Sunday Bulletin 26 March 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 2 April 2017
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
Led by Rev Doug McRoberts
11.15am Alternative Service at the Old High
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 : invernesschurch<at>gmail.com
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 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
RETIRING OFFERING There will be a retiring offering today 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
OHSS MAGAZINE The magazines are available today for distributors to collect. Jennifer Morrison jennifer<at>kenilweb.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, 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. 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.
MEET & EAT There will be a gathering for lunch on Thursday 30 March at 12.30pm at the Craigmonie Hotel, Annfield Road. Please let me know if you wish to join us. Contact Val Cantlay ( val.cantlay<at>btinternet.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 Ken Cantlay or any choir member. £6 donation towards the new sensory garden at Cameron House.
OLD HIGH Tea will be served after the service on Sunday 2 April. All welcome. Contact Christine Mackenzie on christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
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).
THANK YOU Ken and Margaret Young would like to thank the members of the congregation for the beautiful card and gift they received on the occasion of their Golden Wedding.   It was a great surprise and very much appreciated.
OTHER NEWS
LIVING BETTER GROUP MEETING on Thursday 6 April 2017 (6.30-8pm) in MS Therapy Centre (Burnett Road – behind Police Station). Come along for a free taster session of Autogenic Training. Further details from Roy Anderson lgowitroy<at>highlandtsi.org.uk

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 March 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 12 March 2017
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
Both Services led by Rev David Anderson
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 details and contact information : 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 younger873btinternet.com.
PASTORAL CARE will be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant arthursinclairbtinternet.com while Peter is absent from his duties, due to illness.
SOUTHSIDE NURSING HOME There will be a short service, led by Isobel Allan, 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 Isobel after the service. We still also seek members willing to lead these services on a rota basis; please contact Janet Robertson janetnfraserbtinternet.com
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.atabtinternet.com
HOBBY/CRAFT EVENING on Wednesday 8 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.
HEALING SERVICE The next Healing Service will be next Sunday 12 March at 4pm in St Stephen’s to which all are invited to pray for their illness or for others who are ill. (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 williekenilweb.com. The deadline will be confirmed later, but is likely to be Friday, 17 March.
THE RETIRING OFFERING held on Sunday 26 February for Christian Aid raised the sum of £169.29. Sandy Cumming sandy.cummingbtopenworld.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.cantlaybtinternet.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 raeswanaol.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 or stevenson.atabtinternet.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.darcytesco.net
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.

Sunday Bulletin 26 February 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 5 March 2017
10am Alternative Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
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 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.
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at St Stephen’s today. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. The Retiring Offering will be on behalf of Christian Aid. Please give generously to this worthwhile project.
KIRK SESSION the next meeting will be held at the Old High hall on
1 March at 7.30pm. Linda Philip lindajphilip<at>hotmail.com
CHURCH OPENING It is proposed to open the Old High Church during Lent from 2-4pm each Friday, from 3 March. If anyone would like to assist please contact Joy Cossar or Sheila MacLeod.
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.
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
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.
OTHER NEWS
LGOWIT On Thursday 2 March we are holding the first meeting of a new Evening Support Group in the MS Therapy Centre (6.30pm to 8pm) – anyone living with any form of long term condition will be made most welcome. This new Group provides the opportunity for those unable to come along to our day-time Groups due to work and other commitments to share their experiences, pass on useful tips and take part in various fun activities. MS Therapy Centre staff will be offering a guided tour of the Centre, show-casing the many services/benefits it has to offer anyone with a long term condition (not just MS). Contact Roy Anderson LGOWITRoy<at>highlandtsi.org.uk
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER SERVICE on Friday 3 March at 10.30am at East Church, Academy Street, Inverness. The theme is “Jesus said to them am I being unfair to you”, and written by Christian women of the Philippines. Speaker is Mrs Elspeth Gordon who visited family in the Philippines last year. Rae Swan raeswan<at>aol.com
INVERNESS AND DISTRICT STEDFAST ASSOCIATION (former members of the Boys Brigade) are holding a Singalong on Friday 10 March at 7.30pm at Crown Church, Kingsmills Road, Inverness. Everyone welcome. Entry by donation; all proceeds to CHAS and the Elsie Normington Foundation. Contact Tom Boyle, tom.boyle136<at>gmail.com.
AN EVENING WITH KENNETH STEVEN Tuesday 21 March 2017 at 7.30pm in Hilton Church, Tomatin Road, Inverness IV2 4RU. Gifted Scottish poet and author Kenneth Steven will be reading from his work, with particular reference to his most recent collection Letting in the Light. Its major theme is the poet’s journey through the darkness of marital  breakdown and divorce, and his encounter with the light which shines through the cracks our pain opens up in us. Kenneth will be discussing the relationship between spirituality and creativity, and the power of words to heal. There will be a reflective interlude with traditional Scottish music. All welcome! Admission free! John Dempster jahdempster<at>btinternet.com

Sunday Bulletin 12 February 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 19 February 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 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 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 younger873btinternet.com.
PASTORAL CARE will be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant arthursinclairbtinternet.com while Peter is absent from his duties, due to illness.
PRESBYTERY PLANNING COMMITTEE DRAFT PROPOSALS The Kirk Session at a special meeting held on Sunday 5 February considered the Draft Presbytery Plan as it affects Old High St Stephen’s Congregation. The plan proposes that Old High St Stephen’s should close one of its buildings and favours retention of Old High Building and closure of St Stephen’s Building. The Plan includes deployment of ministers, given that number of ministers available for charges is certain to fall dramatically in the next ten years. The position of ministers currently in charges is protected. The Plan also seeks to change Parish Boundaries within the Presbytery.
The Kirk Session has formulated a number of questions with regard to the proposed plan seeking clarification of the criteria used in its formation. At this early stage prior to a Presbytery Decision, the Kirk Session seeks to consult with the Presbytery Planning Committee and inform itself so that at later stages in the process it can responsibly represent the interests of Old High St Stephen’s. The Kirk Session seeks the prayerful support of the congregation at this difficult time as they move forward in seeking and realising their place in the mission of the church within Inverness Presbytery. Rev Alastair Younger, Interim Moderator younger873btinternet.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.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP Next meeting will be 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.
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 tonight. Please do consider joining us then. More details from Andrew Stevenson stevenson.atabtinternet.com
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.cantlaybtinternet.com
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at St Stephen’s on Sunday 26 February. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. The Retiring Offering will be on behalf of Christian Aid. Please give generously to this worthwhile project.
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 williekenilweb.com. The deadline will be confirmed later, but is likely to be Friday, 17 March.
CROSSREACH The latest newsletter is at church doors. Also prayer diary for February to May. CrossReach apologise for the late delivery. Contact Rae Swan raeswanaol.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
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.beckbtinternet.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
LGOWIT On Wednesday 22 February from 2pm to 4pm come along to an afternoon of Boccia (a bit like seated bowls, but with softer balls), in the Spectrum Centre in Inverness. Anyone with a long term condition is welcome to come along and join in – or even just spectate and enjoy the atmosphere! Carers and family members invited. Further information from Roy Anderson lgowitroyhighlandtsi.org.uk

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