Sunday Bulletin 18 September 2016

Sunday 25 September 2016: Proper 21
10am Sacrament of Holy Communion at St Stephen’s
led by the Minister
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
led by Rev Arthur Sinclair, Pastoral Assistant
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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.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet on 25 September between 7 and 8pm in the vestry at 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>
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.
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 for the Blythswood Highland Foodbank. We trust you will be generous. Needed are: Tins of ham, Breakfast cereal, Tins of custard, Sugar, Cream crackers, Toilet rolls, New or used bags for life, Tin openers. Thank you for your support. Details from Linda Philip. Visit to see what they do.
THE CHURCH BAND will play at the Harvest Thanksgiving service in St
Stephen’s on Sunday 2 October. There will be a quick rehearsal prior to the service that day. Music will be available from Pam for anyone who would like to play pam.41<at>
SS 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>
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. Also CHRISTMAS CATALOGUES are also at the doors. An early order will ensure you receive your requested items. Thanks Rae Swan.
AUTUMN CHURCH MAGAZINE Distributors can collect their bundles of magazines on Sunday 25 September. Contact Jennifer Morrison jennifer<at>
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>
A NOTE FROM THE MINISTER As you may be aware, the meeting regarding the sale of the Old High Hall, planned for Tuesday 13 September, had to be cancelled. During the previous week, an item appeared in the Inverness Courier in which I stated that the decision had been made to sell the Old High Hall. This was, of course, not the case, as that decision still had to be made by the Congregation. I ought to have said that the meeting was to decide on a recommendation from the Kirk Session. I was contacted by the Presbytery Clerk to say that the article had prejudiced the forthcoming meeting and that it would have to be cancelled. He also stated that I would have to put a retraction into the newspaper (he and I wrote a letter jointly) and that I should apologise to the Kirk Session, all of which I have now done. Our next Kirk Session meeting, on 27 September, will now decide how to proceed. I should point out that I had no desire to bring the matter of the Old High Hall to the attention of the media. I was contacted by the journalist, who had received an anonymous telephone call about the matter and asked me about it. Unfortunately I did not make the facts clear enough. None of this would have happened had it not been for the anonymous phone call. Nevertheless, I offer my sincere apologies to the congregation. Peter
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; donations gratefully received. Tickets at Old High from Sheila Macleod; St Stephen’s Church Hall church at coffee time. Rae Swan.
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<at> .
CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE The Church of Scotland is holding a climate change conference at Bridge of Allan Parish Church on Saturday 1 October from 10am-4pm. Speakers from partner churches 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, e-mail nskinner<at> to book your place. Details from Peter.
ALPHA COURSES explore the Christian faith, ask questions and share points of view. Hilton Church is running a 10-week course which begins at the Lighthouse on Monday 2 November from 9.45 -11.30 am. Tea/Coffee will be provided. Parents/carers with small children are welcome. Further information from Jane Murtin-Armer or