Old High St. Stephen's, Inverness

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Highland Young Musicians at Old High: Saturday 1 June 12 noon

Saturday 1st June at 12 noon will be the annual opportunity to hear young pianists, violinists, a cellist and a clarinet player from around the Inverness Area play at the Old High Church.

They have been invited to come and perform pieces that they have prepared for recent exams or competitions, to extend their experience of playing for an audience.

For some this will be their last “home” performance before heading off to University. Your enthusiastic support for them in previous years was much appreciated.

Please note this has been moved forward a week from previously advertised.

We ask for a £6 donation towards the cost of the music programme at Old High.

Full details of the 2019 Old High Music Programme here.

Join our Music mailing list: ohssmusic<a>gmail.com (replace <a> with @).

A welcome for everyone: sermon for 19 May 2019: General Assembly Sunday (Easter 5)

In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

This weekend, the General Assembly of our Church of Scotland is meeting, and will continue to meet until Friday. On this Sabbath Day, there is no business done. Instead, commissioners will attend worship at St Giles to hear a sermon from the Moderator- and, no doubt, some very fine music. We have no commissioners from this congregation this year, but most of our St Stephen’s Church Choir will be taking part in a less formal act of worship, as part of a massed choir at Heart and Soul, an excellent event which showcases the work of the church and other Christian organisations in Prince Street Gardens, in the heart of our capital city. I’m looking forward to hearing how they enjoy that event.

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Resurrection belief: Sermon for Christian Aid Sunday 2019:

Scripture Readings: John 10:22-30

Psalm 23 (sung)

Acts 9:36-43

In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

Yesterday we started on Christian Aid Week, and once again we had a terrific coffee morning, with a plant stall outside in the lovely sunshine. And many of you will go round the streets collecting door to door this week. Campaigning for people in countries blighted by poverty could be a disheartening affair. But we do so because we are Easter people: we believe that life can come out of death.

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Sunday Bulletin for 12 May 2019

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Sunday 19 May 2019: Fifth Sunday of Easter

10am  Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11:15am Morning Worship at the Old High

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The unexpected Christ: sermon for 5 May 2019: The Third Sunday of Easter

Scripture Readings: Acts 9.1-20 John 21.1-19

In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

I wonder if you remember the TV series from years ago, Tales of the Unexpected? The series dramatized short stories by Roald Dahl- stories with a twist in the tale, usually a bit macabre. We enjoy being entertained by stories with a twist, or films where something we don’t expect to happen.

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Sunday Bulletin 5 May 2019

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Sunday 12 May 2019: Fourth Sunday of Easter
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11:15am Morning Worship at the Old High
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION (Contact details from the Church Administrator)
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP resumes this evening at 7pm in St Stephen’s vestry and thereafter at fortnightly intervals until the summer break. As we move towards the part of the Christian Year that encourages us to look into the world, we shall be dealing with some of the big issues of our time in Sam Wells’ book “How then shall we live?”. Firstly ‘Islam and Islamist Extremism’. More information from Andrew Stevenson.
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING PROGRAMME 2019 The Old High Church will be open from 2-4 pm each Friday afternoon from 19 April until 31 May. The Summer Opening Programme will commence on Tuesday 4 June (10am-12 noon and 2-4pm) on Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday and Friday each week. We are organising an Open Afternoon for new Volunteers next month. It is not too late to join the Team. Contact Sheila MacLeod.
PASTORAL CARE TEAM will meet on Tuesday 7 May in St Stephen’s vestry at 2pm. Contact: Val Cantlay.
ST STEPHEN’S CHURCH AND COMMUNITY CHOIR present ‘May’s Miscellany’ – a concert to uplift the spirit- at the One Touch Theatre, Eden Court at 7.30pm this Wednesday 8 May. This is our debut at Eden Court where we look forward to your continued support. We are lucky to be supported by two local young musicians, Sandy Scott-Brown (cello) and Catriona Mackenzie (piano) who I am sure will delight you with their skill and musicianship. The proceeds from this concert will go to the Calman Trust. Tickets (£12) are available from Eden Court though please ask any choir member to assist if you have difficulty accessing the box office. Contact Pam McCulloch.
HIGHLAND FOOD BANK The requests for April and May are for deodorant for men and women, tins of corned beef and tins of potatoes. Many thanks for your continued support. Margaret Neville.
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or your Elder, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
CHRISTIAN AID COFFEE MORNING Saturday 11 May in St Stephen’s Hall, 10am to 12 noon. Uusual baking and gardening stalls for which donations will be welcome; they can be dropped off at St Stephen’s vestry on Friday 10 May at 7.30pm. The hall will be available the same evening for setting up. Tickets will be available at today. Contact: Jennifer Morrison.
CHRISTIAN AID WEEK Door to Door Collection12-18 May and Count 28 May 7.30pm Thank you to all of you who have already picked up your envelopes for the collection. Let’s hope for good weather. Due to individual’s circumstances there are still 3 areas needing collectors so please contact me if you are able to support this fundraiser for the benefit of expectant mothers in Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone is the world’s most unsafe place to become a mother. After the collection please bring your envelopes to the church on 19 or 26 May and give them to Roberta Mackintosh (Old High) and Stuart Mackenzie or Katharina Nimmo (St Stephen’s). Alternatively come along with them to “The Count” on Tuesday 28 May in St Stephen’s church at 7.30pm (refreshments provided) or contact me and I will come and get them. Thanks Deborah Macrae.
OLD HIGH MUSIC Saturday 18 May at 12 noon will mark the first visit to the Old High by the Mayfield Singers, a Chamber Choir directed by Kate Lewis, Emma Versteeg’s mother. They sing, unaccompanied, a programme including the exquisite Mass in 4 Parts by William Byrd, pieces by Tallis, Purcell and Gibbons and some Madrigals. Come along and enjoy this sacred music in the church setting and meet our visitors afterwards. Contact: Andrew Stevenson.
ST STEPHEN’S PARKING Crown Court Hotel has asked us to remind those attending St Stephen’s that parking is only permitted from 9am to 12pm and 2pm to 5pm (7 days). No parking in the evening. In addition, you can park at Southside Road Surgery, 43 Southside Road, Inverness IV2 4XA, Kingsmills Surgery, 18 Southside Road, Inverness IV2 3BG and Southside Surgical Dentistry Centre, 28 Southside Road, Inverness IV2 3BG.
READERS AT OLD HIGH Our band of regular readers at the Old High on Sunday mornings is gradually diminishing. Please contact Margaret Young if you would like to swell our numbers. Thanks.
TABLE FOR SALE We have a handsome wooden table at the Old High Church which is surplus to requirements, and for sale to any member in return for a donation. If you interested, please contact Pat MacLeod, Church Administrator.
SUNDAY BULLETIN Please send items for this sheet to our Church Administrator: Mrs Pat MacLeod (079 342 85924 invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Please keep items as brief as possible, and include contact details and/or e-mail. Pat will be on A/L shortly, so items for Bulletins 12 and 19 May should be with her by Monday 6 May at 12 noon.
OTHER NEWS
WATOTO CHILDREN’S CHOIR TOUR A musical worship experience on Tuesday 7 May at King’s Fellowship, 32 Murray Place, Smithton, Inverness IV2 7WL, and on Wednesday 8 May at Culduthel Christian Centre, Culduthel Avenue, Inverness IV2 6AS. Both events are free 7.30-8.45pm. Contact Jean Bradley.
HEALING SERVICE Christian Fellowship of Healing (Highlands) will hold a healing service at St Stephen’s next Sunday (12 May) at 4pm to which all are welcome. Contact David Martin.
INVERNESS STREET PASTORS Prayer Team meetings (all welcome, and feel free to come for just part of the time, whatever you can manage) Fri. 10 May, 10.15 am-11.30, The Hub (supporting day-time city centre patrol) Sat. 18 May, 10.15 am-12.15, The Hub – Sat morning opportunity for prayer – in support of day-time SP patrol that day, but also wider prayer time. Marilyn Armstrong prayer.inverness<at>streetpastors.org.uk

Sunday Bulletin 28 April 2019

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Sunday 5 May 2019: Third Sunday of Easter

10am  Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11:15am Morning Worship at the Old High

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION

TODAY: CONGREGATIONAL SERVICE AT ST STEPHEN’S: ANNUAL MEETING Our Accounts are now available: copies are at the door of the Church, or you can contact our Church Administrator for copies.

CRAFT EVENING St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm, Wednesday 1 May. Crafters and non-crafters welcome (you may wish to learn a craft). Friendly atmosphere and refreshments provided. Margaret McAleer.

Sunday Evening Discussion Group resumes at 7pm in St Stephen’s vestry on Sunday 5 May and thereafter at fortnightly intervals until the summer break. As we move towards the part of the Christian Year that encourages us to look into the world, we shall be dealing with some of the big issues of our time in Sam Wells’ book “How then shall we live?”. Firstly ‘Islam and Islamist Extremism’. More information from Andrew Stevenson.

OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING PROGRAMME 2019 The Old High Church will be open from 2-4 pm each Friday afternoon from 19 April until 31 May. The Summer Opening Programme will commence on Tuesday 4 June (10am-12 noon and 2-4pm) on Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday and Friday each week. We are organising an Open Afternoon for new Volunteers next month. It is not too late to join the Team. For more information please contact Sheila MacLeod.

St Stephen’s Church and Community Choir present ‘May’s Miscellany’ – a concert to uplift the spirit- at the One Touch Theatre, Eden Court at 7.30pm on Wednesday 8 May. This is our debut at Eden Court where we look forward to your continued support. We are lucky to be supported by two local young musicians, Sandy Scott-Brown (cello) and Catriona Mackenzie (piano) who I am sure will delight you with their skill and musicianship. The proceeds from this concert will go to the Calman Trust. Tickets (£12) are available from Eden Court though please ask any choir member to assist if you have difficulty accessing the box office. Contact Pam McCulloch.

HIGHLAND FOOD BANK I received a letter from Highland Food Bank thanking us for our continued support. The requests for April and May are for deodorant for men and women, tins of corned beef and tins of potatoes. Margaret Neville.

RETIRING OFFERING We collected the fantastic sum of £501.37 for the Flood Appeal for East Africa and the money has now been forwarded to Christian Aid. Ken Cantlay.

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

CHRISTIAN AID COFFEE MORNING The coffee morning will be held on Saturday 11 May in St Stephen’s Hall from 10am to 12 noon. There will be the usual baking and gardening stalls for which donations will be welcome and they can be dropped off at St Stephen’s vestry on Friday 10 May at 7.30pm. The hall will be available the same evening for setting up. Tickets will be available at St Stephen’s on 28 April and at both churches on 5 May. Further information from Jennifer Morrison.

Old High Music Saturday 18 May at 12 noon will mark the first visit to the Old High by the Mayfield Singers, a Chamber Choir directed by Kate Lewis, Emma Versteeg’s mother. They sing, unaccompanied, a programme including the exquisite Mass in 4 Parts by William Byrd, pieces by Tallis, Purcell and Gibbons and some Madrigals. Come along and enjoy this sacred music in the church setting and have a chance to meet our visitors afterwards. Details from Andrew Stevenson.

READERS AT OLD HIGH WANTED Our band of regular readers at the Old High on Sunday mornings is gradually diminishing. Please contact Margaret Young if you would like to swell our numbers. Thanks.

TABLE FOR SALE We have a handsome wooden table at the Old High Church which is surplus to requirements, and for sale to any member in return for a donation. If you interested, please contact Pat MacLeod, Church Administrator.

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

INVERNESS STREET PASTORS Prayer Team meetings (all welcome, and feel free to come for just part of the time, whatever you can manage) Fri. 10 May, 10.15 am-11.30, The Hub (supporting day-time city centre patrol) Sat. 18 May, 10.15 am-12.15, The Hub – Sat. morning opportunity for prayer – in support of day-time SP patrol that day, but also wider prayer time.  Marilyn Armstrong prayer.inverness<at>streetpastors.org.uk 8

That you may believe: sermon for Second Sunday of Easter 2019

Today the Easter story continues in John’s Gospel as more of Christ’s followers encounter him, alive, back from the dead. John the Gospel writer especially wants to tell us about two occasions, for it allows him to bring us into the story. We hear of how, on the evening of the resurrection, the disciples meet together. They are furtive, secretive- they have locked the doors, afraid of the Jewish authorities. This is a frightened group of people, people of the world is suspicious, people who are unsure what the future holds for them. Perhaps they are not very unlike us, in this congregation, today.

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Old High Music 2019

ORGAN  RECITAL – KEVIN DUGGAN

Saturday 27th April, 12 noon.                Old High Church, Inverness

A donation of £6 is requested at the door to cover the costs of the music programme

You can download a copy of the Programme here

and the Kevin Duggan poster here

Sunday Bulletin 21 April 2019

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Sunday 28 April 2019: Second Sunday of Easter

10am  Congregational Service at St Stephen’s: Annual Meeting and Ordination of New Elder

No Service at the Old High

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION (Contact details from the Church Administrator)

NEXT SUNDAY: CONGREGATIONAL SERVICE AT ST STEPHEN’S For our Annual Meeting, we will hold a Congregational Service at St Stephen’s at 10am (no service at Old High). We will hear a report from our Treasurer, Ken Cantlay, look back on the year 2018, and have the joy ordaining a new elder, Rosa McDermid. Join us in the hall afterwards where you can ask questions and enjoy discussion! Our Accounts are now available: copies are at the door of the Church, or you can contact our Church Administrator for copies.

KIRK SESSION will meet at 9.45am next Sunday in connection with the Ordination the new elder. More details from Christine Mackenzie.

LOCAL CHURCH REVIEW The Presbytery’s regular 5 yearly Local Church Review (LCR) for Old High St Stephen’s is now underway. The visiting team are Rev Ian Manson (Kilmorack and Erchless), Rev Robert Brookes (Cawdor and Croy), Sheila Proudfoot (Ness Bank) and Jim Anderson (also Ness Bank). The team have already met with the Leadership Group and this was a very good meeting. The next step is to meet with the Kirk Session and Congregation. This meeting will be held in the Old High Church Hall on Saturday 27 April from 10.00 – 11.45 am. Refreshments will be provided from 9.30 am. This is an important meeting as it gives everyone an opportunity to have input into the future of our congregation going forward and particularly towards moving to one place of worship, please come if you can. If you have any questions on this Review please speak to the Minister, or to Christine MacKenzie. The Rev Ian Manson has provided the details of the purpose of the meeting: see separate page, which you should bring along on the day.

OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING PROGRAMME 2019 The Old High Church will be open from 2-4 pm each Friday afternoon from 19 April until 31 May. The Summer Opening Programme will commence on Tuesday 4 June (10am-12 noon and 2-4pm) on Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday and Friday each week. We are organising an Open Afternoon for new Volunteers next month. It is not too late to join the Team. For more information please contact Sheila MacLeod.

Old High Music On Saturday 27 April at 12 noon we are delighted to welcome back Kevin Duggan, Director of Music at Dunblane Cathedral. Some of you will remember the outstanding organ recital he gave in 2017. For this occasion he has crafted together a programme around the theme “Danish Connections”, covering the period from Buxtehude in the 17th century, via Nielsen in the 20th to his own composition – all of which he will introduce on the day. We hope that many of those attending the Congregational Meeting in the OH Hall that morning will come across to the church afterwards to enjoy this hour of music. Brochures are at the doors detailing the recitals for 2019. More details from Andrew Stevenson. Join the Music Email list: ohssmusic<at>gmail.com.

St Stephen’s Church and Community Choir present ‘May’s Miscellany’ – a concert to uplift the spirit- at the One Touch Theatre, Eden Court at 7.30pm on Wednesday 8 May. This is our debut at Eden Court where we look forward to your continued support. We are lucky to be supported by two local young musicians, Sandy Scott-Brown (cello) and Catriona Mackenzie (piano) who I am sure will delight you with their skill and musicianship. The proceeds from this concert will go to the Calman Trust. Tickets (£12) are available from Eden Court though please ask any choir member to assist if you have difficulty accessing the box office. Contact Pam McCulloch.

MEET & EAT There will be a Lunch at 12.30pm at the Craigmonie Hotel on Thursday 25 April. Everyone is welcome. Further information from Val Cantlay (231 298) val.cantlay@btinternet.com

HIGHLAND FOOD BANK I received a letter from Highland Food Bank thanking us for our continued support. The requests for April and May are for deodorant for men and women, tins of corned beef and tins of potatoes. Margaret Neville.

RETIRING OFFERING We collected the fantastic sum of £501.37 for the Flood Appeal for East Africa and the money has now been forwarded to Christian Aid. Ken Cantlay.

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

CHRISTIAN AID COFFEE MORNING The coffee morning will be held on Saturday 11 May in St Stephen’s Hall from 10am to 12 noon. There will be the usual baking and gardening stalls for which donations will be welcome and they can be dropped off at St Stephen’s vestry on Friday 10 May at 7.30pm. The hall will be available the same evening for setting up. Tickets will be available at St Stephen’s on 28 April and at both churches on 5 May. Further information from Jennifer Morrison.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 12-18 MAY 2019 collection envelopes available for collectors to pick up at both churches today. Contact Deborah Macrae if you have any questions or if you want to become a collector. All help welcome.

READERS AT OLD HIGH WANTED Our band of regular readers at the Old High on Sunday mornings is gradually diminishing. Please contact Margaret Young if you would like to swell our numbers. Thanks.

TABLE FOR SALE We have a handsome wooden table at the Old High Church which is surplus to requirements, and for sale to any member in return for a donation. If you interested, please contact Pat MacLeod, Church Administrator.

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.

PRESBYTERY OF INVERNESS

Local Church Review: Old High St Stephen’s

Congregational meeting

Saturday 27th April, 10.00 – 11.45, Old High Church Hall

The meeting will be led by four people appointed by the Presbytery to be the Local Church Review team for the parish: Rev Ian Manson, Rev Robert Brookes, Sheila Proudfoot and Jim Anderson.  Their role is to help the congregation to produce its five-year plan.

The time will be divided into three sessions…

  1. Thinking about the context we find ourselves in and the broader picture of what is happening in the Church of Scotland, as a basis for starting to think about what are the most important tasks facing our church today.
  1. Thinking more specifically about our own situation, and stepping out of our immediate concerns, we will think about what we would like our church to be known for in ten years’ time.
  1. Thinking more practically about what steps we might take to move towards what we would like to become, and how we might come up with a plan for the next five years which can take us in that direction.

Rev Ian Manson

Review Team Convenor

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