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.

Sunday Bulletin 11 December 2016

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 18 December 2016 : Fourth Sunday in Advent
10am All-Age Service at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
Both Services led by Barry Dennis
7.00pm Carol Concert 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 : invernesschurch: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 younger873btinternet.com.
PASTORAL CARE will be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant arthurasinclairbtinternet.com) while Peter is absent from his duties, due to illness.
CHURCH BAND The band will play today at St Stephen’s. Pam McCulloch pam.41tiscali.co.uk
OH GIVING TREE is supporting Highland Gateway. As in the past the most welcome and useful gifts are warm scarves, gloves, socks, beanie hats and basic toiletries like soap, shower gel and shampoo. There are around 45 homeless (12 women and 33 men) and the cards are marked appropriately (spare cards in a box alongside). Your generosity in the past has been much appreciated, as is the odd Mars bar or Kitkat tucked inside the wrapped parcel! Diana Fraser diana_fraserbtinternet.com
ST STEPHEN’S GIVING TREE gifts will be distributed to Beechwood, Cale House, Manna House, Mackenzie Centre, Hilton Village (Social Work), Porterfield Prisoners’ Children and Barnardo’s Springboard (toiletries for vulnerable youngsters aged 16 to 20 years). Please wrap your gift and remember to attach the appropriate gift tag for ease of of identification and distribution. Please ensure that any remaining gifts are handed in to me no later than Wednesday 14 for distribution by 16 December. Cliff Sim cliffsimbtinternet.com.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP The next meeting is at 7pm in St Stephen’s vestry on Sunday 11 December to discuss further chapters from “We make the road by walking”: Details from Andrew Stevenson stevenson.atabtinternet.com.
HEALING SERVICE The monthly Christian Healing Service will be held in St Stephen’s this afternoon at 4pm to which all are invited. Contact Ruth Martin.
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.
MEET & EAT A Christmas Lunch will be served at 12.30pm on Thursday 15 December at the Craigmonie Hotel. Cost £10. All are welcome. Please contact Val Cantlay (01463 231 298) to reserve a place or to arrange transport. val.cantlaybtinternet.com
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 jim476btinternet.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 on 18 December.  Fiona Kelly.
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.cantlaybtinternet.com.
OHSS MAGAZINE The Church magazine will be available for distributors to collect today. Jennifer Morrison .
WORD FOR TODAY booklets are available at the doors at both churches.
CROSSREACH NEWS the latest edition is now available at church doors. Also latest Prayer Diary for Oct – Jan 2017. CHRISTMAS CATALOGUES are also at the doors. An early order will ensure you receive your requested items. Thanks Rae Swan.
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 9 January – Macaroni Cheese. All ingredients will be provided. If you could help on one or both of the above dates please let me know as soon as possible. Thank you for your support. Christine MacKenzie christinemac73hotmail.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 patrickwalsh611btinternet.com).
BLYTHSWOOD FOODBANK CENTRE We have volunteer vacancies (Monday and Friday) at Hilton Foodbank Centre which is open between 11am and 1pm. Contact lorna.dempsterblythswood.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 enquirieshopeuk.org.

Old High Organ Recital 8 October 2016

OLD HIGH MUSIC

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

Old High midday concert 11 June: Young Highland Musicians

11 June OH concert

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

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

Please come along to support these young musicians.

Click here for the full programme.

Sign up for our music email list at ohssmusic<at>gmail.com.

Click here or the complete 2016 Old High concerts leaflet .

Cotton Patch US Youth Choir 22 June at St Stephen’s

Youth Choir 2015 (3)The Youth Choir of University United Methodist Church, Chapel Hill, North Carolina will perform the Cotton Patch Gospel at St Stephen’s this coming Monday at 7.30pm.

The young people from Carolina are staying with members of the congregation during the 2 days they are in Inverness.

Cotton Patch Gospel is an amazing telling of the story of Jesus’ life, as if he lived in the Southeastern USA, with the lively blue grass style music of Harry Chapin.

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from Wikipedia

Harry Forster Chapin (December 7, 1942 – July 16, 1981) was an American singer-songwriter best known for his folk rock songs including “Taxi,” “WOL*D,” “Sniper”, “Flowers Are Red,” and the No. 1 hit “Cat’s in the Cradle.” Chapin was also a dedicated humanitarian who fought to end world hunger; he was a key participant in the creation of the Presidential Commission on World Hunger in 1977. In 1987, Chapin was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for his humanitarian work (Wikipedia).

Get a taste of The Cotton Patch Gospel on YouTube.

The cast is the Youth Choir, a group of 30 teenagers, from University United Methodist Church of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA. More about the choir, and this music, in their Church magazine.

Tickets £8 per head from Joan Darcy or at Crown Church Office Tuesday to Friday 9.30- noon, or on the door on the night.

Sign up for concerts information by email: ohssmusic<a>gmail.com

Click on the image below to download the poster.

Cotton Patch Poster

Highland School Leavers in concert: Saturday 6 June 12 noon at Old High

On Saturday 6th June at 12 noon there is an end of session recital at the Old High by various young Highland musicians, several of whom are now leaving school here to pursue their music education down south. They will perform solo their pieces for saxophone, flute, cello and violin and then play a number of ensemble pieces by Mozart, Dvorak and Bach. These pupils met up with the Reykjavik Quintet players. Now it is their turn to bring music to us, so we do hope this will be well supported.

Programme here.