Sunday Bulletin 4 March 2018

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 11 March 2018: Fourth Sunday of Lent
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
CHRISTIAN AID are holding a celebratory musical evening in Inverness Cathedral on Tuesday 15 March at 7.30m featuring our own St Stephen’s Choir, Inverness Hand Bells Group and other local choirs. All welcome. Donations to ‘Mothers in Malawi’. Details from Alastair Owens af.owens3<at>gmail.com
90KG RICE CHALLENGE As part of Fairtrade fortnight (26 February to 11 March), Kilombero Malawian rice will be available for sale over the next few weeks. The proceeds of the sale of 90kg is equivalent to one year of secondary school fees in this sub-Saharan African country. White and Brown rice available £3 per bag. Contact Andy Pyott or Winnie Stafford for more details.
OUR MINISTER As you will know, Peter has been off for a few weeks. At first it was feared there was an issue again with his heart, but he has now been diagnosed as suffering from a bacterial infection in his lung, something which seems to be quite prevalent this winter. He is now on a course of treatment, and hopes to be able return to work before too long. Peter and Katharina would like to thank members of the congregation for their concern and prayers at this time.
EMAIL CONTACTS We would like to make more use of email to keep in touch with congregation members and friends. We have email addresses for many people in the congregation, but if we do not have yours, would you please notify our Church Administrator, Pat MacLeod: invernesschurch<at>gmail.com
SOUTHSIDE NURSING HOME: There will be a short service, led by Isobel Allan, at Southside Nursing Home immediately after this morning’s service at St Stephen’s. If you are able to assist with the singing, your assistance would be much appreciated. Please speak to Isobel 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.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP is meeting in St Stephen’s vestry every week during Lent, from Sunday 18 February. A 6-week study programme has been identified, which provides a Biblical focus on migration, and the particular challenge this issue presents us in Europe in our own time. We hope this will prove a thought-provoking theme for reflection and conversation during this special time in the Christian Year. New hearts and minds joining in would be most welcome. For details about the study material please contact Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
HIGHLAND FOODBANK During the month of March the Foodbank would be grateful for donations of Tins of corned beef, Tins of mince/stew, Cartons of long life juice, Tins of ham (small). Please bring these to Church and leave in the Food boxes provided. Thank you! Bill Guthrie williamguthrie<at>googlemail.com
CRAFT EVENING in St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm on Wednesday 7 March. 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.
PRAYERS DURING LENT AT ST STEPHEN’S Every Friday from 1pm -1.30pm starting Friday 16 February. All welcome. Ruth Martin
OLD HIGH MUSIC on Saturday 17 March at 12 noon. Robin is bringing together, for the first time, 2 groups of musicians whom he conducts. Along with guest soloists, the Ness Sinfonia and the Inverness Singers will perform Schubert’s Mass in G Major, with an accompanying programme of Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture, Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus and a cello arrangement of Peter Maxwell Davies’ Farewell to Stromness. Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
OLD HIGH HALLS RENTALS Jim Monro has kindly looked after the Old High hall lets, but wishes to step down from this role. If anyone can take this role on, please get in touch with Linda Philip or Christine Mackenzie.
SPRING/SUMMER OPENING OF THE OLD HIGH CHURCH We are meeting in the church at 2pm on Tuesday 6 March to discuss the programme for 2018. If you can spare a couple of hours a week or on an occasional basis to welcome visitors to the church during the Spring/Summer please come along and find out more. Contact Sheila MacLeod macloshei<at>aol.com
GIFT AID AND FREEWILL OFFERING TREASURER VACANCY Sandy Cumming has decided to stand down as Gift Aid and Freewill Offering Treasurer after several years of service. A successor is needed for this important role which enables OHSS to recover some £18000 per annum from HMRC. As well as record keeping, the role involves preparation and submission of two claims per annum. If you are interested, or know someone who might be willing to serve OHSS in this capacity, then please contact Sandy Cumming.
OHSS MAGAZINE CONTRIBUTIONS Willie Morrison urgently requires articles and photos for the March issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, by e-mail to willie<at>kenilweb.com. The deadline is Friday 16th March.
CROSSREACH Latest newsletter and prayer diary (Feb/May) available at church doors. Rae Swan.
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or the Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
WORD FOR TODAY is available in both vestibules.
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator at invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline is Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep all items as brief as possible, and include contact details (phone and/or email).
OTHER NEWS
VISITING SERVICE FOR THE NORTH OF SCOTLAND The above registered charity is urgently looking for volunteers. Can you give up one hour a week to befriend an older, isolated or lonely person? This can be an all-win situation, as rewarding for the volunteers as it is enjoyable for the recipients. If you are interested, please write to the Visiting Service, 28 Culloden Road, Balloch, Inverness IV2 7HQ or contact Alan Michael alan<at>friendship-services.com
BLYTHSWOOD Maintenance Officer required to organise and plan the maintenance of grounds and buildings at Blythswood Deephaven Depot, including undertaking front line repair and replacement. 22.5 hours per week over 3 days between Monday and Friday. Closing date 16 March. Application form/job description from Barbara Grace personnel<at>blythswood.org or www.blythswood.org
HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS YOUTH FOR CHRIST (HIYFC) are hosting a celebration event on Tuesday 20 March 2018 at Dalneigh & Bona Church of Scotland, St Marys Avenue, Inverness at 6:30-9pm (a light buffet will be provided). HIYFC exists to see every young person in the Highlands and Islands reached relevantly with the Good News of Jesus, and we are delighted to invite you and others in your congregations to come along and hear about some of our work, and also hear about our plans in moving forward! Contact Linda Buchan pdw<at>hiyfc.co.uk
WORLD COUNCIL VISIT TO PALESTINE AND ISRAEL (4-14 May 2018) led by Rev Grant Barclay, Giffnock, Orchardhill,. A 10-day pilgrimage to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories will take in the cities of Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Jaffa, and Tiberias, introducing you to the local Christians and partners of the Church of Scotland, as well as visiting some of the major Biblical sites. Guided by a local Palestinian Christian, with support from two local Church of Scotland ministers. Register interest/information from roger<at>churchofscotland.org.uk

Sunday Bulletin 25 February 2018

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 4 March 2018: Third Sunday of Lent
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
OUR MINISTER As you will know, Peter has been off for a few weeks. At first it was feared there was an issue again with his heart, but he has now been diagnosed as suffering from a bacterial infection in his lung, something which seems to be quite prevalent this winter. He is now on a course of treatment, and hopes to be able return to work before too long. Peter and Katharina would like to thank members of the congregation for their concern and prayers at this time.
EMAIL CONTACTS We would like to make more use of email to keep in touch with congregation members and friends. We have email addresses for many people in the congregation, but if we do not have yours, would you please notify our Church Administrator, Pat MacLeod: invernesschurch<at>gmail.com
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP is meeting in St Stephen’s vestry every week during Lent, from Sunday 18 February. A 6-week study programme has been identified, which provides a Biblical focus on migration, and the particular challenge this issue presents us in Europe in our own time. We hope this will prove a thought-provoking theme for reflection and conversation during this special time in the Christian Year. New hearts and minds joining in would be most welcome. For details about the study material please contact Andrew Stevenson  stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
WINTER WALK TO CULBIN SANDS today. Meet St Stephen’s Church Car Park 1.15pm for Car sharing. Start walk from Kingsteps car park, Lochloy Road at 2pm. Flat terrain. Cuppa at Brodie Countryfare at 3.45pm. Contact Deborah Macrae for information.
PRAYERS DURING LENT AT ST STEPHEN’S Every Friday from 1pm -1.30pm starting Friday 16 February. All welcome. Ruth Martin
OLD HIGH MUSIC on Saturday 17 March at 12 noon. Robin is bringing together, for the first time, 2 groups of musicians whom he conducts. Along with guest soloists, the Ness Sinfonia and the Inverness Singers will perform Schubert’s Mass in G Major, with an accompanying programme of Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture, Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus and a cello arrangement of Peter Maxwell Davies’ Farewell to Stromness. Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
SOUP & SANDWICH LUNCH including tea/coffee and biscuits in Old High Hall on Saturday 3 March 12 noon to 2pm in aid of Church funds. Tickets £6 to be sold in both Churches from this Sunday. Please buy tickets in advance to ensure we can cope with demand. Thanking you in anticipation for your continued support. Further information from Margaret McAleer Social & Fundraising Action Team
OLD HIGH HALLS CONVENOR Jim Monro has kindly looked after the Old High hall lets, but wishes to step down from this role. If anyone can take this role on, please get in touch with Linda Philip Christine Mackenzie.
SPRING/SUMMER OPENING OF THE OLD HIGH CHURCH We are meeting in the church at 2pm on Tuesday 6 March to discuss the programme for 2018. If you can spare a couple of hours a week or on an occasional basis to welcome visitors to the church during the Spring/Summer please come along and find out more. Contact Sheila MacLeod macloshei<at>aol.com
OHSS MAGAZINE CONTRIBUTIONS Willie Morrison urgently requires articles and photos for the March issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, to willie<at>kenilweb.com. The deadline is Friday 16th March.
CROSSREACH Latest newsletter and prayer diary (Feb/May) available at church doors. Rae Swan.
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or the Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
WORD FOR TODAY is available in both vestibules.
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator at invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline is Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep all items as brief as possible, and include contact details (phone and/or email).
OTHER NEWS
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER Service in East Church, Academy Street at 10.30 on Friday 2 March. Theme is All God’s creation is very good, and prepared by Christian women of Suriname. Ian McDiarmid’s slide show ‘God’s Creation will be shown. Details Rae Swan raeswan<at>aol.com
VISITING SERVICE FOR THE NORTH OF SCOTLAND The above registered charity is urgently looking for volunteers. Can you give up one hour a week to befriend an older, isolated or lonely person? This can be an all-win situation, as rewarding for the volunteers as it is enjoyable for the recipients. If you are interested, please write to the Visiting Service, 28 Culloden Road, Balloch, Inverness IV2 7HQ or contact Alan Michael alan<at>friendship-services.com

Old High St Stephens Sunday Bulletin 18 February 2018

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 25 February 2018: Second Sunday of Lent
10am Congregational Communion at St Stephen’s
No Service at the Old High
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
OUR MINISTER As you will know, Peter has been off for a few weeks. At first it was feared there was an issue again with his heart, but he was diagnosed this week as suffering from a bacterial infection in his lung, something which seems to be quite prevalent this winter. He is now on a course of treatment, and hopes to be able return to work before too long. Peter and Katharina would like to thank members of the congregation for their concern and prayers at this time.
EMAIL CONTACTS We would like to make more use of email to keep in touch with congregation members and friends. We have email addresses for many people in the congregation, but if we do not have yours, would you please notify our Church Administrator, Pat MacLeod: invernesschurch<at>gmail.com
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP plans to meet in St Stephen’s vestry every week during Lent, starting from Sunday 18 February. A 6-week study programme has been identified, which provides a Biblical focus on migration, and the particular challenge this issue presents us in Europe in our own time. We hope this will prove a thought-provoking theme for reflection and conversation during this special time in the Christian Year. New hearts and minds joining in would be most welcome. For details about the study material please contact Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
ELDERS There will be a Leadership meeting on Tuesday 20 February at 7.30pm in St Stephens vestry. The next Kirk Session meeting will be 20 March at 7.30pm in St Stephen’s hall. Contact Linda Philip. Safeguarding training for all elders will be on 6 March at St Stephens hall. Times tbc. Contact Roberta Macintosh rmrjmack<at>aol.com
CRAFT EVENING in St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm on Wednesday 21 February. 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.
HEIDI HERCUS Heidi’s Ordination Service will take place at the Church of Scotland Ullapool on Saturday 24 February at 11.00 am. It would be good for OHSS to be represented at the service as a way of supporting her for her service with us. If you are interested in attending please contact Christine MacKenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
WINTER WALK TO CULBIN SANDS on Sunday 25 February. Meet St Stephen’s Church Car Park 1.15pm for Car sharing. Start walk from Kingsteps car park, Lochloy Road at 2pm. Flat terrain. Cuppa at Brodie Countryfare at 3.45pm. Contact Deborah Macrae for information.
PRAYERS DURING LENT AT ST STEPHEN’S Every Friday from 1pm -1.30pm starting Friday 16 February. All welcome. Ruth Martin
CHANGES TO SEATING AT THE OLD HIGH We will be worshipping together at St Stephen’s at a Congregational Communion Service on 25 February, while work is carried out to make changes at Old High. As reported by Jim Alexander in the September 2017 magazine, the purpose of the changes is to deal with problems flagged up by a recent risk assessment: limited circulation space at the chancel area for wheelchair users during services and other events; and restricted access in the event of emergency.
The proposed changes are shown on the drawing (grey shading):
• Removal of the central front pew
• On pulpit side: front pew, cut back to match pew arrangement at audio console control end.
• On lectern side: front pew, cut back at both ends to reflect proposed pew arrangement at pulpit side.
• Associated work on heating pipes and the floor.
All the work will be carried out with due care and attention to detail in the reinstatement of existing pew finishes. The aim to respect the sanctuary and its symmetry centred on the chancel area. For more details, please see the September magazine (available on our website) or contact our Session Clerks.
ALASTAIR YOUNGER has now finished as our Interim Moderator and it has been agreed to give a gift to Alastair in recognition of his assistance to our Congregation during that period. To make a contribution, please either send your donation direct to our Treasurer, Sandy Cumming or put it in an envelope marked ‘Presentation to Alastair Younger’ and put it in the offering bag. The closing date for contributions is Sunday 28 February.
SOUP & SANDWICH LUNCH including tea/coffee and biscuits in Old High Hall on Saturday 3 March 12 – 2pm in aid of Church funds. Tickets £6 to be sold in both Churches from this Sunday. Please buy tickets in advance to ensure we can cope with demand. Thanking you in anticipation for your continued support. Further information from Margaret McAleer Social & Fundraising Action Team
OLD HIGH HALLS CONVENOR Jim Monro has kindly looked after the Old High hall lets, but wishes to step down from this role. If anyone feels they can take this role on, please get in touch with Linda Philip (790252) or Christine Mackenzie.
SPRING/SUMMER OPENING OF THE OLD HIGH CHURCH We are meeting in the church at 2pm on Tuesday 6 March to discuss the programme for 2018. If you can spare a couple of hours a week or on an occasional basis to welcome visitors to the church during the Spring/Summer please come along and find out more. Contact Sheila MacLeod macloshei<at>aol.com
OHSS MAGAZINE CONTRIBUTIONS Willie Morrison urgently requires articles and photos for the March issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, by e-mail to willie<at>kenilweb.com. The deadline is Friday 16th March.
CROSSREACH Latest newsletter and prayer diary (Feb/May) available at church doors. Rae Swan.
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or the Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
WORD FOR TODAY is available in both vestibules.
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator at invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline is Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep all items as brief as possible, and include contact details (phone and/or email).
OTHER NEWS
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER Service in East Church, Academy Street at 10.30 on Friday 2 March. Theme is All God’s creation is very good, and prepared by Christian women of Suriname. Ian McDiarmid’s slide show ‘God’s Creation will be shown. Details Rae Swan raeswan<at>aol.com
VISITING SERVICE FOR THE NORTH OF SCOTLAND The above registered charity is urgently looking for volunteers. Can you give up one hour a week to befriend an older, isolated or lonely person? This can be an all-win situation, as rewarding for the volunteers as it is enjoyable for the recipients. If you are interested, please write to the Visiting Service, 28 Culloden Road, Balloch, Inverness IV2 7HQ or contact Alan Michael alan<at>friendship-services.com
LGOWIT (Living Better with a Long-term Condition) is offering a free short programme of taster sessions which will run initially for 8 weeks, on different aspects of self -management, based around our new Information Booklet and Toolkit, which can be viewed on our website. The weekly programme will be at the Netley Centre (opposite Eden Court) starting on Thursday 1 March from 11am and lasts about an hour. Participants will then be given a cup of tea followed by an optional gentle exercise session run by one of the physios at the Netley Centre. Advance booking is essential lgowitadmin<at>highlandtsi.org.uk. Roy Anderson.

OHSS Sunday Bulletin 11 February 2018

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 18 February 2018: First Sunday of Lent
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
EMAIL CONTACTS We would like to make more use of email to keep in touch with congregation members and friends. We have email addresses for many people in the congregation, but if we do not have yours, would you please notify our Church Administrator, Pat MacLeod: invernesschurch<at>gmail.com
HEIDI HARCUS Heidi’s Ordination Service will take place at the Church of Scotland Ullapool on Saturday 24 February at 11.00 am. It would be good for OHSS to be represented at the service as a way of supporting her for her service with us. If you are interested in attending please contact Christine MacKenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
WINTER WALK TO CULBIN SANDS on Sunday 25 February. Meet St Stephen’s Church Car Park 1.15pm for Car sharing. Start walk from Kingsteps car park, Lochloy Road at 2pm. Flat terrain. Cuppa at Brodie Countryfare at 3.45pm. Contact Deborah Macrae for information.
PRAYERS DURING LENT AT ST STEPHEN’S Every Friday from 1pm -1.30pm starting Friday 16 February. All welcome. Ruth Martin.
ALASTAIR YOUNGER has now finished as our Interim Moderator and it has been agreed to give a gift to Alastair in recognition of his assistance to our Congregation during that period. To make a contribution, please either send your donation direct to our Treasurer, Sandy Cumming, or put it in an envelope marked ‘Presentation to Alastair Younger’ and put it in the offering bag. The closing date for contributions is Sunday 28 February.
SOUP & SANDWICH LUNCH including tea/coffee and biscuits in Old High Hall on Saturday 3 March 12 – 2pm in aid of Church funds. Tickets £6 to be sold in both Churches from next Sunday. Please buy tickets in advance to ensure we can cope with demand. Thanking you in anticipation for your continued support. Further information from Margaret McAleer Social & Fundraising Action Team
OLD HIGH CONVENOR Jim Monro has kindly looked after the Old High hall lets, but wishes to step down from this role. If anyone feels they can take this role on, please get in touch with Linda Philip or Christine Mackenzie.
SPRING/SUMMER OPENING OF THE OLD HIGH CHURCH We are meeting in the church at 2pm on Tuesday 6 March to discuss the programme for 2018. If you can spare a couple of hours a week or on an occasional basis to welcome visitors to the church during the Spring/Summer please come along and find out more. Contact Sheila MacLeod macloshei<at>aol.com
OHSS MAGAZINE CONTRIBUTIONS Willie Morrison urgently requires articles and photos for the March issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, by e-mail to willie<at>kenilweb.com or by post. The deadline is Friday 16th March..
CHANGES TO SEATING AT THE OLD HIGH We will be worshipping together at St Stephen’s at a Congregational Communion Service on 25 February, while work is carried out to make changes at Old High. As reported by Jim Alexander in the September 2017 magazine, the purpose of the changes is to deal with problems flagged up by a recent risk assessment: limited circulation space at the chancel area for wheelchair users during services and other events; and restricted access in the event of emergency.
The proposed changes are shown on the drawing (grey shading):

  • Removal of the central front pew
  • On pulpit side: front pew, cut back to match pew arrangement at audio console control end.
  • On lectern side: front pew, cut back at both ends to reflect proposed pew arrangement at pulpit side.
  • Associated work on heating pipes and the floor.

All the work will be carried out with due care and attention to detail in the reinstatement of existing pew finishes. The aim to respect the sanctuary and its symmetry centred on the chancel area. For more details, please see the September magazine (available on our website) or contact our Session Clerks.
CROSSREACH Latest newsletter and prayer diary (Feb/May) available at church doors. Rae Swan.
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or the Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
WORD FOR TODAY is available in both vestibules.
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator at invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline is Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep all items as brief as possible, and include contact details (phone and/or email).
OTHER NEWS
WORLD COUNCIL VISIT TO PALESTINE AND ISRAEL Have you booked your place yet? If not, now is the time to do so! The visit will be led by Rev Grant Barclay, Giffnock: Orchardhill, and will take place from 4-14 May 2018. This unique 10 day pilgrimage to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories will take in the cities of Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Jaffa, and Tiberias, introducing you to the local Christians and partners of the Church of Scotland, as well as visiting some of the major Biblical sites. You will be guided by a local Palestinian Christian, with support from the two Church of Scotland ministers based locally. Email: kroger<at>churchofscotland.org.uk to register your interest or to get more information.

Old High St Stephens Sunday Bulletin 4 February 2018

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 11 February 2018: Transfiguration Sunday
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
EMAIL CONTACTS We would like to make more use of email to keep in touch with congregation members and friends. We have email addresses for many people in the congregation, but if we do not have yours, would you please notify our Church Administrator, Pat MacLeod: invernesschurch<at>gmail.com
SOUTHSIDE NURSING HOME There will be a short service at Southside immediately after this morning’s service at St Stephen’s. If you are able to assist with the singing, your assistance would be much appreciated. We still also seek members willing to lead these services on a rota basis; please contact Janet Robertson janetnfraser<at>btinternet.com.
TEA AND COFFEE AT OLD HIGH after the service today. Do stay if you can. Contact Christine Mackenzie on christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
CRAFT EVENING in St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm on Wednesday 7 February. 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 .
OLD HIGH MUSIC Saturday 10 February at 12 noon. The recital by Tom Wilkinson, University Organist at St Andrews, will include the following pieces:  Handel – March from Scipio; J.S Bach – Toccata and Fugue in D Minor (Dorian) and Canonic Variations; Vivaldi – Concerto in A Minor; concluding with Mendelssohn – Sonata No. 5. Programmes for the whole year will also be available on that day. Andrew Stevenson  stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com. To get emails about coming music events, contact ohssmusic<at>gmail.com.
WINTER WALK TO CULBIN SANDS on Sunday 25 February. Meet St Stephen’s Church Car Park 1.15pm for Car sharing. Start walk from Kingsteps car park, Lochloy Road at 2pm. Flat terrain. Cuppa at Brodie Countryfare at 3.45pm. Contact Deborah Macrae for information.
ALASTAIR YOUNGER has now finished as our Interim Moderator and it has been agreed to give a gift to Alastair in recognition of his assistance to our Congregation during that period. To make a contribution, please either send your donation direct to our Treasurer, Sandy Cumming, or put it in an envelope marked ‘Presentation to Alastair Younger’ and put it in the offering bag. The closing date for contributions is Sunday 28 February.
THANK YOU I would like to thank the members of the congregation for their cards and condolences, also for the flowers, following the sudden death of my brother on 15 January. Much appreciated. Jean Harper.
CHANGES TO SEATING AT THE OLD HIGH We will be worshipping together at St Stephen’s at a Congregational Communion Service on 25 February, while work is carried out to make changes at Old High. As reported by Jim Alexander in the September 2017 magazine, the purpose of the changes is to deal with problems flagged up by a recent risk assessment: limited circulation space at the chancel area for wheelchair users during services and other events; and restricted access in the event of emergency.
The proposed changes are:

  • Removal of the central front pew
  • On pulpit side: front pew, cut back to match pew arrangement at audio console control end.
  • On lectern side: front pew, cut back at both ends to reflect proposed pew arrangement at pulpit side.
  • Associated work on heating pipes and the floor.

All the work will be carried out with due care and attention to detail in the reinstatement of existing pew finishes. The aim to respect the sanctuary and its symmetry centred on the chancel area. For more details, please see the September magazine (available on our website) or contact our Session Clerks.
GATEWAY (HIGHLAND HOMELESS TRUST) has written on behalf of the service users, staff and Board to say ‘thank you’ for the Christmas gifts from the congregation of Old High St Stephens and have advised that this is a difficult time for many of the people they support, in particular with the adoption of Universal Credit in the area. They are always grateful for the support of the local community, and the generosity of OHSS is, as ever, appreciated throughout the organisation. Craig Riddle, Finance Manager.
CROSSREACH Latest newsletter and prayer diary (Feb/May) available at church doors. Rae Swan.
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or the Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator at invernesschurchgmail.com. Deadline is Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep all items as brief as possible, and include contact details (phone and/or email).
OTHER NEWS
WORLD COUNCIL VISIT TO PALESTINE AND ISRAEL Have you booked your place yet? If not, now is the time to do so! The visit will be led by Rev Grant Barclay, Giffnock: Orchardhill, and will take place from 4-14 May 2018. This unique 10 day pilgrimage to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories will take in the cities of Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Jaffa, and Tiberias, introducing you to the local Christians and partners of the Church of Scotland, as well as visiting some of the major Biblical sites. You will be guided by a local Palestinian Christian, with support from the two Church of Scotland ministers based locally. Email: Krogerchurchofscotland.org.uk to register your interest or to get more information.
HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS YOUTH FOR CHRIST “The Sense & Stance” in Concert on Friday 9 February at Culduthel Christian Centre, 7:30 for a 7:45pm start.  A great concert of music and dance and there is an opportunity to hear the gospel message through testimony, so it is an ideal event to invite friends along who perhaps don’t go to church. Open to all, especially those in secondary school. Linda Buchan pd<at>whiyfc.co.uk