Sunday Bulletin 8 January 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 15 January 2017
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
Both Services led by Rev Arthur Sinclair
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 and contact 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.
OLD HIGH CHURCH ROTA DUTIES – HELP REQUIRED We would welcome your help for the following duties at Sunday services: Beadle; Door duty; Creche (PVG required but can be arranged). If we have insufficient helpers for door duty, we will open the East door only. If you are able to help with any of these important duties on a rota basis, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Christine Mackenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
THE SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP  will have their first get-together of 2017 this evening at 7pm in St Stephen’s Vestry. We shall be starting to explore a new book about the Psalms, so this would be an opportune moment to welcome new members to this fortnightly event, which is timed to last one hour only. More details from Andrew Stevenson.
HEALING SERVICE The monthly Christian Healing Service will be held in St Stephen’s this afternoon at 4pm to which all are invited. (Ruth Martin)
HOBBY/CRAFT EVENING on Wednesday 11 January in St Stephen’s Hall at 7.30pm and fortnightly thereafter. Please bring your craft to share with others. If not a crafter, perhaps you would like to learn. Please come along and enjoy the camaraderie. Further details from Margaret McAleer.
OHSS CHRISTMAS OFFERINGS are going to the Open Doors which is an international charity serving persecuted Christians and churches in over 60 countries where Christianity is socially or legally oppressed. Linda Philip.
OH GIVING TREE a preliminary thank you for donations for the Highland gateway. 7 large boxes of beautifully wrapped gifts for the Highland Gateway appeal were collected on 13 December. Thanks to everyone who so generously helped to make Christmas a bit brighter for the recipients. A formal letter from Alix Gilchrist usually arrives in early January. Diana Fraser.
OLD HIGH FLOWER LIST 2017 The flower list is currently being made up. There are a small number of spaces and if you would like to donate flowers, please speak to Sally McCubbin.
WORD FOR TODAY booklets are available at the doors at both churches.

Sunday Bulletin 1 January 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 8 January 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
For further information and contact details : invernesschurchgmail.com
A NOTE FROM THE MINISTER I’m glad to say that my health seems to be reasonably stable at the moment, but due to the drugs I am taking, I still do not have a lot of energy. I decided that I would undergo a second procedure, which hopefully will deal with the symptoms of my dodgy heart rhythms and return me to full health. This will take place in Aberdeen sometime in February or March. I’d like to thank you all for all your prayers and good wishes, and for your patience and continuing support – it is much appreciated. And I’d like to wish you all a blessed Christmas season – Peter
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. However, for the week commencing 26 December 2016, please contact Rev Alastair Younger (details above).
OLD HIGH CHURCH ROTA DUTIES – HELP REQUIRED We would welcome your help for the following duties at Sunday services: Beadle; Door duty; Creche (PVG required but can be arranged). If we have insufficient helpers for door duty, we will open the East door only. If you are able to help with any of these important duties on a rota basis, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Christine Mackenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
THE SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP  will have their first get-together of 2017 on 8 January at 7pm in St Stephen’s Vestry. We shall be starting to explore a new book about the Psalms, so this would be an opportune moment to welcome new members to this fortnightly event, which is timed to last one hour only. More details from Andrew Stevenson.
HEALING SERVICE The monthly Christian Healing Service will be held in St Stephen’s next Sunday 8 January at 4pm to which all are invited. Ruth Martin.
LIFE AND WORK 2017 Payment is due any time after delivery of the December issue.  The amount is unchanged, at £26.40. Please place in offering bag marked Life and Work (Old High Members – for attention of Florence). Cheques should be made payable to Old High St Stephen’s. Many thanks. Florence Munro jim476<at>btinternet.com
OLD HIGH FLOWER LIST 2017 The flower list is currently being made up. There are a small number of spaces and if you would like to donate flowers, please speak to Sally McCubbin.
WORD FOR TODAY booklets are available at the doors at both churches.

Sunday Bulletin 25 December 2016

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 1 January 2017
10am Morning Worship 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 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 and contact information : invernesschurch<at>gmail.com
A NOTE FROM THE MINISTER I’m glad to say that my health seems to be reasonably stable at the moment, but due to the drugs I am taking, I still do not have a lot of energy. This week I decided that I would undergo a second procedure, which hopefully will deal with the symptoms of my dodgy heart rhythms and return me to full health. This will take place in Aberdeen sometime in February or March. I’d like to thank you all for all your prayers and good wishes, and for your patience and continuing support – it is much appreciated. And I’d like to wish you all a blessed Christmas season – Peter
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 (01463 716288) arthursinclair<at>btinternet.com while Peter is absent from his duties, due to illness. However, for the week commencing 26 December 2016, please contact Rev Alastair Younger (details above).
OLD HIGH CHURCH ROTA DUTIES – HELP REQUIRED We would welcome your help for the following duties at Sunday services: Beadle; Door duty; Creche (PVG required but can be arranged). If we have insufficient helpers for door duty, we will open the East door only. If you are able to help with any of these important duties on a rota basis, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Christine Mackenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
LIFE AND WORK 2017 Payment is due any time after delivery of the December issue.  The amount is unchanged, at £26.40. Please place in offering bag marked Life and Work (Old High Members – for attention of Florence). Cheques should be made payable to Old High St Stephen’s. Many thanks. Florence Munro  jim476<at>btinternet.com
OLD HIGH FLOWER LIST 2017 The flower list is currently being made up. There are a small number of spaces and if you would like to donate flowers, please speak to Sally McCubbin
WORD FOR TODAY booklets are available at the doors at both churches.

Sunday Bulletin 18 December 2016

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Saturday 24 December 2016
6.30pm Family Service at St Stephen’s
11.30pm Watchnight Service at St Stephen’s
Sunday 25 December 2016 : Christmas Day
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
Led by Rev Alastair Younger
Monday 26 December 2016
10am Morning Worship at Stephen’s
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 and contact information : invernesschurch<at>gmail.com (replace <at> with @)
A NOTE FROM THE MINISTER I’m glad to say that my health seems to be reasonably stable at the moment, but due to the drugs I am taking, I still do not have a lot of energy. This week I decided that I would undergo a second procedure, which hopefully will deal with the symptoms of my dodgy heart rhythms and return me to full health. This will take place in Aberdeen sometime in February or March. I’d like to thank you all for all your prayers and good wishes, and for your patience and continuing support – it is much appreciated. And I’d like to wish you all a blessed Christmas season – Peter
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. However, for the week commencing 26 December 2016, please contact Rev Alastair Younger (details above).
SERVICE OF LESSONS AND CAROLS tonight at 7pm in the Old High Church. The service will be conducted by Rev Alastair Youger.
OLD HIGH CHURCH ROTA DUTIES – HELP REQUIRED We would welcome your help for the following duties at Sunday services: Beadle; Door duty; Creche (PVG required but can be arranged). If we have insufficient helpers for door duty, we will open the East door only. If you are able to help with any of these important duties on a rota basis, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Christine Mackenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
CAMERON HOUSE CHRISTMAS SERVICE There will be a short service at Cameron House this afternoon 18 December at 3pm. All are welcome to join in. val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com
ST STEPHEN’S GIVING TREE All presents have been collected for immediate distribution. Many grateful thanks to everyone who gave generously to the needy people in our city. Your gift may be the only one someone gets and can show that people are neither forgotten nor overlooked at Christmas! Cliff Sim cliffsim<at>btinternet.com.
WEDNESDAY PRAYER TIME During Advent there is a weekly Prayer Space in St Stephen’s from 12-2pm each Wednesday, where you can come to meditate, reflect, or to listen to God speaking to you! Contact Ruth Martin.
LIFE AND WORK 2017 Payment is due any time after delivery of the December issue.  The amount is unchanged, at £26.40. Please place in offering bag marked Life and Work (Old High Members – for attention of Florence). Cheques should be made payable to Old High St Stephen’s. Many thanks. Florence Munro jim476<at>btinternet.com
BOLIVIA FUND RAISING TRIP Catherine has returned from her trip working with disadvantaged children in a village near La Paz, with the charity UpClose Bolivia. As a thank you for all the help she received for her fundraising, she will bring some baking for coffee after the All Age Service today.  Fiona Kelly.
HOBBY/CRAFT EVENING on Wednesday 21 December in St Stephen’s Hall at 7.30pm and fortnightly thereafter. Please bring your craft to share with others. If not a crafter, perhaps you would like to learn. Please come along and enjoy the camaraderie. Further details from Margaret McAleer.
ST STEPHEN’S CHURCH AND COMMUNITY CHOIRS present Songs for Christmas on 21 and 22 December at 7.30pm at St Stephen’s Church. Tickets £8 (includes refreshments) from Choir members. All proceeds to be shared between Children 1st and local charity Road to Recovery. Contact Ken Cantlay ken.cantlay<at>btinternet.com.
OLD HIGH FLOWER LIST 2017 The flower list is currently being made up. There are a small number of spaces and if you would like to donate flowers, please speak to Sally McCubbin.
UF CHURCH OF SCOTLAND GENERAL ASSEMBLY Rev Ian Boa who is currently Assistant General Secretary of Action for Churches Together in Scotland has been appointed the next Moderator of the United Free Church of Scotland’s General Assembly. Ian’s late parents were members of our congregation as is his sister Lorna (Irvine). We welcome his appointment and wish him every blessing. Christine Mackenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
WORD FOR TODAY booklets are available at the doors at both churches.
OTHER NEWS
FOOD FOR FAMILIES: Following another successful year, Ann and David Sutherland have extended their generosity to provide the mince for the Food for Families project again this year, which will this year also be sponsored by the Mustard Seed, The Kitchen and Williamson Foodservice. I have indicated that we could do the following: W/c 5 December – Spaghetti Bolognese : W/c 9 January – Macaroni Cheese. All ingredients will be provided. If you could help on the above date please let me know as soon as possible.Thank you for your support. Christine MacKenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com.
CRISIS ACCOMMODATION FOOD Highland Gateway (formerly Highland Homelessness Trust) are providing crisis accommodation throughout the year for the most vulnerable in our society. Liz Walsh has kindly agreed to co-ordinate the volunteer requirement over the next 12 months. For volunteer information contact Liz at patrickwalsh611<at>btinternet.com).
BLYTHSWOOD FOODBANK CENTRE We have volunteer vacancies (Monday and Friday) at Hilton Foodbank Centre which is open between 11am and 1pm. Contact lorna.dempster<at>blythswood.org.
HOPE UK APPEAL FOR VOLUNTEERS We are a national Christian charity, and aim to enable children and young people to make drug and alcohol-free choices. We desperately need more volunteers. Our training course is accredited with the Open College Network to ensure high standards and consists of distance learning and three (often residential) training weekends; the course takes approximately 120 hours to complete over a period of 6 months. Additional training is available. Further details enquiries<at>hopeuk.org.

Sunday Bulletin 11 December 2016

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 18 December 2016 : Fourth Sunday in Advent
10am All-Age Service at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
Both Services led by Barry Dennis
7.00pm Carol Concert at the Old High
Led by Rev Alastair Younger
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
For further information and contact details : invernesschurch: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 younger873btinternet.com.
PASTORAL CARE will be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant arthurasinclairbtinternet.com) while Peter is absent from his duties, due to illness.
CHURCH BAND The band will play today at St Stephen’s. Pam McCulloch pam.41tiscali.co.uk
OH GIVING TREE is supporting Highland Gateway. As in the past the most welcome and useful gifts are warm scarves, gloves, socks, beanie hats and basic toiletries like soap, shower gel and shampoo. There are around 45 homeless (12 women and 33 men) and the cards are marked appropriately (spare cards in a box alongside). Your generosity in the past has been much appreciated, as is the odd Mars bar or Kitkat tucked inside the wrapped parcel! Diana Fraser diana_fraserbtinternet.com
ST STEPHEN’S GIVING TREE gifts will be distributed to Beechwood, Cale House, Manna House, Mackenzie Centre, Hilton Village (Social Work), Porterfield Prisoners’ Children and Barnardo’s Springboard (toiletries for vulnerable youngsters aged 16 to 20 years). Please wrap your gift and remember to attach the appropriate gift tag for ease of of identification and distribution. Please ensure that any remaining gifts are handed in to me no later than Wednesday 14 for distribution by 16 December. Cliff Sim cliffsimbtinternet.com.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP The next meeting is at 7pm in St Stephen’s vestry on Sunday 11 December to discuss further chapters from “We make the road by walking”: Details from Andrew Stevenson stevenson.atabtinternet.com.
HEALING SERVICE The monthly Christian Healing Service will be held in St Stephen’s this afternoon at 4pm to which all are invited. Contact Ruth Martin.
WEDNESDAY PRAYER TIME During Advent there is a weekly Prayer Space in St Stephen’s from 12-2pm each Wednesday, where you can come to meditate, reflect, or to listen to God speaking to you! Contact Ruth Martin.
MEET & EAT A Christmas Lunch will be served at 12.30pm on Thursday 15 December at the Craigmonie Hotel. Cost £10. All are welcome. Please contact Val Cantlay (01463 231 298) to reserve a place or to arrange transport. val.cantlaybtinternet.com
LIFE AND WORK 2017 Payment is due any time after delivery of the December issue.  The amount is unchanged, at £26.40. Please place in offering bag marked Life and Work (Old High Members – for attention of Florence). Cheques should be made payable to Old High St Stephen’s. Many thanks. Florence Munro jim476btinternet.com
BOLIVIA FUND RAISING TRIP Catherine has returned from her trip working with disadvantaged children in a village near La Paz, with the charity UpClose Bolivia. As a thank you for all the help she received for her fundraising, she will bring some baking for coffee after the All Age Service on 18 December.  Fiona Kelly.
ST STEPHEN’S CHURCH AND COMMUNITY CHOIRS present Songs for Christmas on 21 and 22 December at 7.30pm at St Stephen’s Church. Tickets £8 (includes refreshments) from Choir members. All proceeds to be shared between Children 1st and local charity Road to Recovery. Contact Ken Cantlay ken.cantlaybtinternet.com.
OHSS MAGAZINE The Church magazine will be available for distributors to collect today. Jennifer Morrison .
WORD FOR TODAY booklets are available at the doors at both churches.
CROSSREACH NEWS the latest edition is now available at church doors. Also latest Prayer Diary for Oct – Jan 2017. CHRISTMAS CATALOGUES are also at the doors. An early order will ensure you receive your requested items. Thanks Rae Swan.
OTHER NEWS
FOOD FOR FAMILIES: Following another successful year, Ann and David Sutherland have extended their generosity to provide the mince for the Food for Families project again this year, which will this year also be sponsored by the Mustard Seed, The Kitchen and Williamson Foodservice. I have indicated that we could do the following: W/c 9 January – Macaroni Cheese. All ingredients will be provided. If you could help on one or both of the above dates please let me know as soon as possible. Thank you for your support. Christine MacKenzie christinemac73hotmail.com.
CRISIS ACCOMMODATION FOOD Highland Gateway (formerly Highland Homelessness Trust) are providing crisis accommodation throughout the year for the most vulnerable in our society. Liz Walsh has kindly agreed to co-ordinate the volunteer requirement over the next 12 months. For volunteer information contact Liz at patrickwalsh611btinternet.com).
BLYTHSWOOD FOODBANK CENTRE We have volunteer vacancies (Monday and Friday) at Hilton Foodbank Centre which is open between 11am and 1pm. Contact lorna.dempsterblythswood.org
HOPE UK APPEAL FOR VOLUNTEERS We are a national Christian charity, and aim to enable children and young people to make drug and alcohol-free choices. We desperately need more volunteers. Our training course is accredited with the Open College Network to ensure high standards and consists of distance learning and three (often residential) training weekends; the course takes approximately 120 hours to complete over a period of 6 months. Additional training is available. Further details enquirieshopeuk.org.

Sunday Bulletin 4 December 2016

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 11 December 2016 : Third Sunday in Advent
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
Both Services led by Stewart Robertson
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
For further informtion and contact 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 (arthurasinclairbtinternet.com) while Peter is absent from his duties, due to illness.
ORDER OF SERVICE FOLDING AT ST STEPHEN’S: Again we have a vacancy for someone in our team of people who fold the orders of service. If you are able to help with this once a month can you please get in touch with Katharina Nimmo (katharina.nimmobtinternet.com).
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 janetnfraserbtinternet.com.
OH GIVING TREE is supporting Highland Gateway. As in the past the most welcome and useful gifts are warm scarves, gloves, socks, beanie hats and basic toiletries like soap, shower gel and shampoo. There are around 45 homeless (12 women and 33 men) and the cards are marked appropriately (spare cards in a box alongside). Your generosity in the past has been much appreciated, as is the odd Mars bar or Kitkat tucked inside the wrapped parcel! Diana Fraser diana_fraserbtinternet.com
OLD HIGH Tea will be served after the service today. All welcome. Contact Christine Mackenzie christinemac73hotmail.com
DING DONG MERRILY OLD HIGH this year raised £550 for CHAS, the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland. The Old High was packed for the musical extravaganza and fun night for children and their mums and dads which has become part of the seasonal festive calendar and celebrates the switch on of the city’s Christmas lights. Many thanks to all who helped. Ron Lyon
ST STEPHEN’S GIVING TREE is available today and next Sunday 4 December. Please choose a tag from the Tree and return the red bow for future use. Details of the gifts required are on the labels. Please wrap your gifts, attaching the label for identification and return them either on 4 or 11 December for subsequent distribution. Gifts are for Beechwood, Cale House, Manna House, Mackenzie Centre, Hilton Village (Social Work), Porterfield Prisoners’ Children and Barnardo’s Springboard (toiletries for vulnerable youngsters aged 16 to 20 years). Details from Cliff Sim cliffsimbtinternet.com
HOBBY/CRAFT EVENING on Wednesday 7 December in St Stephen’s Hall at 7.30pm and fortnightly thereafter. Please bring your craft to share with others. If not a crafter, perhaps you would like to learn. Please come along and enjoy the camaraderie. Further details from Margaret McAleer
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP The next meeting is at 7pm in St Stephen’s vestry on Sunday 11 December to discuss further chapters from “We make the road by walking”: Details from Andrew Stevenson stevenson.atabtinternet.com
HEALING SERVICE The monthly Christian Healing Service will be held in St Stephen’s next Sunday 11 December at 4pm to which all are invited. Contact Ruth Martin
WEDNESDAY PRAYER TIME During Advent there is a weekly Prayer Space in St Stephen’s from 12-2pm each Wednesday, where you can come to meditate, reflect, or to listen to God speaking to you! Contact Ruth Martin
LIFE AND WORK 2017 Payment is due any time after delivery of the December issue.  The amount is unchanged, at £26.40. Please place in offering bag marked Life and Work (Old High Members – for attention of Florence). Cheques should be made payable to Old High St Stephen’s. Many thanks. Florence Munro jim476btinternet.com
“WINTER FROST” a miscellany of seasonal songs, on Wednesday 7 December at 7.30pm in the Crown Church, performed by The Inverness Singers, conducted by Robin Versteeg and accompanied (piano and organ) by Ian Livingstone, with Emma Donald and Rachel Farmer (violin). Admission (by programme) £8 (adults) £4 (students/children), available from Ken and Margaret Young, Old High Choir, the Music Shop, Church Street and at the door on the night. A donation from proceeds will be made to The Highland Hospice. Margaret Young kenmag20btinternet.com.
OLD HIGH MUSIC on Saturday 10 December at 12 noon marks the final concert of the 2016 series. Gordon Tocher, Organist at Inverness Cathedral, will perform an hour of Organ Music for Advent. We are inviting everyone who is able to stay on afterwards for some seasonal refreshments to mark the end of this year’s recitals. Information from ohssmusicgmail.com
ST STEPHEN’S CHURCH AND COMMUNITY CHOIRS present Songs for Christmas on 21 and 22 December at 7.30pm at St Stephen’s Church. Tickets £8 (includes refreshments) from Choir members. All proceeds to be shared between Children 1st and local charity Road to Recovery. Contact Ken Cantlay (01463 231298) ken.cantlaybtinternet.com.
THE RETIRING OFFERINGS held recently at the Old High and St Stephen’s raised £216.41 in aid of Leprosy Mission (Scotland). Sincere thanks to all who contributed. Sandy Cumming sandy.cummingbtopenworld.com
OHSS MAGAZINE The Church magazine will be available for distributors to collect on Sunday 11 December.
WORD FOR TODAY booklets are available at the doors at both churches.
CROSSREACH NEWS the latest edition is now available at church doors. Also latest Prayer Diary for Oct – Jan 2017. CHRISTMAS CATALOGUES are also at the doors. An early order will ensure you receive your requested items. Thanks Rae Swan
OTHER NEWS
FOOD FOR FAMILIES: Following another successful year, Ann and David Sutherland have extended their generosity to provide the mince for the Food for Families project again this year, which will this year also be sponsored by the Mustard Seed, The Kitchen and Williamson Foodservice. I have indicated that we could do the following: W/c 5 December – Spaghetti Bolognese : W/c 9 January – Macaroni Cheese. All ingredients will be provided. If you could help on one or both of the above dates please let me know as soon as possible. Thank you for your support. Christine MacKenzie christinemac73hotmail.com.
CRISIS ACCOMMODATION FOOD Highland Gateway (formerly Highland Homelessness Trust) are providing crisis accommodation throughout the year for the most vulnerable in our society. Liz Walsh has kindly agreed to co-ordinate the volunteer requirement over the next 12 months. For volunteer information contact Liz at patrickwalsh611btinternet.com).
BLYTHSWOOD FOODBANK CENTRE We have volunteer vacancies (Monday and Friday) at Hilton Foodbank Centrre which is open between 11am and 1pm. Contact lorna.dempsterblythswood.org
HOPE UK APPEAL FOR VOLUNTEERS We are a national Christian charity, and aim to enable children and young people to make drug and alcohol-free choices. We desperately need more volunteers. Our training course is accredited with the Open College Network to ensure high standards and consists of distance learning and three (often residential) training weekends; the course takes approximately 120 hours to complete over a period of 6 months. Additional training is available. Further details enquirieshopeuk.org

Sunday Bulletin 27 November 2016

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 4 December 2016 : Second Sunday in Advent
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 information and contact details : invernesschurch<at>gmail.com (replace <at> with @).
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 arthurasinclair<at>btinternet.com) while Peter is absent from his duties, due to illness.
ORDER OF SERVICE FOLDING AT ST STEPHEN’S: Again we have a vacancy for someone in our team of people who fold the orders of service. If you are able to help with this once a month can you please get in touch with Katharina Nimmo (katharina.nimmo<at>btinternet.com).
OHSS MAGAZINE editor Willie Morrison, urgently requires articles and photos for the December issue. The deadline is Friday 2 December. E-mail to willie<at>kenilweb.com
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP : this evening’s meeting will no longer take place at St Stephen’s. Instead the group has decided to participate in the talk being held at the Culduthel Christian Centre at 6pm. Transport is available from St Stephen’s for anyone wanting to join us.  Details from Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
OH GIVING TREE is supporting Highland Gateway. As in the past the most welcome and useful gifts are warm scarves, gloves, socks, beanie hats and basic toiletries like soap, shower gel and shampoo. There are around 45 homeless (12 women and 33 men) and the cards are marked appropriately (spare cards in a box alongside). Your generosity in the past has been much appreciated, as is the odd Mars bar or Kitkat tucked inside the wrapped parcel! Diana Fraser diana_fraser<at>btinternet.com
OLD HIGH Tea will be served after the service on Sunday 4 December. All welcome. Contact Christine Mackenzie on christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
ST STEPHEN’S GIVING TREE is available today and next Sunday 4 December. Please choose a tag from the Tree and return the red bow for future use. Details of the gifts required are on the labels. Please wrap your gifts, attaching the label for identification and return them either on 4 or 11 December for subsequent distribution. Gifts are for Beechwood, Cale House, Manna House, Mackenzie Centre, Hilton Village (Social Work), Porterfield Prisoners’ Children and Barnardo’s Springboard (toiletries for vulnerable youngsters aged 16 to 20 years). Details from Cliff Sim cliffsim<at>btinternet.com
LIFE AND WORK 2017  Payment is due any time after delivery of the December issue.  The amount is unchanged, at £26.40. Please place in offering bag marked Life and Work (Old High Members – for attention of Florence). Cheques should be made payable to Old High St Stephen’s. Many thanks. Florence Munro jim476<at>btinternet.com
CHRISTMAS FAYRE LUNCH this Saturday 3 December 12 – 2pm. Soup & sandwich + tea/coffee & biscuit. Baking, gifts, tombola stalls. Donations gratefully received on Friday evening 6 – 8pm or Saturday morning 10-11am. Please support this venture for Church funds – also means you don’t have to cook lunch! Tickets (£6) on sale today at the door and in the hall. Further information from Margaret McAleer
OLD HIGH MUSIC on Saturday 10 December at 12 noon marks the final concert of the 2016 series. Gordon Tocher, Organist at Inverness Cathedral, will perform an hour of Organ Music for Advent. We are inviting everyone who is able to stay on afterwards for some seasonal refreshments to mark the end of this year’s recitals. Information from ohssmusic<at>gmail.com
ST STEPHEN’S CHURCH AND COMMUNITY CHOIRS present Songs for Christmas on 21 and 22 December at 7.30pm at St Stephen’s Church. Tickets £8 (includes refreshments) from Choir members. All proceeds to be shared between Children 1st and local charity Road to Recovery. Contact Ken Cantlay ken.cantlay<at>btinternet.com
WORD FOR TODAY booklets are available at the doors at both churches.
CROSSREACH NEWS the latest edition is now available at church doors. Also latest Prayer Diary for Oct – Jan 2017. CHRISTMAS CATALOGUES are also at the doors. An early order will ensure you receive your requested items. Thanks Rae Swan
OTHER NEWS
FOOD FOR FAMILIES: Following another successful year, Ann and David Sutherland have extended their generosity to provide the mince for the Food for Families project again this year, which will this year also be sponsored by the Mustard Seed, The Kitchen and Williamson Foodservice. I have indicated that we could do the following: W/c 5 December – Spaghetti Bolognese : W/c 9 January – Macaroni Cheese. All ingredients will be provided. If you could help on one or both of the above dates please let me know as soon as possible. Thank you for your support. Christine MacKenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com.
CRISIS ACCOMMODATION FOOD Highland Gateway (formerly Highland Homelessness Trust) are providing crisis accommodation throughout the year for the most vulnerable in our society. Liz Walsh has kindly agreed to co-ordinate the volunteer requirement over the next 12 months. For volunteer information contact Liz at patrickwalsh611<at>btinternet.com).
CULDUTHEL CHRISTIAN CENTRE EVANGELISTIC SERVICE Please come along tonight at 6pm, when May Nicholson from the Preshal Trust will give an update on the work of the Trust. Pastor Tom Kelly of the Wellspring Fellowship in the Bogside, Ireland will accompany her. Further information: Jenny Sinclair admin<at>culduthelchristiancentre.org www.preshaltrust.org.uk
MUSIC FOR JOY on Saturday 3 December 2016 at 7.30pm at Hilton Church. Come along and listen to ‘Four on Sax’, ‘Accordion Too’, ‘Rod and the Crimsons’, Peter McPherson, Roger Niven, Peter Donald & Julie Keen. Tickets £8 (Children £4) or pay at the door. All proceeds to charitable projects in Kolkata, India. Further details  from Julie.
BLYTHSWOOD FOODBANK CENTRE We have volunteer vacancies (Monday and Friday) at Hilton Foodbank Centrre which is open between 11am and 1pm. Contact lorna.dempster<at>blythswood.org
HOPE UK APPEAL FOR VOLUNTEERS We are a national Christian charity, and aim to enable children and young people to make drug and alcohol-free choices. We desperately need more volunteers. Our training course is accredited with the Open College Network to ensure high standards and consists of distance learning and three (often residential) training weekends; the course takes approximately 120 hours to complete over a period of 6 months. Additional training is available. Further details enquiries<at>hopeuk.org
PRISONERS WEEK 20-27 NOVEMBER The theme this year is Remember Me. His name is not known, his words have never been forgotten. This remorseful prisoner calls out to another : Jesus, remember me.
LGOWIT CHRISTMAS PARTIES Tuesday 29 November from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Hilton Church; Monday 5 December from 2pm to 4pm at Trinity Church; Thursday 8 December from 12pm to 2pm at Smithton Church. Details from Roy Anderson LGOWITRoy<at>highlandtsi.org.uk

Sunday Bulletin 20 November 2016

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 27 November 2016 : Proper 30
10am Congregational Communion Service at St Stephen’s
led by Rev Alistair Younger
No 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 details and contact information : invernesschurch<at>gmail.com (replace <at> with @ ).
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 (arthurasinclair<at>btinternet.com) while Peter is absent from his duties, due to illness.
CONGREGATIONAL COMMUNION SERVICE AT ST STEPHEN’S The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated on Sunday 20 November at 10am. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table.The Retiring Offering will be in aid of the Leprosy Mission Scotland. Please give generously to this worthwhile project. Please note there will be no service at the Old High.
ORDER OF SERVICE FOLDING AT ST STEPHEN’S: Again we have a vacancy for someone in our team of people who fold the orders of service. If you are able to help with this once a month can you please get in touch with Katharina Nimmo (katharina.nimmo<at>btinternet.com).
OHSS MAGAZINE editor Willie Morrison, urgently requires articles and photos for the December issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, by e-mail to willie<at>kenilweb.com.
ST STEPHEN’S – UPDATE ON PARKING RESTRICTIONS FROM 17 OCTOBER 2016 – Parking is NOT permitted on double yellow lines on Annfield Road, Southside Road, Old Edinburgh Road or Mayfield Road. However, if anyone has a blue badge they are allowed to park on double yellow lines, as long as it does not obstruct traffic. Also, we have had permission to use the permit parking bays on a Sunday. Crown Court Hotel (25 Southside Rd), Kingsmills Medical Practice (18 Southside Rd), Southside Rd Surgery (43 Southside Rd), and  Southside Dental Practice (28 Southside Rd), have all given us permission to use their car parks, but all are at owners own risk. Funerals and Weddings are exempt from this law. Contact Joan Darcy joan.darcy<at>tesco.net.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet at 7pm in St Stephen’s vestry on the following dates in November and December, to discuss further chapters from “We make the road by walking”: 27 Nov – Chapter 14; 11 Dec – Chapter 15. Further information from Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com.
OH GIVING TREE is supporting Highland Gateway. As in the past the most welcome and useful gifts are warm scarves, gloves, socks, beanie hats and basic toiletries like soap, shower gel and shampoo. There are around 45 homeless (12 women and 33 men) and the cards are marked appropriately (spare cards in a box alongside). Your generosity in the past has been much appreciated, as is the odd Mars bar or Kitkat tucked inside the wrapped parcel! Diana Fraser diana_fraser<at>btinternet.com
ST STEPHEN’S GIVING TREE will be available on 27 November (Joint Service) and 4 December so we ask for a thought to be given to those who sadly may not get any sort of small gift at Christmas. Contact Cliff Sim cliffsim<at>btinternet.com
HOBBY/CRAFT EVENING on Wednesday 23 November in St Stephen’s Hall at 7.30pm and fortnightly thereafter. Please bring your craft to share with others. If not a crafter, perhaps you would like to learn. Please come along and enjoy the camaraderie. Further details from Margaret McAleer (01463 221393).
MEET & EAT The next gathering for Lunch at the Craigmonie Hotel is on Thursday 24 November at 12.30pm. All are welcome to attend. Please contact Val Cantlay val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com to book or to arrange transport. Advance notice (our Christmas Lunch is on Thursday 15 December).
LIFE AND WORK 2017  Payment is due any time after delivery of the December issue.  The amount is unchanged, at £26.40. Please place in offering bag marked Life and Work (OLD HIGH MEMBERS – for attention of Florence). Cheques should be made payable to Old High St Stephen’s. Many thanks. Jim Alexander jim476<at>btinternet.com
CHRISTMAS FAYRE LUNCH on Saturday 3 December from 12-2 pm in St Stephen’s Church Hall. Soup, sandwiches, tea/coffee and biscuits, tombola, baking and gift stalls. All donations will be gratefully accepted. It would be appreciated if tickets were bought beforehand to quantify the amount of soup required. Tickets (£6) on sale now. Please support this venture in aid of Church funds. Further information from Margaret McAleer.
ST STEPHEN’S CHURCH AND COMMUNITY CHOIRS present Songs for Christmas on 21 and 22 December at 7.30pm at St Stephen’s Church. Tickets £8 (includes refreshments) from Choir members. All proceeds to be shared between Children 1st and local charity Road to Recovery. Contact Ken Cantlay ken.cantlay<at>btinternet.com
WORD FOR TODAY booklets are available at the doors at both churches.
CROSSREACH NEWS the latest edition is now available at church doors. Also latest Prayer Diary for Oct – Jan 2017. CHRISTMAS CATALOGUES are also at the doors. An early order will ensure you receive your requested items. Thanks Rae Swan.
OTHER NEWS
FOOD FOR FAMILIES: Following another successful year, Ann and David Sutherland have extended their generosity to provide the mince for the Food for Families project again this year, which will this year also be sponsored by the Mustard Seed, The Kitchen and Williamson Foodservice. Last year 3,508 meals were provided, which was a fantastic effort from all the teams involved. Over the five years 12,652 cooked meals have been provided to many families who have been in need. I have indicated that we could do the following: W/c 5 December – Spaghetti Bolognese : W/c 9 January – Macaroni Cheese. All ingredients will be provided. If you could help on one or both of the above dates please let me know as soon as possible. Thank you for your support. Christine MacKenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com.
CRISIS ACCOMMODATION FOOD Highland Gateway (formerly Highland Homelessness Trust) are providing crisis accommodation throughout the year for the most vulnerable in our society. Previously it was provided from November to March with the support of Inverness Presbytery and other churches in the area. Now that the service is being extended to meet the need for an all year round provision, volunteer help is required, and Liz Walsh has kindly agreed to co-ordinate the volunteer requirement over the next 12 months. Volunteers would provide/cook say 6 or so meals that could be frozen, and Liz would co-ordinate this on a rota basis to ensure an even spread of cooked meals being received over the coming months. For further information or to volunteer please contact Liz at patrickwalsh611<at>btinternet.com).
CULDUTHEL CHRISTIAN CENTRE EVANGELISTIC SERVICE Please come along on Sunday 27 November at 6pm, when May Nicholson from the Preshal Trust will give an update on the work of the Trust, a Govan-based charity who work with people within SW Glasgow providing holistic, locally based care and support to individuals and their families suffering from the effects of social exclusion. Pastor Tom Kelly of the Wellspring Fellowship in the Bogside, Ireland will accompany her. Further information: Jenny Sinclair admin<at>culduthelchristiancentre.org www.preshaltrust.org.uk
MUSIC FOR JOY on Saturday 3 December 2016 at 7.30pm at Hilton Church. Come along and listen to ‘Four on Sax’, ‘Accordion Too’, ‘Rod and the Crimsons’, Peter McPherson, Roger Niven, Peter Donald & Julie Keen. Tickets £8 (Children £4) or pay at the door. All proceeds to charitable projects in Kolkata, India. Further details  from Julie.
BLYTHSWOOD FOODBANK CENTRE We currently have volunteer vacancies on a Monday and a Friday at our Hilton Foodbank Centre. The Centre is open between 11am and 1pm. If you are interested, please contact lorna.dempster<at>blythswood.org
HOPE UK APPEAL FOR VOLUNTEERS We are a national Christian charity, and aim to enable children and young people to make drug and alcohol-free choices. We desperately need more volunteers to take up the challenge of educating children and young people about drugs and alcohol and giving them the lifeskills they need to make healthy choices. Our training course is accredited with the Open College Network to ensure high standards and consists of distance learning and three (often residential) training weekends; the course takes approximately 120 hours to complete over a period of 6 months. Additional training is available to deliver our 8-session course for youth groups, Drugs, Sex and You, which is making a real impact on young people wherever it is used. When you have finished the course, and with ongoing support from our HQ office, you will be equipped to deliver drug education sessions in schools, with youth groups, with parents and even on the street! Further details enquiries<at>hopeuk.org.
PRISONERS WEEK 20-27 NOVEMBER The theme this year is Remember Me. His name is not known, his words have never been forgotten. This remorseful prisoner calls out to another : Jesus, remember me.

Sunday Bulletin 13 November 2016

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 20 November 2016 : Proper 29
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
Both Services led by Barry Dennis, Reader
6.30pm Ding Dong Merrily Old High
All-Age Carol Service for the Inverness Christmas Lights Switch-on at the Old High
Led by Heidi Hercus
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator. Deadline for this week, Tuesday at noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
For further details and contact information : invernesschurch<at>gmail.com (replace <at> with ).
INTERIM MODERATOR The Rev Alastair Younger has been appointed Interim Moderator in the absence of Rev Peter Nimmo due to illness (younger873<at>btinternet.com)
PASTORAL CARE will be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant (arthurasinclair<at>btinternet.com) while Peter is absent from his duties, due to illness.
ORDER OF SERVICE FOLDING AT ST STEPHEN’S: Again we have a vacancy for someone in our team of people who fold the orders of service. If you are able to help with this once a month can you please get in touch with Katharina Nimmo (katharina.nimmo<at>btinternet.com).
URGENT – OHSS MAGAZINE editor Willie Morrison, urgently requires articles and photos for the December issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, by e-mail to willie<at>kenilweb.com
ST STEPHEN’S – UPDATE ON PARKING RESTRICTIONS FROM 17 OCTOBER 2016 – Parking is NOT permitted on double yellow lines on Annfield Road, Southside Road, Old Edinburgh Road or Mayfield Road. However, if anyone has a blue badge they are allowed to park on double yellow lines, as long as it does not obstruct traffic. Also, we have had permission to use the permit parking bays on a Sunday. Crown Court Hotel (25 Southside Rd), Kingsmills Medical Practice (18 Southside Rd), Southside Rd Surgery (43 Southside Rd), and  Southside Dental Practice (28 Southside Rd), have all given us permission to use their car parks, but all are at owners own risk. Funerals and Weddings are exempt from this law. Contact Joan Darcy (joan.darcy<at>tesco.net).
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet at 7pm in St Stephen’s vestry on the following dates in November and December, to discuss further chapters from “We make the road by walking”: Sunday 13 Nov – Chapter 1; 27 Nov – Chapter 14; 11 Dec – Chapter 15. Further information from Andrew Stevenson (stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com).
OH GIVING TREE will be in the east corridor on Sunday,20th Nov. Further details later. Contact Diana Fraser diana_fraser<at>btinternet.com
ST STEPHEN’S GIVING TREE will be available on 27th November (Joint Service) and 4th December so we ask for a thought to be given to those who sadly may not get any sort of small gift at Christmas
PAYMENT FOR THE 2018 LIFE AND WORK will be due following delivery of the December issue.  The amount is unchanged at £26. 40.  Please place in the offering bag marked accordingly. Cheques payable to Old High St Stephens. Many Thanks
CHRISTMAS FAYRE LUNCH: Saturday 3rd December, 12-2 pm in St Stephen’s Church Hall. Soup, sandwiches, tea/coffee & biscuits, £6. Tombola, baking & gift stalls – all donations will be gratefully accepted. It would be appreciated if tickets were bought beforehand to quantify the amount of soup required. Tickets on sale from today. Please support this venture in aid of Church funds. Further information from Margaret McAleer.
OLD HIGH SUMMER OPENING A really big thanks to everyone who helped keep the church open from June to October.  Around 20 volunteers welcomed over 2,000 visitors to our church, and thereby enhanced their experience of visiting the City of Inverness. Many visitors left messages on the Prayer Tree, and it was humbling to read these, as their visit had obviously been of great comfort to them. Thank you all for giving up so much of your time – it’s much appreciated. A full analysis of the visitors/ numbers will be published in the next newsletter. Christine Mackenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
WORD FOR TODAY booklets are available at the doors at both churches.
CROSSREACH NEWS the latest edition is now available at church doors. Also latest Prayer Diary for Oct – Jan 2017. CHRISTMAS CATALOGUES are also at the doors. An early order will ensure you receive your requested items. Thanks Rae Swan.
HEALING SERVICE today at 4pm in St Stephen’s to which all who feel troubled or unwell are invited, so that Jesus may heal you and those you love! Contact Ruth Martin.
OTHER NEWS
FOOD FOR FAMILIES: Following another successful year, Ann and David Sutherland have extended their generosity to provide the mince for the Food for Families project again this year, which will this year also be sponsored by the Mustard Seed, The Kitchen and Williamson Foodservice. Last year 3,508 meals were provided, which was a fantastic effort from all the teams involved. Over the five years 12,652 cooked meals have been provided to many families who have been in need. I have indicated that we could do the following: W/c 5 December – Spaghetti Bolognese : W/c 9 January – Macaroni Cheese. All ingredients will be provided. If you could help on one or both of the above dates please let me know as soon as possible. Thank you for your support. Christine MacKenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com.
CRISIS ACCOMMODATION FOOD Highland Gateway (formerly Highland Homelessness Trust) are providing crisis accommodation throughout the year for the most vulnerable in our society. Previously it was provided from November to March with the support of Inverness Presbytery and other churches in the area. Now that the service is being extended to meet the need for an all year round provision, volunteer help is required, and Liz Walsh has kindly agreed to co-ordinate the volunteer requirement over the next 12 months. Volunteers would provide/cook say 6 or so meals that could be frozen, and Liz would co-ordinate this on a rota basis to ensure an even spread of cooked meals being received over the coming months. For further information or to volunteer please contact Liz at patrickwalsh611<at>btinternet.com). Christine MacKenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com.
BLYTHSWOOD FOODBANK CENTRE We currently have volunteer vacancies on a Monday and a Friday at our Hilton Foodbank Centre. The Centre is open between 11am and 1pm. If you are interested, please contact lorna.dempster<at>blythswood.org
CULDUTHEL CHRISTIAN CENTRE EVANGELISTIC SERVICE Please come along on Sunday 27 November at 6pm, when May Nicholson from the Preshal Trust will give an update on the work of the Trust, a Govan-based charity who work with people within SW Glasgow providing holistic, locally based care and support to individuals and their families suffering from the effects of social exclusion. Pastor Tom Kelly of the Wellspring Fellowship in the Bogside, Ireland will accompany her. Further information: Jenny Sinclair admin<at>culduthelchristiancentre.org www.preshaltrust.org.uk