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).
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.