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Sunday 24 June 2018: Proper 7
10am Sacrament of Holy Communion at St Stephen’s
led by the Minister
11.15 am Morning Worship at the Old High
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
MINUTE FOR MISSION: 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 today.The speakers will be available after the services
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at St Stephen’s today. 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. www.mikeysline.co.uk. Please give generously to this vital project.
CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR THE OLD HIGH CHURCH Some time ago, an architect 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. He 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 (deadline midnight tonight 17 June) to our Church Administrator .
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet this evening at 7pm in St Stephen’s vestry when we shall explore the chapter entitled ‘Holiness’ in Rowan Williams’ book “Being Disciples”. All welcome.
FREEWILL OFFERING ENVELOPES for the year commencing 1 July 2018 are now ready for collection.
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.
OLD HIGH MUSIC during July and August we are fortunate to have 3 summer organ recitals by musicians from further afield. The first event will be on Thursday 5 July at 7.30pm when Alessandro Bianchi, an eminent organist from Northern Italy who has performed at many international organ festivals across Europe, will play a programme that stretches from Bach to the twentieth century. Brochures with details of all the concerts are now available at the entrance to both churches.
OHSS SUMMER OUTING Beauly River 22 July. Meet St Stephen’s Car Park 1.30pm or Black Bridge Car Park near Kilmorack 2pm. Low level walk with flat terrain. Check walkhighlands.co.uk for more details – short looped planned. Afternoon tea or High tea after at The Priory Hotel, Beauly 4pm.
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.
TREASURER VACANCY Our Treasurer is standing down 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 The Treasurer.
OLD HIGH HALL We still urgently require someone to help with bookings at the Old High Hall (or we will be unable to let the hall to outside bodies).
PRAYER DIARY Latest prayer diary June to September, and Impact report are available at church doors.
PASTORAL CARE The Minister, or our Pastoral Assistant, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep all items as brief as possible, and include contact details (phone and/or email).