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WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Sunday 26 August 2018: Proper 16

10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

Led by Rev Arthur Sinclair

11.15 am Sacrament of Communion at the Old High

Led by the Minister

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION

YOUR CHURCH NEEDS YOU! Our Action Teams are looking to recruit new members with new ideas. The teams are Finance and Stewardship; Pastoral Care; Outreach and Fundraising;  Worship and Education. Please give this your consideration and if you are willing to join any of these teams please give your name to the Session Clerk. Linda Philip (790253).

DOORS OPEN DAY 1 SEPTEMBER 2018 Both churches will be open from 1030am until 4pm. At St Stephen’s, there will be organ music from 2.30pm provided by Ron Stevenson. There is an A4 printed leaflet giving a brief history of the Church for visitors. Please drop in on the day to show your support. Helpers are needed and if you can spare half an hour, contact Jim Alexander . At the Old High there are guided tours from 1.00pm and music from 1pm to 2pm. If you would like to be in attendance to help on the day, please contact Sheila MacLeod .

TREASURER VACANCY Sandy Cumming is standing down as our Treasurer after several years of service. We urgently need someone to fill this vital role! The Kirk Session have agreed to make payment for this service. If you are interested, or know someone who might be willing to serve in this way, please contact Sandy Cumming.

OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING VOLUNTEERS will meet on Monday 20 August at 2pm in the Church. If you would like to know more about the Church Opening Programme or would like to become a Volunteer please do come along. For further information please contact Sheila MacLeod.

HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at the Old High next Sunday 26 August. All welcome at the Lord’s Table. The Retiring Offering will be in aid 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.

CAMERON HOUSE A short Service will be held in Cameron House next Sunday 26 August at 3pm. (These Services take place on the fourth Sunday of the month and are conducted by Rev Alastair Younger). Members of Old High St Stephen’s who would like to come to help with singing would be welcome. Alastair Younger.

THANK YOU I wish to thank you for the beautiful floral arrangement and the many get well wishes I received recently. It is heartening to know that people care. Best wishes Margaret McAleer.

OLD HIGH MUSIC Saturday 8 September at midday will mark the second public recital by a newly-formed group, the Fliskmahoy Ensemble. Emma Versteeg, along with two other singers and a violinist, are exploring fresh musical forms for traditional Scottish and Irish ballads, and have commissioned new work from Scottish composers, which will feature in the recital. Their recent premiere performance in Dundee was received with much acclaim, so we are fortunate to have the opportunity to hear them at this formative stage in the life of this ensemble. The programme includes renditions of Caller’ Herrin and Barbara Allen and concludes with the Pankhurst Anthem – a piece commissioned by BBC Radio 3 to mark the centenary of women’s suffrage in the UK. This promises to be a fascinating and exciting hour of music. Join our music mailing list: ohssmusic<at>gmail.com.

OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING- GAPS IN ROTA The Church has been open 4 days a week 10am-12noon and 2-4pm since the beginning of June but due to unforeseen circumstances there are gaps in the rota on Wednesdays (morning and afternoon) and on a Thursday afternoon. If you can help on either a regular or occasional basis please contact Sheila MacLeod.

NINA WALLIS LEGACY At the last Kirk Session meeting, it was decided that the legacy of £185,771.90 should be used for a specific project, not for day-to-day expenditure. The congregation are therefore invited to send any ideas either to the manse office or be handed to the Minister or Session Clerk.

KIRK SESSION meets on Tuesday 4 September at 7.30pm in Old High hall. Linda Philip.

HIGHLAND FOODBANK During the months of August and September the Foodbank would be grateful for donations of the following items: Tins of Custard/Potatoes/Peas/Carrots; Cartons of Fruit Juice; and Jars of Pasta Sauce. Contact: Margaret Neville

CROSSREACH PRAYER DIARY Latest prayer diary June to September, and Impact report are available at church doors. Contact Rae Swan.

OHSS MAGAZINE editor Willie Morrison requires articles and photos for the September issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, by e-mail to Willie. The deadline is Friday 14 September.

PASTORAL CARE Peter, or the Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.

SUNDAY BULLETIN The Church Administrator will be on Annual Leave this week so items should be sent to the Minister. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and include contact details and/or e-mail.

OTHER NEWS

AT THE HEART. ON THE EDGE at Ness Bank Church on Tuesday 13 November 10 am to 3.30 pm. Hosted by Rev Fiona Smith, Minister of Ness Bank Parish Church, and Rev Dr Sam Wells, Vicar of St Martin-in-the- Fields. Programme has been developed jointly by Ness Bank Church and St Martin’s. HeartEdge is a growing ecumenical network of churches and other organisations working across the UK and overseas, initiated by St Martin-in-the-Fields. It aims to catalyse Kingdom Communities, both for those working at the heart of commerce, culture and community, and those on the edge. Topics for the day include: liturgy and worship for day-to-day communal life; starting and sustaining distinctive enterprise to generate finance for your church; addressing social need locally; using art, music and performance to reimagine the Christian story. More at https://www.stmartin-in-the-fields.org/life-st-martins/mission/heartedge/. Please register to attend at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/at-the-heart-on-the-edge-tickets-48122091471?aff=eac2 , or contact our Minister, Peter (01463 250 802).

OXFAM SHOP INVERNESS VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Oxfam are always looking to recruit more volunteers of all ages and abilities, who may have spare time on their hands and may be looking to fill their time and make new friends. If you are interested just pop into the shop in Lombard Street and ask to speak to us.

URBAN SAINTS: DISCIPLES MAKING DISCIPLES on Wednesday 12 September at 7.30pm at Culduthel Christian Centre. An inspiring, fun-packed and faith-stretching evening, where you’ll discover 4 powerful reasons why we should encourage people to become followers of Jesus. Contact Jenny Sinclair, CCC Administrator

ALIVE AND SINGING is a singing group for people and their families recovering from addiction held on Wednesdays (from 7-9pm) on 22 and 29 August. We meet currently in St Andrew’s Cathedral, Inverness. Come along and feel good! Refreshments provided. Contact Sharon Holloway