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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
Sunday 27 December: The First Sunday of Christmas
10am: Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
Services led by Reader Stewart Robertson
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. Please note that announcements for the following Bulletins – Christmas Services, 27 December,3 January- , should be e-mailed to the Church Administrator by 12 noon on Monday 21 December invernesschurch<at>gmail.com.
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<at>churchofscotland.org.uk. 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<at>gmail.com.
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CHRISTMAS PIES, TEA AND COFFEE will be served in the Old High Church at 12.15pm after today’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.
PASTORAL COVER The Minister will be on holiday from Saturday 26 December until Saturday 2 January inclusive. For any urgent pastoral needs, please contact your elder or the Rev Arthur Sinclair.
CHRISTMAS SERVICES Please pick up a leaflet at the door if you haven’t done so already. Also on the OHSS website http://oldhighststephens.com/
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
CHRISTMAS OFFERINGS will be to Christian Aid’s maternal health project in Malawi. Also supported by the Scottish Government, this project helps mums give birth safely. More: http://www.christianaid.org.uk/scotland/latest-news/malawi-blog.aspx .
CAMERON HOUSE will hold a Christmas Service at 3.30pm today, led by our Minister, who is their Chaplain. All welcome!
FRIENDS OF THE OLD HIGH CHURCH The inaugural Launch of the Friends of the Old High Church will take place on Tuesday 12th January at 7.30pm in the Church. Ross Martin our Historian will talk about the Old High, there will also be musical entertainment and refreshments. Please come along and see what the Friends are about. Contact Christina Cameron http://oldhighststephens.com/friends-of-the-old-high-church/ .
MESSY CHURCH rescheduled for mid February. 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 Gods 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 contact Heidi Hercus on tripleh75<at>hotmail.co.uk .
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 is available for distributors to collect today. Read it online at http://oldhighststephens.com/category/news/magazine/ .
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 on PNimmo<at>churchofscotland.org
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 www.highlandtsi.org.uk. 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 events<at>highlandtsi.org.uk
SERVICES AT ST JOHN CHURCH, Southside Road Sun 20 December Christingle at 2.30pm; Tues 22 December Lessons and Carols Service at 7pm, with additional music by the Soloists from Musick Fyne. Refreshments provided after the service. All welcome. Contact Katrina .
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