Sunday Bulletin 13 December 2015

Sunday 20 December: The Fourth Sunday of Advent
10am: All-Age Service at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High led by Heidi Hercus
followed by Christmas Pies in the church

SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator. The deadline for all items is Wednesday at noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
MINISTER’S NEW EMAIL Due to data protection concerns, the Church of Scotland has asked all its ministers to use new email addresses for all church business. Peter’s new email address is PNimmo[a] Please change your computer/phone/tablet settings accordingly. Apologies for this unavoidable inconvenience. The email address of our Church Administrator, Pat MacLeod, remains the same: invernesschurch[a] (On both cases, please replace [a] with @).

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CHRISTMAS PIES, TEA AND COFFEE will be served in the Old High Church at 12.15pm after next Sunday’s service. Please come and join us, even if you have worshipped at St Stephen’s. We need some helpers – please stay for a moment after the service today at Old High.
CHRISTMAS SERVICES Download our Christmas leaflet here
Next Sunday Services are at the usual times- 10am All-Age Service at St Stephen’s; 11.15 service at Old High followed by Christmas Pies.
Christmas Eve- All-Age at St Stephen’s at 6.30pm, Watchnight at St Stephen’s 11.30pm.
Christmas Day and St Stephen’s Day at St Stephen’s at 10.30am.
First Sunday of Christmas Services at the usual times (10am and 11.15am) led by Reader Stuart Robertson
CAMERON HOUSE will hold a Christmas Service at 3.30pm next Sunday, led by our Minister, who is their Chaplain. All welcome!
ST STEPHEN’S GIVING TREE presents should have been returned by today. Grateful thanks to everyone who gave generously to the needy people in our city. Your gift may be the only one someone gets! If you have forgotten to bring your gift you can still deliver it to Cliff Sim no later than 16 December.
LUNCH CLUB will meet at 12.30pm on Thursday 17 December at the Craigmonie Hotel for Christmas dinner. Transport is available. Please consider joining us for good food and fellowship. Contact Rae Swan.
HOME GROUP Wednesday 16 December at 7.30pm at Winnie Stafford’s. New members welcome.
OLD HIGH FLOWER ROTA The flower list for the Old High is currently being prepared for 2016. There are a few spaces (mostly in the second half of the year) and if you would like to add your name please contact Sally McCubbin.
OHSS MAGAZINE will be available for distributors to collect today.
ST STEPHEN’S FLOWER CONVENER Annette Stoker has kindly offered to take on this role, but wishes to share it with someone. If you can help, please contact Jill or Annette.
CROSSREACH Christmas catalogue available at church doors. Contact Rae Swan.
WORD FOR TODAY New issue (Nov-Dec) of ‘Word for Today’, daily bible readings are freely available in the church vestibules.
HEALING SERVICE There will be a Healing Service in St Stephen’s today at 4pm to which all are invited. Contact Ruth Martin.
GOOD NEWS FROM ARMY CHAPLAIN REVJOHN DUNCAN who sent the following email: “Thank you for your good wishes. The good folk of Leuchars voted for me! I am now the Minister elect at Leuchars, Fife. The Presbytery of St Andrews will decide the date of the Induction Service. However, I plan to move to Leuchars at the beginning of March 2016.” We wish John all the best as he comes to the end of his Army career and moves back into Parish ministry in a town which is about to become an Army barracks town!


HIGHLANDS SUPPORT REFUGEES urgently needs winter/waterproof clothing for Babies/Children/Women/Men: Underwear (new) Sturdy shoes (all sizes) Tents, Torches, Tealights, Tarpaulins, Sleeping bags/Blankets, Babies Bottles/Blankets. We have space to fill in a lorry heading to Serbia at the end of November, and are in the process of organising a container to Greece in the next few weeks. We need volunteers to help with sorting/packing at the Old Education Centre, Castle Street Dingwall. Contact James
REFUGEE WELCOME VOLUNTEERS NEEDED The Highland Third Sector Interface are looking for volunteers who are interested in supporting the incoming Refugee families. A volunteer Greeter will provide a local, personalised series of one-to-one sessions with a resettled refugee family or individual, to support their integration and access to community services and supports. The long term aim is to provide a more robust integration for refugees coming into Highland. Volunteers require to be available for training on the 26 and 27 February, and for a minimum of two hours on a weekly basis for 8 weeks, over a 2-month period around March/April 2016. (This could vary but applicants will be kept fully informed). To download the role description and application form The deadline for application is the 8th January 2016. An information meeting has been arranged for Friday 18 December 2015 at 3pm, Smithton Church, Inverness. Please let us know if you are coming along by emailing