WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Tonight

7.30pm Faith for the Future: Lent Study and Worship

at St Stephen’s

Sunday 7 April 2019: Fifth Sunday in Lent

10am    Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11:15am Morning Worship at the Old High

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION – contact details from the Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com

RETIRING OFFERING: CHRISTIAN AID DISASTER RELIEF More than 2 million people have been affected by Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. Many people have been killed and an estimated 400,000 have lost their homes. These devastating tolls are set to rise in the coming days once the full extent of the damage becomes clearer. Those affected- especially those in remote areas- are in desperate need of food, water, clothing, shelter and medicine. Christian Aid is acting as part of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) to raise urgent funds. Working with our local partners on the ground in Zimbabwe and Malawi, we are helping to provide much-needed emergency assistance. Please donate to the DEC Cyclone Idai Appeal so we can be there for those in need. There are plates at the door this morning, or you can donate at www.christianaid.org.uk .

LOCAL CHURCH REVIEW The Presbytery’s 5 yearly Local Church Review (LCR) for Old High St Stephen’s is now underway. The visiting team are Rev Ian Manson (Kilmorack and Erchless), Rev Robert Brookes (Cawdor and Croy), Sheila Proudfoot (Ness Bank) and Jim Anderson (also Ness Bank). The team have already met with the Leadership Group and this was a very good meeting

The next step is to meet with the Kirk Session and Congregation. This meeting will be held in the Old High Church Hall on Saturday 27 April from 10.00 – 11.45 am. Refreshments will be provided from 9.30 am. This is an important meeting as it gives everyone an opportunity to have input into the future of our congregation going forward and particularly towards moving to one place of worship, please come if you can. A list of questions from the LCR team will be made available shortly and these will be included in the Order of Service. There is an organ recital in the Old High from 12 noon and hopefully many will wish to attend that after the meeting.

On the following day Sunday 28 April we have a Congregational Service at St Stephen’s which will include the Ordination of two new elders and the Congregation’s Annual Meeting after the service. Therefore it’s a busy weekend with lots of important events to attend. If you have any questions on this Review please speak to the Minister, or to Christine MacKenzie.

LENT STUDY: FAITH FOR THE FUTURE Peter, our minister, is 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 this evening, 7.30-8.30pm at St Stephen’s. Contact Peter for more details.

CHURCH MAGAZINE The magazine is in the pews today for distributors to collect. Jennifer Morrison.

HIGHLAND FOOD BANK 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.

CRAFT EVENING St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm, Wednesday 3 April. Crafters and non-crafters welcome (you may wish to learn a craft). Friendly atmosphere and refreshments provided Jennifer Morrison.

PASTORAL COVER Peter will be on holiday from 5-12 April inclusive. For any urgent pastoral needs, please contact your elder, or the Rev Alastair Younger.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 12-18 MAY 2019 Come and help collect for Christian Aid. Please contact Deborah Macrae if you want to find out more. All help welcome.

CHRISTIAN AID COFFEE MORNING Saturday 11 May in St Stephen’s Hall. There will be the usual plant stall for which contributions will be welcome. Contact Jennifer Morrison for further information.

OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING Once again we are appealing to the congregation to help us open the Old High to visitors this summer. Last year we had over 6,500 visitors, many of them from around the world. However we are finding that more and more local people are taking the chance to visit the building. We have had hundreds of prayer tags put on the Prayer Tree, so it’s obvious we are meeting a real spiritual need for a quiet space in our busy city centre. Please do consider giving a few hours to be part of this fantastic outreach by our congregation. All our volunteers report that it is fascinating, enjoyable, and fulfilling to meet our visitors. If you would like to know more, please contact our Church Administrator, Pat MacLeod.

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.

TABLE FOR SALE We have a handsome wooden table at the Old High Church which is surplus to requirements, and for sale to any member in return for a donation. If you interested, please contact Pat MacLeod, Church Administrator.

RECORDINGS OF SERVICES If you or someone you know can’t get to church, we have recordings of our services available on CDs or USB sticks (which lets you listen on your computer). Please contact Pat, our Church Administrator, for more information.

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

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

SUNDAY BULLETIN Our Church Administrator is now on holiday. A request was issued for items for the Sunday Bulletins 24 March and 31 March to be with her before she left, but any additional items should be forwarded to the Minister.

OTHER NEWS

THE WASHINGTON AND LEE UNIVERSITY SINGERS from Lexington, Virginia, USA, will perform at Ness Bank Church on Tuesday 16 April 2019 at 7pm (following Holy Week service at 6.30pm). Concert repertoire includes Irish and Scottish selections, American Folk Hymns, and Spirituals. Free entrance.

“What a Wonderful World” Songs in Celebration of Life, presented by the Inverness Singers in the Crown Church on Wednesday 3 April at 7.30pm. Entry by programme for the suggested donation of £8 (£4 for children and students) available from Ken and Margaret Young, and at the door on the night. A donation from proceeds will be made to Mikeysline. Baking stall. Parking in the Crown School playground.

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.