Sunday Bulletin 25 September 2016

Sunday 2 October 2016 : Proper 22
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
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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>
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>
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at St Stephen’s today. 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.
MEET & EAT The next gathering for Lunch is at 12.30pm on Thursday 29 September at the Craigmonie Hotel. Everyone is welcome. Please contact Val Cantlay val.cantlay<at> to book your meal. Transport is available.
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>
OLD HIGH There will be no tea/coffee in the Old High on Sunday 2 October due to the harvest thanksgiving service. It will however be back on Sunday 6 November. Contact Christine Mackenzie christinemac73<at>
OLD HIGH MUSIC The next of this year’s organ recitals takes place on Saturday 8 October at 12 noon, when Stephen Doughty (Director of Music and Organist at St John’s Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh) is going to perform a programme which will include the Prelude and Fugue in E flat minor by J S Bach, the well-known Organ Sonata No. 4 by Mendelssohn and music by Henry Smart, whom we also know as the composer of a much loved hymn. Stephen is a highly-regarded musician around Scotland and this promises to be a memorable recital. More details from Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>
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>
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. CHRISTMAS CATALOGUES are also at the doors. An early order will ensure you receive your requested items. Contact Rae Swan.
AUTUMN CHURCH MAGAZINE Distributors can collect their bundles of magazines today. Contact Jennifer Morrison jennifer<at>
HOBBY/CRAFT EVENING on Wednesday 28 September 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.
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
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.
LEPROSY MISSION COFFEE MORNING on Saturday 1 October at 10am in the Free North Hall (enter from Church Street,). Please support this annual event. Leprosy is not eradicated – 6-700 new cases are reported daily in Africa and India. Tickets £3 from Ruth Martin
HOPE UK CHRISTIAN DRUG EDUCATION AND PREVENTION WORK COFFEE MORNING on Saturday 8 October from 10.30 am to 12 Noon at Elgin & Forres Free Church, South St, Elgin. Entry Free; donations welcomed. Join us for tea/coffee and pancakes. Details from Jo Pickford j.pickford<at>
INVERNESS STREET PASTORS CHALLENGE on Saturday 8 October 2016 at 8am. Take part in a sponsored walk up Bin Hill of Cullen, Ben Aigan and Ben Rinnes. Join us for all three hills or just one. You will be climbing 986m, and walking 16km so do come adequately shod! Please register beforehand. You can use the attached form or contact Morven Ball directly morven<at> If you just want to donate
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>
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