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6.30pm Ding Dong Merrily Old High-
family carol service celebrating
the Inverness Christmas Lights Switch on
at the Old High Church
Sunday 25 November 2018: Proper 28
10:00am Congregational Communion Service at St Stephen’s
No Service at the Old High
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or your Elder, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
DING DONG MERRILY OLD HIGH, our family carol service for the Inverness Christmas Lights Switch On, takes place this evening at the Old High at 6.30pm. Bring your children and grandchildren to celebrate the true light which comes into the world at Christmas- All Welcome! This is a major community event, which we hope everyone in the congregational will support. Details from Peter.
CRAFT EVENING St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm, this Wednesday 21 November. Crafters and non-crafters welcome (you may wish to learn a craft). Friendly atmosphere and refreshments provided. Margaret McAleer.
OHSS CHRISTMAS FAYRE this Saturday 24 November in St Stephen’s hall from 10-12. £3 entry includes refreshments. Donations will be gratefully received on Friday evening 7.30-8.30 pm. Please give generously with baking, gifts and raffles. Please come along to enjoy coffee/tea/mince pie/shortbread and of course the camaraderie. Margaret McAleer.
CONGREGATIONAL COMMUNION SERVICE Our Communion Service at St Stephen’s on 25 November at 10am will be a Congregational Service. We will have music from a combined choir (St Stephen’s and Old High) with our Old High organist, Robin Versteeg, playing the organ. All welcome as we worship together at what should be a very special service!
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP No meeting on 18 November on account of the service at the Old High, but the group will meet again at 7pm on Sunday 25 November in St Stephen’s vestry to consider Chapters 8 and 9 of “Vanishing Grace”. Andrew Stevenson.
OLD HIGH MUSIC The final event in 2018 is an organ recital on Saturday 1 December, 12 noon. As in previous years, we decided that it would offer a special moment of preparation for Advent if we invited someone to perform some of the great organ music written for that time in the Christian Year. So Bach-lovers will enjoy listening to Robin Bell, Music Teacher and Organist of another Father Henry Willis instrument at St Leonard’s School, St Andrews. Seasonal refreshments to follow. Andrew Stevenson.
GIVING TREES will be at both churches shortly, so we ask for a thought to be given to those who sadly may not get any sort of small gift at Christmas. This can mean a lot!
St Stephen’s – 25 November (Congregational Service) and 2 December.
Old High (in the East Corridor) from Sunday 2 December. We will be providing gifts for homeless people, and any of the following would be appreciated – gloves, hats, scarves, socks, underwear or toiletries. A little extra such as a Mars bar or some sweets would be a nice surprise. Gateway advise that at present there are 12 ladies and 28 men who are homeless. Additional gifts would be appreciated for unexpected situations. Wrapped gifts should be returned by Sunday 16 December. Further information from Sheila MacLeod or from Liz McKimmie.
OLD HIGH ST STEPHENS WINTER WALK AND AFTERNOON TEA on 2 December. A short walk, about 30-40 minutes, from Muirtown Locks to Clachnaharry. Cuppa afterwards at the Jammy Piece (JP) cafe at Muirtown Locks. Meet St Stephen’s car park at 2pm for car sharing or at Muirtown Locks beside the JP cafe at 2.15pm, or join us for a cuppa there at 3pm. If the weather is inclement we will still meet for the refreshments. Contact Deborah Macrae or Jennifer Morrison for more details.
PALESTINIAN HANDCRAFTS STALL On 2 December I will be running a stall in St Stephen’s with a selection of Palestinian handcrafts. These are beautifully made and can make a perfect Christmas present. For many Palestinian households the women have become the sole wage earners, and these traditional crafts have become a vital source of income. Details at www.hadeel.org Andy Pyott.
ST STEPHEN’S CHURCH & COMMUNITY CHOIRS Christmas Concerts at 7.30m on Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 December 2018. This year’s proceeds will go to the Birnie Centre Toddler Group and Mikeysline. Tickets from Susan MacLeod.
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING A big thank you to everyone who supported the Church Opening Programme this year by participating in the rota and by praying for the Volunteers and Visitors. We welcomed over 6,500 people into the church. They came from all corners of the world and an increasing number of local people came through the doors. Sheila MacLeod.
CROSSREACH Prayer diary October 2018 to January 2019, Newsletter, and Christmas catalogue now available at church doors. Rae Swan.
OHSS MAGAZINE Willie Morrison urgently requires articles and photos for the December issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, by e-mail. Deadline- earlier than usual for Christmas season reasons- Friday 30 November.
SUNDAY BULLETIN Please send items for this sheet to our Church Administrator: Mrs Pat MacLeod (079 342 85924) invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and include contact details and/or e-mail.
NHS HIGHLAND BEREAVEMENT SERVICE STAKEHOLDER CONFERENCE 22 NOVEMBER 2018 at Smithton Free Church, Murray Road, Inverness IV2 7YU from 1030 am to 3.30m. Claire McCall (Bereavement Office) Lesley Gray (Chief Registrar) and Ellie Wolf (Café 42) and Grief Matters Highland will attend. Tea & Coffee will be available throughout the day, and a light lunch provided. Booking required by Monday 19 November so we can organize catering.
INVITATION TO DORES PARISH CHURCH 190TH ANNIVERSARY SERVICE on Sunday 25 November at 3pm to be taken by our Interim Moderator, Rev Scott McRoberts. Come and share with us as we thank God for his provisions and also share a cup of tea or coffee and the history of this beautiful building and Church. Looking forward to welcome you all.
VOCATIONS INFORMATION DAY on Saturday 9 February at St John’s Episcopal Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh. The day includes an inspirational keynote speech on the Call to Serve Today, practical information and the opportunity to ask important questions about how God might be calling you. We’d like to encourage you to think of anyone you might want to make aware of this opportunity. It is an engaging day, with the opportunity to mix with many at the same stage of exploration, and to hear about the different forms of ministry service in the Church of Scotland. The Vocations Information Day remains the first step in the Discernment Process for anyone wanting to explore the recognised ministries of the Church. Please help us encourage others to explore their call to service further. Spaces are limited – booking essential. To register, contact Ministries Council, 121 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4YN vocationchurchofscotland.org.uk
CROSSREACH Today is CrossReach Sunday, when we give thanks and pray for the work of the Social Care Council of the Church of Scotland.
CrossReach offers loving care to people of all ages who are in need of a helping hand, and supports them in living life to the full, whatever their circumstances. CrossReach has been at the forefront of high quality social care and has worked hard to understand the needs of the people who turn to them for help. The Church of Scotland’s Social Care Council is accountable for the work of CrossReach, as it represents the social care mission of the Church. It is guided and motivated by a Christian ethos of love, compassion and care for all.
With advancements in knowledge, research and resources, CrossReach has continued to provide support for those in need. In focusing on the needs of the individual, it provides innovative and effective ways to support others.
The CrossReach services in Inverness Presbytery are:
Cameron House, Inverness: A purpose-built residential care home catering for 30 older people with dementia. The Rev Alastair Younger is chaplain at Cameron House, and Val Cantlay, Jay Rankine and Rae Swan are part of the Circle of Friends for Cameron House, whose activities include fundraising.
Whinnieknowe Residential Home, Nairn: A homely, relaxing residential care home with 24 en-suite bedrooms and beautiful views.
CrossReach Counselling, Inverness: A confidential counselling service.
Cale House, Inverness: Temporary accommodation and support for adults looking to move into their own tenancies.
Beechwood House, Inverness: A safe and comfortable environment for adults recovering from substance use.
Learn more about CrossReach at www.crossreach.org.uk/
If you would like to help with the Cameron House Circle of Friends, contact Rae Swan.
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