Sunday 8 March 2020: Second Sunday in Lent
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11:15am Morning Worship at the Old High

CONGREGATIONAL SERVICE AT ST STEPHEN’S today, on 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 .
Our mission theme continues the evening at the first LENT STUDY GROUP: time for prayer and discussion each Sunday evening in Lent, meeting in St Stephen’s vestry at 7pm, starting this evening. 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.
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.
SOUTHSIDE NURSING HOME There will be a short service, led by Isobel Allan, at Southside Nursing Home immediately after this morning’s service at St Stephen’s. If you are able to assist with the singing, or chatting to the residents, this would be much appreciated. Please speak to Isobel after the service. We still also seek members willing to lead these services on a rota basis; please contact Janet Robertson.
MUSIC AT THE OLD HIGH on Friday 14 March at 1pm will be hosted by At 1 with Music. Monika Palsauskaite (piano) performs part of Messiaen’s exquisite meditations on the infancy of Jesus: a source of inspiration for those who may wish to stay on for some quiet time of reflection after the recital at 2pm. Donations of £7.50 requested at the door. Copies of the Old High Music Programme for 2020 will be available in the pews this Sunday, thereafter in the vestibules of both churches. Andrew Stevenson. Join the music mailing list: email ohssmusic<at>gmail.com
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.
WARMTH FOR THE HOMELESS CAMPAIGN Gateway would like to thank all for their kind donations of warm winter clothes that will be distributed to our local homeless community. The Warmth for the Homeless Campaign donated a total of 26 Suitcases full of winter clothes, gratefully received from the Old High St Stephen’s Church and Crown Church, well done to all.
THANK YOU I would like to thank the minister and congregation of Old High St Stephen’s for the beautiful flowers I received after my second visit to hospital. They have certainly cheered me up. Thanks also to the Pastoral Group for their card with get well wishes. It was very much appreciated. Iris Burns
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 Peter, our Minister, preached at Cambuslang Parish Church last Sunday, and has been elected by that congregation to be their new minister. 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, Session Clerk .
SESSION CLERK At the Session meeting this week, the Kirk Session elected Miss Christine Mackenzie to be our Session Clerk, and Dr Deborah Macrae to be the Deputy Session Clerk. We are very grateful to both of them for taking on these roles. Particularly as we move towards a ministerial vacancy, please give them, and the whole Kirk Session, your enthusiastic support and prayers- Peter.
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.
URGENT FOODSTUFFS REQUIRED FOR @NESSBANK CHURCH milk, hard cheese, tins of ready meals (minced beef vegetable or equivalent…must be self-opening). If you can provide any of these things, please take them to Ness Bank lower hall on a Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday 12.30-2 pm, or bring them to joint service Sunday 1 March when I will take them. Thanks! Dot Getliffe
BLYTHSWOOD CARE EVENT Pamper Evening on Tuesday 17 March at The Body Shop, Eastgate, Inverness 6–8pm. Tickets £10. Come along and enjoy a relaxed evening. Ticket includes bubbles on arrival; hand treatment; mini makeover; personalised skin consultation; 30ml hand cream (RRP £5); 25% discount on all purchases on evening; discount vouchers and samples. It makes an ideal Mother’s Day gift, or get something a little special on the evening for that lady who has everything! For tickets contact Elma MacKay.