Old High St. Stephen's, Inverness

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Month: May 2019

Funeral Announcement – Mrs Jane Smith

Mrs Jane Ann Smith died at Aden House, Inverness on 25 May 2019.
Mrs Smith’s funeral will be held at 1 pm at St Stephen’s Church, Southside Road, Inverness IV2 4XA, on Friday 31 May 2019.

For further details, contact the Funeral Director, Wm T Fraser and Son, Culduthel Road, Inverness (243232).

Sunday Bulletin 26 May 2019

WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Sunday 2 June 2019: Seventh Sunday of Easter

10am  Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11:15am Morning Worship at the Old High

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION

SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION AT OLD HIGH TODAY All welcome at the Lord’s Table. The Retiring Offering will be in aid of the Maggie’s Centre. Maggie’s offers free practical, emotional and social support to people living with cancer and their family and friends. Built in the grounds of specialist NHS cancer hospitals, Maggie’s Centres are warm and welcoming places, with qualified professionals on hand to offer a programme of support that has been shown to improve physical and emotional wellbeing.

TODAY’S SERVICE AT ST STEPHEN’S is led by our friend Stewart Robertson, Reader at Crown Church. Please give Stewart a warm welcome!

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK Thank you to all those who helped in any way to the coffee morning and those who came and gave so generously and made it such a success. Approximately £1000 was raised. Thanks, too, to all who helped with the door-to-door collection- we hope to have a final figure soon.

OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING PROGRAMME 2019 The Old High Church will be open from 2-4 pm each Friday afternoon from 19 April until 31 May. The Summer Opening Programme will commence on Tuesday 4 June (10am-12 noon and 2-4pm) on Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday and Friday each week. We are organising an Open Afternoon for new Volunteers next month. It is not too late to join the Team. Contact Sheila MacLeod.

HIGHLAND FOOD BANK The requests for May are for deodorant for men and women, tins of corned beef and tins of potatoes. Many thanks for your continued support. Margaret Neville.

CRAFT EVENING St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm, Wednesday 29 May. Crafters and non-crafters welcome (you may wish to learn a craft). Friendly atmosphere and refreshments provided. Margaret McAleer.

OLD HIGH MUSIC Saturday 1 June at 12 noon will be the annual opportunity to hear young pianists, violinists, a cellist and a clarinet player from around the Inverness Area. They have been invited to come and perform pieces that they have prepared for recent exams or competitions, to extend their experience of playing for an audience. For some this will be their last “home” performance before heading off to University. Your enthusiastic support for them in previous years was much appreciated. 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.

OHSS MAGAZINE Editor Willie Morrison urgently requires articles and photos for the June issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible. Deadline Friday 14 June.

READERS AT OLD HIGH We’d like to add to our band of regular readers at the Old High on Sunday mornings. Contact Margaret Young if you would like to swell our numbers. Thanks.

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 are interested, please contact Pat MacLeod, Church Administrator.

CHRISTIAN BASICS The Minister will run a course on Sunday nights at 7pm at St Stephen’s. Dates to be confirmed. If you are interested, please contact Peter for more information.

OHSS HANDBELLS Since Tuesday 4 June is our last practice this term, we are having an open night in the Old High church from 7.30pm till 8.30pm. If its a nice Summer evening we’ll ring in the churchyard. Coffee will be served in the church. It will be a very informal evening and you are welcome to come for 10 minutes or longer. Rena Beaton.

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.

OTHER NEWS

CHURCH OF SCOTLAND STEWARDSHIP ROADSHOW presenting a new resource, A Narrative of Generosity, and also displaying contactless giving systems. The roadshows are for all, and are open to any other denominations. Inverness Roadshow at Trinity Church 7pm to 9pm, Monday 3 June. Contact David Lynch, National Stewardship Coordinator, Church of Scotland.

A celebration of Praise In aid of Blythswood and Bear Necessities on Friday 31 May at 7pm at Smithton Free Church. Come along and join in our celebration of praise along with the Highland Male Voice Choir; Mary MacVicar, Eileen MacKintosh, The Tink Family, Alasdair and Morag Moodie, and John Buchanan. Donations welcome on the night. Contact Elma MacKay.

Inverness Festival of Male Voice Praise on Saturday 1 June 2019, at the East Church, Academy Street, Inverness at 7.15pm. Community singing from 7.00pm. Guest Speaker, Pastor Kenny Wilson, Northern Ireland. Guest Singer, Olivia Ross. All are warmly welcomed. Admission free. Robyn Teago, Inverness Street Pastors.

Highland Young Musicians at Old High: Saturday 1 June 12 noon

Saturday 1st June at 12 noon will be the annual opportunity to hear young pianists, violinists, a cellist and a clarinet player from around the Inverness Area play at the Old High Church.

They have been invited to come and perform pieces that they have prepared for recent exams or competitions, to extend their experience of playing for an audience.

For some this will be their last “home” performance before heading off to University. Your enthusiastic support for them in previous years was much appreciated.

Please note this has been moved forward a week from previously advertised.

We ask for a £6 donation towards the cost of the music programme at Old High.

Full details of the 2019 Old High Music Programme here.

Join our Music mailing list: ohssmusic<a>gmail.com (replace <a> with @).

A welcome for everyone: sermon for 19 May 2019: General Assembly Sunday (Easter 5)

In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

This weekend, the General Assembly of our Church of Scotland is meeting, and will continue to meet until Friday. On this Sabbath Day, there is no business done. Instead, commissioners will attend worship at St Giles to hear a sermon from the Moderator- and, no doubt, some very fine music. We have no commissioners from this congregation this year, but most of our St Stephen’s Church Choir will be taking part in a less formal act of worship, as part of a massed choir at Heart and Soul, an excellent event which showcases the work of the church and other Christian organisations in Prince Street Gardens, in the heart of our capital city. I’m looking forward to hearing how they enjoy that event.

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Resurrection belief: Sermon for Christian Aid Sunday 2019:

Scripture Readings: John 10:22-30

Psalm 23 (sung)

Acts 9:36-43

In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

Yesterday we started on Christian Aid Week, and once again we had a terrific coffee morning, with a plant stall outside in the lovely sunshine. And many of you will go round the streets collecting door to door this week. Campaigning for people in countries blighted by poverty could be a disheartening affair. But we do so because we are Easter people: we believe that life can come out of death.

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Sunday Bulletin for 12 May 2019

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Sunday 19 May 2019: Fifth Sunday of Easter

10am  Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11:15am Morning Worship at the Old High

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The unexpected Christ: sermon for 5 May 2019: The Third Sunday of Easter

Scripture Readings: Acts 9.1-20 John 21.1-19

In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

I wonder if you remember the TV series from years ago, Tales of the Unexpected? The series dramatized short stories by Roald Dahl- stories with a twist in the tale, usually a bit macabre. We enjoy being entertained by stories with a twist, or films where something we don’t expect to happen.

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Sunday Bulletin 5 May 2019

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Sunday 12 May 2019: Fourth Sunday of Easter
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)
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP resumes this evening at 7pm in St Stephen’s vestry and thereafter at fortnightly intervals until the summer break. As we move towards the part of the Christian Year that encourages us to look into the world, we shall be dealing with some of the big issues of our time in Sam Wells’ book “How then shall we live?”. Firstly ‘Islam and Islamist Extremism’. More information from Andrew Stevenson.
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING PROGRAMME 2019 The Old High Church will be open from 2-4 pm each Friday afternoon from 19 April until 31 May. The Summer Opening Programme will commence on Tuesday 4 June (10am-12 noon and 2-4pm) on Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday and Friday each week. We are organising an Open Afternoon for new Volunteers next month. It is not too late to join the Team. Contact Sheila MacLeod.
PASTORAL CARE TEAM will meet on Tuesday 7 May in St Stephen’s vestry at 2pm. Contact: Val Cantlay.
ST STEPHEN’S CHURCH AND COMMUNITY CHOIR present ‘May’s Miscellany’ – a concert to uplift the spirit- at the One Touch Theatre, Eden Court at 7.30pm this Wednesday 8 May. This is our debut at Eden Court where we look forward to your continued support. We are lucky to be supported by two local young musicians, Sandy Scott-Brown (cello) and Catriona Mackenzie (piano) who I am sure will delight you with their skill and musicianship. The proceeds from this concert will go to the Calman Trust. Tickets (£12) are available from Eden Court though please ask any choir member to assist if you have difficulty accessing the box office. Contact Pam McCulloch.
HIGHLAND FOOD BANK The requests for April and May are for deodorant for men and women, tins of corned beef and tins of potatoes. Many thanks for your continued support. Margaret Neville.
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or your Elder, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
CHRISTIAN AID COFFEE MORNING Saturday 11 May in St Stephen’s Hall, 10am to 12 noon. Uusual baking and gardening stalls for which donations will be welcome; they can be dropped off at St Stephen’s vestry on Friday 10 May at 7.30pm. The hall will be available the same evening for setting up. Tickets will be available at today. Contact: Jennifer Morrison.
CHRISTIAN AID WEEK Door to Door Collection12-18 May and Count 28 May 7.30pm Thank you to all of you who have already picked up your envelopes for the collection. Let’s hope for good weather. Due to individual’s circumstances there are still 3 areas needing collectors so please contact me if you are able to support this fundraiser for the benefit of expectant mothers in Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone is the world’s most unsafe place to become a mother. After the collection please bring your envelopes to the church on 19 or 26 May and give them to Roberta Mackintosh (Old High) and Stuart Mackenzie or Katharina Nimmo (St Stephen’s). Alternatively come along with them to “The Count” on Tuesday 28 May in St Stephen’s church at 7.30pm (refreshments provided) or contact me and I will come and get them. Thanks Deborah Macrae.
OLD HIGH MUSIC Saturday 18 May at 12 noon will mark the first visit to the Old High by the Mayfield Singers, a Chamber Choir directed by Kate Lewis, Emma Versteeg’s mother. They sing, unaccompanied, a programme including the exquisite Mass in 4 Parts by William Byrd, pieces by Tallis, Purcell and Gibbons and some Madrigals. Come along and enjoy this sacred music in the church setting and meet our visitors afterwards. Contact: Andrew Stevenson.
ST STEPHEN’S PARKING Crown Court Hotel has asked us to remind those attending St Stephen’s that parking is only permitted from 9am to 12pm and 2pm to 5pm (7 days). No parking in the evening. In addition, you can park at Southside Road Surgery, 43 Southside Road, Inverness IV2 4XA, Kingsmills Surgery, 18 Southside Road, Inverness IV2 3BG and Southside Surgical Dentistry Centre, 28 Southside Road, Inverness IV2 3BG.
READERS AT OLD HIGH Our band of regular readers at the Old High on Sunday mornings is gradually diminishing. Please contact Margaret Young if you would like to swell our numbers. Thanks.
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.
SUNDAY BULLETIN Please send items for this sheet to our Church Administrator: Mrs Pat MacLeod (079 342 85924 invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Please keep items as brief as possible, and include contact details and/or e-mail. Pat will be on A/L shortly, so items for Bulletins 12 and 19 May should be with her by Monday 6 May at 12 noon.
OTHER NEWS
WATOTO CHILDREN’S CHOIR TOUR A musical worship experience on Tuesday 7 May at King’s Fellowship, 32 Murray Place, Smithton, Inverness IV2 7WL, and on Wednesday 8 May at Culduthel Christian Centre, Culduthel Avenue, Inverness IV2 6AS. Both events are free 7.30-8.45pm. Contact Jean Bradley.
HEALING SERVICE Christian Fellowship of Healing (Highlands) will hold a healing service at St Stephen’s next Sunday (12 May) at 4pm to which all are welcome. Contact David Martin.
INVERNESS STREET PASTORS Prayer Team meetings (all welcome, and feel free to come for just part of the time, whatever you can manage) Fri. 10 May, 10.15 am-11.30, The Hub (supporting day-time city centre patrol) Sat. 18 May, 10.15 am-12.15, The Hub – Sat morning opportunity for prayer – in support of day-time SP patrol that day, but also wider prayer time. Marilyn Armstrong prayer.inverness<at>streetpastors.org.uk

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