WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 1 March 2015: Second Sunday in Lent
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
7pm: The Lent Conversation at St Stephen’s will be followed by a short Communion service
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to Jim Monro: firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for all items is Wednesday at noon.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
For further information and contact details for any items listed below:
GET TICKETS FOR BELLADRUM! Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival have donated 2 pairs of 3-day tickets to the 2015 festival, which we are able to sell to raise money towards our fabric funds. These much sought-after tickets originally cost £135 plus booking fee each, and are now sold out. To bid for the tickets, please email email@example.com, giving the full names you wish to have on the tickets, and with “Belladrum tickets” in the subject line. The top two bids will win a pair of 3-day tickets each (for 6,7 and 8 August). Closing date for entries: Friday 6 March. More details from Peter, or come along to our coffee morning to find out more!
COFFEE MORNING THIS SATURDAY 28 February, 10am to noon in St Stephen’s Hall in aid of Church Funds. Donations of cake/candy, unwanted gifts, raffle prizes gratefully appreciated. Tickets now on sale. Today there is a box at the front door of St Stephens for non-perishable donations. Please see Mary Home or Kate Leckie for donations at Old High. The St Stephen’s Vestry will be open 7-8pm and the Hall will be open 8-9pm on Friday 27th for donations for Coffee Morning. Many thanks to all who have already contributed. Your support is greatly appreciated. If you are able to help please contact Margaret McAleer
LENT CONVERSATIONS ON FAITH AND PUBLIC ISSUES begin at St Stephen’s tonight. How should Christian faith affect our attitudes to controversial issues? A chance for conversations about the big questions facing the world today. Come to one or come to all The programme for the coming weeks is:
22 February Economics- inequality, poverty, tax- how do we make our country fairer for all?
1 March Education- should the church be in our schools? Religious education and religious observance
8 March International issues- war, asylum seekers, refugees- what is the church is doing?
15 March Caring for the earth- climate change, fracking, sustainable energy- how Green is our Christianity?
22 March The ethics of science- embryo research, Frankenstein foods- should we play God with nature?
All Sundays 7-8 pm, St Stephen’s Hall, Southside Road. More information see the leaflets at the church doors, or from Malcolm Macrae firstname.lastname@example.org or www.oldhighststephens.com/faith-current-issues-series-discussions-lent/
CHRISTIAN AID We need someone to take on the very important task of coordinating our annual Christian Aid Week door-to-door collection. This is a practical way in which we help some of the most needy people in the world, and raises thousands of pounds annually for an excellent cause. Please contact the minister if you would like to know more.
REAL EASTER EGGS are on sale again with a new range this year: The Original (with an Easter storybook, Happy Easter banner, 125g milk chocolate egg and a pack of milk chocolate Chunky Buttons) for £3.99, the Peace Edition (200g milk chocolate egg, an olive wood peace dove keyring from the Holy Land, a simple guide to the Easter story and an 80g orange milk chocolate bar) for £9.99 and the Dark one (165g dark chocolate, 3 dark chocolate mini squares and a simple guide to the Easter story) for £5.50. Orders can be placed on the sign-up sheets at both churches or contact Katharina Nimmo email@example.com). Last orders today, please.
LENT REFLECTIONS: COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS The Church of Scotland is offering daily reflections for Lent, in partnership with Christian Aid. Contributors include two members of our congregation- Rachel Hutcheson and our Minister. It’s also a good way of giving to Christian Aid. Visit http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/resources/lent for the daily reflection.
SEATING AT THE OLD HIGH CHURCH In order to improve the congregation’s singing, and to create a friendlier atmosphere, we are asking those who attend at the Old High to sit in the centre section of the church. We did this two weeks ago, when it was much appreciated by many people (not least by our new Director of Music, Steven Flett!). Please speak to Peter if you have any questions.
DIRECTOR OF MUSIC AT OLD HIGH CHURCH As you will know we have asked Steven Flett to take up this post. Steven lives in Orkney and intends moving to Inverness shortly. However he will need some other employment, and may also need somewhere to stay for week or so to begin with. If you have any suggestions, please contact Peter or Andrew Stevenson.
CHURCH MAGAZINE Willie Morrison, editor of the OHSS Magazine, requires reports, articles and photos for the next issue, which is due out in March. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, as the cupboard is particularly bare at this time, by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org The deadline is Friday 13 March.
LUNCH CLUB will meet at 12.30pm on Thursday 26 February at the Craigmonie Hotel . Please consider joining us for good food and fellowship. Transport is available. Contact Val Cantlay for further information.
CROSSREACH NEWS and Prayer Diary (Feb – May), is now available at church doors.
WORD FOR TODAY The new issue of Word for Today is available at the doors of both our church buildings.
OLD HIGH SATURDAY LUNCHTIME CONCERTS We will shortly be announcing another series of exciting lunchtime Saturday concerts for 2015 at the Old High Church. For advance notice of all music events in our congregation, please send an email to email@example.com and encourage your friends to sign up for this mailing list- it’s a great way to keep up-to-date.
PUPPET TRAINING DAY Ever wondered about using puppets as a ministry tool? Find out how to get started and learn some basic/advanced skills. Come along to Inshes Church on Saturday 14 March from 10.30am to 3pm and the cost is by donation. Please bring your own lunch, tea and coffee are provided. For more information contact Chris Watt firstname.lastname@example.org.
FRESH EXPRESSIONS OF CHURCH DAY CONFERENCE: IMAGINE CHURCH “for those that don’t do church”. Speakers Olive and John Drane will lead the day with interactive learning with presentations, interviews, stories, activities and questions. Saturday 21 March from 9.30 to 4pm in Fort Augustus Village Hall (transport may be available) For details contact The Minister http://www.freshexpressions.org.uk/vision/fortaugustus15
PRAYER POINTERS will return in a few weeks. If you have ideas on the format and content of the Prayer Pointers, please contact the Minister. Meantime, as a guide for your prayers, please use the Prayer for the Day on the Order of Service, and pray for the activities of the congregation listed here.
WORSHIP THIS WEEK