Sunday 10 June 2018: Proper 5
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 am Morning Worship at the Old High
(Laying up of the Colours of Inverness and Highland Branch
of the Parachute Regiment Association)
ANNUAL MEETING OF THE CONGREGATION will take place during our Sunday morning worship today. We will be looking back on 2017, with a financial report from our Treasurer. Coffee and tea after the service will give a chance for feedback. The accounts and budget, which have been approved by our Kirk Session, are now available via our website at For a paper copy, please contact our Church Administrator, Pat MacLeod: there are also copies at the church doors today. More details from our Depute Christine MacKenzie.
PASTORAL CARE TEAM 2017-18 During the past year the Pastoral Care Team has organised two short Communion Services, specifically for the elderly and housebound, and an annual Afternoon Tea. At Christmas they arranged for cards to be sent out to members who are often unable to come to Church. They also were responsible for organising the Giving Tree in both church buildings and Cliff Sim at St Stephen’s and Diana Fraser and Sheila MacLeod at Old High saw to the distribution of all the gifts. Bulbs are also delivered to the recently bereaved.
Throughout the year there is a monthly lunch at the Craigmonie Hotel and transport is provided. Members of the Team also assist elders by visiting elderly or sick members of the congregation. Three Team members also are part of the Friends of Cameron House. This specialist Home, in our parish, for people with dementia, is a CrossReach establishment and we are happy to be involved. Val Cantlay Convenor, Pastoral Care Team
OUTREACH AND COMMUNICATION ACTION TEAM There has been a lot of discussion at our meetings this year about further ideas for future outreach, without any decisions being reached, and it was felt we needed further guidance on the way forward. The Christian Aid coffee morning took place on 12 May at St Stephen’s and was judged to be very successful. The plant stall in particular benefited from the good weather and was very popular. The sum of £950 was raised. Finding volunteers for the door-to-door collection is becoming increasingly difficult, but the collection is continuing this year. Our team is very small and it is proposed that it merges with the Social and Fundraising Team which is equally short of numbers. Jennifer Morrison
SOUTHSIDE NURSING HOME There will be a short service, led by Jim Alexander, at Southside Nursing Home immediately after this morning’s service at St Stephen’s. If you are able to assist with the singing, your assistance would be much appreciated. Please speak to Jim after the service. We still also seek members willing to lead these services on a rota basis; please contact Janet Robertson
CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 2018 Many thanks to all who helped in any way with the Christian Aid effort this year at Old High St Stephen’s, whether as a baker, kitchen helper, server, stallholder, plant grower, house to house collector, money counter, coffee drinker or you gave a donation. The sums raised this year, compared to last year are:
2018            2017
Total House to House                                  2,577.27      3,271.55
Church Collection                                            693.76        584.25
Coffee Morning                                             1,024.00       880.95
                                                                  4,295.03    4,736.75
Add Charity Cheque to House to House      120.00      220.00
Add Gift Aid                                                        502.11      472.00
                                                                  4,917.14    5,428.75
The House to House is down this year, mainly due to a reduced number of collectors, but the church collection and coffee morning have both increased a bit and so compensate a little. A great effort – thanks again. Ken Cantlay.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet in St Stephen’s vestry on Sundays 3rd and 17th June and 1st July to complete its reading of Rowan Williams’ book “Being Disciples”. Contact Andrew Stevenson.
KIRK SESSION The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 5 June at 7.30pm in the Old High Hall. Contact Linda Philip
OHSS MAGAZINE editor Willie Morrison requires articles and photos for the June issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, by e-mail to williekenilweb. The deadline is Friday 15 June.
HIGHLAND FOODBANK During the months of June and July the Foodbank would welcome donations of the following: Cartons of Long Life Juice; Breakfast Cereals; Tins of Potatoes, Corned Beef, Tomatoes. Thank you to all who regularly bring donations of food. It is much appreciated. Bill Guthrie
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING 2-4pm each Friday afternoon. Summer Opening programme from Friday 1 June to Friday 28 September; opening times: Tuesday to Friday inclusive 10am -12 noon and 2-4pm. Contact Sheila MacLeod
OLD HIGH MUSIC: HIGHLAND YOUNG MUSICIANS Saturday 9 June at 12 noon. the annual concert by young musicians. Feedback from previous years placed this as a highlight of the whole season. This year the recital is being organised by the Agar Trust, which supports aspiring young musicians with exceptional musical abilities, who are living in rural parts of Scotland, pursue their music education. There will be piano, flute, French Horn, tuba and bagpipe performances. Details from Andrew Stevenson at
OLD HIGH HALLS RENTALS If anyone can take this role on, please get in touch with Christine Mackenzie.
TREASURER VACANCY Sandy Cumming is standing down as our Treasurer after several years of service. We urgently need someone to fill this vital role! If you are interested, or know someone who might be willing to serve in this way, please contact Sandy Cumming.
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or the Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator at Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep all items as brief as possible, and include contact details (phone and/or email).
ELEVATE HIGHLANDS next meeting is on Friday 1 June at Barn Church, Culloden, with worship, a message, some fun messy games (expect to get wet – spare clothes advised!) and BBQ. Don’t miss it! Doors at 7:15pm, for a 7:30 start. For S3-S6 but a special welcome to those currently in S2. For full details please follow our Facebook page at or contact Greg Youngson
VOCATIONS INFORMATION DAY Saturday 9 June 2018 at Doubletree Hilton by Dunblane Hydro, Dunblane. For those with an interest in Ministry of Word and Sacrament, Diaconal Ministry or Readership, and as a much wider exploration of the ministry of the whole people of God; compulsory for potential candidates for ministry. . For more information, speak to the Minister or visit