Sunday 18 August 2019: Proper 15

10 am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

Led by the Minister

NB ALL SUNDAY MORNING SERVICES IN AUGUST

AT ST STEPHEN’S

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION – Contact Details from our Church Administrator

AUGUST SUNDAY SERVICES AT 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 were at Old High, and all the August services will be at St Stephen’s at 10am. The Session trust you will give this initiative your enthusiastic support! Please speak to your elder if you have any questions. If anyone has trouble getting to church during this period, please contact your elder, or Pat, our Church Administrator, and we will try to organise a lift (079 342 85924).

OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING PROGRAMME The Church Opening programme is once again proving popular with both tourists and local people. We are open from 10.00-12.00 and 2-4pm on Tuesday-Friday each week. New Volunteers are welcome on a regular or occasional basis. For more information contact Sheila MacLeod.

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

BRIDGE SOCIAL EVENING on Friday 16 August at 6.00 pm in St Stephen’s Church Hall. £20 per person (includes Buffet Meal, wine and coffee). Joan Darcy.

Old High Music the second half of the 2019 programme commences on Saturday 24 August at 12 noon, when Gordon Tocher, organist at Inverness Cathedral, will perform a Fugue and Choral Prelude by Bach, a Handel Organ Concerto, and a selection of compositions by 19th century French composers. Gordon has contributed much to Old High Music over the years, so we are delighted to welcome him back to the console. Andrew Stevenson. Get onto the mailing list: ohssmusic<at>gmail.com.

THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at St Stephen’s on Sunday 25 August. All welcome at the Lord’s Table. Retiring Offering in aid of the Maggie’s Centre, which provides practical, emotional and social support to people living with cancer and their family and friends at Raigmore.

Sunday Evening Discussion Group will recommence on Sunday 25 August at 7pm in St Stephen’s vestry. We continue to work through chapters in Sam Wells’ book that seek to give a Christian perspective on some of the most topical issues of our day, starting with Europe and Social Media. Anyone who might like to join the group at this point should contact Andrew Stevenson to get advance access to the book.

CHURCH AND HALL BOOKINGS AT ST STEPHEN’S We require a new Lettings Officer for St Stephen’s. This involves taking bookings, creating a weekly diary, and ensuring that someone sets up the heating. If you think you could help with this, please contact our current Lettings Officer, Katharina Nimmo.

HARVEST WEEKEND COMMUNITY FESTIVAL The Outreach and Events Action Team is planning a weekend of events for Harvest. We hope to involve children, families and the local community over the weekend of 5-6 October. To find out more, come along to a meeting at St Stephen’s on Tuesday 20 August at 7.30pm. Details: Joan Darcy.

SUNDAY BULLETIN Please send items for this sheet to our Church Administrator: (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

WELL EQUIPED SPACES IN THE RIGHT PLACES Over the next few months, the Church of Scotland General Trustees will be inviting your views on one of the most crucial issues for the future of our Church: how best to manage our church land and buildings. An online survey will run until Saturday 31 October, giving you the chance to express your views on the best ways to manage, use and maintain our buildings for the future. The Rt Rev Colin Sinclair, the Moderator of the General Assembly, said “Buildings are hugely important to everyone in the Church and we all have strong feelings about the buildings we know best. This consultation is important so I encourage everyone who cares about the Church to take time to work through the survey and make their views known. This will ensure that the plan that will go to the 2020 General Assembly will be the very best plan we can make for the future of our congregations as well as for the mission of the Church.” The survey is available at https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news_and_events/news/2019/your_opportunity_to_help_shape_the_churchs_plan_for_land_and_buildings . If you can’t access it via a computer, contact Peter.

SPONSORED CYCLE ROUND INVERNESS PRESBYTERY CHURCHES BY REV ROBERT BROOKES Rev Robert Brookes is cycling to every church in the Presbytery on 12th, 13th and 14th of August. He will be visiting each church and will ring the hand bell from Dunlichity Church (which sadly closed recently) at each church. Money raised in sponsorship will be shared between two charities: Birchwood Highland and The Samaritans. The ride is approximately 170 miles over the three days. Please do consider sponsoring Robert in this cause. Please donate at www.justgiving.com/teams/revrobert or send donations to Rev Robert Brookes.

SUPPORTING EU CITIZENS IN OUR COMMUNITIES All Church of Scotland Ministers have received a letter from the Church and Society Council highlighting resources from the Scottish Government, with practical support and advice to help support people from other parts of the EU at what we know is an anxious and uncertain time for many. The materials includes information on the UK Government’s EU Settlement Scheme. A support and advice service for EU citizens with more complex needs or particular challenge is currently being rolled out, with more information available at www.cas.org.uk/brexit. A toolkit for employers to support their EU staff in Scotland, a Guide for EU citizens, posters, factsheets, and leaflets are also available to share and download at www.gov.scot//stayinscotland. If you would like to know more, please contact the Minister.

WORLD MISSION COUNCIL TRIP TO INDIA –  SOLAR, SARIS AND SPICES – MEET OUR INDIAN PA RTNERS! Tuesday 21 January–31 January 2020. Led by Carol Finlay (World Mission Council) and Val Brown (Christian Aid Scotland). This trip is specifically designed for people who play a role in raising global issues in their church and who come on behalf of and with the support and encouragement of their congregation. Flying to Chennai, with travel by local transport to see the Church in action and visit partner projects in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, focusing on women’s projects, HIV and issues of Climate change. Accommodation will be in Church guest houses and small hotels. There will be opportunity to enjoy local food and visit some historic sites during the visit. The cost per person will be around £1500. The Church of Scotland and Christian Aid have been working with Indian partners to ensure a just and sustainable future for some of the most vulnerable people in the country. You will get the opportunity to enjoy the rich cultural heritage but yet engage with some of the realities faced on a daily basis by much of the population and we will visit with partners implementing projects to adapt to the situation. To apply for a place or for further information, please contact World Mission Council, Church of Scotland, 121 George St Edinburgh, EH2 4YN wmoutreach<at>churchofscotland.org.uk

INVERNESS STREET PASTORS Praise & Prayer Update: Thurs 22 Aug 12.15 – 2.30 pm, The Hub, Castle Street (supporting Day-time patrol 12.30-2.30 pm) TBC Sat 31 Aug  21.15 – 01.00, The Hub, Castle Street – Pay W/e Sat. patrol; Information Talk Sat 24 Aug (10.00-11.30 am) at the Hub (adjoining the Castle Street Baptist Church) for anyone who would like to know more about the work of both Street Pastors and Prayer Pastors in Inverness, feel free to come, and bring a friend with you! “Pray for Inverness:  City Centre outreach”- joint churches event on Wed 28 Aug at 7.30 pm at Culduthel Christian Centre.