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Sunday Bulletin 20 May 2018

Next Sunday: 27 May 2018: Trinity Sunday

10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s led by the Rev Doug McRoberts

11.15am Sacrament of Holy Communion at the Old High Church led by the Minister

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NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION

HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at the Old High next Sunday 27 May. All welcome at the Lord’s Table. The Retiring Offering will be in aid of Mikey’s Line a text-for-support helpline which is supported by a volunteer bank of young people over weekends. It provides a valuable service for young people who are too distressed to talk over the phone. The Hive, is a drop-in centre in Academy Street, which is run by the Mikey’s Line charity and offers advice for anyone over 17 who feels they need help. www.mikeysline.co.uk.

SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP meets tonight at 7pm in St Stephen’s vestry. To mark the celebration of Pentecost, we shall read the chapter entitled “Life in the Spirit” in Rowan Williams’ book. More details from Andrew Stevenson

CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR THE OLD HIGH CHURCH Architect Alan Marshall will present his interim report to the Congregation on Saturday 2 June from 10.30am until 12.30 pm, in the Old high Church: Do come along and hear his ideas! Contact: Jim Alexander.

ANNUAL MEETING OF THE CONGREGATION will take place during our Sunday morning worship on Sunday 3 June. This will be a congregational service at St Stephen’s at 10am (no service at Old High). We will be looking back on 2017, with reports from our Treasurer and Session Clerk. Coffee and tea after the service will give a chance for feedback. The accounts are now available via our website at http://www.oldhighststephens.com/2018/05/17/annual-accounts-2017/. For a paper copy, please conact us. More details from Christine MacKenzie.

OHSS MAGAZINE editor Willie Morrison requires articles and photos for the June issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, by e-mail to him. The deadline is Friday 15th June.

HIGHLAND FOODBANK would be grateful for donations of the following items: Tins of Potatoes, Tins of Mince/Stew, Cartons of UHT Milk, and Sugar. Please bring these to Church and leave in the Food boxes provided. Thank you! Bill Guthrie

OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING 2-4pm each Friday afternoon. Summer Opening programme from Friday 1 June to Friday 28 September; opening times: Tuesday to Friday inclusive 10am -12 noon and 2-4pm. Contact Sheila MacLeod

OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING Volunteers meeting on Tuesday 22 May at 2pm in the Old High Church to finalise arrangements for the Summer Opening. New Volunteers welcome. More information from Sheila MacLeod.

OLD HIGH MUSIC: HIGHLAND YOUNG MUSICIANS Saturday 9 June at 12 noon. the annual concert by young musicians. Feedback from previous years placed this as a highlight of the whole season. This year the recital is being organised by the Agar Trust, which supports aspiring young musicians with exceptional musical abilities, who are living in rural parts of Scotland, pursue their music education. There will be piano, flute, French Horn, tuba and bagpipe performances. More details from Andrew Stevenson

OLD HIGH HALLS RENTALS If anyone can take this role on, please get in touch with Christine Mackenzie.

TREASURER VACANCY Sandy Cumming is standing down as our Treasurer after several years of service. We urgently need someone to fill this vital role! If you are interested, or know someone who might be willing to serve in this way, please contact Sandy Cumming.

PASTORAL CARE Peter, or the Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.

SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator at invernesschurch@gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep all items as brief as possible, and include contact details (phone and/or email).

OTHER NEWS

CATHEDRAL BOYS CHOIR FROM AUGSBURG at Inverness Town House on Friday 25 May 2018 at 7.30pm: Augsburg Domsingkaben. The choir music of the early Viennese classical school and the vocal work of J S Bach BBC Music Magazine Award winners. Tickets £5.

Annual Accounts 2017

Our annual accounts for 2017 are now available to view here.

We will be hearing from our Treasurer at the Annual Meeting of the Congregation, which will take place during worship on Sunday 3 June. This will be a Congregational Service at St Stephen’s at 10am (no service at Old High that day).

Funeral Announcement – Mr Donald Eoin MacLennan

Mr (Donald) Eoin MacLennan , Moray Park Avenue, Inverness, died on 10 May 2018.

Mr MacLennan’s funeral will be held at Inverness Crematorium on Monday 21 May 2018 at 11am.

The Funeral Director is John Fraser & Son, 17-29 Chapel Street, Inverness (01463) 233366.

‘Not just words and talk’: Sermon for Christian Aid Sunday, 13 May 2018

Scripture Readings: 1 John 3.16-24

Luke 24:44-53

‘Not just words and talk’

In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

Some time ago, an episode of David Attenborough’s latest series Blue Planet II seemed to make an incredible impression on people. It showed, graphically, the mess we are making of the oceans. Two thirds of the planet is covered by oceans. In the complex ecosystem of Planet Earth, healthy water is essential for a healthy planet- all life depends on it. But we are in danger if slowing killing the seas and the life within them. But way far out to sea, there is tons of plastic floating in the ocean. Not only is it unsightly- it’s dangerous to sea creatures of all kinds. The Blue Planet series was a reminder of how we have failed in out stewardship of creation.

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Funeral Announcement – Mrs Ishbel Mackay

Mrs Ishbel Mackay, previously of 16 Annfield Road, Inverness, died at Kingsmills Nursing Home on 5 May 2018.

Mrs Mackay’s funeral will be held on Monday 14 May 2018 at 1.30pm at St Stephen’s Church, Southside Road, Inverness.

The funeral director is D Chisholm & Sons (01463) 712255

Spring 2018 Magazine

You can download the latest issue here

Pew alterations at the Old High Church

OH pew changes red
At the end of February we plan to make changes at Old High. As reported by Jim Alexander in our September 2017 magazine, the purpose of the changes is to deal with problems flagged up by a recent risk assessment: limited circulation space at the chancel area for wheelchair users during services and other events; and restricted access in the event of emergency.
The proposed changes are shown on the above drawing. Pew portions being removed are in red:

  • Removal of the central front pew
  • On pulpit side: front pew, cut back to match pew arrangement at audio console control end.
  • On lectern side: front pew, cut back at both ends to reflect proposed pew arrangement at pulpit side.
  • Associated work on heating pipes and the floor.

All the work will be carried out with due care and attention to detail in the reinstatement of existing pew finishes. The aim to respect the sanctuary and its symmetry centred on the chancel area.
For more details, please see the September 2017 magazine or contact our Session Clerks.
More details were in the September 2017 magazine

Old High St Stephens Winter Magazine

You can download a copy of the Winter magazine here

Christmas and New Year Services

Christmas flyer 2

Do join us for our Christmas services!

Christmas Eve is a Sunday this year, so we will celebrate the last Sunday of Advent with a service of Lessons and Carols at the Old High. Christmas Eve sees evening services at St Stephen’s, and there are our usual services for Christmas Day and St Stephen’s Day at St Stephen’s Church.

Download our Christmas flyer here.

Sunday 17 December 2017: The Third Sunday of Advent

10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR SERVICES

Sunday 24 December: The Fourth Sunday of Advent

11.15am Service of Lessons and Carols at the Old High Church

(Congregational Service: no services at St Stephen’s on Sunday Morning)

Sunday 24 December: Christmas Eve

6.30pm Christmas Eve All-Age Service at St Stephen’s

11.15am Watchnight Service at St Stephen’s

Monday 25 December: Christmas Day

10am Christmas Day All-Age Service at St Stephen’s

Tuesday 26 December: St Stephen’s Day

10am: St Stephen’s Day service with Communion at St Stephen’s

Sunday 31 December 2017: The First Sunday of Christmas

10am: Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11.15am: Morning Worship at Old High

both services led by Rev Arthur Sinclair, Pastoral Assistant

Sunday 7 January 2018: Baptism of the Lord

10am: Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11.15am: Morning Worship at Old High

Ding Dong Merrily Old High- celebrating the Inverness Christmas Lights Switch On

Following the Christmas Lights Switch on this Sunday, join us for a family carol service!
A short service for young and old, featuring carols old and new, and a message for all as we get ready for Christmas.
6.30pm at the Old High Church, Church Street (just follow Santa!)
Ding Dong Poster

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