Sunday Bulletin 9 October 2016

Sunday 16 October 2016 : Proper 24
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
Both Services led by Rev Arthur Sinclair, Pastoral Assistant
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PASTORAL CARE will be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant while Peter is absent from his duties, due to illness. For the week from 8-15 October when Rev Sinclair is on holiday, please contact Heidi Hercus
THANK YOU from Peter and Katharina for all the good wishes and cards. They are much appreciated.
ST STEPHEN’S – 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. At the moment Highland Council have not decided on times for the permit parking bays which will be provided, but I am hopeful we will be allowed to park there on a Sunday. I will report back when I get confirmation. 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
SALE OF THE OLD HIGH HALL At their meeting on Tuesday 27 September, the Kirk Session agreed not to rescind their decision to proceed with the process to sell the Old High hall. They also agreed not to proceed with a congregational meeting in the short term. Instead the Kirk Session will provide more information, considering a range of options. Rev Trevor Hunt, Presbytery Clerk attended this meeting and explained that the Inverness Planning Committee will have a consultation paper on the Presbytery Plan available at their conference on 21 January 2017. The process for a decision to sell the Old High hall will require a congregational meeting to be held at which a vote will be taken by secret ballot. Presbytery have kindly agreed to chair this congregational meeting. This will be a meeting open to members and adherents but only members will be eligible to vote. Linda Philip, Session Clerk
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
HEALING SERVICE today at 4pm in St Stephen’s, for all who are ill of body or mind, and for any known to you, to which all are welcome. (Contact Ruth Martin).
OLD HIGH Tea will be served after the service today. All welcome. Contact Christine Mackenzie on
HOBBY/CRAFT EVENING on Wednesday 12 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
CAMERON HOUSE AFTERNOON TEA The magnificent sum of £2,030 was raised at the afternoon tea on 24 September. Many thanks to all who helped in any way. Rae Swan.
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.
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
INVERNESS STREET PASTORS have organised an evening gathering on Monday 24 October with their National Prayer Co-ordinator and on Saturday 29 October, a day of 24-hour prayer. Further details from
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