Sunday Bulletin 25 March 2018

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Maundy Thursday: 29 March 7pm at St Stephen’s reflecting on the Last Supper and Jesus’ betrayal, with a celebration of Holy Communion, and music from the St Stephen’s Choir.
Good Friday 30 March 7pm at Old High reflecting on the trials and crucifixion of Jesus.
Sunday 1 April 2018: Easter Sunday
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High Church
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
HOLY WEEK AT OLD HIGH ST STEPHEN’S Prepare for Easter by coming along to these services during Holy Week. Everyone welcome!
Maundy Thursday: 29 March 7pm at St Stephen’s reflecting on the Last Supper and Jesus’ betrayal, with a celebration of Holy Communion, and music from the St Stephen’s Choir.
Good Friday 30 March 7pm at Old High reflecting on the trials and crucifixion of Jesus.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE A BEADLE? The Sunday Beadle helps out those leading on a Sunday with practical matters- you’ll have noticed him or her carrying the Bible in at the start. We’d like to add people to the rotas. Please speak to Peter, or to Linda Philip at St Stephen’s or Christine Mackenzie at Old High.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP St Stephen’s, every Sunday, 7pm, during Lent. A 6-week study programme on a Biblical focus on migration, and the particular challenge this issue presents us in Europe in our own time. New hearts and minds joining in would be most welcome. Contact Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
OHSS MAGAZINE Distributors can collect their bundles of magazines today. Jennifer Morrison jennifer<at>kenilweb.com
MEET & EAT LUNCH at the Craigmonie Hotel at 12.30pm on Thursday 29 March. All are welcome and transport can be arranged. Contact Rae Swan rae.swan<at>aol.com
EMAIL CONTACTS We would like to make more use of email to keep in touch with congregation members and friends. We have email addresses for many people in the congregation, but if we do not have yours, would you please notify our Church Administrator, Pat MacLeod: invernesschurch<at>gmail.com.
PRAYERS DURING LENT AT ST STEPHEN’S Every Friday from 1pm -1.30pm. All welcome. Ruth Martin
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING The Church will be open to visitors from 2-4pm each Friday afternoon from 23 March. The Summer Opening programme starts on Friday 1 June and will continue until Friday 28 September. Opening times : Tuesday to Friday inclusive 10am -12 noon and 2-4pm. Contact Sheila MacLeod macloshei<at>aol.com
OLD HIGH HALLS RENTALS Jim Monro has kindly looked after the Old High hall lets, but wishes to step down. If anyone can take this role on, please get in touch with Linda Philip or Christine Mackenzie.
GIFT AID AND FREEWILL OFFERING TREASURER VACANCY Sandy Cumming has decided to stand down as Gift Aid and Freewill Offering Treasurer after several years of service. A successor is needed for this important role which enables OHSS to recover some £18000 per annum from HMRC. As well as record keeping, the role involves preparation and submission of two claims per annum. If you are interested, or know someone who might be willing to serve OHSS in this capacity, then please contact Sandy Cumming.
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or the Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
WORD FOR TODAY is available in the vestibules.
CROSSREACH Latest newsletter and prayer diary (Feb/May) available at church doors. Rae Swan.
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator at invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline is Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep all items as brief as possible, and include contact details (phone and/or email).
OTHER NEWS
MUSIC MANIA AT MILLBURN ACADEMY Hi! I’m Will Maclean and some of you may remember me from playing trumpet in the St. Stephen’s church band. This summer myself and 5 other S5 students from Millburn Academy are spending 2 weeks in Romania through the Blythswood Trust. We will volunteer for a week at a holiday camp for under-privileged children and for the second week we will be working at a nearby orphanage. On Monday 26 March at 7 pm there will be a concert at Millburn Academy, featuring the school’s wind band, jazz band, string orchestra and pipe band as well as other groups and some solo performers. I am helping to host the evening and will be playing in the wind band too! Tickets cost £5 per adult and £3 per student and can be bought or reserved with my Gran, Jean Pumford, who is on Church door duty at St Stephen’s for March, or from my Mum, Alison Maclean. Refreshments/raffle will be on sale at the interval. All the money raised from the evening will help fund our trip. The music evening at Millburn is always a great night out with easy parking so we would love to see you there! Contact Alison MacLean 716309 alimaclean18<at>gmail.com
INVERNESS SINGERS:“FOR PEACE” music to celebrate the centenary of the ending of World War I, Crown Church, Wednesday 4 April at 7.30pm. Music by Schubert, Mozart, Vaughan Williams, Stanford, and “Songs from the Trenches”. Programmes (Adults £8; Children/Students £4) from: Ken and Margaret Young, in the OH Church Choir; Music Shop, Church Street and at the door. Donation to Marie Curie. Margaret Young kenmag20<at>btinternet.com
ELDERS CONFERENCE 2018 A Journey of Discipleship Friday 27 April – Sunday 29 April 2018 at Scottish Police College, Tulliallan Castle Practical ideas and suggestions for current and future elders. Contact Peter for details.

Sunday Bulletin 18 March 2018

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 25 March 2018: Palm/Passion Sunday
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High Church
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
HOLY WEEK AT OLD HIGH ST STEPHEN’S Prepare for Easter by coming along to these services during Holy Week. Everyone welcome!
Maundy Thursday: 29 March 7pm at St Stephen’s reflecting on the Last Supper and Jesus’ betrayal, with a celebration of Holy Communion, and music from the St Stephen’s Choir.
Good Friday 30 March 7pm at Old High reflecting on the trials and crucifixion of Jesus.
RESEARCH STUDY ON CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF OLD HIGH CHURCH On the 16th January 2018 the Kirk Session approved the appointment of Alan Marshall, a Chartered Architect with much experience in this field, to lead and prepare a study on the Old High Church. The first step in this study will be for the congregation to meet and share their views with Mr Marshall. All members of Old High St Stephen’s congregation are invited to come along and meet the architect on Saturday 24 March, 10.30am-12.30pm at the Old High Church. Please do come along- it is very important that the congregation is involved in this study from the beginning and throughout. If you are not able to be present please submit your comments in writing to Jim Alexander jbdalex<at>yahoo.com, to be conveyed to Alan Marshall.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP St Stephen’s, every Sunday, 7pm, during Lent. A 6-week study programme on a Biblical focus on migration, and the particular challenge this issue presents us in Europe in our own time. New hearts and minds joining in would be most welcome. Contact Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
OHSS MAGAZINE Distributors can collect their bundles of magazines on 25 March. Jennifer Morrison jennifer<at>kenilweb.com
CRAFT EVENING St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm, Wednesday 21 March. 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. Margaret McAleer.
EMAIL CONTACTS We would like to make more use of email to keep in touch with congregation members and friends. We have email addresses for many people in the congregation, but if we do not have yours, would you please notify our Church Administrator, Pat MacLeod: invernesschurch<at>gmail.com.
PRAYERS DURING LENT AT ST STEPHEN’S Every Friday from 1pm -1.30pm. All welcome. Ruth Martin
OLD HIGH HALLS RENTALS Jim Monro has kindly looked after the Old High hall lets, but wishes to step down. If anyone can take this role on, please get in touch with Linda Philip (790252) or Christine Mackenzie.
GIFT AID AND FREEWILL OFFERING TREASURER VACANCY Sandy Cumming has decided to stand down as Gift Aid and Freewill Offering Treasurer after several years of service. A successor is needed for this important role which enables OHSS to recover some £18000 per annum from HMRC. As well as record keeping, the role involves preparation and submission of two claims per annum. If you are interested, or know someone who might be willing to serve OHSS in this capacity, then please contact Sandy Cumming.
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or the Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
WORD FOR TODAY is available in the vestibules.
CROSSREACH Latest newsletter and prayer diary (Feb/May) available at church doors. Rae Swan.
KIRK SESSION meets this Tuesday 20 March at 7.30pm in St Stephen’s hall. Contact Linda Philip.
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator at invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline is Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep all items as brief as possible, and include contact details (phone and/or email).
OTHER NEWS
MUSIC MANIA AT MILLBURN ACADEMY Hi! I’m Will Maclean and some of you may remember me from playing trumpet in the St. Stephen’s church band. This summer myself and 5 other S5 students from Millburn Academy are spending 2 weeks in Romania through the Blythswood Trust. We will volunteer for a week at a holiday camp for under-privileged children and for the second week we will be working at a nearby orphanage. On Monday 26 March at 7 pm there will be a concert at Millburn Academy, featuring the school’s wind band, jazz band, string orchestra and pipe band as well as other groups and some solo performers. I am helping to host the evening and will be playing in the wind band too! Tickets cost £5 per adult and £3 per student and can be bought or reserved with my Gran, Jean Pumford, who is on Church door duty at St Stephen’s for March, or from my Mum, Alison Maclean. Refreshments/raffle will be on sale at the interval. All the money raised from the evening will help fund our trip. The music evening at Millburn is always a great night out with easy parking so we would love to see you there! Contact Alison MacLean alimaclean18<at>gmail.com
HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS YOUTH FOR CHRIST (HIYFC) are hosting a celebration event on Tuesday 20 March 2018 at Dalneigh & Bona Church of Scotland, St Marys Avenue, Inverness at 6:30-9pm. Contact Linda Buchan pdw<at>hiyfc.co.uk
CROSSREACH CHRISTMAS CARDS 2018 Design a Christmas Card and we will print the winning entry and sell it through our 2018 catalogue and website. Full details at http://www.crossreach.org.uk/christmascard-competition-20

OHSS Sunday Bulletin 11 March 2018

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 18 March 2018:  Fifth Sunday of Lent
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
CHRISTIAN AID are holding a celebratory musical evening in Inverness Cathedral on Tuesday 15 March at 7.30m featuring our own St Stephen’s Choir, Inverness Hand Bells Group and other local choirs. All welcome. Donations to
‘Mothers in Malawi’. Details from Alastair Owens af.owens3<at>gmail.com
OLD HIGH MUSIC on Saturday 17 March at 12 noon. Robin is bringing together, for the first time, 2 groups of musicians whom he conducts. Along with guest soloists, the Ness Sinfonia and the Inverness Singers will perform Schubert’s Mass in G Major, with an accompanying programme of Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture, Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus and a cello arrangement of Peter Maxwell Davies’ Farewell to Stromness. Andrew Stevenson  stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
90KG RICE CHALLENGE As part of Fairtrade fortnight (26 February to 11 March), Kilombero Malawian rice will be available for sale over the next few weeks. The proceeds of the sale of 90kg is equivalent to one year of secondary school fees in this sub-Saharan African country. White and Brown rice available £3 per bag. Contact Andy Pyott  or Winnie Stafford  for more details.
HOLY WEEK AT OLD HIGH ST STEPHEN’S Prepare for Easter by coming along to these services during Holy Week. Everyone welcome!
Maundy Thursday: 29 March 7pm at St Stephen’s reflecting on the Last Supper and Jesus’ betrayal, with a celebration of Holy Communion, and music from the St Stephen’s Choir.
Good Friday 30 March 7pm at Old High reflecting on the trials and crucifixion of Jesus, with music from the Old High Choir
RESEARCH STUDY ON CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF OLD HIGH CHURCH On the 16th January 2018 the Kirk Session approved the appointment of Alan Marshall, a Chartered Architect with much experience in this field, to lead and prepare a study on the Old High Church. The first step in this study will be for the congregation to meet and share their views with Mr Marshall. All members of Old High St Stephen’s congregation are invited to come along and meet the architect on Saturday 24 March, 10.30am-12.30pm at the Old High Church. Please do come along- it is very important that the congregation is involved in this study from the beginning and throughout. If you are not able to be present please submit your comments in writing to Jim Alexander jbdalex<at>yahoo.com, to be conveyed to Alan Marshall.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP is meeting in St Stephen’s vestry every week during Lent. A 6-week study programme has been identified, which provides a Biblical focus on migration, and the particular challenge this issue presents us in Europe in our own time. We hope this will prove a thought-provoking theme for reflection and conversation during this special time in the Christian Year. New hearts and minds joining in would be most welcome. For details about the study material please contact Andrew Stevenson on at stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
HIGHLAND FOODBANK During the month of March the Foodbank would be grateful for donations of Tins of corned beef, Tins of mince/stew, Cartons of long life juice, tins of ham (small). Please bring these to Church and leave in the Food boxes provided. Thank you! Bill Guthrie williamguthrie<at>googlemail.com
EMAIL CONTACTS We would like to make more use of email to keep in touch with congregation members and friends. We have email addresses for many people in the congregation, but if we do not have yours, would you please notify our Church Administrator, Pat MacLeod: invernesschurch<at>gmail.com
PRAYERS DURING LENT AT ST STEPHEN’S Every Friday from 1pm -1.30pm starting Friday 16 February. All welcome. Ruth Martin
OLD HIGH HALLS RENTALS Jim Monro has kindly looked after the Old High hall lets, but wishes to step down. If anyone can take this role on, please get in touch with Linda Philip or Christine Mackenzie.
GIFT AID AND FREEWILL OFFERING TREASURER VACANCY Sandy Cumming has decided to stand down as Gift Aid and Freewill Offering Treasurer after several years of service. A successor is needed for this important role which enables OHSS to recover some £18000 per annum from HMRC. As well as record keeping, the role involves preparation and submission of two claims per annum. If you are interested, or know someone who might be willing to serve OHSS in this capacity, then please contact Sandy Cumming.
OHSS MAGAZINE CONTRIBUTIONS Willie Morrison urgently 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. Deadline Friday 16 March.
CROSSREACH Latest newsletter and prayer diary (Feb/May) available at church doors. Rae Swan.
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or the Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
WORD FOR TODAY is available in the vestibules.
KIRK SESSION meets on Tuesday 20 March at 7.30pm in St Stephen’s hall. Contact Linda Philip.
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator at invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline is Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep all items as brief as possible, and include contact details (phone and/or email).
OTHER NEWS
MUSIC MANIA AT MILLBURN ACADEMY Hi! I’m Will Maclean and some of you may remember me from playing trumpet in the St. Stephen’s church band. This summer myself and 5 other S5 students from Millburn Academy are spending 2 weeks in Romania through the Blythswood Trust. We will volunteer for a week at a holiday camp for under-privileged children and for the second week we will be working at a nearby orphanage. On Monday 26 March at 7 pm there will be a concert at Millburn Academy, featuring the school’s wind band, jazz band, string orchestra and pipe band as well as other groups and some solo performers. I am helping to host the evening and will be playing in the wind band too! Tickets cost £5 per adult and £3 per student and can be bought or reserved with my Gran Jean Pumford, who is on Church door duty at St Stephen’s for March, or from my Mum, Alison Maclean. Refreshments/raffle will be on sale at the interval. All the money raised from the evening will help fund our trip. The music evening at Millburn is always a great night out with easy parking so we would love to see you there! Contact Alison MacLean alimaclean18<at>gmail.com
VISITING SERVICE FOR THE NORTH OF SCOTLAND Can you give up one hour a week to befriend an older, isolated or lonely person? This can be an all-win situation, as rewarding for the volunteers as it is enjoyable for the recipients. If you are interested, please write to the Visiting Service, 28 Culloden Road, Balloch, Inverness IV2 7HQ or contact Alan Michael 984 or alan<at>friendship-services.com
HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS YOUTH FOR CHRIST (HIYFC) are hosting a celebration event on Tuesday 20 March 2018 at Dalneigh & Bona Church of Scotland, St Marys Avenue, Inverness at 6:30-9pm. Contact Linda Buchan pdw<at>hiyfc.co.uk
CROSSREACH CHRISTMAS CARDS 2018 Design a Christmas Card and we will print the winning entry and sell it through our 2018 catalogue and website. The Winner will receive a certificate and a supply of their winning design as printed Christmas Cards. Full details at http://www.crossreach.org.uk/christmascard-competition-2018 or alan<at>friendship-services.com
HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS YOUTH FOR CHRIST (HIYFC) are hosting a celebration event on Tuesday 20 March 2018 at Dalneigh & Bona Church of Scotland, St Marys Avenue, Inverness at 6:30-9pm. Contact Linda Buchan at>hiyfc.co.uk
CROSSREACH CHRISTMAS CARDS 2018 Design a Christmas Card and we will print the winning entry and sell it through our 2018 catalogue and website. The Winner will receive a certificate and a supply of their winning design as printed Christmas Cards. Full details at http://www.crossreach.org.uk/christmascard-competition-2018

Sunday Bulletin 9 April 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 16 April 2017
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am 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
For further details : 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.
MINISTER Peter now has a date for his second medical procedure. It will be on Wednesday 19 April at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. We are hoping this will be a success and that he will be back to work before long. Peter and Katharina would like to thank the congregation for their prayers and concern.
FRIENDS OF OLD HIGH COFFEE MORNING on Saturday 15 April 2017 from 10am – noon in the Old High Church Hall; crafts,sales and candy. Tickets (£3 adults/£1 children) available at the door, or from Christina Cameron.
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
HEALING SERVICE There will be a Healing Service this afternoon at 4pm at St Stephen’s to which all who are ill or know someone who is unwell are invited to come and meet Jesus who has promised his healing powers for our benefit. Ruth Martin.
HOLY WEEK OHSS is sharing Holy Week with Crown Church. All Services will be held in Crown Church
Thursday 13th April at 7 pm: Evening Worship with Holy Communion  ( Light Supper from 6.15 pm
Friday 14th at 7 pm: Evening Worship for Good Friday
Saturday 15th April at 7 pm: Evening Worship, anticipation of the resurrection
For more information contact Heidi Hercus tripleh75<at>hotmail.co.uk.
THE SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet in St Stephen’s Vestry at 7pm on Sunday 16 April, so we can complete our celebration of Easter together, by starting to explore a new section in the book entitled ‘Hope’. Thereafter we shall meet fortnightly, on Sundays 30 April, and 14 and 28 May. We would welcome anyone to join with us, even for the summer months. Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinetrnet.com
OLD HIGH MUSIC The next recital will be at 12 noon on Saturday 22 April, when there will be a chance to hear an acclaimed young pianist who has already performed in venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall. Maciej Granat will play a Bach Sonata, work by Saint-Saens and then tell us about and perform a beautiful composition of his own. For those of you who attended the piano recital in the last series, you will recall how exciting it is to be able to hear and watch a pianist from closeby. One of the pieces is written for left hand only and is an extraordinary demonstration of the versatility of the piano and the technique of a top-class musician. Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
OHSS SPRING WALK, Farigaig Forest, on Sunday 7 May 2017. Meet 2pm in the car park for the walk. There are 3 different walks at the forest ranging from a 20 minute steep walk to a viewpoint over Loch Ness, a 1¾ mile loop, or the Farigaig trail 3¼ mile. Proposed times are as above for the intermediate loop. However, you can start earlier if you want a longer walk. Walking shoes and poles recommended. You can also just come for the cup of tea/coffee at the lovely Waterfall café for 3.15pm. Please let me know if you need a lift or if you want to share a car. Hope to see you there. Deborah Macrae.
CHRISTIAN AID COFFEE MORNING The annual coffee morning will be held on Saturday 13 May in St Stephen’s hall. There will be the usual stalls and gardeners are asked to donate from their gardens any divided plants suitably labelled for sale at the plant stall. For further information please contact Jennifer Morrison jennifer<at>kenilweb.com
EAST AFRICA CRISIS APPEAL the retiring offerings raised £654.69. In addition, a further £97.50 will be received from completed Gift Aid forms. Sincere thanks for the congregation’s excellent response. Sandy Cumming, Treasurer.
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
CHURCH OF SCOTLAND VOCATIONS CONFERENCE 2017 on Saturday 17 June 2017 at The Carnegie Conference Centre in Dunfermline.This Conference offers an inspirational keynote speech on the Call to Serve Today, practical information and the opportunity to ask important questions about how God might be calling you. £15 booking fee. For further details and to register contact Ministries Council, 121 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 4YN. vocation<at>churchofscotland.org.uk Spaces are limited – booking is essential.

Worship in April at Old High St Stephen’s

‘A Month of Sundays’ is our monthly listing of our services.

Here is the list for April, which includes details of Easter and Holy Week services.

The Rev Doug McRoberts, who is preaching on 19 April, recently retired as Minister of the Church of Scotland congregation in Malta. He will be speaking about his congregations work with the refugees who risk their lives to sail to Europe from African and further afield. This is supported by the Church of Scotland Guild’s project, Out of Africa into Malta, which you can read about here.