WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Sunday 3 November 2019: Proper 26

10 am Sacrament of Baptism at St Stephen’s

11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION – contact details from the Church Administrator

THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at the Old High Church today. All welcome at the Lord’s Table. Retiring Offering in aid of the Maggie’s Centre, which provides practical, emotional and social support to people living with cancer and their family and friends at Raigmore.

MISSION DEVELOPMENT WORKER We are delighted to say that Dot Getliffe will start with us on 1 November. 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, to local communities and working in congregations (most recently at Aberdeen Mannofield) and teaching (she is a former school teacher). The team 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. Dot will be introduced to the congregation next Sunday, 3 November at both places of worship. You will have a chance to meet her over coffee after the services at both St Stephen’s and the Old High, so please do stay behind next week. If you have any questions, please contact Peter or Christine Mackenzie.

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.

PRAYERS FOR OUR COUNTRY There is one more opportunity planned for sharing prayers for the healing of the divisions in our country, after the morning service at St Stephen’s today Sunday 27 October. 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!

MEET & EAT There will be a lunch in the Craigmonie Hotel at 12.30pm on Thursday 31 October. Please consider joining us- you will be warmly welcomed! Transport available. Further information: Val Cantlay.

BLYTHSWOOD BOXES This is the 26th 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.

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!

Friends of the Old High Church Annual General Meeting, Tuesday 29 October at 2pm in the Old High Church Hall. Christina Cameron.

OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING The Summer Opening programme ended on 30 September. Sincere thanks to everyone who participated in the rota and those who prayed for our visitors and volunteers. We have had visitors from around the world and have a flourishing prayer tree. Feedback from our guests has been very positive and many share stories about their home church. During the month of October the church will be open 10am-12pm on Thursdays and 10am-12pm and 2-4pm on Fridays. It is not too late to become a Volunteer. For more information please contact Sheila MacLeod.

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.