Sunday Bulletin for 10 February 2013

Worship This Week

Wednesday 13 February
12.30pm Midweek Quiet Time at St Stephen’s

Sunday 17 February
10.00am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
7.00pm Short Act of Worship for Lent, St Stephen’s

SUNDAY BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS should be sent to Joy Cossar The deadline for all items is Wednesday at noon.

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION

FUTURE FOCUS. The next workshops will be:
February 23 10-12 noon- ‘Our Community’ workshop (St Stephen’s)
March 9 10am- 3pm ‘Vision Day’- Trinity Church (lunch provided)
Further information from the Future Focus Group:
Christine Mackenzie: Sandy Cumming: Iain Todd Peter Nimmo: www.oldhighststephens.com/news/future-focus/
Help shape the future of our Congregation!

CHRISTIAN BASICS is the course the Minister runs about the basics of the Christian faith. This year he’s leading a new version of it during Lent, with the theme ‘Most of what you think you know about Christianity is wrong!’ This question tries to answer the question. ‘What is Christianity really about?’ It’s for anybody who would like to explore what Christianity is really about and what being a member of the Church might mean (and people can join the Church afterwards by baptism or confirmation). Perhaps you know someone who would be interested? Even if you’ve been a member for years, you’re welcome to come along to brush up your knowledge! Discussion encouraged! Sunday nights at 7pm at St Stephen’s, beginning on 17 February: begins with a brief service of Evening Prayers for Lent. Please contact Peter for more info
REAL EASTER EGG- a perfect gift for children and grandchildren! It’s hard to believe that, out of the whopping 80 million chocolate Easter Eggs sold each year, not one of them mentions Jesus on the box. Until now that is. The Real Easter Egg is the First and only Fairtrade chocolate Easter Egg to explain the Christian understanding of Easter on the box. It also supports charity development projects. Features: Inside the box is a copy of the Easter story, an activity poster and sticker set; A charity donation is made from each sale; There are three crosses on the front of the box; Under the lid, and for the First time ever on an Easter Egg, there is a quote from the bible – the resurrection text from Mark; The egg is made from Fairtrade chocolate. Cost: £3.99. To order, sign up on the sheets at the doors of the churches or contact Katharina Nimmo or see www.realeasteregg.co.uk
MIDWEEK QUIET TIME each Wednesday, 12.30pm at St Stephen’s. Details from Ian Todd.
CAN YOU HELP? We need one or two people to look after our outside noticeboards, keeping them up to date and lively. If you can help, please call Peter.
HEALING SERVICE at St Stephen’s this Sunday 10th February at 4pm to which all are welcome. (Contact Ruth Martin)
WORD FOR TODAY The February issue of the free Word for Today, daily bible readings and stories are available in the vestibules.
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER this year is on Friday 01 March. A morning service will be held in the East Church, Academy Street at 10.30 am. The speaker will be Mrs Alison Pyott and two ladies from the multicultural Centre in Inverness. The evening service will be held at 7.30pm. in Trinity Church, Huntly Street, where the speaker will be the Rev. Jim Robertson. He will speak of his visit to Nepal. Details Margaret Sutherland
MAUNDY THURSDAY – is a long way off – 28th March – but this year we are planning to offer a play based on the Last Supper, written by Pat Jones, the wife of Willis Jones. It is an excellent, thought provoking script which we hope you will support. We need a cast of 13 men please so please do not by shy and let me know if you would like to be involved – there will be no auditions ! Iain Todd

OTHER NEWS

STREET PASTORS INFORMATION EVENING is aimed at communicating the mission of Inverness Street Pastors- what they do when we are out on the streets; the different opportunities there are within street pastors in terms of engagement not solely with the night time weekend work, but also in communities and during the daytime. And what opportunities there are for interested people to get involved in the work. 6 March 2013 at Trinity Church. Details: Andrew Greig,
LENT COURSE AT ST ANDREW’S CATHEDRAL: SPIRITUALITY OF AGING Dr Harriet Mowat, who has worked extensively and published material on the spirituality of ageing, will lead a Lent series of meetings on this theme. Sunday afternoons, 1.30 to 2.30pm, from 24 February until 24 March. Soup, bread and cheese lunch will included. Details from the Cathedral office:. www.invernesscathedral.co.uk
SOLAS FESTIVAL is a Scottish Christian arts and music festival which this year has moved from Lanarkshire to Perthshire. Solas aims to create a generous, hospitable space in Scotland where the arts can be performed and enjoyed by all. The programme also makes space for challenging debate with activists, writers and thinkers from across the political, cultural and religious spectrum. Solas Festival offers a creative and entertaining programme for festival-goers of all ages in a safe environment. It derives inspiration and values from its roots in the broad Christian tradition, which underpins a commitment to equality, justice, beauty and hospitality. Issues of social justice and responsibility feature in the programming. This year, Solas Festival takes place in The Bield at Blackruthven, Perthshire from 21 – 23 June 2013. If you’d like to know more, please visit http://www.solasfestival.co.uk/ or speak to the Minister.
CURRY CEILIDH The Highland Indian Association are arranging ‘Curry-Ceilidh 2013’ on Saturday, 23 February, 5.30 for 6 until midnight Royal Highland Hotel, Inverness. Welcome drink, authentic Indian cuisine prepared by Hotel Chef and entertainment by Fraser MacLean Band. £14 (Members), £18 (Non-Members). Free entry for children 5 years and below, children 6-10 years £7. Please make a Cheque payable to ‘Highland Indian Association’ and mail it to: Mrs Ora Manda by 16 Feb 13 Contact: Dr T Reddy
THE WORLD ON YOUR PLATE Saturday 23 February Ness Bank Church Soup supper/refreshments from 6.30 pm, films and discussion from 7.00 – Tickets £5/£3 – at the door Can we eat our way to a better world? Kicking off Fair trade fortnight, this double bill of inspirational films explores our global relationship to food.
The Dancing Forest (Reykjavik Internal Film Festival Award) celebrates the extraordinary women of rural Togo who are taking back their food system from overseas control while Best Before offers a snapshot of similar projects in the UK As the UK steps up to lead the G8 in 2013, and with a billion people now living in hunger, there has never been a more important time to learn from and champion such positive alternatives. Screening followed by discussion with special guests including Kathy Galloway, Director Christian Aid Scotland
Sunday 24 February, 6pm Eden Court Cinema – £7/50/£7/£5 at the door or at Eden Court Theatre Chasing Ice – breathtaking documentary, Jeff Orlowski follows the indomitable National Geographic photographer James Balog as he brings to life the Extreme Ice Survey (EIS) a massive photography project that placed 30 cameras across three continents to gather visual evidence of the earth’s melting ice. Details Christine MacKenzie
THE VERY REV DAVID ARNOTT will give an informal talk with slides about his year as the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, his talk will include particular reference to his trip to China and there will be the opportunity to ask him questions. Sat 16 Feb at 7.30 pm in the Ness Bank Church hall; refreshments will be served. All are welcome. Details: Rev Fiona Smith.
FREE EXHIBITION at the Spectrum Centre until 13 February
Scotland v Poverty celebrates Scotland’s strong tradition of working for global justice. This collection of images and stories from 34 Scottish international development charities highlights the voices of people who lifted themselves out of poverty with our support across the world.
AURORA STRING QUARTET concert on Saturday 2 March, 7.30 pm at Crown Church. Ravel: Quartet in F and Beethoven: Quartet in A minor Op.132. Entry by donation to Water Aid and the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Society. Details from Katharina Nimmo