Sunday Bulletin 26 March 2017

Sunday 2 April 2017
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
Led by Rev Doug McRoberts
11.15am Alternative Service at the Old High
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurch<at> Deadline Wednesday at 12noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
For further information : invernesschurch<at>
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>
PASTORAL CARE will be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant arthursinclair<at> 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>
RETIRING OFFERING There will be a retiring offering today with all donations going to the famine crisis in East Africa. Linda Philip lindajphilip<at>
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>
OHSS MAGAZINE The magazines are available today for distributors to collect. Jennifer Morrison jennifer<at>
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>
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, 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>
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>
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>
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.
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>

Sunday Bulletin 25 September 2016

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> Deadline: Wednesday at noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
For further details and contact information : invernesschurch<at> (replace <at> with @).
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>
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>
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> 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 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>
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>
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>
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>
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>
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>
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>
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
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<at> .
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> 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>
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 or contact Morven Ball directly morven<at> If you just want to donate
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 or contact our Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>
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

Sunday Bulletin 17 July 2016

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 Deadline: Wednesday at noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
For further information and contact details : (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 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:
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 .