WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Sunday 22 September 2019: Proper 20

10 am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11:15am Morning Worship at the Old High

Both services led by Rev Arthur Sinclair

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION contact details from Church Administrator

OLD HIGH CHURCH REDEVELOPMENT AND CONSERVATION PROJECT We hope to have an exhibition on this ready for display at the Old High in the next week or two- watch this space!

MINISTER’S HOLIDAYS Peter will be on annual leave from Friday 20 September to Friday 27 September 2019, inclusive. For any pastoral matters during that time, please contact your elder or the Rev Arthur Sinclair.

PRAYER FOR OUR COUNTRY Do stay on this morning in St Stephen’s, if you’re able, for a few minutes of further prayer, to bring before God our private and shared prayers for the future well-being and health of our country at this time. Please meet with Andrew Stevenson in the choir area if you wish to take part.

Sunday Evening Discussion Group will meet this evening in St Stephen’s vestry at 7pm. We are now exploring the section entitled “Facing Mortality” in Sam Wells’ book “How shall we live?” – firstly, in relation to Chronic Illness and Bereavement. Andrew Stevenson.

OLD HIGH 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.

Old High Music Saturday 21 September 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 our website or Andrew Stevenson. Join our music mailing list: ohssmusic<at>gmail.com.

OHSS Autumn Walk and Cuppa on 29 September at Reelig Glen, Moniack. Meet 1.30 pm in St Stephen’s Car Park, or 2pm Reelig Forest Walks car park. Approximately 1 hour walk with slight climb and some uneven ground, through a picturesque glen. Then refreshments at Ruth and Stuart Mackenzie’s, at 3.30pm with stroll around the garden if desired. Please contact Deborah Macrae if you need a lift or more information.

Highland Foodbank Thank you to all who have continued to support the Foodbank with donations over the summer. At St Stephen’s we will be holding a Harvest Celebration weekend on 5 and 6 October, when we are hoping that we will be able to have more community involvement and when we will be supporting the Foodbank. As usual specific donations will be requested at services at both St. Stephen’s and the Old High, hopefully we will know details by next week. In the meantime donations of the last requested items (tins of potatoes, tomatoes fruit and ham) are most welcome. Margaret Neville.

HARVEST FUN WEEKEND Preparations are underway for the Harvest Community Celebrations at St Stephens on 5/6 October. The fun afternoon from 2-4pm on Saturday 5 October will have children’s activities, crafts for sale, coffee and cakes, musical entertainment, stalls and more! You are asked to contribute home baking, garden produce, jams, pickles and chutneys – any spare harvest from your larder will be willingly accepted! All proceeds are for the Highland Foodbank. There will be an All-Age Harvest Service the following day at St Stephen’s at 10am: please encourage all the children you know to come and join us. Details from Joan Darcy.

Friends of the Old High Church join us on 11 October at 7.30pm in the Old High Church Hall for an evening with the Very Rev Doctor Susan Brown – my year as Moderator of the Church of Scotland in word, picture and slides. Tickets £10 (includes cheese & wine) from Christina Cameron.

OTHER NEWS

FRIENDS OF CAMERON  HOUSE ANNUAL AFTERNOON TEA Saturday 21 September 2019, 2-4pm, Scout Hall, Green Drive. The Friends support the residential home run by the Church of Scotland for people living with dementia and Alzheimer’s. Come along and enjoy a cup of tea and home baking. Various stalls and all donations gratefully received. Tickets £3 (children under 12 free when accompanied by an adult) from Jaye Rankine, Rae Swan and Val Cantlay.

SAYING GOODBYE SERVICE 25 September at 7pm in St Andrew’s Cathedral, Inverness. Anyone who has either personally lost a baby at any stage of pregnancy, at birth or in early years, or who has been affected by loss, whether recently or 80 years ago, or anyone who is grieving the fact that they haven’t had children: all are welcome. Babies and children also, as the Saying Goodbye service is truly a family event for all. Emilie de Bruijn, The Mariposa Trust www.sayinggoodbye.org .

ANNUAL YOUTH ATTITUDES SURVEY A survey to try to understand better the needs and views of young people in the Church of Scotland. We want to see the big picture to enable local congregations, presbyteries and the national church to help them shape how we nurture and care for the young people in our church over the next few years. Survey will be open to all 11-30 years olds in August and September. Please encourage 11-30 year olds connected to your congregation to complete the survey before 30 September at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YouthAttitude The first 250 people to complete the survey who request one will receive a complimentary copy of the Church of Scotland Youth Guide to Ethical Living. Suzi Farrant.