Sunday Bulletin 14 February 2016

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 21 February: Second Sunday in Lent
10am: Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
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 E-mail: invernesschurchgmail.com (replace with @).
HOBBY/CRAFT EVENING Wednesday 17 February in St Stephen’s Church Hall 7.30-9pm and fortnightly thereafter. New Crafters welcome or if you wish to learn a craft please come along. Tea/coffee & biscuits in a very relaxed atmosphere. Further information – Margaret McAleer.
TEA AFTER CHURCH Please join us for tea/coffee and biscuits after the service at the Old High Church. We hope all members of the congregation will wait for a chat and get to know each other better. If anyone would like to help serving and/or setting up, please speak to Margaret Sutherland.
DOOR WELCOMING DUTY At both St Stephen’s and the Old High we need new 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 few Sundays a year 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 at St Stephen’s: Deborah Macrae dmmacraeuwclub.net; Old High: Margaret Sutherland margaretsutherland23talktalk.net. ‘Whoever welcomes you welcomes me’ Matthew 10.40.
OLD HIGH MUSIC the inaugural recital will be on Saturday 20 February at 12 noon when there will be the chance to hear a gifted young pianist, Hyuk Namkoong, play Sonatas by Bach, Beethoven and Kapustin. Hyuk is currently studying for a Masters degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. He has won various music awards, including, most recently the New Piano Stars Competition. This promises to be a wonderful hour of music. The monthly programme of lunchtime recitals will continue this year on Saturdays at the Old High, comprising choral concerts, organ and instrumental recitals. Full details available shortly. Andrew Stevenson ohssmusicgmail.com
MESSY CHURCH Saturday, 20 February 11am to 1pm. We still need more helpers!!!! We are looking for as many as possible to get involved; craft people, servers, cooks, home bakers, singers, actors, people to set up and clean up! If you would like to be a part of this wonderful outreach please contact Heidi Hercus on tripleh75hotmail.co.uk. We are looking for donations for crafts: If you have any of these things at home, we could use them. Please bring them to the church there will be a box in the hall labelled Messy Church: Jam Jars with Lids; Baby Food Jars with Lids; glitter; small plastic funnels.
OHSS MAGAZINE Willie Morrison, the magazine editor, needs articles and photos for the March issue by Friday 4 March. Contact williekenilweb.com.
ST STEPHEN’S CHURCH AND COMMUNITY CHOIRS CONCERT Thursday 10 March 2016 at 7.30pm in The Old High Church. Please make a note in your diaries. Guests from Inverness Royal Academy will also be taking part. Tickets will be available soon from any choir members. Ken Cantlay ken.cantlaybtinternet.com
WORD FOR TODAY The new copies of daily bible readings for Feb – April, are available in the churches for collection.
OTHER NEWS
REV JOHN DUNCAN INDUCTION SERVICE will take place at St Athernase Parish Church, Leuchars, Fife, Sunday 13 March 2016 at 3pm. There is, of course, a warm welcome to anyone who can manage the journey down to Fife. padrerhfhotmail.com.
CROSSREACH latest newsletter and prayer diary (Feb – Mar) are available at church doors. Rae Swan.

Sunday Bulletin 7 February 2016

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 14 February: First Sunday in Lent
10am: Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
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: E-mail invernesschurchgmail.com (substitute @ with <at>
LENT GROUP will meet this year at St Stephen’s, starting on Sun 14 Feb between 7.30pm and 8.30pm. Our discussion will be based on chapters from ‘We make the road by walking’ by Brian McLaren (Hodder 2014) which both presents the Christian faith in a new, fresh way, and encourages us to move ourselves and our religious traditions into the future. You don’t need to have read the book to come along. More on the book at https://www.facebook.com/JerichoBooks More from Andrew Stevenson stevenson.atabtinternet.com.
SOUTHSIDE CARE HOME There will be a short service, led by Isobel Alan, at Southside Care Home immediately after this morning’s service at St Stephen’s. If you are able to assist with the singing, please speak to Isobel; your assistance would be much appreciated. We still also seek members willing to lead these services on a rota basis; please contact Janet Robertson.
TEA AFTER CHURCH Please join us for tea/coffee and biscuits after the service at the Old High Church. We hope all members of the congregation will wait for a chat and get to know each other better. If anyone would like to help serving and/or setting up, please speak to Margaret Sutherland.
DOOR WELCOMING DUTY At both St Stephen’s and the Old High we need new 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 few Sundays a year 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 at St Stephen’s: Deborah Macrae dmmacraeuwclub.net; Old High: Margaret Sutherland margaretsutherland23talktalk.net. Whoever welcomes you welcomes me’ Matthew 10.40.
OLD HIGH MUSIC the inaugural recital will be on Saturday 20 February at 12 noon when there will be the chance to hear a gifted young pianist, Hyuk Namkoong, play Sonatas by Bach, Beethoven and Kapustin. Hyuk is currently studying for a Masters degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. He has won various music awards, including, most recently the New Piano Stars Competition. This promises to be a wonderful hour of music. The monthly programme of lunchtime recitals will continue this year on Saturdays at the Old High, comprising choral concerts, organ and instrumental recitals. Full details available shortly. Andrew Stevenson or ohssmusic<at>gmail.com
MESSY CHURCH Saturday, 20 February 11am to 1pm. We still need more helpers!!!! We are looking for as many as possible to get involved; craft people, servers, cooks, home bakers, singers, actors, people to set up and clean up! If you would like to be a part of this wonderful outreach please contact Heidi Hercus on tripleh<at>75hotmail.co.uk. We are looking for donations for crafts: If you have any of these things at home, we could use them. Please bring them to the church there will be a box in the hall labelled Messy Church: Jam Jars with Lids; Baby Food Jars with Lids; empty water bottles with lids ( 500 ml); glitter; plastic small funnels.
OHSS MAGAZINE Willie Morrison, the magazine editor, needs articles and photos for the March issue by Friday 4 March. Contact willie<at>kenilweb.com .
WORD FOR TODAY The new copies of daily bible readings for Feb – April, are available in the churches for collection.
OTHER NEWS
CROSSREACH latest newsletter and prayer diary (Feb – Mar) are available at church doors. Rae Swan.

Sunday Bulletin 24 January 2016

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 31 January: Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
10am: Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
Led by Rev Andrew Lyon, Retired Minister
11.15am Sacrament of Holy Communion at the Old High
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. The deadline for all items is 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: E-mail invernesschurch<at>gmail.com
EXPLORING FAITH Would you like to explore the Christian Faith? Perhaps you have a friend who would like to be introduced to Christianity? Maybe you’d like to explore your own faith further. Peter is planning a series of meetings in the New Year, based on a new Church of Scotland resource Learn: Exploring Faith, an engaging guide to the Christian faith for the 21st century. It’s suitable for anyone who would like to become an adult member of the church, but also for existing church members who like to explore. Please contact Peter PNimmo<at>churchofscotland.org.
COMMUNION FOR HOUSEBOUND There will be a short Communion service THIS SATURDAY 30 January at 2.30pm at St Stephen’s. Transport can be arranged to allow those who often are unable to come to the regular Communion services to attend- and everyone else is welcome. Tea will be served after the service in the Church Hall. Contact Val Cantlay val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com or contact your elder.
HOBBY/CRAFT EVENING Wednesday 3 February in St Stephen’s Church Hall 7.30-9pm and fortnightly thereafter. New Crafters welcome or if you wish to learn a craft please come along. Tea/coffee & biscuits in a very relaxed atmosphere. Contact Margaret McAleer.
OLD HIGH MUSIC the inaugural recital will be on Saturday 20 February at 12 noon when there will be the chance to hear a gifted young pianist, Hyuk Namkoong, play Sonatas by Bach, Beethoven and Kapustin. Hyuk is currently studying for a Masters degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. He has won various music awards, including, most recently the New Piano Stars Competition.This promises to be a wonderful hour of music. The monthly programme of lunchtime recitals will continue this year on Saturdays at the Old High, comprising choral concerts, organ and instrumental recitals. Full details available shortly. Andrew Stevenson ohssmusic<at>gmail.com
MESSY CHURCH Saturday, 20 February 11am to 1pm. We still need more helpers!!!! We are looking for as many as possible to get involved; craft people, servers, cooks, home bakers, singers, actors, people to set up and clean up! If you would like to be a part of this wonderful outreach please contact Heidi Hercus tripleh75<at>hotmail.co.uk. We are looking for donations for crafts: If you have any of these things at home, we could use them. Please bring them to the church there will be a box in the hall labelled Messy Church: Jam Jars with Lids; Baby Food Jars with Lids; empty water bottles with lids ( 500 ml); glitter; plastic small funnels.
OHSS MAGAZINE Willie Morrison, the magazine editor, needs articles and photos for the March issue. The deadline is Friday 4th March. Contact willie<at>kenilweb.com .
WORD FOR TODAY The new copies of daily bible readings for Feb – April, are available in the churches for collection.
OTHER NEWS
WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY 2016 Ecumenical Service of Worship today at 3pm at Inshes Church, Inshes Retail Park, Sir Walter Scott Drive, IV2 3TW. Church leaders from 7 different denominations in the City will lead the worship. Please join us in worship.
HOMELESSNESS SUNDAY today. Help is still needed to support the Inverness and district Direct Accommodation Access supported through Inverness Presbytery. The need has been such that just in the first month of this season the project has cost £2,344, leaving a balance of £3,810 for up to the end of March, which may not be enough. Can you help with a donation? Contact Vivian Roden, Presbytery & Society Convenor v.roden<at>btinternet.com
CHURCH OF SCOTLAND VOCATIONS CONFERENCE Carnegie Conference Centre, Dunfermline, Saturday 6th February 2016. For anyone exploring a sense of vocation, and a required first step for any applicant for Ministry of Word and Sacrament (full time or OLM), Diaconal Ministry or the Readership. Please contact Peter if you’re interested, or Heather French at the Ministries Council.
AMPD PERFORMING ARTS WEEK Saturday 13 to Wednesday 17 February, 10 to 4, Hilton Parish Church. AMPD is run by Out of the Box (Scotland) Ltd where young people, from P5 through to S2, can make new friends, develop creative skills, and grow in faith. Info: chrisoutofthebox.me.uk or 07793 000309 or www.outofthebox.me.uk/amp/ampbook.html
VOLUNTEERING VOCATIONS, a gap year scheme for young adults aged 18–25, is currently being piloted in two locations in Scotland, and we are hoping to continue the programme with a new group of volunteers in 2016–17. The programme offers a fantastic opportunity for young people to gain experience of the different types of work within a parish or project in a supported environment, whilst exploring any potential call to serve the Church in the long term. Closing date 3 March 2016. Information Day in Perth- Saturday 23 January at Letham St Marks, Perth. Contact Heather French vocation<at>churchofscotland.org.uk

Sunday Bulletin 17 January 2016

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 24 January: The Third Sunday after Epiphany
10am: Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. The deadline for all items is 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:
E-mail: invernesschurch<at>gmail.com
CHRISTMAS OFFERINGS The excellent sum of £569.73 was raised by our Christmas offerings in aid of Christian Aid’s maternal health project in Malawi.
EXPLORING FAITH Would you like to explore the Christian Faith? Perhaps you have a friend who would like to be introduced to Christianity? Maybe you’d like to explore your own faith further. Peter is planning a series of meetings in the New Year, based on a new Church of Scotland resource Learn: Exploring Faith, an engaging guide to the Christian faith for the 21st century. It’s suitable for anyone who would like to become an adult member of the church, but also for existing church members who like to explore. Please contact Peter: PNimmo<at>churchofscotland.org.
COMMUNION FOR HOUSEBOUND There will be a short Communion service on Saturday 30 January at 2.30pm at St Stephen’s. Transport can be arranged to allow those who often are unable to come to the regular Communion services to attend- and everyone else is welcome. Tea will be served after the service in the Church Hall. Contact Val Cantlay: val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com or contact your elder.
HOBBY/CRAFT EVENING Wednesday 20 January in St Stephen’s Church Hall 7.30-9pm and fortnightly thereafter. New Crafters welcome or if you wish to learn a craft please come along. Tea/coffee & biscuits in a very relaxed atmosphere. Contact Margaret McAleer.
MESSY CHURCH MEETING The Messy Church has now been re-scheduled for Saturday, 20 February 11am-1pm. Messy Church is a free family outreach, offering worship, crafts and a meal together; it happens all around the UK, is a great way to share God’s love in a fun, relevant, engaging way, and is open to the community and families (Nursery to P7). We are looking for as many as possible to get involved; craft people, servers, cooks, home bakers, singers, actors, people to set up and clean up! Please consider how you can join in this important outreach to the parish. If you would like to be a part of this wonderful outreach please contact Heidi Hercus on tripleh75<at>hotmail.co.uk
HIGHLAND HOMELESS TRUST Alex Gilchrist has written to thank the Old High congregation for their very generous gifts given at Christmas time. The recipients are most appreciative of their caring kindness. Thanks very much. Diana Fraser.
FOOD FOR FAMILIES The chopping, stirring and packing has all been done and well over 200 portions of soup and pasta have been cooked by 15 members of the congregation. In total we were able to do 18 batches of food (3 did it twice) and this will make a real difference to families within our area. A big thank you to everyone who helped, it not an easy time of year to take on more work but it is very much appreciated. We give thanks for the success of the project which is co-ordinated by Highland Homelessness Trust. Christine MacKenzie.
OTHER NEWS
CHURCH OF SCOTLAND VOCATIONS CONFERENCE Carnegie Conference Centre, Dunfermline, Saturday 6th February 2016. For anyone exploring a sense of vocation, and a required first step for any applicant for Ministry of Word and Sacrament (full time or OLM), Diaconal Ministry or the Readership. Please contact Peter if you’re interested, or Heather French at the Ministries Council.
WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY 2016 An Ecumenical Service of Worship will be held on Sunday 24 January at 3pm at Inshes Church, Inshes Retail Park, Sir Walter Scott Drive, IV2 3TW. Church leaders from 7 different denominations in the City will lead the worship. Please join us in worship. Contact: Rev Trevor Hunt: nverness<at>churchofscotland.org.uk
HOMELESSNESS SUNDAY 24 January. Help is still needed to support the Inverness and district Direct Accommodation Access supported through Inverness Presbytery. The need has been such that just in the first month of this season the project has cost £2,344, leaving a balance of £3,810 for up to the end of March, which may not be enough. Can you help with a donation? Contact Vivian Roden, Presbytery & Society Convenor v.roden<at>btinternet.com.
VOLUNTEERING VOCATIONS, a gap year scheme for young adults aged 18–25, is currently being piloted in two locations in Scotland, and we are hoping to continue the programme with a new group of volunteers in 2016–17. The programme offers a fantastic opportunity for young people to gain experience of the different types of work within a parish or project in a supported environment, whilst exploring any potential call to serve the Church in the long term. Closing date 3 March 2016. Information Day in Perrth- Saturday 23 January at Letham St Marks, Perth. Contact Heather French vocation<at>churchofscotland.org.uk
AMPD PERFORMING ARTS WEEK Saturday 13 to Wednesday 17 February, 10 to 4, Hilton Parish Church. AMPD is run by Out of the Box (Scotland) Ltd where young people, from P5 through to S2, can make new friends, develop creative skills, and grow in faith. Info: chris<at>outofthebox.me.uk or www.outofthebox.me.uk/amp/ampbook.html

Sunday Bulletin 10 January 2016

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 17 January : Second Sunday after Epiphany
10am: Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
Services led by Rev Arthur Sinclair, Pastoral Assistant
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
For further information and contact details:
E-mail: invernesschurch<at>gmail.com
EXPLORING FAITH Would you like to explore the Christian Faith? Perhaps you have a friend who would like to be introduced to Christianity? Maybe you’d like to explore your own faith further. Peter is planning a series of meetings in the New Year, based on a new Church of Scotland resource Learn: Exploring Faith, an engaging guide to the Christian faith for the 21st century. It’s suitable for anyone who would like to become an adult member of the church, but also for existing church members who like to explore. Please contact Peter: PNimmo<at>churchofscotland.org.
COMMUNION FOR HOUSEBOUND There will be a short Communion service on Saturday 30 January at 2.30pm at St Stephen’s. Transport can be arranged to allow those who often are unable to come to the regular Communion services to attend- and everyone else is welcome. Tea will be served after the service in the Church Hall. Contact Val Cantlay val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com or contact your elder.
FRIENDS OF THE OLD HIGH CHURCH The inaugural Launch of the Friends of the Old High Church will take place on Tuesday 12th January at 7.30pm in the Church. Ross Martin our Historian will talk about the Old High, there will also be musical entertainment and refreshments. Please come along and see what the Friends are about. Contact Christina Cameron 01463 221420 http://oldhighststephens.com/friends-of-the-old-high-church/ .
MESSY CHURCH MEETING This Wednesday 13 January at 7.30pm for all those interested in taking part. The Messy Church has now been re-scheduled for Saturday, 20 February 11am-1pm. Messy Church is a free family outreach, offering worship, crafts and a meal together; it happens all around the UK, is a great way to share God’s love in a fun, relevant, engaging way, and is open to the community and families (Nursery to P7). We are looking for as many as possible to get involved; craft people, servers, cooks, home bakers, singers, actors, people to set up and clean up! Please consider how you can join in this important outreach to the parish. If you would like to be a part of this wonderful outreach please contact Heidi Hercus on tripleh75<at>hotmail.co.uk
FOOD FOR FAMILIES The chopping, stirring and packing has all been done and well over 200 portions of soup and pasta have been cooked by 15 members of the congregation. In total we were able to do 18 batches of food (3 did it twice) and this will make a real difference to families within our area. A big thank you to everyone who helped, it not an easy time of year to take on more work but it is very much appreciated. We give thanks for the success of the project which is co-ordinated by Highland Homelessness Trust. Christine MacKenzie.

The fire and the dove- a sermon on the Baptism of Christ

Scripture Readings: Isaiah 43.1-7
Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

The gospels tell us almost nothing about the training or education of Jesus. There is a little about his childhood in Luke, but soon we are hearing about the preaching of John the Baptist, in the passage we read today. John was a relative of Jesus, a prophet who preached that the Messiah- the one who would save God’s people- was about to appear. John called people to change their lives, to get ready for God’s saviour to appear among them. Crowds of people went down to the River Jordan to hear John’s preaching. And he would challenge them to respond by being baptised. John would immerse people in the waters of the River Jordan, to symbolise that they had died to their previous life- drowned it, if you like. They rose from the water into a new life, with their sins washed away, as water washes away dirt.

John the BaptistEventually, Jesus himself appeared, and was baptised by John in the river as well- and you can see a picture of it on the front of our order of service. Jesus’ baptism marks the point when Jesus passed from being a purely private figure to becoming a public preacher. This is a day he for which he would have been preparing for years. It is Jesus’ graduation day, his passing out parade. Continue reading

Sunday Bulletin 3 January 2016

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 10 January : Baptism of the Lord
10am: Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. The deadline for all items is Wednesday at noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
MINISTER’S NEW EMAIL Due to data protection concerns, the Church of Scotland has asked all its ministers to use new email addresses for all church business. Peter’s new email address is PNimmo<at>churchofscotland.org.uk. Please change your computer/phone/tablet settings accordingly. Apologies for this unavoidable inconvenience. The email address of our Church Administrator, Pat MacLeod, remains the same: invernesschurch<at>gmail.com.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
For contact details and further information:
E-mail: invernesschurch<at>gmail.com
EXPLORING FAITH Would you like to explore the Christian Faith? Perhaps you have a friend who would like to be introduced to Christianity? Maybe you’d like to explore your own faith further. Peter is planning a series of meetings in the New Year, based on a new Church of Scotland resource Learn: Exploring Faith, an engaging guide to the Christian faith for the 21st century. It’s suitable for anyone who would like to become an adult member of the church, but also for existing church members who like to explore. Please contact Peter on Pnimmo<at>churchofscotland.org.
CHRISTMAS OFFERINGS The excellent sum of £569.73 was raised by our Christmas offerings in aid of Christian Aid’s maternal health project in Malawi
COMMUNION FOR HOUSEBOUND There will be a short Communion service on Saturday 30 January at 2.30pm at St Stephen’s. Transport can be arranged to allow those who often are unable to come to the regular Communion services to attend- and everyone else is welcome. Tea will be served after the service in the Church Hall. Contact Val Cantlay val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com or contact your elder.
MESSY CHURCH re-scheduled for mid February. Messy Church is a free family outreach, offering worship, crafts and a meal together; it happens all around the UK, is a great way to share Gods love in a fun, relevant, engaging way, and is open to the community and families (Nursery to P7). We are looking for as many as possible to get involved; craft people, servers, cooks, home bakers, singers, actors, people to set up and clean up! Please consider how you can join in this important outreach to the parish. If you would like to be a part of this wonderful outreach contact Heidi Hercus on tripleh75<at>hotmail.co.uk .
FRIENDS OF THE OLD HIGH CHURCH The inaugural Launch of the Friends of the Old High Church will take place on Tuesday 12th January at 7.30pm in the Church. Ross Martin our Historian will talk about the Old High, there will also be musical entertainment and refreshments. Please come along and see what the Friends are about. Contact Christina Cameron http://oldhighststephens.com/friends-of-the-old-high-church/ .
OTHER NEWS
REFUGEE WELCOME VOLUNTEERS NEEDED The Highland Third Sector Interface are looking for volunteers who are interested in supporting the incoming Refugee families. A volunteer Greeter will provide a local, personalised series of one-to-one sessions with a resettled refugee family or individual, to support their integration and access to community services and supports. The long term aim is to provide a more robust integration for refugees coming into Highland. Volunteers require to be available for training on the 26 and 27 February, and for a minimum of two hours on a weekly basis for 8 weeks, over a 2-month period around March/April 2016. (This could vary but applicants will be kept fully informed). To download the role description and application form www.highlandtsi.org.uk. The deadline for application is the 8th January 2016. An information meeting has been arranged for Friday 18 December 2015 at 3pm, Smithton Church, Inverness. Please let us know if you are coming along by emailing events<at>highlandtsi.org.uk
HEALING SERVICE (Christian Fellowship of Healing (Highland)) St Stephen’s next Sunday 10th January 2016 at 4pm: all welcome.

Sunday Bulletin 27 December 2015

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 3 January : The Second Sunday after Christmas
10am: Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurchgmail.com. The deadline for all items is Wednesday at noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
MINISTER’S NEW EMAIL Due to data protection concerns, the Church of Scotland has asked all its ministers to use new email addresses for all church business. Peter’s new email address is PNimmochurchofscotland.org.uk. Please change your computer/phone/tablet settings accordingly. Apologies for this unavoidable inconvenience. The email address of our Church Administrator, Pat MacLeod, remains the same: invernesschurchgmail.com.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
For contact details and further information:
E-mail: invernesschurchgmail.com
PASTORAL COVER The Minister will be on holiday from Saturday 26 December until Saturday 2 January inclusive. For any urgent pastoral needs, please contact your elder or the Rev Arthur Sinclair.
CHRISTMAS OFFERINGS The excellent sum of £569.73 was raised by our Christmas offerings in aid of Christian Aid’s maternal health project in Malawi.
EXPLORING FAITH Would you like to explore the Christian Faith? Perhaps you have a friend who would like to be introduced to Christianity? Maybe you’d like to explore your own faith further. Peter is planning a series of meetings in the New Year, based on a new Church of Scotland resource Learn: Exploring Faith, an engaging guide to the Christian faith for the 21st century. It’s suitable for anyone who would like to become an adult member of the church, but also for existing church members who like to explore. Please contact Peter on PNimmochurchofscotland.org.
FRIENDS OF THE OLD HIGH CHURCH The inaugural Launch of the Friends of the Old High Church will take place on Tuesday 12th January at 7.30pm in the Church. Ross Martin our Historian will talk about the Old High, there will also be musical entertainment and refreshments. Please come along and see what the Friends are about. Contact Christina Cameron http://oldhighststephens.com/friends-of-the-old-high-church/ .
MESSY CHURCH re-scheduled for mid February. Messy Church is a free family outreach, offering worship, crafts and a meal together; it happens all around the UK, is a great way to share Gods love in a fun, relevant, engaging way, and is open to the community and families (Nursery to P7). We are looking for as many as possible to get involved; craft people, servers, cooks, home bakers, singers, actors, people to set up and clean up! Please consider how you can join in this important outreach to the parish. If you would like to be a part of this wonderful outreach contact Heidi Hercus on tripleh75hotmail.co.uk .
OTHER NEWS
REFUGEE WELCOME VOLUNTEERS NEEDED The Highland Third Sector Interface are looking for volunteers who are interested in supporting the incoming Refugee families. A volunteer Greeter will provide a local, personalised series of one-to-one sessions with a resettled refugee family or individual, to support their integration and access to community services and supports. The long term aim is to provide a more robust integration for refugees coming into Highland. Volunteers require to be available for training on the 26 and 27 February, and for a minimum of two hours on a weekly basis for 8 weeks, over a 2-month period around March/April 2016. (This could vary but applicants will be kept fully informed). To download the role description and application form www.highlandtsi.org.uk. The deadline for application is the 8th January 2016. An information meeting has been arranged for Friday 18 December 2015 at 3pm, Smithton Church, Inverness. Please let us know if you are coming along by emailing eventshighlandtsi.org.uk

Sunday Bulletin 20 December 2015

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Christmas Eve All-Age at St Stephen’s at 6.30pm, Watchnight at St Stephen’s 11.30pm
Christmas Day and St Stephen’s Day at St Stephen’s at 10.30am
Sunday 27 December: The First Sunday of Christmas
10am: Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
Services led by Reader Stewart Robertson
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator. The deadline for all items is Wednesday at noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email. Please note that announcements for the following Bulletins – Christmas Services, 27 December,3 January- , should be e-mailed to the Church Administrator by 12 noon on Monday 21 December invernesschurch<at>gmail.com.
MINISTER’S NEW EMAIL Due to data protection concerns, the Church of Scotland has asked all its ministers to use new email addresses for all church business. Peter’s new email address is PNimmo<at>churchofscotland.org.uk. Please change your computer/phone/tablet settings accordingly. Apologies for this unavoidable inconvenience. The email address of our Church Administrator, Pat MacLeod, remains the same: invernesschurch<at>gmail.com.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
For further information and contact details:
E-mail invernesschurch<at>gmail.com
CHRISTMAS PIES, TEA AND COFFEE will be served in the Old High Church at 12.15pm after today’s service. Please come and join us, even if you have worshipped at St Stephen’s. We need some helpers- please stay for a moment after the service today at Old High.
PASTORAL COVER The Minister will be on holiday from Saturday 26 December until Saturday 2 January inclusive. For any urgent pastoral needs, please contact your elder or the Rev Arthur Sinclair.
CHRISTMAS SERVICES Please pick up a leaflet at the door if you haven’t done so already. Also on the OHSS website http://oldhighststephens.com/
Christmas Eve- All-Age at St Stephen’s at 6.30pm, Watchnight at St Stephen’s 11.30pm.
Christmas Day and St Stephen’s Day at St Stephen’s at 10.30am.
First Sunday of Christmas Services at the usual times (10am and 11.15am) led by Reader Stuart Robertson
CHRISTMAS OFFERINGS will be to Christian Aid’s maternal health project in Malawi. Also supported by the Scottish Government, this project helps mums give birth safely. More: http://www.christianaid.org.uk/scotland/latest-news/malawi-blog.aspx .
CAMERON HOUSE will hold a Christmas Service at 3.30pm today, led by our Minister, who is their Chaplain. All welcome!
FRIENDS OF THE OLD HIGH CHURCH The inaugural Launch of the Friends of the Old High Church will take place on Tuesday 12th January at 7.30pm in the Church. Ross Martin our Historian will talk about the Old High, there will also be musical entertainment and refreshments. Please come along and see what the Friends are about. Contact Christina Cameron http://oldhighststephens.com/friends-of-the-old-high-church/ .
MESSY CHURCH rescheduled for mid February. Messy Church is a free family outreach, offering worship, crafts and a meal together; it happens all around the UK, is a great way to share Gods love in a fun, relevant, engaging way, and is open to the community and families (Nursery to P7). We are looking for as many as possible to get involved; craft people, servers, cooks, home bakers, singers, actors, people to set up and clean up! Please consider how you can join in this important outreach to the parish. If you would like to be a part of this wonderful outreach contact Heidi Hercus on tripleh75<at>hotmail.co.uk .
OLD HIGH FLOWER ROTA The flower list for the Old High is currently being prepared for 2016. There are a few spaces (mostly in the second half of the year) and if you would like to add your name please contact Sally McCubbin.
OHSS MAGAZINE is available for distributors to collect today. Read it online at http://oldhighststephens.com/category/news/magazine/ .
EXPLORING FAITH Would you like to explore the Christian Faith? Perhaps you have a friend who would like to be introduced to Christianity? Maybe you’d like to explore your own faith further. Peter is planning a series of meetings in the New Year, based on a new Church of Scotland resource Learn: Exploring Faith, an engaging guide to the Christian faith for the 21st century. It’s suitable for anyone who would like to become an adult member of the church, but also for existing church members who like to explore. Please contact Peter on  PNimmo<at>churchofscotland.org
OTHER NEWS
REFUGEE WELCOME VOLUNTEERS NEEDED The Highland Third Sector Interface are looking for volunteers who are interested in supporting the incoming Refugee families. A volunteer Greeter will provide a local, personalised series of one-to-one sessions with a resettled refugee family or individual, to support their integration and access to community services and supports. The long term aim is to provide a more robust integration for refugees coming into Highland. Volunteers require to be available for training on the 26 and 27 February, and for a minimum of two hours on a weekly basis for 8 weeks, over a 2-month period around March/April 2016. (This could vary but applicants will be kept fully informed). To download the role description and application form www.highlandtsi.org.uk. The deadline for application is the 8th January 2016. An information meeting has been arranged for Friday 18 December 2015 at 3pm, Smithton Church, Inverness. Please let us know if you are coming along by emailing events<at>highlandtsi.org.uk
SERVICES AT ST JOHN CHURCH, Southside Road Sun 20 December Christingle at 2.30pm; Tues 22 December Lessons and Carols Service at 7pm, with additional music by the Soloists from Musick Fyne. Refreshments provided after the service. All welcome. Contact Katrina .