Sunday Bulletin 19 March 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 26 March 2017
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
Both Services led by Rev Doug McRoberts
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
UPDATE ON PETER’S HEALTH Peter continues to be on the waiting list for the procedure he is due to undergo in Aberdeen, which he told us about in January, but he has now advised that this has been delayed again by the hospital.
INTERIM MODERATOR The Rev Alastair Younger has been appointed Interim Moderator in the absence of Rev Peter Nimmo due to illness. His contact details are younger873<at>btinternet.com.
PASTORAL CARE will be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant arthursinclair<at>btinternet.com while Peter is absent from his duties, due to illness.
PRAYERS FOR LENT Old High every Friday at 1pm; St Stephen’s Meditative Prayers every Wednesday 12-2pm. Bring lunch if you wish; come for a short while, or as long as you are able. Everyone welcome to come on these Lenten Journeys. Contact Ruth Martin.
LENT STUDY GROUP The fortnightly Sunday evening discussion group will meet in St Stephen’s Vestry every Sunday evening at 7pm for an hour, from Sunday 5 March till Sunday 2 April inclusive, to explore material to guide us through Lent. All are most welcome. Details from Andrew Stevenson . stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
KIRK SESSION The next meeting will be held tonight at 7pm in St Stephen’s hall. Linda Philip lindajphilip<at>hotmail.com
HOBBY/CRAFT EVENING on Wednesday 22 March in St Stephen’s Hall at 7.30pm and fortnightly thereafter. Please bring your craft to share with others. If not a crafter, perhaps you would like to learn. Please come along and enjoy the camaraderie. Further details from Margaret McAleer.
ST STEPHEN’S BIG CLEAN on Saturday 25 March from 9.30 am to Noon. Let’s all enjoy the big clean together. All Welcome – the more the merrier. Tea/coffee provided. Joan Darcy joan.darcy<at>tesco.net
RETIRING OFFERING There will be a retiring offering on Sunday 26 March with all donations going to the famine crisis in East Africa. Linda Philip lindajphilip<at>hotmail.com
ST STEPHEN’S DOOR DUTY ROTA We have a couple of gaps in this year’s rota for May, and need volunteers to help welcome people to church. This is a great help in the church and a good way to meet more people. If you or someone you know would be willing to do this for a couple of Sundays in May, it would be greatly appreciated. As well as greeting people, some of our welcomers help with serving tea and counting the offering; but you don’t have to do these things. Contact Deborah Macrae dmmacrae<at>uwclub.net
HIGHLAND FOODBANK Thank you to those who contributed food items last month. During March and April the Foodbank would appreciate the following items: Tinned potatoes, Crackers/Oatcakes, Tinned ham (small), Soap/Shower gel. Contact Val Cantlay val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com
CROSSREACH The latest newsletter is at church doors. Also prayer diary for February to May. CrossReach apologise for the late delivery. Contact Rae Swan raeswan<at>aol.com
WORD FOR TODAY The latest copies of the free UCB daily bible reading magazine are available in the vestibules of both churches.
SUPPORT FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES People attending St Stephen’s recently had the chance to hear about the first-hand experiences of Struan Charters, working as a volunteer in the Elpida Refugee Camp in Greece. This talk will be repeated in the Old High on Sunday 2 April, but in the meantime here is information about practical ways in which help can be offered. Donations can be made online at www.thehighlandssupportrefugees.com, or may be given to Doreen MacDonald, 10 Cawdor Road IV2 3NR. Gifts in kind will be gratefully received by Doreen at Crown Church (weekday evenings and Friday mornings). Clothing for men, women and children including shoes, new underwear, blankets, sleeping bags, tents and camping gear (no duvets, bedding, towels or nightwear at present). Toiletries including sanitary pads and nappies. More information from Struan at struancharters<at>gmail.com.
DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: The St Stephen’s Church and Community Choirs Spring Concert will be on Thursday 30 March, 7.30 pm at the Culduthel Christian Centre. Tickets are available from Susan MacLeod or any choir member. £6 donation towards the new sensory garden at Cameron House.
SOCIAL FRIENDSHIP GROUP Would you like company to perhaps attend the theatre/cinema/coffee/day trips? It is hoped to form a Social Friendship Group but obviously depends on uptake. This would be a way of meeting and getting to know people. If you would like further information please contact Margaret McAleer (Social & Fundraising Action Team).
OTHER NEWS
LIVING BETTER GROUP MEETINGS Keen to calm your anxiety? Desperate to ease your pain and sleep better? Then perhaps Autogenic Training can help. Come along to one of our Living Better Group meetings in Hilton (28 March), Merkinch (3 April) or Smithton (30 March) and find out. The taster session is free, no need to book, just turn up on the day. We hope to follow up the session with a short 4-week course for those who would like to learn more. Further details from Roy Anderson  lgowitroy<at>highlandtsi.org.uk
AN EVENING WITH KENNETH STEVEN – the well known and much loved Scottish poet and author is reading from his works on Tuesday 21 March at 7.30pm at Hilton Church. It should be a very special, reflective evening. Admission free. Contact Iain Todd itoddyo<at>aol.com
BLYTHSWOOD CARE are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated person for the Highlands, Islands and Grampian areas, working with Churches, support groups and major donors in the local area, and managing a network of local volunteers. The closing date for completed applications is 27 March 2017. Job description/application form from Barbara Grace (01349 830777) or personnel<at>blythswood.org

Kirking of the Council: Sunday 13 September 2015

Kirking Post 2015Our minister, the Rev Peter W Nimmo, is giving an open invitation to all the citizens of Inverness to join us at the Kirking of the Council service this Sunday at the Old High Church. A parade begins from the High Street at 10.45am. The service in the Old High Church, which is open to all, begins at 11.15am. Continue reading

Respectful dialogue on independence

Indref logoOn Wednesday 3 September, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland will host a ‘respectful dialogue’ on the Scottish Independence Referendum.

The event in Glasgow will be live streamed on the internet, and shown at local venues across the country.

The Inverness event will be at Crown Church, Kingsmills Road, starting at 7pm. Car parking will be available in the adjoining Crown School playground. Everyone is welcome to join us.

The Rev Peter W Nimmo, minister of Old High St Stephen’s and a member of the Church and Society Council of the General Assembly, will chair the Inverness event.

Our thanks to the Rev Peter Donald for the use of Crown Church.

Let us know you are coming at our Facebook events page!

The Church of Scotland is officially neutral on the referendum.

Read the press release for local media.

Below is the event leaflet.

You can also download a copy of it.

Indyref dialogue leaflet 1                                   Indyref dialogue leaflet 2

Commemoration of the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War

WW1 Inverness mobilization

Across the country and around the world, events are taking place to recall the events of the outbreak of the First World War.

In Inverness,  civic service to remember the outbreak of the First World War will take place at the Old High Church, Church Street, at 2pm on Monday 4 August. Everyone is welcome to the service.

The reflective service will begin with the lighting of a memorial candle by the Provost of Inverness, and will include psalms, hymns, readings and prayers. The Inverness Handbell Ringers will play ‘In Flanders Fields’, music set by composer by Sandra Winter to a poem by John McRae.

Following the service the memorial candle will be taken in procession to St Andrew’s Cathedral, where it will burn until the centenary of the end of the war.

You can download the order of service here.

Read the Minister’s reflection at the service here.

Read an historical account of mobilzation in Inverness in August 1914 here.

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Services during the summer

Here is a list of services for the summer period.

Please note that:

  • there will be a congregational service this coming Sunday at St Stephen’s, with no service at the Old High
  • the St Stephen’s June Communion has been changed from 22 June to 29 June

Print out the leaflet and put it on your fridge or somewhere handy so you can see what’s going on!

Pentecost Prayer Walk

Five Inverness churches have teamed up to organise an ecumenical Pentecost celebration on Sunday, 8 June.
Starting at St Ninian’s Roman Catholic Church at 3pm, those taking part will walk to the Old High Church of Scotland, calling on the way at St Stephen’s Church of Scotland, St John’s Episcopal Church and Crown Church of Scotland.
As well as enjoying each other’s company, they will celebrate their common baptism with brief prayers and readings at each church. All are welcome to join in.
For more information, please contact the local clergy of each church, or the Rev Peter W Nimmo.

Cameron veterans remember those who fell at Kohima

 Rev Peter Nimmo (right) and Rev Alasdair MacLennan dedicate Cameron Highlanders' Memorial Area


Rev Peter Nimmo (right) and Rev Alasdair MacLennan dedicate Cameron Highlanders’ Memorial Area at the Old High Church on 18 August 2013

 

For further information about this service please contact the Rev Peter Nimmo on 01463 250802. Members of the media are welcome to attend the service, which starts at 11.15am.

Read the sermon for the service here

Cameron veterans remember those who fell at Kohima

Veterans of the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders will parade at the Old High Church , Inverness, on Sunday morning (May 4), to remember members of the regiment who died 70 years ago at the bitter Battle of Kohima, on the border of India and Burma. Continue reading

Homelessness and poverty event: Sunday 26 January

PRESS RELEASE FROM: Willie Morrison on behalf of Old High St Stephen’s Church

22 Jan 2014

For further information please contact the Rev Peter Nimmo on 01463 250802

Sunday kirk supper and drama to highlight local poverty

A city centre congregation is to highlight the plight of homeless in Inverness and the Highlands in a novel way, with a supper and a dramatised reading of the New Testament parable of the Prodigal Son.

This move, by Old High St Stephen’s congregation, in conjunction with Inverness Church of Scotland Presbytery, is its contribution to Poverty and Homelessness Action Week, a major national publicity drive to help the poorest in our society, which starts on Saturday.

The week features many memorable events at both local and national levels – from inspiring events featuring young people taking action for a better world, to hearings where people bravely share their experiences of poverty and homelessness.

The Inverness event, which takes place at Old High St Stephen’s Church Halls, Academy Street, on Sunday evening from 6pm, also features talks by and conversations with Dr Paul Monaghan and Alex Gilchrist of Highland Homeless Trust, who will emphasise the constant and increasing cries locally for help in the current financial climate.

Old High St Stephen’s minister the Rev Peter Nimmo said:

It is a chance for us to eat and meet, to worship and to learn first-hand of the issues, and for us, as followers of Jesus, to reflect on how we can use our gifts in response to this need. This invitation to join us and hear of these problems is being extended to folk of all faiths or none. All who are interested are welcome.

Congregation member and leading organiser Iain Todd, who is also a Church of Scotland reader – a trained and experienced lay preacher – remarked:

The aim of the evening is for all faiths or none to come together to listen, and perhaps learn, from two of the many professionals at work in our city with folk who are really struggling with issues of homelessness, poverty and the changes to the benefits system and who often, in their vulnerability and of necessity, find themselves drawn down the pay day loan route with its legal, but punitive interest rates.
Pay day loans are accepted by all as being awful things – and since the UK Government did away with crisis loans, and the new benefit system is paid a month in arrears, desperate folk who have no money are being sucked into the Wonga and Cash Converters of this world who charge horrendous rates.
I have a wee friend who recently told me she had borrowed £200, which will cost her £300 to repay.”

Mr Todd also spoke of an acquaintance who had told him he didn’t believe there was any real poverty in Inverness , and who insisted: “Define poverty for me. I bet they all have big plasma televisions.”

He said credit unions were not the answer for folk in dire poverty, as they were more akin to saving schemes, and would not respond to pleas for immediate cash.

And he concluded: “All are welcome on Sunday evening to listen, learn and maybe respond.”

Footnote: Inverness Food Bank, set up in 2005 at the Free Church Hall in Madras Street , and supported by many local churches and other organisations, now distributes emergency supplies to thousands of needy Highland families each year, and has the unenviable reputation of being one of the busiest of its kind in Britain .

ENDS

Old High history book now available

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Our resident historian, Ross Martin, has written a quirky book of essays on aspects of the history of the Old High Church.

The Old High is the Town Church of Inverness, on a site dating back to Celtic times.

Tales of the Old High was launched on Friday 22 November when Ross spoke about his book and gave a tour of the building.

You can buy the book by sending a cheque for £5 made payable to Old High St Stephen’s Church to:

Ross Martin

‘Roseneath’

Drummond Crescent

Inverness

IV2 4QR.

You can also buy it from Waterstones in Inverness, or online from www.waterstones.com .

It’s also available on Sundays at both of our places of worship. Or contact us for a copy.

Here’s the introduction to the book by our Minister: Continue reading

Ding Dong Merrily Old High- family carol service for the Inverness Christmas Lights switch on

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Following the Inverness Christmas Lights Switch on on Sunday 17 November, Santa will be making his way to the Old High Church for “Ding Dong Merrily Old High” our much loved Christmas Carol service- everybody is invited.

Ding Dong Merrily Old High starts around 6.30pm. It’s a short service aimed at families, so children of all ages are very welcome! This year Out of the Box puppets will be telling the Christmas story in their own inimitable way!

There will be an offering in aid of music therapy at The Orchard, a residential respite care centre in Inverness, run by Highland Council, for children and young people affected by disabilities.

The 2013 Christmas Lights Show will be hosted by STV’s Nicola McAlly and Santa will join Provost Alex Graham to switch on the lights at 6pm on Sunday 17 November.

The wonderful illumination of Inverness Town House by Arts in Motion promises to be one best yet, so please make a note to wrap up warm and come and join us.