Sunday Bulletin 21 May 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 28 May 2017
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 Morning Worship at the Old High
Both services led by Rev Doug McRoberts
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NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
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INTERIM MODERATOR The Rev Alastair Younger has been appointed Interim Moderator in the absence of Rev Peter Nimmo due to illness. His contact details are younger873<at>btinternet.com.
PASTORAL CARE will be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant arthursinclair<at>btinternet.com while Peter is absent from his duties, due to illness.
MEET & EAT There will be a gathering for Lunch at 12.30pm on Thursday 25 May at the Craigmonie Hotel. Transport is available. All are welcome. To book your place contact Rae Swan raeswan<at>aol.com
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at the Old High on Sunday 28 May. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. The Retiring Offering will be in aid of Christian Aid. Please give generously to this vital project.
AFTERNOON TEA AT ST STEPHEN’S on Saturday 27 May The Social & Fundraising action team are holding an afternoon tea with a bring and buy stall, from 2-4pm in St Stephen’s hall. Please come along and enjoy sandwiches, scones and cakes as well as the company. Proceeds are for Old High St Stephen’s fabric fund. Tickets £6, from Margaret McAleer, Susan Macleod or Rosa McDiarmid at St Stephen’s or Kate Leckie at the Old High, or pay on the day.
KIRK SESSION The next meeting will be at the Old High hall on Tuesday 30 May. The meeting will be preceded with a meal at 6.30pm. Linda Philip lindajphilip<at>hotmail.com
THE SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet in St Stephen’s Vestry on 28 May at 7pm. We would welcome anyone to join with us, even for the summer months. Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
OLD HIGH MUSIC Saturday 10 June at 12 noon will be the opportunity this year to hear a number of advanced music pupils from around Inverness. Some of them will perform pieces they are playing at the Highland Young Musician of the Year Competition the following weekend. We know from recent years how encouraging it can be for these young people to play for an appreciative audience, so we do hope many of you will be able to come along to add support.
Looking ahead to the evening of Wednesday 5 July, the Old High is thrilled to be hosting the Highland Concert being organised as part of the Kellie Consort 2017 Summer Tour: www.kellieconsort.org.uk . The Kellie Consort is made up of outstandingly talented young singers and instrumentalists, with a connection to Scotland, who wish to develop their skills in baroque performance to the highest level. The soloist and coach on this tour is Philip Higham, Principal Cello at the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. This charity has to operate on a low budget and therefore has asked whether OHSS can offer one night’s B&B to the 14 musicians after the concert. I have given an undertaking that we will try and organise that, so I’d be most grateful to hear as soon as possible from anyone who could offer such hospitality. Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com)
OHSS MAGAZINE Willie Morrison requires articles and photos for the June issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, by e-mail to willie<at>kenilweb.com or by post.
CHURCH OPENING The Old High will be opening for visitors from 1 June to the end of September on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday each week from 10 – 12 noon and 2 – 4 pm each day. If you are able to help with this please contact Sheila McLeod – macloshei<at>aol.com. If you can’t help every week we will still need people to help out on an occasional basis to cover in the case of illness and holidays and will keep a list of those who can help in this way. In advance thank you for your help and I know that visitors to the City will appreciate being able to see round the Old High Church during their visit.
FIRE DRILL We propose to hold a fire drill next month (weather permitting) and we hereby attach a plan of St Stephen’s church and hall. St Stephen’s – Please note there are 4 fire exit doors on the plan and we ask you to familiarise yourself with them all. Old High – There are two exit doors, the east and west door. Linda Philip.
HIGHLAND FOODBANK. During the months of May and June the Foodbank would welcome donations of the following goods : Tins of potatoes, Crackers/ Oatcakes, Jars of Pasta sauce, Tins of Corned Beef. ‘ Bags for Life ‘ are also very well received for packing the goods when they are given out. Please bring these items to Church and they will be taken to the Foodbank. Blythswood are very grateful for our support. Contact Bill Guthrie for further information williamwguthrie<at>googlemail.com. The Foodbank Centres in Hilton and Madras Street have vacancies for volunteers (a couple of hours every week/fortnight). Please contact Lorna Dempster lorna.dempster<at>blythswood.org)
WORD FOR TODAY New copies of the daily readings Word for Today are now available in both churches. Ruth Martin
LOST AND FOUND A ring was found outside St Stephen’s Church on the day of the council elections. Linda Philip.

OTHER NEWS
Thy Kingdom Come – Inverness Prayer Space and Joint Churches Celebration This is an initiative facilitating global prayer between Ascension and Pentecost (25 May to 4 June). Churches across the Inverness area are delighted to be hosting a physical prayer room, open 24 hours a day, at CYC Centre,12 Bank Street, Inverness IV1 1QR. Sign up for your hour slot to pray at https://tinyurl.com/hov2raw. Come on your own, with a spouse or group of friends to pray during that hour, whether 3pm or 3am to continue an unbroken prayer chain. On Sunday 4 June, from 6pm to 7.30pm, there will be a joint churches celebration at Inverness Cathedral. Details from Rev Trevor Hunt inverness<at>churchofscotland.org.uk
CHURCH OF SCOTLAND VOCATIONS CONFERENCE 2017 on Saturday 17 June 2017 at The Carnegie Conference Centre in Dunfermline.This Conference offers an inspirational keynote speech on the Call to Serve Today, practical information and the opportunity to ask important questions about how God might be calling you. £15 booking fee. For further details and to register contact Ministries Council, 121 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 4YN vocation<at>churchofscotland.org.uk Spaces are limited – booking is essential.
CULDUTHEL CHRISTIAN CENTRE EVENTS Visit by the UK Director of Operation Mobilisation, Matthew Skirton who will speak at both our 11am and 6pm services on Sunday 28 May; the second event is National Prayer Breakfast for Scotland from 7–9 am on Tuesday 20 June, both at Culduthel Avenue | Inverness IV2 6AS. Further details www.culduthelchristiancentre.org