Old High St. Stephen's, Inverness

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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).

Church Accounts for 2015

Copies of the OHSS Annual Trustees Report and Annual Accounts for 2015 are now available from Sandy Cumming, Church Treasurer. Please click the links to download them:
Annual Trustees Report
Annual Accounts
At the Annual Business Meeting held on 17 April at the Old High Church, the main income and expenditure items were presented and explained by Sandy Cumming, our Treasurer. The following Financial Review forms part of the Trustees Annual Report. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Sandy Cumming on 01463 795533 or by emailing sandy.cumming<a>btopenworld.com.
Financial Review for 2015
Offerings fell from £93,246 in 2014 to £89,255 in 2015, a fall of some 4.3 per cent. Tax recovered under Gift Aid decreased from £20,426 in 2014 to £18,808. The reduction in offerings is a serious concern.
The number of members using Freewill Offering Envelopes was 66, and the number of members using bank standing orders was 90. Several successful fund raising events took place throughout the year, contributing a total of £4,932 to Fabric Funds. Two legacies, totalling £3,000 were received.
Income from halls’ letting was £10,048, very similar to the sum raised in 2014.There were several items of property expenditure during the year. The Old High Church roof repairs cost £28,600. Electrical works at the Old High Church amounted to £5,149, and £934 was spent on repairs to the Old High Church Halls roof. An insurance claim for the Old High Church roof repairs generated £5,649. VAT on eligible repairs was reclaimed under the Listed Places of Worship Scheme. The Manse had a room decorated at a cost of £600.
During 2015, efforts were made to redevelop the Old High Halls following an approach from a local charity for office space. Gross expenditure of £6,248 was incurred on the Old High Halls project in 2015, albeit this was offset by a contribution of £4,386 received from the potential tenant.
In preparation for the staging date of 1 April 2016, registration has taken place with a workplace pension scheme called NEST (National Employment Savings Trust).
A major review of the congregation’s financial situation was undertaken in 2014 in two phases – firstly, a comprehensive Financial Appraisal was carried out followed by a Next Steps Action Plan. It is very evident that status quo is unsustainable since income is barely covering annual running costs. As a result, no funds are being added to reserves which have been depleted by some £40,000 in past two years. The Trustees are reviewing whether the current size of congregation can sustain the overheads of two places of worship and halls.
Property Programme Approved by Leadership Team
At its meeting held on 15 May 2016, the Leadership Team approved a programme of necessary property expenditure costing some £9250. At the Manse, the bathroom will be replaced and a new garden shed will be erected. The external doors of St Stephen’s church will be painted. New lighting will be installed in the central area of the Old High church. New radio microphone equipment will be purchased for both places of worship. Various minor maintenance works, such as cleaning gutters and down pipes, will also be undertaken. For further information, please contact Joan Darcy about Manse and St Stephen’s works, and Richard McIntosh or Chrissie Lacey regarding Old High works.

Annual Accounts now online

Our annual accounts are now available online.
Click here for the accounts.
Click here for annual report of the trustees.
Click here for Treasurer’s Financial Commentary
For more information, please contact our treasurer.

Old High Church media report: a correction

Following a media report about the Old High Church, the Minister, the Rev Peter W Nimmo, has issued a statement:

Old High St Stephens’ congregation has been very grateful for the coverage in the media given to our attempts to secure the future of the Old High Church.
However, a media report has today appeared suggesting that we have been receiving a large number of donations. This is not the case.
Although the local community and various bodies have offered support, the support we have been receiving has not, yet, been financial.
The support at this stage is from many people and organisations who have stated that they are willing to work with us to ensure a future for the Old High.
We are having many positive conversations, in which it is apparent that people understand the importance to the city of the Old High building, with many good ideas being suggested to help resolve the situation.
We are very grateful for the moral support from throughout community. That goodwill is also an encouragement to me and the congregation.
Although it is early days, I am hopeful that, eventually, with the support of partners in the city, we will be able to secure the future of the Old High Church as a place of worship and an important landmark in our city.
 
Rev Peter W Nimmo, minister of Old High St Stephen’s Church of Scotland, Inverness.

Congregation information evening 13 January 2015

We had an excellent information evening for the congregation about our finance and property action plan on Tuesday 13 January. Our Session Clerk, Linda Philip, took some notes. Here is her report. If you would like more information, please contact us.
Report of Congregational Information Evening
held on Tuesday 13 January 2015 in Old High Hall
The minister, Rev Peter Nimmo welcomed everyone and opened the meeting with prayer. He outlined the church’s Mission statement. He then highlighted the items on the Action Plan followed by an update on each item.
Insurances: Christine McKenzie said that the renewal date was shortly coming up but it was unlikely that there would be a reduction to the cost of the Old High church insurance. The church is insured for £9.5 million. As this was a Grade 1 listed building it was possible that grants might be available. Inverness Council has offered their services to look at the insurance. It was also important that a more positive approach is taken with the media.
Ministries & Mission: This is a complicated calculation taken over 3 years but there would be no reduction for this year.
Outside Agencies: Peter has met with David Stewart MSP who has offered to set up meetings with national and local government bodies. Peter has also met with the council, BID and has had interest shown from the Civic Trust. It was noted that Historic Scotland will amalgamate with Ancient Monuments in May this year.
‘Friend’s scheme: Jennifer Morrison has written to various churches who have a ‘Friend’s scheme in operation and has had several replies to be followed up. It would most likely be necessary to have a constitution and a charitable trust drawn up.
Old High hall: The plans for Phase 1 and Phase 2 were available for consideration. Further provision has been made for storage comparable with the area we now have. Phase 1 funded by Birchwood Highland would allow them access to the building, followed by Phase 2 which would see a change mainly to toilets, kitchen and committee room. We hope to source funding for this. The final stage will be to renovate the hall. Rent and terms of the lease have to be agreed. The plans will shortly go before the various stages of Presbytery. We should know their decision in February 2015.
Energy costs: Joan Darcy explained that the energy costs at St Stephen’s had been looked at by professional services who recommended changes to the heating operation. We will find out how effective these changes are with the next bills.
Running costs: The Treasurer has a tight grip on the day to day running costs.
John Craigie legacy: This had been used to fund the Pastoral Assistant’s expenses which are now being paid for by the church. The Education team will look for a project for the John Craigie legacy.
Informing the congregation: This was the second congregational meeting. It may be necessary to hold a few more meetings to keep the congregation well informed.
The congregation were given time to ask questions and the meeting closed with prayer.

Church magazine November 2014

Our November 2014 church magazine is now online. It includes information about our Magazine Dec 2014 coverfinances and buildings, including an action plan from the Kirk Session to deal with outstanding issues.
The following is the text of a press release issued today, as the magazine went online:

Congregation seeks partners to develop Old High Church

Read More

Church accounts now online

Our congregational accounts for 2013 are now available online.
Here us the summary leaflet, which we gave out at church.
The full accounts are in two parts:
Church Trustees Annual Report
2013 Accounts
For further information, please contact us.

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