Christmas and New Year Services

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Do join us for our Christmas services!

Christmas Eve is a Sunday this year, so we will celebrate the last Sunday of Advent with a service of Lessons and Carols at the Old High. Christmas Eve sees evening services at St Stephen’s, and there are our usual services for Christmas Day and St Stephen’s Day at St Stephen’s Church.

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Sunday 17 December 2017: The Third Sunday of Advent

10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR SERVICES

Sunday 24 December: The Fourth Sunday of Advent

11.15am Service of Lessons and Carols at the Old High Church

(Congregational Service: no services at St Stephen’s on Sunday Morning)

Sunday 24 December: Christmas Eve

6.30pm Christmas Eve All-Age Service at St Stephen’s

11.15am Watchnight Service at St Stephen’s

Monday 25 December: Christmas Day

10am Christmas Day All-Age Service at St Stephen’s

Tuesday 26 December: St Stephen’s Day

10am: St Stephen’s Day service with Communion at St Stephen’s

Sunday 31 December 2017: The First Sunday of Christmas

10am: Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11.15am: Morning Worship at Old High

both services led by Rev Arthur Sinclair, Pastoral Assistant

Sunday 7 January 2018: Baptism of the Lord

10am: Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11.15am: Morning Worship at Old High

The Baptist’s Cry: Sermon for the Second Sunday of Advent, 10 December 2017

Scripture Readings: Isaiah 40.1-11

Mark 1:1-8

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

This is the Good News about Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Mark 1.1)

And so begins the Gospel of Mark, the Gospel with which we will largely be living with in the coming Christian year. Mark is thought by the scholars to be the earliest Gospel written. It is certainly the shortest. And Mark is always direct and to the point. His style is vigorous, almost breathless, as he tells the story of Christ without very much in the way of elaboration. Continue reading

Sunday Bulletin 3 December 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Sunday 10 December 2017: Second Sunday of Advent

10am: Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION

PASTORAL CARE Peter, or the Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.

THE SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet every Sunday through Advent (considering the section of Woodhouse’s book entitled Prayer), responding to the call at the recent Congregational Retreat to reflect prayerfully on what we may be being asked to do in 2018 and beyond. If anyone would like to join us, even intermittently, contact Andrew Stevenson.

FOOD FOR FAMILIES Following yet another successful year of the Food for Families project, Ann and David Sutherland have extended their generosity to provide the mince for the Food for Families project once again. Local suppliers provide other donations. Last year the project provided 3,057 meals, which was a fantastic effort from all the teams involved, and be assured all meals were gratefully received by individuals and families who were in need. We hope to maintain the number of meals delivered this year. Over the six years of providing this service we have all helped to provide 15,709 meals! This year we are making vegetable soup for week commencing 4 December and macaroni for week commencing 8 January. All ingredients are supplied. Contact Christine MacKenzie.

HIGHLAND FOODBANK To try to make Christmas a little more bearable for those who need to use the Foodbank over the festive period you are asked to donate any long life hard goods, tinned items or biscuits during the month of December. These will be very much appreciated by those who find themselves in need over Christmas. Thank you.

ST STEPHEN’S GIVING TREE is available again today and there are still nearly 40 gift labels (out of 104 on offer). Gifts will be distributed to Beechwood, Cale House, Manna House, Mackenzie Centre, Hilton Village (Social Work), Porterfield Prisoners’ Children & Barnardo’s Springboard (toiletries for vulnerable youngsters aged 16 to 20. Please choose a tag from the Giving Tree and return the red bow for future use. Please wrap your gifts, attaching the label for identification and return them on 10 December for delivery by 15 December. More information from Cliff Sim.

THE OLD HIGH GIVING TREE will be in the East Corridor from Sunday 3 December. We are providing gifts for the homeless people in the area and suggested donations include gloves, socks, scarves, pants or warm hats. A little extra such as a Mars bar or some sweets would be a nice surprise. Gateway have advised that at present 15 ladies and 20 gentlemen are homeless but additional gifts would be appreciated for unexpected situations. Wrapped gifts should be returned by Sunday 17 December. Sheila MacLeod or Diana Fraser.

OLD HIGH FLOWER LIST 2018 This is now being prepared and there are just a few spaces available. If you would like to add your name to the list please contact Sally McCubbin.

CAMERON HOUSE The retiring offerings held in August, September, October and November raised the magnificent sum of £850 for Cameron House. Sincere thanks for such a generous response. Sandy Cumming, Treasurer.

CRAFT EVENING in St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm on Wednesday 6 December. Please come along with your craft or if you wish to learn a craft you will be made very welcome. At present there is knitting, crochet, cross stitch, tapestry and card making but we would welcome any other craft. Refreshments provided. Enquiries from Margaret McAleer.

CHRISTMAS FAYRE The Social & Fundraising Action Team would like to say a big Thank You to all who contributed/helped on the day, and to those who braved the weather to come along and support us. To date we have raised approximately £800. Margaret McAleer.

OLD HIGH TEA will be served after the service today. All welcome.

FUNDRAISING BAKE SALE By popular request Anna Kelly is going to hold another bake sale as part of her fundraising for her year in Nepal on 17 December after the service at St Stephens. It will have a festive theme with tablet on sale too. She looks forward to seeing you there. Fiona Kelly.

OHSS MAGAZINE Magazine distributors can collect their bundles next Sunday 10 December. Jennifer Morrison.

CROSSREACH CATALOGUES are available at the church doors. There is a good selection of cards and wrapping paper. Rae Swan.

OLD HIGH MUSIC Final recital for 2017 on Saturday 9 December at 12 noon: theTuradh Duo. Emma Donald (violin) and Isabel Pendlebury (clarsach) met when they were studying music in Edinburgh and Strathclyde Universities. Since returning to the Highlands they have established a fine reputation for their original interpretations and arrangements from the Scottish Folk Music Tradition. A relaxed hour of music, followed by seasonal refreshments and the chance to give feedback on this year’s music and hear about the programme for 2018. Andrew Stevenson.

GOING FORWARD SURVEY AND CONGREGATIONAL RETREAT We are very sorry that those who attended the Congregational Retreat on 4 November did not get the chance to discuss the Community Survey by Kerrera Wilson and the proposals for outreach projects. As we did promise that that would happen, we propose to hold another, shorter meeting solely for the congregation to give feedback on the proposals. This will take place on the morning of Saturday 20 January 2018- please keep your diary free! The report and proposals are available on our website http://oldhighststephens.com/going-forward-survey-report/.

SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator. Pat is on Annual Leave from Tuesday 5 December to Friday 15 December. Items for the 3, 10 and 17 December bulletins were requested by Wednesday 29 November at 12 noon.

OTHER NEWS

ON CHRISTMAS NIGHT Wednesday 6 December at 7.30pm, Crown Church. The Inverness Singers, conducted by Robin Versteeg, with guest soloist, Alison Young, mezzo soprano present a programme of nocturnal carols to celebrate the peace and wonder of the festive season. (Parking in the Crown School playground). Admission by programme (Adults £8, Children/Students £4); Margaret Young, at the Music Shop, Church Street, or at the door on the night.

VOCATIONS INFORMATION DAY Saturday 10 February 2018 at The Conforti Institute, Coatbridge. Follows the great success of our launch of the Tomorrow’s Calling campaign in 2015. For those with an interest in Ministry of Word and Sacrament, Diaconal Ministry or Readership but as a much wider exploration of the ministry of the whole people of God; compulsory for potential candidates for ministry. For more information, speak to the Minister.

Sunday Bulletin 26 November 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 3 December 2017: First Sunday of Advent
10am: Sacrament of Baptism at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or the Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
THE SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP from tonight the group will meet every Sunday through Advent (considering the section of Woodhouse’s book entitled Prayer), responding to the call at the recent Congregational Retreat to reflect prayerfully on what we may be being asked to do in 2018 and beyond. If anyone would like to join us, even intermittently, contact Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com for reading material in advance.
CONGREGATIONAL COMMUNION SERVICE today: all welcome at the Lord’s Table. Retiring Offering for Cameron House.
MEET AND EAT There will be a Gathering for lunch on Thursday 30 November at 12.30pm at the Craigmonie Hotel. Please let me know if you wish to join us.
Contact Val Cantlay val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com
FOOD FOR FAMILIES Following yet another successful year of the Food for Families project, Ann and David Sutherland have extended their generosity to provide the mince for the Food for Families project once again. Local suppliers provide other donations. Last year the project provided 3,057 meals, which was a fantastic effort from all the teams involved, and be assured all meals were gratefully received by individuals and families who were in need. We hope to maintain the number of meals delivered this year. Over the six years of providing this service we have all helped to provide 15,709 meals! This year we are making vegetable soup for week commencing 4 December and macaroni for week commencing 8 January. All ingredients are supplied. Contact Christine MacKenzie  christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
ST STEPHEN’S GIVING TREE is available today and next Sunday, 3 December. Please choose a tag from the Tree and return the red bow now for future use. Details of the gifts required are on the labels. Please wrap your gifts, attaching the label for identification and return them either on 3 or 10 December for subsequent distribution. Gifts are for Beechwood, Cale House, Manna House, Mackenzie Centre, Hilton Village (Social Work), Porterfield Prisoners’ Children & Barnardo’s Springboard (toiletries for vulnerable youngsters aged 16 to 20 years). Contact: Cliff Sim.
THE OLD HIGH GIVING TREE will be in the East Corridor from Sunday 3 December. We are providing gifts for the homeless people in the area and suggested donations include gloves, socks, scarves, pants or warm hats. A little extra such as a Mars bar or some sweets would be a nice surprise. Gateway have advised that at present 15 ladies and 20 gentlemen are homeless but additional gifts would be appreciated for unexpected situations. Wrapped gifts should be returned by Sunday 17 December. Sheila MacLeod macloshei<at>aol.com or Diana Fraser.
OLD HIGH TEA will be served after the service next Sunday- All welcome.
CROSSREACH CATALOGUES are available at the church doors. There is a good selection of cards and wrapping paper. Rae Swan.
OHSS MAGAZINE Willie Morrison requires articles and photos for the December issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, by e-mail to willie<at>kenilweb. Deadline is Friday 1 December.
OLD HIGH MUSIC Final recital for 2017 on Saturday 10 December at 12 noon: theTuradh Duo. Emma Donald (violin) and Isabel Pendlebury (clarsach) met when they were studying music in Edinburgh and Strathclyde Universities. Since returning to the Highlands they have established a fine reputation for their original interpretations and arrangements from the Scottish Folk Music Tradition. A relaxed hour of music, followed by seasonal refreshments and the chance to give feedback on this year’s music and hear about the programme for 2018. Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com.
GOING FORWARD SURVEY AND CONGREGATIONAL RETREAT We are very sorry that those who attended the Congregational Retreat on 4 November did not get the chance to discuss the Community Survey by Kerrera Wilson and the proposals for outreach projects. As we did promise that that would happen, we propose to hold another, shorter meeting solely for the congregation to give feedback on the proposals. This will take place on the morning of Saturday 20 January 2018- please keep your diary free! The report and proposals are available on our website http://oldhighststephens.com/going-forward-survey-report/. If you would like paper copies, please contact our Church Administrator (079 342 85924). Linda Philip, Session Clerk.
PROVOST OF INVERNESS CATHEDRAL Rev Sarah Murray will be installed as Provost on Thursday 30 November in at a ceremony in Inverness Cathedral at 7.30pm. All welcome!
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Pat is on A/L from Tuesday 5 December to Friday 15 December. Items for the 3, 10 and 17 December bulletins should be with her by Wednesday 29 November at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
OTHER NEWS
INVERNESS STREET PASTORS 10th Anniversary at Inverness Cathedral on Friday 1 December at 7pm for a Commission Service of Street Pastors and Prayer Pastors. Robyn Teago robyn<at>loveinverness.org
FAITH, BELIEF AND MENTAL HEALTH A Day for reflection and connection Thursday 30 November 2017, 10.30am-3.30pm, Inshes Church, Inverness. Speakers: Rev Iain Macritchie Mental Health Care Chaplain; Rev Fiona Smith on Faith Communities & Mental Health Care; Michael Perera Mental Health Services Manager. Light lunch provided. To attend, contact Raigmore Chaplaincy:  lorna.sculthorpe-goode<at>nhs.net
VOCATIONS INFORMATION DAY Saturday 10 February 2018 at The Conforti Institute, Coatbridge. Follows the great success of our launch of the Tomorrow’s Calling campaign in 2015. For those with an interest in Ministry of Word and Sacrament, Diaconal Ministry or Readership but as a much wider exploration of the ministry of the whole people of God; compulsory for potential candidates for ministry. For more information, speak to the Minister.
ON CHRISTMAS NIGHT Wednesday 6 December at 7.30pm, Crown Church. The Inverness Singers, conducted by Robin Versteeg, with guest soloist, Alison Young, mezzo soprano present a programme of nocturnal carols to celebrate the peace and wonder of the festive season. (Parking in the Crown School playground). Admission by programme (Adults £8, Children/Students £4); Margaret Young kenmag20<at>btinternet.com, at the Music Shop, Church Street, or at the door on the night.

Lord of the Least: sermon for Christ the King Sunday, 26 November 2017

 

Scripture Readings: Ephesians 1:15-23

Matthew 25:31-46

Lord of the Least

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

This Sunday is Christ the King Sunday- the last Sunday of the Church year, for next Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent. The parable which Jesus tells us today certainly shows him as a king- but also as a judge. Kings and judges were often the same thing in ancient history- the king gave justice, either in person, or through judges whom he appointed. To this day, judges in Britain sit beneath the royal coat of arms- judges, in a way, represent the Queen.

First sitting of the Sheriff Appeal Court: http://www.scottishlegal.com/2015/11/05/6704/

First sitting of the Sheriff Appeal Court: http://www.scottishlegal.com/2015/11/05/6704/

And so, in the parable of the last judgement, we meet Jesus as both judge and king- because part of a king’s role is to be a judge:

When the Son of Man comes as King, and the angels with him, he will sit on his royal throne, and the people of all the nations will be gathered before him. Then he will divide them into two groups, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the righteous people on his right, and the others on his left.

Continue reading

Sunday Bulletin 19 November 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Tonight
6.30pm Ding Dong Merrily Old High
Carol Service for the Inverness Christmas Lights Switch-On at the Old High
led by the Minister
Sunday 26 November 2017: Christ the King Sunday
10am: Congregational Communion Service at St Stephen’s
led by the Minister
(NB No service at Old High)
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
DING DONG MERRILY OLD HIGH this evening 6.30pm at Old High. This family-friendly carol service following the Christmas Lights Switch on brings hundreds of families into church to hear the Christmas story. Please do bring along your families. Also, we need people to help lead the singing (nothing you don’t know!), so feel free to join the choir on the night. Details from Peter, or see http://www.invernessfestivals.com/winter08/blog/index.php
OUR MINISTER is now fully returned to work. We are very grateful to the Rev Alastair Younger for acting as our Interim Moderator, and thank him and Pat warmly!
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or the Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
TODAY’S SERVICE AT ST STEPHEN’S will be led by the Worship Group.
THE SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will not meet tonight since members will be attending the Old High Service. From 26 November the group will meet every Sunday through Advent (considering the section of Woodhouse’s book entitled Prayer), responding to the call at the recent Congregational Retreat to reflect prayerfully on what we may be being asked to do in 2018 and beyond. If anyone would like to join us, even intermittently, let Andrew Stevenson know stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com for reading material in advance.
CHRISTMAS FAYRE Saturday 25 November, St Stephen’s 10am-12 noon. Tickets £3. Tea/coffee & mince pie/shortbread. Donations for Auction, Gift Stall, Baking, and Raffles appreciated. Please start thinking about this now! Donations apart from Baking will be accepted 18/19 November or bring along to Church Margaret McAleer at St Stephen’s or Kate Leckie at Old High.
CRAFT EVENING in St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm on Wednesday 22 November. Please come along with your craft or if you wish to learn a craft you will be made very welcome. At present there is knitting, crochet, cross stitch, tapestry and card making but we would welcome any other craft. Refreshments provided. Enquiries from Margaret McAleer.
CONGREGATIONAL COMMUNION We will celebrate the Sacrament together at St Stephen’s next Sunday 26 November. All welcome at the Lord’s Table. Retiring Offering for Cameron House. No service at Old High. Linda Philip lindajphilip<at>hotmail.com.
FOOD FOR FAMILIES Following yet another successful year of the Food for Families project, Ann and David Sutherland have extended their generosity to provide the mince for the Food for Families project once again. Local suppliers provide other donations. Last year the project provided 3,057 meals, which was a fantastic effort from all the teams involved, and be assured all meals were gratefully received by individuals and families who were in need. We hope to maintain the number of meals delivered this year. Over the six years of providing this service we have all helped to provide 15,709 meals! This year we are making vegetable soup for week commencing 4 December and macaroni for week commencing 8 January. All ingredients are supplied- if you would like to help please contact Christine MacKenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
ST STEPHEN’S GIVING TREE will be available on 26 November (Joint Service) and 3 December so we ask for a thought to be given to those who sadly may not get any sort of small gift at Christmas. Please feel free to take one or more labels. Contact Cliff Sim  cliffsim<at>btinternet.com.
THE OLD HIGH GIVING TREE will be in the East Corridor from Sunday 3 December. We are providing gifts for the homeless people in the area and suggested donations include gloves, socks, scarves, pants or warm hats. A little extra such as a Mars bar or some sweets would be a nice surprise. Gateway have advised that at present 15 ladies and 20 gentlemen are homeless but additional gifts would be appreciated for unexpected situations. Wrapped gifts should be returned by Sunday 17 December. For further information please contact Sheila MacLeod macloshei<at>aol.com or Diana Fraser
CROSSREACH CATALOGUES are available at the church doors. There is a good selection of cards and wrapping paper. Contact Rae Swan.
OHSS MAGAZINE Willie Morrison requires articles and photos for the December issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, by e-mail to willie<at>kenilweb.com. Deadline is Friday 1 December.
OLD HIGH MUSIC Final recital for 2017 on Saturday 10 December at 12 noon: theTuradh Duo. Emma Donald (violin) and Isabel Pendlebury (clarsach) met when they were studying music in Edinburgh and Strathclyde Universities. Since returning to the Highlands they have established a fine reputation for their original interpretations and arrangements from the Scottish Folk Music Tradition. A relaxed hour of music, followed by seasonal refreshments and the chance to give feedback on this year’s music and hear about the programme for 2018. Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com.
GOING FORWARD SURVEY AND CONGREGATIONAL RETREAT We are very sorry that those who attended the Congregational Retreat on 4 November did not get the chance to discuss the Community Survey by Kerrera Wilson and the proposals for outreach projects. As we did promise that that would happen, we propose to hold another, shorter meeting solely for the congregation to give feedback on the proposals. This will take place on the morning of Saturday 20 January 2018- please keep your diary free! The report and proposals are available on our website http://oldhighststephens.com/going-forward-survey-report/. If you would like paper copies, please contact our Church Administrator. Linda Philip, Session Clerk.
OTHER NEWS
FAITH, BELIEF AND MENTAL HEALTH A Day for reflection and connection Thursday 30 November 2017, 10.30am-3.30pm, Inshes Church, Inverness. Speakers: Rev Iain Macritchie Mental Health Care Chaplain; Rev Fiona Smith on Faith Communities & Mental Health Care; Michael Perera Mental Health Services Manager. Light lunch provided. To attend, contact Raigmore Chaplaincy:  lorna.sculthorpe-goode<at>nhs.net
CHURCH OF SCOTLAND NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER ‘A call to pray that God would do a fresh work amongst His people.’ As a Presbytery, we will respond to this call on Saturday 25 November, when congregations and presbyteries across the Church of Scotland will be gathering on this national day to pray. 9.30-10.30am for prayer at Kinmylies Church, with coffee served at 10.30am. Trevor Hunt Inverness<at>churchofscotland.org.uk
VOCATIONS INFORMATION DAY Saturday 10 February 2018 at The Conforti Institute, Coatbridge. Follows the great success of our launch of the Tomorrow’s Calling campaign in 2015. For those with an interest in Ministry of Word and Sacrament, Diaconal Ministry or Readership but as a much wider exploration of the ministry of the whole people of God; compulsory for potential candidates for ministry. For more information, speak to the Minister.
BLYTHSWOOD VACANCIES Retail Administrator – Fixed term 6 months, Evanton (30 to 37.5 hours/week). Warehouse Person/Driver, Evanton (37.5 hours/week). Shop Warehouse Person (Casual), Harbour Road Shop (~ 21 hours over 3 days). Closing date Friday 24 November 2017.  Barbara Grace personnel<at>blythswood.org for information
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.

For the healing of the nations: Sermon for Remembrance Sunday 2017

Scripture Readings: Revelation 22.1-5

Matthew 5.38-48

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

In 2013, a few weeks before Remembrance Sunday, we were contacted by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. They had a project to put a sign on the gates of every graveyard containing one of their graves. We hadn’t realised it, but there is a World War One War Grave within the Old High Churchyard. That’s unusual, because most of those graves are, of course, near the battlefields where the soldiers died. Angus Fairrie of the Cameron Highlanders Association kindly provided some information about the young man who lies in our graveyard:

James Finlay McCulloch was born at 58 Shore Street, Inverness on 15 October 1894, the son of Finlay McCulloch and his wife Flora Smith. Finlay McCulloch worked as a fitter at the nearby foundry.

By 1911 Finlay McCulloch had moved with his family to Foyers where he worked as a fitter for the British Aluminium Company… His [then] 16 year old son James McCulloch had a job as a luggage carter at the Foyers Hotel.

In early 1915… James McCulloch volunteered for military service… Between March and July 1916, while serving with the 1st Battalion of the Cameron Highlanders, James McCulloch was badly wounded and was evacuated to the UK. He died of his wounds in the University War Hospital in Southampton on 21 July 1916.[1]

James McCulloch, baggage carter of Foyers, was 21 years old when he died. He is buried next to his parents and other members of his family in the Old High Kirkyard. Continue reading

Sunday Bulletin 12 November 2017

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
OUR MINISTER is on a phased return to work and undertaking limited duties. The Rev Alastair Younger continues as our INTERIM MODERATOR.
PASTORAL CARE continues to be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, who should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP 19 November at 7pm, St Stephen’s. Continuing our exploration of “Life in the Psalms” by Patrick Woodhouse. All welcome! Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
DING DONG MERRILY OLD HIGH Next Sunday, 6.30pm at Old High. This family-friendly carol service following the Christmas Lights Switch on brings hundreds of families into church to hear the Christmas story. Please do bring along your families. Also, we need people to help lead the singing (nothing you don’t know!), so feel free to join the choir on the night. Details from Peter, or see http://www.invernessfestivals.com/winter08/blog/index.php
CHRISTMAS FAYRE Saturday 25 November, St Stephen’s 10am-12 noon. Tickets £3. Tea/coffee & mince pie/shortbread. Donations for Auction, Gift Stall, Baking, and Raffles appreciated. Please start thinking about this now! Donations apart from Baking will be accepted 18/19 November or bring along to Church Margaret McAleer at St Stephen’s or Kate Leckie at Old High.
NEXT SUNDAY’S SERVICE AT ST STEPHEN’S at 10am will be led by the Worship Group.
CONGREGATIONAL COMMUNION We will celebrate the Sacrament together St Stephen’s on Sunday 26 November. All welcome at the Lord’s Table. Retiring Offering for Cameron House. No service at Old High. Linda Philip lindajphilip<at>hotmail.com.
CROSSREACH CATALOGUES are available at the church doors. There is a good selection of cards, and some wrapping paper. Contact Rae Swan.
OHSS MAGAZINE Willie Morrison requires articles and photos for the December issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, by e-mail to willie<at>kenilweb.com: Deadline is Friday 1 December.
OTHER NEWS
FAITH, BELIEF AND MENTAL HEALTH A Day for reflection and connection Thursday 30 November 2017, 10.30am-3.30pm, Inshes Church, Inverness. Speakers: Rev Iain Macritchie Mental Health Care Chaplain; Rev Fiona Smith on Faith Communities & Mental Health Care; Michael Perera Mental Health Services Manager. Light lunch provided. To attend, contact Raigmore Chaplaincy:  lorna.sculthorpe-goode<at>nhs.net
CHURCH OF SCOTLAND NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER ‘A call to pray that God would do a fresh work amongst His people.’ As a Presbytery, we will respond to this call on Saturday 25 November, when congregations and presbyteries across the Church of Scotland will be gathering on this national day to pray. 9.30-10.30am for prayer at Kinmylies Church, with coffee served at 10.30am. Trevor Hunt Inverness<at>churchofscotland.org.uk
VOCATIONS INFORMATION DAY Saturday 10 February 2018 at The Conforti Institute, Coatbridge. Follows the great success of our launch of the Tomorrow’s Calling campaign in 2015. For those with an interest in Ministry of Word and Sacrament, Diaconal Ministry or Readership but as a much wider exploration of the ministry of the whole people of God; compulsory for potential candidates for ministry. For more information, speak to the Minister.
HEALING SERVICE at St Stephen’s today at 4pm. Ruth Martin
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.