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Sunday Bulletin 14 October 2018

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 21 October 2018 Proper 24
10:00am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 am Morning Worship at the Old High
Both Services led by Vivian Roden, Reader
THE MINISTER WILL BE ON HOLIDAY from 18 to 30 October inclusive. For any pastoral matters, please contact your elder, or Rev Andrew Lyon
HARVEST THANKSGIVING Thank you to everyone for their donation of flowers, plants and food for the Foodbank. Thanks also to everyone who delivered gifts: they were much appreciated by our members especially those who are housebound.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet in St Stephen’s vestry at 7pm on Sundays 21 October and 4 November. On the next occasion we shall discuss chapters 5 and 6 of Philip Yansey’s thought-provoking book ‘Vanishing Grace’. More details from Andrew Stevenson
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING During the month of October the Church will be open at the following times: Thursdays 10.00-12.00; Fridays 10.00-12.00 and 2-4pm. New Volunteers are always welcome: contact Sheila MacLeod macloshei<at>aol.com
HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at the Old High on Sunday 28 October. All welcome at the Lord’s Table.
OLD HIGH MUSIC Saturday 3 November at 12 noon. Katy Bell studied Cello in London and the US and is now a freelance orchestral and chamber musician based in Inverness. Alice Durrant studied Double Bass in London and Sydney and now plays with the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester. This is a special opportunity to hear these instruments as a Duo, performed by friends who have known each other since early childhood. Details from Andrew Stevenson ohssmusic<at>gmail.com
BLYTHSWOOD BOXES This is the 25th year of the Blythswood Shoe Box Appeal. Why not bring some happiness to someone in need this Christmas. Fill a shoe box with simple gifts and it will bring untold joy to someone who never gets a present. Leaflets are available, with all the necessary instructions at the Church door. Bring your box back to Church or deliver it to Blythswood Care. Further information from Jaye Rankine robrankine125<at>btinternet.com
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or the Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
CROSSREACH Prayer diary October 2018 to January 2019, Newsletter, and Christmas catalogue now available at church doors. Rae Swan.
SUNDAY BULLETIN Please send items for this sheet to our Church Administrator: Mrs Pat MacLeod invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and include contact details and/or e-mail.
CHURCH AND HALL BOOKINGS OLD HIGH and ST STEPHEN’S All hall bookings (including one-off events like concerts, coffee mornings and exhibitions, and for church activities and regular events) should be made as follows: St Stephen’s Church and Halls at Southside Road: Katharina Nimmo; Old High Church and Old High Halls Pat MacLeod, Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Booking essential, even for the smallest events!
FRIENDS OF THE OLD HIGH CHURCH. The Annual General Meeting will be held in the Old High Church Hall on Monday 22 October at 7pm (enter by School Lane). Christina Cameron christinajcameron6<at>gmail.com
OTHER NEWS
HEALING SERVICE Christian Fellowship of Healing (Highlands) will hold a healing service at St Stephen’s today at 4pm to which all are welcome. Contact David Martin.
AT THE HEART. ON THE EDGE at Ness Bank Church on Tuesday 13 November 10 am to 3.30 pm. Hosted by Rev Fiona Smith, Minister of Ness Bank Parish Church, and Rev Dr Sam Wells, Vicar of St Martin-in-the- Fields. Programme has been developed jointly by Ness Bank Church and St Martin’s. HeartEdge is a growing ecumenical network of churches and other organisations working across the UK and overseas, initiated by St Martin-in-the-Fields. It aims to catalyse Kingdom Communities, both for those working at the heart of commerce, culture and community, and those on the edge. Topics for the day include: liturgy and worship for day-to-day communal life; starting and sustaining distinctive enterprise to generate finance for your church; addressing social need locally; using art, music and performance to reimagine the Christian story. More at https://www.stmartin-in-the-fields.org/life-st-martins/mission/heartedge/. Please register to attend at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/at-the-heart-on-the-edge-tickets-48122091471?aff=eac2, or contact our Minister, Peter.

Sunday Bulletin for 7 October 2018

WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Sunday 14 October 2018 Proper 23

10:00am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11.15 am Morning Worship at the Old High

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Sunday Bulletin 30 September 2018

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 7 October 2018: Harvest Thanksgiving
10:00am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 am Morning Worship at the Old High
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at St Stephen’s today. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. Retiring Offering for Christian Aid: please give generously
HARVEST THANKSGIVING on Sunday 7 October. Once again we will be asking for donations for the Highland Foodbank – Oatcakes/Crackers, Tins of Ham/Peas/Carrots, Packets of Rice, Cartons of Longlife Juice, Sanitary Products. If you need more information, please contact our Foodbank link person, Margaret Neville margaretneville<at>btinternet.com. The Old High Church will be open on Friday 5 October from 2pm – 4pm to decorate the church for Harvest. If you wish to make a donation of flowers, pot plants or the foodbank they can be dropped off at that time: contact Sally McCubbin.
OHSS AUTUMN OUTING CAWDOR WOODS this afternoon. Meet St Stephen’s Car Park 2pm, or Cawdor Castle Car Park 2.30pm (no entrance fee). Low level walk with several loops. Afternoon tea after at The Cawdor Tavern in the Bar, 4pm. Contact Deborah Macrae dmmacrae<at>uwclub.net or Jennifer Morrison for more information or transport.
CHURCH AND HALL BOOKINGS OLD HIGH and ST STEPHEN’S All hall bookings (including one-off events like concerts, coffee mornings and exhibitions, and for church activities and regular events) should be made as follows: St Stephen’s Church and Halls at Southside Road: Katharina Nimmo (01463 250802); Old High Church and Old High Halls Pat MacLeod, Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Booking essential, even for the smallest events!
AUTUMN MAGAZINE 2018 The magazine will be in both churches this Sunday for distributors to uplift. Jennifer Morrison
OLD HIGH MUSIC next recital 12 noon, Saturday 6 October: Musick Fyne Singers and Coronach Instrumentalists are performing a programme of Renaissance music. These local musicians have indeed established a fine reputation for their interpretation of early music, under the direction of James Ross. For more details and advance information on future events join our music emailing list ohssmusic<at>gmail.com. Andrew Stevenson
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING The Summer Opening programme ends on Friday 28 September. A big thank you to everyone who participated in the rota and welcomed both local people and tourists from around the world into our Church. During the month of October the Church will be open at the following times: Thursdays 10.00-12.00; Fridays 10.00-12.00 and 2-4pm. New Volunteers are always welcome: contact Sheila MacLeod macloshei<at>aol.com.
TREASURER Following the resignation of Sandy Cumming, after several years of service, at the end of September, we are pleased to announce that Ken Cantlay will be taking over as our Church Treasurer. More from our Session Clerk, Linda Philip lindajphilip<at>hotmail.com
CAMERON HOUSE The annual fundraising Afternoon Tea raised £2,045. Many thanks to all who contributed in any way. Rae Swan
NINA WALLIS LEGACY The Kirk Session has decided that the legacy of £185,771.90 should be used for specific projects, not for day-to-day expenditure. The congregation are invited to send any ideas either to the church administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail or be handed to the Minister or our Session Clerks.
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or the Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
CROSSREACH Prayer diary October 2018 to January 2019, Newsletter, and Christmas catalogue now available at church doors. Rae Swan.
SUNDAY BULLETIN Please send items for this sheet to our Church Administrator. 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
LEPROSY MISSION COFFEE MORNING on Saturday 6 October 2018 from10am at the Free North Church Hall. Tickets £3 from Ruth Martin Rosa McDermid, Chrissie Lacey or at the door.
HEALING SERVICE Christian Fellowship of Healing (Highlands) will hold a healing service at St Stephen’s next Sunday (7 October) at 4pm to which all are welcome. Contact David Martin.
AT THE HEART. ON THE EDGE at Ness Bank Church on Tuesday 13 November 10 am to 3.30 pm. Hosted by Rev Fiona Smith, Minister of Ness Bank Parish Church, and Rev Dr Sam Wells, Vicar of St Martin-in-the- Fields. Programme has been developed jointly by Ness Bank Church and St Martin’s. HeartEdge is a growing ecumenical network of churches and other organisations working across the UK and overseas, initiated by St Martin-in-the-Fields. It aims to catalyse Kingdom Communities, both for those working at the heart of commerce, culture and community, and those on the edge. Topics for the day include: liturgy and worship for day-to-day communal life; starting and sustaining distinctive enterprise to generate finance for your church; addressing social need locally; using art, music and performance to reimagine the Christian story. More at https://www.stmartin-in-the-fields.org/life-st-martins/mission/heartedge/. Please register to attend at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/at-the-heart-on-the-edge-tickets-48122091471?aff=eac2, or contact our Minister, Peter.

October 2018 Month of Sundays

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Sunday Bulletin 23 September 2018

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 30 September 2018: Proper 21
10:00am Sacrament of Holy Communion at St Stephen’s
11.15 am Morning Worship at the Old High
Led by Rev Arthur Sinclair
ADVANCE NOTICE: HARVEST THANKSGIVING on Sunday 7 October. Once again we will be asking for donations for the Highland Foodbank- details of the food required will be in next Sunday’s bulletin. If you need more information now, please contact our Foodbank link person, Margaret Neville margaretneville<at>btinternet.com.
THE SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP has resumed and are exploring “Vanishing Grace” by Philip Yancey- challenging why many people no longer feel that the Church is bringing Good News to the world. The next meeting is this evening at 7pm at St Stephen’s. Details: Andrew Stevenson
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at St Stephen’s next Sunday 30 September. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. Retiring Offering for Christian Aid: please give generously. Linda Philip lindajphilip<at>hotmail.com
CAMERON HOUSE A short Service will be held in Cameron House today at 3pm. These Services take place on the fourth Sunday of the month and are conducted by Rev Alastair Younger) Members of Old High St Stephen’s who would like to come to help with singing would be welcome. Alastair Younger
CRAFT EVENING St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm, Wednesday 26 September. Crafters and non-crafters welcome (you may wish to learn a craft). Friendly atmosphere and refreshments provided. Margaret McAleer
MEET & EAT There will be a Church lunch at 12.30pm on Thursday 27 September at the Craigmonie Hotel. All very welcome. To book your place or to arrange transport please contact Rae Swan raeswan<at>aol.com
OHSS AUTUMN OUTING CAWDOR WOODS on Sunday 30 September. Meet St Stephen’s Car Park 2pm, or Cawdor Castle Car Park 2.30pm (no entrance fee). Low level walk with several loops. Afternoon tea after at The Cawdor Tavern in the Bar, 4pm. Contact Deborah Macrae dmmacrae<at>uwclub.net or Jennifer Morrison for more information or transport.
OLD HIGH MUSIC next recital 12 noon, Saturday 6 October: Musick Fyne Singers and Coronach Instrumentalists are performing a programme of Renaissance music. These local musicians have indeed established a fine reputation for their interpretation of early music, under the direction of James Ross. For more details and advance information on future events join our music emailing list ohssmusic<at>gmail.com. Andrew Stevenson
LEPROSY COFFEE MORNING on Saturday 6 October in the Free North Church Hall from 10.30am. Donations for stalls gratefully received. Contact Florence Monro
NINA WALLIS LEGACY The Kirk Session has decided that the legacy of £185,771.90 should be used for specific projects, not for day-to-day expenditure. The congregation are invited to send any ideas either to the church administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail or be handed to the Minister or our Session Clerks.
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or the Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
CHURCH AND HALL BOOKINGS OLD HIGH and ST STEPHEN’S All hall bookings (including one-off events like concerts, coffee mornings and exhibitions, and for church activities and regular events) should be made as follows: St Stephen’s Church and Halls at Southside Road: Katharina Nimmo; Old High Church and Old High Halls Pat MacLeod, Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Booking essential, even for the smallest events!
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. 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
AT THE HEART. ON THE EDGE at Ness Bank Church on Tuesday 13 November 10 am to 3.30 pm. Hosted by Rev Fiona Smith, Minister of Ness Bank Parish Church, and Rev Dr Sam Wells, Vicar of St Martin-in-the- Fields. Programme has been developed jointly by Ness Bank Church and St Martin’s. HeartEdge is a growing ecumenical network of churches and other organisations working across the UK and overseas, initiated by St Martin-in-the-Fields. It aims to catalyse Kingdom Communities, both for those working at the heart of commerce, culture and community, and those on the edge. Topics for the day include: liturgy and worship for day-to-day communal life; starting and sustaining distinctive enterprise to generate finance for your church; addressing social need locally; using art, music and performance to reimagine the Christian story. More at https://www.stmartin-in-the-fields.org/life-st-martins/mission/heartedge/. Please register to attend at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/at-the-heart-on-the-edge-tickets-48122091471?aff=eac2, or contact our Minister, Peter
GLASGOW PHOENIX CHOIR concert, St Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral Inverness today at 2.30pm to raise funds for Marie Curie. Tickets £10.
HOST UK Christmas with a difference! Can you make room for an international student to learn what true British Festive hospitality can mean? Would you like to add that international element to your Christmas, learning another countries traditions and enjoying the connection and friendship that such sharing brings? HOST UK arranges for international students to enjoy brief homestays with UK hosts, one day, a weekend or, over the festive period. We need more hosts so that a smile can spread across many more faces. Contact Melanie Bennet www.hostuk.org

Kirking of the Council: 9 September 2018

INVERNESS KIRKING OF THE COUNCIL THIS SUNDAY,

9 SEPTEMBER 2018

70TH ANNIVERSARY OF NHS A THEME THIS YEAR

The scene after the Kirking service in 2017. Image courtesy Highland Council/ Ewen Weatherspoon

An ancient Inverness ceremony – the Kirking of the Council – takes places this Sunday, 9 September 2018.

Staff and Members of The Highland Council along with guests from the University of the Highlands and Islands and community councils will parade, led by the Royal British Legion Scotland (Inverness Branch) pipes and drums, and the City of Inverness Youth Pipe Band along with uniformed youth groups and school representatives. Also attending will be the Mayor of Inverness’s twin town, St Valery en Caux, France, Mme Dominique Chauvel, and her deputy.

All members of the public, especially those who work in the public services to attend the Kirking this Sunday.

The 200-strong colourful Kirking parade begins from Crown Primary School at 10.30am and travels down Stephen’s Brae towards the Town House where they will be joined by Provost Helen Carmichael, Councillors and representatives from various organisations serving the city. The parade will then make its way from Inverness Town House along the riverside to the Old High Church on Church Street.

The service in the Old High Church – which is open to all – begins at 11.15am. Due to the popularity of the Kirking those intending to join the congregation are asked to arrive in good time to take their seats. After the service the procession will then form up in Church Street before returning to the Town House.

The Kirking Service will be led by Reverend Peter Nimmo, Minister of Old High St Stephen’s Church. Members of the congregation will contribute readings and prayers. The combined choirs of the Old High and St Stephens will sing at the event; with Pam McCulloch (the Choir Director at St Stephen’s) conducting; and Robin Versteeg (Choir Director of the Old High) organist for the service.

The Kirking is the oldest annual gathering staged in the City of Inverness, and brings over 400 years of tradition and pageantry to the streets of Highland Capital. The Kirking is held on the morning of the second Sunday in September and marks the official end of the Inverness Summer Festivals programme.

During the service, thanks will be given on the 70th anniversary of the National Health Service. Inverness is home to Raigmore Hospital, and the Health Service is one of the city’s largest employers. In his sermon, the Rev Peter Nimmo will say, “We should cherish the health service. It is a fine example of ‘solidarity’, in which wider society helps look after those unable to help themselves’.

6 September 2018

Notes:

The Old High Church, Church Street, Inverness is the oldest church in Inverness, occupying a site which has had a church since Celtic times. The Old High is one of two places of worship used by the congregation of Old High St Stephen’s- the other is St Stephen’s in Southside Road. Old High St Stephen’s is a congregation of the Church of Scotland.

The Reverend Peter W Nimmo is minister of Old High St Stephen’s. He can be contacted at 01463 250 802 or PNimmo@churchofscotland.org.uk

Website: www.oldhighststephens.com

Twitter: @invernesschurch

Highland Council contact: Gerry Reynolds 01463 785006 gerry.reynolds@highland.gov.uk

A gallery of images from last year’s Kirking (courtesy of Highland Council) is available here: http://invernessfestivals.com/winter08/zenphoto/index.php?album=2017-Kirking

Rev Peter W Nimmo and Provost Helen Carmichael at the Kirking in 2015
Image courtesy Highland Counci/ Ewen Weatherspoon

 

September 2018 Month of Sundays

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Sunday Bulletin 26 August 2018

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 2 September 2018: Proper 17
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 am Morning Worship at the Old High
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
RETIRING OFFERING: KERALA FLOOD EMERGENCY Christian Aid have asked churches to take a special offering this week to help with their work in the Indian state of Kerala. Christian Aid states: ‘Over a million people so far have been affected by the unprecedented monsoon rains, with the loss of more than 370 lives in the monsoon season since June. The heavy rains have brought Kerala to a standstill; the airport and rail stations are closed due to the flooding. Most villages are either inundated with flood water, or inaccessible because of landslides. More than a million people are staying in around 4,000 relief camps across the state. The rains continue to fall in many districts – out of the 14 districts, 13 are badly affected. It’s said to be the worst rains in more than 100 years. The scale of this crisis means we need your help to do more. We’re seeing the effects of climate change right before our eyes, and we need to stand together with those suffering’. There will be plates at the doors of both our buildings today, or you can donate via the Christian Aid website at https://www.christianaid.org.uk/.
HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at the Old High today. All welcome at the Lord’s Table.
YOUR CHURCH NEEDS YOU! Our Action Teams are looking to recruit new members with new ideas. The teams are Finance and Stewardship; Pastoral Care; Outreach and Fundraising; Worship and Education. Please give this your consideration and if you are willing to join any of these teams please contact our Session Clerk. Linda Philip.
DOORS OPEN DAY 1 SEPTEMBER 2018 Both churches will be open from 1030am until 4pm. At St Stephen’s, there will be organ music from 2.30pm provided by Ron Stevenson. There is an A4 printed leaflet giving a brief history of the Church for visitors. Please drop in on the day to show your support. Helpers are needed and if you can spare half an hour, contact Jim Alexander. At the Old High there is music from 1pm to 2pm. If you would like to be in attendance to help on the day, please contact Christine Mackenzie or Sheila MacLeod.
TREASURER VACANCY Sandy Cumming is standing down as our Treasurer after several years of service. We urgently need someone to fill this vital role! The Kirk Session have agreed to make payment for this service. If you are interested, or know someone who might be willing to serve in this way, please contact Sandy Cumming.
CAMERON HOUSE A short Service will be held in Cameron House today at 3pm. These Services take place on the fourth Sunday of the month and are conducted by Rev Alastair Younger) Members of Old High St Stephen’s who would like to come to help with singing would be welcome. Alastair Younger.
OLD HIGH MUSIC: FLISKMAHOY ENSEMBLE Saturday 8 September at midday will mark the second public recital by a newly-formed group, the Fliskmahoy Ensemble. Emma Versteeg (wife of Old High organist, Robin), along with two other singers and a violinist, are exploring fresh musical forms for traditional Scottish and Irish ballads, and have commissioned new work from Scottish composers, which will feature in the recital. Their recent premiere performance in Dundee was received with much acclaim, so we are fortunate to have the opportunity to hear them at this formative stage in the life of this ensemble. The programme includes renditions of Caller’ Herrin and Barbara Allen and concludes with the Pankhurst Anthem – a piece commissioned by BBC Radio 3 to mark the centenary of women’s suffrage in the UK. This promises to be a fascinating and exciting hour of music. Andrew Stevenson. Join our music mailing list: ohssmusic<at>gmail.com.
MEET & EAT.The August Church lunch will be held at 12.30pm on Thursday 30 August at the Craigmonie Hotel. Please consider joining us. For further information contact Val Cantlay val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com
AFTERNOON COMMUNION There will be a short service with Communion on Saturday 15 September at 2.30pm at St Stephen’s. Tea will be served after the service. Contact your elder for further information or if you require transport val.cantlay<at> btinternet.com
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING- GAPS IN ROTA The Church has been open 4 days a week 10am-12noon and 2-4pm since the beginning of June but due to unforeseen circumstances there are gaps in the rota on Wednesdays (morning and afternoon) and on a Thursday afternoon. If you can help on either a regular or occasional basis please contact Sheila MacLeod macloshei<at>aol.com.
NINA WALLIS LEGACY At the last Kirk Session meeting, it was decided that the legacy of £185,771.90 should be used for a specific project, not for day-to-day expenditure. The congregation are therefore invited to send any ideas either to the manse office or be handed to the Minister or Session Clerk.
KIRK SESSION meets Tuesday 4 September at 7.30pm in Old High hall. Linda Philip.
HIGHLAND FOODBANK During the months of August and September the Foodbank would be grateful for donations of the following items: Tins of Custard/Potatoes/Peas/Carrots; Cartons of Fruit Juice; and Jars of Pasta Sauce. Contact: Margaret Neville margaretneville<at>btinternet.com
CROSSREACH PRAYER DIARY Latest prayer diary June to September, and Impact report are available at church doors. Contact Rae Swan.
OHSS MAGAZINE editor Willie Morrison requires articles and photos for the September issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, by e-mail to willie<at>kenilweb. The deadline is Friday 14 September.
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or the Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
SUNDAY BULLETIN Please send items for this sheet to our Church Administrator. 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
AT THE HEART. ON THE EDGE at Ness Bank Church on Tuesday 13 November 10 am to 3.30 pm. Hosted by Rev Fiona Smith, Minister of Ness Bank Parish Church, and Rev Dr Sam Wells, Vicar of St Martin-in-the- Fields. Programme has been developed jointly by Ness Bank Church and St Martin’s. HeartEdge is a growing ecumenical network of churches and other organisations working across the UK and overseas, initiated by St Martin-in-the-Fields. It aims to catalyse Kingdom Communities, both for those working at the heart of commerce, culture and community, and those on the edge. Topics for the day include: liturgy and worship for day-to-day communal life; starting and sustaining distinctive enterprise to generate finance for your church; addressing social need locally; using art, music and performance to reimagine the Christian story. More at https://www.stmartin-in-the-fields.org/life-st-martins/mission/heartedge/. Please register to attend at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/at-the-heart-on-the-edge-tickets-48122091471?aff=eac2, or contact our Minister, Peter.
THE OSILIGI MAASAI WARRIORS This Maasai Tribal Song & Dance Group are performing at Inverness Cathedral on Friday 31 August at 7.30pm. Tickets. £10adults, £8 concession, £4 children available from the Cathedral Office invernesscathedraloffice<at>gmail.com
URBAN SAINTS: DISCIPLES MAKING DISCIPLES on Wednesday 12 September at 7.30pm at Culduthel Christian Centre. An inspiring, fun-packed and faith-stretching evening, where you’ll discover 4 powerful reasons why we should encourage people to become followers of Jesus. Contact Jenny Sinclair, CCC Administrator admin<at>culduthelchristiancentre.org
ALIVE AND SINGING is a singing group for people and their families recovering from addiction held on Wednesdays (from 7-9pm) on 22 and 29 August. We meet currently in St Andrew’s Cathedral, Inverness. Come along and feel good! Refreshments provided. Contact Sharon Holloway.

Sunday Bulletin 19 August 2018

For more information about any event or announcement, please contact us.

WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Sunday 26 August 2018: Proper 16

10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

Led by Rev Arthur Sinclair

11.15 am Sacrament of Communion at the Old High

Led by the Minister

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION

YOUR CHURCH NEEDS YOU! Our Action Teams are looking to recruit new members with new ideas. The teams are Finance and Stewardship; Pastoral Care; Outreach and Fundraising;  Worship and Education. Please give this your consideration and if you are willing to join any of these teams please give your name to the Session Clerk. Linda Philip (790253).

DOORS OPEN DAY 1 SEPTEMBER 2018 Both churches will be open from 1030am until 4pm. At St Stephen’s, there will be organ music from 2.30pm provided by Ron Stevenson. There is an A4 printed leaflet giving a brief history of the Church for visitors. Please drop in on the day to show your support. Helpers are needed and if you can spare half an hour, contact Jim Alexander . At the Old High there are guided tours from 1.00pm and music from 1pm to 2pm. If you would like to be in attendance to help on the day, please contact Sheila MacLeod .

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

OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING VOLUNTEERS will meet on Monday 20 August at 2pm in the Church. If you would like to know more about the Church Opening Programme or would like to become a Volunteer please do come along. For further information please contact Sheila MacLeod.

HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at the Old High next Sunday 26 August. 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.

CAMERON HOUSE A short Service will be held in Cameron House next Sunday 26 August 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.

THANK YOU I wish to thank you for the beautiful floral arrangement and the many get well wishes I received recently. It is heartening to know that people care. Best wishes Margaret McAleer.

OLD HIGH MUSIC Saturday 8 September at midday will mark the second public recital by a newly-formed group, the Fliskmahoy Ensemble. Emma Versteeg, along with two other singers and a violinist, are exploring fresh musical forms for traditional Scottish and Irish ballads, and have commissioned new work from Scottish composers, which will feature in the recital. Their recent premiere performance in Dundee was received with much acclaim, so we are fortunate to have the opportunity to hear them at this formative stage in the life of this ensemble. The programme includes renditions of Caller’ Herrin and Barbara Allen and concludes with the Pankhurst Anthem – a piece commissioned by BBC Radio 3 to mark the centenary of women’s suffrage in the UK. This promises to be a fascinating and exciting hour of music. Join our music mailing list: ohssmusic<at>gmail.com.

OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING- GAPS IN ROTA The Church has been open 4 days a week 10am-12noon and 2-4pm since the beginning of June but due to unforeseen circumstances there are gaps in the rota on Wednesdays (morning and afternoon) and on a Thursday afternoon. If you can help on either a regular or occasional basis please contact Sheila MacLeod.

NINA WALLIS LEGACY At the last Kirk Session meeting, it was decided that the legacy of £185,771.90 should be used for a specific project, not for day-to-day expenditure. The congregation are therefore invited to send any ideas either to the manse office or be handed to the Minister or Session Clerk.

KIRK SESSION meets on Tuesday 4 September at 7.30pm in Old High hall. Linda Philip.

HIGHLAND FOODBANK During the months of August and September the Foodbank would be grateful for donations of the following items: Tins of Custard/Potatoes/Peas/Carrots; Cartons of Fruit Juice; and Jars of Pasta Sauce. Contact: Margaret Neville

CROSSREACH PRAYER DIARY Latest prayer diary June to September, and Impact report are available at church doors. Contact Rae Swan.

OHSS MAGAZINE editor Willie Morrison requires articles and photos for the September issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, by e-mail to Willie. The deadline is Friday 14 September.

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

SUNDAY BULLETIN The Church Administrator will be on Annual Leave this week so items should be sent to the Minister. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and include contact details and/or e-mail.

OTHER NEWS

AT THE HEART. ON THE EDGE at Ness Bank Church on Tuesday 13 November 10 am to 3.30 pm. Hosted by Rev Fiona Smith, Minister of Ness Bank Parish Church, and Rev Dr Sam Wells, Vicar of St Martin-in-the- Fields. Programme has been developed jointly by Ness Bank Church and St Martin’s. HeartEdge is a growing ecumenical network of churches and other organisations working across the UK and overseas, initiated by St Martin-in-the-Fields. It aims to catalyse Kingdom Communities, both for those working at the heart of commerce, culture and community, and those on the edge. Topics for the day include: liturgy and worship for day-to-day communal life; starting and sustaining distinctive enterprise to generate finance for your church; addressing social need locally; using art, music and performance to reimagine the Christian story. More at https://www.stmartin-in-the-fields.org/life-st-martins/mission/heartedge/. Please register to attend at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/at-the-heart-on-the-edge-tickets-48122091471?aff=eac2 , or contact our Minister, Peter (01463 250 802).

OXFAM SHOP INVERNESS VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Oxfam are always looking to recruit more volunteers of all ages and abilities, who may have spare time on their hands and may be looking to fill their time and make new friends. If you are interested just pop into the shop in Lombard Street and ask to speak to us.

URBAN SAINTS: DISCIPLES MAKING DISCIPLES on Wednesday 12 September at 7.30pm at Culduthel Christian Centre. An inspiring, fun-packed and faith-stretching evening, where you’ll discover 4 powerful reasons why we should encourage people to become followers of Jesus. Contact Jenny Sinclair, CCC Administrator

ALIVE AND SINGING is a singing group for people and their families recovering from addiction held on Wednesdays (from 7-9pm) on 22 and 29 August. We meet currently in St Andrew’s Cathedral, Inverness. Come along and feel good! Refreshments provided. Contact Sharon Holloway

 

Sunday Bulletin 12 August 2018

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 19 August 2018: Proper 15
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 am Morning Worship at the Old High
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or the Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING- GAPS IN ROTA The Church has been open 4 days a week 10am-12noon and 2-4pm since the beginning of June but due to unforeseen circumstances there are gaps in the rota on Wednesdays (morning and afternoon) and on a Thursday afternoon. If you can help on either a regular or occasional basis please 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 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.
OHSS MAGAZINE editor Willie Morrison requires articles and photos for the September issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, by e-mail to willie<at>kenilweb.com. The deadline is Friday 14 September.
SUNDAY BULLETIN should be sent to the Church Administrator at 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
ALIVE AND SINGING is a singing group for people and their families recovering from addiction held on Wednesdays (from 7-9pm) on 22 and 29 August. We meet currently in St Andrew’s Cathedral, Inverness. Come along and feel good! Refreshments provided. Contact Sharon Holloway.

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