Sunday Bulletin 16 July 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 23 July 2017: The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 Morning Worship at the Old High
Both Services led by Rev Alastair Younger
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurchgmail.com. 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 continues as our Interim Moderator:  younger873btinternet.com.
PASTORAL CARE continues to be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant arthursinclairbtinternet.com.
MARGARET SUTHERLAND GIFT to mark her long service with our Congregation. Margaret was the first lady elder to be ordained in the Old High and went on to become Session Clerk. She also served as Session Clerk and Deputy Session Clerk since the union- nearly 30 years’ service given freely and faithfully. Put your contribution in an enveloped marked ‘Presentation to Margaret Sutherland’ and put it in offering bag, or contact our Treasurer, Sandy Cumming. Closing date today.
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING The Old High will be 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 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. Christine Mackenzie christinemac73hotmail.com.
WORD FOR TODAY now available at both churches. Ruth Martin (07595 219308).
CROSSREACH newsletter and prayer diary (June – Sept) are available at church doors. Contact Rae Swan.
OTHER NEWS
INVERNESS STREET PASTORS Interested in finding out more about volunteering? Daytime, night-time and Prayer Pastor opportunities. information events: Saturday 22 July 2017 10am-12pm and Wednesday 2 August 2017 7.30pm-9.30pm at ’The Hub’, Inverness Baptist Church, 83 Castle Street, Inverness. Contact robynloveinverness.org
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, to connect, be resourced and inspired and explore new and exciting ideas. Worship, an address from the Moderator and a market place. 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 invernesschurchgmail.com

Sunday Bulletin 2 July 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 9 July 2017 : The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 Morning Worship at the Old High
Both Services led by Rev Alastair Younger
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
For details : invernesschurch<at>gmail.com
INTERIM MODERATOR The Rev Alastair Younger continues as our Interim Moderator younger873<at>btinternet.com.
PASTORAL CARE continues to be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant arthursinclair<at>btinternet.com.
MARGARET SUTHERLAND It has been agreed to give a gift to Margaret to mark her long service with our Congregation. Margaret was the first lady elder to be ordained in the Old High and went on to become Session Clerk on John Herrick’s retirement. She has also served as Session Clerk and Deputy Session Clerk since the union. This is nearly 30 years’ service which she has given freely and faithfully. To make a contribution, please either send it direct to our Treasurer, Sandy Cumming, or put it in an enveloped marked ‘Presentation to Margaret Sutherland’ and put it in the offering bag. The closing date for contributions is Sunday 16 July.
RETIRING OFFERING held at St Stephen’s on Sunday 25 June in aid of Dr Graham’s Homes raised £287.60. If you missed the opportunity to donate and would like to do so, then please put your donation in an envelope marked “Dr Graham’s Homes” for the attention of Sandy Cumming. The Kirk Session decided to have a retiring offering for this charity in memory of the late Rev Arthur Fraser who had a special relationship with Dr Graham’s.
OLD HIGH Tea will be served after the service today. All welcome. Christine Mackenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
SOUTHSIDE NURSING HOME There will be a short service, led by Isobel Allan, 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.
ST STEPHEN’S FLOWER ARRANGING EVENING I would like to thank Annette Stoker for the wonderful array of floral displays which covered Chinese, Rennie Mackintosh and contemporary. Also her relaxed and humorous style added to everyone’s enjoyment. I would also like to thank everyone that helped, and  those who came along to help raise the sum of £359. Joan Darcy.
FRIENDS OF THE OLD HIGH CHURCH The  Annual General Meeting will be held in the Church on Monday 3 July at 7.30pm. Anyone interested in the Friends is welcome to attend. Christina Cameron christinajcameron6<at>gmail.com
OLD HIGH MUSIC: THE KELLIE CONSORT Wednesday 5 July, 7.30pm as part of their summer tour. Programme of Baroque Music entitled ‘The Scottish/Italian Connection’: vocal and instrumental music from 17th and 18th century Scotland and Italy. A Sonata by Corelli and Cello Concerto by Vivaldi may well be familiar, but church music by Sir John Clerk of Penicuik and a Sonata by Thomas Erskine may be new for many of us. Philip Higham, cellist; Tom Wilkinson Conductor. As already announced, we are still looking for host addresses for 12 musicians for B&B on 5 July, so I’d be most grateful for any offers of assistance with that. Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com.
HEALING SERVICE There will be a Healing Service in St Stephen’s next Sunday 11 July at 4pm to which are all welcome. Ruth Martin.
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING The Old High will be 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 please contact Sheila MacLeod macloshei<at>aol.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. Christine Mackenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com.
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
LIVING BETTER WITH A LONGTERM CONDITION Inverness Groups meet Thursday 29 June 12 noon to 2pm at Smithton Free Church; Monday 3 July 2-4pm at Trinity Church Hall; Thursday 6 July at MS Therapy Centre 6.30-8pm. Boccia Wednesday 28 June at Spectrum Centre 2-4pm. Contact Roy Anderson LGOWITRoy<at>highlandtsi.org.uk
COMMUNITY OF FAITH CONFERENCE ON CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND A day conference for those who work with and minister to children and young people in the church, to connect, be resourced and inspired. this day conference will explore new and exciting ideas on a range of topics covered in the publication. Worship, an address from the Moderator and a market place. For everyone interested in working with young people. 26th August 2017, 10am-4pm in Dunfermline- transport may be available. Cost £20 including lunch and a complimentary copy of the Learn: Children and Young People Resource (RRP £10). Contact Pat Macleod invernesschurch<at>gmail.com.
CHURCH OF SCOTLAND NATIONAL YOUTH ASSEMBLY (NYA) 2017 21-24 July at Gartmore House near Stirling. Booking closes 25 June. A platform for young adults to voice their opinions and actively participate in decision making within the Church of Scotland. Discussion, workshop, worship, social events and a visit from the Moderator. Cost: £95 per person for food and accommodation, but help with costs is available. Free coach travel to/from Stirling will be provided. Book now at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/national-youth-assembly-2017-registration

Sunday Bulletin 25 June 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 2 July 2017: The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 Morning Worship at the Old High
Both Services led by Rev Alastair Younger
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
Details from invernesschurch<at>gmail.com
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at St Stephen’s today. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. Retiring Offering will be in aid of Dr Graham’s Homes, India. Please give generously to this vital project. Linda Philip lindajphilip<at>hotmail.com
INTERIM MODERATOR The Rev Alastair Younger continues as our Interim Moderator: younger873<at>btinternet.com.
PASTORAL CARE continues to be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant arthursinclair<at>btinternet.com.
MARGARET SUTHERLAND It has been agreed to give a gift to Margaret to mark her long service with our Congregation. Margaret was the first lady elder to be ordained in the Old High and went on to become Session Clerk on John Herrick’s retirement. She has also served as Session Clerk and Deputy Session Clerk since the union. This is nearly 30 years’ service which she has given freely and faithfully. To make a contribution, please either send it direct to our Treasurer, Sandy Cumming, or put it in an enveloped marked ‘Presentation to Margaret Sutherland’ and put it in the offering bag. The closing date for contributions is next Sunday 2 July.
OHSS MAGAZINE The magazine will be available for distributors to collect today. Jennifer Morrison jennifer<at>kenilweb.com
FLOWER ARRANGING EVENING Tuesday 27 June,7.30pm, St Stephen’s (in aid of funds) with Annette Stoker. Tickets (£5 including refreshments today at St Stephen’s from Joan Darcy joan.darcy<at>tesco.net) or Old High Christine Mackenzie or from The Olive Grove.
CHEESE AND WINE EVENING Friday 30 June, 8pm. Old High Church Hall in aid of our Fabric Fund. Photographs from church events will be shown by Willie Morrison and also some Old Inverness photographs. Tickets (£10) from Rena Beaton or Evelyn Moffat.
OLD HIGH Tea will be served after the service next Sunday 2 July. All welcome. Christine Mackenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
OLD HIGH MUSIC: THE KELLIE CONSORT Wednesday 5 July, 7.30pm as part of their summer tour. Programme of Baroque Music entitled ‘The Scottish/Italian Connection’: vocal and instrumental music from 17th and 18th century Scotland and Italy. A Sonata by Corelli and Cello Concerto by Vivaldi may well be familiar, but church music by Sir John Clerk of Penicuik and a Sonata by Thomas Erskine may be new for many of us. Philip Higham, cellist; Tom Wilkinson Conductor. As already announced, we are still looking for host addresses for 12 musicians for B&B on 5 July, so I’d be most grateful for any offers of assistance with that. Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com.
MEET & EAT There will be a lunch at 12.30pm at the Craigmonie Hotel on Thursday 29 June. All welcome. Transport is available. Contact Val Cantlay val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING The Old High will be 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 please contact Sheila MacLeod (macloshei<at>aol.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 christinemac73<at>hotmail.com.
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.
LOST PROPERTY A small Nokia phone and a single key was found after the service last Sunday. This may belong to a church member or a wedding guest attending the weddings last Friday or Saturday. Contact Linda Philip lindajphilip<at>hotmail.com
OTHER NEWS
COMMUNITY OF FAITH CONFERENCE ON CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND A day conference for those who work with and minister to children and young people in the church, to connect, be resourced and inspired. this day conference will explore new and exciting ideas on a range of topics covered in the publication. Worship, an address from the Moderator and a market place. For everyone interested in working with young people. 26th August 2017, 10am-4pm in Dunfermline- transport may be available. Cost £20 including lunch and a complimentary copy of the Learn: Children and Young People Resource (RRP £10). Contact Pat Macleod invernesschurch<at>gmail.com.
PICNIC & PRAISE AT URQUHART CASTLE today 7.15-8.30pm. Songs of praise and good news of Jesus Local choir and musicians. 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 afterwards. Contact Ruth Macleod picnicandpraise<at>gmail.com
CHURCH OF SCOTLAND NATIONAL YOUTH ASSEMBLY (NYA) 2017 21-24 July at Gartmore House near Stirling. Booking closes 25 June. A platform for young adults to voice their opinions and actively participate in decision making within the Church of Scotland. Discussion, workshop, worship, social events and a visit from the Moderator. Cost: £95 per person for food and accommodation, but help with costs is available. Free coach travel to/from Stirling will be provided. Book now at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/national-youth-assembly-2017-registration

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 4 June 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 11 June 2017
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 Morning Worship at the Old High
Services led by Rev Andrew Lyon
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
Details from : invernesschurch<at>gnail.com
INTERIM MODERATOR The Rev Alastair Younger has been appointed Interim Moderator in the absence of Rev Peter Nimmo due to illness. His contact details are younger873<at>btinternet.com.
PASTORAL CARE will be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant arthursinclair<at>btinternet.com while Peter is absent from his duties, due to illness.
SOUTHSIDE NURSING HOME There will be a short service, led by Iain Todd, 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
CHRISTIAN AID Many thanks to all who helped in any way with, firstly, the Coffee Morning which raised the fine total of £880.95 and secondly, the house to house collection. Also thanks to all who contributed via the envelopes distributed at the Church services and who will contribute at the Old High Communion retiring offering today. Any house to house collections or church collections should be given to Susan MacLeod at St Stephen’s or to Roberta MacKintosh at the Old High today, or to myself at 5 Beaufort Road, after 1 June. The returned envelopes will be counted following the St Stephen’s service on 4 June. Watch the magazine for totals! Thanks again to all. Ken Cantlay ken.cantlay<at>btinternet.com.
FRIENDS OF THE OLD HIGH CHURCH The Old High will be open from10am till 4pm on Friday 9 June, St Columba Day. There will be organ music at intervals during the day and a short talk at 1pm about St Columba and his connection to the Old High and Inverness. Refreshments available. For information contact Christina Cameron christinajcameron6<at>gmail.com
OLD HIGH MUSIC Saturday 10 June at 12 noon will be the opportunity this year to hear a number of advanced music pupils from around Inverness. Some of them will perform pieces they are playing at the Highland Young Musician of the Year Competition the following weekend. We know from recent years how encouraging it can be for these young people to play for an appreciative audience, so we do hope many of you will be able to come along to add support.
Looking ahead to the evening of 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.ata<at>btinternet.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 willie<at>kenilweb.com. The deadline is Wednesday 14 June as he will be away briefly from the 15th. (01463 792076).
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 macloshei<at>aol.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 christinemac73<at>hotmail.com.
AFTERNOON TEA AT ST STEPHEN’S £326 was raised. Grateful thanks to those who supported this event. Sadly not well attended but those who came were very appreciative of the effort to make this a proper afternoon tea. Many thanks to all who contributed and helped on the day. Margaret McAleer margaretmcaleer<at>talktalk.net
FIRE DRILL We propose to hold a fire drill next month (weather permitting) and we hereby attach a plan of St Stephen’s church and hall. St Stephen’s – Please note there are 4 fire exit doors on the plan and we ask you to familiarise yourself with them all. Old High: There are two exit doors, the east and west door. Linda Philip .
BARNABAS PERFORMANCE The choirs of St Stephen’s, Old High, Crown and Ness Bank are to join forces for a performance of Barnabas, a semi- staged cantata on the evening of Sunday 17 September in St Stephen’s Church. Roger Jones, the composer, and his team from Christian Music Ministries (CMM) are touring Scotland in September performing the musical in a variety of churches. The large choir will sing the chorus sections of the work whilst the team from Birmingham will provide the vocal solos, dialogue and instrumental accompaniment. It will be a ‘night off’ for Robin, Pam and Alyn. The choirs are soon to be meeting to learn the light-hearted music. If you would like to join the choir for this project please get in touch with Pam at pam.41<at>tiscali.co.uk. We hope that many of you will come along to the performance to support your choirs and enjoy the music. You can find further information about Christian Music Ministries at www.cmm.org.uk Pam McCulloch.
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: williamwguthrie<at>googlemail.com. The Foodbank Centres in Hilton and Madras Street have vacancies for volunteers (a couple of hours every week/fortnight). Contact Lorna Dempster lorna.dempster<at>blythswood.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
Thy Kingdom Come- Inverness Prayer Space and Joint Churches Celebration This is an initiative facilitating global prayer between Ascension and Pentecost (25 May to 4 June). Churches across the Inverness area are delighted to be hosting a physical prayer room, open 24 hours a day, at CYC Centre,12 Bank Street, Inverness IV1 1QR. Sign up for your hour slot to pray at https://tinyurl.com/hov2raw. Come on your own, with a spouse or group of friends to pray during that hour, whether 3pm or 3am to continue an unbroken prayer chain. On Sunday 4 June, from 6pm to 7.30pm, there will be a joint churches celebration at Inverness Cathedral. Details from Rev Trevor Hunt inverness<at>churchofscotland.org.uk
WATOTO CHILDREN’S CHOIR are putting on two concerts at the Inverness Cathedral on Tuesday 6 June at 1.30pm and again at 7pm. Admission free. Details from Cathedral Office.
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 pdw<at>hiyfc.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. vocation<at>churchofscotland.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.

Sunday Bulletin 28 May 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 4 June 2017
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 Morning Worship at the Old High
Services led by Rev Andrew Lyon
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
Contact details : invernesschurch<at>gmail.com
INTERIM MODERATOR The Rev Alastair Younger has been appointed Interim Moderator in the absence of Rev Peter Nimmo due to illness. His contact details are younger873<at>btinternet.com.
PASTORAL CARE will be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant arthursinclair<at>btinternet.com while Peter is absent from his duties, due to illness.
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at the Old High today. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. The Retiring Offering will be in aid of Christian Aid. Please give generously to this vital project. Christine Mackenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com.
KIRK SESSION The next meeting will be at the Old High hall on Tuesday 30 May. The meeting will be preceded with a meal at 6.30pm. Linda Philip lindajphilip<at>hotmail.com.
THE SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet in St Stephen’s Vestry tonight at 7pm. We would welcome anyone to join with us, even for the summer months. Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com.
CHRISTIAN AID Many thanks to all who helped in any way with, firstly, the Coffee Morning which raised the fine total of £880.95 and secondly, the house to house collection. Also thanks to all who contributed via the envelopes distributed at the Church services and who will contribute at the Old High Communion retiring offering today. Any house to house collections or church collections should be given to Susan MacLeod at St Stephen’s or to Roberta MacKintosh at the Old High today, or to myself at 5 Beaufort Road, after 1 June. The returned envelopes will be counted following the St Stephen’s service on 4 June. Watch the magazine for totals! Thanks again to all. Ken Cantlay ken.cantlay<at>btinternet.com
FRIENDS OF THE OLD HIGH CHURCH The Old High will be open from10am till 4pm on Friday 9 June, St Columba Day. There will be organ music at intervals during the day and a short talk at 1pm about St Columba and his connection to the Old High and Inverness. Refreshments available. For information contact Christina Cameron christinajcameron6<at>gmail.com
OLD HIGH MUSIC Saturday 10 June at 12 noon will be the opportunity this year to hear a number of advanced music pupils from around Inverness. Some of them will perform pieces they are playing at the Highland Young Musician of the Year Competition the following weekend. We know from recent years how encouraging it can be for these young people to play for an appreciative audience, so we do hope many of you will be able to come along to add support.
Looking ahead to the evening of 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.ata<at>btinternet.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 willie<at>kenilweb.com . The deadline is Wednesday 14 June.
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 (macloshei<at>aol.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 christinemac73<at>hotmail.com.
FIRE DRILL We propose to hold a fire drill next month (weather permitting) and we hereby attach a plan of St Stephen’s church and hall. St Stephen’s – Please note there are 4 fire exit doors on the plan and we ask you to familiarise yourself with them all. Old High: There are two exit doors, the east and west door. Linda Philip.
BARNABAS PERFORMANCE The choirs of St Stephen’s, Old High, Crown and Ness Bank are to join forces for a performance of Barnabas, a semi- staged cantata on the evening of Sunday 17 September in St Stephen’s Church. Roger Jones, the composer, and his team from Christian Music Ministries (CMM) are touring Scotland in September performing the musical in a variety of churches. The large choir will sing the chorus sections of the work whilst the team from Birmingham will provide the vocal solos, dialogue and instrumental accompaniment. It will be a ‘night off’ for Robin, Pam and Alyn. The choirs are soon to be meeting to learn the light-hearted music. If you would like to join the choir for this project please get in touch with Pam at pam.41<at>tiscali.co.uk. We hope that many of you will come along to the performance to support your choirs and enjoy the music. You can find further information about Christian Music Ministries at www.cmm.org.uk.
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: williamwguthrie<at>googlemail.com. The Foodbank Centres in Hilton and Madras Street have vacancies for volunteers (a couple of hours every week/fortnight). Contact Lorna Dempster lorna.dempster<at>blythswood.org.
WORD FOR TODAY New copies of the daily readings Word for Today are now available in both churches. Ruth Martin.
CROSSREACH  – the latest newsletter and prayer diary (June – Sept) are available at church doors. Contact Rae Swan.
OTHER NEWS
Thy Kingdom Come- Inverness Prayer Space and Joint Churches Celebration This is an initiative facilitating global prayer between Ascension and Pentecost (25 May to 4 June). Churches across the Inverness area are delighted to be hosting a physical prayer room, open 24 hours a day, at CYC Centre,12 Bank Street, Inverness IV1 1QR. Sign up for your hour slot to pray at https://tinyurl.com/hov2raw. Come on your own, with a spouse or group of friends to pray during that hour, whether 3pm or 3am to continue an unbroken prayer chain. On Sunday 4 June, from 6pm to 7.30pm, there will be a joint churches celebration at Inverness Cathedral. Details from Rev Trevor Hunt inverness<at>churchofscotland.org.uk
WATOTO CHILDREN’S CHOIR are putting on two concerts at the Inverness Cathedral on Tuesday 6 June at 1.30pm and again at 7pm. Admission free. Details from Cathedral Office.
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 pdw<at>hiyfc.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. vocation<at>churchofscotland.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.

Sunday Bulletin 21 May 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 28 May 2017
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 Morning Worship at the Old High
Both services led by Rev Doug McRoberts
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
Further details : invernesschurch<at>gmail.com
INTERIM MODERATOR The Rev Alastair Younger has been appointed Interim Moderator in the absence of Rev Peter Nimmo due to illness. His contact details are younger873<at>btinternet.com.
PASTORAL CARE will be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant arthursinclair<at>btinternet.com while Peter is absent from his duties, due to illness.
MEET & EAT There will be a gathering for Lunch at 12.30pm on Thursday 25 May at the Craigmonie Hotel. Transport is available. All are welcome. To book your place contact Rae Swan raeswan<at>aol.com
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at the Old High on Sunday 28 May. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. The Retiring Offering will be in aid of Christian Aid. Please give generously to this vital project.
AFTERNOON TEA AT ST STEPHEN’S on Saturday 27 May The Social & Fundraising action team are holding an afternoon tea with a bring and buy stall, from 2-4pm in St Stephen’s hall. Please come along and enjoy sandwiches, scones and cakes as well as the company. Proceeds are for Old High St Stephen’s fabric fund. Tickets £6, from Margaret McAleer, Susan Macleod or Rosa McDiarmid at St Stephen’s or Kate Leckie at the Old High, or pay on the day.
KIRK SESSION The next meeting will be at the Old High hall on Tuesday 30 May. The meeting will be preceded with a meal at 6.30pm. Linda Philip lindajphilip<at>hotmail.com
THE SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet in St Stephen’s Vestry on 28 May at 7pm. We would welcome anyone to join with us, even for the summer months. Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
OLD HIGH MUSIC Saturday 10 June at 12 noon will be the opportunity this year to hear a number of advanced music pupils from around Inverness. Some of them will perform pieces they are playing at the Highland Young Musician of the Year Competition the following weekend. We know from recent years how encouraging it can be for these young people to play for an appreciative audience, so we do hope many of you will be able to come along to add support.
Looking ahead to the evening of 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.ata<at>btinternet.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 willie<at>kenilweb.com or by post.
CHURCH OPENING The Old High will be opening for visitors from 1 June to the end of September on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday each week from 10 – 12 noon and 2 – 4 pm each day. If you are able to help with this please contact Sheila McLeod – macloshei<at>aol.com. If you can’t help every week we will still need people to help out on an occasional basis to cover in the 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.
FIRE DRILL We propose to hold a fire drill next month (weather permitting) and we hereby attach a plan of St Stephen’s church and hall. St Stephen’s – Please note there are 4 fire exit doors on the plan and we ask you to familiarise yourself with them all. Old High – There are two exit doors, the east and west door. Linda Philip.
HIGHLAND FOODBANK. During the months of May and June the Foodbank would welcome donations of the following goods : 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 for further information williamwguthrie<at>googlemail.com. The Foodbank Centres in Hilton and Madras Street have vacancies for volunteers (a couple of hours every week/fortnight). Please contact Lorna Dempster lorna.dempster<at>blythswood.org)
WORD FOR TODAY New copies of the daily readings Word for Today are now available in both churches. Ruth Martin
LOST AND FOUND A ring was found outside St Stephen’s Church on the day of the council elections. Linda Philip.

OTHER NEWS
Thy Kingdom Come – Inverness Prayer Space and Joint Churches Celebration This is an initiative facilitating global prayer between Ascension and Pentecost (25 May to 4 June). Churches across the Inverness area are delighted to be hosting a physical prayer room, open 24 hours a day, at CYC Centre,12 Bank Street, Inverness IV1 1QR. Sign up for your hour slot to pray at https://tinyurl.com/hov2raw. Come on your own, with a spouse or group of friends to pray during that hour, whether 3pm or 3am to continue an unbroken prayer chain. On Sunday 4 June, from 6pm to 7.30pm, there will be a joint churches celebration at Inverness Cathedral. Details from Rev Trevor Hunt inverness<at>churchofscotland.org.uk
CHURCH OF SCOTLAND VOCATIONS CONFERENCE 2017 on Saturday 17 June 2017 at The Carnegie Conference Centre in Dunfermline.This Conference offers an inspirational keynote speech on the Call to Serve Today, practical information and the opportunity to ask important questions about how God might be calling you. £15 booking fee. For further details and to register contact Ministries Council, 121 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 4YN vocation<at>churchofscotland.org.uk Spaces are limited – booking is essential.
CULDUTHEL CHRISTIAN CENTRE EVENTS Visit by the UK Director of Operation Mobilisation, Matthew Skirton who will speak at both our 11am and 6pm services on Sunday 28 May; the second event is National Prayer Breakfast for Scotland from 7–9 am on Tuesday 20 June, both at Culduthel Avenue | Inverness IV2 6AS. Further details www.culduthelchristiancentre.org

Sunday Bulletin 14 May 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 21 May 2017
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 Morning Worship at the Old High
Both services led by Rev Doug McRoberts
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
Details from invernesschurch<at>gmail.com
INTERIM MODERATOR The Rev Alastair Younger has been appointed Interim Moderator in the absence of Rev Peter Nimmo due to illness. His contact details are younger873<at>btinternet.com.
PASTORAL CARE will be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant arthursinclair<at>btinternet.com while Peter is absent from his duties, due to illness.
MINUTE FOR MISSION Linda Buchan of the Highlands & Islands Youth for Christ (HIYFC) Project will outline her work in schools, churches and in the community, working with all young people of whatever faith or none. pdw<at>hiyfc.co.uk; www.hiyfc.co.uk
THE SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet in St Stephen’s Vestry tonight and 28 May. We would welcome anyone to join with us, even for the summer months. Andrew Stevenson: stevenson.ata<at>btinetrnet.com
HEALING SERVICE The monthly Christian Healing Service will be held in St Stephen’s today at 4pm to which all are invited. Contact Ruth Martin.
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).
HIGHLAND FOODBANK.  During the months of May and June the Foodbank would welcome donations of the following goods –  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 for further information. williamwguthrie<at>googlemail.com.
The Foodbank Centres in Hilton and Madras Street also have vacancies for volunteers to give a couple of hours every week/ fortnight. Please contact Lorna Dempster (Tel 717630 lorna.dempster<at>blythswood.org)
WORD FOR TODAY New copies of the daily readings Word for Today are now available in both churches. Ruth Martin
OTHER NEWS
Thy Kingdom Come – Inverness Prayer Space and Joint Churches Celebration This is an initiative facilitating global prayer between Ascension and Pentecost (25 May to 4 June). Churches across the Inverness area are delighted to be hosting a physical prayer room, open 24 hours a day, at CYC Centre,12 Bank Street, Inverness IV1 1QR. Sign up for your hour slot to pray at https://tinyurl.com/hov2raw. Come on your own, with a spouse or group of friends to pray during that hour, whether 3pm or 3am to continue an unbroken prayer chain. On Sunday 4 June, from 6pm to 7.30pm, there will be a joint churches celebration at Inverness Cathedral. Details from Rev Trevor Hunt inverness<at>churchofscotland.org.uk
CHURCH OF SCOTLAND VOCATIONS CONFERENCE 2017 on Saturday 17 June 2017 at The Carnegie Conference Centre in Dunfermline.This Conference offers an inspirational keynote speech on the Call to Serve Today, practical information and the opportunity to ask important questions about how God might be calling you. £15 booking fee. For further details and to register contact Ministries Council, 121 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 4YN. vocation<at>churchofscotland.org.uk Spaces are limited – booking is essential.

Sunday Bulletin 7 May 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 14 May 2017
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 Morning Worship at the Old High
Both services led by Rev David Anderson
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
Details : invernesschurch<at>gmail.com
INTERIM MODERATOR The Rev Alastair Younger has been appointed Interim Moderator in the absence of Rev Peter Nimmo due to illness. His contact details 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.
THE MINISTER: Peter had his procedure and the surgeon was very happy with how it had gone. He’ll need to recover now and will find out over time whether it has been a success. Both Peter and Katharina are very grateful for all the good wishes and practical help they’ve received!
SOUTHSIDE NURSING HOME: There will be a short service, led by Malcolm Macrae, 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; please see Malcolm after the service. We still also seek members willing to lead these services on a rota basis; please contact Janet Robertson janetnfraser<at>btinternet.com
THE SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet in St Stephen’s Vestry Sundays 14 and 28 May. We would welcome anyone to join with us, even for the summer months. Andrew Stevenson: stevenson.ata<at>btinetrnet.com
OLD HIGH MUSIC The first organ recital in the 2017 series will be held on Saturday 13 May at 12 noon, when the soloist will be Henry Wallace, Organist and Choirmaster at Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh (previously at Hexham Abbey). He will perform a programme which includes many favourite pieces, including Bach, Mendelssohn, Howells, Stanford and Vierne. An hour of music to enjoy after the Christian Aid Coffee morning. Details from Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
OHSS SPRING WALK, Farigaig Forest, today. Meet 2pm in the car park for the walk. There are 3 different walks at the forest ranging from a 20 minute steep walk to a viewpoint over Loch Ness, a 1¾ mile loop, or the Farigaig trail 3¼ mile. Proposed times are as above for the intermediate loop. However, you can start earlier if you want a longer walk. Walking shoes and poles recommended. You can also just come for the cup of tea/coffee at the lovely Waterfall café for 3.15pm. Please let me know if you need a lift or if you want to share a car. Hope to see you there. Deborah Macrae
CHRISTIAN AID COFFEE MORNING The annual coffee morning will be held on Saturday 13 May in St Stephen’s hall. There will be the usual stalls and gardeners are asked to donate from their gardens any divided plants suitably labelled for sale at the plant stall. For further information please contact Jennifer Morrison jennifer<at>kenilweb.com.
HEALING SERVICE The monthly Christian Healing Service will be held in St Stephen’s on Sunday 14 May at 4pm to which all are invited. Contact Ruth Martin .
AFTERNOON TEA: The Social And fundraising action team are holding an afternoon tea with a bring and buy stall on Saturday 27 May, 2-4pm in St Stephen’s hall.  Tickets are £6. Please come along and enjoy sandwiches, scones and cakes as well as the company. The proceeds are for the Old High St Stephen’s fabric fund. Tickets from Margaret McAleer
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).
WORD FOR TODAY New copies of the daily readings Word for Today are now available in both churches. Ruth Martin
OTHER NEWS
BOOK LAUNCH IN AID OF IKHETHELO CHILDREN’S VILLAGE Please join us at the Glen Mhor Hotel on Tuesday 9 May 7.30pm – 9.30pm for the UK book launch of “The Fortress – becoming a prisoner of Hope” by Tami Wright. Tami will also be discussing her role as Manager of Ikhethelo Children’s Village in South Africa where she is donating the proceeds of her book. Entry free; Drinks/Tea/Coffee and Nibbles; Raffle. To attend or for further information: victoria<at>sachildrenscharity.org.uk
CHURCH OF SCOTLAND VOCATIONS CONFERENCE 2017 on Saturday 17 June 2017 at The Carnegie Conference Centre in Dunfermline.This Conference offers an inspirational keynote speech on the Call to Serve Today, practical information and the opportunity to ask important questions about how God might be calling you. £15 booking fee. For further details and to register contact Ministries Council, 121 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 4YN. vocation<at>churchofscotland.org.uk Spaces are limited – booking is essential.
INVERNESS FOODSTUFF (SCIO) is a charity in Inverness providing a Drop-in Centre at Ness Bank Church Hall for homeless and vulnerable people and we are seeking to employ a Volunteer Manager to work with us. The successful candidate would be expected to work 12 hours per week; 5 hrs on a Tuesday and Thursday (11am to 4pm) at Ness Bank Church Hall. The person will be responsible for developing and managing the role of our Volunteers. The salary for the post is £14 per hour.The successful candidate would report directly to the Secretary of the Board of Charity Trustees. Closing date is 12 May 2017. Contact Joyce Muir on invernessfoodstuff<at>gmail.com for a more detailed job description/application form.
Thy Kingdom Come – Inverness Prayer Space and Joint Churches Celebration Thy Kingdom Come is an initiative facilitating global prayer between Ascension and Pentecost (25 May to 4 June). Churches across the Inverness area are delighted to be hosting a physical prayer room, open 24 hours a day, at CYC Centre,12 Bank Street, Inverness IV1 1QR. Sign up for your hour slot to pray at https://tinyurl.com/hov2raw. Come on your own, with a spouse or group of friends to pray during that hour, whether 3pm or 3am to continue an unbroken prayer chain. On Sunday 4 June, from 6pm to 7.30pm, there will be a joint churches celebration at Inverness Cathedral. Details from Rev Trevor Hunt inverness<at>churchofscotland.org.uk
HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS YOUTH FOR CHRIST  Praying for young people in our area and across our nation and those who work with them is important to HIYFC, so we have joined with National Youth for Christ and committed to 365 days of prayer in 2017. Each month an update is sent out to help guide your prayers in this area. The month of May is around the issue of Mental Health & Well-Being.  For more information or a copy of the prayer calendar please contact Linda Buchan:  pdw<at>hiyfc.co.uk

Sunday Bulletin 30 April 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 7 May 2017
10am Congregational Service at St Stephen’s
Led by Rev Alastair Younger
No Service at the Old High
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
Further details : invernesschurchgmail.com
INTERIM MODERATOR The Rev Alastair Younger has been appointed Interim Moderator in the absence of Rev Peter Nimmo due to illness. His contact details  younger873btinternet.com.
PASTORAL CARE will be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant arthursinclairbtinternet.com while Peter is absent from his duties, due to illness.
THE MINISTER: Peter had his procedure and the surgeon was very happy with how it had gone. He’ll need to recover now and will find out over time whether it has been a success. Both Peter and Katharina are very grateful for all the good wishes and practical help they’ve received!
ST STEPHEN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL due to the declining number of children attending, it has been decided that formal arrangements for Sunday school will cease after the Easter holidays. It is hoped to have a continuing crèche and child friendly options in the hall throughout the year. The dedication of our long standing Sunday school staff will be recognised at a Sunday Service. Malcolm Macrae dmmacraeuwclub.net
CHRISTIAN AID Could collectors, both past and anyone new, please confirm to me today or by email this week that they are willing to collect again this year. Thanks. Ken Cantlay ken.cantlaybtinternet.com
THE CONGREGATIONAL SERVICE AT ST STEPHEN’S on 7 May will be followed by a short meeting, when the Treasurer will give his Financial report. This will also be Sundae Sunday, and ice-cream will be served in the church at the end of the service. (No teas in the hall). Linda Philip lindajphiliphotmail.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 dmmacraeuwclub.net
THE SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet in St Stephen’s Vestry Sundays 14 and 28 May. We would welcome anyone to join with us, even for the summer months. Andrew Stevenson: 01463 242767 or stevenson.atabtinetrnet.com
OLD HIGH MUSIC The first organ recital in the 2017 series will be held on Saturday 13 May at 12 noon, when the soloist will be Henry Wallace, Organist and Choirmaster at Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh (previously at Hexham Abbey). He will perform a programme which includes many favourite pieces, including Bach, Mendelssohn, Howells, Stanford and Vierne. An hour of music to enjoy after the Christian Aid Coffee morning. Details from Andrew Stevenson stevenson.atabtinternet.com
HIGHLAND FOODBANK During March and April the Foodbank would appreciate the following items – Tinned potatoes, Crackers/Oatcakes, Tinned ham (small), Soap/Shower gel  Contact Val Cantlay val.cantlaybtinternet.com
OHSS SPRING WALK, Farigaig Forest, on Sunday 7 May 2017. Meet 2pm in the car park for the walk. There are 3 different walks at the forest ranging from a 20 minute steep walk to a viewpoint over Loch Ness, a 1¾ mile loop, or the Farigaig trail 3¼ mile. Proposed times are as above for the intermediate loop. However, you can start earlier if you want a longer walk. Walking shoes and poles recommended. You can also just come for the cup of tea/coffee at the lovely Waterfall café for 3.15pm. Please let me know if you need a lift or if you want to share a car. Hope to see you there. Deborah Macrae.
CHRISTIAN AID COFFEE MORNING The annual coffee morning will be held on Saturday 13 May in St Stephen’s hall. There will be the usual stalls and gardeners are asked to donate from their gardens any divided plants suitably labelled for sale at the plant stall. Tickets will be available at both churches on 30 April and 7 May. Contributions to the coffee morning can be dropped off at St Stephen’s vestry on Friday 12 May at 7.30 pm. The hall will be available the same evening at 7.30pm for setting up. For further information please contact Jennifer Morrison jenniferkenilweb.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).
WORD FOR TODAY New copies of the daily readings Word for Today are now available in both churches. Ruth Martin

OTHER NEWS
ELEVATE HIGHLAND .The next event is a movie night (Facing the Giants) on 5 May at Castle Street Baptist Church at 7pm (finish 9.30pm). The doors will be open from 6:30pm. Elevate Highland seeks to present the challenge of the Gospel relevantly to young people from across the Highlands. We hold monthly events primarily targeted at young Christians at the top end of secondary school (S3-S6) living in the Highlands. elevatehighlandgmail.com or https://en-gb.facebook.com/elevatehighland or https://twitter.com/elevatehighland
CHURCH OF SCOTLAND VOCATIONS CONFERENCE 2017 on Saturday 17 June 2017 at The Carnegie Conference Centre in Dunfermline.This Conference offers an inspirational keynote speech on the Call to Serve Today, practical information and the opportunity to ask important questions about how God might be calling you. £15 booking fee. For further details and to register contact Ministries Council, 121 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 4YN. vocationchurchofscotland.org.uk Spaces are limited – booking is essential.
INVERNESS SCIENCE FESTIVAL Crown Church is taking part in Inverness Science Festival Week (Saturday 29 April to Saturday 6 May) and will be open between 10am and 4pm (2pm and 4pm on Sunday) for an exhibition which is open to the public ‘The God Dimension: Do faith and science need each other?’ On Tuesday 2 May at 8pm, there will be a lecture, open to anyone, given by Rev Dr Alistair Donald, Chaplain to Heriot-Watt University, entitled ‘Is it OK to believe?’. For programme details contact Eileen Ardern eileenardernhotmail.com