Sunday 10 March 2019: First Sunday in Lent

11.15am ‘Faith and Science’: Congregational Service at the Old High Church, Special service with guest preacher Dr Murdo Macdonald, Policy Officer, Church of Scotland Society, Religion & Technology (SRT) Project

Who says that the church and science don’t mix? Technology has brought many great benefits to society, which we often take for granted, but it can also pose big ethical dilemmas – not just unexpected risks and side-effects, but unintended social consequences and even changes in our moral outlook. The SRT Project was set up by the Church of Scotland in 1970 to examine some of these vital issues.

Coffee afterwards for more discussion and questions

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION – Contact details from Church Administrator

SCIENCE AND FAITH CONFERENCE Saturday 9 March at Inshes Church, 9.30am for 10am. The Presbytery conference is open to all with an invitation to the congregation to come along. The Programme features Rev Doug MacRoberts (Producer – The God Dimension) and Dr Murdo Macdonald (Science, Religion & Technology Project). The morning includes an exhibition on Creation, seen through the twin lenses of science and faith, a keynote presentation from Doug featuring The God Dimension (free video copies available), a session on practical projects and ideas from SRT’s Project Officer, and a short act of worship.

SOUTHSIDE NURSING HOME There will be a short service, led by Isobel Allan, at Southside Nursing Home immediately after this morning’s service at St Stephen’s. If you are able to assist with the singing, or chatting to the residents, this would be much appreciated. Please speak to Isobel after the service. We still also seek members willing to lead these services on a rota basis; please contact Janet Robertson.

LENT STUDY: FAITH FOR THE FUTURE Peter, our minister, will be offering a Lent Study and discussion on Sunday nights in Lent. We live in an age of uncertainty, where many fear for the future. Brexit, the rise far right politics, climate change, and much more, are causes of concern for many people. The prophets on the Old Testament spoke to people in their times of uncertainty – what can we learn from them that would help us to have hope today and in the years to come. Can we have a faith for the future? Sunday evenings, starting on the Second Sunday of Lent, 17 March, 7.30-8.30pm at St Stephen’s. With time for prayer, worship and a chat over tea! Contact Peter for more details.

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

CHURCH SPRING WALK TO ALDOURIE AND LOCH NESS this afternoon. Meet St Stephen’s Car park at 1.30pm, or Aldourie Castle car park at 2pm. Low level walk with various lengths of walk. Cuppa after at the Lochardil House Hotel at 3.30pm. Tea/Coffee Scone and shortbread £4.50. All welcome for walk or cuppa. Contacts: Deborah Macrae or Jennifer Morrison.

CRAFT EVENING St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm, Wednesday 6 March. Crafters and non-crafters welcome (you may wish to learn a craft). Friendly atmosphere and refreshments provided. Margaret McAleer.

OLD HIGH MUSIC .Brochures at the doors detailing the recitals for 2019. More details from Andrew Stevenson. Email list: ohssmusic<at>gmail.com.

OHSS MAGAZINE editor Willie Morrison urgently requires articles and photos for the March issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible. Deadline is Friday 15 March.

HIGHLAND FOOD BANK I have received a letter from Lorna at the Food Bank, thanking the congregation for their continued support and donations. She has asked that, for the months of February and March they would welcome donations of tins of corned beef, tins of potatoes, small sizes of washing powder and small sizes of washing up liquid. they are particularly short of those items. Many thanks for your continued support. Contact Margaret Neville.

MEMORIAL MEETING FOR THE LATE ESTHER NICHOLSON Our friend Esther was also a regular attender at the Inverness Quaker Meeting, who are holding a memorial meeting for her at L’Arche, 13 Drummond Crescent, on Saturday 16 March at 2pm, with refreshments to follow. All of us who were friends of Esther, and who sadly did not get the chance to pay our respects previously, are invited. The meeting will be in the L’Arche workshop at the back of the main house. More details from Peter.

WORD FOR TODAY The latest free daily readings guide is now in the vestibules of both churches. Contact Ruth Martin.

CROSSREACH Latest news magazine and prayer diary are 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.


AT ONE WITH MUSIC on Friday 10 March at 1pm will be in the Old High Church – rather than its usual venue at the Spectum Centre. Monika Palsauskaite will perform a selection from Olivier Messiaen’s “Contemplations on the Child Jesus” on the piano. Donations of £7.50 at the door. Details Andrew Stevenson .

HEALING SERVICE Christian Fellowship of Healing (Highlands) will hold a healing service at St Stephen’s next Sunday (10 March) at 4pm to which all are welcome. Contact David Martin.

MIKEYSLINE Margaret Young is selling copies of a Scottish place-names quiz (£1 per copy) in aid of the Inverness Singers’ nominated charity which this year is Mikeysline. To buy a sheet contact Margaret in Churchor by e-mail. Completed sheets should be returned to Margaret by 27 March  or by e-mail. Prize: £20 Waterstone’s gift card. The correct answers will be sent to anyone requesting them, either on receipt of an SAE or by e-mail. The winner will be announced at The Inverness Singers’ spring concert, on Wednesday, 3 April at. NB Rae Swan or Val Cantlay now have ten copies of the quiz. If they run out please contact Margaret Young.(details above).

INK CARTRIDGES RECYCLING If you have individual or accumulated old ink cartridges they can be recycled by putting them in a free post envelope from Currys/PC World. A small supply of these envelopes are available in St Stephen’s front door vestibule. David Martin.

THISTLE TONES ladies singing group, are holding a coffee morning with music in aid of Blythswood Care at the Town House on Saturday 2 March 10am to12 noon. Tickets £5 adults and £3 seniors. It would be useful, but not essential, to know numbers in advance for catering. Contact Fiona Kelly for tickets