WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Sunday 30 December 2018: The First Sunday after Christmas

10 am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11:15am Morning Worship at the Old High

Both Services led by Rev Alastair Younger

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION

For contact details contact the Church Administrator

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

CHRISTMAS SERVICES There will be an All-Age Christmas Eve service at 6.30pm in St Stephen’s. This will be a chance to welcome back children and young people who are connected to our congregation. Several of them have agreed to help lead this simple, short service, welcoming the return of the Christ child to our midst. It will be lovely to have all the generations in our church gathered around at this special moment. Andrew Stevenson

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

CHRISTMAS OFFERINGS Our offerings over the Festive Period are for Gateway Highland (formerly Highland Homeless Trust). Please give generously.

OLD HIGH TEA AND COFFEE There will be tea/coffee after the service in the Old High today. All welcome. Christine Mackenzie

FOOD FOR FAMILIES PROJECT providing meals to individuals and families who are in need. We hope to maintain the number of meals delivered this year. This year we will cook mince and tatties. All ingredients are provided, and I have put us down 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 being delivered for cooking and the cooked meals being picked up by Gateway. The meals will be frozen prior to delivery to local schools, community centres and to families who have been referred from agencies such as Social Work, NHS Highland, Councillors, local community groups and local churches. If you wish to participate please contact Christine MacKenzie

HIGHLAND FOOD BANK (HFB) Lorna Dempster has written thanking the congregations of Old High St Stephen’s for their Harvest donations to the food bank which amounted to a magnificent 182 kgs of food. She has said that HFB and the thousands who are helped each year greatly appreciate the generosity. For December 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

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.

INVERNESS STREET PASTORS Next Prayer Support meetings (both at The Hub, Castle Street Baptist Church), Saturday 15 December 10.00 am Coffee, 10.15 -12.30 – focus on Christmas patrols (especially for those unable to come into town at night to pray). We also plan to include short prayer walk in the centre at around 11.15pm. Saturday 22 December 9.00 pm – 1.30 am (or for any part of this time that you can manage) supporting the City Centre patrol. Marilyn Armstrong, Inverness Prayer Coordinator

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 6