Sunday Bulletin 17 January 2016

Sunday 24 January: The Third Sunday after Epiphany
10am: Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
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CHRISTMAS OFFERINGS The excellent sum of £569.73 was raised by our Christmas offerings in aid of Christian Aid’s maternal health project in Malawi.
EXPLORING FAITH Would you like to explore the Christian Faith? Perhaps you have a friend who would like to be introduced to Christianity? Maybe you’d like to explore your own faith further. Peter is planning a series of meetings in the New Year, based on a new Church of Scotland resource Learn: Exploring Faith, an engaging guide to the Christian faith for the 21st century. It’s suitable for anyone who would like to become an adult member of the church, but also for existing church members who like to explore. Please contact Peter: PNimmo<at>
COMMUNION FOR HOUSEBOUND There will be a short Communion service on Saturday 30 January at 2.30pm at St Stephen’s. Transport can be arranged to allow those who often are unable to come to the regular Communion services to attend- and everyone else is welcome. Tea will be served after the service in the Church Hall. Contact Val Cantlay: val.cantlay<at> or contact your elder.
HOBBY/CRAFT EVENING Wednesday 20 January in St Stephen’s Church Hall 7.30-9pm and fortnightly thereafter. New Crafters welcome or if you wish to learn a craft please come along. Tea/coffee & biscuits in a very relaxed atmosphere. Contact Margaret McAleer.
MESSY CHURCH MEETING The Messy Church has now been re-scheduled for Saturday, 20 February 11am-1pm. Messy Church is a free family outreach, offering worship, crafts and a meal together; it happens all around the UK, is a great way to share God’s love in a fun, relevant, engaging way, and is open to the community and families (Nursery to P7). We are looking for as many as possible to get involved; craft people, servers, cooks, home bakers, singers, actors, people to set up and clean up! Please consider how you can join in this important outreach to the parish. If you would like to be a part of this wonderful outreach please contact Heidi Hercus on tripleh75<at>
HIGHLAND HOMELESS TRUST Alex Gilchrist has written to thank the Old High congregation for their very generous gifts given at Christmas time. The recipients are most appreciative of their caring kindness. Thanks very much. Diana Fraser.
FOOD FOR FAMILIES The chopping, stirring and packing has all been done and well over 200 portions of soup and pasta have been cooked by 15 members of the congregation. In total we were able to do 18 batches of food (3 did it twice) and this will make a real difference to families within our area. A big thank you to everyone who helped, it not an easy time of year to take on more work but it is very much appreciated. We give thanks for the success of the project which is co-ordinated by Highland Homelessness Trust. Christine MacKenzie.
CHURCH OF SCOTLAND VOCATIONS CONFERENCE Carnegie Conference Centre, Dunfermline, Saturday 6th February 2016. For anyone exploring a sense of vocation, and a required first step for any applicant for Ministry of Word and Sacrament (full time or OLM), Diaconal Ministry or the Readership. Please contact Peter if you’re interested, or Heather French at the Ministries Council.
WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY 2016 An Ecumenical Service of Worship will be held on Sunday 24 January at 3pm at Inshes Church, Inshes Retail Park, Sir Walter Scott Drive, IV2 3TW. Church leaders from 7 different denominations in the City will lead the worship. Please join us in worship. Contact: Rev Trevor Hunt: nverness<at>
HOMELESSNESS SUNDAY 24 January. Help is still needed to support the Inverness and district Direct Accommodation Access supported through Inverness Presbytery. The need has been such that just in the first month of this season the project has cost £2,344, leaving a balance of £3,810 for up to the end of March, which may not be enough. Can you help with a donation? Contact Vivian Roden, Presbytery & Society Convenor v.roden<at>
VOLUNTEERING VOCATIONS, a gap year scheme for young adults aged 18–25, is currently being piloted in two locations in Scotland, and we are hoping to continue the programme with a new group of volunteers in 2016–17. The programme offers a fantastic opportunity for young people to gain experience of the different types of work within a parish or project in a supported environment, whilst exploring any potential call to serve the Church in the long term. Closing date 3 March 2016. Information Day in Perrth- Saturday 23 January at Letham St Marks, Perth. Contact Heather French vocation<at>
AMPD PERFORMING ARTS WEEK Saturday 13 to Wednesday 17 February, 10 to 4, Hilton Parish Church. AMPD is run by Out of the Box (Scotland) Ltd where young people, from P5 through to S2, can make new friends, develop creative skills, and grow in faith. Info: chris<at> or