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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

Click here for our services in June

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.

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

Kirking of the Council: Sunday 13 September 2015

Kirking Post 2015Our minister, the Rev Peter W Nimmo, is giving an open invitation to all the citizens of Inverness to join us at the Kirking of the Council service this Sunday at the Old High Church. A parade begins from the High Street at 10.45am. The service in the Old High Church, which is open to all, begins at 11.15am.

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Respectful dialogue on independence

Indref logoOn Wednesday 3 September, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland will host a ‘respectful dialogue’ on the Scottish Independence Referendum.
The event in Glasgow will be live streamed on the internet, and shown at local venues across the country.
The Inverness event will be at Crown Church, Kingsmills Road, starting at 7pm. Car parking will be available in the adjoining Crown School playground. Everyone is welcome to join us.
The Rev Peter W Nimmo, minister of Old High St Stephen’s and a member of the Church and Society Council of the General Assembly, will chair the Inverness event.
Our thanks to the Rev Peter Donald for the use of Crown Church.
Let us know you are coming at our Facebook events page!
The Church of Scotland is officially neutral on the referendum.
Read the press release for local media.
Below is the event leaflet.
You can also download a copy of it.
Indyref dialogue leaflet 1                                   Indyref dialogue leaflet 2

Commemoration of the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War

WW1 Inverness mobilization
Across the country and around the world, events are taking place to recall the events of the outbreak of the First World War.
In Inverness,  civic service to remember the outbreak of the First World War will take place at the Old High Church, Church Street, at 2pm on Monday 4 August. Everyone is welcome to the service.
The reflective service will begin with the lighting of a memorial candle by the Provost of Inverness, and will include psalms, hymns, readings and prayers. The Inverness Handbell Ringers will play ‘In Flanders Fields’, music set by composer by Sandra Winter to a poem by John McRae.
Following the service the memorial candle will be taken in procession to St Andrew’s Cathedral, where it will burn until the centenary of the end of the war.
You can download the order of service here.
Read the Minister’s reflection at the service here.
Read an historical account of mobilzation in Inverness in August 1914 here.
WW1 What do we learn from all this logo
 

Services during the summer

Here is a list of services for the summer period.
Please note that:

  • there will be a congregational service this coming Sunday at St Stephen’s, with no service at the Old High
  • the St Stephen’s June Communion has been changed from 22 June to 29 June

Print out the leaflet and put it on your fridge or somewhere handy so you can see what’s going on!

Pentecost Prayer Walk

Five Inverness churches have teamed up to organise an ecumenical Pentecost celebration on Sunday, 8 June.
Starting at St Ninian’s Roman Catholic Church at 3pm, those taking part will walk to the Old High Church of Scotland, calling on the way at St Stephen’s Church of Scotland, St John’s Episcopal Church and Crown Church of Scotland.
As well as enjoying each other’s company, they will celebrate their common baptism with brief prayers and readings at each church. All are welcome to join in.
For more information, please contact the local clergy of each church, or the Rev Peter W Nimmo.

Cameron veterans remember those who fell at Kohima

 Rev Peter Nimmo (right) and Rev Alasdair MacLennan dedicate Cameron Highlanders' Memorial Area


Rev Peter Nimmo (right) and Rev Alasdair MacLennan dedicate Cameron Highlanders’ Memorial Area at the Old High Church on 18 August 2013


 
For further information about this service please contact the Rev Peter Nimmo on 01463 250802. Members of the media are welcome to attend the service, which starts at 11.15am.
Read the sermon for the service here
Cameron veterans remember those who fell at Kohima
Veterans of the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders will parade at the Old High Church , Inverness, on Sunday morning (May 4), to remember members of the regiment who died 70 years ago at the bitter Battle of Kohima, on the border of India and Burma.

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Homelessness and poverty event: Sunday 26 January


PRESS RELEASE FROM: Willie Morrison on behalf of Old High St Stephen’s Church
22 Jan 2014
For further information please contact the Rev Peter Nimmo on 01463 250802
Sunday kirk supper and drama to highlight local poverty
A city centre congregation is to highlight the plight of homeless in Inverness and the Highlands in a novel way, with a supper and a dramatised reading of the New Testament parable of the Prodigal Son.
This move, by Old High St Stephen’s congregation, in conjunction with Inverness Church of Scotland Presbytery, is its contribution to Poverty and Homelessness Action Week, a major national publicity drive to help the poorest in our society, which starts on Saturday.
The week features many memorable events at both local and national levels – from inspiring events featuring young people taking action for a better world, to hearings where people bravely share their experiences of poverty and homelessness.
The Inverness event, which takes place at Old High St Stephen’s Church Halls, Academy Street, on Sunday evening from 6pm, also features talks by and conversations with Dr Paul Monaghan and Alex Gilchrist of Highland Homeless Trust, who will emphasise the constant and increasing cries locally for help in the current financial climate.
Old High St Stephen’s minister the Rev Peter Nimmo said:

It is a chance for us to eat and meet, to worship and to learn first-hand of the issues, and for us, as followers of Jesus, to reflect on how we can use our gifts in response to this need. This invitation to join us and hear of these problems is being extended to folk of all faiths or none. All who are interested are welcome.

Congregation member and leading organiser Iain Todd, who is also a Church of Scotland reader – a trained and experienced lay preacher – remarked:

The aim of the evening is for all faiths or none to come together to listen, and perhaps learn, from two of the many professionals at work in our city with folk who are really struggling with issues of homelessness, poverty and the changes to the benefits system and who often, in their vulnerability and of necessity, find themselves drawn down the pay day loan route with its legal, but punitive interest rates.
Pay day loans are accepted by all as being awful things – and since the UK Government did away with crisis loans, and the new benefit system is paid a month in arrears, desperate folk who have no money are being sucked into the Wonga and Cash Converters of this world who charge horrendous rates.
I have a wee friend who recently told me she had borrowed £200, which will cost her £300 to repay.”

Mr Todd also spoke of an acquaintance who had told him he didn’t believe there was any real poverty in Inverness , and who insisted: “Define poverty for me. I bet they all have big plasma televisions.”
He said credit unions were not the answer for folk in dire poverty, as they were more akin to saving schemes, and would not respond to pleas for immediate cash.
And he concluded: “All are welcome on Sunday evening to listen, learn and maybe respond.”
Footnote: Inverness Food Bank, set up in 2005 at the Free Church Hall in Madras Street , and supported by many local churches and other organisations, now distributes emergency supplies to thousands of needy Highland families each year, and has the unenviable reputation of being one of the busiest of its kind in Britain .
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Old High history book now available

Tales of the Old High image

Our resident historian, Ross Martin, has written a quirky book of essays on aspects of the history of the Old High Church.

The Old High is the Town Church of Inverness, on a site dating back to Celtic times.

Tales of the Old High was launched on Friday 22 November when Ross spoke about his book and gave a tour of the building.
You can buy the book by sending a cheque for £5 made payable to Old High St Stephen’s Church to:

Ross Martin
‘Roseneath’
Drummond Crescent
Inverness
IV2 4QR.

You can also buy it from Waterstones in Inverness, or online from www.waterstones.com .
It’s also available on Sundays at both of our places of worship. Or contact us for a copy.
Here’s the introduction to the book by our Minister:

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