Sunday Bulletin 27 December 2015

Sunday 3 January : The Second Sunday after Christmas
10am: Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
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.
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 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:
For contact details and further information:
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 OFFERINGS The excellent sum of £569.73 was raised by our Christmas offerings in aid of Christian Aid’s maternal health project in Malawi.
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
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 .
MESSY CHURCH re-scheduled 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 .
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 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