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Sunday Bulletin 13 January 2019

WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Sunday 20 January 2019: Second Sunday after the Epiphany

10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION

Details from Church Administrator

CHRISTIAN BASICS In the New Year, we will be running a series of classes for those interested in church membership or interested in learning about the Christian faith. If you would like to join us (even if you are already a member and would like a ‘refresher course’!) please contact Peter.

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 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.

Sunday Evening Discussion Group will resume this evening at 7pm in St Stephen’s vestry, when we will agree the choice of reading material for the coming couple of months. A fresh start in a New Year, with space for new members to join in. More details from Andrew Stevenson.

THE HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at the Old High on Sunday 27 January. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. There will be a retiring collection in aid of Mary’s Meals.

OLD HIGH FLOWERS The flower list for the Old High is being prepared; if you would like to donate flowers during 2019 please speak to Sally McCubbin.

FOOD FOR FAMILIES The peeling, stirring and cooking has now been completed. A big thank you to the 12 members and friends who gave up their time to help with the project. Over 200 mince and potatoes meals have been provided by our congregation and it’s great to know that this will make a real difference to families in need at this time. Christine MacKenzie.

HIGHLAND FOOD BANK For January they would be very grateful to receive jars of coffee, packets of oatcakes, tins of corned beef, cartons of long life fruit juice, tins of ham. Many thanks for your continuing support. Margaret Neville.

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

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY Pray for the City an ecumenical service of worship and prayer on Sunday 20 January at 6pm at Culduthel Christian Centre, Culduthel Avenue, Inverness IV2 6AS. Please join Christians from across the denominations in worshipping and praying together for the many issues which face our city and our society. Details from Jonathan Appleby.

Alzheimer Scotland – Action on Dementia are holding a training in technology event on Thursday 24 January 2019 at 2pm at the Inverness Dementia Resource Centre, Strothers Lane. Do you need more confidence around technology? Perhaps you have an iPad or tablet but are unsure how to use it, or get a bit lost navigating the internet. Alzheimer Scotland are looking to host classes about confident use of technology in 2019 and need your help understanding what topics to cover. Come along to have a chat about what you’d like to learn about. More information please from Karen Black.

VOCATIONS INFORMATION DAY 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.

Sunday Bulletin 6 January 2019

WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Sunday 13 January 2019: First Sunday after the Epiphany (Baptism of the Lord)

10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION – Contact information from the Church Administrator

CHRISTIAN BASICS In the New Year, we will be running a series of classes for those interested in church membership or interested in learning about the Christian faith. If you would like to join us (even if you are already a member and would like a ‘refresher course’!) please contact Peter

WARMTH FOR THE HOMELESS Gary Ross, who has been joining us for worship at Old High on an extended visit from Texas, has provided suitcases at both our buildings. If you have any warm clothing, in good condition, which you would like to donate, please put them in the suitcase next Sunday, and Gary will deliver it to the Gateway in Church Street, who will provide the items to the local homeless community. Gary Ross

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

CHRISTMAS OFFERINGS AND THE GIVING TREE Thank you for all your offerings over the Festive Period, which raised £530 for Gateway Highland (formerly Highland Homeless Trust). Thanks, also, for all your Giving Tree gifts. As usual, the congregation has been very generous at Christmas!

OLD HIGH FLOWERS The flower list for the Old High is being prepared; if you would like to donate flowers during 2019 please speak to Sally McCubbin

FOOD FOR FAMILIES PROJECT providing meals to individuals and families who are in need. We hope to maintain the number of meals delivered this year. This year we will cook mince and tatties. All ingredients are provided, and I have put us down for cooking 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

HIGHLAND FOOD BANK (HFB) Lorna Dempster has written thanking the congregations of Old High St Stephen’s for their Harvest donations to the food bank which amounted to a magnificent 182 kgs of food. She has said that HFB and the thousands who are helped each year greatly appreciate the generosity. For December and January they would be very grateful to receive jars of coffee, packets of oatcakes, tins of corned beef, cartons of long life fruit juice, tins of ham. Many thanks for your continuing support. Margaret Neville

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.

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.

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY Pray for the City an ecumenical service of worship and prayer on Sunday 20 January at 6pm at Culduthel Christian Centre, Culduthel Avenue, Inverness IV2 6AS. Please join Christians from across the denominations in worshipping and praying together for the many issues which face our city and our society. Details from Jonathan Appleby

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

Sunday Bulletin 30 December 2018

WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Sunday 6 January 2019: The Epiphany

11:15am Congregational Service at the Old High

Led by the Minister

No Service at St Stephen’s

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION

Contact Details from Church Administrator

WARMTH FOR THE HOMELESS Gary Ross, who has been joining us for worship at Old High on an extended visit from Texas, has provided suitcases at both our buildings. If you have any warm clothing, in good condition, which you would like to donate, please put them in the suitcase next Sunday, and Gary will deliver it to the Gateway in Church Street, who will provide the items to the local homeless community. Gary Ross

CONGREGATIONAL SERVICE Please note there will be a  Congregational Service at Old High next Sunday at 11.15am, on the first Sunday after the New Year (Epiphany). No service at St Stephen’s.

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

MINISTER’S HOLDAY COVER from 26 December 2018 to 2 January 2019 (inclusive dates) will be provided by Rev Alastair Younger. Alastair should also be advised of anyone ill at home or in hospital during that period.

CHRISTMAS OFFERINGS AND THE GIVING TREE Thank you for all your offerings over the Festive Period, which went to Gateway Highland (formerly Highland Homeless Trust). Thanks, also, for all your Giving Tree gifts. As usual, the congregation has been very generous at Christmas!

OLD HIGH FLOWERS The flower list for the Old High is being prepared; if you would like to donate flowers during 2019 please speak to Sally McCubbin

FOOD FOR FAMILIES PROJECT providing meals to individuals and families who are in need. We hope to maintain the number of meals delivered this year. This year we will cook mince and tatties. All ingredients are provided, and I have put us down for cooking 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

HIGHLAND FOOD BANK (HFB) Lorna Dempster has written thanking the congregations of Old High St Stephen’s for their Harvest donations to the food bank which amounted to a magnificent 182 kgs of food. She has said that HFB and the thousands who are helped each year greatly appreciate the generosity. For December and January they would be very grateful to receive jars of coffee, packets of oatcakes, tins of corned beef, cartons of long life fruit juice, tins of ham. Many thanks for your continuing support. Margaret Neville

HEALING SERVICE Christian Fellowship of Healing (Highlands) will hold a healing service at St Stephen’s next Sunday (6 January) at 4pm to which all are welcome. Contact David Martin

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.

CHRISTIAN BASICS In the New Year, we will be running a series of classes for those interested in church membership or interested in learning about the Christian faith. If you would like to join us (even if you are already a member and would like a ‘refresher course’!) please contact Peter

OTHER NEWS

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

Sunday Bulletin 23 December 2018

WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Sunday 30 December 2018: The First Sunday after Christmas

10 am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11:15am Morning Worship at the Old High

Both Services led by Rev Alastair Younger

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION

For contact details contact the Church Administrator

WARMTH FOR THE HOMELESS Gary Ross, who has been joining us for worship at Old High on an extended visit from Texas, has provided suitcases at both our buildings. If you have any warm clothing, in good condition, which you would like to donate, please put them in the suitcase next Sunday and the following Sunday, and Gary will deliver it to the Gateway in Church Street, who will provide the items to the local homeless community. Gary Ross.

CHRISTMAS SERVICES There will be an All-Age Christmas Eve service at 6.30pm in St Stephen’s. This will be a chance to welcome back children and young people who are connected to our congregation. Several of them have agreed to help lead this simple, short service, welcoming the return of the Christ child to our midst. It will be lovely to have all the generations in our church gathered around at this special moment. Andrew Stevenson

All our Christmas and New Year Services are listed on the back page. If you come to our All-Age Service at 10.30am on Christmas Day, bring our favourite Christmas presents along to show us! Also, please note the Congregational Service at Old High on the first Sunday after the New Year.

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

MINISTER’S HOLDAY COVER from 26 December 2018 to 2 January 2019 (inclusive dates) will be provided by Rev Alastair Younger. Alastair should also be advised of anyone ill at home or in hospital during that period.

CHRISTMAS OFFERINGS Our offerings over the Festive Period are for Gateway Highland (formerly Highland Homeless Trust). Please give generously.

OLD HIGH TEA AND COFFEE There will be tea/coffee after the service in the Old High today. All welcome. Christine Mackenzie

FOOD FOR FAMILIES PROJECT providing meals to individuals and families who are in need. We hope to maintain the number of meals delivered this year. This year we will cook mince and tatties. All ingredients are provided, and I have put us down for cooking 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

HIGHLAND FOOD BANK (HFB) Lorna Dempster has written thanking the congregations of Old High St Stephen’s for their Harvest donations to the food bank which amounted to a magnificent 182 kgs of food. She has said that HFB and the thousands who are helped each year greatly appreciate the generosity. For December and January they would be very grateful to receive jars of coffee, packets of oatcakes, tins of corned beef, cartons of long life fruit juice, tins of ham. Many thanks for your continuing support. Margaret Neville

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.

INVERNESS STREET PASTORS Next Prayer Support meetings (both at The Hub, Castle Street Baptist Church), Saturday 15 December 10.00 am Coffee, 10.15 -12.30 – focus on Christmas patrols (especially for those unable to come into town at night to pray). We also plan to include short prayer walk in the centre at around 11.15pm. Saturday 22 December 9.00 pm – 1.30 am (or for any part of this time that you can manage) supporting the City Centre patrol. Marilyn Armstrong, Inverness Prayer Coordinator

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 6

Sunday Bulletin 16 December 2018


NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE FOR ADULTS & CHILDREN OFALL AGES A congregation-led serviceat St Stephen’s on Monday 24 December 2018 at 6.30 pm. Do comealong and bring family and friends for a short, informal service with carols,lessons and simple activities for the children. We have an urgent need still for sheep, donkeys, stars,shepherds and angels – on loan for the occasion! Contact Malcolm MacRae or Andrew Stevenson for information.

All our Christmas and New Year Services are listed on the back page. If you come to our All-Age Service at 10.30am on Christmas Day, bring our favourite Christmas presents along to show us! Also, please note the Congregational Service at Old High on the first Sunday after the New Year.

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

MINISTER’SHOLDAY COVER from 26 December 2018 to 2 January 2019 (inclusive dates) willbe provided by Rev Alastair Younger. Alastair should also be advised of anyone ill at home or in hospital during that period.

EMAIL NEWSLETTER Lastweek we sent out the first of an occasional newssheet to those of you who haveprovided us with e-mail addresses. If you would like to receive the newsletter,and any future ones, and you have not already done so, please contact Pat at invernesschurch<at>gmail.com.

OHSS CHURCH MAGAZINE isavailable for distributors to uplift today.Jennifer Morrison.

SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP this evening (16 December),when we shall discuss the final 2 chapters of Philip Yansey’s book. AndrewStevenson.

ST STEPHEN’S CHURCH AND COMMUNITY CHOIRS Christmas Concerts at 7.30m on Wednesday 19 andThursday 20 December 2018. This year’s proceeds will go to the Birnie CentreToddler Group and Mikeysline. Tickets from Susan MacLeod.

MEET & EAT LUNCH Christmas Lunch will be served atour monthly gathering on Thursday 20 December at 12.30 at the Craigmonie Hotel.All welcome. For further information please contact Val Cantlay

OLD HIGH TEA AND COFFEE Therewill be tea/coffee after the service in the Old High on Sunday 23 December. All welcome. Christine Mackenzie

FOOD FOR FAMILIES PROJECT providing meals to individuals and families who are inneed. We hope to maintain the number of meals delivered this year. This year wewill cook mince and tatties. All ingredients are provided, and I have put usdown for cooking w/c 7 January with all meals being delivered by Friday 11 January. The process will be the same as before with the ingredients beingdelivered for cooking and the cooked meals being picked up by Gateway. The meals will be frozen prior to delivery to local schools, community centres andto families who have been referred from agencies such as Social Work, NHS Highland, Councillors, local community groups and local churches. If you wishto participate please contact Christine MacKenzie

HIGHLANDFOOD BANK (HFB) Lorna Dempster has written thanking the congregations ofOld High St Stephen’s for their Harvest donations to the food bank whichamounted to a magnificent 182 kgs of food. She has said that HFB and thethousands who are helped each year greatly appreciate the generosity. ForDecember and January they would be very grateful to receive jars of coffee,packets of oatcakes, tins of corned beef, cartons of long life fruit juice, tins of ham. Many thanks for your continuing support. Margaret Neville

GIVING TREES Thanks to all who have contributed. You can still hand in your present today at Old High.

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.

WARMTH FOR THE HOMELESS Gary Ross, who has been joining us forworship at Old High on an extended visit from Texas, has provided suitcases atboth our buildings. If you have any warm clothing, in good condition, which youwould like to donate, please put them in the suitcase next Sunday and thefollowing Sunday, and Gary will deliver it to the Gateway in Church Street, who will provide the items to the local homeless community. Gary Ross.

VOCATIONS INFORMATION DAY on Saturday 9 February at St John’s Episcopal Church,Princes Street, Edinburgh. The day includes an inspirational keynote speech onthe Call to Serve Today, practical information and the opportunity to askimportant questions about how God might be calling you. We’d like to encourageyou to think of anyone you might want to make aware of this opportunity.  It is an engaging day, with the opportunityto mix with many at the same stage of exploration, and to hear about thedifferent forms of ministry service in the Church of Scotland. The VocationsInformation Day remains the first step in the Discernment Process for anyonewanting to explore the recognised ministries of the Church.  Please help us encourage others to exploretheir call to service further. Spaces are limited – booking essential. To register, contact Ministries Council, 121 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4YN

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Sunday Bulletin 9 December 2018

WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Sunday 16 December 2018 : The Third Sunday of Advent

10 am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11:15am Morning Worship at the Old High

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION

For contact details contact the Church Administrator

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

EMAIL NEWSLETTER This week we sent out the first of an occasional newssheet to those of you who have provided us with e-mail addresses. If you would like to receive the newsletter, and any future ones, and you have not already done so, please send your e-mail address to invernesschurch<at>gmail.com.

PALESTINIAN HANDCRAFTS STALL Today (9 December) Iwill be running a stall in St Stephen’s with a selection of Palestinianhandcrafts. These are beautifully made and can make a perfect Christmaspresent. For many Palestinian households the women have become the sole wageearners, and these traditional crafts have become a vital source of income.Details at www.hadeel.org 

OHSS CHURCH MAGAZINE The magazine will be available for distributors to uplift next Sunday (16 December). Jennifer Morrison

SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP the meeting on 9December has been postponed until 16 December, when we shall discuss the final 2 chapters of Philip Yansey’s book. Andrew Stevenson

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

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE FOR ADULTS & CHILDREN OF ALL AGES A congregation-led serviceat St Stephen’s on Monday 24 December 2018 at 6.30 pm. Do come along and bring family and friends for a short, informal service with carols, lessons and simple activities for the children. We would be very grateful if you could lend us some ‘props’ for the evening, eg toy sheep, donkeys, stars, angels etc. Contact Malcolm Stevens (230882) or Andrew Stevenson for information. We will also have our usual All-Age Service at 10.30am on Christmas Day: bring our favourite Christmas presents along to show us!

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

HIGHLAND FOOD BANK (HFB) Lorna Dempster has written thanking the congregations of Old High St Stephen’s for their Harvest donations to the food bank which amounted to a magnificent 182 kgs of food. She has said that HFB and the thousands who are helped each year greatly appreciate the generosity. For December and January they would be very grateful to receive jars of coffee, packets of oatcakes, tins of corned beef, cartons of long life fruit juice, tins of ham. Many thanks for your continuing support. Margaret Neville

GIVINGTREES are now at both churches, so we ask for a thought to be given to those who sadlymay not get any sort of small gift at Christmas. This can mean a lot!:

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.

St Stephen’s Gifts will be distributed to Beechwood, Cale House, Manna House, Mackenzie Centre, Hilton Village (Social Work) and Porterfield Prisoners’ Children. Please wrap your gift and remember to attach the appropriate gift tag for ease of identification and distribution. Please ensure that any remaining gifts are given to me no later than Friday 14 December. Further details Cliff Sim (225481).

Old High (in the East Corridor). 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.

HEALING SERVICE Christian Fellowship of Healing (Highlands) will hold a healing service at St Stephen’s today (9 December) at 4pm to which all are welcome. Contact David Martin (232 457).

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@gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and include contact details and/or e-mail.

OTHER NEWS

REASONS FORHOPE AT CHRISTMAS Seminar today (9 December) at CulduthelChristian Centre, Culduthel Avenue IV2 6AS. An opportunity to be equipped for living out and sharing ourfaith at Christmas. Two AfternoonSeminars 4.30-5.30pm (Chris Dowling and Alasdair Macleod).  Main Session 6–7.15pm ‘The perfectgift’ (Andy Bannister). To bookcontact 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 vocation<at>churchofscotland.org.uk

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

Sunday Bulletin 15 July 2018

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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

Sunday Bulletin for 24 June 2018

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NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
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).

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