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

Old High St Stephens Sunday Bulletin 18 February 2018

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 25 February 2018: Second Sunday of Lent
10am Congregational Communion at St Stephen’s
No Service at the Old High
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
OUR MINISTER As you will know, Peter has been off for a few weeks. At first it was feared there was an issue again with his heart, but he was diagnosed this week as suffering from a bacterial infection in his lung, something which seems to be quite prevalent this winter. He is now on a course of treatment, and hopes to be able return to work before too long. Peter and Katharina would like to thank members of the congregation for their concern and prayers at this time.
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
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP plans to meet in St Stephen’s vestry every week during Lent, starting from Sunday 18 February. 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 stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
ELDERS There will be a Leadership meeting on Tuesday 20 February at 7.30pm in St Stephens vestry. The next Kirk Session meeting will be 20 March at 7.30pm in St Stephen’s hall. Contact Linda Philip. Safeguarding training for all elders will be on 6 March at St Stephens hall. Times tbc. Contact Roberta Macintosh rmrjmack<at>aol.com
CRAFT EVENING in St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm on Wednesday 21 February. 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.
HEIDI HERCUS Heidi’s Ordination Service will take place at the Church of Scotland Ullapool on Saturday 24 February at 11.00 am. It would be good for OHSS to be represented at the service as a way of supporting her for her service with us. If you are interested in attending please contact Christine MacKenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
WINTER WALK TO CULBIN SANDS on Sunday 25 February. Meet St Stephen’s Church Car Park 1.15pm for Car sharing. Start walk from Kingsteps car park, Lochloy Road at 2pm. Flat terrain. Cuppa at Brodie Countryfare at 3.45pm. Contact Deborah Macrae for information.
PRAYERS DURING LENT AT ST STEPHEN’S Every Friday from 1pm -1.30pm starting Friday 16 February. All welcome. Ruth Martin
CHANGES TO SEATING AT THE OLD HIGH We will be worshipping together at St Stephen’s at a Congregational Communion Service on 25 February, while work is carried out to make changes at Old High. As reported by Jim Alexander in the September 2017 magazine, the purpose of the changes is to deal with problems flagged up by a recent risk assessment: limited circulation space at the chancel area for wheelchair users during services and other events; and restricted access in the event of emergency.
The proposed changes are shown on the drawing (grey shading):
• Removal of the central front pew
• On pulpit side: front pew, cut back to match pew arrangement at audio console control end.
• On lectern side: front pew, cut back at both ends to reflect proposed pew arrangement at pulpit side.
• Associated work on heating pipes and the floor.
All the work will be carried out with due care and attention to detail in the reinstatement of existing pew finishes. The aim to respect the sanctuary and its symmetry centred on the chancel area. For more details, please see the September magazine (available on our website) or contact our Session Clerks.
ALASTAIR YOUNGER has now finished as our Interim Moderator and it has been agreed to give a gift to Alastair in recognition of his assistance to our Congregation during that period. To make a contribution, please either send your donation direct to our Treasurer, Sandy Cumming or put it in an envelope marked ‘Presentation to Alastair Younger’ and put it in the offering bag. The closing date for contributions is Sunday 28 February.
SOUP & SANDWICH LUNCH including tea/coffee and biscuits in Old High Hall on Saturday 3 March 12 – 2pm in aid of Church funds. Tickets £6 to be sold in both Churches from this Sunday. Please buy tickets in advance to ensure we can cope with demand. Thanking you in anticipation for your continued support. Further information from Margaret McAleer Social & Fundraising Action Team
OLD HIGH HALLS CONVENOR Jim Monro has kindly looked after the Old High hall lets, but wishes to step down from this role. If anyone feels they can take this role on, please get in touch with Linda Philip (790252) or Christine Mackenzie.
SPRING/SUMMER OPENING OF THE OLD HIGH CHURCH We are meeting in the church at 2pm on Tuesday 6 March to discuss the programme for 2018. If you can spare a couple of hours a week or on an occasional basis to welcome visitors to the church during the Spring/Summer please come along and find out more. Contact Sheila MacLeod macloshei<at>aol.com
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. The deadline is Friday 16th 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 both vestibules.
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
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER Service in East Church, Academy Street at 10.30 on Friday 2 March. Theme is All God’s creation is very good, and prepared by Christian women of Suriname. Ian McDiarmid’s slide show ‘God’s Creation will be shown. Details Rae Swan raeswan<at>aol.com
VISITING SERVICE FOR THE NORTH OF SCOTLAND The above registered charity is urgently looking for volunteers. 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 alan<at>friendship-services.com
LGOWIT (Living Better with a Long-term Condition) is offering a free short programme of taster sessions which will run initially for 8 weeks, on different aspects of self -management, based around our new Information Booklet and Toolkit, which can be viewed on our website. The weekly programme will be at the Netley Centre (opposite Eden Court) starting on Thursday 1 March from 11am and lasts about an hour. Participants will then be given a cup of tea followed by an optional gentle exercise session run by one of the physios at the Netley Centre. Advance booking is essential lgowitadmin<at>highlandtsi.org.uk. Roy Anderson.

OHSS Sunday Bulletin 11 February 2018

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 18 February 2018: First Sunday of Lent
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
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
HEIDI HARCUS Heidi’s Ordination Service will take place at the Church of Scotland Ullapool on Saturday 24 February at 11.00 am. It would be good for OHSS to be represented at the service as a way of supporting her for her service with us. If you are interested in attending please contact Christine MacKenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
WINTER WALK TO CULBIN SANDS on Sunday 25 February. Meet St Stephen’s Church Car Park 1.15pm for Car sharing. Start walk from Kingsteps car park, Lochloy Road at 2pm. Flat terrain. Cuppa at Brodie Countryfare at 3.45pm. Contact Deborah Macrae for information.
PRAYERS DURING LENT AT ST STEPHEN’S Every Friday from 1pm -1.30pm starting Friday 16 February. All welcome. Ruth Martin.
ALASTAIR YOUNGER has now finished as our Interim Moderator and it has been agreed to give a gift to Alastair in recognition of his assistance to our Congregation during that period. To make a contribution, please either send your donation direct to our Treasurer, Sandy Cumming, or put it in an envelope marked ‘Presentation to Alastair Younger’ and put it in the offering bag. The closing date for contributions is Sunday 28 February.
SOUP & SANDWICH LUNCH including tea/coffee and biscuits in Old High Hall on Saturday 3 March 12 – 2pm in aid of Church funds. Tickets £6 to be sold in both Churches from next Sunday. Please buy tickets in advance to ensure we can cope with demand. Thanking you in anticipation for your continued support. Further information from Margaret McAleer Social & Fundraising Action Team
OLD HIGH CONVENOR Jim Monro has kindly looked after the Old High hall lets, but wishes to step down from this role. If anyone feels they can take this role on, please get in touch with Linda Philip or Christine Mackenzie.
SPRING/SUMMER OPENING OF THE OLD HIGH CHURCH We are meeting in the church at 2pm on Tuesday 6 March to discuss the programme for 2018. If you can spare a couple of hours a week or on an occasional basis to welcome visitors to the church during the Spring/Summer please come along and find out more. Contact Sheila MacLeod macloshei<at>aol.com
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 or by post. The deadline is Friday 16th March..
CHANGES TO SEATING AT THE OLD HIGH We will be worshipping together at St Stephen’s at a Congregational Communion Service on 25 February, while work is carried out to make changes at Old High. As reported by Jim Alexander in the September 2017 magazine, the purpose of the changes is to deal with problems flagged up by a recent risk assessment: limited circulation space at the chancel area for wheelchair users during services and other events; and restricted access in the event of emergency.
The proposed changes are shown on the drawing (grey shading):

  • Removal of the central front pew
  • On pulpit side: front pew, cut back to match pew arrangement at audio console control end.
  • On lectern side: front pew, cut back at both ends to reflect proposed pew arrangement at pulpit side.
  • Associated work on heating pipes and the floor.

All the work will be carried out with due care and attention to detail in the reinstatement of existing pew finishes. The aim to respect the sanctuary and its symmetry centred on the chancel area. For more details, please see the September magazine (available on our website) or contact our Session Clerks.
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 both vestibules.
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
WORLD COUNCIL VISIT TO PALESTINE AND ISRAEL Have you booked your place yet? If not, now is the time to do so! The visit will be led by Rev Grant Barclay, Giffnock: Orchardhill, and will take place from 4-14 May 2018. This unique 10 day pilgrimage to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories will take in the cities of Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Jaffa, and Tiberias, introducing you to the local Christians and partners of the Church of Scotland, as well as visiting some of the major Biblical sites. You will be guided by a local Palestinian Christian, with support from the two Church of Scotland ministers based locally. Email: kroger<at>churchofscotland.org.uk to register your interest or to get more information.

Sunday Bulletin 17 September 2017

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 24 September 2017: The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
10 am Sacrament of Communion at St Stephen’s
Led by the Minister
11.15 Morning Worship at the Old High
led by Rev Alastair Younger
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.
BARNABAS MUSICAL: A lively Christian musical by Roger Jones, performed by Christian Music Ministries and four local church choirs, including our own two choirs, this evening at 7 pm at St Stephen’s. Tickets from any choir member, Profits to Christian Aid. Contact Katharina Nimmo (katharina.nimmo<at>btinternet.com).
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP on Sunday 24 September at 7pm in St Stephen’s vestry, then fortnightly thereafter. Continuing our exploration of “Life in the Psalms” by Patrick Woodhouse, we shall be starting a new section entitled ‘Wonder’, reflecting on the vast beauty of this mysterious universe, God’s purpose for it, our place within it and our responsibility for its care. All welcome at these discussions! Contact Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
AFTERNOON COMMUNION SERVICE at St Stephen’s Church at 2.30pm on Saturday 23 September, followed by tea. All welcome, especially those who can’t usually get to church. Would elders please collect invitations from the Vestry after this service. Val Cantley val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at St Stephen’s on Sunday 24 September. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. Retiring Offering will be in aid of Cameron House. Linda Philip lindajphilip<at>hotmail.com.
OHSS MAGAZINE The magazine will be available for distributors to collect on Sunday 24 September. Jennifer Morrison jennifersutherlandmorrison<at>gmail.com
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 Cantley val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com
HARVEST APPEAL We will support the Highland Foodbank at our Harvest Thanksgiving Services on Sunday 1 October. Our congregation has been asked to donate: Tins of Ham, UHT Milk, Tins of Potatoes, Tins of Fruit, Packets of Biscuits and Shower Gel. Please bring any of these items along to Church. “Bags for Life” would also be much appreciated. Val Cantlay (01463 231298) val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com. The Old High Church will be open from 10am to 12 noon if members wish to donate flowers, plants or items for the Food Bank. Please contact Sally McCubbin.
WORD FOR TODAY (Aug-Oct) and CROSSREACH newsletter and prayer diary now available at the church doors.
SUNDAY ORDERS OF SERVICE are now published online on Thursday or Friday- take a sneak peek at Sunday’s readings and hymns!
OTHER NEWS
CAMERON HOUSE annual fundraising Afternoon Tea: Saturday 30 September, from 2pm-4pm, in the Scout Hall, Green Drive (off Culduthel Road). Baking and Produce stalls. All donations gratefully received. Tickets (£3) from Rae Swan and Val Cantlay. Children free, when accompanied by an adult.
SPONSORED HILLWALK FOR INVERNESS STREET PASTORS Saturday 21 October 2017. Hill of Cullen, Ben Aigan and Ben Rinnes, climbing 986m and walking 16km. Join us for all 3 hills or just one, make it your own challenge! Details: Robyn Teago robyn<at>loveinverness.org or create your own sponsorship page at https://tinyurl.com/3hillchallenge
LEPROSY MISSION COFFEE MORNING Saturday 7 October 2017 at Free North Church Hall. As OHSS are running the Bring and Buy stall, donations of bric-à-brac appreciated. Ruth Martin.
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items brief, and give a contact phone number and email.

Sunday Bulletin 3 September 2017

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 10 September 2017: The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
11.15 Kirking of the Council at the Old High
led by the Minister
Congregational service: no service at St Stephen’s
OUR MINISTER is on a phased return to work and undertaking very 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.
SOUTHSIDE NURSING HOME: There will be a short service, led by Jim Alexander, at Southside Nursing Home immediately after this morning’s service at St Stephen’s. If you are able to assist with the singing, your assistance would be much appreciated. We still also seek members willing to lead these services on a rota basis; please contact Janet Robertson, janetnfraser<at>btinternet.com.
TEA AND COFFEE AT OLD HIGH after the service today. Please stay if you can. Contact Christine Mackenzie on christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
KIRKING OF THE COUNCIL Sunday 10 September at 11.15am at the Old High – all welcome! Led by our Minister, there will be contributions from Rev Sarah Murray, Provost of St Andrew’s Cathedral and Rev Stewart A MacKay, Chaplain at Fort George, with a congregation including many representatives of youth organisations and leaders of our local community. This is one of the most important events our congregation offers to the community, and deserves the enthusiastic support of us all. As always, this is a Congregational Service, with no service at St Stephen’s so that we can all take part.
BARNABAS MUSICAL: A lively Christian musical about the biblical figure of Barnabas by Roger Jones will be performed by Christian Music Ministries and four local church choirs, including our own two choirs, on Sunday 17 September, 7 pm at St Stephen’s Church. Get your free tickets from any choir member. Donations can be given at the door. Profits to Christian Aid. For more information contact Katharina Nimmo (katharina.nimmo<at>btinternet.com).
OHSS HANDBELLS  restarts on Tuesday 5 September at 7.30 pm in crèche hall at the Old High. Details from Rena Beaton. All welcome!
BARNABAS SERVICE AT ST STEPHEN’S on Sunday 17 September. This will be a Congregational Service so there will be no service at the Old High that day.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP on Sunday 10 September at 7pm in St Stephen’s vestry, then fortnightly thereafter. Continuing our exploration of “Life in the Psalms” by Patrick Woodhouse, we shall be starting a new section entitled ‘Wonder’, reflecting on the vast beauty of this mysterious universe, God’s purpose for it, our place within it and our responsibility for its care. All welcome at these discussions! Contact Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
HEALING SERVICE. St Stephen’s at 4pm next Sunday 10 September to which all are invited to meet the Jesus for healing. Contact Ruth Martin.
OLD HIGH MUSIC The next recital is at midday on Saturday 9 September when we have a return visit from Voiceworks, a chamber choir from Easter Ross, conducted by Chris Josie. Some of you may remember the delightful performance they gave in 2015. More details nearer the time. Andrew Stevenson: stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com.
CHURCH MAGAZINE Our Editor urgently requires articles and photos for the September issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, by e-mail to willie<at>kenilweb.com: Deadline Friday 15 September.
BRIDGE SOCIAL EVENING held last week at St Stephen’s, the sum of £986 was raised for church funds. An enormous thank you to all who participated and helped to make this such a successful evening. Linda Philip.
AFTERNOON COMMUNION SERVICE at St Stephen’s Church at 2.30pm on Saturday 23 September, followed by tea. All welcome, especially those who can’t usually get to church. Would elders please collect invitations from the Vestry after this service. Val Cantlay val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com
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
WORD FOR TODAY (Aug-Oct) and CROSSREACH newsletter and prayer diary now available at the church doors.
SUNDAY ORDERS OF SERVICE are now published online on Thursday or Friday- take a sneak peek at Sunday’s readings and hymns!
OTHER NEWS
CAMERON HOUSE annual fundraising Afternoon Tea: Saturday 30 September, from 2pm-4pm, in the Scout Hall, Green Drive (off Culduthel Road). Baking and Produce stalls. All donations gratefully received. Tickets (£3) from Rae Swan and Val Cantlay. Children free, when accompanied by an adult. Further information Rae.
BEING DISCIPLES DAY RETREAT Want to refresh or deepen your spiritual life?  Why not join a day’s retreat on the theme of Being Disciples? Day retreats at various venues in the Highlands, offering an opportunity to refocus and deepen your devotional life. The day will include insights from Scripture, guided meditations, reflection on our own experiences, prayer and worship. Led by Steve Aisthorpe (Mission Development Worker) Cost £15. Details and registration: www.resourcingmission.org.uk/events Diane Knowles
BEING DISCIPLES DAY RETREAT Want to refresh or deepen your spiritual life?  Why not join a day’s retreat on the theme of Being Disciples? Day retreats at various venues in the Highlands, offering an opportunity to refocus and deepen your devotional life. The day will include insights from Scripture, guided meditations, reflection on our own experiences, prayer and worship. Led by Steve Aisthorpe (Mission Development Worker) Cost £15. Details and registration: www.resourcingmission.org.uk/events Diane Knowles.
SPONSORED HILLWALK FOR INVERNESS STREET PASTORS Saturday 21 October 2017. Hill of Cullen, Ben Aigan and Ben Rinnes, climbing 986m and walking 16km. Join us for all 3 hills or just one, make it your own challenge! Details: Robyn Teago robyn<at>loveinverness.org or create your own sponsorship page at https://tinyurl.com/3hillchallenge
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.