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Sunday Bulletin 10 June 2018

Sunday 17 June 2018: Proper 6
Street Pastors Sunday
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 am Morning Worship at the Old High
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
KIRK SESSION AND THE FUTURE OF OLD HIGH ST STEPHEN’S At last Tuesday’s Kirk Session meeting, there was a very frank and open discussion, lasting around one and a half hours, on the future of Old High St Stephen’s. The Kirk Session noted the £40,000 budget deficit forecast for this year. A Motion was made as follows:
The Kirk Session have agreed to have a conversation with Presbytery regarding moving to one place of worship.
This was put to a vote. Sixteen were in agreement with two abstentions, and so the motion carried.
We are due to have our normal, five-yearly, Local Church Review with Presbytery in the autumn, and this decision of the Kirk Session will be taken into that Review. The congregation is a difficult situation. The current Presbytery Plan does not state whether any of our buildings are necessary for the future mission of the Church of Scotland. This could restrict our ability undertake work on the fabric of the buildings, and would need to be resolved one way or another if there were to be a ministerial vacancy. In addition, it is felt that the costs of our two places of worship are a very serious drain on our funds, and as a Kirk Session and charity trustees, this is a major concern for our elders.
The Session asks for the congregation’s continued support and patience we work through these difficult issues. If you require any further information, you can speak to our elders or Session Clerks, or the Minister.
COMMUNITY SURVEY Following the Congregational Retreat back in there ought to have been a report made about the outcome, and we regret this was not done. The main result was that the Session was asked to explore the possibility of a youth or community worker, which they have now begun to do. There will be more detail in the next church magazine.
CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR THE OLD HIGH CHURCH Some time ago, architect Alan Marshall was commissioned by the Kirk Session to prepare a plan for the future conservation and development of the Old High Church. He presented his interim report to the Congregation on Saturday 2 June. We are glad to say that half of his fees have been refunded to us from the General Trustees of the Church of Scotland. Mr Marshall is now inviting further comments, especially from those who were at the meeting and saw what was proposed. We hope to have his final proposals in a few months’ time. Please send comments to our Church Administrator at invernesschurch<at>gmail.com, or by post to Old High St Stephen’s Manse. For further information, contact Jim Alexander jbdalex<at>yahoo.com.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet in St Stephen’s vestry on Sundays 3rd and 17th June and 1st July to complete its reading of Rowan Williams’ book “Being Disciples”. Contact Andrew Stevenson.
FREEWILL OFFERING ENVELOPES for the year commencing 1 July 2018 are now ready for collection from Sandy Cumming sandy.cumming<at>btinternet.com and Christine Mackenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com.
CRAFT EVENING St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm, Wednesday 13 June. Come along with your craft or if you wish to learn a craft you will be made very welcome. At present there is knitting, crochet, cross stitch, tapestry and card making but we would welcome any other craft. Refreshments. Margaret McAleer.
OHSS MAGAZINE editor Willie Morrison requires articles and photos for the June issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, by e-mail to willie<at>kenilweb.com. The deadline is Friday 15 June.
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at St Stephen’s on Sunday 24 June. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. Retiring Offering will be in aid of of Mikey’s Line a text-for-support helpline which is supported by a volunteer bank of young people over weekends. It provides a valuable service for young people who are too distressed to talk over the phone. The Hive, is a drop-in centre in Academy Street, which is run by the Mikey’s Line charity and offers advice for anyone over 17 who feels they need help. www.mikeysline.co.uk. Please give generously to this vital project. Linda Philip lindajphilip<at>hotmail.com
HIGHLAND FOODBANK During the months of June and July the Foodbank would welcome donations of the following: Cartons of Long Life Juice; Breakfast Cereals; Tins of Potatoes, Corned Beef, Tomatoes. Thank you to all who regularly bring donations of food. It is much appreciated. Bill Guthrie williamguthrie<at>googlemail.com
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING 2-4pm each Friday afternoon. Summer Opening programme from Friday 1 June to Friday 28 September; opening times: Tuesday to Friday inclusive 10am -12 noon and 2-4pm. Contact Sheila MacLeod macloshei<at>aol.com
OLD HIGH HALLS RENTALS If anyone can take this role on, please get in touch with Christine Mackenzie.
TREASURER VACANCY Sandy Cumming is standing down as our Treasurer after several years of service. We urgently need someone to fill this vital role! If you are interested, or know someone who might be willing to serve in this way, please contact Sandy Cumming.
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or the Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator at invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep all items as brief as possible, and include contact details (phone and/or email).
OTHER NEWS
INVERNESS STREET PASTORS (ISP) are trained volunteers from local churches who patrol in teams where they care for, listen to and help people who are out on the streets.Prayer Pastors pray for our community from our base, or at home. Street Pastors speakers will be with us next Sunday, 17 June. Street Pastor Kathy Sutherland and Robyn Teago (ISP administrator) will be at St Stephen’s to give us a Minute for Mission, and Marilyn Armstrong (Street Pastor and Prayer Coordinator) will be at the Old High. The speakers will be available after the services. Further information from Robyn Teago inverness<at>streetpastors.org.uk

Sunday Bulletin 3 June 2018

Sunday 10 June 2018: Proper 5
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 am Morning Worship at the Old High
(Laying up of the Colours of Inverness and Highland Branch
of the Parachute Regiment Association)
ANNUAL MEETING OF THE CONGREGATION will take place during our Sunday morning worship today. We will be looking back on 2017, with a financial report from our Treasurer. Coffee and tea after the service will give a chance for feedback. The accounts and budget, which have been approved by our Kirk Session, are now available via our website at http://www.oldhighststephens.com/2018/05/17/annual-accounts-2017/. For a paper copy, please contact our Church Administrator, Pat MacLeod: there are also copies at the church doors today. More details from our Depute Christine MacKenzie.
ACTION TEAMS 2017-18 REPORTS
PASTORAL CARE TEAM 2017-18 During the past year the Pastoral Care Team has organised two short Communion Services, specifically for the elderly and housebound, and an annual Afternoon Tea. At Christmas they arranged for cards to be sent out to members who are often unable to come to Church. They also were responsible for organising the Giving Tree in both church buildings and Cliff Sim at St Stephen’s and Diana Fraser and Sheila MacLeod at Old High saw to the distribution of all the gifts. Bulbs are also delivered to the recently bereaved.
Throughout the year there is a monthly lunch at the Craigmonie Hotel and transport is provided. Members of the Team also assist elders by visiting elderly or sick members of the congregation. Three Team members also are part of the Friends of Cameron House. This specialist Home, in our parish, for people with dementia, is a CrossReach establishment and we are happy to be involved. Val Cantlay Convenor, Pastoral Care Team
OUTREACH AND COMMUNICATION ACTION TEAM There has been a lot of discussion at our meetings this year about further ideas for future outreach, without any decisions being reached, and it was felt we needed further guidance on the way forward. The Christian Aid coffee morning took place on 12 May at St Stephen’s and was judged to be very successful. The plant stall in particular benefited from the good weather and was very popular. The sum of £950 was raised. Finding volunteers for the door-to-door collection is becoming increasingly difficult, but the collection is continuing this year. Our team is very small and it is proposed that it merges with the Social and Fundraising Team which is equally short of numbers. Jennifer Morrison
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
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, your assistance would be much appreciated. Please speak to Jim after the service. We still also seek members willing to lead these services on a rota basis; please contact Janet Robertson janetnfraserbtinternet.com.
CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 2018 Many thanks to all who helped in any way with the Christian Aid effort this year at Old High St Stephen’s, whether as a baker, kitchen helper, server, stallholder, plant grower, house to house collector, money counter, coffee drinker or you gave a donation. The sums raised this year, compared to last year are:
2018            2017
Total House to House                                  2,577.27      3,271.55
Church Collection                                            693.76        584.25
Coffee Morning                                             1,024.00       880.95
                                                                  4,295.03    4,736.75
Add Charity Cheque to House to House      120.00      220.00
Add Gift Aid                                                        502.11      472.00
                                                                  4,917.14    5,428.75
The House to House is down this year, mainly due to a reduced number of collectors, but the church collection and coffee morning have both increased a bit and so compensate a little. A great effort – thanks again. Ken Cantlay.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet in St Stephen’s vestry on Sundays 3rd and 17th June and 1st July to complete its reading of Rowan Williams’ book “Being Disciples”. Contact Andrew Stevenson.
KIRK SESSION The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 5 June at 7.30pm in the Old High Hall. Contact Linda Philip lindajphiliphotmail.com
OHSS MAGAZINE editor Willie Morrison requires articles and photos for the June issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, by e-mail to williekenilweb. The deadline is Friday 15 June.
HIGHLAND FOODBANK During the months of June and July the Foodbank would welcome donations of the following: Cartons of Long Life Juice; Breakfast Cereals; Tins of Potatoes, Corned Beef, Tomatoes. Thank you to all who regularly bring donations of food. It is much appreciated. Bill Guthrie williamguthriegooglemail.com
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING 2-4pm each Friday afternoon. Summer Opening programme from Friday 1 June to Friday 28 September; opening times: Tuesday to Friday inclusive 10am -12 noon and 2-4pm. Contact Sheila MacLeod maclosheiaol.com
OLD HIGH MUSIC: HIGHLAND YOUNG MUSICIANS Saturday 9 June at 12 noon. the annual concert by young musicians. Feedback from previous years placed this as a highlight of the whole season. This year the recital is being organised by the Agar Trust, which supports aspiring young musicians with exceptional musical abilities, who are living in rural parts of Scotland, pursue their music education. There will be piano, flute, French Horn, tuba and bagpipe performances. Details from Andrew Stevenson at stevenson.atabtinternet.com
OLD HIGH HALLS RENTALS If anyone can take this role on, please get in touch with Christine Mackenzie.
TREASURER VACANCY Sandy Cumming is standing down as our Treasurer after several years of service. We urgently need someone to fill this vital role! If you are interested, or know someone who might be willing to serve in this way, please contact Sandy Cumming.
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or the Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator at invernesschurchgmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep all items as brief as possible, and include contact details (phone and/or email).
OTHER NEWS
ELEVATE HIGHLANDS next meeting is on Friday 1 June at Barn Church, Culloden, with worship, a message, some fun messy games (expect to get wet – spare clothes advised!) and BBQ. Don’t miss it! Doors at 7:15pm, for a 7:30 start. For S3-S6 but a special welcome to those currently in S2. For full details please follow our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/elevatehighland or contact Greg Youngson elevatehighlandgmail.com
VOCATIONS INFORMATION DAY Saturday 9 June 2018 at Doubletree Hilton by Dunblane Hydro, Dunblane. For those with an interest in Ministry of Word and Sacrament, Diaconal Ministry or Readership, and as a much wider exploration of the ministry of the whole people of God; compulsory for potential candidates for ministry. . For more information, speak to the Minister or visit http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/serve/ministries_council/education_and_support/vocations-information-day

Sunday Bulletin 27 May 2018

Sunday 3 June 2018: Proper 4

10am Congregational Service, with Annual Meeting at St Stephen’s
(No service at Old High Church)
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
SACARMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at the Old High today. All welcome at the Lord’s Table. The Retiring Offering will be in aid of Mikey’s Line a text-for-support helpline which is supported by a volunteer bank of young people over weekends. It provides a valuable service for young people who are too distressed to talk over the phone. The Hive, is a drop-in centre in Academy Street, which is run by the Mikey’s Line charity and offers advice for anyone over 17 who feels they need help. www.mikeysline.co.uk.
CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR THE OLD HIGH CHURCH Architect Alan Marshall will present his interim report to the Congregation on Saturday 2 June from 10.30am until 12.30 pm, in the Old high Church: Do come along and hear his ideas! Contact: Jim Alexander jbdalex<at>yahoo.com.
ANNUAL MEETING OF THE CONGREGATION will take place during our Sunday morning worship on Sunday 3 June. This will be a congregational service at St Stephen’s at 10am (no service at Old High). We will be looking back on 2017, with reports from our Treasurer and Session Clerk. Coffee and tea after the service will give a chance for feedback. The accounts are now available via our website at http://www.oldhighststephens.com/2018/05/17/annual-accounts-2017/. For a paper copy, please conact our Church Administrator, Pat MacLeod. More details from Christine MacKenzie.
OHSS MAGAZINE editor Willie Morrison requires articles and photos for the June issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, by e-mail to willie<at>kenilweb.com. The deadline is Friday 15 June.
CRAFT EVENING St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm, Wednesday 30 May. Come along with your craft or if you wish to learn a craft you will be made very welcome. At present there is knitting, crochet, cross stitch, tapestry and card making but we would welcome any other craft. Refreshments. Margaret McAleer.
HIGHLAND FOODBANK would be grateful for donations of the following items: Tins of Potatoes, Tins of Mince/Stew, Cartons of UHT Milk, and Sugar. Please bring these to Church and leave in the Food boxes provided. Thank you! Bill Guthrie williamguthrie<at>googlemail.com
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING 2-4pm each Friday afternoon. Summer Opening programme from Friday 1 June to Friday 28 September; opening times: Tuesday to Friday inclusive 10am -12 noon and 2-4pm. Contact Sheila MacLeod macloshei<at>aol.com
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING VOLUNTEERS Meeting on Tuesday 22 May at 2pm in the Old High Church to finalise arrangements for the Summer Opening. New Volunteers welcome. More information from Sheila MacLeod macloshei<at>aol.com.
MEET & EAT We meet for Lunch at 12.30pm on Thursday 31 May at the Craigmonie Hotel, Annfield Road.  All welcome. To book your place please contact Val Cantlay val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com
OLD HIGH MUSIC: HIGHLAND YOUNG MUSICIANS Saturday 9 June at 12 noon. the annual concert by young musicians. Feedback from previous years placed this as a highlight of the whole season. This year the recital is being organised by the Agar Trust, which supports aspiring young musicians with exceptional musical abilities, who are living in rural parts of Scotland, pursue their music education. There will be piano, flute, French Horn, tuba and bagpipe performances. More details from Andrew Stevenson at stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
OLD HIGH HALLS RENTALS If anyone can take this role on, please get in touch with Christine Mackenzie.
TREASURER VACANCY Sandy Cumming is standing down as our Treasurer after several years of service. We urgently need someone to fill this vital role! If you are interested, or know someone who might be willing to serve in this way, please contact Sandy Cumming.
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or the Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator at invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep all items as brief as possible, and include contact details (phone and/or email).

Sunday Bulletin 20 May 2018

Next Sunday: 27 May 2018: Trinity Sunday

10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s led by the Rev Doug McRoberts

11.15am Sacrament of Holy Communion at the Old High Church led by the Minister

Click here for our services in June

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION

HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at the Old High next Sunday 27 May. All welcome at the Lord’s Table. The Retiring Offering will be in aid of Mikey’s Line a text-for-support helpline which is supported by a volunteer bank of young people over weekends. It provides a valuable service for young people who are too distressed to talk over the phone. The Hive, is a drop-in centre in Academy Street, which is run by the Mikey’s Line charity and offers advice for anyone over 17 who feels they need help. www.mikeysline.co.uk.

SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP meets tonight at 7pm in St Stephen’s vestry. To mark the celebration of Pentecost, we shall read the chapter entitled “Life in the Spirit” in Rowan Williams’ book. More details from Andrew Stevenson

CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR THE OLD HIGH CHURCH Architect Alan Marshall will present his interim report to the Congregation on Saturday 2 June from 10.30am until 12.30 pm, in the Old high Church: Do come along and hear his ideas! Contact: Jim Alexander.

ANNUAL MEETING OF THE CONGREGATION will take place during our Sunday morning worship on Sunday 3 June. This will be a congregational service at St Stephen’s at 10am (no service at Old High). We will be looking back on 2017, with reports from our Treasurer and Session Clerk. Coffee and tea after the service will give a chance for feedback. The accounts are now available via our website at http://www.oldhighststephens.com/2018/05/17/annual-accounts-2017/. For a paper copy, please conact us. More details from Christine MacKenzie.

OHSS MAGAZINE editor Willie Morrison requires articles and photos for the June issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, by e-mail to him. The deadline is Friday 15th June.

HIGHLAND FOODBANK would be grateful for donations of the following items: Tins of Potatoes, Tins of Mince/Stew, Cartons of UHT Milk, and Sugar. Please bring these to Church and leave in the Food boxes provided. Thank you! Bill Guthrie

OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING 2-4pm each Friday afternoon. Summer Opening programme from Friday 1 June to Friday 28 September; opening times: Tuesday to Friday inclusive 10am -12 noon and 2-4pm. Contact Sheila MacLeod

OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING Volunteers meeting on Tuesday 22 May at 2pm in the Old High Church to finalise arrangements for the Summer Opening. New Volunteers welcome. More information from Sheila MacLeod.

OLD HIGH MUSIC: HIGHLAND YOUNG MUSICIANS Saturday 9 June at 12 noon. the annual concert by young musicians. Feedback from previous years placed this as a highlight of the whole season. This year the recital is being organised by the Agar Trust, which supports aspiring young musicians with exceptional musical abilities, who are living in rural parts of Scotland, pursue their music education. There will be piano, flute, French Horn, tuba and bagpipe performances. More details from Andrew Stevenson

OLD HIGH HALLS RENTALS If anyone can take this role on, please get in touch with Christine Mackenzie.

TREASURER VACANCY Sandy Cumming is standing down as our Treasurer after several years of service. We urgently need someone to fill this vital role! If you are interested, or know someone who might be willing to serve in this way, please contact Sandy Cumming.

PASTORAL CARE Peter, or the Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.

SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator at invernesschurch@gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep all items as brief as possible, and include contact details (phone and/or email).

OTHER NEWS

CATHEDRAL BOYS CHOIR FROM AUGSBURG at Inverness Town House on Friday 25 May 2018 at 7.30pm: Augsburg Domsingkaben. The choir music of the early Viennese classical school and the vocal work of J S Bach BBC Music Magazine Award winners. Tickets £5.

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