Sunday Bulletin 11 December 2016

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 Deadline Wednesday at 12noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
For further information and contact details :
INTERIM MODERATOR The Rev Alastair Younger has been appointed Interim Moderator in the absence of Rev Peter Nimmo due to illness. His contact details are
PASTORAL CARE will be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant while Peter is absent from his duties, due to illness.
CHURCH BAND The band will play today at St Stephen’s. Pam McCulloch
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
BLYTHSWOOD FOODBANK CENTRE We have volunteer vacancies (Monday and Friday) at Hilton Foodbank Centre which is open between 11am and 1pm. Contact
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

Old High Organ Recital 8 October 2016


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

Old High midday concert 11 June: Young Highland Musicians

11 June OH concert

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

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

Please come along to support these young musicians.

Click here for the full programme.

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Click here or the complete 2016 Old High concerts leaflet .

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.


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.

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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.

Old High Music – Reykjavik Wind Quintet

The Reykjavik Wind Quintet are performing on Thursday 7 May 2015 at 7.30pm, the latest concert  in this year’s Old High Church music programme.

Rekjavik wind quintet

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2015 Old High Music Programme now available

The 2015 Old High music programme is now available.

Most- but not all- concerts are at 12 noon on Saturdays.

Click here for the brochure.

To keep up to date with music events at Old High St Stephen’s, please join our email list. Send an email to ohssmusic<a> (replace <a> with @). Your email address will only be used for this purpose, and will never be passed to outside organisations.