Sunday Bulletin for 10 March 2013

Worship This Week

Wednesday 6 March
12.30pm Midweek Quiet Time at St Stephen’s

Sunday 10 March
10.00am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
7pm 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 third Future Focus session- about ‘Our Community’, took place on 23 February. It was a a very energizing time, in which we looked out to see how best we can take the Good News to our local area.
There is now a sheet with results from the session. On one side there is a list of activities in the community in which those present were involved, other than Church-based activities- quite an impressive list! The other side has a list of community issues which those present felt were important, and an indication of how we could respond to them. A second sheet has information about ‘Our Parish in Numbers’, based on Scottish Government data. All documents are available here .
The next Future Focus event is the ‘Vision Day’: Saturday 9 March at Trinity Church, Huntly Street, from 10am to 3pm.
Lunch will be 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!
MIDWEEK QUIET TIME each Wednesday, 12.30pm at St Stephen’s. Details from Iain 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.
SPRING CONCERT BY ST STEPHEN’S CHURCH CHOIR AND COMMUNITY CHOIR on Thursday 21 March at 7.30pm at St Stephen’s. In aid of the friends of Raigmore Hospital. Tickets from Joan Darcy (01463 241 042) or Christina Cameron (01463 221 420)- they’re selling fast!
THE BIG CLEAN If you have a spare hour or so, please come along to the Big Clean at St Stephen’s on Saturday 23 March at 9.30am. Also can I call on the gardeners to come along to get the grounds ready for Spring? Contact Joan Darcy for further details.
CARE AND EVENTS GROUP will meet in St Stephen’s vestry on Monday 11th March at 7.30pm. Details from Rae Swan
LUNCH CLUB will meet at 12.30pm on Thursday 7 March at the Craigmonie Hotel. Fancy a change? Lunch costs £7.50 . You will be made most welcome. For further information contact Val Cantlay or Diana Fraser
URGENT APPEAL from our editor. Peter would like an issue of the magazine to go out before the AGM on Palm Sunday, which means I must rustle up some items of interest as quickly as possible. Would those with any contributions, including photos, please send me these as quickly as possible, with a deadline of Friday, 8 March, at the latest, as I must then arrange with Steve Rowan for the layout, Katharina for printing, Rosemary and Val for putting it together and distribution. Please e-mail contributions me or if not on the Internet, send them to me. Anyone with queries can also contact me by phone.
HEALING SERVICE There will be a Healing Service in St Stephen’s next week Sunday 10th March at 4pm to which all are welcome. (Contact Ruth Martin)
DIARY DATE – 11 May 2013 – Christian Aid Coffee Morning: this year’s event will take place in St Stephen’s Church hall, from 10 am until 12 noon. Teas, coffees, home baking. Plant stall, a homebaking stall and a stall selling Fairtrade products. £3 for adults and £1 for schoolchildren. Tickets on sale from mid March. For further information, contact Sandy Cumming.
MISSION GROUP There will be a Mission Group meeting at 7.30pm on Tuesday 12th March at St Stephen’s church. We will be discussing matters including the Christian Aid collection and Souper Sunday supporting the Church of Scotland HIV project. New members welcome. Contact Deborah Macrae
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

NEW SCOTTISH HYMNS TOUR will visit Inverness on Friday 15 March at East Church Drawing on Scotland’s vibrant folk music heritage, New Scottish Hymns explores the power of hymns to delight hearts, inspire minds and unite the church. Doors 7.30 pm for 8.00pm start Tickets £8 /£5 from www.newscottish.org
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