WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 16 February 2020: Sixth Sunday after Epiphany
10 am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 am Morning Worship at the Old High

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION – contact details from Church Administrator
SHARING YOUR FAITH (SYF) STOP PRESS! A new Connect Group is starting again on Friday 14 February at the home of Jennie McIntosh, 13 High Street, Fortrose from 2-3.30pm. Please don’t be put off by the venue, it’s to
accommodate Jennie and will be well worth it! Everyone is welcome, especially in light of recent developments – a chance to grow in discipleship. Contact me for more information or if you need a lift. It’s only a 4-week commitment. Dot Getliffe, Mission Develop Worker.
WARMTH FOR THE HOMELESS CAMPAIGN Our local Homeless Community and Gateway would like to thank you for your kind donation of six suitcases full of used warm clothes, they were greatly appreciated. With our temperatures still hovering around zero, we will continue to collect used warm clothes with the last date for donations Sunday 16 February. Suggestions Dog blankets, Socks, Hats, Gloves, Scarves, Warm clothes, Boots, Trainers, Sleeping bags, Roll mats, Rucksacks. Please leave your donations in the suitcases located in the entry hall (to be collected by Gary Ross.
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 12 February 2020. Crafters and non-crafters welcome (you may wish to learn a craft). Friendly atmosphere and refreshments provided. Contact Susan MacLeod.
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at St Stephen’s Church on 23 February. 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.
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.
WORD FOR TODAY daily bible readings (Feb-Apr) are available in both buildings.
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.
POSSIBLE VACANCY As has already been announced, Peter, our Minister, will be preaching at Cambuslang Parish Church on Sunday 23 February, 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.
OTHER NEWS
CHURCH OF SCOTLAND APPOINTMENT OF ASSEMBLY TRUSTEES
(Presbytery Clerks, Session Clerks, Ministers, Ministries Development Staff, Nomination Committee and CSC Staff). 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. https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/about_us/vacancies_and_volunteering. John Chalmers, Assembly Trustees Convener, Norma Rolls, Assembly Trustees Vice-convener.