Sunday Bulletin 11 September 2016

Saturday 17 September
2.30pm Afternoon Communion Service, St Stephen’s (details in the Bulletin)
Sunday 18 September 2016: Proper 20
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 am Morning Worship at the Old High
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WELCOME TO THE KIRKING OF THE COUNCIL A special welcome to our visitors from Augsburg.
To be read on two Sundays: 4 and 11 September 2016
Notice is hereby given that a meeting of this congregation will be held in the Old High Church on Tuesday the 13th day of September 2016 at 7.30pm for the purpose of considering the recommendation of the Kirk Session to sell the Old High Hall or to take such other action as the congregation may determine.
For the avoidance of doubt a vote will be taken at this meeting seeking the congregation’s concurrence with the Kirk Session’s recommendation.
By order of the Kirk Session, Linda Philip, Session Clerk.
Note: information on this matter was previously distributed to the Congregation. Additional copies are available from the church doors and will be available on the night. You can also download it from our website at
You can also obtain this information from our Session Clerk Linda Philip or Depute Session Clerk Christine Mackenzie both of whom are also happy to answer any questions you may have regarding this issue.
HARVEST THANKSGIVING will be on Sunday 2 October. The service at St Stephen’s that day will be an all-age service. At both churches, you are asked to bring along gifts which we will pass on to Inverness Foodbank- full details to follow in coming weeks. We trust you will be generous.
OLD HIGH CHOIR REHEARSALS have now re-started on Thursday nights at 7.30pm in the Old High Hall. Anyone interested in joining will be warmly welcomed. A wide range of introits and anthems is planned, and there are very few prerequisites – only enthusiasm and a love of music! Contact Robin Versteeg versteegr<at>
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING The Church will be open on weekdays until September on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10am to 12 noon and 2-4pm. We can always use more volunteers, especially to cover times when the regulars can’t make it- please contact Christine Mackenzie if you can help christinemac73<at> . And please let your friends know that they can visit the church at these times.
HANDBELL PRACTICE resumes on Tuesday 6 September in the Old High Halls at 7.30p.m. Contact Rena Beaton rena.beaton<at>
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet on 11 and 25 September between 7 and 8pm in the vestry at St St Stephen’s and will continue fortnightly thereafter. We would welcome new participants in these lively and thought-provoking discussions. Further details from Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>
HOBBY/CRAFT EVENINGS re-commence on Wednesday 14 September 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.
AFTERNOON COMMUNION SERVICE Saturday 17 September at 2.30pm at St Stephen’s Church. This short service is open to all, but is especially suitable for those who have difficulty attending our usual morning communion services. Elders will arrange for transport to be provided. Tea will be served after the service in the hall. Further information from Val Cantlay val.cantlay<at>
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at St Stephen’s on Sunday 25 September. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. The Retiring Offering will be in aid of the Highland Hospice. Please give generously to this worthwhile project.
ST STEPHEN’S ORDERS OF SERVICE Could you help folding the orders of service once a month at St Stephen’s? One of our team of folders has had to stop due to work commitments. For more information please contact Katharina Nimmo katharina.nimmo<at>
OHSS MAGAZINE editor Willie Morrison urgently requires articles and photos for the autumn issue. Please, submit whatever you can, as early as possible by e-mail to willie<at> Deadline Friday 16 September, but the earlier the better.
WORD FOR TODAY booklets are available at the doors at both churches.
KIRK SESSION TRAINING The next Kirk Session Safeguarding training session will be held at Inshes Church on Saturday 1 October at 10am till 1pm. Can all Elders who have not been before, please make every effort to attend as this is one of the things looked at in the audit of Safeguarding Practice in our church at the end of each year. To book, please contact Fiona Kelly seankelly12<at>
FRIENDS OF CAMERON HOUSE ANNUAL AFTERNOON TEA with various stalls, on Saturday 24 September 2016 from 2pm-4pm at Green Drive Scout Hall. Come along and enjoy a great afternoon. Admission £3 including Tea/Coffee. Children free (with a paying adult). All donations gratefully received. Tickets available from St Stephen’s (Rae Swan 01463 222 318 and Old High (Sheila Macleod 01463 220 435). Further information from Rae Swan.
LISTENING TO GOD DAY RETREAT 3 December 10am-3.30pm at The King’s Factory, Smithton, Inverness, led by Steve Aisthorpe (Mission Development Worker) and Grace Penney (National Director, Interserve). An opportunity to re-focus and deepen your devotional life. Cost £15; bring your own lunch. Registration: or Sara Deeks 0131 225 5722 ext 2365.
SAYING GOODBYE SERVICE on Wednesday 28 September at 7.30pm at St Andrew’s Cathedral, Inverness. We are holding a baby loss support and remembrance service for anyone touched by any form of baby loss, be it in pregnancy, at birth or shortly after. For further information contact Emilie de Bruijn (07717 337719)<at>
CHURCH AND SOCIETY COUNCIL will host a climate change conference for members on Saturday 1 October from 10am-4pm. We are joining with Christian Aid Scotland and the Church of Scotland World Mission Council, along with climate change experts from partner churches around the world. Speakers will be sharing the impact of climate change on the lives of communities across the continents, and all participants will join workshops to explore how we can respond in Scotland. Spaces are filling up fast, email nskinner<at> to book your place.
ST ANDREW’S SCOTS MEMORIAL KIRK IN JERUSALEM Rev Páraic Réamonn, their minister, and Moray’s Mission Partner, will visit from 16 to 21 September. We are hosting an evening with him on Friday 16th September, which will be a talk and discussion followed by prayers for peace in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. We would love to welcome anyone interested, from all denominations and faiths. Páraic will also be speaking at open meetings of the church Guilds of St. Leonard’s in Forres on Sat 17th 2-4.30pm, and at Dyke Church on Tue 20th at 7.30pm and will be one of many speakers at Interfaith Moray’s International Peace Day event in Forres on Sun 21st 2-5pm at Newbold House in Forres.  Details from Rev Jenny M Adams, Minister of Duffus, Spynie & Hopeman Church tel. 01343 830276 JAdams<at>