Sunday 8 September 2019: Proper 18

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

No Service at St Stephen’s

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION – contact details from Church Administrator

KIRKING OF THE COUNCIL next Sunday 8 September 2019 at 11.15am, Old High Church. As always, we will all be at Old High for Kirking Sunday, now well-established as a major community event and a wonderful chance for our Congregation to bring the Christian message to the secular world. Taking part in the service with our Minister this year will be our friend, the Rev Doug McRoberts, who is Moderator of Inverness Presbytery this year. Please make it a priority to support what is one of the most important and significant events in our Congregational calendar. More from Peter.

PRAYER IN A TIME OF CRISIS “Nudged into fervent prayer” – words spoken by Peter in a recent service as he prayed for God’s guidance for the leaders of our country at this critical time – when confusion, division and anger threaten the integrity and peace of our communities. The Worship & Education Group would like there to be opportunity to gather for prayer together after morning service at St Stephen’s, as the church becomes quiet after today’s service. Afterwards there will still be the chance for fellowship in the Hall. The Old High Church continues to be open for prayer 10.00-12.00 and 2-4pm on Tuesday-Friday, and we will, of course, be praying for the political situation at next week’s Kirking of the Council. More details: Andrew Stevenson.

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

MISSION DEVELOPMENT WORKER At our congregational meetings to discuss the proposals of the Going Forward report of 2017, the top choice of those who took part was for to appoint someone to a full-time post to help us engage with the needs of the local community. The Kirk Session has now approved a Job Description for the post, and we began to advertise this week. This is a two year post in the first instance, funded initially from the generous legacy of the late Nina Wallace. The advert is included in today’s Bulletin – please share it widely: if you or anyone you know would be interested in applying for this, please let Peter know. Full details, including the Job Description, are on the website; contact Pat MacLeod, our Church Administrator, if you are unable to access these.

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, however, now urgently required. You are welcome on a regular or occasional basis. For more information contact Sheila MacLeod.

OHSS Magazine editor Willie Morrison urgently requires articles and photos for the September issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible. The deadline is Friday 13 September.

Old High Music Saturday 21 Sept at 12 noon: Ness Brass Trio, comprising accomplished Inverness-based musicians, Rob Farmer (horn), Ian Shires (trumpet) and Mark Bell (trombone) will perform solo and ensemble pieces, with piano accompaniments by Robin Versteeg. From Mozart to Poulenc, this is an opportunity to enjoy the rich sound of these instruments in the acoustic of the Old High. More details from the website (http://www.oldhighststephens.com) or from Andrew Stevenson.

HARVEST FUN WEEKEND On Saturday 5 October there will be a Fun Afternoon at St Stephen’s from 2-4pm. There will be entertainment and stalls. We will be looking for donations of baking, jam, chutneys etc. There will also be a plant stall, so if you are tidying your garden please keep any plants or cuttings for the stall. All proceeds from this free event are to go to the Highland Foodbank. We will be inviting participants to join us for our Harvest services the following day. Contact Joan Darcy or Val Cantlay if you can lend a hand.


150 YEARS OF WORSHP AT INVERNESS CATHEDRAL Choral Evensong this afternoon at 3pm. A traditional service of Evensong, sung by the Cathedral Choir. A reflective Service including Psalms, Canticles and Readings. All Welcome to come and enjoy the music – those of no faith, those seeking and exploring and those who know this service well. Details from Cathedral Office.

FRIENDS OF CAMERON  HOUSE AFTERNOON TEA on Saturday 21 September 2019 from 2-4pm at the Scout Hall, Green Drive (off Culduthel Road).  Entrance £3 (children under 12 free). The Friends support the residential home run by the Church of Scotland for people living with dementia and Alzheimer’s. Come along to our annual fundraising Afternoon Tea and enjoy a cup of tea and home baking, baking stall etc. Donations of home baking, preserves etc will be very much appreciated. Contact Emma Green.

Mission Development Worker

Old High St Stephen’s Church of Scotland, Inverness

Salary £25,122 – £28,400 (in keeping with the Ministries Development Staff salary scale)

Old High St Stephen’s Church (www.oldhighststephens.com) is seeking to consolidate and expand its work in a parish which covers both the city centre and part of the suburbs of the Highland Capital.

We are now seeking an enthusiastic person to work with the congregation to help us develop our understanding, vision and practice of mission in our community.

Duties we envisage would include:

  • Identifying and attempting to meet needs within our community which can be met by the Church.
  • Work in partnership with other churches, faith communities, statutory support services and voluntary sector providers towards meeting the needs of the local community.
  • Work closely with the existing membership of the Church, its volunteers and service users to deliver Christian witness and outreach.
  • Work in local schools as appropriate
  • Support for the volunteers to develop the opening of the Old High Church for visitors
  • Identifying imaginative ways to bring an inclusive and welcoming Christian message to the community.

If you would relish the challenge, we would love to talk to you to discuss your ideas and learn more about us. For an informal visit / discussion with us, please contact our Minister, the Rev Peter W Nimmo.

Applications should be made via CV and statement stating how your skills, gifts and experiences are suitable for this role.

Closing date for applications is 16 September 2019.

(Please note it is necessary that all applicants will be subject to a Disclosure Check and should have a living Christian faith that is a Genuine Occupational Requirement in terms of the Employment Equality Act 2010)

For the job description, visit http://www.oldhighststephens.com/2019/08/21/mission-development-worker-post/