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Sunday Bulletin 14 July 2019

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 21 July 2019: Proper 11
11:15am Morning Worship at the Old High
Led by Rev Alastair Younger
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION – contact details from Church Administrator
MINISTER’S HOLIDAYS Peter will be on holiday from 2-23 July. For any pastoral matters during that time, please contact your elder or the Rev Arthur Sinclair (until 19 July) or Rev Andrew Lyon (20-22 July).
KIRK SESSION meeting has been postponed until Thursday, 1 August, at St Stephen’s. The Leadership meeting arranged for that date will be re-scheduled.
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING PROGRAMME The Church Opening programme is once again proving popular with both tourists and local people. We are open from 10.00-12.00 and 2-4pm on Tuesday-Friday each week. New Volunteers are welcome on a regular or occasional basis. For more information contact Sheila MacLeod.
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or your Elder, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
HIGHLAND FOOD BANK For the months of June and July, they would welcome donations of tins of potatoes, tomatoes, fruit and ham. Many thanks for your continued support. Contact Margaret Neville.
SUMMER SERVICES AT OLD HIGH ST STEPHEN’S With a view to strengthening the life of the congregation, the Kirk Session has decided to hold only one service on Sunday in July and August. All our services in July will be at the Old High at 11.15am, and all the August services will be at St Stephen’s at 10am. Easy way to remember: In July at Old High (it rhymes!); in August at St Stephen’s. The Session trust you will give this initiative your enthusiastic support! Please speak to your elder if you have any questions. If anyone has trouble getting to church during this period, please contact your elder, or Pat, our Church Administrator, and we will try to organise a lift (079 342 85924).
A new CHURCH MUSIC RESOURCE on the Church of Scotland website at includes recordings by our combined choir. Have a search on music.churchofscotland.org.uk for hymns 491, 608, 26, 192, 333, 496 and many more! Contact Pam or Robin if you want to join our fantastic choirs!
SUNDAY BULLETIN The Bulletins for today and 21 July were all printed prior to Peter leaving on A/L. If you have additional items which you wish to be announced from the pulpit, please send them to our Church Administrator Mrs Pat Macleod (079 342 85924) invernesschurch<at>gmail.com who will arrange for them to be forwarded. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and include contact details and/or e-mail.
OTHER NEWS
INVERNESS STREET PASTORS Inverness Needs You! Over 18? Part of a local church community? Then come to our Information Talk to learn more about the work of Street Pastors & Prayer Pastors on Sat 24 Aug 10am at The Hub, next to Castle Street Baptist Church. Robyn Teago, Inverness Street Pastors
THE WAY is a group aimed at anyone between the ages of 18-30 in Inverness. Weekly activities include prayer meetings, bible studies, social evenings and events, like trips to Loch Morlich or bowling. For more information, contact Claire Rush.
CO-ORDINATOR INVERNESS STREET PASTORS Prior experience of applying for grants in the third sector would be an advantage, though not essential. This is a voluntary position at the moment, requiring just 10 hours a month depending on your availability. However, the post could develop beyond this depending upon your time and your talents. Contact Mark.

Sunday Bulletin 7 July 2019

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Sunday 14 July 2019: Proper 10

11:15am Morning Worship at the Old High

Led by Rev Alastair Younger

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION – contact details from the Church Administrator

MINISTER’S HOLIDAYS Peter will be on holiday from 2-23 July. For any pastoral matters during that time, please contact your elder or the Rev Arthur Sinclair (until 19 July) or Rev Andrew Lyon (20-22 July).

SOUTHSIDE NURSING HOME:  There will be a short service, led by Malcolm Macrae, 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 Malcolm after the service.  We still also seek members willing to lead these services on a rota basis; please contact Janet Robertson.

KIRK SESSION meeting has been postponed until Thursday, 1 August, at St Stephen’s. The Leadership meeting arranged for that date will be re-scheduled.

OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING PROGRAMME The Church Opening programme is once again proving popular with both tourists and local people. We are open from 10.00-12.00 and 2-4pm on Tuesday-Friday each week. New Volunteers are welcome on a regular or occasional basis. For more information contact Sheila MacLeod.

PASTORAL CARE Peter, or your Elder, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.

HIGHLAND FOOD BANK For the months of June and July, they would welcome donations of tins of potatoes, tomatoes, fruit and ham. Many thanks for your continued support. Contact Margaret Neville.

OHSS Summer Outing Beauly River TODAY Due to the success of last year’s walk and refreshments, the outing is to be repeated this year. I hope you can join us. Meet St Stephen’s Car Park 2pm or Black Bridge Car Park near Kilmorack 2.30pm. Low level walk with flat terrain. Afternoon tea or High tea after at The Priory Hotel, Beauly 4.30pm. Contact Deborah Macrae or Jennifer Morrison to give an idea of numbers and for more information or transport..

SUMMER SERVICES AT OLD HIGH ST STEPHEN’S With a view to strengthening the life of the congregation, the Kirk Session has decided to hold only one service on Sunday in July and August. All our services in July will be at the Old High at 11.15am, and all the August services will be at St Stephen’s at 10am. Easy way to remember: In July at Old High (it rhymes!); in August at St Stephen’s. The Session trust you will give this initiative your enthusiastic support! Please speak to your elder if you have any questions. If anyone has trouble getting to church during this period, please contact your elder, or Pat, our Church Administrator, and we will try to organise a lift (079 342 85924).

A new CHURCH MUSIC RESOURCE on the Church of Scotland website at includes recordings by our combined choir. Have a search on music.churchofscotland.org.uk for hymns 491, 608, 26, 192, 333, 496 and many more! Contact Pam or Robin if you want to join our fantastic choirs!

SUNDAY BULLETIN The Bulletins for today, 14 and 21 July were all printed prior to Peter leaving on A/L. If you have additional items which you wish to be announced from the pulpit, please send them to our Church Administrator Mrs Pat Macleod (079 342 85924) invernesschurch<at>gmail.com who will arrange for them to be forwarded.Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and include contact details and/or e-mail.

OTHER NEWS

INVERNESS STREET PASTORS Inverness Needs You!  Over 18? Part of a local church community? Then come to our Information Talk to learn more about the work of Street Pastors & Prayer Pastors on Sat 24 Aug 10am at The Hub, next to Castle Street Baptist Church. Robyn Teago, Inverness Street Pastors

The Way is a group aimed at anyone between the ages of 18-30 in Inverness. Weekly activities include prayer meetings, bible studies, social evenings and events, like trips to Loch Morlich or bowling. For more information, contact Claire Rush.

CO-ORDINATOR INVERNESS STREET PASTORS Prior experience of applying for grants in the third sector would be an advantage, though not essential. This is a voluntary position at the moment, requiring just 10 hours a month depending on your availability. However, the post could develop beyond this depending upon your time and your talents. Contact Mark.

Sunday Bulletin 30 June 2019

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 7 July 2019: Proper 9
11:15am Morning Worship at the Old High
Led by Stewart Robertson, Reader at Crown Church
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION – contact details from the Church Administator
MINISTER’S HOLIDAYS Peter will be on holiday from 2-23 July. For any pastoral matters during that time, please contact your elder or the Rev Arthur Sinclair.
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at St Stephen’s today. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. There will be a retiring collection in aid of Mary’s Meals.
AFTERNOON COMMUNION AT ST STEPHEN’S An informal communion will be held at 3 pm this afternoon, led by the Minister. Although this is mostly for those who are unable to come to church regularly, all are welcome.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet at St Stephen’s for the last time before the summer break at 7pm this evening when it will discuss Sam Wells’ reflections on a Christian perspective on the issues of Ecology and Ecumenism. More details from Andrew Stevenson.
KIRK SESSION meeting has been postponed until Thursday, 1 August, at St Stephen’s. The Leadership meeting arranged for that date will be re-scheduled.
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING PROGRAMME The Church Opening programme is once again proving popular with both tourists and local people. We are open from 10.00-12.00 and 2-4pm on Tuesday-Friday each week. New Volunteers are welcome on a regular or occasional basis. For more information contact Sheila MacLeod.
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or your Elder, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
OHSS MAGAZINE Copies of the latest magazine are available for collection at both churches today. Jennifer Morrison.
HIGHLAND FOOD BANK For the months of June and July, they would welcome donations of tins of potatoes, tomatoes, fruit and ham. Many thanks for your continued support. Contact Margaret Neville.
CHRISTIAN BASICS a course for those new to Christianity, will begin at St Stephen’s tonight at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact Peter for more information.
FREEWILL OFFERING ENVELOPES are available in both churches today for those who have not yet got their new supply. If anyone has not got theirs or if they have any queries please contact Cliff Sim.
OHSS SUMMER OUTING BEAULY RIVER 7 JULY Due to the success of last year’s walk and refreshments, the outing is to be repeated this year. I hope you can join us. Meet St Stephen’s Car Park 2pm or Black Bridge Car Park near Kilmorack 2.30pm. Low level walk with flat terrain. Afternoon tea or High tea after at The Priory Hotel, Beauly 4.30pm. Contact Deborah Macrae or Jennifer Morrison to give an idea of numbers and for more information or transport.
SUMMER SERVICES AT OLD HIGH ST STEPHEN’S With a view to strengthening the life of the congregation, the Kirk Session has decided to hold only one service on Sunday in July and August. All our services in July will be at the Old High at 11.15am, and all the August services will be at St Stephen’s at 10am. Easy way to remember: In July at Old High (it rhymes!); in August at St Stephen’s. The Session trust you will give this initiative your enthusiastic support! Please speak to your elder if you have any questions. If anyone has trouble getting to church during this period, please contact your elder, or Pat, our Church Administrator, and we will try to organise a lift.
A new CHURCH MUSIC RESOURCE on the Church of Scotland website at includes recordings by our combined choir. Have a search on music.churchofscotland.org.uk for hymns 491, 608, 26, 192, 333, 496 and many more! Contact Pam or Robin if you want to join our fantastic choirs!
SUNDAY BULLETIN Please send items for this sheet to our Church Administrator Mrs Pat Macleod (079 342 85924) invernesschurchgmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and include contact details and/or e-mail.
OTHER NEWS
INVERNESS STREET PASTORS Inverness Needs You! Over 18? Part of a local church community? Then come to our Information Talk to learn more about the work of Street Pastors & Prayer Pastors on Sat 24 Aug 10am at The Hub, next to Castle Street Baptist Church. Robyn Teago, Inverness Street Pastors
THE WAY is a group aimed at anyone between the ages of 18-30 in Inverness. Weekly activities include prayer meetings, bible studies, social evenings and events, like trips to Loch Morlich or bowling. Upcoming events: Prayer Breakfast on 6 July, 9:30-10:30 at The Olive Grove, Crown. For more information, contact Claire Rush.
CO-ORDINATOR INVERNESS STREET PASTORS Prior experience of applying for grants in the third sector would be an advantage, though not essential. This is a voluntary position at the moment, requiring just 10 hours a month depending on your availability. However, the post could develop beyond this depending upon your time and your talents. Contact Mark.

Sunday Bulletin 23 June 2019

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Sunday 30 June 2019: Proper 7

10am  Sacrament of Holy Communion at St Stephen’s

11:15am Morning Worship at the Old High

Led by Rev Andrew Lyon, retired minister

3pm Short Communion Service

Led by the Minister

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION – contact details from our Church Administrator.

OUR WORSHIP THIS MORNING IS LED BY REV ARTHUR SINCLAIR, OUR PASTORAL ASSISTANT. Peter, our Minister, has been off work since last Saturday due to a nasty chest infection. However, he does hope to be back sometime this coming week. Thank you all for your concern and good wishes.

KIRK SESSION  will meet this Thursday, 27 June, at St Stephen’s.

OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING PROGRAMME 2019 The Summer Opening Programme started on Tuesday 4 June (10am-12 noon and 2-4pm) on Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday and Friday each week. We are organising an Open Afternoon for new Volunteers shortly. It is not too late to join the Team. Contact Sheila MacLeod.

PASTORAL CARE Peter, or your Elder, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.

HIGHLAND FOOD BANK For the months of June and July, they would welcome donations of tins of potatoes, tomatoes, fruit and ham. Many thanks for your continued support. Contact Margaret Neville.

CHRISTIAN BASICS The Minister will be running a course for those new to Christianity in the near future Contact Peter for more information.

MEET & EAT Lunch There will be a Church lunch on Thursday 27 June at 12.30pm at the Craigmonie Hotel. All are welcome and transport is available. For more information contact Val Cantlay.

FREEWILL OFFERING ENVELOPES are available in both churches today for those who have not yet got their new supply. If anyone has not got theirs or if they have any queries please contact Cliff Sim.

THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at St Stephen’s next Sunday 30 June. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. There will be a retiring collection in aid of Mary’s Meals.

AFTERNOON COMMUNION AT ST STEPHEN’S An informal communionwill be held at 3 pm on Sunday 30 June, led by the Minister, to which all are welcome.  Elders are requested to collect invitation slips, available at the church doors, to distribute to the elderly and housebound parishioners within their district, and to report back to Malcolm Macrae. Transport will be made available, and tea will be served in the hall after the communion service. Please confirm with your elder if you, or someone you know, require transport. Janet Robertson.

OHSS SUMMER OUTING BEAULY RIVER 7 JULY Due to the success of last year’s walk and refreshments, the outing is to be repeated this year. I hope you can join us. Meet St Stephen’s Car Park 2pm or Black Bridge Car Park near Kilmorack 2.30pm. Low level walk with flat terrain. Afternoon tea or High tea after at The Priory Hotel, Beauly 4.30pm. Contact Deborah Macrae or Jennifer Morrison to give an idea of numbers and for more information or transport.

SUMMER SERVICES AT OLD HIGH ST STEPHEN’S With a view to strengthening the life of the congregation, the Kirk Session has decided to hold only one service on Sunday in July and August. All our services in July will be at the Old High at 11.15am, and all the August services will be at St Stephen’s at 10am. Easy way to remember: In July at Old High (it rhymes!); in August at St Stephen’s. The Session trust you will give this initiative your enthusiastic support! Please speak to your elder if you have any questions. If anyone has trouble getting to church during this period, please contact your elder, or Pat, our Church Administrator, and we will try to organise a lift.

CrossReach The 2018-19 Impact Report is now available at church doors. Rae Swan.

KIRK SESSION meets this Tuesday night at 7.30pm at St Stephen’s.

A new CHURCH MUSIC RESOURCE on the Church of Scotland website at includes recordings by our combined choir. Have a search on music.churchofscotland.org.uk for hymns 491, 608, 26, 192, 333, 496 and many more! Contact Pam or Robin if you want to join our fantastic choirs!

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

INVERNESS STREET PASTORS Inverness Needs You!  Over 18? Part of a local church community? Then come to one of our Information Talks to learn more about the work of Street Pastors & Prayer Pastors.  Wed 26 June 7pm and Sat 24 Aug 10am. Events will take place at The Hub, next to Castle Street Baptist Church. Robyn Teago, Inverness Street Pastors

THE WAY is a group aimed at anyone between the ages of 18-30 in Inverness. Weekly activities include prayer meetings, bible studies, social evenings and events, like trips to Loch Morlich or bowling. Upcoming events: Debate Night on 28 June at 18:30-20:00 at The Hub, Castle Street; Prayer Breakfast on 6 July, 9:30-10:30 at The Olive Grove, Crown. For more information, contact Claire Rush.

CO-ORDINATOR INVERNESS STREET PASTORS Prior experience of applying for grants in the third sector would be an advantage, though not essential. This is a voluntary position at the moment, requiring just 10 hours a month depending on your availability. However, the post could develop beyond this depending upon your time and your talents. Contact Mark.

Sunday Bulletin 16 June 2019

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Sunday 23 June 2019: Proper 7

10am  Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11:15am Morning Worship at the Old High

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION – contact details from Church Administrator

OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING PROGRAMME 2019 The Summer Opening Programme started on Tuesday 4 June (10am-12 noon and 2-4pm) on Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday and Friday each week. We are organising an Open Afternoon for new Volunteers shortly. It is not too late to join the Team. Contact Sheila MacLeod.

PASTORAL CARE Peter, or your Elder, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.

HIGHLAND FOOD BANK For the months of June and July, they would welcome donations of tins of potatoes, tomatoes, fruit and ham. Many thanks for your continued support. Contact Margaret Neville.

CHRISTIAN BASICS The Minister will be running a course for those new to Christianity in the near future Contact Peter for more information.

THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at St Stephen’s on Sunday 30 June. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. There will be a retiring collection in aid of Mary’s Meals.

AFTERNOON COMMUNION ATST STEPHEN’S An informal communionwill be held at 3 pm on Sunday 30 June, led by the Minister, to which all are welcome.  Elders are requested to collect invitation slips, available at the church doors, to distribute to the elderly and housebound parishioners within their district, and to report back to Malcolm Macrae. Transport will be made available, and tea will be served in the hall after the communion service. Please confirm with your elder if you, or someone you know, require transport. Janet Robertson.

OHSS Summer Outing Beauly River 7 July Due to the success of last year’s walk and refreshments, the outing is to be repeated this year. I hope you can join us. Meet St Stephen’s Car Park 2pm or Black Bridge Car Park near Kilmorack 2.30pm. Low level walk with flat terrain. Afternoon tea or High tea after at The Priory Hotel, Beauly 4.30pm. Contact Deborah Macrae or Jennifer Morrison to give an idea of numbers and for more information or transport.

SUMMER SERVICES AT OLD HIGH ST STEPHEN’S With a view to strengthening the life of the congregation, the Kirk Session has decided to hold only one service on Sunday in July and August. All our services in July will be at the Old High at 11.15am, and all the August services will be at St Stephen’s at 10am. Easy way to remember: In July at Old High (it rhymes!); in August at St Stephen’s. The Session trust you will give this initiative your enthusiastic support! Please speak to your elder if you have any questions. If anyone has trouble getting to church during this period, please contact your elder, or Pat, our Church Administrator, and we will try to organise a lift (079 342 85924).

CrossReach The 2018-19 Impact Report is now available at church doors. Rae Swan.

KIRK SESSION meets this Tuesday night at 7.30pm at St Stephen’s.

A new CHURCH MUSIC RESOURCE on the Church of Scotland website at includes recordings by our combined choir. Have a search on music.churchofscotland.org.uk for hymns 491, 608, 26, 192, 333, 496 and many more! Contact Pam or Robin if you want to join our fantastic choirs!

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

INVERNESS STREET PASTORS Inverness Needs You!  Over 18? Part of a local church community? Then come to one of our Information Talks to learn more about the work of Street Pastors & Prayer Pastors.  Wed 26 June 7pm and Sat 24 Aug 10am. Events will take place at The Hub, next to Castle Street Baptist Church. Robyn Teago, Inverness Street Pastors

The Way is a group aimed at anyone between the ages of 18-30 in Inverness. We run weekly activities which include prayer meetings, bible studies, social evenings and events, like trips to Loch Morlich or bowling. Upcoming events: Debate Night on 28 June at 18:30-20:00 at The Hub, Castle Street (we’ll watch a debate from YouTube and discuss it); Prayer Breakfast on 6 July, 9:30-10:30 at The Olive Grove, Crown. For more information and a list of ongoing events, contact Claire Rush.

Sunday Bulletin 9 June 2019

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Sunday 16 June 2019: Trinity Sunday

10am  Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11:15am Morning Worship at the Old High

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION – contact details from Church Administrator

TODAY:  KIRKING OF THE TARTANS AT THE OLD HIGH CHURCH, 11.15AM We have been asked to share our service at Old High today with the Association of Highland Clans and Societies for a ‘Kirking of the Tartans’ service. This year also marks the Tercentenary of the Battle of Glenshiel 1719. The Reverend Peter Marshall, originally from Coatbridge, and chaplain to the US Senate, introduced the idea in the US in 1941. The Rev Allan Maclean of St Vincent’s Episcopal Chapel in Edinburgh will lead prayers, with our own Minister preaching- all very welcome to what promises to be a colourful way for us to celebrate both Pentecost and St Columba’s Day. Our 10am service at St Stephen’s will be led by Rev Derek Brown, chaplain to Raigmore hospital.

CRAFT EVENING St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm, Wednesday 12 June. Crafters and non-crafters welcome (you may wish to learn a craft). Friendly atmosphere and refreshments provided. Jennifer Morrison.

Christian Aid Week – A BIG Thank you! Good news! Jebbeh has had a baby and thanks to the healthcare they received, supported by Christian Aid, he is alive and healthy. She sends a message ’”Thanking you very much with joy”. 30 people helped out in the door to door collection this year. £3,185.72 was raised. So a great success and I am very grateful for everyone’s help and those who helped with counting the money from the envelopes – a long evening of sums!  And a huge Thanks to the parish for their generous donations and patience. The coffee morning with raffle, baking stall and plant stall was a great event and made more money than in previous years, bringing in £891.99. The hall was full of people and chatter. Those who helped at stalls, with baking or in the kitchen deserve much praise for their contributions. Finally donations in envelopes at the coffee morning and in the church added on another £955.75. This brings this year’s grand total to £5033.36 with gift aid still to be added. Let’s pray that this sum of money can help Sierra Leone’s mums live. Deborah Macrae.

THY KINGDOM COME is a global wave of prayer during the period between Ascension and Pentecost. Originally an initiative of the Church of England, it supported by many denominations across the world, including the Church of Scotland. All of us know people whose life would be different if they knew Jesus, so you are invited to join with people from across the world to pray until 9 June for five people whom you know to encounter the love of Christ in their lives. More detail on the Church of Scotland website www.churchofscotland.org.uk or  www.thykingdomcome.global. David Martin has more details.

OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING PROGRAMME 2019 The Summer Opening Programme started on Tuesday 4 June (10am-12 noon and 2-4pm) on Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday and Friday each week. We are organising an Open Afternoon for new Volunteers shortly. It is not too late to join the Team. Contact Sheila MacLeod.

PASTORAL CARE Peter, or your Elder, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.

THANK YOU Dear Friends of Old High St Stephen’s, I would like to thank you for the endless amount of cards, letters and flowers you sent to me and my family. Also to Peter for his support to us during this difficult time. Joan Darcy

HIGHLAND FOOD BANK I have received a letter from Lorna at the Food Bank, thanking the congregation for their generous and continued support and donations. She has asked that, for the month of June and July, they would welcome donations of tins of potatoes, tomatoes, fruit and ham. Many thanks for your continued support. Contact Margaret Neville.

OHSS MAGAZINE Editor Willie Morrison urgently requires articles and photos for the June issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible.Deadline Friday 14 June.

CHRISTIAN BASICS The Minister hopes to run a course for those new to Christianity in the near future Contact Peter for more information.

OHSS Summer Outing Beauly River 7 July Due to the success of last year’s walk and refreshments, the outing is to be repeated this year. I hope you can join us. Meet St Stephen’s Car Park 2pm or Black Bridge Car Park near Kilmorack 2.30pm. Low level walk with flat terrain. Afternoon tea or High tea after at The Priory Hotel, Beauly 4.30pm. Contact Deborah Macrae or Jennifer Morrison to give an idea of numbers and for more information or transport.

SUMMER SERVICES AT OLD HIGH ST STEPHEN’S With a view to strengthening the life of the congregation, the Kirk Session has decided to hold only one service on Sunday in July and August. All our services in July will be at the Old High at 11.15am, and all the August services will be at St Stephen’s at 10am. Easy way to remember: In July at Old High (it rhymes!); in August at St Stephen’s. The Session trust you will give this initiative your enthusiastic support! Please speak to your elder if you have any questions. If anyone has trouble getting to church during this period, please contact your elder, or Pat, our Church Administrator, and we will try to organise a lift.

CrossReach The 2018-19 Impact Report is now available at church doors. Rae Swan.

A new CHURCH MUSIC RESOURCE on the Church of Scotland website at includes recordings by our combined choir. Have a search on music.churchofscotland.org.uk for hymns 491, 608, 26, 192, 333, 496 and many more! Contact Pam or Robin if you want to join our fantastic choirs!

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. le 1 Light Acce

Sunday Bulletin 2 June 2019

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Sunday 9 June 2019: Pentecost

10am  Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

Service led by Rev Derek Brown, Raigmore Hospital

11:15am Kirking of the Tartans at the Old High

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION (Contact details from Church Administrator)

THY KINGDOM COME is a global wave of prayer during the period between Ascension and Pentecost. Originally an initiative of the Church of England, it supported by many denominations across the world, including the Church of Scotland. All of us know people whose life would be different if they knew Jesus, so you are invited to join with people from across the world to pray until 9 June for five people whom you know to encounter the love of Christ in their lives. More detail on the Church of Scotland website www.churchofscotland.org.uk or  www.thykingdomcome.global. David Martin has more details. There’s also a “24 Hours of Prayer” event on 8 and 9 June at Inshes Church: contact Jonathan Appleby.

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 seek members willing to lead these services on a rota basis; contact Janet Robertson.

NEXT SUNDAY: KIRKING OF THE TARTANS AT THE OLD HIGH CHURCH, 11.15AM We have been asked to share our service at Old High next week with the Association of Highland Clans and Societies for a ‘Kirking of the Tartans’ service. This year also marks the Tercentenary of the Battle of Glenshiel 1719. The Reverend Peter Marshall, originally from Coatbridge, and chaplain to the US Senate, introduced the idea in the US in 1941. The Rev Allan Maclean of St Vincent’s Episcopal Chapel in Edinburgh will lead prayers, with our own Minister preaching- all very welcome to what promises to be a colourful way for us to celebrate both Pentecost and St Columba’s Day. Our 10am service at St Stephen’s will be led by Rev Derek Brown, chaplain to Raigmore hospital.

THE SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet this evening at St Stephen’s. Following on from our thinking together about a Christian perspective on Migration we are going to explore the fundamentally underlying issue of Inequality, guided by Sam Wells’ helpful insights. Andrew Stevenson.

OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING PROGRAMME 2019 The Old High Church will be open from 2-4 pm each Friday afternoon from 19 April until 31 May. The Summer Opening Programme will commence on Tuesday 4 June (10am-12 noon and 2-4pm) on Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday and Friday each week. We are organising an Open Afternoon for new Volunteers next month. It is not too late to join the Team. Contact Sheila MacLeod.

PASTORAL CARE Peter, or your Elder, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.

HIGHLAND FOOD BANK I have received a letter from Lorna at the Food Bank, thanking the congregation for their generous and continued support and donations. She has asked that, for the month of June they would welcome donations of tins of potatoes, tomatoes, fruit and ham. Many thanks for your continued support. Contact Margaret Neville.

OHSS MAGAZINE Editor Willie Morrison urgently requires articles and photos for the June issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible. Deadline Friday 14 June.

CHRISTIAN BASICS The Minister will run a course on Sunday nights at 7pm at St Stephen’s. Dates to be confirmed. Contact Peter for more information.

OHSS HANDBELLS Open Night on Tuesday 4 June, from 7.30pm till 8.30pm in the Old High church. If it’s a nice Summer evening we’ll ring in the churchyard. Coffee will be served in the church. It will be a very informal evening and you are welcome to come for 10 minutes or longer. Contact: Rena Beaton.

SUMMER SERVICES AT OLD HIGH ST STEPHEN’S With a view to strengthening the life of the congregation, the Kirk Session has decided to hold only one service on Sunday in July and August. All our services in July will be at the Old High at 11.15am, and all the August services will be at St Stephen’s at 10am. Easy way to remember: In July at Old High (it rhymes!); in August at St Stephen’s. The Session trust you will give this initiative your enthusiastic support! Please speak to your elder if you have any questions.

A VERY BIG THANK YOU for the beautiful floral arrangement, visits to hospital and home, many gifts, cards and well wishes. It’s very humbling to know so many people care. Unfortunately I am not yet at the stage of joining you on Sunday mornings but hopefully it won’t be too long. Best wishes to you all. God bless.

A heartfelt “THANK YOU” to those who made last Saturday afternoon such a success at the Afternoon Tea held for the congregation at St Stephen’s Hall –  the organisers, drivers, bakers, waitresses, kitchen staff, choir members for their entertainment and the opportunity to chat to friends one had not seen for ages. Grateful thanks…. It gives one a happy glow. Joyce Cumming

SUNDAY BULLETIN Please send items for this sheet to our Church Administrator Mrs Pat MacLeod. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and include contact details and/or e-mail.

OTHER NEWS

CHURCH OF SCOTLAND STEWARDSHIP ROADSHOW presenting a new resource, A Narrative of Generosity, and also displaying contactless giving systems. The roadshows are for all, and are open to any other denominations. Inverness Roadshow at Trinity Church 7pm to 9pm, Monday 3 June. Contact David Lynch, National Stewardship Coordinator, Church of Scotland. ity

Sunday Bulletin 26 May 2019

WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Sunday 2 June 2019: Seventh Sunday of Easter

10am  Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11:15am Morning Worship at the Old High

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION

SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION AT OLD HIGH TODAY All welcome at the Lord’s Table. The Retiring Offering will be in aid of the Maggie’s Centre. Maggie’s offers free practical, emotional and social support to people living with cancer and their family and friends. Built in the grounds of specialist NHS cancer hospitals, Maggie’s Centres are warm and welcoming places, with qualified professionals on hand to offer a programme of support that has been shown to improve physical and emotional wellbeing.

TODAY’S SERVICE AT ST STEPHEN’S is led by our friend Stewart Robertson, Reader at Crown Church. Please give Stewart a warm welcome!

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK Thank you to all those who helped in any way to the coffee morning and those who came and gave so generously and made it such a success. Approximately £1000 was raised. Thanks, too, to all who helped with the door-to-door collection- we hope to have a final figure soon.

OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING PROGRAMME 2019 The Old High Church will be open from 2-4 pm each Friday afternoon from 19 April until 31 May. The Summer Opening Programme will commence on Tuesday 4 June (10am-12 noon and 2-4pm) on Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday and Friday each week. We are organising an Open Afternoon for new Volunteers next month. It is not too late to join the Team. Contact Sheila MacLeod.

HIGHLAND FOOD BANK The requests for May are for deodorant for men and women, tins of corned beef and tins of potatoes. Many thanks for your continued support. Margaret Neville.

CRAFT EVENING St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm, Wednesday 29 May. Crafters and non-crafters welcome (you may wish to learn a craft). Friendly atmosphere and refreshments provided. Margaret McAleer.

OLD HIGH MUSIC Saturday 1 June at 12 noon will be the annual opportunity to hear young pianists, violinists, a cellist and a clarinet player from around the Inverness Area. They have been invited to come and perform pieces that they have prepared for recent exams or competitions, to extend their experience of playing for an audience. For some this will be their last “home” performance before heading off to University. Your enthusiastic support for them in previous years was much appreciated. Details from Andrew Stevenson. Join the music email list: ohssmusic<at>gmail.com.

PASTORAL CARE Peter, or your Elder, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.

OHSS MAGAZINE Editor Willie Morrison urgently requires articles and photos for the June issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible. Deadline Friday 14 June.

READERS AT OLD HIGH We’d like to add to our band of regular readers at the Old High on Sunday mornings. Contact Margaret Young if you would like to swell our numbers. Thanks.

TABLE FOR SALE We have a handsome wooden table at the Old High Church which is surplus to requirements, and for sale to any member in return for a donation. If you are interested, please contact Pat MacLeod, Church Administrator.

CHRISTIAN BASICS The Minister will run a course on Sunday nights at 7pm at St Stephen’s. Dates to be confirmed. If you are interested, please contact Peter for more information.

OHSS HANDBELLS Since Tuesday 4 June is our last practice this term, we are having an open night in the Old High church from 7.30pm till 8.30pm. If its a nice Summer evening we’ll ring in the churchyard. Coffee will be served in the church. It will be a very informal evening and you are welcome to come for 10 minutes or longer. Rena Beaton.

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

CHURCH OF SCOTLAND STEWARDSHIP ROADSHOW presenting a new resource, A Narrative of Generosity, and also displaying contactless giving systems. The roadshows are for all, and are open to any other denominations. Inverness Roadshow at Trinity Church 7pm to 9pm, Monday 3 June. Contact David Lynch, National Stewardship Coordinator, Church of Scotland.

A celebration of Praise In aid of Blythswood and Bear Necessities on Friday 31 May at 7pm at Smithton Free Church. Come along and join in our celebration of praise along with the Highland Male Voice Choir; Mary MacVicar, Eileen MacKintosh, The Tink Family, Alasdair and Morag Moodie, and John Buchanan. Donations welcome on the night. Contact Elma MacKay.

Inverness Festival of Male Voice Praise on Saturday 1 June 2019, at the East Church, Academy Street, Inverness at 7.15pm. Community singing from 7.00pm. Guest Speaker, Pastor Kenny Wilson, Northern Ireland. Guest Singer, Olivia Ross. All are warmly welcomed. Admission free. Robyn Teago, Inverness Street Pastors.

Sunday Bulletin 5 May 2019

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 12 May 2019: Fourth Sunday of Easter
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11:15am Morning Worship at the Old High
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION (Contact details from the Church Administrator)
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP resumes this evening at 7pm in St Stephen’s vestry and thereafter at fortnightly intervals until the summer break. As we move towards the part of the Christian Year that encourages us to look into the world, we shall be dealing with some of the big issues of our time in Sam Wells’ book “How then shall we live?”. Firstly ‘Islam and Islamist Extremism’. More information from Andrew Stevenson.
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING PROGRAMME 2019 The Old High Church will be open from 2-4 pm each Friday afternoon from 19 April until 31 May. The Summer Opening Programme will commence on Tuesday 4 June (10am-12 noon and 2-4pm) on Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday and Friday each week. We are organising an Open Afternoon for new Volunteers next month. It is not too late to join the Team. Contact Sheila MacLeod.
PASTORAL CARE TEAM will meet on Tuesday 7 May in St Stephen’s vestry at 2pm. Contact: Val Cantlay.
ST STEPHEN’S CHURCH AND COMMUNITY CHOIR present ‘May’s Miscellany’ – a concert to uplift the spirit- at the One Touch Theatre, Eden Court at 7.30pm this Wednesday 8 May. This is our debut at Eden Court where we look forward to your continued support. We are lucky to be supported by two local young musicians, Sandy Scott-Brown (cello) and Catriona Mackenzie (piano) who I am sure will delight you with their skill and musicianship. The proceeds from this concert will go to the Calman Trust. Tickets (£12) are available from Eden Court though please ask any choir member to assist if you have difficulty accessing the box office. Contact Pam McCulloch.
HIGHLAND FOOD BANK The requests for April and May are for deodorant for men and women, tins of corned beef and tins of potatoes. Many thanks for your continued support. Margaret Neville.
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or your Elder, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
CHRISTIAN AID COFFEE MORNING Saturday 11 May in St Stephen’s Hall, 10am to 12 noon. Uusual baking and gardening stalls for which donations will be welcome; they can be dropped off at St Stephen’s vestry on Friday 10 May at 7.30pm. The hall will be available the same evening for setting up. Tickets will be available at today. Contact: Jennifer Morrison.
CHRISTIAN AID WEEK Door to Door Collection12-18 May and Count 28 May 7.30pm Thank you to all of you who have already picked up your envelopes for the collection. Let’s hope for good weather. Due to individual’s circumstances there are still 3 areas needing collectors so please contact me if you are able to support this fundraiser for the benefit of expectant mothers in Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone is the world’s most unsafe place to become a mother. After the collection please bring your envelopes to the church on 19 or 26 May and give them to Roberta Mackintosh (Old High) and Stuart Mackenzie or Katharina Nimmo (St Stephen’s). Alternatively come along with them to “The Count” on Tuesday 28 May in St Stephen’s church at 7.30pm (refreshments provided) or contact me and I will come and get them. Thanks Deborah Macrae.
OLD HIGH MUSIC Saturday 18 May at 12 noon will mark the first visit to the Old High by the Mayfield Singers, a Chamber Choir directed by Kate Lewis, Emma Versteeg’s mother. They sing, unaccompanied, a programme including the exquisite Mass in 4 Parts by William Byrd, pieces by Tallis, Purcell and Gibbons and some Madrigals. Come along and enjoy this sacred music in the church setting and meet our visitors afterwards. Contact: Andrew Stevenson.
ST STEPHEN’S PARKING Crown Court Hotel has asked us to remind those attending St Stephen’s that parking is only permitted from 9am to 12pm and 2pm to 5pm (7 days). No parking in the evening. In addition, you can park at Southside Road Surgery, 43 Southside Road, Inverness IV2 4XA, Kingsmills Surgery, 18 Southside Road, Inverness IV2 3BG and Southside Surgical Dentistry Centre, 28 Southside Road, Inverness IV2 3BG.
READERS AT OLD HIGH Our band of regular readers at the Old High on Sunday mornings is gradually diminishing. Please contact Margaret Young if you would like to swell our numbers. Thanks.
TABLE FOR SALE We have a handsome wooden table at the Old High Church which is surplus to requirements, and for sale to any member in return for a donation. If you interested, please contact Pat MacLeod, Church Administrator.
SUNDAY BULLETIN Please send items for this sheet to our Church Administrator: Mrs Pat MacLeod (079 342 85924 invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Please keep items as brief as possible, and include contact details and/or e-mail. Pat will be on A/L shortly, so items for Bulletins 12 and 19 May should be with her by Monday 6 May at 12 noon.
OTHER NEWS
WATOTO CHILDREN’S CHOIR TOUR A musical worship experience on Tuesday 7 May at King’s Fellowship, 32 Murray Place, Smithton, Inverness IV2 7WL, and on Wednesday 8 May at Culduthel Christian Centre, Culduthel Avenue, Inverness IV2 6AS. Both events are free 7.30-8.45pm. Contact Jean Bradley.
HEALING SERVICE Christian Fellowship of Healing (Highlands) will hold a healing service at St Stephen’s next Sunday (12 May) at 4pm to which all are welcome. Contact David Martin.
INVERNESS STREET PASTORS Prayer Team meetings (all welcome, and feel free to come for just part of the time, whatever you can manage) Fri. 10 May, 10.15 am-11.30, The Hub (supporting day-time city centre patrol) Sat. 18 May, 10.15 am-12.15, The Hub – Sat morning opportunity for prayer – in support of day-time SP patrol that day, but also wider prayer time. Marilyn Armstrong prayer.inverness<at>streetpastors.org.uk

Sunday Bulletin 28 April 2019

WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Sunday 5 May 2019: Third Sunday of Easter

10am  Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11:15am Morning Worship at the Old High

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION

TODAY: CONGREGATIONAL SERVICE AT ST STEPHEN’S: ANNUAL MEETING Our Accounts are now available: copies are at the door of the Church, or you can contact our Church Administrator for copies.

CRAFT EVENING St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm, Wednesday 1 May. Crafters and non-crafters welcome (you may wish to learn a craft). Friendly atmosphere and refreshments provided. Margaret McAleer.

Sunday Evening Discussion Group resumes at 7pm in St Stephen’s vestry on Sunday 5 May and thereafter at fortnightly intervals until the summer break. As we move towards the part of the Christian Year that encourages us to look into the world, we shall be dealing with some of the big issues of our time in Sam Wells’ book “How then shall we live?”. Firstly ‘Islam and Islamist Extremism’. More information from Andrew Stevenson.

OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING PROGRAMME 2019 The Old High Church will be open from 2-4 pm each Friday afternoon from 19 April until 31 May. The Summer Opening Programme will commence on Tuesday 4 June (10am-12 noon and 2-4pm) on Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday and Friday each week. We are organising an Open Afternoon for new Volunteers next month. It is not too late to join the Team. For more information please contact Sheila MacLeod.

St Stephen’s Church and Community Choir present ‘May’s Miscellany’ – a concert to uplift the spirit- at the One Touch Theatre, Eden Court at 7.30pm on Wednesday 8 May. This is our debut at Eden Court where we look forward to your continued support. We are lucky to be supported by two local young musicians, Sandy Scott-Brown (cello) and Catriona Mackenzie (piano) who I am sure will delight you with their skill and musicianship. The proceeds from this concert will go to the Calman Trust. Tickets (£12) are available from Eden Court though please ask any choir member to assist if you have difficulty accessing the box office. Contact Pam McCulloch.

HIGHLAND FOOD BANK I received a letter from Highland Food Bank thanking us for our continued support. The requests for April and May are for deodorant for men and women, tins of corned beef and tins of potatoes. Margaret Neville.

RETIRING OFFERING We collected the fantastic sum of £501.37 for the Flood Appeal for East Africa and the money has now been forwarded to Christian Aid. Ken Cantlay.

PASTORAL CARE Peter, or your Elder, should be informed of anyone ill at home.

CHRISTIAN AID COFFEE MORNING The coffee morning will be held on Saturday 11 May in St Stephen’s Hall from 10am to 12 noon. There will be the usual baking and gardening stalls for which donations will be welcome and they can be dropped off at St Stephen’s vestry on Friday 10 May at 7.30pm. The hall will be available the same evening for setting up. Tickets will be available at St Stephen’s on 28 April and at both churches on 5 May. Further information from Jennifer Morrison.

Old High Music Saturday 18 May at 12 noon will mark the first visit to the Old High by the Mayfield Singers, a Chamber Choir directed by Kate Lewis, Emma Versteeg’s mother. They sing, unaccompanied, a programme including the exquisite Mass in 4 Parts by William Byrd, pieces by Tallis, Purcell and Gibbons and some Madrigals. Come along and enjoy this sacred music in the church setting and have a chance to meet our visitors afterwards. Details from Andrew Stevenson.

READERS AT OLD HIGH WANTED Our band of regular readers at the Old High on Sunday mornings is gradually diminishing. Please contact Margaret Young if you would like to swell our numbers. Thanks.

TABLE FOR SALE We have a handsome wooden table at the Old High Church which is surplus to requirements, and for sale to any member in return for a donation. If you interested, please contact Pat MacLeod, Church Administrator.

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

INVERNESS STREET PASTORS Prayer Team meetings (all welcome, and feel free to come for just part of the time, whatever you can manage) Fri. 10 May, 10.15 am-11.30, The Hub (supporting day-time city centre patrol) Sat. 18 May, 10.15 am-12.15, The Hub – Sat. morning opportunity for prayer – in support of day-time SP patrol that day, but also wider prayer time.  Marilyn Armstrong prayer.inverness<at>streetpastors.org.uk 8

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