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Sunday Bulletin 4 November 2018

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Sunday 11 November 2018: Remembrance Sunday
10:00am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
10.55am 2-Minute Silence outside Old High
REMEMBRANCE AND ARMISTICE Everyone is invited to ‘Return to Light: Highland Civic Service at the Old High, marking the Centenary of the Armistice’ at 3.30pm on Saturday 10 November. The candle which has been at Inverness Cathedral since the anniversary of the start of the First World War will return to the Old High. Everyone taking part in the service may, if they wish, join in the Return to Light Parade, which will leave from the Cathedral at 3pm. This ecumenical service will have representatives of communities throughout the Highland Council area. Refreshments in the Old High Hall afterwards. The following day, Remembrance Sunday, our service times will be as usual. Those who wish to join in the nationwide 11am silence may do so at a short ceremony led by the Rev Alastair Younger at the First World War memorial outside the Old High Church, which will begin at 10.55am.
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or your Elder, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
SOUTHSIDE NURSING HOME There will be a short service led by Jim Alexander 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 Jim after the service. We still also seek members willing to lead these services on a rota basis. Please contact Janet Robertson.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP at St Stephen’s at 7pm this evening, when we shall discuss chapters 5 and 6 of Philip Yancey’s thought-provoking book ‘Vanishing Grace’. More details from Andrew Stevenson.
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING Thursday 1 and Friday 2 November 10am-12 10am-12 noon and 2-4pm. The Church will also be open at these times on 7-9 November, when visitors can view the Queens’ Own Cameron Highlanders Memorial area, and also see a display illustrating life in Inverness during World War 1. Further information from Sheila MacLeod.
CRAFT EVENING St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm, Wednesday 7 November. Crafters and non-crafters welcome (you may wish to learn a craft). Friendly atmosphere and refreshments provided. Margaret McAleer.
BLYTHSWOOD BOXES This is the 25th year of the Blythswood Appeal. Why not bring some happiness to someone in need this Christmas? Fill a shoe box with simple gifts and it will bring untold joy to someone who never gets a present. Leaflets with all the necessary instructions at the Church doors. Bring your box back to Church or deliver it to Blythswood Care. Details: Jaye Rankine
PIANO RECITAL OLD HIGH CHURCH Saturday 17 November, 2.30pm. Local piano teacher Ian McTeer will perform favourite piano repertoire including Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight Sonata’, a Bach Toccata and Fugue, ‘Claire de Lune’ by Debussy, Rachmaninov Elegy and Preludes, and conclude with Liszt. Tickets £7 at the door. Contact Andrew Stevenson.
CHRISTMAS FAYRE Saturday 24 November,10am to 12 noon, St Stephen’s. Coffee/tea and mincemeat pie/shortbread £3. Donations for Gift Stall, (only new items please) Raffles and Baking will be gratefully received. Anyone able to help on the day and/or setting up on Friday evening will be most appreciated- contact Margaret McAleer.
CROSSREACH Prayer diary October 2018 to January 2019, Newsletter, and Christmas catalogue now available at church doors. Rae Swan.
OHSS MAGAZINE Willie Morrison urgently requires articles and photos for the December issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, by e-mail.
OLD HIGH ST STEPHENS WINTER WALK AND AFTERNOON TEA on 2 December. 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.
SUNDAY BULLETIN Please send items for this sheet to our Church Administrator: Mrs Pat MacLeod (079 342 85924) invernesschurch@gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and include contact details and/or e-mail.
OTHER NEWS
AT THE HEART.ON THE EDGE at Ness Bank Church on Tuesday 13 November 10 am to 3.30 pm. Hosted by Rev Fiona Smith, Minister of Ness Bank Parish Church, and Rev Dr Sam Wells, Vicar of St Martin-in-the- Fields. Programme has been developed jointly by Ness Bank Church and St Martin’s. HeartEdge is a growing ecumenical network of churches and other organisations working across the UK and overseas, initiated by St Martin-in-the-Fields. It aims to catalyse Kingdom Communities, both for those working at the heart of commerce, culture and community, and those on the edge. Topics for the day include: liturgy and worship for day-to-day communal life; starting and sustaining distinctive enterprise to generate finance for your church; addressing social need locally; using art, music and performance to reimagine the Christian story. More at https://www.stmartin-in-the-fields.org/life-st-martins/mission/heartedge/. Please register to attend at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/at-the-heart-on-the-edge-tickets-48122091471?aff=eac2, or contact our Minister, Peter.
INVERNESS STREET PASTORS COMMISSIONING SERVICE on Friday 16 November, 7pm at the Junction Church, Bank Street, Inverness. Contact Robyn Teago.
HEALING SERVICE Christian Fellowship of Healing (Highlands) will hold a healing service at St Stephen’s next Sunday 11 November at 4pm: all welcome. Contact David Martin.

Sunday Bulletin 28 October 2018

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Sunday 4 November 2018: All Saints Sunday
10:00am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 am Morning Worship at the Old High
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at the Old High today. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table.
THE MINISTER WILL BE ON HOLIDAY from 18 to 30 October inclusive. For any pastoral matters, please contact your elder, or Rev Andrew Lyon.
CAMERON HOUSE A short Service will be held in Cameron House today 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.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet in St Stephen’s vestry at 7pm on 4 November. On the next occasion we shall discuss chapters 5 and 6 of Philip Yancey’s thought-provoking book ‘Vanishing Grace’. More details from Andrew Stevenson.
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING During the month of October the Church will be open at the following times: Thursdays 10.00-12.00; Fridays 10.00-12.00 and 2-4pm. New Volunteers are always welcome: contact Sheila MacLeod.
OLD HIGH MUSIC Saturday 3 November at 12 noon. Katy Bell studied Cello in London and the US and is now a freelance orchestral and chamber musician based in Inverness. Alice Durrant studied Double Bass in London and Sydney and now plays with the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester. This is a special opportunity to hear these instruments as a Duo, performed by friends who have known each other since early childhood. Details from Andrew Stevenson.
BLYTHSWOOD BOXES This is the 25th year of the Blythswood Shoe Box Appeal. Why not bring some happiness to someone in need this Christmas. Fill a shoe box with simple gifts and it will bring untold joy to someone who never gets a present. Leaflets are available, with all the necessary instructions at the Church door. Bring your box back to Church or deliver it to Blythswood Care. Further information from Jaye Rankine.
CROSSREACH Prayer diary October 2018 to January 2019, Newsletter, and Christmas catalogue now available at church doors. Rae Swan.
OHSS MAGAZINE Willie Morrison urgently requires articles and photos for the December issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible. The deadline– earlier than usual for Christmas season reasons- is Friday 30 November. Contact Willie Morrison.
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.
OLD HIGH ACCESS The Clansman will be closed from 13 to 29 October. If anyone needs access to the church during this period please contact Christine MacKenzie.
REMEMBRANCE AND ARMISTICE Everyone is invited to ‘Return to Light: Highland Civic Service marking the Centenary of the Armistice’ at 3.30pm on Saturday 10 November. The candle which has been at Inverness Cathedral since the anniversary of the start of the First World War will be returning to the Cathedral. Everyone taking part in the service may, if they so wish, join in the Return to Light Parade, which will leave from the Cathedral at 3pm. This ecumenical service will have representatives of communities throughout the Highland Council area. Refreshments in the Old High Hall afterwards. The following day, Remembrance Sunday, our service times will be as usual. Those who wish to join in the nationwide 11am silence may do so at a short ceremony led by the Rev Alastair Younger at the First World War memorial outside the Old High Church.
OTHER NEWS
AT THE HEART. ON THE EDGE at Ness Bank Church on Tuesday 13 November 10 am to 3.30 pm. Hosted by Rev Fiona Smith, Minister of Ness Bank Parish Church, and Rev Dr Sam Wells, Vicar of St Martin-in-the- Fields. Programme has been developed jointly by Ness Bank Church and St Martin’s. HeartEdge is a growing ecumenical network of churches and other organisations working across the UK and overseas, initiated by St Martin-in-the-Fields. It aims to catalyse Kingdom Communities, both for those working at the heart of commerce, culture and community, and those on the edge. Topics for the day include: liturgy and worship for day-to-day communal life; starting and sustaining distinctive enterprise to generate finance for your church; addressing social need locally; using art, music and performance to reimagine the Christian story. More at https://www.stmartin-in-the-fields.org/life-st-martins/mission/heartedge/. Please register to attend at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/at-the-heart-on-the-edge-tickets-48122091471?aff=eac2, or contact our Minister, Peter.

Sunday Bulletin 21 October 2018

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Sunday 28 October 2018 Proper 25
10:00am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
Led by Vivian Roden, Reader
11.15 am Sacrament of Holy Communion at the Old High
Led by Rev Alastair Younger
THE MINISTER WILL BE ON HOLIDAY from 18 to 30 October inclusive. For any pastoral matters, please contact your elder, or Rev Andrew Lyon.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet in St Stephen’s vestry at 7pm this evening and 4 November. On the next occasion we shall discuss chapters 5 and 6 of Philip Yancey’s thought-provoking book ‘Vanishing Grace’. More details from Andrew Stevenson.
CRAFT EVENING St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm, Wednesday 24 October. Crafters and non-crafters welcome (you may wish to learn a craft). Friendly atmosphere and refreshments provided. Margaret McAleer.
MEET & EAT There will be a gathering for Lunch on Thursday 25 October at 12.30pm at the Craigmonie Hotel. New diners welcome. Further information from Val Cantlay.
CAMERON HOUSE A short Service will be held in Cameron House next Sunday 28 October 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 During the month of October the Church will be open at the following times: Thursdays 10.00-12.00; Fridays 10.00-12.00 and 2-4pm. New Volunteers are always welcome: contact Sheila MacLeod.
HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at the Old High on Sunday 28 October. All welcome at the Lord’s Table.
OLD HIGH MUSIC Saturday 3 November at 12 noon. Katy Bell studied Cello in London and the US and is now a freelance orchestral and chamber musician based in Inverness. Alice Durrant studied Double Bass in London and Sydney and now plays with the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester. This is a special opportunity to hear these instruments as a Duo, performed by friends who have known each other since early childhood. Details from Andrew Stevenson.
BLYTHSWOOD BOXES This is the 25th year of the Blythswood Shoe Box Appeal. Why not bring some happiness to someone in need this Christmas? Fill a shoe box with simple gifts and it will bring untold joy to someone who never gets a present. Leaflets are available, with all the necessary instructions at the Church door. Bring your box back to St Stephen’s or deliver it to Blythswood Care. Further information from Jaye Rankine.
CROSSREACH Prayer diary October 2018 to January 2019, Newsletter, and Christmas catalogue now available at church doors. Rae Swan.
OHSS MAGAZINE Willie Morrison urgently requires articles and photos for the December issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible. The deadline– earlier than usual for Christmas season reasons- is Friday 30 November. Contact Willie Morrison.
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.
FRIENDS OF THE OLD HIGH CHURCH. The Annual General Meeting will be held in the Old High Church Hall on Monday 22 October at 7pm (enter by School Lane). Christina Cameron.
OTHER NEWS
THE 2019 NATIONAL WEEKEND OF INVITATION is a call to mobilise the largest number of churches in Scotland to develop a culture of invitation. Michael Harvey, co-founder of Back to Church Sunday, will be at Inshes Church Inverness on Tuesday 23 October from 7pm to 9.30pm with his roadshow looking at ways to equip the Church with confidence in mission and evangelism and to encourage church leaders, elders and members. The meeting is free of charge, however registration is required. Contact Robbie.Morrison<at>churchofscotland.org.uk
AT THE HEART. ON THE EDGE at Ness Bank Church on Tuesday 13 November 10 am to 3.30 pm. Hosted by Rev Fiona Smith, Minister of Ness Bank Parish Church, and Rev Dr Sam Wells, Vicar of St Martin-in-the- Fields. Programme has been developed jointly by Ness Bank Church and St Martin’s. HeartEdge is a growing ecumenical network of churches and other organisations working across the UK and overseas, initiated by St Martin-in-the-Fields. It aims to catalyse Kingdom Communities, both for those working at the heart of commerce, culture and community, and those on the edge. Topics for the day include: liturgy and worship for day-to-day communal life; starting and sustaining distinctive enterprise to generate finance for your church; addressing social need locally; using art, music and performance to reimagine the Christian story. More at https://www.stmartin-in-the-fields.org/life-st-martins/mission/heartedge/. Please register to attend at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/at-the-heart-on-the-edge-tickets-48122091471?aff=eac2, or contact our Minister, Peter.
INVERNESS 18-30’s invites you to our First Birthday Reception on 27 October 27. This will be held in the Hub, Castle Street, IV2 3EA, between 5pm – 6pm and is open to anyone. Afterwards those between 18 and 30 are invited to join us trampolining at Infinity. If you would like to find out more about this group for young Christians, or to come trampolining with us, please contact us at: inverness1830s<at>gmail.com

Sunday Bulletin 14 October 2018

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Sunday 21 October 2018 Proper 24
10:00am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 am Morning Worship at the Old High
Both Services led by Vivian Roden, Reader
THE MINISTER WILL BE ON HOLIDAY from 18 to 30 October inclusive. For any pastoral matters, please contact your elder, or Rev Andrew Lyon
HARVEST THANKSGIVING Thank you to everyone for their donation of flowers, plants and food for the Foodbank. Thanks also to everyone who delivered gifts: they were much appreciated by our members especially those who are housebound.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet in St Stephen’s vestry at 7pm on Sundays 21 October and 4 November. On the next occasion we shall discuss chapters 5 and 6 of Philip Yansey’s thought-provoking book ‘Vanishing Grace’. More details from Andrew Stevenson
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING During the month of October the Church will be open at the following times: Thursdays 10.00-12.00; Fridays 10.00-12.00 and 2-4pm. New Volunteers are always welcome: contact Sheila MacLeod macloshei<at>aol.com
HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at the Old High on Sunday 28 October. All welcome at the Lord’s Table.
OLD HIGH MUSIC Saturday 3 November at 12 noon. Katy Bell studied Cello in London and the US and is now a freelance orchestral and chamber musician based in Inverness. Alice Durrant studied Double Bass in London and Sydney and now plays with the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester. This is a special opportunity to hear these instruments as a Duo, performed by friends who have known each other since early childhood. Details from Andrew Stevenson ohssmusic<at>gmail.com
BLYTHSWOOD BOXES This is the 25th year of the Blythswood Shoe Box Appeal. Why not bring some happiness to someone in need this Christmas. Fill a shoe box with simple gifts and it will bring untold joy to someone who never gets a present. Leaflets are available, with all the necessary instructions at the Church door. Bring your box back to Church or deliver it to Blythswood Care. Further information from Jaye Rankine robrankine125<at>btinternet.com
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or the Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
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 invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and include contact details and/or e-mail.
CHURCH AND HALL BOOKINGS OLD HIGH and ST STEPHEN’S All hall bookings (including one-off events like concerts, coffee mornings and exhibitions, and for church activities and regular events) should be made as follows: St Stephen’s Church and Halls at Southside Road: Katharina Nimmo; Old High Church and Old High Halls Pat MacLeod, Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Booking essential, even for the smallest events!
FRIENDS OF THE OLD HIGH CHURCH. The Annual General Meeting will be held in the Old High Church Hall on Monday 22 October at 7pm (enter by School Lane). Christina Cameron christinajcameron6<at>gmail.com
OTHER NEWS
HEALING SERVICE Christian Fellowship of Healing (Highlands) will hold a healing service at St Stephen’s today at 4pm to which all are welcome. Contact David Martin.
AT THE HEART. ON THE EDGE at Ness Bank Church on Tuesday 13 November 10 am to 3.30 pm. Hosted by Rev Fiona Smith, Minister of Ness Bank Parish Church, and Rev Dr Sam Wells, Vicar of St Martin-in-the- Fields. Programme has been developed jointly by Ness Bank Church and St Martin’s. HeartEdge is a growing ecumenical network of churches and other organisations working across the UK and overseas, initiated by St Martin-in-the-Fields. It aims to catalyse Kingdom Communities, both for those working at the heart of commerce, culture and community, and those on the edge. Topics for the day include: liturgy and worship for day-to-day communal life; starting and sustaining distinctive enterprise to generate finance for your church; addressing social need locally; using art, music and performance to reimagine the Christian story. More at https://www.stmartin-in-the-fields.org/life-st-martins/mission/heartedge/. Please register to attend at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/at-the-heart-on-the-edge-tickets-48122091471?aff=eac2, or contact our Minister, Peter.

Sunday Bulletin for 7 October 2018

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Sunday 14 October 2018 Proper 23

10:00am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11.15 am Morning Worship at the Old High

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Sunday Bulletin 15 July 2018

Further information and contact details from invernesschurch<at>gmail.com (substitute @ for <at>)
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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

Sunday Bulletin for 24 June 2018

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Sunday 8 July 2018: Proper 9
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 am Morning Worship at the Old High

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Sunday Bulletin 17 June 2018

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Sunday 24 June 2018: Proper 7
10am Sacrament of Holy Communion at St Stephen’s
led by the Minister
11.15 am Morning Worship at the Old High
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
MINUTE FOR MISSION: INVERNESS STREET PASTORS (ISP) are trained volunteers from local churches who patrol in teams where they care for, listen to and help people who are out on the streets. Prayer Pastors pray for our community from our base, or at home. Street Pastors speakers will be with us today.The speakers will be available after the services
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at St Stephen’s today. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. Retiring Offering will be in aid of 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. Please give generously to this vital project.
CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR THE OLD HIGH CHURCH Some time ago, an architect was commissioned by the Kirk Session to prepare a plan for the future conservation and development of the Old High Church. He presented his interim report to the Congregation on Saturday 2 June. We are glad to say that half of his fees have been refunded to us from the General Trustees of the Church of Scotland. He is now inviting further comments, especially from those who were at the meeting and saw what was proposed. We hope to have his final proposals in a few months’ time. Please send comments (deadline midnight tonight 17 June) to our Church Administrator .
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet this evening at 7pm in St Stephen’s vestry when we shall explore the chapter entitled ‘Holiness’ in Rowan Williams’ book “Being Disciples”. All welcome.
FREEWILL OFFERING ENVELOPES for the year commencing 1 July 2018 are now ready for collection.
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. It is much appreciated.
OLD HIGH MUSIC during July and August we are fortunate to have 3 summer organ recitals by musicians from further afield. The first event will be on Thursday 5 July at 7.30pm when Alessandro Bianchi, an eminent organist from Northern Italy who has performed at many international organ festivals across Europe, will play a programme that stretches from Bach to the twentieth century. Brochures with details of all the concerts are now available at the entrance to both churches.
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.
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.
TREASURER VACANCY Our Treasurer is standing down 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 The Treasurer.
OLD HIGH HALL We still urgently require someone to help with bookings at the Old High Hall (or we will be unable to let the hall to outside bodies).
PRAYER DIARY Latest prayer diary June to September, and Impact report are available at church doors.
PASTORAL CARE The Minister, or our Pastoral Assistant, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep all items as brief as possible, and include contact details (phone and/or email).

Sunday Bulletin 10 June 2018

Sunday 17 June 2018: Proper 6
Street Pastors Sunday
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 am Morning Worship at the Old High
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
KIRK SESSION AND THE FUTURE OF OLD HIGH ST STEPHEN’S At last Tuesday’s Kirk Session meeting, there was a very frank and open discussion, lasting around one and a half hours, on the future of Old High St Stephen’s. The Kirk Session noted the £40,000 budget deficit forecast for this year. A Motion was made as follows:
The Kirk Session have agreed to have a conversation with Presbytery regarding moving to one place of worship.
This was put to a vote. Sixteen were in agreement with two abstentions, and so the motion carried.
We are due to have our normal, five-yearly, Local Church Review with Presbytery in the autumn, and this decision of the Kirk Session will be taken into that Review. The congregation is a difficult situation. The current Presbytery Plan does not state whether any of our buildings are necessary for the future mission of the Church of Scotland. This could restrict our ability undertake work on the fabric of the buildings, and would need to be resolved one way or another if there were to be a ministerial vacancy. In addition, it is felt that the costs of our two places of worship are a very serious drain on our funds, and as a Kirk Session and charity trustees, this is a major concern for our elders.
The Session asks for the congregation’s continued support and patience we work through these difficult issues. If you require any further information, you can speak to our elders or Session Clerks, or the Minister.
COMMUNITY SURVEY Following the Congregational Retreat back in there ought to have been a report made about the outcome, and we regret this was not done. The main result was that the Session was asked to explore the possibility of a youth or community worker, which they have now begun to do. There will be more detail in the next church magazine.
CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR THE OLD HIGH CHURCH Some time ago, architect Alan Marshall was commissioned by the Kirk Session to prepare a plan for the future conservation and development of the Old High Church. He presented his interim report to the Congregation on Saturday 2 June. We are glad to say that half of his fees have been refunded to us from the General Trustees of the Church of Scotland. Mr Marshall is now inviting further comments, especially from those who were at the meeting and saw what was proposed. We hope to have his final proposals in a few months’ time. Please send comments to our Church Administrator at invernesschurch<at>gmail.com, or by post to Old High St Stephen’s Manse. For further information, contact Jim Alexander jbdalex<at>yahoo.com.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet in St Stephen’s vestry on Sundays 3rd and 17th June and 1st July to complete its reading of Rowan Williams’ book “Being Disciples”. Contact Andrew Stevenson.
FREEWILL OFFERING ENVELOPES for the year commencing 1 July 2018 are now ready for collection from Sandy Cumming sandy.cumming<at>btinternet.com and Christine Mackenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com.
CRAFT EVENING St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm, Wednesday 13 June. Come along with your craft or if you wish to learn a craft you will be made very welcome. At present there is knitting, crochet, cross stitch, tapestry and card making but we would welcome any other craft. Refreshments. Margaret McAleer.
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 willie<at>kenilweb.com. The deadline is Friday 15 June.
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at St Stephen’s on Sunday 24 June. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. Retiring Offering will be in aid of 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. Please give generously to this vital project. Linda Philip lindajphilip<at>hotmail.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. It is much appreciated. Bill Guthrie williamguthrie<at>googlemail.com
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
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<at>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
INVERNESS STREET PASTORS (ISP) are trained volunteers from local churches who patrol in teams where they care for, listen to and help people who are out on the streets.Prayer Pastors pray for our community from our base, or at home. Street Pastors speakers will be with us next Sunday, 17 June. Street Pastor Kathy Sutherland and Robyn Teago (ISP administrator) will be at St Stephen’s to give us a Minute for Mission, and Marilyn Armstrong (Street Pastor and Prayer Coordinator) will be at the Old High. The speakers will be available after the services. Further information from Robyn Teago inverness<at>streetpastors.org.uk

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