UPCOMING WORSHIP over Christmas and New Year: Click here.
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or the Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet every Sunday through Advent (considering the section of Woodhouse’s book entitled Prayer), responding to the call at the recent Congregational Retreat to reflect prayerfully on what we may be being asked to do in 2018 and beyond. If anyone would like to join us, even intermittently, contact Andrew Stevenson.
ST STEPHEN’S CHURCH AND COMMUNITY CHOIRS present Songs for Christmas. 20/21 December, 7.30pm. St Stephen’s. Tickets £8 (includes refreshments) from Choir members: proceeds to Breast Cancer Care. Ken Cantlay.
FOOD FOR FAMILIES Following yet another successful year of the Food for Families project, Ann and David Sutherland have extended their generosity to provide the mince for the Food for Families project once again. Local suppliers provide other donations. Last year the project provided 3,057 meals, which was a fantastic effort from all the teams involved, and be assured all meals were gratefully received by individuals and families who were in need. We hope to maintain the number of meals delivered this year. Over the six years of providing this service we have all helped to provide 15,709 meals! This year we are making vegetable soup for week commencing 4 December and macaroni for week commencing 8 January. All ingredients are supplied. Contact Christine MacKenzie
CHRISTMAS MEET & EAT Thursday 14 December at 12.30pm at Craigmonie Hotel. To book, contact Val Cantlay. Transport available.
HIGHLAND FOODBANK To try to make Christmas a little more bearable for those who need to use the Foodbank over the festive period you are asked to donate any long life hard goods, tinned items or biscuits during December. These will be very much appreciated by those who find themselves in need over Christmas. Thank you. Bill Guthrie.
ST STEPHEN’S GIVING TREE Gifts for Beechwood, Cale House, Manna House, Mackenzie Centre, Hilton Village (Social Work), Porterfield Prisoners’ Children, and Barnardo’s Springboard (toiletries for vulnerable youngsters aged 16 to 20 years). Please wrap your gift and remember to attach the appropriate gift tag for ease of identification and distribution. Please ensure that any remaining gifts are handed in to me no later than Wednesday 13 for distribution by 15 December. Further details from Cliff Sim.
THE OLD HIGH GIVING TREE in the East Corridor. Gifts for homeless people in the area; suggested donations include gloves, socks, scarves, pants or warm hats. A little extra such as a Mars bar or some sweets would be a nice surprise. Gateway have advised that at present 15 ladies and 20 gentlemen are homeless but additional gifts would be appreciated for unexpected situations. Wrapped gifts should be returned by Sunday 17 December. Sheila MacLeod or Diana Fraser
OLD HIGH FLOWER LIST 2018 is now being prepared- there are a few spaces available. To add your name to the list please contact Sally McCubbin.
FUNDRAISING BAKE SALE By popular request Anna Kelly will hold another bake sale as part of her fundraising for her year in Nepal on 17 December after the service at St Stephens. It will have a festive theme with tablet on sale too. She looks forward to seeing you there. Donate at Anna’s JustGiving page: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AnnaKelly2 .
CAMERON HOUSE The retiring offerings held in August, September, October and November raised the magnificent sum of £850 for Cameron House. Sincere thanks for such a generous response. Sandy Cumming.
MAGAZINE Distributors can collect bundles today. Jennifer Morrison.
CROSSREACH CATALOGUES available at the church doors. There is a good selection of cards and wrapping paper. Rae Swan.
CROSSREACH OLD STAMPS How to collect and prepare UK and foreign stamps, both current and past issue. Trim to between 4mm and 8mm thickness of border around each stamp. Please do not soak stamps off paper. Separate foreign and UK stamps. Rare stamps and collections can also be of high value, as can coins and postcards that are no longer in circulation. Collection boxes are available in both churches. Alternatively post to CrossReach, Charis House, 47 Milton Road East, Edinburgh EH15 2SR.
GOING FORWARD SURVEY AND CONGREGATIONAL RETREAT We are very sorry that those who attended the Congregational Retreat on 4 November did not get the chance to discuss the Community Survey by Kerrera Wilson and the proposals for outreach projects. As we did promise that that would happen, we propose to hold another, shorter meeting solely for the congregation to give feedback on the proposals. This will take place on the morning of Saturday 20 January 2018- please keep your diary free! The report and proposals are available on our website http://oldhighststephens.com/going-forward-survey-report/ .
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurch<a>gmail.com. Pat is on annual leave Tuesday 5 December to Friday 15 December- send any extra items to Peter.
VOCATIONS INFORMATION DAY Saturday 10 February 2018 at The Conforti Institute, Coatbridge. For those with an interest in Ministry of Word and Sacrament, Diaconal Ministry or Readership, and as a much wider exploration of the ministry of the whole people of God; compulsory for potential candidates for ministry. For more information, speak to the Minister. http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/serve/ministries_council/education_and_support/vocations-information-day