 12 noon by David Mackay.   From previous recitals we know that this will be a splendid event.

David Mackay developed his early playing skills at Ness Bank Church before studying at the Royal Scottish Academy in Glasgow.   He has many years experience as an organist in and around Ayr, including regular performances at the Kelvingrove Art Galleries.

His one-hour programme includes work by J.S. Bach, Chapell, Jongen, Boellmann and Vierne.

We are counting on a good audience to welcome David back to his old home town!

Click here for the Organ Recital Programme