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Sunday Bulletin 2 December 2018

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 9 December 2018: Second Sunday of Advent
10 am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11:15am Morning Worship at the Old High
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
Contact Details from our Church Administrator.
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or your Elder, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
PALESTINIAN HANDCRAFTS STALL Today and next Sunday (9 December) I will be running a stall in St Stephen’s with a selection of Palestinian handcrafts. These are beautifully made and can make a perfect Christmas present. For many Palestinian households the women have become the sole wage earners, and these traditional crafts have become a vital source of income. Details at www.hadeel.org Andy Pyott
SOUTHSIDE NURSING HOME There will be a short service, led by Isobel Allan, at Southside Nursing Home immediately after this morning’s service at St Stephen’s. If you are able to assist with the singing, or chatting to the residents, this would be much appreciated. Please speak to Isobel after the service. We still also seek members willing to lead these services on a rota basis. Please contact Janet Robertson
ST STEPHEN’S CHURCH AND COMMUNITY CHOIRS Christmas Concerts at 7.30m on Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 December 2018. This year’s proceeds will go to the Birnie Centre Toddler Group and Mikeysline. Tickets from Susan MacLeod.
FOOD FOR FAMILIES PROJECT Following another successful year, I am delighted that the project will go ahead once again this year. Last year we provided 2,500 meals, which was a fantastic effort from all the teams involved, and be assured all meals were gratefully received by individuals and families who were in need. We hope to maintain the number of meals delivered this year. Over the last seven years we have all helped to provide 18,200 meals! This year we will cook mince and tatties. All ingredients are provided, and I have put us down for cooking w/c 3 December and w/c 7 January with all meals being delivered by Friday 11 January. The process will be the same as before with the ingredients being delivered for cooking and the cooked meals being picked up by Gateway. The meals will be frozen prior to delivery to local schools, community centres and to families who have been referred from agencies such as Social Work, NHS Highland, Councillors, local community groups and local churches. If you wish to participate please contact Christine MacKenzie
GIVING TREES are now at both churches, so we ask for a thought to be given to those who sadly may not get any sort of small gift at Christmas. This can mean a lot!:
St Stephen’s-Today:. Please choose a label from the Tree and return the red bow for future use. Details of the gifts required are on the labels. Please wrap your gifts, attaching the label for identification and return them NEXT WEEK for subsequent distribution. Gifts are for Beechwood, Cale House, Manna House, Mackenzie Centre, Hilton Village (Social Work) and Porterfield Prisoners’ Children. Info from Cliff Sim.
Old High (in the East Corridor) from TODAY. We will be providing gifts for homeless people, and any of the following would be appreciated – gloves, hats, scarves, socks, underwear or toiletries. A little extra such as a Mars bar or some sweets would be a nice surprise. Gateway advise that at present there are 12 ladies and 28 men who are homeless. Additional gifts would be appreciated for unexpected situations. Wrapped gifts should be returned by Sunday 16 December. Further information from Sheila MacLeod or Liz McKimmie.
OLD HIGH ST STEPHEN’S WINTER WALK AND AFTERNOON TEA today. A short walk, about 30-40 minutes, from Muirtown Locks to Clachnaharry. Cuppa afterwards at the Jammy Piece (JP) cafe at Muirtown Locks. Meet St Stephen’s car park at 2pm for car sharing or at Muirtown Locks beside the JP cafe at 2.15pm, or join us for a cuppa there at 3pm. If the weather is inclement we will still meet for the refreshments. Contact Deborah Macrae or Jennifer Morrison for more details.
WORSHIP TIMES Please note there was a misprint last week in Month of Sundays, our lists of services for December. Our services for Christmas Day and St Stephen’s Day are at 10.30am. You can download the Month of Sundays from our website.
CRAFT EVENING St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm, Wednesday 5 December. Crafters and non-crafters welcome (you may wish to learn a craft). Friendly atmosphere and refreshments provided. Margaret McAleer.
HEALING SERVICE Christian Fellowship of Healing (Highlands) will hold a healing service at St Stephen’s next Sunday (9 December) at 4pm to which all are welcome. Contact David Martin.
CROSSREACH Prayer diary October 2018 to January 2019, Newsletter, and Christmas catalogue now available at church doors. Rae Swan.
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.
OTHER NEWS
THE INVERNESS SINGERS present CAROLS AT THE CROWN on Wednesday 5 December at 7.30pm in the Crown Church. Programme of of well-loved Christmas songs and congregational carols. Donations to Mikeysline. Parking in the Crown School playground. Admission by programme (adults £8, children/students £4) from the Music Shop, Church Street, Ken and Margaret Young and at the door.
REASONS FOR HOPE AT CHRISTMAS Seminar on Sunday 9 December at Culduthel Christian Centre, Culduthel Avenue IV2 6AS. An opportunity to be equipped for living out and sharing our faith at Christmas. Two Afternoon Seminars 4.30-5.30pm (Chris Dowling and Alasdair Macleod). Main Session 6–7.15pm ‘The perfect gift’ (Andy Bannister). To book contact Jenny Sinclair or online at culduthelchristiancentre.churchsuite.co.uk.
VOCATIONS INFORMATION DAY on Saturday 9 February at St John’s Episcopal Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh. The day includes an inspirational keynote speech on the Call to Serve Today, practical information and the opportunity to ask important questions about how God might be calling you. We’d like to encourage you to think of anyone you might want to make aware of this opportunity. It is an engaging day, with the opportunity to mix with many at the same stage of exploration, and to hear about the different forms of ministry service in the Church of Scotland. The Vocations Information Day remains the first step in the Discernment Process for anyone wanting to explore the recognised ministries of the Church. Please help us encourage others to explore their call to service further. Spaces are limited – booking essential. To register, contact Ministries Council, 121 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4YN xvocation<at>churchofscotland.org.uk

Speech for Proud Ness by the Rev Peter W Nimmo

Our minister, the Rev Peter W Nimmo, was asked to give one of the speeches for the opening of the Proud Ness event in Inverness on 6 October 2018.

This is the speech he gave, at the Northern Meeting Park, following the parade from the city centre.

The crowd at the Northern Meeting Park as Peter spoke

Good morning everyone- thank you having me. It’s a joy and a pleasure to be here.

I was really surprised to be asked by Highland LGBT Forum to speak today- but I’m also honoured, and deeply grateful.

Inverness is a small city. And many of you will have come from even smaller places around the Highlands. So it’s often hard to connect with the LGBT community in this part of Scotland.

Today is a chance to connect. There is lots of celebration going on. And there’s a great programme of events and stalls here at Eden Court, on the issues LGBT folk face. Fun and educational- what’s not to like about this event?

Compared to the past, we’re living in a time when it’s maybe a bit easier for people to be honest about their sexuality. Yet there are still taboos around sexuality and gender identity issues.

For young people in particular, it can be a struggle. Bullying, and a lack of understanding, can result in mental health problems and harmful behaviour. This is a challenge for schools and mental health services, but also for all of us.

Because young people, and people of all ages, need to have friends to speak to, friends to share their feelings with, friends who will listen, friends who will be kind, friends who will not be judgemental.

I hope today is a signal to LGBT folks in the Highlands that you do have friends who care, and who stand alongside you. Let’s all pledge to be friends to those who need us!

Within the churches, there are folk who call themselves friends and allies. And LGBT Christians do find a home in some churches. But sadly, religious people are sometimes among those who are the least understanding.

Christians have misread the Bible, and used outmoded theology and attitudes, to hurt, discriminate and exclude. We have often acted judgementally and unlovingly towards our LGBT neighbours.

For this, we can only repent before God, apologise to those whom we have hurt, and try to learn how to do better[1].

When I read about Jesus in my Bible, I find someone who challenges the tendency of religious people to make rules which exclude and discriminate. And Jesus assures even those who seem on the edges of respectable society that God loves them. He speaks about loving our neighbour, and not judging others. So, to be a follower of Jesus today is to show love, understanding and respect to our neighbours, whoever they are, whatever their gender identity or sexuality.

Today we are, rightly, focussed on respect for people, regardless of sexuality or identity. But in our world right now, there are loud voices trying to make all sorts of discrimination respectable again. Racism, sexism, bigotry of all kinds seem to be being talked about more and more. Minorities are anxious; hatred is becoming tolerated.

So it’s really, really good to have, here in an Inverness, an event today which is uncompromisingly about inclusion, acceptance and love.

Thanks, again, for giving me the chance to speak today. Enjoy yourselves, everyone!

Rev Peter W Nimmo,

Minister of Old High St Stephen’s Church of Scotland, Inverness

[1] In the Church of Scotland, the General Assembly is the highest authority in the Church. The Assembly of 2017 passed the following deliverance (on the report of the Theological Forum):

3(b) Invite the Church to take stock of its history of discrimination at different levels and in different ways against gay people and to apologise individually and corporately and seek to do better.

Watch the speech here (courtesy of Gèidh.uk)

Thank God for food!: sermon for Harvest Thanksgiving, 7 October 2018

Scripture Readings: Deuteronomy 26.1-11

Luke 4:1-13

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

Sometimes, gratitude is the last things on our mind. We may be dealing with one challenge after another- illness, bereavement, problems with family or work. There are times when it becomes hard to cope, when we are likely to become worried and irritable if we are not careful. We can forget to be thankful.

But in our service today, are called to thanksgiving. We’ve just heard part of the instructions for the people of Israel for celebrating their harvest thanksgiving festival. These are instructions for a farming community, in the days when the vast majority of the people lived off the land. So the command was not that you gave money (as we do week by week in church nowadays), but that you gave a share of the produce of your farm to God- the first part of the crop to be placed on a basket and offered to God.

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A perfect parent: sermon for Sunday 20 September 2018: St Stephen’s Communion service

Texts: Romans 8.14-17

Matthew 6.24-34

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

Someone said to me recently, ‘We were lucky. We had good parents’. Not every child is so lucky. There was once a teacher who taught music in various schools. She had one pupil who played beautifully, who obviously had a lot of talent on her chosen instrument. So one day, the teacher asked the child, ‘What do your parents think of your playing?’ ‘They’ve never heard me play’, replied the child. ‘They never ask me to play’.

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Autumn 2018 Church Magazine

You can download a copy of the latest Church Magazine here

Old High Church opening times for visitors

Why not visit one of the landmarks of Inverness: the Old High Church, the original parish church of Inverness?

Whether you are a local or a visitor, you are most welcome to come and look around the most historic building in Inverness. You’ll be warmly welcomed by our knowledgable volunteer guides.

Opening times from 27 September:

Thursday 10-12.00
Friday 10.00-12.00 and 2-4pm.

You can also see the church after our Sunday worship. Sunday services are normally at 11.15am (check here for current details).

Click here for more information about the Old High Church.

We can always use more volunteers, especially to cover times when the regulars can’t make it – please contact us if you would like to help.

 

 

 

A healing community: sermon for the Kirking of the Council, Sunday 9 September 2018

Scripture Readings: Psalm 146

Mark 2.1-12

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

There is a bit of a hubbub in the lakeside Galilean town of Capernaum. News has got around about a young rabbi from the nearby town of Nazareth, whose preaching and teaching is sincere and heartfelt, and who has also got a reputation for healing miracles. He’s been in Capernaum already, then went on a preaching tour around the local synagogues; now he is making a return visit. This was an age and a place when people had an entirely different attitude from us to personal space and public space. You left your door open as an invitation to anyone to wander in. In a small, humble house, there would be no entrance hall- from the street, you stepped directly into the family’s living quarters.

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Kirking of the Council: 9 September 2018

INVERNESS KIRKING OF THE COUNCIL THIS SUNDAY,

9 SEPTEMBER 2018

70TH ANNIVERSARY OF NHS A THEME THIS YEAR

The scene after the Kirking service in 2017. Image courtesy Highland Council/ Ewen Weatherspoon

An ancient Inverness ceremony – the Kirking of the Council – takes places this Sunday, 9 September 2018.

Staff and Members of The Highland Council along with guests from the University of the Highlands and Islands and community councils will parade, led by the Royal British Legion Scotland (Inverness Branch) pipes and drums, and the City of Inverness Youth Pipe Band along with uniformed youth groups and school representatives. Also attending will be the Mayor of Inverness’s twin town, St Valery en Caux, France, Mme Dominique Chauvel, and her deputy.

All members of the public, especially those who work in the public services to attend the Kirking this Sunday.

The 200-strong colourful Kirking parade begins from Crown Primary School at 10.30am and travels down Stephen’s Brae towards the Town House where they will be joined by Provost Helen Carmichael, Councillors and representatives from various organisations serving the city. The parade will then make its way from Inverness Town House along the riverside to the Old High Church on Church Street.

The service in the Old High Church – which is open to all – begins at 11.15am. Due to the popularity of the Kirking those intending to join the congregation are asked to arrive in good time to take their seats. After the service the procession will then form up in Church Street before returning to the Town House.

The Kirking Service will be led by Reverend Peter Nimmo, Minister of Old High St Stephen’s Church. Members of the congregation will contribute readings and prayers. The combined choirs of the Old High and St Stephens will sing at the event; with Pam McCulloch (the Choir Director at St Stephen’s) conducting; and Robin Versteeg (Choir Director of the Old High) organist for the service.

The Kirking is the oldest annual gathering staged in the City of Inverness, and brings over 400 years of tradition and pageantry to the streets of Highland Capital. The Kirking is held on the morning of the second Sunday in September and marks the official end of the Inverness Summer Festivals programme.

During the service, thanks will be given on the 70th anniversary of the National Health Service. Inverness is home to Raigmore Hospital, and the Health Service is one of the city’s largest employers. In his sermon, the Rev Peter Nimmo will say, “We should cherish the health service. It is a fine example of ‘solidarity’, in which wider society helps look after those unable to help themselves’.

6 September 2018

Notes:

The Old High Church, Church Street, Inverness is the oldest church in Inverness, occupying a site which has had a church since Celtic times. The Old High is one of two places of worship used by the congregation of Old High St Stephen’s- the other is St Stephen’s in Southside Road. Old High St Stephen’s is a congregation of the Church of Scotland.

The Reverend Peter W Nimmo is minister of Old High St Stephen’s. He can be contacted at 01463 250 802 or PNimmo@churchofscotland.org.uk

Website: www.oldhighststephens.com

Twitter: @invernesschurch

Highland Council contact: Gerry Reynolds 01463 785006 gerry.reynolds@highland.gov.uk

A gallery of images from last year’s Kirking (courtesy of Highland Council) is available here: http://invernessfestivals.com/winter08/zenphoto/index.php?album=2017-Kirking

Rev Peter W Nimmo and Provost Helen Carmichael at the Kirking in 2015
Image courtesy Highland Counci/ Ewen Weatherspoon

 

Sunday Bulletin 15 July 2018

Further information and contact details from invernesschurch<at>gmail.com (substitute @ for <at>)
WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 22 July 2018: Proper 11
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 am Morning Worship at the Old High
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
SUMMER MAGAZINE 2018 The magazine will be in both churches this Sunday for distributors to uplift. Jennifer Morrison
OHSS SUMMER OUTING Beauly River 22 July. Meet St Stephen’s Car Park 1.30pm or Black Bridge Car Park near Kilmorack 2pm. Low level walk with flat terrain. Check walkhighlands.co.uk for more details – short looped planned. Afternoon tea or High tea after at The Priory Hotel, Beauly 4pm. Contact Deborah Macrae or Jennifer Morrison to give an idea of numbers and for more information or transport (dmmacrae<at>uwclub.net)
TEA AND CAKES AT THE OLD HIGH Alistair and Pat Younger celebrate their Golden Wedding on 25 July and Peter and Katharina Nimmo their Silver Wedding on 30 July. To help them celebrate, there will be tea and cakes after the service in the Old High on Sunday 22 July. Please come if you can. Christine MacKenzie
CAMERON HOUSE A short Service will be held in Cameron House next Sunday 29 July at 3pm. (These Services take place on the fourth Sunday of the month and are conducted by Rev Alastair Younger). Members of Old High St Stephen’s who would like to come to help with singing would be welcome. Alastair Younger.
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 macloshei<at>aol.com
HIGHLAND FOODBANK During the months of June and July the Foodbank would welcome donations of the following: Cartons of Long Life Juice; Breakfast Cereals; Tins of Potatoes, Corned Beef, Tomatoes. Thank you to all who regularly bring donations of food.
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.
GIFT AID INFORMATION Those who contribute to the Church under the Gift Aid Scheme, are reminded that from 6 April 2016, Income Tax has not been deducted from dividends. It is important that if you donate under Gift Aid, you ensure that you pay sufficient Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax to cover the relief claimed on your contributions. For further information, contact Sandy Cumming on sandy.cumming<at>btopenworld.com.
CROSSREACH PRAYER DIARY Latest prayer diary June to September, and Impact report are available at church doors. Contact Rae Swan.
PASTORAL CARE Please inform Peter of anyone ill at home or in hospital (NB Arthur Sinclair is on holiday at the moment)..
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS The Minister will be on Annual Leave from 25 July until 11 August inclusive and the Sunday Bulletins for 29 July, 5 August and 12 August have to be printed before he goes. Please send Bulletin items for the above 3 Bulletins to invernesschurch<at>gmail.com by 12 noon on Sunday 22 July. Please keep items as brief as possible, and include contact details and/or e-mail).
OTHER NEWS
ALIVE AND SINGING is a singing group for people and their families recovering from addiction held on Wednesdays (from 7-9pm) on 18 and 25 July and 8, 22 and 29 August. We meet currently in St Andrew’s Cathedral, Inverness. Come along and feel good! Refreshments provided. Contact Sharon Holloway.
Summer Organ Recitals on the Willis Organ at the Old High Church, Inverness
Saturday 28th July at 12 noon
Andreas Fauss: organist and music director in Sondershausen, Germany, studied as a church musician in Heidelberg and Frankfurt and organ in Vienna. As well as an organ recitalist, he also composes and records on radio and CD.
His programme, including work by J S Bach, predominantly features 19th century compositions by Josef Rheinberger, Louis Lefebure-Wely, John West, Robert Jones and Cesar Franck.
Saturday 11th August at 12 noon
Adam Parrish: organist in Chesterfield, studied music at York. He performs on organ, piano, and oboe and works as a choral conductor, alongside a career as a composer. Adam has given recitals throughout England including such locations as the Royal Albert Hall and Durham Cathedral.
His programme includes work by G F Handel, Edward Elgar, J Strauss and G Verdi, some 20th century English Choral Preludes, as well as Adam’s own arrangements of pieces by G Faure and Rick Wakeman.
These recitals will last approx. one hour. Donations of £5 at the door are invited to cover the cost of running these events. Further details on Music at the Old High from ohssmusic<at>gmail.com

Summer 2018 Magazine

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