Moderators climb Ben Lomond for Christian Aid

Christian Aid newRachel Hutcheson, National Youth Assembly Moderator (a member of Old High St Stephen’s congregation) and The Rt Rev John Chalmers, Moderator of the General Assembly, has called on the Church to get behind a major fundraising drive for Christian Aid by signing up to their Munro challenge.

On Saturday 2 May, Rachel and Mr Chalmers and will be leading by example by climbing Ben Lomond, and are encouraging folk to sponsor them.

As they prepare for their trek, the two Moderators are calling on congregations across Scotland to reach the summit of 69 other Munros to mark the 70th anniversary of Christian Aid.

Rachel said: “I really hope everyone who is able to will climb with us in order to raise as much money as possible for a charity I am very proud to support. If people are unable to support John and I in person then I’d be very grateful if they could sponsor us.

“I hope and pray that as well as a fundraising activity it will also be a networking opportunity for friends and fellowship.

“I am also determined to beat the Moderator of the General Assembly to the top as I have a score to settle after him beating me at golf at the national youth assembly.”

Mr Chalmers added: “This day out is much more than a fundraiser – it is an opportunity to join me and Rachel on a pilgrimage during which we will contemplate some of the mountains that Christian Aid and others are still trying to climb on their way to creating a world that is just and fair and which gives the poor a chance to climb out of poverty.”

For more details, and to donate, click here.

Life in its fullness- for everyone! A sermon for Christian Aid Week 2014

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 11 May 2014: Year A, Christian Aid Sunday

SERMON
Texts: Psalm 23
John 10:1-10

Life in its fullness- for everyone!
In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

Someone told me a tale recently of a young girl from Glasgow sent to stay on holiday on some Hebridean island. The island aunt and uncle were strict Sabbatarians, and after church in the morning there was not a lot to do, for she’d been told that she ought to stay in and quietly read an improving book. She certainly wasn’t go out and to play and disturb the island’s Sabbath calm. But she asked her aunt if she could be allowed to at least go out to take a quiet walk to the bottom of the garden. Continue reading

Christian Aid Week 2014

J2450-CAW-120x90-banner-gifThis week members of our congregation are collecting round the streets of our parish for Christian Aid.

On Saturday, they already raised lots of money at a coffee morning for Christian Aid.

To find out more about Christian Aid week, visit the Christian Aid Week website. You can also make a donation to Christian Aid there.

Here’s the film about Colombia which we watched at St Stephen’s today.

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Here’s a film about work with refugees in South Sudan, mentioned in the sermon on Christian Aid Sunday.

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Here the text of the leaflet our collectors are taking with them.

For a growing number of people across the world, the horror of war is a part of daily life.
Right now, fuelled by the devastating violence in both Syria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the numbers of people driven from their homes by war is on the rise. It stands at 42 million people- an appalling statistic and a stain on the conscience of humanity. We can’t turn our backs. We must act now.
Could you provide the gift of hope?
£15 could provide blankets for refugee children to protect them from bitter night-time temperatures.
£40 could provide enough good quality and nutritious food for two refugee children for a month.
£150 could help provide specialist emotional support for a child deeply traumatised by the horror of war that they’ve witnessed or experienced.
The money we raise during Christian Aid week goes to partners helping those displaced by war. They help people regardless of their religion.
Last year, 20,000 churches across the country helped raise £12m for Christian Aid Week.
This week, hundreds of people from Inverness churches are once more collecting for Christian Aid because we know their partners do so much to help those in need.
Thank you for supporting Christian Aid, and helping the victims of war.
Rev Peter W Nimmo, Minister of Old High St Stephen’s Parish Church
www.oldhighststephens.com www.christianaid.org.uk

Christmas offerings for Syria Crisis appeal

Since the conflict in Syria began in March 2011, more than 100,000 people have been killed, over 2.2 million refugees have fled to neighbouring countries and at least another five million people have been displaced inside Syria.

The number of vulnerable people is increasing as the humanitarian crisis deepens.

Christian Aid are working through partners in Lebanon and Iraq to respond to the growing Syrian refugee crisis.

All our offerings at our Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and St Stephen’s Day services will go to Christian Aid’s Syria Crisis Appeal.

Click here to find out more about Christian Aid’s work with Syrian refugees and to donate direct to Christian Aid.

Click here for details of our Christmas services.

‘Are you the king or aren’t you?’- a sermon about Naboth’s Vineyard- 16 June 2013

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 16 June 2013: Year C, Proper 6- Father’s Day
SERMON
Texts: Galatians 2.15-16 and 20-21
1 Kings 21.1-21a
‘Are you the king or aren’t you?’
In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

What a great and terrible story is today’s Old Testament tale. King Ahab covets a nice property near his palace- he wants a vegetable garden (perhaps a vegetable garden was a status symbol for kings back then). Naboth has a vineyard on the site, and Ahab offers him good money for it, or even a swap to another vineyard. But these are not the best of times in Israel. Continue reading

Enough food for everyone? Sermon for Christian Aid Sunday, 12 May 2013

During this service, we texted prayers for Christian Aid Week. See prayers from around the UK and Ireland here.

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 12 May 2013: Year C, Christian Aid Sunday

SERMON
Texts: 1 Kings 17:8-16
John 6:1-14

Enough food for everyone?
In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

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Most of us here are probably familiar with the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand. But we are probably less familiar with the story of Elijah and the widow of Zarephath. Continue reading

Christian Aid: Tax Bus and March for Justice

CHRISTIAN AID: DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Two exciting threads are coming together in Inverness in early October, each with a strong message of justice. These are the Inverness March for Justice and a visit from the Christian Aid Tax Bus.

TAX BUS part of the Tax Justice Tour by a red double-decker bus to highlight how developing countries lose $160bn every year due to tax avoidance. Open meeting at Inshes Church, Thursday 4 October, 7pm.

Christian Aid is currently campaigning for international tax justice, exposing the injustice of multinationals shifting money around the world in order to avoid paying tax to the poorest countries whose resources they are exploiting.  Christian Aid believes that tax dodging costs poorer countries $160bn a year – money that could be spent on hospitals, schools and roads – and that greater financial transparency is key to ensuring that poor countries receive the tax revenue they are due.

To highlight this, Christian Aid is organising a Tax Bus Tour around the UK and Ireland, including Inverness.  There will be an information meeting, open to all, with talks and films, a time for questions and answers, refreshments – and of course the Tax Bus itself. This meeting will take place in Inshes Church (near the Inshes Tesco) at 7:30pm on Thursday 4 October. There is plenty of parking nearby.

Watch the tax bus video here:

www.christianaid.org.uk/taxbus

CIRCLE THE CITY CHURCHES MARCH FOR JUSTICE

Jan Satyagraha: 'Fight against hunger’ March for Justice: a unique walk for all ages, featuring exhibitions at city churches highlighting land rights issues in India.

Saturday 6 October. Start at St Stephen’s, Southside Road, at 11.30am.

The Inverness March for Justice mirrors similar marches across the UK, all in support of a massive march from all corners of India to petition the government in New Delhi, demanding rights to the land that the people live on. They cannot make a decent living from the land due to the restrictions imposed by absent landowners.  To this day, the Highlands of Scotland have faced very similar issues. Our march will be a walk from church to church in the centre of Inverness.  At each church we will have a stage of an exhibition about the issues, with refreshments as well. If you can’t or don’t want to complete the whole route, just take in those stages that you feel able to do. We want people of all ages and abilities, including families with children, to take part. We want YOU!

The March will take place on Saturday 6th October, in groups of ten to fifteen, starting at St Stephen’s Church, Southside Road, at 11:30am and finishing at Crown Church, Kingsmills Road, with stops at six churches along the way. Very limited parking at St Stephens Church but parking available at Crown Primary School next to Crown Church.

Follow the journey in India here:

www.christianaid.org.uk/getinvolved/events/walking/march-for-justice.aspx

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