Sunday Bulletin 23 October 2016

Sunday 30 October 2016 : Proper 26
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
Led by Stewart Robertson, Reader, Crown Church
11.15am Sacrament of Holy Communion at the Old High
SUNDAY BULLETIN please send items to invernesschurch<at> Deadline: Wednesday at noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
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PASTORAL CARE will be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant (arthurasinclair<at> while Peter is absent from his duties, due to illness.
OLD HIGH CHURCH KEYS The Clansman Hotel will be closed for two weeks from Sunday 16 October. The church key will be available from Leakeys Bookshop which is open from 10am to 5pm daily. Contact Christine Mackenzie christinemac73<at>
ORDER OF SERVICE FOLDING AT ST STEPHEN’S: Again we have a vacancy for someone in our team of people who fold the orders of service. If you are able to help with this once a month can you please get in touch with Katharina Nimmo (katharina.nimmo<at>
ST STEPHEN’S – UPDATE ON PARKING RESTRICTIONS FROM 17 OCTOBER 2016 – Parking is NOT permitted on double yellow lines on Annfield Road, Southside Road, Old Edinburgh Road or Mayfield Road. However, if anyone has a blue badge they are allowed to park on double yellow lines, as long as it does not obstruct traffic. Also, the permit parking allows parking on a Sunday. Crown Court Hotel (25 Southside Rd), Kingsmills Medical Practice (18 Southside Rd), Southside Rd Surgery (43 Southside Rd), and  Southside Dental Practice (28 Southside Rd), have all given us permission to use their car parks, but all are at owners own risk. Funerals and Weddings are exempt from this law. Contact Joan Darcy (joan.darcy<at>
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet tonight 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>
MEET & EAT!  The next gathering for Lunch is on Thursday 27 October at 12.30pm at the Craigmonie Hotel, Annfield Road. All welcome. Please contact Val Cantlay (val.cantlay<at>  to book your place or to arrange transport.
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at the Old High next Sunday, 30 October. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. The Retiring Offering will be in aid of the Leprosy Mission Scotland. Please give generously to this worthwhile project.
HOBBY/CRAFT EVENING on Wednesday 26 October in St Stephen’s Hall at 7.30pm and fortnightly thereafter. Please bring your craft to share with others. If not a crafter, perhaps you would like to learn. Please come along and enjoy the camaraderie. Further details from Margaret McAleer.
SHOE BOX APPEAL 2016  Give hope to someone in need this Christmas. Please pick up a leaflet from the Church door and fill a shoebox. Deliver your shoebox to the Blythswood shop or superstore by 4 November. Any queries or help with delivery contact Val Cantlay (val.cantlay<at>
OLD HIGH MUSIC On Saturday 12 November at 12 noon, Katy Bell will play a solo programme in the Old High Church. Katy originates from Glasgow but has lived with her family in Crown for the last few years, following advanced studies in cello in the US and the Netherlands. You may already have heard her perform. The acoustic of the church will surely resonate with her wonderfully rich tone in J. S. Bach’s Suite No 3 and two modern pieces that Katy is going to interpret for us. Please do come along if you are free that morning. Andrew Stevenson.
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. CHRISTMAS CATALOGUES are also at the doors. An early order will ensure you receive your requested items. Thanks Rae Swan.
GLOBAL WORSHIP DAY on Saturday 29 October from 10am to 3m in the Kings Fellowship, Smithton Industrial Estate IV2 7WL. There is no charge for this event. Further details macdonald116<at>
ON THE ROAD is a series of day and evening events run by the Church of Scotland to listen to the voice of people in the local Church. The Inverness event will be held at Inshes Church on Thursday 27 October from 11am to 3pm. These free events are an open invitation to everyone connected with the Church, whether you are a regular worshipper, or an occasional attender; whether you take a leadership role in your local Church, or simply drop in from time to time; we want to hear from folks from every background and every congregation: don’t leave it to someone else – come and have your say! Book online at or contact our Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>
INVERNESS STREET PASTORS – meeting on Monday 24 October at 7.15pm at St John’s Episcopal Church, Southside Road, Inverness with Wendy Thomas, National Prayer Coordinator for Street Pastors, who will be visiting Inverness.  Please come along if you would like to know more about Street Pastors or Prayer Pastors. Contact Robyn Teago robynteago<at> and on Saturday 29 October, a day of 24-hour prayer. (Further details from morven<at>
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
FOOD FOR FAMILIES: Following yet another successful year of the Food for Families project, I am pleased to let you know that Ann and David Sutherland have extended their generosity to provide the mince for the Food for Families project once again this year.  This year’s project will also be sponsored by the Mustard Seed, The Kitchen and Williamson Foodservice.   Last year 3,508 meals were provided, which was a fantastic effort from all the teams involved, and be assured all meals were gratefully received by individuals and families who were in need, they hope to maintain the number of meals delivered this year.  Over the five years of providing this service they have all helped to provide 12,652 meals!
The Food for Families project has proven to be a very successful initiative for families in need over the festive period and this will be their sixth year providing this very much appreciated help.  There is no doubt that the time and effort given by the various ‘cooking teams’ has ensured that the project has been successful and delivered cooked meals to many families who have been in need.
There are a range of meals being provided but I have indicated that we could do the following
Week commencing 5 December – Spaghetti Bolognese
Week commencing 9 January – Macaroni Cheese
All ingredients will be provided. If you could help on one or both of the above dates please let me know as soon as possible. Thank you for your support. Christine MacKenzie christinemac73<at>
Crisis Accommodation Food
Highland Gateway (formerly Highland Homlessness Trust) are providing crisis accommodation throughout the year. This is for the most vulnerable in our society. Previously it was only provided during the winter months, November to March with the support of Inverness Presbytery and other churches in the area.
Now that the service is being extended to meet the need for an all year round provision, they would really appreciate volunteer help to provide the evening meals for the coming year.
Liz Walsh has very kindly agreed to co-ordinate the requirement for meals over the next 12 months.  This sounds a big ask from volunteers, but when broken down the requirement will be approximately 8/10 meals per week.  Ideally, what would be really wonderful is if individuals might volunteer to provide/cook say 6 or so meals that could be frozen, Liz would co-ordinate this by some form of rota to ensure an even spread of cooked meals being received over the coming months.
If you would like any further information or would like to volunteer please contact Liz direct on patrickwalsh611<at>
OHSS have also been extremely supportive of both these projects in the past and I hope this will continue to help the vulnerable in our society. If so I will arrange to advertise these projects in our orders of service and newsletter. Christine MacKenzie

One thought on “Sunday Bulletin 23 October 2016

  1. Delighted to read of your ongoing support for ‘Food for families’ and the help for the new all year round emergency accommodation facility. Many thanks on behalf of the Board of Highland Crisis Accommodation , which has succeeded Direct Access Accommodation.

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