WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 1 March 2020: First Sunday in Lent
10am Congregational Service at St Stephen’s
led by Dot Getliffe DCS, Mission Development Worker, and the Minister
(no service at Old High)
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION contact details from Church Administrator
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at St Stephen’s Church today. All welcome at the Lord’s Table. The Retiring Collection will be for Friends of Cameron House who fundraise to provide additional comforts for residents such as pictures, garden, curtains etc. Members of our congregation are part of the friends group and of course the home is within our parish. Christine Mackenzie, Acting Session Clerk.
NEXT SUNDAY: CONGREGATIONAL SERVICE AT ST STEPHEN’S On Sunday 1 March, the First Sunday of Lent, we will be focussing on how we as Christians, and our congregation, can be involved more fully in God’s mission in the world. This will be a Congregational Service at St Stephen’s at 10am (no service at Old High) so that we can all be together to think about this important topic. The service will be led by our Mission Development Worker, Dot, and our Minister. More details from Dot.
COMMUNION SERVICES The Kirk Session has decided that we no longer require to have cloths on each pew for Communion services. This is a tradition which has died out in many churches, and it requires quite a lot of work. Of course, we continue to use a white cloth on the Communion Table, as has been the tradition of the Christian Church for centuries. The Session would like sincerely thank all who, over the years, have laundered and ironed our cloths, and prepared the pews before each Communion Sunday. Christine Mackenzie, Acting Session Clerk.
BIG CLEAN of St Stephen’s Church and Halls will take place on Saturday 14 March from 10am to 12 noon. Tea and coffee provided! Details from Joan Darcy.
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, and we will have more opening times in the New Year. There are forms available for visitors to give feedback. Information https://www.oldhighststephens.com/2019/12/05/old–high–development–projectexhibition/, where you can also download the architect’s report.
CRAFT EVENING St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm, Wednesday 26 February 2020. Crafters and non-crafters welcome (you may wish to learn a craft). Friendly atmosphere and refreshments provided Susan MacLed.
MEET AND EAT The first lunch of 2020 will be held at 12.30pm at the Craigmonie Hotel on Thursday 27 February. All welcome. Transport can be arranged. Please contact Val Cantlay.
SHARING YOUR FAITH (SYF) The venue for the next SYF discussion is Munro’s Coffee Shop, Munlochy on Friday 28 February at 2pm. It would be lovely to see some more of you come along and join Jennie McIntosh and I. Books provided. Dot Getliffe.
LENT MEDITATION Old High Church will be open for meditation on each Friday during Lent, from 28 February to 10 April from 2pm to 4pm, with some time for Prayer and Reflection at 3pm. Details from Sheila MacLeod.
Lent Study Group There will be time for prayer and discussion each Sunday evening in Lent, meeting in St Stephen’s vestry at 7pm, starting on Sunday 1 March. The first occasion, led by Dot, will be an opportunity for further consideration of the Old and New Testament Readings from the morning service. That sets the scene for a series entitled ‘heart-burning’ passages from the Bible – words drawn from story of the Road to Emmaus. More details from Andrew Stevenson.
WORD FOR TODAY daily bible readings (Feb-Apr) are available in both buildings.
OHSS Magazine editor Willie Morrison urgently requires articles and photos for the March 2020 issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible. Deadline Friday 20 March.
POSSIBLE VACANCY As has already been announced, Peter, our Minister, is be preaching at Cambuslang Parish Church today, as the sole nominee for their vacancy. As is the custom of the Church of Scotland, there will be a vote following that service for the congregation to decide whether or not to call Peter as their new Minister. If they do so, it is expected that Peter will take up his new post sometime in June, which will, at that point, cause a vacancy for Old High St Stephen’s. However, it is to be hoped that well before then arrangements will be made for the vacancy in our congregation, such as the appointment of an Interim Moderator (who would chair the Kirk Session in a vacancy). More information will be shared as soon as it becomes available. Christine Mackenzie, Acting Session Clerk.
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.
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!? Still time to register. Dot is going! Only £8….
CHURCH OF SCOTLAND APPOINTMENT OF ASSEMBLY TRUSTEES We welcome applications for membership to the Assembly
Trustees. Can you bring your professional expertise and passion for the Church,
to a rewarding role as an Assembly Trustee? Would you like to share your skills
and knowledge to serve on a recently created body within the Church of
Scotland? Closing date 12 noon Wed 26 February 2020 Interviews Thursday 26 and
Friday 27 March 2020. Information/Application Pack.
Chalmers, Assembly Trustees Convener, Norma Rolls, Assembly Trustees Vice