Sunday Bulletin 30 April 2017

Sunday 7 May 2017
10am Congregational Service at St Stephen’s
Led by Rev Alastair Younger
No Service at the Old High
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
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 SUNDAY SCHOOL due to the declining number of children attending, it has been decided that formal arrangements for Sunday school will cease after the Easter holidays. It is hoped to have a continuing crèche and child friendly options in the hall throughout the year. The dedication of our long standing Sunday school staff will be recognised at a Sunday Service. Malcolm Macrae
CHRISTIAN AID Could collectors, both past and anyone new, please confirm to me today or by email this week that they are willing to collect again this year. Thanks. Ken Cantlay
THE CONGREGATIONAL SERVICE AT ST STEPHEN’S on 7 May will be followed by a short meeting, when the Treasurer will give his Financial report. This will also be Sundae Sunday, and ice-cream will be served in the church at the end of the service. (No teas in the hall). Linda Philip
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
THE SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet in St Stephen’s Vestry Sundays 14 and 28 May. We would welcome anyone to join with us, even for the summer months. Andrew Stevenson: 01463 242767 or
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. Tickets will be available at both churches on 30 April and 7 May. Contributions to the coffee morning can be dropped off at St Stephen’s vestry on Friday 12 May at 7.30 pm. The hall will be available the same evening at 7.30pm for setting up. For further information please contact Jennifer Morrison
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

ELEVATE HIGHLAND .The next event is a movie night (Facing the Giants) on 5 May at Castle Street Baptist Church at 7pm (finish 9.30pm). The doors will be open from 6:30pm. Elevate Highland seeks to present the challenge of the Gospel relevantly to young people from across the Highlands. We hold monthly events primarily targeted at young Christians at the top end of secondary school (S3-S6) living in the Highlands. or or
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. 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