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.

Sunday Bulletin 26 November 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 3 December 2017: First Sunday of Advent
10am: Sacrament of Baptism at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or the Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
THE SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP from tonight the group will meet every Sunday through Advent (considering the section of Woodhouse’s book entitled Prayer), responding to the call at the recent Congregational Retreat to reflect prayerfully on what we may be being asked to do in 2018 and beyond. If anyone would like to join us, even intermittently, contact Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com for reading material in advance.
CONGREGATIONAL COMMUNION SERVICE today: all welcome at the Lord’s Table. Retiring Offering for Cameron House.
MEET AND EAT There will be a Gathering for lunch on Thursday 30 November at 12.30pm at the Craigmonie Hotel. Please let me know if you wish to join us.
Contact Val Cantlay val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com
FOOD FOR FAMILIES Following yet another successful year of the Food for Families project, Ann and David Sutherland have extended their generosity to provide the mince for the Food for Families project once again. Local suppliers provide other donations. Last year the project provided 3,057 meals, which was a fantastic effort from all the teams involved, and be assured all meals were gratefully received by individuals and families who were in need. We hope to maintain the number of meals delivered this year. Over the six years of providing this service we have all helped to provide 15,709 meals! This year we are making vegetable soup for week commencing 4 December and macaroni for week commencing 8 January. All ingredients are supplied. Contact Christine MacKenzie  christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
ST STEPHEN’S GIVING TREE is available today and next Sunday, 3 December. Please choose a tag from the Tree and return the red bow now for future use. Details of the gifts required are on the labels. Please wrap your gifts, attaching the label for identification and return them either on 3 or 10 December for subsequent distribution. Gifts are for Beechwood, Cale House, Manna House, Mackenzie Centre, Hilton Village (Social Work), Porterfield Prisoners’ Children & Barnardo’s Springboard (toiletries for vulnerable youngsters aged 16 to 20 years). Contact: Cliff Sim.
THE OLD HIGH GIVING TREE will be in the East Corridor from Sunday 3 December. We are providing gifts for the homeless people in the area and suggested donations include gloves, socks, scarves, pants or warm hats. A little extra such as a Mars bar or some sweets would be a nice surprise. Gateway have advised that at present 15 ladies and 20 gentlemen are homeless but additional gifts would be appreciated for unexpected situations. Wrapped gifts should be returned by Sunday 17 December. Sheila MacLeod macloshei<at>aol.com or Diana Fraser.
OLD HIGH TEA will be served after the service next Sunday- All welcome.
CROSSREACH CATALOGUES are available at the church doors. There is a good selection of cards and wrapping paper. Rae Swan.
OHSS MAGAZINE Willie Morrison requires articles and photos for the December issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, by e-mail to willie<at>kenilweb. Deadline is Friday 1 December.
OLD HIGH MUSIC Final recital for 2017 on Saturday 10 December at 12 noon: theTuradh Duo. Emma Donald (violin) and Isabel Pendlebury (clarsach) met when they were studying music in Edinburgh and Strathclyde Universities. Since returning to the Highlands they have established a fine reputation for their original interpretations and arrangements from the Scottish Folk Music Tradition. A relaxed hour of music, followed by seasonal refreshments and the chance to give feedback on this year’s music and hear about the programme for 2018. Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com.
GOING FORWARD SURVEY AND CONGREGATIONAL RETREAT We are very sorry that those who attended the Congregational Retreat on 4 November did not get the chance to discuss the Community Survey by Kerrera Wilson and the proposals for outreach projects. As we did promise that that would happen, we propose to hold another, shorter meeting solely for the congregation to give feedback on the proposals. This will take place on the morning of Saturday 20 January 2018- please keep your diary free! The report and proposals are available on our website http://oldhighststephens.com/going-forward-survey-report/. If you would like paper copies, please contact our Church Administrator (079 342 85924). Linda Philip, Session Clerk.
PROVOST OF INVERNESS CATHEDRAL Rev Sarah Murray will be installed as Provost on Thursday 30 November in at a ceremony in Inverness Cathedral at 7.30pm. All welcome!
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Pat is on A/L from Tuesday 5 December to Friday 15 December. Items for the 3, 10 and 17 December bulletins should be with her by Wednesday 29 November at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
OTHER NEWS
INVERNESS STREET PASTORS 10th Anniversary at Inverness Cathedral on Friday 1 December at 7pm for a Commission Service of Street Pastors and Prayer Pastors. Robyn Teago robyn<at>loveinverness.org
FAITH, BELIEF AND MENTAL HEALTH A Day for reflection and connection Thursday 30 November 2017, 10.30am-3.30pm, Inshes Church, Inverness. Speakers: Rev Iain Macritchie Mental Health Care Chaplain; Rev Fiona Smith on Faith Communities & Mental Health Care; Michael Perera Mental Health Services Manager. Light lunch provided. To attend, contact Raigmore Chaplaincy:  lorna.sculthorpe-goode<at>nhs.net
VOCATIONS INFORMATION DAY Saturday 10 February 2018 at The Conforti Institute, Coatbridge. Follows the great success of our launch of the Tomorrow’s Calling campaign in 2015. For those with an interest in Ministry of Word and Sacrament, Diaconal Ministry or Readership but as a much wider exploration of the ministry of the whole people of God; compulsory for potential candidates for ministry. For more information, speak to the Minister.
ON CHRISTMAS NIGHT Wednesday 6 December at 7.30pm, Crown Church. The Inverness Singers, conducted by Robin Versteeg, with guest soloist, Alison Young, mezzo soprano present a programme of nocturnal carols to celebrate the peace and wonder of the festive season. (Parking in the Crown School playground). Admission by programme (Adults £8, Children/Students £4); Margaret Young kenmag20<at>btinternet.com, at the Music Shop, Church Street, or at the door on the night.

Sunday Bulletin 19 November 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Tonight
6.30pm Ding Dong Merrily Old High
Carol Service for the Inverness Christmas Lights Switch-On at the Old High
led by the Minister
Sunday 26 November 2017: Christ the King Sunday
10am: Congregational Communion Service at St Stephen’s
led by the Minister
(NB No service at Old High)
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
DING DONG MERRILY OLD HIGH this evening 6.30pm at Old High. This family-friendly carol service following the Christmas Lights Switch on brings hundreds of families into church to hear the Christmas story. Please do bring along your families. Also, we need people to help lead the singing (nothing you don’t know!), so feel free to join the choir on the night. Details from Peter, or see http://www.invernessfestivals.com/winter08/blog/index.php
OUR MINISTER is now fully returned to work. We are very grateful to the Rev Alastair Younger for acting as our Interim Moderator, and thank him and Pat warmly!
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or the Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
TODAY’S SERVICE AT ST STEPHEN’S will be led by the Worship Group.
THE SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will not meet tonight since members will be attending the Old High Service. From 26 November the group will meet every Sunday through Advent (considering the section of Woodhouse’s book entitled Prayer), responding to the call at the recent Congregational Retreat to reflect prayerfully on what we may be being asked to do in 2018 and beyond. If anyone would like to join us, even intermittently, let Andrew Stevenson know stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com for reading material in advance.
CHRISTMAS FAYRE Saturday 25 November, St Stephen’s 10am-12 noon. Tickets £3. Tea/coffee & mince pie/shortbread. Donations for Auction, Gift Stall, Baking, and Raffles appreciated. Please start thinking about this now! Donations apart from Baking will be accepted 18/19 November or bring along to Church Margaret McAleer at St Stephen’s or Kate Leckie at Old High.
CRAFT EVENING in St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm on Wednesday 22 November. Please come along with your craft or if you wish to learn a craft you will be made very welcome. At present there is knitting, crochet, cross stitch, tapestry and card making but we would welcome any other craft. Refreshments provided. Enquiries from Margaret McAleer.
CONGREGATIONAL COMMUNION We will celebrate the Sacrament together at St Stephen’s next Sunday 26 November. All welcome at the Lord’s Table. Retiring Offering for Cameron House. No service at Old High. Linda Philip lindajphilip<at>hotmail.com.
FOOD FOR FAMILIES Following yet another successful year of the Food for Families project, Ann and David Sutherland have extended their generosity to provide the mince for the Food for Families project once again. Local suppliers provide other donations. Last year the project provided 3,057 meals, which was a fantastic effort from all the teams involved, and be assured all meals were gratefully received by individuals and families who were in need. We hope to maintain the number of meals delivered this year. Over the six years of providing this service we have all helped to provide 15,709 meals! This year we are making vegetable soup for week commencing 4 December and macaroni for week commencing 8 January. All ingredients are supplied- if you would like to help please contact Christine MacKenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
ST STEPHEN’S GIVING TREE will be available on 26 November (Joint Service) and 3 December so we ask for a thought to be given to those who sadly may not get any sort of small gift at Christmas. Please feel free to take one or more labels. Contact Cliff Sim  cliffsim<at>btinternet.com.
THE OLD HIGH GIVING TREE will be in the East Corridor from Sunday 3 December. We are providing gifts for the homeless people in the area and suggested donations include gloves, socks, scarves, pants or warm hats. A little extra such as a Mars bar or some sweets would be a nice surprise. Gateway have advised that at present 15 ladies and 20 gentlemen are homeless but additional gifts would be appreciated for unexpected situations. Wrapped gifts should be returned by Sunday 17 December. For further information please contact Sheila MacLeod macloshei<at>aol.com or Diana Fraser
CROSSREACH CATALOGUES are available at the church doors. There is a good selection of cards and wrapping paper. Contact Rae Swan.
OHSS MAGAZINE Willie Morrison requires articles and photos for the December issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, by e-mail to willie<at>kenilweb.com. Deadline is Friday 1 December.
OLD HIGH MUSIC Final recital for 2017 on Saturday 10 December at 12 noon: theTuradh Duo. Emma Donald (violin) and Isabel Pendlebury (clarsach) met when they were studying music in Edinburgh and Strathclyde Universities. Since returning to the Highlands they have established a fine reputation for their original interpretations and arrangements from the Scottish Folk Music Tradition. A relaxed hour of music, followed by seasonal refreshments and the chance to give feedback on this year’s music and hear about the programme for 2018. Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com.
GOING FORWARD SURVEY AND CONGREGATIONAL RETREAT We are very sorry that those who attended the Congregational Retreat on 4 November did not get the chance to discuss the Community Survey by Kerrera Wilson and the proposals for outreach projects. As we did promise that that would happen, we propose to hold another, shorter meeting solely for the congregation to give feedback on the proposals. This will take place on the morning of Saturday 20 January 2018- please keep your diary free! The report and proposals are available on our website http://oldhighststephens.com/going-forward-survey-report/. If you would like paper copies, please contact our Church Administrator. Linda Philip, Session Clerk.
OTHER NEWS
FAITH, BELIEF AND MENTAL HEALTH A Day for reflection and connection Thursday 30 November 2017, 10.30am-3.30pm, Inshes Church, Inverness. Speakers: Rev Iain Macritchie Mental Health Care Chaplain; Rev Fiona Smith on Faith Communities & Mental Health Care; Michael Perera Mental Health Services Manager. Light lunch provided. To attend, contact Raigmore Chaplaincy:  lorna.sculthorpe-goode<at>nhs.net
CHURCH OF SCOTLAND NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER ‘A call to pray that God would do a fresh work amongst His people.’ As a Presbytery, we will respond to this call on Saturday 25 November, when congregations and presbyteries across the Church of Scotland will be gathering on this national day to pray. 9.30-10.30am for prayer at Kinmylies Church, with coffee served at 10.30am. Trevor Hunt Inverness<at>churchofscotland.org.uk
VOCATIONS INFORMATION DAY Saturday 10 February 2018 at The Conforti Institute, Coatbridge. Follows the great success of our launch of the Tomorrow’s Calling campaign in 2015. For those with an interest in Ministry of Word and Sacrament, Diaconal Ministry or Readership but as a much wider exploration of the ministry of the whole people of God; compulsory for potential candidates for ministry. For more information, speak to the Minister.
BLYTHSWOOD VACANCIES Retail Administrator – Fixed term 6 months, Evanton (30 to 37.5 hours/week). Warehouse Person/Driver, Evanton (37.5 hours/week). Shop Warehouse Person (Casual), Harbour Road Shop (~ 21 hours over 3 days). Closing date Friday 24 November 2017.  Barbara Grace personnel<at>blythswood.org for information
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.

Sunday Bulletin 8 October 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 15 October 2017: The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
10 am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 Morning Worship at the Old High
Both services led by Stewart Robertson
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
OUR MINISTER is on a phased return to work and undertaking limited duties. The Rev Alastair Younger continues as our INTERIM MODERATOR. PASTORAL CARE continues to be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, who should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
HEALING SERVICE at St. Stephen’s, 4pm this afternoon- all are invited. Contact Ruth Martin
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP tonight at 7pm at St Stephen’s. Continuing our exploration of “Life in the Psalms” by Patrick Woodhouse. All welcome at these discussions! Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
CRAFT EVENINGS (every second Wednesday in St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm). Next meeting Wednesday 11 October. 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.
FROM SALON TO DRAWING ROOM Saturday 28 October, 7pm, Old High Church Hall. Join Robin Versteeg and friends for an evening of French and Scottish Chamber Music, raising funds of the Friends of the Old High Church. Tickets £12.50 including wine & canapes. Tickets & info from Christina Cameron christinajcameron6<at>gmail.com.
AUTUMN CHURCH WALK on Sunday 29 October. A straightforward short circular walk from the old fishing village of Avoch. The walk visits Ormond Castle – once an important medieval stronghold but later completely destroyed by Oliver Cromwell. Today the green mound offers excellent views back to the village and across the bay. Meet at St Stephen’s church for car share at 1.30pm, or 2pm at parking on the seafront at the southern end of Avoch. Cuppa at Munro’s nurseries at Bogallan at 3.30 pm. Contact Deborah Macrae.
ST STEPHEN’S HARVEST FESTIVAL FLOWERS Many many thanks to Pam, Jill, Jaye and Marslaidh who joined me in doing the flowers for Harvest Festival last week. You all worked so hard to make the church look splendid. There were many compliments from the congregation which makes our enjoyment of doing the flowers so worthwhile. We are now busy planning Christmas! Annette Stoker.
OLD HIGH HARVEST FESTIVAL FLOWERS thanks also to Sally McCubbin and her team. As well as the church decorations, the posies for members and friends were also much appreciated- Peter.
BLYTHSWOOD SHOE BOX APPEAL Leaflets are available at church doors. Filled boxes to be returned by 3 November. Academy Street shop will accept. Thanks. Rae Swan.
CROSSREACH £1 COIN BOXES The Church of Scotland social care agency has produced money boxes to collect old £1 coins which go out of circulation on 15 October. If you have any of these coins around the house please bring them to Church and donate them to this worthwhile cause. Val Cantlay  val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com.
OTHER NEWS
CAMERON HOUSE AFTERNOON TEA on 30 September raised £2,059. Many thanks to all who contributed in any way. Rae Swan
‘BACK TO CHURCH SUNDAY’ ROADSHOW on Wednesday 25 October 2017 from 1-3pm at Inshes Church, Inshes Retail Park, Sir Walter Scott Drive, Inverness. The purpose of the Roadshow is to provide ideas and inspiration for church members to develop a culture of inviting people to come to church, in advance of the National Weekend of Invitation in June 2018. The event is free but registration is required at https://www.resourcingmission.org.uk/weekend-invitation-roadshows-23-26-October or contact Linda Philip
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Due to holidays the deadline for the Sunday Bulletins for 8 and 15 October is Wednesday 4 October at 12 noon.

Barnabas at St Stephen’s

The combined choirs of Old High St Stephen’s, Ness Bank, Crown and St John’s Churches along with the main cast of the musical Barnabas, by Roger Jones, director of Birmingham-based Christian Music Ministries, pictured in St Stephen’s Church before the performance on 17 September. The cast members are, rear, from left: Roger Jones (director and keyboard), Bill Carpenter (Barnabas), Alan Walker (John Mark), Devon Brown (Saul), Marilyn Ellis (musician); front, from left: Ann Steer (Rhoda), Sarah Harley (Miriam and violinist), Rachel Haddon (musician)

Sunday Bulletin 25 June 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 2 July 2017: The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 Morning Worship at the Old High
Both Services led by Rev Alastair Younger
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
Details from invernesschurch<at>gmail.com
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at St Stephen’s today. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. Retiring Offering will be in aid of Dr Graham’s Homes, India. Please give generously to this vital project. Linda Philip lindajphilip<at>hotmail.com
INTERIM MODERATOR The Rev Alastair Younger continues as our Interim Moderator: younger873<at>btinternet.com.
PASTORAL CARE continues to be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant arthursinclair<at>btinternet.com.
MARGARET SUTHERLAND It has been agreed to give a gift to Margaret to mark her long service with our Congregation. Margaret was the first lady elder to be ordained in the Old High and went on to become Session Clerk on John Herrick’s retirement. She has also served as Session Clerk and Deputy Session Clerk since the union. This is nearly 30 years’ service which she has given freely and faithfully. To make a contribution, please either send it direct to our Treasurer, Sandy Cumming, or put it in an enveloped marked ‘Presentation to Margaret Sutherland’ and put it in the offering bag. The closing date for contributions is next Sunday 2 July.
OHSS MAGAZINE The magazine will be available for distributors to collect today. Jennifer Morrison jennifer<at>kenilweb.com
FLOWER ARRANGING EVENING Tuesday 27 June,7.30pm, St Stephen’s (in aid of funds) with Annette Stoker. Tickets (£5 including refreshments today at St Stephen’s from Joan Darcy joan.darcy<at>tesco.net) or Old High Christine Mackenzie or from The Olive Grove.
CHEESE AND WINE EVENING Friday 30 June, 8pm. Old High Church Hall in aid of our Fabric Fund. Photographs from church events will be shown by Willie Morrison and also some Old Inverness photographs. Tickets (£10) from Rena Beaton or Evelyn Moffat.
OLD HIGH Tea will be served after the service next Sunday 2 July. All welcome. Christine Mackenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
OLD HIGH MUSIC: THE KELLIE CONSORT Wednesday 5 July, 7.30pm as part of their summer tour. Programme of Baroque Music entitled ‘The Scottish/Italian Connection’: vocal and instrumental music from 17th and 18th century Scotland and Italy. A Sonata by Corelli and Cello Concerto by Vivaldi may well be familiar, but church music by Sir John Clerk of Penicuik and a Sonata by Thomas Erskine may be new for many of us. Philip Higham, cellist; Tom Wilkinson Conductor. As already announced, we are still looking for host addresses for 12 musicians for B&B on 5 July, so I’d be most grateful for any offers of assistance with that. Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com.
MEET & EAT There will be a lunch at 12.30pm at the Craigmonie Hotel on Thursday 29 June. All welcome. Transport is available. Contact Val Cantlay val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING The Old High will be open for visitors to the end of September on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday each week from 10am-12 noon and 2-4 pm. If you are able to help please contact Sheila MacLeod (macloshei<at>aol.com). If you can’t help every week we will still need people to help out on an occasional basis to cover in case of illness and holidays and will keep a list of those who can help in this way. In advance thank you for your help and I know that visitors to the City will appreciate being able to see round the Old High Church during their visit. Christine Mackenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com.
WORD FOR TODAY New copies of the daily readings Word for Today are now available in both churches. Ruth Martin.
CROSSREACH newsletter and prayer diary (June – Sept) are available at church doors. Contact Rae Swan.
LOST PROPERTY A small Nokia phone and a single key was found after the service last Sunday. This may belong to a church member or a wedding guest attending the weddings last Friday or Saturday. Contact Linda Philip lindajphilip<at>hotmail.com
OTHER NEWS
COMMUNITY OF FAITH CONFERENCE ON CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND A day conference for those who work with and minister to children and young people in the church, to connect, be resourced and inspired. this day conference will explore new and exciting ideas on a range of topics covered in the publication. Worship, an address from the Moderator and a market place. For everyone interested in working with young people. 26th August 2017, 10am-4pm in Dunfermline- transport may be available. Cost £20 including lunch and a complimentary copy of the Learn: Children and Young People Resource (RRP £10). Contact Pat Macleod invernesschurch<at>gmail.com.
PICNIC & PRAISE AT URQUHART CASTLE today 7.15-8.30pm. Songs of praise and good news of Jesus Local choir and musicians. Free entry at the castle from 6pm. Bring a picnic and rugs to relax in the unique Loch Ness side setting of Urquhart Castle. Free parking. Tea and coffee afterwards. Contact Ruth Macleod picnicandpraise<at>gmail.com
CHURCH OF SCOTLAND NATIONAL YOUTH ASSEMBLY (NYA) 2017 21-24 July at Gartmore House near Stirling. Booking closes 25 June. A platform for young adults to voice their opinions and actively participate in decision making within the Church of Scotland. Discussion, workshop, worship, social events and a visit from the Moderator. Cost: £95 per person for food and accommodation, but help with costs is available. Free coach travel to/from Stirling will be provided. Book now at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/national-youth-assembly-2017-registration

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 Our Editor 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 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

Sunday Bulletin 18 December 2016

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Saturday 24 December 2016
6.30pm Family Service at St Stephen’s
11.30pm Watchnight Service at St Stephen’s
Sunday 25 December 2016 : Christmas Day
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
Led by Rev Alastair Younger
Monday 26 December 2016
10am Morning Worship at Stephen’s
Led by Rev Alastair Younger
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 (replace <at> with @)
A NOTE FROM THE MINISTER I’m glad to say that my health seems to be reasonably stable at the moment, but due to the drugs I am taking, I still do not have a lot of energy. This week I decided that I would undergo a second procedure, which hopefully will deal with the symptoms of my dodgy heart rhythms and return me to full health. This will take place in Aberdeen sometime in February or March. I’d like to thank you all for all your prayers and good wishes, and for your patience and continuing support – it is much appreciated. And I’d like to wish you all a blessed Christmas season – Peter
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. However, for the week commencing 26 December 2016, please contact Rev Alastair Younger (details above).
SERVICE OF LESSONS AND CAROLS tonight at 7pm in the Old High Church. The service will be conducted by Rev Alastair Youger.
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
CAMERON HOUSE CHRISTMAS SERVICE There will be a short service at Cameron House this afternoon 18 December at 3pm. All are welcome to join in. val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com
ST STEPHEN’S GIVING TREE All presents have been collected for immediate distribution. Many grateful thanks to everyone who gave generously to the needy people in our city. Your gift may be the only one someone gets and can show that people are neither forgotten nor overlooked at Christmas! Cliff Sim cliffsim<at>btinternet.com.
WEDNESDAY PRAYER TIME During Advent there is a weekly Prayer Space in St Stephen’s from 12-2pm each Wednesday, where you can come to meditate, reflect, or to listen to God speaking to you! Contact Ruth Martin.
LIFE AND WORK 2017 Payment is due any time after delivery of the December issue.  The amount is unchanged, at £26.40. Please place in offering bag marked Life and Work (Old High Members – for attention of Florence). Cheques should be made payable to Old High St Stephen’s. Many thanks. Florence Munro jim476<at>btinternet.com
BOLIVIA FUND RAISING TRIP Catherine has returned from her trip working with disadvantaged children in a village near La Paz, with the charity UpClose Bolivia. As a thank you for all the help she received for her fundraising, she will bring some baking for coffee after the All Age Service today.  Fiona Kelly.
HOBBY/CRAFT EVENING on Wednesday 21 December 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 CHURCH AND COMMUNITY CHOIRS present Songs for Christmas on 21 and 22 December at 7.30pm at St Stephen’s Church. Tickets £8 (includes refreshments) from Choir members. All proceeds to be shared between Children 1st and local charity Road to Recovery. Contact Ken Cantlay ken.cantlay<at>btinternet.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.
UF CHURCH OF SCOTLAND GENERAL ASSEMBLY Rev Ian Boa who is currently Assistant General Secretary of Action for Churches Together in Scotland has been appointed the next Moderator of the United Free Church of Scotland’s General Assembly. Ian’s late parents were members of our congregation as is his sister Lorna (Irvine). We welcome his appointment and wish him every blessing. Christine Mackenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
WORD FOR TODAY booklets are available at the doors at both churches.
OTHER NEWS
FOOD FOR FAMILIES: Following another successful year, Ann and David Sutherland have extended their generosity to provide the mince for the Food for Families project again this year, which will this year also be sponsored by the Mustard Seed, The Kitchen and Williamson Foodservice. I have indicated that we could do the following: W/c 5 December – Spaghetti Bolognese : W/c 9 January – Macaroni Cheese. All ingredients will be provided. If you could help on the above date please let me know as soon as possible.Thank you for your support. Christine MacKenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com.
CRISIS ACCOMMODATION FOOD Highland Gateway (formerly Highland Homelessness Trust) are providing crisis accommodation throughout the year for the most vulnerable in our society. Liz Walsh has kindly agreed to co-ordinate the volunteer requirement over the next 12 months. For volunteer information contact Liz at patrickwalsh611<at>btinternet.com).
BLYTHSWOOD FOODBANK CENTRE We have volunteer vacancies (Monday and Friday) at Hilton Foodbank Centre which is open between 11am and 1pm. Contact lorna.dempster<at>blythswood.org.
HOPE UK APPEAL FOR VOLUNTEERS We are a national Christian charity, and aim to enable children and young people to make drug and alcohol-free choices. We desperately need more volunteers. Our training course is accredited with the Open College Network to ensure high standards and consists of distance learning and three (often residential) training weekends; the course takes approximately 120 hours to complete over a period of 6 months. Additional training is available. Further details enquiries<at>hopeuk.org.