Sunday Bulletin 23 April 2017

Sunday 30 April 2017
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
Both services led by Rev Andrew Lyon
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator Deadline Wednesday at 12noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
Further details :
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
PASTORAL CARE will be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant while Peter is absent from his duties, due to illness.
THE MINISTER: Peter had his procedure and the surgeon was very happy with how it had gone. He’ll need to recover now and will find out over time whether it has been a success. Both Peter and Katharina are very grateful for all the good wishes and practical help they’ve received!
ST STEPHEN’S DOOR DUTY ROTA We have a couple of gaps in this year’s rota for May, and need volunteers to help welcome people to church. This is a great help in the church and a good way to meet more people. If you or someone you know would be willing to do this for a couple of Sundays in May, it would be greatly appreciated. As well as greeting people, some of our welcomers help with serving tea and counting the offering; but you don’t have to do these things. Contact Deborah Macrae
MEET & EAT Lunch is on the Menu this coming Thursday, 27 April at 12.30 at the Craigmonie Hotel. All are welcome and transport is available. Please contact Val Cantlay
THE SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet in St Stephen’s Vestry Sundays 30 April, and 14 and 28 May. We would welcome anyone to join with us, even for the summer months. Andrew Stevenson
AFTERNOON COMMUNION SERVICE There will be a short service with Communion on Saturday 29 April at 2.30pm in St Stephen’s Church. This is open to all, but is particularly suitable for those who are unable to attend the regular morning Communion services. Elders will give further information and can arrange transport. Tea will be served after the service. Contact Val Cantlay (Will elders, please, collect information sheets from Linda or Christine)
OLD HIGH MUSIC The first organ recital in the 2017 series will be held on Saturday 13 May at 12 noon, when the soloist will be Henry Wallace, Organist and Choirmaster at Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh (previously at Hexham Abbey). He will perform a programme which includes many favourite pieces, including Bach, Mendelssohn, Howells, Stanford and Vierne. An hour of music to enjoy after the Christian Aid Coffee morning. Details from Andrew Stevenson
HIGHLAND FOODBANK During March and April the Foodbank would appreciate the following items – Tinned potatoes, Crackers/Oatcakes, Tinned ham (small), Soap/Shower gel  Contact Val Cantlay
OHSS SPRING WALK, Farigaig Forest, on Sunday 7 May 2017. Meet 2pm in the car park for the walk. There are 3 different walks at the forest ranging from a 20 minute steep walk to a viewpoint over Loch Ness, a 1¾ mile loop, or the Farigaig trail 3¼ mile. Proposed times are as above for the intermediate loop. However, you can start earlier if you want a longer walk. Walking shoes and poles recommended. You can also just come for the cup of tea/coffee at the lovely Waterfall café for 3.15pm. Please let me know if you need a lift or if you want to share a car. Hope to see you there. Deborah Macrae.
CHRISTIAN AID COFFEE MORNING The annual coffee morning will be held on Saturday 13 May in St Stephen’s hall. There will be the usual stalls and gardeners are asked to donate from their gardens any divided plants suitably labelled for sale at the plant stall. For further information please contact Jennifer Morrison
OLD HIGH COFFEE MORNING The Friends of the Old High Church would like to thank everyone  who donated, helped and supported the coffee morning last Saturday. The sum of £540 was raised. Christina Cameron
SOCIAL FRIENDSHIP GROUP Would you like company to perhaps attend the theatre/cinema/coffee/day trips? It is hoped to form a Social Friendship Group but obviously depends on uptake. This would be a way of meeting and getting to know people. If you would like further information please contact Margaret McAleer (Social & Fundraising Action Team).
WORD FOR TODAY New copies of the daily readings Word for Today are now available in both churches. Ruth Martin
STREET PASTORS’ FUNDRAISING EVENT Spring Fashion Show on Friday 28 April at 7-10pm at M&Co on Academy Street. Tickets available on the night. Contact Ruth Martin
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 Spaces are limited – booking is essential.
INVERNESS SCIENCE FESTIVAL Crown Church is taking part in Inverness Science Festival Week (Saturday 29 April to Saturday 6 May) and will be open between 10am and 4pm (2pm and 4pm on Sunday) for an exhibition which is open to the public ‘The God Dimension: Do faith and science need each other?’ On Tuesday 2 May at 8pm, there will be a lecture, open to anyone, given by Rev Dr Alistair Donald, Chaplain to Heriot-Watt University, entitled ‘Is it OK to believe?’. For programme details contact Eileen Ardern
LGOWIT VOLUNTEER TRAINERS don’t forget about our monthly Boccia Afternoon in the Spectrum Centre from 2pm to 4pm on 26 April. We still have a few places left on our Self Management course starting next Thursday 20 April in Inverness Library. If you know of anyone who may be interested please let them know and encourage them to take up this exciting opportunity. Further details/job description from Roy Anderson
BLYTHSWOOD A well-organised, motivated and flexible person with good communication skills is required to assist in Blythswood Care’s charity shop in Nairn. Previous retail experience essential, but training will be provided. The position is for 12 hours per week over 2 days between Monday and Saturday. Application Form/Job Description from Barbara Grace