WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Friday 13 December
Advent Opening at Old High Church: prayer and meditation from 1pm to 1.15pm, church open 12 noon to 2pm
Sunday 15 December 2019: The Third Sunday of Advent
10 am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 am Morning worship at the Old High
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION – contact details from the Church Administrator
ADVENT MEAL This evening December at 6.30pm in the Old High Hall we will share a simple meal around a table, incorporating readings and prayers, to inspire and guide our reflections as we approach once more the celebration of God’s gift to us at Christmas. Do join in with the preparations if you can, by contacting Christine Mackenzie who has a list of the food required.
ADVENT OPENING The Old High Church will be open from 12noon- 2pm each Friday from 29 November to 20 December: see advert. Further information from contact Andrew Stevenson or Sheila Macleod.
HIGHLAND FOOD BANK have asked that from November to January we donate Cartons of long life fruit juice; Small washing powder/gel; Tins of corned beef/ham; Jam. You will also be happy to know that some of the folk who use St. Stephen’s hall during the week have said that they are happy to bring along small donations on a regular basis, so crates have been supplied for this at the back of the hall. Thank you again for your generosity. Margaret Neville.
OLD HIGH CHURCH REDEVELOPMENT AND CONSERVATION PROJECT A small exhibition about the architect’s ideas is now on display at the Old High. You can visit it following services at Old High, or on Fridays in Advent from 12 noon to 2pm. We will have more opening times in the New Year. There are also forms available for visitors to give feedback. More information at https://www.oldhighststephens.com/2019/12/05/old-high-development-project-exhibition/, where you can also download the architect’s report.
OHSS CHURCH MAGAZINE The magazine will be available for distributors to uplift next Sunday (15 December). Jennifer Morrison.
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 The Giving Tree is at St Stephen’s again today. Gifts are for Beechwood House, Cale House, Manna House, The Mackenzie Centre, Hilton Village (Social Work) and Porterfield Prisoners’ Children. Please choose a label from the Giving Tree and return the red bow now for future use. Please wrap your gifts, attaching the label outside for identification and return them on 15 December for delivery by 18 December. Cliff Sim.
Old High We will be providing gifts for homeless people in Inverness and it has been suggested that any of the following items would be appreciated: gloves, hats, scarves, underwear or toiletries. A little extra such as a Mars bar or some sweets would be a nice surprise. Gateway have advised that at present there are ladies and gentlemen who are homeless. Additional gifts would be appreciated for unexpected situations. Gifts labels will be available on the tree and indicate whether the gift is for a male or a female. Please take a label and attach it to your wrapped parcel. Wrapped gifts should be returned by 15 December. Further information: Sheila MacLeod or Liz McKimmie.
Sharing Your Faith (SYF) Discussion Groups will restart in 2020. If you are interested in joining a group, please speak to or email me with first and second choices of day and time that suit you best. Dot Getliffe.
Old High Organist Robin Versteeg has been with us for three and a half years, and sadly is leaving the post at the end of December. However, I am pleased to say he will be with us from time to time to assist with the organ rota. We have so enjoyed having Robin, Emma and their two sons with us during this time. If you would like to make a donation towards a gift for the family, please put this in an envelope marked ‘Gift for Robin’ and put it in the offering bag. We will present the gift to him at the Nine Lessons and Carols on Sunday 22 December although his last day will be 29 December. Christine Mackenzie, Acting Session Clerk.
OLD HIGH CHURCH REDEVELOPMENT AND CONSERVATION PROJECT We hope to have an exhibition on this ready for display at the Old High during the Advent opening. More details to follow.
GROW is on Saturday 29 February 2020 in Culduthel Christian Centre, Culduthel Avenue, Inverness. What is it? One Stop Shop for anyone who works or wants to work with a Christian focus on children and young people. Workshops look fantastic! This will equip OHSS for when we get more youngsters in. There is also a workshop for working with Toddlers and Their Carers. Dot would LOVE if 2 or 3 folks could go with her to represent our ‘GROWing’ church. Brochure/registration form and more details from her. Pray and see if it appeals!? Only £8…. Dot Getliffe.
SUNDAY BULLETIN Volunteers are needed to fold the weekly bulletin once a month. Can you help please? Further details from 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.
COMMISSION OF ASSEMBLY Changes to the central structures of the Church of Scotland were agreed at a Commission of Assembly (a sort of mini General Assembly) recently. To keep congregations informed, Life and Work has released a FREE four page guide explaining these changes. You can view the supplement at https://www.lifeandwork.org/resources/church-reform-special-supplement, or contact Pat, our Church Administrator, for a copy.
Blythswood Care, Christmas Collection 20 December Blythswood are looking for volunteers to cover shifts at a charity collection to help support those in need this Christmas. If you have an hour or so spare, please get in touch with Elma. Thank you.
Christmas and New Year Services at Old High St Stephen’s
|22 December Fourth Sunday of Advent||10am Morning Worship (9 Lessons and Carols) at St Stephen’s 11.15 am Morning Worship (9 Lessons and Carols) at the Old High|
|24 December Christmas Eve||6.30pm Christmas Eve All-Age Service at St Stephen’s 11.30pm Watchnight Service at St Stephen’s|
|25 December Christmas Day||10.30am All-Age Service at St Stephen’s|
|26 December St Stephen’s Day||10.30am St Stephens’ Day service at St Stephen’s Service led by Jim Alexander|
|29 December First Sunday after Christmas||10am Morning Worship at St Stephens 11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High Service led by Rev Alastair Younger|
|5 January 2020 Second Sunday after Christmas: the first Sunday of the New Year||11.15am Congregational Service at the Old High No service at St Stephen’s|