NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE FOR ADULTS & CHILDREN OFALL AGES A congregation-led serviceat St Stephen’s on Monday 24 December 2018 at 6.30 pm. Do comealong and bring family and friends for a short, informal service with carols,lessons and simple activities for the children. We have an urgent need still for sheep, donkeys, stars,shepherds and angels – on loan for the occasion! Contact Malcolm MacRae or Andrew Stevenson for information.

All our Christmas and New Year Services are listed on the back page. If you come to our All-Age Service at 10.30am on Christmas Day, bring our favourite Christmas presents along to show us! Also, please note the Congregational Service at Old High on the first Sunday after the New Year.

PASTORAL CARE Peter, or your Elder, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.

MINISTER’SHOLDAY COVER from 26 December 2018 to 2 January 2019 (inclusive dates) willbe provided by Rev Alastair Younger. Alastair should also be advised of anyone ill at home or in hospital during that period.

EMAIL NEWSLETTER Lastweek we sent out the first of an occasional newssheet to those of you who haveprovided us with e-mail addresses. If you would like to receive the newsletter,and any future ones, and you have not already done so, please contact Pat at invernesschurch<at>gmail.com.

OHSS CHURCH MAGAZINE isavailable for distributors to uplift today.Jennifer Morrison.

SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP this evening (16 December),when we shall discuss the final 2 chapters of Philip Yansey’s book. AndrewStevenson.

ST STEPHEN’S CHURCH AND COMMUNITY CHOIRS Christmas Concerts at 7.30m on Wednesday 19 andThursday 20 December 2018. This year’s proceeds will go to the Birnie CentreToddler Group and Mikeysline. Tickets from Susan MacLeod.

MEET & EAT LUNCH Christmas Lunch will be served atour monthly gathering on Thursday 20 December at 12.30 at the Craigmonie Hotel.All welcome. For further information please contact Val Cantlay

OLD HIGH TEA AND COFFEE Therewill be tea/coffee after the service in the Old High on Sunday 23 December. All welcome. Christine Mackenzie

FOOD FOR FAMILIES PROJECT providing meals to individuals and families who are inneed. We hope to maintain the number of meals delivered this year. This year wewill cook mince and tatties. All ingredients are provided, and I have put usdown for cooking w/c 7 January with all meals being delivered by Friday 11 January. The process will be the same as before with the ingredients beingdelivered for cooking and the cooked meals being picked up by Gateway. The meals will be frozen prior to delivery to local schools, community centres andto families who have been referred from agencies such as Social Work, NHS Highland, Councillors, local community groups and local churches. If you wishto participate please contact Christine MacKenzie

HIGHLANDFOOD BANK (HFB) Lorna Dempster has written thanking the congregations ofOld High St Stephen’s for their Harvest donations to the food bank whichamounted to a magnificent 182 kgs of food. She has said that HFB and thethousands who are helped each year greatly appreciate the generosity. ForDecember and January they would be very grateful to receive jars of coffee,packets of oatcakes, tins of corned beef, cartons of long life fruit juice, tins of ham. Many thanks for your continuing support. Margaret Neville

GIVING TREES Thanks to all who have contributed. You can still hand in your present today at Old High.

CROSSREACH Prayer diary October 2018 to January 2019,Newsletter, and Christmas catalogue now available at church doors. Rae Swan.

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.

WARMTH FOR THE HOMELESS Gary Ross, who has been joining us forworship at Old High on an extended visit from Texas, has provided suitcases atboth our buildings. If you have any warm clothing, in good condition, which youwould like to donate, please put them in the suitcase next Sunday and thefollowing Sunday, and Gary will deliver it to the Gateway in Church Street, who will provide the items to the local homeless community. Gary Ross.

VOCATIONS INFORMATION DAY on Saturday 9 February at St John’s Episcopal Church,Princes Street, Edinburgh. The day includes an inspirational keynote speech onthe Call to Serve Today, practical information and the opportunity to askimportant questions about how God might be calling you. We’d like to encourageyou to think of anyone you might want to make aware of this opportunity.  It is an engaging day, with the opportunityto mix with many at the same stage of exploration, and to hear about thedifferent forms of ministry service in the Church of Scotland. The VocationsInformation Day remains the first step in the Discernment Process for anyonewanting to explore the recognised ministries of the Church.  Please help us encourage others to exploretheir call to service further. Spaces are limited – booking essential. To register, contact Ministries Council, 121 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4YN