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.

 

Sunday Bulletin 20 August 2017

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 27 August 2017: The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
led by the Rev Arthur Sinclair
11.15 Holy Communion at the Old High
led by the Minister
SUNDAY ORDERS OF SERVICE are now published online on Thursday or Friday- take a sneak peek at Sunday’s readings and hymns!
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.
BRIDGE SOCIAL EVENING Friday 25 August in St Stephen’s church hall, 6pm. Buffet meal with wine and coffee followed by social bridge. Price £20 per person. Entries must be received by Monday 21 August. Entry forms in St Stephen’s hall or at the door at Old High. Contact Linda Philip lindajphilip<at>hotmail.com
HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at the Old High on Sunday 27 August. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. The Retiring Offering will be in aid of the Church of Scotland’s care home in our parish, Cameron House.
OLD HIGH ST STEPHEN’S CHURCH SUMMER WALK Sunday 27 August at the Inverarnie Esker trail, Littlemill (3 mile walk). Meet at Littlemill Forestry Car Park at 1.30pm; Cuppa at The Dairy at 3.30pm. For lifts or car share meet at St Stephen’s car park at 1pm. Details/queries Deborah Macrae.
HIGHLAND DOORS OPEN DAY Saturday 2 September and both OH and SS will be open on that day (OH from 10am to 4pm and SS from 1030am to 4pm). This is always a good opportunity for locals (and holidaymakers) to see our Churches. If you are able to help greet visitors please contact Sheila MacLeod (01463 220435 macloshei<at>aol.com) for OH or Jim Alexander jbdalex<at>yahoo.com) for SS.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP resumes at 7pm on Sunday 27 August in St Stephen’s vestry, then on Sunday 10 September, 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 on 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.
HIGHLAND FOODBANK During August the Foodbank would be grateful for donations of: Tins of Fruit, Tins of Tomatoes, Tins of Custard, Tins of Corned Beef. Please bring these to Church and leave in the boxes at the doors. Contact Bill Guthrie williamguthrie<at>googlemail.co
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING We are open for visitors to the end of September on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday each week from 10am-12 noon and 2-4 pm. If you are able to help (even just occasionally) please contact Sheila MacLeod (macloshei<at>aol.com).
WORD FOR TODAY (Aug-Oct) now available at the church doors. Ruth Martin.
CROSSREACH newsletter and prayer diary are at church doors. Contact Rae Swan.
OTHER NEWS
COMMUNITY OF FAITH CONFERENCE ON CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND For those who work with and minister to children and young people in the church. 26 August 2017, 10am-4pm in Dunfermline- transport may be available. Cost £20 including lunch and a complimentary copy of Learn: Children and Young People resource (RRP £10). Contact Pat Macleod  invernesschurch<at>gmail.com
BLYTHSWOOD’S GONE BANANAS IN SERBIA Blythswood Care is renewing its appeal to provide essential food aid to migrants, escaping the Middle East conflicts and now stranded in Serbia. The organisation provides vegetable soup, bread and bananas, with the last item having almost symbolic significance as an example of high-energy food that is culturally acceptable to people from every religious tradition. Blythswood has been helping to feed people escaping from Syria and other conflict zones for nearly two years. Donate to this appeal at www.blythswood.org/bananas or by texting SYRI17 £5 to 70070. £5 will provide over 5 kilos (more than 40 bananas) for people in the migrant centre. Contact Danny Muschate danny.muschate<at>blythswood.org
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.

Sunday Bulletin 11 June 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 18 June 2017
10am Alternative Service at St Stephen’s
11.15 Morning Worship at the Old High
Led by Rev David Anderson
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurchgmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
Details : invernesschurchgmail.com
INTERIM MODERATOR The Rev Alastair Younger has been appointed Interim Moderator in the absence of Rev Peter Nimmo due to illness. As Alastair is on holiday at the moment, please contact our Session Clerk, Linda Philip.
PASTORAL CARE will be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant arthursinclairbtinternet.com while Peter is absent from his duties, due to illness.
HEALING SERVICE The monthly Christian Healing Service will be held in St Stephen’s this afternoon at 4pm to which all are invited. When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?” (John 5 v 6) Contact Ruth Martin.
FLOWER ARRANGING EVENING on Tuesday 27 June at 7.30pm in St Stephen’s Church (in aid of funds) with Annette Stoker. Tickets (£5 including refreshments) can be purchased from today at St Stephen’s (Joan Darcy or the Old High (Christine Mackenzie or from The Olive Grove. Joan Darcy joan.darcytesco.net
OLD HIGH MUSIC Wednesday 5 July, the Old High is thrilled to be hosting the Highland Concert being organised as part of the Kellie Consort 2017 Summer Tour www.kellieconsort.org.uk. The Kellie Consort is made up of outstandingly talented young singers and instrumentalists, with a connection to Scotland, who wish to develop their skills in baroque performance to the highest level. The soloist and coach on this tour is Philip Higham, Principal Cello at the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. This charity has to operate on a low budget and therefore has asked whether OHSS can offer one night’s B&B to the 14 musicians after the concert. I have given an undertaking that we will try and organise that, so I’d be most grateful to hear as soon as possible from anyone who could offer such hospitality. Andrew Stevenson stevenson.atabtinternet.com).
OHSS MAGAZINE Our Editor requires articles and photos for the June issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, by e-mail to williekenilweb.com or by post to 46 Moray Park Avenue, Culloden, INVERNESS IV2 7LS. The deadline is Wednesday 14 June as he will be away briefly from the 15th.
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at St Stephen’s on Sunday 25 June. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. The Retiring Offering will be in aid of Dr Graham’s Homes. Please give generously to this vital project. Linda Philip lindajphiliphotmail.com
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING The Old High will be open for visitors from 1 June to the end of September on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday each week from 10am-12 noon and 2-4 pm each day. If you are able to help with this please contact Sheila MacLeod (maclosheiaol.com). If you can’t help every week we will still need people to help out on an occasional basis to cover in case of illness and holidays and will keep a list of those who can help in this way. In advance thank you for your help and I know that visitors to the City will appreciate being able to see round the Old High Church during their visit. Christine Mackenzie christinemac73hotmail.com.
HIGHLAND FOODBANK During the months of May and June the Foodbank would welcome donations of: Tins of potatoes, Crackers/ Oatcakes, Jars of Pasta sauce, Tins of Corned Beef. ‘Bags for Life’ are also very well received for packing the goods when they are given out. Please bring these items to Church and they will be taken to the Foodbank. Blythswood are very grateful for our support. Contact Bill Guthrie: williamwguthriegooglemail.com. The Foodbank Centres in Hilton and Madras Street have vacancies for volunteers (a couple of hours every week/fortnight). Contact Lorna Dempster lorna.dempsterblythswood.org.
WORD FOR TODAY New copies of the daily readings Word for Today are now available in both churches. Ruth Martin.
CROSSREACH newsletter and prayer diary (June – Sept) are available at church doors. Contact Rae Swan.
OTHER NEWS
HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS YOUTH FOR CHRIST BIG FRIENDS GATHERING Monday 12 June, Barn Church Culloden, 6:30-8:30pm. An evening of fellowship about the work of HIYFC in schools and in the community, with the opportunity to ask questions and pray together for the young people of our area. Light buffet. Contact: Linda Buchan pdwhiyfc.co.uk
CHURCH OF SCOTLAND VOCATIONS CONFERENCE 2017 Saturday 17 June 2017. Carnegie Conference Centre, 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. Details and and to register: Ministries Council, 121 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 4YN. vocationchurchofscotland.org.uk Spaces are limited – booking is essential. You must attend this if you are interested in full-time ministry in the Church.
NATIONAL PRAYER BREAKFAST SCOTLAND 7-9am Tuesday 20 June Culduthel Christian Centre. Details www.culduthelchristiancentre.org.
PICNIC & PRAISE AT URQUHART CASTLE on Sunday 25 June from 7.15-8.30pm. Songs of praise and good news of Jesus with John Alexander Wilson and his band. Local choir and musicians. Access is by free entry at the castle from 6pm. Bring a picnic and rugs to relax in the unique Loch Ness side setting of Urquhart Castle. Free parking. Tea and coffee for sale afterwards. Contact Ruth Macleod picnicandpraisegmail.com

Sunday Bulletin 26 March 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 2 April 2017
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
Led by Rev Doug McRoberts
11.15am Alternative Service at the Old High
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NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
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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 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
RETIRING OFFERING There will be a retiring offering today 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
OHSS MAGAZINE The magazines are available today for distributors to collect. Jennifer Morrison jennifer<at>kenilweb.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, 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. 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.
MEET & EAT There will be a gathering for lunch on Thursday 30 March at 12.30pm at the Craigmonie Hotel, Annfield Road. Please let me know if you wish to join us. Contact Val Cantlay ( val.cantlay<at>btinternet.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 Ken Cantlay or any choir member. £6 donation towards the new sensory garden at Cameron House.
OLD HIGH Tea will be served after the service on Sunday 2 April. All welcome. Contact Christine Mackenzie on christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
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).
THANK YOU Ken and Margaret Young would like to thank the members of the congregation for the beautiful card and gift they received on the occasion of their Golden Wedding.   It was a great surprise and very much appreciated.
OTHER NEWS
LIVING BETTER GROUP MEETING on Thursday 6 April 2017 (6.30-8pm) in MS Therapy Centre (Burnett Road – behind Police Station). Come along for a free taster session of Autogenic Training. Further details from Roy Anderson lgowitroy<at>highlandtsi.org.uk

Sunday Bulletin 25 September 2016

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 2 October 2016 : Proper 22
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
SUNDAY BULLETIN please send items to invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline: Wednesday at noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
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OLD HIGH CHOIR REHEARSALS have now re-started on Thursday nights at 7.30pm in the Old High Hall. Anyone interested in joining will be warmly welcomed. A wide range of introits and anthems is planned, and there are very few prerequisites – only enthusiasm and a love of music! Contact Robin Versteeg versteegr<at>hotmail.com
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet tonight between 7 and 8pm in the vestry at St Stephen’s and will continue fortnightly thereafter. We would welcome new participants in these lively and thought-provoking discussions. Further details from Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com.
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at St Stephen’s today. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. The Retiring Offering will be in aid of the Highland Hospice. Please give generously to this worthwhile project.
MEET & EAT The next gathering for Lunch is at 12.30pm on Thursday 29 September at the Craigmonie Hotel. Everyone is welcome. Please contact Val Cantlay val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com to book your meal. Transport is available.
HARVEST THANKSGIVING will be on Sunday 2 October. The service at St Stephen’s that day will be an all-age service. At both churches, you are asked to bring along gifts for the Blythswood Highland Foodbank. We trust you will be generous. Needed are: Tins of ham, Breakfast cereal, Tins of custard, Sugar, Cream crackers, Toilet rolls, New or used bags for life, Tin openers. Thank you for your support. Details from Linda Philip. Visit http://highland.foodbank.org.uk/ to see what they do.
THE CHURCH BAND will play at the Harvest Thanksgiving service in St
Stephen’s on Sunday 2 October. There will be a quick rehearsal prior to the service that day. Music will be available from Pam for anyone who would like to play pam.41<at>tiscali.co.uk
OLD HIGH There will be no tea/coffee in the Old High on Sunday 2 October due to the harvest thanksgiving service. It will however be back on Sunday 6 November. Contact Christine Mackenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
OLD HIGH MUSIC The next of this year’s organ recitals takes place on Saturday 8 October at 12 noon, when Stephen Doughty (Director of Music and Organist at St John’s Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh) is going to perform a programme which will include the Prelude and Fugue in E flat minor by J S Bach, the well-known Organ Sonata No. 4 by Mendelssohn and music by Henry Smart, whom we also know as the composer of a much loved hymn. Stephen is a highly-regarded musician around Scotland and this promises to be a memorable recital. More details from Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
SHOE BOX APPEAL 2016  Give hope to someone in need this Christmas. Please pick up a leaflet from the Church door and fill a shoebox. Deliver your shoebox to the Blythswood shop or superstore by 4 November. Any queries or help with delivery contact Val Cantlay val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com
SS ORDERS OF SERVICE Could you help folding the orders of service once a month at St Stephen’s? One of our team of folders has had to stop due to work commitments. For more information please contact Katharina Nimmo katharina.nimmo<at>btinternet.com.
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. Contact Rae Swan.
AUTUMN CHURCH MAGAZINE Distributors can collect their bundles of magazines today. Contact Jennifer Morrison jennifer<at>kenilweb.com
HOBBY/CRAFT EVENING on Wednesday 28 September 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.
KIRK SESSION TRAINING The next Kirk Session Safeguarding training session will be held at Inshes Church on Saturday 1 October at 10am till 1pm. Can all elders who have not been before, please make every effort to attend as this is one of the things looked at in the audit of Safeguarding Practice in our church at the end of each year. To book, please contact Fiona Kelly seankelly12<at>sky.com.
A NOTE FROM THE MINISTER As you may be aware, the meeting regarding the sale of the Old High Hall, planned for Tuesday 13 September, had to be cancelled. During the previous week, an item appeared in the Inverness Courier in which I stated that the decision had been made to sell the Old High Hall. This was, of course, not the case, as that decision still had to be made by the Congregation. I ought to have said that the meeting was to decide on a recommendation from the Kirk Session. I was contacted by the Presbytery Clerk to say that the article had prejudiced the forthcoming meeting and that it would have to be cancelled. He also stated that I would have to put a retraction into the newspaper (he and I wrote a letter jointly) and that I should apologise to the Kirk Session, all of which I have now done. Our next Kirk Session meeting, on 27 September, will now decide how to proceed. I should point out that I had no desire to bring the matter of the Old High Hall to the attention of the media. I was contacted by the journalist, who had received an anonymous telephone call about the matter and asked me about it. Unfortunately I did not make the facts clear enough. None of this would have happened had it not been for the anonymous phone call. Nevertheless, I offer my sincere apologies to the congregation. Peter
OTHER NEWS
SAYING GOODBYE SERVICE on Wednesday 28 September at 7.30pm at St Andrew’s Cathedral, Inverness. We are holding a baby loss support and remembrance service for anyone touched by any form of baby loss, be it in pregnancy, at birth or shortly after. For further information contact Emilie de Bruijn Emilie.de.bruijn<at>sayinggoodbye.org www.sayinggoodbye.org .
CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE The Church of Scotland is holding a climate change conference at Bridge of Allan Parish Church on Saturday 1 October from 10am-4pm. Speakers from partner churches will be sharing the impact of climate change on the lives of communities across the continents, and all participants will join workshops to explore how we can respond in Scotland. Spaces are filling up fast, e-mail nskinner<at>churchofscotland.org.uk to book your place. Details from Peter.
LEPROSY MISSION COFFEE MORNING on Saturday 1 October at 10am in the Free North Hall (enter from Church Street,). Please support this annual event. Leprosy is not eradicated – 6-700 new cases are reported daily in Africa and India. Tickets £3 from Ruth Martin
HOPE UK CHRISTIAN DRUG EDUCATION AND PREVENTION WORK COFFEE MORNING on Saturday 8 October from 10.30 am to 12 Noon at Elgin & Forres Free Church, South St, Elgin. Entry Free; donations welcomed. Join us for tea/coffee and pancakes. Details from Jo Pickford j.pickford<at>hopeuk.org.
INVERNESS STREET PASTORS CHALLENGE on Saturday 8 October 2016 at 8am. Take part in a sponsored walk up Bin Hill of Cullen, Ben Aigan and Ben Rinnes. Join us for all three hills or just one. You will be climbing 986m, and walking 16km so do come adequately shod! Please register beforehand. You can use the attached form http://tinyurl.com/he5447o or contact Morven Ball directly morven<at>loveinverness.org. If you just want to donate http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ChallengeMark
ON THE ROAD is a series of day and evening events run by the Church of Scotland to listen to the voice of people in the local Church. The Inverness event will be held at Inshes Church on Thursday 27 October from 11am to 3pm. These free events are an open invitation to everyone connected with the Church, whether you are a regular worshipper, or an occasional attender; whether you take a leadership role in your local Church, or simply drop in from time to time; we want to hear from folks from every background and every congregation: don’t leave it to someone else – come and have your say! Book online at www.churchofscotland.org.uk/connect/on_the_road or contact our Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com.
ALPHA COURSES explore the Christian faith, ask questions and share points of view. Hilton Church is running a 10-week course which begins at the Lighthouse on Monday 2 November from 9.45 -11.30 am. Tea/Coffee will be provided. Parents/carers with small children are welcome. Further information from Jane Murtin-Armer www.alpha.org

Sunday Bulletin 17 July 2016

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 24 July 2016: Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
10 am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 am Morning Worship at the Old High
led by Alistair Younger, Retired Minister
SUNDAY BULLETIN please send items to invernesschurchgmail.com. Deadline: Wednesday at noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
For further information and contact details : invernesschurchgmail.com (replace with @ )
Prior to Peter going on holiday on 6 July, the Bulletins for the 3, 10, 17 and 24 July will be printed on 1 July. Any notices received after that date will be announced from the pulpit.
PASTORAL COVER The minister will be on holiday from 6 to 26 July inclusive. For any pastoral issues, please contact your elder or the following: 6 to 16 July Rev Alastair Younger; 17 to 26 July Rev Arthur Sinclair.
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING The Church will be open on weekdays from now until September on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10am to 12 noon and 2-4pm. We can always use more volunteers, especially to cover times when the regulars can’t make it- please contact Christine Mackenzie if you can help christinemac73hotmail.com. And please let your friends know that they can visit the church at these times.
SUMMER SONGS OF PRAISE a joyful evening worship service at the Old High on Sunday 21 August at 7pm. A chance to sing favourite hymns, and to meet our new Old High organist, Robin Versteeg, who will also treat us to some organ fireworks! Do you have an old (or new) favourite hymn you’d like us to sing on the evening? Contact our Church Administrator, Pat Macleod: invernesschurchgmail.com.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will continue to meet at 7pm in St Stephen’s throughout the summer on 3, 17, 31 July & 14 August. At a time when other Church activities may be on holiday, do think about coming along. Details from Andrew Stevenson.
FREEWILL OFFERING ENVELOPES for the year beginning July 2016 are now available. Contact Christine Mackenzie for Old High envelopes and Sandy Cumming for St Stephen’s envelopes.
CROSSREACH The latest Newsletter and prayer diary (June – September) are available at church doors. Contact Rae Swan.
WORD FOR TODAY Free copies of the current issue available in the churches. (Further copies from Ruth Martin www.ucb.wordfortoday).
CHURCH MAGAZINE is now available for distributors. It is also available on our website. More information: Willie Morrison williekenilweb.com .