Sunday 17 June 2018: Proper 6
Street Pastors Sunday
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 am Morning Worship at the Old High
KIRK SESSION AND THE FUTURE OF OLD HIGH ST STEPHEN’S At last Tuesday’s Kirk Session meeting, there was a very frank and open discussion, lasting around one and a half hours, on the future of Old High St Stephen’s. The Kirk Session noted the £40,000 budget deficit forecast for this year. A Motion was made as follows:
The Kirk Session have agreed to have a conversation with Presbytery regarding moving to one place of worship.
This was put to a vote. Sixteen were in agreement with two abstentions, and so the motion carried.
We are due to have our normal, five-yearly, Local Church Review with Presbytery in the autumn, and this decision of the Kirk Session will be taken into that Review. The congregation is a difficult situation. The current Presbytery Plan does not state whether any of our buildings are necessary for the future mission of the Church of Scotland. This could restrict our ability undertake work on the fabric of the buildings, and would need to be resolved one way or another if there were to be a ministerial vacancy. In addition, it is felt that the costs of our two places of worship are a very serious drain on our funds, and as a Kirk Session and charity trustees, this is a major concern for our elders.
The Session asks for the congregation’s continued support and patience we work through these difficult issues. If you require any further information, you can speak to our elders or Session Clerks, or the Minister.
COMMUNITY SURVEY Following the Congregational Retreat back in there ought to have been a report made about the outcome, and we regret this was not done. The main result was that the Session was asked to explore the possibility of a youth or community worker, which they have now begun to do. There will be more detail in the next church magazine.
CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR THE OLD HIGH CHURCH Some time ago, architect Alan Marshall was commissioned by the Kirk Session to prepare a plan for the future conservation and development of the Old High Church. He presented his interim report to the Congregation on Saturday 2 June. We are glad to say that half of his fees have been refunded to us from the General Trustees of the Church of Scotland. Mr Marshall is now inviting further comments, especially from those who were at the meeting and saw what was proposed. We hope to have his final proposals in a few months’ time. Please send comments to our Church Administrator at invernesschurch<at>, or by post to Old High St Stephen’s Manse. For further information, contact Jim Alexander jbdalex<at>
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.
FREEWILL OFFERING ENVELOPES for the year commencing 1 July 2018 are now ready for collection from Sandy Cumming sandy.cumming<at> and Christine Mackenzie christinemac73<at>
CRAFT EVENING St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm, Wednesday 13 June. Come along with your craft or if you wish to learn a craft you will be made very welcome. At present there is knitting, crochet, cross stitch, tapestry and card making but we would welcome any other craft. Refreshments. Margaret McAleer.
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 willie<at> The deadline is Friday 15 June.
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at St Stephen’s on Sunday 24 June. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. Retiring Offering will be in aid of of Mikey’s Line a text-for-support helpline which is supported by a volunteer bank of young people over weekends. It provides a valuable service for young people who are too distressed to talk over the phone. The Hive, is a drop-in centre in Academy Street, which is run by the Mikey’s Line charity and offers advice for anyone over 17 who feels they need help. Please give generously to this vital project. Linda Philip lindajphilip<at>
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 williamguthrie<at>
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 macloshei<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 invernesschurch<at> Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep all items as brief as possible, and include contact details (phone and/or email).
INVERNESS STREET PASTORS (ISP) are trained volunteers from local churches who patrol in teams where they care for, listen to and help people who are out on the streets.Prayer Pastors pray for our community from our base, or at home. Street Pastors speakers will be with us next Sunday, 17 June. Street Pastor Kathy Sutherland and Robyn Teago (ISP administrator) will be at St Stephen’s to give us a Minute for Mission, and Marilyn Armstrong (Street Pastor and Prayer Coordinator) will be at the Old High. The speakers will be available after the services. Further information from Robyn Teago inverness<at>