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 Willie Morrison 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

Sunday Bulletin 23 April 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 30 April 2017
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
Both services led by Rev Andrew Lyon
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 are 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 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
MEET & EAT Lunch is on the Menu this coming Thursday, 27 April at 12.30 at the Craigmonie Hotel. All are welcome and transport is available. Please contact Val Cantlay val.cantlaybtinternet.com
THE SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet in St Stephen’s Vestry Sundays 30 April, and 14 and 28 May. We would welcome anyone to join with us, even for the summer months. Andrew Stevenson stevenson.atabtinetrnet.com
AFTERNOON COMMUNION SERVICE There will be a short service with Communion on Saturday 29 April at 2.30pm in St Stephen’s Church. This is open to all, but is particularly suitable for those who are unable to attend the regular morning Communion services. Elders will give further information and can arrange transport. Tea will be served after the service. Contact Val Cantlay val.cantlaybtinternet.com. (Will elders, please, collect information sheets from Linda or Christine)
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. For further information please contact Jennifer Morrison jenniferkenilweb.com
OLD HIGH COFFEE MORNING The Friends of the Old High Church would like to thank everyone  who donated, helped and supported the coffee morning last Saturday. The sum of £540 was raised. Christina Cameron
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
STREET PASTORS’ FUNDRAISING EVENT Spring Fashion Show on Friday 28 April at 7-10pm at M&Co on Academy Street. Tickets available on the night. Contact Ruth Martin robynloveinverness.org
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
LGOWIT VOLUNTEER TRAINERS don’t forget about our monthly Boccia Afternoon in the Spectrum Centre from 2pm to 4pm on 26 April. We still have a few places left on our Self Management course starting next Thursday 20 April in Inverness Library. If you know of anyone who may be interested please let them know and encourage them to take up this exciting opportunity. Further details/job description from Roy Anderson LGOWITRoyhighlandtsi.org.uk
BLYTHSWOOD A well-organised, motivated and flexible person with good communication skills is required to assist in Blythswood Care’s charity shop in Nairn. Previous retail experience essential, but training will be provided. The position is for 12 hours per week over 2 days between Monday and Saturday. Application Form/Job Description from Barbara Grace personnelblythswood.org

Sunday Bulletin 16 April 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 23 April 2017
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am 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.
MINISTER Peter now has a date for his second medical procedure. It will be this coming Wednesday at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. We are hoping this will be a success and that he will be back to work before long. Peter and Katharina would like to thank the congregation for their prayers and concern.
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 dmmacrae<at>uwclub.net
THE SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet in St Stephen’s Vestry tonight at 7pm, so we can complete our celebration of Easter together, by starting to explore a new section in the book entitled ‘Hope’. Thereafter we shall meet fortnightly, on Sundays 30 April, and 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 next recital will be at 12 noon on Saturday 22 April, when there will be a chance to hear an acclaimed young pianist who has already performed in venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall. Maciej Granat will play a Bach Sonata, work by Saint-Saens and then tell us about and perform a beautiful composition of his own. For those of you who attended the piano recital in the last series, you will recall how exciting it is to be able to hear and watch a pianist from closeby. One of the pieces is written for left hand only and is an extraordinary demonstration of the versatility of the piano and the technique of a top-class musician. Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
AFTERNOON COMMUNION SERVICE There will be a short service with Communion on Saturday 29 April at 2.30pm in St Stephen’s Church. This is open to all, but is particularly suitable for those who are unable to attend the regular morning Communion services. Elders will give further information and can arrange transport. Tea will be served after the service. Contact Val Cantlay val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com. (Will elders, please, collect information sheets from Linda or Christine)
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.cantlay<at>btinternet.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. For further information please contact Jennifer Morrison jennifer<at>kenilweb.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).
AURICULAS FOR SALE (in aid of Christian Aid) Margaret Young has a box of mature auricula plants, almost in flower, surplus to her requirements. It would be more sensible to sell them now rather than waiting until the Christian Aid Coffee Morning. Suggested price £5. kenmag20<at>btinternet.com if interested.
OTHER NEWS
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 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 eileenardern<at>hotmail.com
LGOWIT VOLUNTEER TRAINERS We are currently looking for more volunteer trainers to help lead Self Management training courses in each area.To this end a Volunteer Trainer course has been organised over four days 24/25 May and 19/20 July. If you know of anyone who may be interested please let them know and encourage them to take up this exciting opportunity. Further details and a job description from Roy Anderson LGOWITRoy<at>highlandtsi.org.uk

Funeral Announcement Mrs Esther (Sue) Robertson

Mrs Esther (Sue) Robertson, 8 Woodend Road, Balloch, Inverness passed away on 7 April 2017.

She was 71 years of age.

Her funeral will be held at 1.30pm on Thursday 13 April at St Stephen’s Church, Southside Road, Inverness IV2 4XA.

For further details please contact the funeral undertakers, John Fraser & Son, 17-29 Chapel Street, Inverness (01463)) 233366.

 

Sunday Bulletin 9 April 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 16 April 2017
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am 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
For 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.
MINISTER Peter now has a date for his second medical procedure. It will be on Wednesday 19 April at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. We are hoping this will be a success and that he will be back to work before long. Peter and Katharina would like to thank the congregation for their prayers and concern.
FRIENDS OF OLD HIGH COFFEE MORNING on Saturday 15 April 2017 from 10am – noon in the Old High Church Hall; crafts,sales and candy. Tickets (£3 adults/£1 children) available at the door, or from Christina Cameron.
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 dmmacrae<at>uwclub.net
HEALING SERVICE There will be a Healing Service this afternoon at 4pm at St Stephen’s to which all who are ill or know someone who is unwell are invited to come and meet Jesus who has promised his healing powers for our benefit. Ruth Martin.
HOLY WEEK OHSS is sharing Holy Week with Crown Church. All Services will be held in Crown Church
Thursday 13th April at 7 pm: Evening Worship with Holy Communion  ( Light Supper from 6.15 pm
Friday 14th at 7 pm: Evening Worship for Good Friday
Saturday 15th April at 7 pm: Evening Worship, anticipation of the resurrection
For more information contact Heidi Hercus tripleh75<at>hotmail.co.uk.
THE SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet in St Stephen’s Vestry at 7pm on Sunday 16 April, so we can complete our celebration of Easter together, by starting to explore a new section in the book entitled ‘Hope’. Thereafter we shall meet fortnightly, on Sundays 30 April, and 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 next recital will be at 12 noon on Saturday 22 April, when there will be a chance to hear an acclaimed young pianist who has already performed in venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall. Maciej Granat will play a Bach Sonata, work by Saint-Saens and then tell us about and perform a beautiful composition of his own. For those of you who attended the piano recital in the last series, you will recall how exciting it is to be able to hear and watch a pianist from closeby. One of the pieces is written for left hand only and is an extraordinary demonstration of the versatility of the piano and the technique of a top-class musician. Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.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. For further information please contact Jennifer Morrison jennifer<at>kenilweb.com
EAST AFRICA CRISIS APPEAL the retiring offerings raised £654.69. In addition, a further £97.50 will be received from completed Gift Aid forms. Sincere thanks for the congregation’s excellent response. Sandy Cumming, Treasurer.
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).
OTHER NEWS
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 2 April 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 9 April 2017
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am 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.
MINISTER Peter now has a date for his second medical procedure. It will be on Wednesday 19 April at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. We are hoping this will be a success and that he will be back to work before long. Peter and Katharina would like to thank the congregation for their prayers and concern.
SOUTHSIDE NURSING HOME There will be a short service, led by Jim Alexander, 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 speak to Jim 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.
PRAYERS FOR LENT Old High every Friday at 1pm; St Stephen’s Meditative Prayers every Wednesday 12-2pm. Bring lunch if you wish; come for a short while, or as long as you are able. Everyone welcome to come on these Lenten Journeys. Contact Ruth Martin
LENT STUDY GROUP The fortnightly Sunday evening discussion group will meet in St Stephen’s Vestry every Sunday evening at 7pm for an hour, from Sunday 5 March till Sunday 2 April inclusive, to explore material to guide us through Lent. All are most welcome. Details from Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
FRIENDS OF OLD HIGH COFFEE MORNING on Saturday 15 April 2017 from 10am – noon in the Old High Church Hall; crafts,sales and candy. Tickets (£3 adults/£1 children) available at the door, or from Christina Cameron
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 dmmacrae<at>uwclub.net
HOLY LAND TRIP 2018 Rev Doug McRoberts will be available in the hall after the service at SS today for anyone giving consideration to next year’s trip to the Holy land.
SUPPORT FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES People attending St Stephen’s recently had the chance to hear about the first-hand experiences of Struan Charters, working as a volunteer in the Elpida Refugee Camp in Greece. This talk will be repeated in the Old High today, but, here is information about practical ways in which help can be offered. Donations can be made online at www.thehighlandssupportrefugees.com, or may be given to Doreen MacDonald. Gifts in kind will be gratefully received by Doreen at Crown Church (weekday evenings and Friday mornings). Clothing for men, women and children including shoes, new underwear, blankets, sleeping bags, tents and camping gear (no duvets, bedding, towels or nightwear at present). Toiletries including sanitary pads and nappies. More information from Struan at struancharters<at>gmail.com.
OLD HIGH Tea will be served after the service today. All welcome. Contact Christine Mackenzie on christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
HEALING SERVICE There will be a Healing Service in St Stephen’s next Sunday 9 April at 4pm to which all are invited to ask for, and receive, divine healing. Ruth Martin
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
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).
OTHER NEWS
TEACH US TO PRAY an evening of reflection and prayer for the persecuted church at Culduthel Christian Centre on Wednesday 5 April from 7.30pm-9pm. Please come and hear a guest speaker from Open Doors. Details Jenny Sinclair  admin<at>culduthelchristiancentre.org
LIVING BETTER GROUP MEETING on Thursday 6 April 2017 (6.30-8pm) in MS Therapy Centre (Burnett Road – behind Police Station). Come along for a free taster session of Autogenic Training. Further details from Roy Anderson lgowitroy<at>highlandtsi.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 26 March 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 2 April 2017
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
Led by Rev Doug McRoberts
11.15am Alternative Service at the Old High
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
For further information : invernesschurch<at>gmail.com
UPDATE ON PETER’S HEALTH Peter continues to be on the waiting list for the procedure he is due to undergo in Aberdeen, which he told us about in January, but he has now advised that this has been delayed again by the hospital.
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.
PRAYERS FOR LENT Old High every Friday at 1pm; St Stephen’s Meditative Prayers every Wednesday 12-2pm. Bring lunch if you wish; come for a short while, or as long as you are able. Everyone welcome to come on these Lenten Journeys. Contact Ruth Martin
LENT STUDY GROUP The fortnightly Sunday evening discussion group will meet in St Stephen’s Vestry every Sunday evening at 7pm for an hour, from Sunday 5 March till Sunday 2 April inclusive, to explore material to guide us through Lent. All are most welcome. Details from Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
RETIRING OFFERING There will be a retiring offering today with all donations going to the famine crisis in East Africa. Linda Philip lindajphilip<at>hotmail.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 dmmacrae<at>uwclub.net
OHSS MAGAZINE The magazines are available today for distributors to collect. Jennifer Morrison jennifer<at>kenilweb.com
CROSSREACH The latest newsletter is at church doors. Also prayer diary for February to May. CrossReach apologise for the late delivery. Contact Rae Swan raeswan<at>aol.com
WORD FOR TODAY The latest copies of the free UCB daily bible reading magazine are available in the vestibules of both churches.
SUPPORT FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES People attending St Stephen’s recently had the chance to hear about the first-hand experiences of Struan Charters, working as a volunteer in the Elpida Refugee Camp in Greece. This talk will be repeated in the Old High on Sunday 2 April, but, here is information about practical ways in which help can be offered. Donations can be made online at www.thehighlandssupportrefugees.com, or may be given to Doreen MacDonald. Gifts in kind will be gratefully received by Doreen at Crown Church (weekday evenings and Friday mornings). Clothing for men, women and children including shoes, new underwear, blankets, sleeping bags, tents and camping gear (no duvets, bedding, towels or nightwear at present). Toiletries including sanitary pads and nappies. More information from Struan at struancharters<at>gmail.com.
MEET & EAT There will be a gathering for lunch on Thursday 30 March at 12.30pm at the Craigmonie Hotel, Annfield Road. Please let me know if you wish to join us. Contact Val Cantlay ( val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com
DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: The St Stephen’s Church and Community Choirs Spring Concert will be on Thursday 30 March, 7.30 pm at the Culduthel Christian Centre. Tickets are available from Ken Cantlay or any choir member. £6 donation towards the new sensory garden at Cameron House.
OLD HIGH Tea will be served after the service on Sunday 2 April. All welcome. Contact Christine Mackenzie on christinemac73<at>hotmail.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).
THANK YOU Ken and Margaret Young would like to thank the members of the congregation for the beautiful card and gift they received on the occasion of their Golden Wedding.   It was a great surprise and very much appreciated.
OTHER NEWS
LIVING BETTER GROUP MEETING on Thursday 6 April 2017 (6.30-8pm) in MS Therapy Centre (Burnett Road – behind Police Station). Come along for a free taster session of Autogenic Training. Further details from Roy Anderson lgowitroy<at>highlandtsi.org.uk