Christmas and New Year Services

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Do join us for our Christmas services!

Christmas Eve is a Sunday this year, so we will celebrate the last Sunday of Advent with a service of Lessons and Carols at the Old High. Christmas Eve sees evening services at St Stephen’s, and there are our usual services for Christmas Day and St Stephen’s Day at St Stephen’s Church.

Download our Christmas flyer here.

Sunday 17 December 2017: The Third Sunday of Advent

10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR SERVICES

Sunday 24 December: The Fourth Sunday of Advent

11.15am Service of Lessons and Carols at the Old High Church

(Congregational Service: no services at St Stephen’s on Sunday Morning)

Sunday 24 December: Christmas Eve

6.30pm Christmas Eve All-Age Service at St Stephen’s

11.15am Watchnight Service at St Stephen’s

Monday 25 December: Christmas Day

10am Christmas Day All-Age Service at St Stephen’s

Tuesday 26 December: St Stephen’s Day

10am: St Stephen’s Day service with Communion at St Stephen’s

Sunday 31 December 2017: The First Sunday of Christmas

10am: Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11.15am: Morning Worship at Old High

both services led by Rev Arthur Sinclair, Pastoral Assistant

Sunday 7 January 2018: Baptism of the Lord

10am: Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11.15am: Morning Worship at Old High

Sunday Bulletin 3 December 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Sunday 10 December 2017: Second Sunday of Advent

10am: Morning Worship 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 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.

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.

HIGHLAND FOODBANK To try to make Christmas a little more bearable for those who need to use the Foodbank over the festive period you are asked to donate any long life hard goods, tinned items or biscuits during the month of December. These will be very much appreciated by those who find themselves in need over Christmas. Thank you.

ST STEPHEN’S GIVING TREE is available again today and there are still nearly 40 gift labels (out of 104 on offer). Gifts will be distributed to 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. Please choose a tag from the Giving Tree and return the red bow for future use. Please wrap your gifts, attaching the label for identification and return them on 10 December for delivery by 15 December. More information from 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 or Diana Fraser.

OLD HIGH FLOWER LIST 2018 This is now being prepared and there are just a few spaces available. If you would like to add your name to the list please contact Sally McCubbin.

CAMERON HOUSE The retiring offerings held in August, September, October and November raised the magnificent sum of £850 for Cameron House. Sincere thanks for such a generous response. Sandy Cumming, Treasurer.

CRAFT EVENING in St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm on Wednesday 6 December. 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.

CHRISTMAS FAYRE The Social & Fundraising Action Team would like to say a big Thank You to all who contributed/helped on the day, and to those who braved the weather to come along and support us. To date we have raised approximately £800. Margaret McAleer.

OLD HIGH TEA will be served after the service today. All welcome.

FUNDRAISING BAKE SALE By popular request Anna Kelly is going to hold another bake sale as part of her fundraising for her year in Nepal on 17 December after the service at St Stephens. It will have a festive theme with tablet on sale too. She looks forward to seeing you there. Fiona Kelly.

OHSS MAGAZINE Magazine distributors can collect their bundles next Sunday 10 December. Jennifer Morrison.

CROSSREACH CATALOGUES are available at the church doors. There is a good selection of cards and wrapping paper. Rae Swan.

OLD HIGH MUSIC Final recital for 2017 on Saturday 9 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.

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/.

SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator. Pat is on Annual Leave from Tuesday 5 December to Friday 15 December. Items for the 3, 10 and 17 December bulletins were requested by Wednesday 29 November at 12 noon.

OTHER NEWS

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, at the Music Shop, Church Street, or at the door on the night.

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.

The Word became a Refugee- sermon for Christmas Eve Watchnight 2015

In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.
We three kings of Orient are
Bearing gifts we traverse afar
Field and fountain, moor and mountain
Following yonder star.

They have haunted our Christmas imagination for centuries. They still haunt our Christmas cards, our carols (of course), our crib scenes. Continue reading

Sunday Bulletin 13 December 2015

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 20 December: The Fourth Sunday of Advent
10am: All-Age Service at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High led by Heidi Hercus
followed by Christmas Pies in the church

SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator. The deadline for all items is Wednesday at noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
MINISTER’S NEW EMAIL Due to data protection concerns, the Church of Scotland has asked all its ministers to use new email addresses for all church business. Peter’s new email address is PNimmo[a]churchofscotland.org.uk. Please change your computer/phone/tablet settings accordingly. Apologies for this unavoidable inconvenience. The email address of our Church Administrator, Pat MacLeod, remains the same: invernesschurch[a]gmail.com. (On both cases, please replace [a] with @).

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
For further information and contact details for any items listed below:
E-mail: invernesschurch[a]gmail.com (For all e-mail addresses replace [a] with @)

CHRISTMAS PIES, TEA AND COFFEE will be served in the Old High Church at 12.15pm after next Sunday’s service. Please come and join us, even if you have worshipped at St Stephen’s. We need some helpers – please stay for a moment after the service today at Old High.
CHRISTMAS SERVICES Download our Christmas leaflet here
Next Sunday Services are at the usual times- 10am All-Age Service at St Stephen’s; 11.15 service at Old High followed by Christmas Pies.
Christmas Eve- All-Age at St Stephen’s at 6.30pm, Watchnight at St Stephen’s 11.30pm.
Christmas Day and St Stephen’s Day at St Stephen’s at 10.30am.
First Sunday of Christmas Services at the usual times (10am and 11.15am) led by Reader Stuart Robertson
CAMERON HOUSE will hold a Christmas Service at 3.30pm next Sunday, led by our Minister, who is their Chaplain. All welcome!
ST STEPHEN’S GIVING TREE presents should have been returned by today. Grateful thanks to everyone who gave generously to the needy people in our city. Your gift may be the only one someone gets! If you have forgotten to bring your gift you can still deliver it to Cliff Sim no later than 16 December.
LUNCH CLUB will meet at 12.30pm on Thursday 17 December at the Craigmonie Hotel for Christmas dinner. Transport is available. Please consider joining us for good food and fellowship. Contact Rae Swan.
HOME GROUP Wednesday 16 December at 7.30pm at Winnie Stafford’s. New members welcome.
OLD HIGH FLOWER ROTA The flower list for the Old High is currently being prepared for 2016. There are a few spaces (mostly in the second half of the year) and if you would like to add your name please contact Sally McCubbin.
OHSS MAGAZINE will be available for distributors to collect today.
ST STEPHEN’S FLOWER CONVENER Annette Stoker has kindly offered to take on this role, but wishes to share it with someone. If you can help, please contact Jill or Annette.
CROSSREACH Christmas catalogue available at church doors. Contact Rae Swan.
WORD FOR TODAY New issue (Nov-Dec) of ‘Word for Today’, daily bible readings are freely available in the church vestibules.
HEALING SERVICE There will be a Healing Service in St Stephen’s today at 4pm to which all are invited. Contact Ruth Martin.
GOOD NEWS FROM ARMY CHAPLAIN REVJOHN DUNCAN who sent the following email: “Thank you for your good wishes. The good folk of Leuchars voted for me! I am now the Minister elect at Leuchars, Fife. The Presbytery of St Andrews will decide the date of the Induction Service. However, I plan to move to Leuchars at the beginning of March 2016.” We wish John all the best as he comes to the end of his Army career and moves back into Parish ministry in a town which is about to become an Army barracks town!

OTHER NEWS

HIGHLANDS SUPPORT REFUGEES urgently needs winter/waterproof clothing for Babies/Children/Women/Men: Underwear (new) Sturdy shoes (all sizes) Tents, Torches, Tealights, Tarpaulins, Sleeping bags/Blankets, Babies Bottles/Blankets. We have space to fill in a lorry heading to Serbia at the end of November, and are in the process of organising a container to Greece in the next few weeks. We need volunteers to help with sorting/packing at the Old Education Centre, Castle Street Dingwall. Contact James jemshewangmail.com
REFUGEE WELCOME VOLUNTEERS NEEDED The Highland Third Sector Interface are looking for volunteers who are interested in supporting the incoming Refugee families. A volunteer Greeter will provide a local, personalised series of one-to-one sessions with a resettled refugee family or individual, to support their integration and access to community services and supports. The long term aim is to provide a more robust integration for refugees coming into Highland. Volunteers require to be available for training on the 26 and 27 February, and for a minimum of two hours on a weekly basis for 8 weeks, over a 2-month period around March/April 2016. (This could vary but applicants will be kept fully informed). To download the role description and application form www.highlandtsi.org.uk. The deadline for application is the 8th January 2016. An information meeting has been arranged for Friday 18 December 2015 at 3pm, Smithton Church, Inverness. Please let us know if you are coming along by emailing eventshighlandtsi.org.uk

Christmas Services

CamelsJPEGOur Christmas Services poster is now online!

On Christmas Eve we have an all-age service at 6.30pm and a Watchnight Service at 11.30pm, both at St Stephen’s.

We also have services at St Stephen’s on Christmas Day and on St Stephen’s Day (Boxing Day) at 10.30am. Bring your gifts along on Christmas Day!

For more information, please call 01463 250 802.

Christmas services at St Stephen’s

Unexpected ChristmasOur services for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day are all at St Stephen’s:

Christmas Eve

6.30pm All Age service
11.30pm Watchnight Service

Christmas Day

10.30am Christmas Day service (bring your gifts along!)

St Stephen’s Day (26 December)

10.30am St Stephen’s Day service at St Stephen’s

There will be services on the Sunday after Christmas at the usual times of 10am (St Stephen’s) and 11.15am (Old High).

Ding Dong Merrily Old High: celebrating the Inverness Christmas Lights Switch-on

Ding Dong poster and leaflet

Once more, we will be celebrating the Inverness Christmas Lights Switch On with a family carol service at the Old High.

Follow Santa down Church Street to the Old High to enjoy traditional carols, as well as the fun of the hilarious Out of the Box Puppets with their unique take on Christmas.

A chance to celebrate the real meaning of Christmas!

For more information, please contact invernesschurch(a)gmail.com.

Download the poster here, or leaflets here.