WORSHIP THIS WEEK
28 April 2019: Second Sunday of Easter
10am Congregational Service at St Stephen’s: Annual
Meeting and Ordination of New Elder
No Service at the Old High
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION (Contact
details from the Church Administrator)
NEXT SUNDAY: CONGREGATIONAL SERVICE AT ST STEPHEN’S For our Annual Meeting, we
will hold a Congregational Service at St Stephen’s at 10am (no service at Old
High). We will hear a report from our Treasurer, Ken Cantlay, look back on the
year 2018, and have the joy ordaining a new elder, Rosa McDermid. Join us in
the hall afterwards where you can ask questions and enjoy discussion! Our
Accounts are now available: copies are at the door of the Church, or you can
contact our Church Administrator for copies.
KIRK SESSION will meet at 9.45am next Sunday in connection with the
Ordination the new elder. More details from Christine Mackenzie.
LOCAL CHURCH REVIEW The Presbytery’s regular 5 yearly Local Church Review
(LCR) for Old High St Stephen’s is now underway. The visiting team are Rev Ian
Manson (Kilmorack and Erchless), Rev Robert Brookes (Cawdor and Croy), Sheila
Proudfoot (Ness Bank) and Jim Anderson (also Ness Bank). The team have already
met with the Leadership Group and this was a very good meeting. The next step
is to meet with the Kirk Session and Congregation. This meeting will be held in
High Church Hall on Saturday 27 April from 10.00 – 11.45 am.
Refreshments will be provided from 9.30 am. This is an important meeting as it
gives everyone an opportunity to have input into the future of our congregation
going forward and particularly towards moving to one place of worship, please
come if you can. If you have any questions on this Review please speak to the
Minister, or to Christine MacKenzie. The Rev Ian Manson has provided the
details of the purpose of the meeting: see separate page, which you should
bring along on the day.
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. For more information please contact
Old High Music On Saturday
27 April at 12 noon we are delighted to welcome back Kevin Duggan, Director of
Music at Dunblane Cathedral. Some of you will remember the outstanding organ
recital he gave in 2017. For this occasion he has crafted together a programme
around the theme “Danish Connections”, covering the period from
Buxtehude in the 17th century, via Nielsen in the 20th to his own composition –
all of which he will introduce on the day. We hope that many of those attending
the Congregational Meeting in the OH Hall that morning will come across to the
church afterwards to enjoy this hour of music. Brochures are at the doors
detailing the recitals for 2019. More details from Andrew Stevenson. Join the
Music Email list: ohssmusic<at>gmail.com.
St Stephen’s Church and Community
present ‘May’s Miscellany’ – a concert to uplift the spirit- at the One Touch
Theatre, Eden Court at 7.30pm on 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
MEET & EAT There will be a Lunch at 12.30pm at the Craigmonie
Hotel on Thursday 25 April. Everyone is welcome. Further information from Val
Cantlay (231 298) email@example.com
HIGHLAND FOOD BANK I received a letter from Highland Food Bank thanking
us for our continued support. The requests for April and May are for deodorant
for men and women, tins of corned beef and tins of potatoes. Margaret Neville.
RETIRING OFFERING We collected the fantastic
sum of £501.37 for the Flood Appeal for East Africa and the money has now been
forwarded to Christian Aid. Ken Cantlay.
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or your Elder, should be informed of anyone ill
COFFEE MORNING The coffee morning will be held on Saturday
11 May in St Stephen’s Hall from 10am to 12 noon. There will be the usual
baking and gardening stalls for which donations will be welcome and 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 St
Stephen’s on 28 April and at both churches on 5 May. Further information from
CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 12-18 MAY 2019 collection
envelopes available for collectors to pick up at both churches today. Contact
Deborah Macrae if you have any questions or if you want to become a collector. All help welcome.
READERS AT OLD HIGH WANTED 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. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and include contact details and/or e-mail.
PRESBYTERY OF INVERNESS
Local Church Review: Old High St
Saturday 27th April, 10.00
– 11.45, Old High Church Hall
The meeting will be led by four
people appointed by the Presbytery to be the Local Church Review team for the
parish: Rev Ian Manson, Rev Robert Brookes, Sheila Proudfoot and Jim
Anderson. Their role is to help the
congregation to produce its five-year plan.
The time will be divided into
about the context we find ourselves in and the broader picture of what is
happening in the Church of Scotland, as a basis for starting to think about
what are the most important tasks facing our church today.
- Thinking more specifically about our own situation, and stepping out of our immediate concerns, we will think about what we would like our church to be known for in ten years’ time.
- Thinking more practically about what steps we might take to move towards what we would like to become, and how we might come up with a plan for the next five years which can take us in that direction.
Rev Ian Manson
Review Team Convenor