7.30pm Faith for the Future: Lent Study and Worship
at St Stephen’s
Sunday 14 April 2019: Palm and Passion Sunday
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11:15am Morning Worship at the Old High
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION (Contact details from Church Administrator)
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
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING 2019 Last year we had over 6,500 visitors visit the Old High Church, 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. Prospective volunteers are invited to meeting on Monday 15 April at 2pm in the Old High Church to plan the programme for this year. New members welcome. If you can spare two hours per week/month to show people around the church please come along to the meeting or contact Sheila MacLeod
OLD HIGH MUSIC On Saturday 27 April at 12 noon we are delighted to welcome back Kevin Duggan, Director of Music at Dunblane Cathedral. Some of you will remember the outstanding organ recital he gave in 2017. For this occasion he has crafted together a programme around the theme “Danish Connections”, covering the period from Buxtehude in the 17th century, via Nielsen in the 20th to his own composition – all of which he will introduce on the day. We hope that many of those attending the Congregational Meeting in the OH Hall that morning will come across to the church afterwards to enjoy this hour of music. Brochures are at the doors detailing the recitals for 2019. More details from Andrew Stevenson. Join the Music Email list: ohssmusicgmail.com.
LOCAL CHURCH REVIEW The Presbytery’s regular 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 a new elder and the Congregation’s Annual Meeting. 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.
CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 12-18 MAY 2019 Christian Aid collection envelopes will be available for collectors to pick up at our churches from Sunday 14 April. Please contact Deborah Macrae if you have any questions or if you want to become a collector. 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.
LENT STUDY: FAITH FOR THE FUTURE this evening, 7.30-8.30pm at St Stephen’s. Looking at the prophet Amos as he stands up to authority. Everyone welcome, even if you’ve not attended previously.
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.
SERVICES FOR HOLY WEEK AND EASTER This year we are sharing Holy Week with our friends at Ness Bank Church of Scotland and St John’s and St Michael’s Episcopal Churches. Please join us as we prepare for Easter:
Holy Week
8-13 April 2019: Monday 7pm Taizé service at St John’s
Tuesday 6.30pm Ness Bank with concert by US student choir to follow
Wednesday 7pm Reflecting on Holy Week at St Stephen’s
Maundy Thursday 7pm Communion at Ness Bank
Good Friday Old High Church open for reflection throughout the day
Good Friday Evening Service with Musik Fyne, 7.30pm St Michael’s Abban Street
Saturday 8pm Easter Eve St John’s
Easter Sunday services as usual at 10am (St Stephen’s) and 11.15am (Old High)
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.
HEALING SERVICE Christian Fellowship of Healing (Highlands) will hold a healing service at St Stephen’s next Sunday (14 April) at 4pm to which all are welcome. Contact David Martin.