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Sunday Bulletin 8 December 2019

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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.

OTHER NEWS

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

Sunday Bulletin 1 December 2019

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Friday 6 December

Advent Opening at Old High Church: prayer and meditation from 1pm to 1.15pm, church open 12 noon to 2pm

Sunday 8 December 2019: The Second Sunday of Advent

10 am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11.14 am Morning worship at the Old High

6.30pm Advent meal with worship at the Old High Hall (see bulletin)

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION – contact details from the Church Administrator

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.

ADVENT OPENING Why not take a break from the stress of Christmas and spend some quiet time reflecting on the real meaning? The Old High Church will be open from 12noon- 2pm each Friday from 29 November to 20 December. There will be a short time for prayer and meditation from 1pm -1.15pm or you can spend a time of quiet reflection on your own. Tea and coffee will be available. Further information from contact Andrew Stevenson or Sheila MacLeod.

ADVENT MEAL On Sunday 8 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.

Sharing Your Faith (SYF) Reminder that the 2pm Tuesday Group will meet on 3 December at the home of Winnie Stafford. Contact Dot Getliffe

CRAFT EVENING St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm, Wednesday 4 December. Crafters and non-crafters welcome (you may wish to learn a craft). Friendly atmosphere and refreshments provided Susan 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.

FOOD FOR FAMILIES PROJECT – run by Highland Gateway (Highland Homelessness Trust) is once again being operated in 2019. We have been involved in this project from the start and have cooked many meals to help at Christmas. I have volunteered our congregation to make Mince and Tatties which is the true spirit of the project. During the last 8 years of the project over 2,500 meals have been provided to families in need by churches and other organisations and its humbling to know that this is needed in the 21st Century. I need people to cook week commencing 2 December and week commencing 6 January. If you are able to help please let me know, and also advise me of the day/s you can help. It is not onerous – they usually provide enough food to make about 10 or so meals and I can get everything to you and you can either deliver the food to Church Street or they will collect it. It’s always great to do something like this at this busy time before and after Christmas knowing that those in need are being helped in the best possible way. Please let me know what date suits you best by 25 November. Christine MacKenzie, Acting Session Clerk.

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 today and next Sunday, 8 December. Please choose a label from the Tree and return the red bow now for future use. Details of the gifts required are on the labels. Please wrap your gifts, attaching the label outside for identification, and return them either on 8 or 15December for subsequent distribution. Gifts are for Beechwood House, Cale House, Manna House, The Mackenzie Centre, Hilton Village (Social Work) & Porterfield Prisoners’ Children. Information from 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. For further information please contact Sheila MacLeod or Liz McKimmie.

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….    

SUNDAY BULLETIN Volunteers are needed to fold the weekly bulletin once a month. Can you help please? Further details from Rae Swan.

DING DONG COLLECTION A total of £324.75 was raised for CHIP at the Ding Dong Merrily Old High Service on Sunday 17 November. CHIP (Children in the Highlands Information Point) is a Highland-wide charity providing information, advice and support to families with children with additional support need, and the professionals who work with them. This amount will all go towards helping local children. Thanks to all who attended and helped on the night. Christine Mackenzie.

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

COMMISSION OF ASSEMBLY: 21st November 2019 Changes to the central structures of the Church of Scotland were agreed at a Commission of Assembly (a sort of mini General Assembly) last Thursday. 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.

HIGHLAND HOSPITALS CAROL CONCERT Sunday 8 December at 3pm in the Drumossie Suite, Drumossie Hotel, Old Perth Road, Inverness IV2 5BE. In aid of CLIC Sargent (supporting young people with cancer across the Highlands and Islands). Tickets (£14) on sale from The Music Shop, 49 Church Street

CAROLS AT THE CROWN Wednesday 4 December at 7.30pm, Crown Church. The Inverness Singers, conductor Lila Senior, and accompanist Ian Livingstone present Songs of Christmas Old & New. Admission by Programme, priced £10 (children/students £5) available from Ken and Margaret Young in the Old High choir, or at the door on the night. Donation from the proceeds to Carr Gomm. Parking in the Crown School playground. Contact Margaret Young.

Petty Church 170th anniversary celebrations on Saturday 7 December at 7pm at Petty Church, Petty East, Tornagrain, IV1 7QP Inverness. In order to mark the occasion of 170 years of the Church, we are holding a musical evening with the Friends in Harmony Choir. This evening will take place in the Church itself and we would ask you to invite friends, family and fellow Church folk to hear the choir, come along to enjoy the music and join us all in a cuppa following on after the choir performance. It would be lovely to have a good turn out to celebrate with us all here at Petty. Val Edwards (Clerk to the Board).

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.

New Start Highland exists to help people in communities across the Highlands. We provide a bed and a starter pack to allow people in need to create a home from where they can start to rebuild their lives. We urgently need donations of chests of drawers, sofas, small dining tables, dining chairs, to help more people. Volunteers make a huge contribution towards this vital work! We need volunteers to deliver this vital work. We have vacancies for drivers, receptionists/ administration assistants, retail workers, warehouse operatives (sorting, cleaning, lifting and shifting), furniture repair “experts” (DIY enthusiasts),  painters, upcyclers, bike mechanics. We would love to hear from you! Contact Mairi Twaddle.

Funeral Announcement – Mrs Eleanor Stewart

Mrs Eleanor Stewart died on 23 November 2019 at her home in Craigard Place, Inverness.

She was 85 years of age.

Mrs Stewart’s funeral will be held on Tuesday 10 December at 1pm at Inverness Crematorium, Kilvean Road, Inverness IV3 8JN.

Further details from D Chisholm & Sons, Funeral Directors, Huntly Street, Inverness, IV3 5HP (01463) 712255

Sunday Bulletin 24 November 2019

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Friday 29 November
Advent Opening at Old High Church: prayer and meditation from 1pm to 1.15pm, church open 12 noon to 2pm
Sunday 1 December 2019: First Sunday of Advent
10 am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.14 am Morning worship at the Old High
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION – contact details from the Church Administrator
TODAY: CONGREGATIONAL COMMUNION SERVICE AND GIFT DAY The Kirk Session has decided to hold a Gift Day, so that members and friends of the Congregation can make a contribution directly to our Fabric Fund, which is used to look after our buildings. Please remember to Gift Aid your contribution if you are able to- just write your name and address on the envelope, so that your contribution is substantially more! Many thanks, in advance, for your generosity. Details: Christine MacKenzie, Acting Session Clerk.
AFTERNOON COMMUNION will be held today at 3pm in St Stephen’s Church. This is a shorter celebration of the Lord’s Supper that may suit older or less able members of the congregation, with tea and time together afterwards. However, it is an invitation open to all. Andrew Stevenson.
CHRISTMAS FAIR THIS SATURDAY at St Stephen’s, 10am to 12 noon. Please come along for coffee and a chat. Baking, Christmas crafts, Tombola etc. Tickets £3. Further details from Susan MacLeod. See you there!
ADVENT MEAL On Sunday 8 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 Why not take a break from the stress of Christmas and spend some quiet time reflecting on the real meaning? The Old High Church will be open from 12noon- 2pm each Friday from 29 November to 20 December. There will be a short time for prayer and meditation from 1pm -1.15pm or you can spend a time of quiet reflection on your own. Tea and coffee will be available. Further information from contact Andrew Stevenson or Sheila Macleod.
SHARING YOUR FAITH (SYF) Reminder that the 2pm Tuesday Group will meet on 26 November and 3 December at the home of Winnie Stafford, 13 Cradlehall Park (on way out to Culloden, stay on top road). Contact Dot Getliffe.
PRISONERS WEEK 17- 24 NOVEMBER 2019 THEME “OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND” Inverness Prison is in our parish, and this year’s theme challenges us to get to know more about the lives of people in prison and asking if we care. “Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them.” Hebrews 13:3). Time in prison can offer the opportunity for personal growth. People can discover their gifts and who they are. They can acquire skills and develop their talents, all of which makes it more likely that people will be able to play a part in their community to the benefit of all. Prisoner’s Week Scotland 2019 http://www.prisonersweek.org.uk/ Prison Fellowship Scotland http://www.pfscotland.org/ David Martin is the contact person for Prison Fellowship (Inverness).
The Prisoners Week Prayer for today and every day
Lord, you offer freedom to all people.
We pray for those who are held in prison.
Break the bonds of fear and isolation that exist.
Support with your love: prisoners, their families and friends,
prison staff, chaplains and all who care.
Heal those who have been wounded by the activities of others,
especially the victims of crime.
Help us to forgive one another, to act justly, to love mercy,
and walk humbly together with Christ
in his strength and in his Spirit,
now and every day. Amen.
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.
FOOD FOR FAMILIES PROJECT – run by Highland Gateway (Highland Homelessness Trust) is once again being operated in 2019. We have been involved in this project from the start and have cooked many meals to help at Christmas. I have volunteered our congregation to make Mince and Tatties which is the true spirit of the project. During the last 8 years of the project over 2,500 meals have been provided to families in need by churches and other organisations and its humbling to know that this is needed in the 21st Century. I need people to cook week commencing 2 December and week commencing 6 January. If you are able to help please let me know, and also advise me of the day/s you can help. It is not onerous – they usually provide enough food to make about 10 or so meals and I can get everything to you and you can either deliver the food to Church Street or they will collect it. It’s always great to do something like this at this busy time before and after Christmas knowing that those in need are being helped in the best possible way. Please let me know what date suits you best by 25 November. Christine MacKenzie, Acting Session Clerk.
MEET & EAT There will be a Church lunch on Thursday 28 November at 12.30 at the Craigmonie Hotel. Everyone welcome. For further information contact Val Cantlay.
OHSS MAGAZINE EDITOR Willie Morrison urgently requires articles and photos for the December issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible.
GIVING TREE will be in the East Corridor at the Old High Church from next Sunday. 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 Sunday 15 December. For further information please contact Sheila MacLeod or Liz McKimmie. (Information about the St Stephen’s giving tree coming shortly!).
OLD HIGH CHURCH REDEVELOPMENT AND CONSERVATION PROJECT We hope to have an exhibition on this ready for display at the Old High in the next week or two – watch this space!
REQUEST FOR NEW HYMNS The Worship and Education Action Team would like to extend and widen the range of hymns used in Old High/St Stephen’s in order to renew and refresh our worship. These could be from CH4 or other sources, and should also include hymns/songs that children nowadays can respond to (though it’s not just children’s hymns we are seeking!. The group invites the congregation to participate, and would be most grateful for all your ideas and suggestions. Send them to Janet Robertson. Many thanks!
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….
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.
OTHER NEWS
IN THE MARGINS OF THE BIBLE Do you feel excluded or marginalized by the Bible or the Church? An exhibition of LGBT art originally hosted by the Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art in 2009 looked at just this. Metropolitan Community Church are bringing part of the exhibition to Inverness as part of a new workshop. This will take place on 29th November at 7.00pm at the Old High Hall on Academy Street. All welcome. Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/696620370828701/, or contact David Harrison.
HIGHLAND HOSPITALS CAROL CONCERT Sunday 8 December at 3pm in the Drumossie Suite, Drumossie Hotel, Old Perth Road, Inverness IV2 5BE. In aid of CLIC Sargent (supporting young people with cancer across the Highlands and Islands). Tickets (£14) on sale from The Music Shop, 49 Church Street, Inverness.
CAROLS AT THE CROWN on Wednesday 4 December at 7.30pm in the Sanctuary of the Crown Church. The Inverness Singers, conductor Lila Senior, and accompanist Ian Livingstone present Songs of Christmas Old & New. Admission by Programme, priced £10 (children/students £5) available from Ken and Margaret Young in the Old High choir, or at the door on the night. Sales table at the interval. A donation from the proceeds will be made to Carr Gomm. Parking in the Crown School playground. Contact Margaret Young.
NEW START HIGHLAND exists to help people in communities across the Highlands. We provide a bed and a starter pack to allow people in need to create a home from where they can start to rebuild their lives. We urgently need donations of chests of drawers, sofas, small dining tables, dining chairs, to help more people. Volunteers make a huge contribution towards this vital work! We need volunteers to deliver this vital work. We have vacancies for drivers, receptionists/ administration assistants, retail workers, warehouse operatives (sorting, cleaning, lifting and shifting), furniture repair “experts” (DIY enthusiasts), painters, upcyclers, bike mechanics. We would love to hear from you! Contact Mairi Twaddle.

Sunday Bulletin 17 November 2019

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Sunday 24 November 2019: Prisoners’ Week Sunday

and Gift Day for our Property Funds

10 am Congregational Communion Service at St Stephen’s

(No service at the Old High)

3pm Afternoon Communion at St Stephen’s

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION – contact details from the Church Administrator

MINUTE FOR MISSION Margaret Morrison, Activities Coordinator at Cameron House, will speak about the 150th Anniversary of CrossReach today. Cameron House is a purpose-built residential care home catering for 30 older people with dementia. The home has been built around a small courtyard garden, which provides a safe and relaxing place for residents to circulate. There is also an extensive, enclosed garden with a summerhouse and greenhouse. Cameron House is the Crossreach facility in our parish, and some of our church members are part of the Friends’ Group. More information: Rae Swan and https://www.crossreach.org.uk/our-locations/cameron-house

DING DONG MERRILY OLD HIGH, our family carol service for the Inverness Christmas Lights Switch On, takes place this evening at the Old High Church at 6.30pm. Bring your children and grandchildren to celebrate the true light which comes into the world at Christmas – All Welcome! This is a major community event, which we hope everyone in the congregational will support. Details from Peter.

MINUTE FOR MISSION at Ding Dong Merrily on High. Karen Kelbie, Information and Support Officer with the charity “Children in the Highlands Information Point Plus (CHIP+) will come along to talk about the Charity and there will be an opportunity for us all to donate. CHIP+ is a Highland-wide charity providing information, advice and support to families with children with additional support needs, and the professionals who work with them. Contact Andrew Stevenson.

NEXT SUNDAY: CONGREGATIONAL COMMUNION SERVICE AND GIFT DAY The Kirk Session has decided to hold a Gift Day, so that members and friends of the Congregation can make a contribution directly to our Fabric Fund, which is used to look after our buildings. This will be next Sunday 24 November, a Sunday when we all worship together at our Congregational Communion Service (at St Stephen’s). Will will issue enevlopes next week, and you can bring them along to the service on 24 November, or on further Sundays if you are not there. Please remember to Gift Aid your contribution if you are able to! Many thanks, in advance, for your generosity. Details: Christine MacKenzie, Acting Session Clerk.

‘Sharing Your faith’ We have had a super response to the 4-week initiative. The groups are virtually full up, but if you still want to take part, email or phone our Mission Development Worker, Dot. There is a Sunday evening group in St Stephens’ vestry and a Tuesday afternoon group starting at ‘In This Together’ cafe round from Church Lane turn tight into Church Street both of which have now started. We hope this ‘sharing your faith’ connection will continue into 2020, so there will be another chance to join a group then. More info from Dot Getliffe.

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.

FOOD FOR FAMILIES PROJECT – run by Highland Gateway (Highland Homelessness Trust) is once again being operated in 2019. We have been involved in this project from the start and have cooked many meals to help at Christmas. I have volunteered our congregation to make Mince and Tatties which is the true spirit of the project. During the last 8 years of the project over 2,500 meals have been provided to families in need by churches and other organisations and its humbling to know that this is needed in the 21st Century. I need people to cook week commencing 2 December and week commencing 6 January. If you are able to help please let me know, and also advise me of the day/s you can help. It is not onerous – they usually provide enough food to make about 10 or so meals and I can get everything to you and you can either deliver the food to Church Street or they will collect it. It’s always great to do something like this at this busy time before and after Christmas knowing that those in need are being helped in the best possible way. Please let me know what date suits you best by 25 November. Christine MacKenzie, Acting Session Clerk.

Minute for Mission Margaret Morrison from Cameron House will speak about the 150th Anniversary of CrossReach today. Rae Swan.

CRAFT EVENING St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm, Wednesday 20 November. Crafters and non-crafters welcome (you may wish to learn a craft). Friendly atmosphere and refreshments provided Susan MacLeod.

AFTERNOON COMMUNION on Sunday 24 November at 3pm in St Stephen’s Church. A shorter celebration of Communion, particularly for any older or less able folks who may prefer a shorter service at this later time of day. However, any others who are unable to come in the morning are of course warmly invited to join. Tea will be served afterwards by members of the Pastoral Care Team. Transport, particularly for any older or less able folks, is being arranged. Please contact Janet Robertson.

Christmas Fair Saturday 30 November 2019 at St Stephen’s Hall, 10am to 12 noon. Please come along for coffee and a chat. Baking, Christmas crafts, Tombola etc. Tickets £3. Further details from Susan MacLeod. See you there!

OHSS Magazine editor Willie Morrison urgently requires articles and photos for the December issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible. The deadline is Friday 29 November.

Old High Church Opening The Old High Church Opening Programme for 2019 finished on 31 October. A total of 6,611 visitors were welcomed into the church this year, a real achievement as there were fewer opening sessions because of other events. Sincere thanks to the enthusiastic Team of Volunteers who gave up their time to meet the visitors, and to the people who prayed for the Church Opening. Thank you also to the hidden Volunteers who copied, folded and stapled the information leaflets. Sheila MacLeod.

GIVING TREE will be in the East Corridor at the Old High Church from Sunday 1 December 2019. 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 Sunday 15 December. For further information please contact Sheila MacLeod or Liz McKimmie. (Information about the St Stephen’s giving tree coming shortly!).

ADVENT MEAL Come along on Sunday 8 December at 6.30pm, at the Old High Hall. It is hoped to share a simple meal together, incorporating a short act of worship, as part of our celebration of Advent this year. Please consider joining in with this time of fellowship – more details next Sunday. Andrew Stevenson.

OLD HIGH CHURCH REDEVELOPMENT AND CONSERVATION PROJECT We hope to have an exhibition on this ready for display at the Old High in the next week or two – watch this space!

REQUEST FOR NEW HYMNS The Worship and Education Action Team would like to extend and widen the range of hymns used in Old High/St Stephen’s in order to renew and refresh our worship. These could be from CH4 or other sources, and should also include hymns/songs that children nowadays can respond to (though it’s not just children’s hymns we are seeking!. The group invites the congregation to participate, and would be most grateful for all your ideas and suggestions. Send them to Janet Robertson. Many thanks!

CHURCH LIBRARIES We have collections of books at both the Old High Church and at St Stephen’s which are no longer in currents use, as far as we know. However, we think that some of the older books may be valuable, and we are considering selling them. However, it may be that you are interested in religious books and would like to have some. Please contact Pat MacLeod, our Church Administrator, if you would like to have a look.

SUNDAY BULLETIN Please send items for this sheet to our Church Administrator Mrs Pat Macleod (079 342 85924) invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and include contact details and/or e-mail.

OTHER NEWS

Inverness Methodist Church LUNCH on Saturday 23 November 2019 from 12 noon to 2pm. Soup and Pudding, tea/coffee and biscuits and Craft Stall. Adults £5;  Children £3. In aid of Boys Brigade. Rosa McDermid.

CAROLS AT THE CROWN on Wednesday 4 December at 7.30pm in the Sanctuary of the Crown Church. The Inverness Singers, conductor Lila Senior, and accompanist Ian Livingstone present Songs of Christmas Old & New. Admission by Programme, priced £10 (children/students £5) available from Ken and Margaret Young in the Old High choir, or at the door on the night. Sales table at the interval. A donation from the proceeds will be made to Carr Gomm. Parking in the Crown School playground. Contact Margaret Young.

IN THE MARGINS OF THE BIBLE Do you feel excluded or marginalized by the Bible or the Church? An exhibition of LGBT art originally hosted by the Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art in 2009 looked at just this. Metropolitan Community Church are bringing part of the exhibition to Inverness as part of a new workshop. This will take place on 29th November at 7.00pm at the Old High Hall on Academy Street. All welcome. Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/696620370828701/, or contact David Harrison.

Sunday Bulletin 3 November 2019

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 10 November 2019: Remembrance Sunday
10 am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION – contact details from the Church Administrator
MISSION DEVELOPMENT WORKER We are delighted to be welcoming Dot Getliffe today as she starts on this important new role in our congregation. Dot moved to Inverness recently when her husband’s job took them to Inverness. She has long experience with the Church of Scotland as a Deacon and has worked in many areas of Scotland, with each area bringing its own issues. She has wide experience of mission in local communities, working with congregations (most recently at Aberdeen Mannofield) and teaching (she is a former school teacher). The post, which is planned to last two years, is funded by the generous legacy of Nina Wallace. The team who selected her- Colin Craig, Malcom MacRae, Sheila MacLeod, Rev Peter Nimmo and Christine Mackenzie- are confident Dot will bring many gifts to our Congregation. We trust you will support Dot in every way, as she seeks to lead us in new ventures of outreach to the community, and also to develop a fresh mission attitude within the congregation. You will have a chance to meet Dot over coffee after the services at both St Stephen’s and the Old High, so please do stay behind today. If you have any questions, please contact Peter or Christine Mackenzie.
‘SHARING YOUR FAITH’ is an interactive fun Bible Discovery and Discussion Group which Dot will lead for us. Starts week beginning 11 November 1-2 hours at a time(s) that suits you best. Includes a cuppa and only 4-week commitment (so done by Christmas shopping time!?) Sign-up sheet and booklet can be browsed in church Sundays 3rd and 10th November. Contact Dot Getliffe.
SOUTHSIDE NURSING HOME There will be a short service, led by Jim Alexander, at Southside Nursing Home immediately after this morning’s service at St Stephen’s. If you are able to assist with the singing, or chatting to the residents, this would be much appreciated. Please speak to Jim after the service. We still also seek members willing to lead these services on a rota basis; please contact Janet Robertson.
CRAFT EVENING St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm, Wednesday 6 November. Crafters and non-crafters welcome (you may wish to learn a craft). Friendly atmosphere and refreshments provided Susan MacLeod.
OLD HIGH MUSIC 2019 – the final event in the programme is an organ recital on Saturday 16 November at 12 noon. Stephen Doughty, who was until recently Organist at St John’s Church at the West End in Edinburgh, gave us a magnificent performance 2 years ago. He has kindly agreed to return and will play a varied programme including a Bach Prelude and Fugue, a Handel Overture, a Schumann Canon, a Leighton Fantasy and will conclude with one of his own compositions entitled Harvest Tune. This is a recital not to be missed by those who love listening to organ music! Andrew Stevenson.
MINUTE FOR MISSION On Sunday 17 November Margaret Morrison from Cameron House will speak about the 150th Anniversary of CrossReach. Rae Swan.
CHRISTMAS FAIR Saturday 30 November 2019 at St Stephen’s Hall, 10am to 12 noon. Please come along for coffee and a chat. Baking, Christmas crafts, Tombola etc. Tickets £3. Further details from Susan MacLeod. See you there!
OHSS MAGAZINE EDITOR Willie Morrison urgently requires articles and photos for the December issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible. The deadline is Friday 29th November.
OLD HIGH CHURCH REDEVELOPMENT AND CONSERVATION PROJECT We hope to have an exhibition on this ready for display at the Old High in the next week or two- watch this space!
REQUEST FOR NEW HYMNS The Worship and Education Action Team would like to extend and widen the range of hymns used in Old High/St Stephen’s in order to renew and refresh our worship. These could be from CH4 or other sources, and should also include hymns/songs that children nowadays can respond to (though it’s not just children’s hymns we are seeking!. The group invites the congregation to participate, and would be most grateful for all your ideas and suggestions. Send them to Janet Robertson. Many thanks!
CHURCH LIBRARIES We have collections of books at both the Old High Church and at St Stephen’s which are no longer in currents use, as far as we know. However, we think that some of the older books may be valuable, and we are considering selling them. However, it may be that you are interested in religious books and would like to have some. Please contact Pat MacLeod, our Church Administrator, if you would like to have a look.
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
BLYTHSWOOD CARE SPARKLE & GLITZ FUNDRAISING EVENING 12 November, 6.30 for 7pm at Ness Walk Hotel, Inverness. Come along to the brand new 5-star Ness Walk Hotel for an evening of fizz, fashion and food. See what our charity shops have to offer during our fashion show, find out how to make a wreath, browse the stalls for that unusual Christmas gift, bid on the silent auction, and enjoy a night out with your friends.Tickets £30. All proceeds to Blythswood Care. Contact Elma.

In August at St Stephen’s

In July and August 2019, are holding one service of worship only on Sunday mornings.

Sunday Morning Worship in August will be at St Stephen’s, Southside Road, at 10am.

St Stephen’s is at the junction of Old Edinburgh Road and Southside Road, opposite the Crown Court Hotel.

The address is:
St Stephen’s Church
Southside Road at Old Edinburgh Road
Inverness
Inverness-shire
IV2 4XA

Parking is available in the surrounding streets- but please don’t block our neighbours’ driveways!
Click here to see a map.

Click here to read a guide to the architecture of St Stephen’s Church.

In September, we will revert to our normal pattern of services: 10am at St Stephen’s and 11.15am at Old High (except on Sunday 8 September, when there will be one service only, at Old High at 11.15am, for the Kirking of the Council).

Sunday Bulletin 28 July 2019

WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Sunday 4 August 2019: Proper 13

10 am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

Led by the Minister

NB ALL SUNDAY MORNING SERVICES IN AUGUST AT ST STEPHEN’S

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION – contact details from the Church Administrator

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

KIRK SESSION will meet this Thursday, 1 August, at St Stephen’s at 7.30pm. (The Leadership meeting arranged for that date will be re-scheduled.)

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

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

BRIDGE SOCIAL EVENING on Friday 16 August at 6.00 pm in St Stephen’s Church Hall. £20 per person (includes Buffet Meal, wine and coffee). Joan Darcy.

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

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

SUNDAY BULLETIN Please send items for this sheet to our Church Administrator: Mrs Pat MacLeod (079 342 85924) invernesschurch@gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and include contact details and/or e-mail.

OTHER NEWS

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

Sunday Bulletin 14 July 2019

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

In July at Old High

In July and August 2019, we will be holding one service of worship only on Sunday mornings.

Sunday Worship in July will be at the Old High Church at 11.15am (in July at Old High– it rhymes!

The Old High Church is in Church Street, next to Leakey’s Bookshop. The address is:

The Old High Church
Church Street
Inverness
Inverness-shire
IV1 1EY

Parking is available at the Rose Street multi-storey car park.

Click here for a location map.

In August, all our Sunday morning worship services will be at St Stephen’s at 10am.

In September, we will revert to our usual Sunday pattern: 10am at St Stephen’s Church and 11.15am at the Old High Church.

For more details, please contact us.

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