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Pew alterations at the Old High Church

OH pew changes red
At the end of February we plan to make changes at Old High. As reported by Jim Alexander in our September 2017 magazine, the purpose of the changes is to deal with problems flagged up by a recent risk assessment: limited circulation space at the chancel area for wheelchair users during services and other events; and restricted access in the event of emergency.
The proposed changes are shown on the above drawing. Pew portions being removed are in red:

  • Removal of the central front pew
  • On pulpit side: front pew, cut back to match pew arrangement at audio console control end.
  • On lectern side: front pew, cut back at both ends to reflect proposed pew arrangement at pulpit side.
  • Associated work on heating pipes and the floor.

All the work will be carried out with due care and attention to detail in the reinstatement of existing pew finishes. The aim to respect the sanctuary and its symmetry centred on the chancel area.
For more details, please see the September 2017 magazine or contact our Session Clerks.
More details were in the September 2017 magazine

Cherish the light! Sermon for The Kirking of the Council, 10 September 2017

Order of service

Scripture Readings: Philippians 4.4-9
Matthew 5.1-16
Cherish the light
In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

On the 20 July 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin approached the surface of the moon in their fragile Lunar Module, the Eagle. It was a fraught descent. Aldrin was calling out computer data to Armstrong as they approached, but the computer played up- and only cool heads meant that the landing was not abandoned. And as he approached the surface, Armstrong spotted that their landing site was strewn with boulders the size of small cars. In his attempt to find a clear site to land, Armstrong almost used up all his fuel reserves, which would have meant that they could not return home, or crashed among the boulders.

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Judged in our place: a sermon on the Passion of Christ: 29 March 2015

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
29 March 2015, Palm Sunday (Year A, Narrative Lectionary (alt))
SERMON
Gospel Readings: Matthew 21:1-11
Matthew 27:11–56
Sermon
Judged in our place
In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

I have a fondness for the American humorist James Thurber- one of the few writers who can make me laugh out loud. He has a very funny short story called ‘The Macbeth Murder Mystery‘, which first appeared in The New Yorker in 1937, at the height of the craze for whodunnits- detective stories (in The Thurber Carnival Penguin 1965, p83ff).

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The Devil's Wisdom: sermon for Sunday 18 January 2015

Texts: Psalm 91.9-16
Matthew 4.1-17

(The Second Sunday after the Epiphany, Narrative Lectionary)

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

I have been thinking a lot about arrogance this week. The arrogance of believing that we are right, and that others are wrong. The arrogance which uses power to belittle or harm others.

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Action Teams and our new constitution

Our congregation operates legally under a Unitary Constitution.

As in all Church of Scotland congregations, the Kirk Session, consisting of elders and chaired by the Minister, is our governing body.

In 2013 we reviewed the workings of the Session. You can read the model which was agreed at that time here.

Within the Session there is a small Leadership Team, and a series of Action Teams:

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Constitutional Review- new Action Teams being formed

Following Future Focus, one of the big issues we decided to address was a streamlining of our decision-making structures.
We’ve abolished our Congregational Board (introducing a Unitary Constitution).
We are now introducing a small Leadership Team, which will report to the Kirk Session.
We’re also inviting congregation members to join the Action Teams- please get in touch if you would like to help.
Here is the full report which went to the Session.
A shorter version of this document will be in the September church magazine.
Comments are, as always, very welcome!

News

Here you can learn about what’s happening at Old High St Stephen’s.
Our Sunday Bulletin is our weekly news sheet. It includes news of upcoming services and events.
Every month we produce A Month of Sundays, a handy sheet listing the services for each month.
On our Blog there is other news, as well as sermons.
You can also read our Church Magazine here.
If you have an event you would like to include in our Sunday Bulletin, please send two or three lines to invernesschurch<at>gmail.com (please replace <at> with @). You should include the name of the event, brief details, place, date and time. So that readers can find out more information, you should also include a telephone number and email, and if available, an internet link. Phone numbers and emails will not be included in the online version, but we will try to retain internet links online. Your announcement should be included for at least two Sundays before it takes place. The deadline for all items is Wednesday at noon.

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