WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Sunday 9 June 2019: Pentecost

10am  Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

Service led by Rev Derek Brown, Raigmore Hospital

11:15am Kirking of the Tartans at the Old High

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION (Contact details from Church Administrator)

THY KINGDOM COME is a global wave of prayer during the period between Ascension and Pentecost. Originally an initiative of the Church of England, it supported by many denominations across the world, including the Church of Scotland. All of us know people whose life would be different if they knew Jesus, so you are invited to join with people from across the world to pray until 9 June for five people whom you know to encounter the love of Christ in their lives. More detail on the Church of Scotland website www.churchofscotland.org.uk or  www.thykingdomcome.global. David Martin has more details. There’s also a “24 Hours of Prayer” event on 8 and 9 June at Inshes Church: contact Jonathan Appleby.

SOUTHSIDE NURSING HOME There will be a short service, led by Jim Alexander, 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 Jim after the service. We seek members willing to lead these services on a rota basis; contact Janet Robertson.

NEXT SUNDAY: KIRKING OF THE TARTANS AT THE OLD HIGH CHURCH, 11.15AM We have been asked to share our service at Old High next week with the Association of Highland Clans and Societies for a ‘Kirking of the Tartans’ service. This year also marks the Tercentenary of the Battle of Glenshiel 1719. The Reverend Peter Marshall, originally from Coatbridge, and chaplain to the US Senate, introduced the idea in the US in 1941. The Rev Allan Maclean of St Vincent’s Episcopal Chapel in Edinburgh will lead prayers, with our own Minister preaching- all very welcome to what promises to be a colourful way for us to celebrate both Pentecost and St Columba’s Day. Our 10am service at St Stephen’s will be led by Rev Derek Brown, chaplain to Raigmore hospital.

THE SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet this evening at St Stephen’s. Following on from our thinking together about a Christian perspective on Migration we are going to explore the fundamentally underlying issue of Inequality, guided by Sam Wells’ helpful insights. 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 Peter, or your Elder, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.

HIGHLAND FOOD BANK I have received a letter from Lorna at the Food Bank, thanking the congregation for their generous and continued support and donations. She has asked that, for the month of June they would welcome donations of tins of potatoes, tomatoes, fruit and ham. Many thanks for your continued support. Contact Margaret Neville.

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.

CHRISTIAN BASICS The Minister will run a course on Sunday nights at 7pm at St Stephen’s. Dates to be confirmed. Contact Peter for more information.

OHSS HANDBELLS Open Night on Tuesday 4 June, from 7.30pm till 8.30pm in the Old High church. If it’s 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. Contact: Rena Beaton.

SUMMER SERVICES AT OLD HIGH ST STEPHEN’S With a view to strengthening the life of the congregation, the Kirk Session has decided to hold only one service on Sunday in July and August. All our services in July will be at the Old High at 11.15am, and all the August services will be at St Stephen’s at 10am. Easy way to remember: In July at Old High (it rhymes!); in August at St Stephen’s. The Session trust you will give this initiative your enthusiastic support! Please speak to your elder if you have any questions.

A VERY BIG THANK YOU for the beautiful floral arrangement, visits to hospital and home, many gifts, cards and well wishes. It’s very humbling to know so many people care. Unfortunately I am not yet at the stage of joining you on Sunday mornings but hopefully it won’t be too long. Best wishes to you all. God bless.

A heartfelt “THANK YOU” to those who made last Saturday afternoon such a success at the Afternoon Tea held for the congregation at St Stephen’s Hall –  the organisers, drivers, bakers, waitresses, kitchen staff, choir members for their entertainment and the opportunity to chat to friends one had not seen for ages. Grateful thanks…. It gives one a happy glow. Joyce Cumming

SUNDAY BULLETIN Please send items for this sheet to our Church Administrator Mrs Pat MacLeod. 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. ity