Sunday 9 September 2018: Proper 18
11.15 am Kirking of the Council:
Congregational Service at the Old High
No service at St Stephen’s
KIRKING OF THE COUNCIL is perhaps the biggest community event our congregation is involved with. It takes place next Sunday, 9 September, 11.15am at the Old High Church. Please make sure you come along to give a warm welcome not just to councillors, but also the community representatives and many children who attend from local schools and youth organisations. This year’s theme will look at health and wellbeing from a Christian perspective, in this, the 70th anniversary year of the National Health Service. It is a wonderful opportunity to show the church’s concern for the life of our city! More details from the Minister.
RETIRING OFFERING: KERALA FLOOD EMERGENCY There is another chance today to give to the special offering which Christian Aid have asked churches to take for their work in the Indian state of Kerala. Christian Aid states: ‘Over a million people so far have been affected by the unprecedented monsoon rains, with the loss of more than 370 lives in the monsoon season since June. The heavy rains have brought Kerala to a standstill; the airport and rail stations are closed due to the flooding. Most villages are either inundated with flood water, or inaccessible because of landslides. More than a million people are staying in around 4,000 relief camps across the state. The rains continue to fall in many districts – out of the 14 districts, 13 are badly affected. It’s said to be the worst rains in more than 100 years. The scale of this crisis means we need your help to do more. We’re seeing the effects of climate change right before our eyes, and we need to stand together with those suffering’. There will be plates at the doors today, or you can donate via the Christian Aid website at https://www.christianaid.org.uk/.
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 contact our Session Clerk. Linda Philip.
OLD HIGH MUSIC: FLISKMAHOY ENSEMBLE Saturday 8 September at midday will mark the second public recital by a newly-formed group, the Fliskmahoy Ensemble. Emma Versteeg (wife of Old High organist, Robin), 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. Andrew Stevenson. Join our music mailing list ohssmusic<at>gmail.com.
THE SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will gather after the summer break at 7pm on Sunday 9 September in St Stephen’s vestry. This will be a chance to discuss new material to explore at the fortnightly meetings during the rest of the year. New participants are always welcome. This has been found to be a point at the start of a new week when belief, doubt, confidence and concerns for the future can all have a place- and where there is relaxed sharing of life experiences and laughter as well. More details from Andrew Stevenson
AFTERNOON COMMUNION There will be a short service with Communion on Saturday 15 September at 2.30pm at St Stephen’s. Tea will be served after the service. Contact your elder for further information or if you require transport. Val Cantlay val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com
BRIDGE SOCIAL EVENING The bridge social evening held last Friday night, raised the magnificent sum of £1,165. A big thank you to all those who participated in making it such a successful evening. We couldn’t have done it without you! Linda Philip
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 macloshei<at>aol.com.
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 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 margaretneville<at>btinternet.com
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<at>kenilweb. The deadline is Friday 14 September.
OHSS AUTUMN OUTING CAWDOR WOODS on Sunday30 September. Meet St Stephen’s Car Park 2pm, or Cawdor Castle Car Park 2.30pm (no need to pay for entrance). Low level walk with several loops. Afternoon tea after at The Cawdor Tavern in the Bar, 4pm. Contact Deborah Macrae or Jennifer Morrison to give an idea of numbers and for more information or transport or email dmmacrae<at>uwclub.net
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or the Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
SUNDAY BULLETIN Please send items for this sheet to our Church Administrator. Church Administrator: Mrs Pat MacLeod invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and include contact details and/or e-mail.
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).
“GROW” YOUTH WORK DAY CONFERENCE Saturday 8 September (9.45am-4pm, Culduthel Christian Centre. Cost £6 (+ bring your own packed lunch). Refreshments will be provided on the day. Open to all Youth and Children’s work volunteers. Helpful seminars for all interests. Hosted by Inverness Salaried Christian Youthworkers (ISCY). More information from https://grow.scot. Booking is essential
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 admin<at>culduthelchristiancentre.org
INVERNESS CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY are holding the first concert in their 2018-19 series in the Old High Church on Friday 21 September at 7.30pm. Robert Irvine (cello) and Allan Neave (guitar) bring a programme ranging from Vivaldi and Bach to Spanish/South American music. Entry donation of £15 for adults. More details from Andrew Stevenson