WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 24 November 2019: Prisoners’ Week Sunday
and Gift Day for our Property Funds
10 am Congregational Communion Service at St Stephen’s
(No service at the Old High)
3pm Afternoon Communion at St Stephen’s
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION – contact details from the Church Administrator
MINUTE FOR MISSION Margaret Morrison, Activities Coordinator at Cameron House, will speak about the 150th Anniversary of CrossReach today. Cameron House is a purpose-built residential care home catering for 30 older people with dementia. The home has been built around a small courtyard garden, which provides a safe and relaxing place for residents to circulate. There is also an extensive, enclosed garden with a summerhouse and greenhouse. Cameron House is the Crossreach facility in our parish, and some of our church members are part of the Friends’ Group. More information: Rae Swan and https://www.crossreach.org.uk/our-locations/cameron-house
DING DONG MERRILY OLD HIGH, our family carol service for the Inverness Christmas Lights Switch On, takes place this evening at the Old High Church at 6.30pm. Bring your children and grandchildren to celebrate the true light which comes into the world at Christmas – All Welcome! This is a major community event, which we hope everyone in the congregational will support. Details from Peter.
MINUTE FOR MISSION at Ding Dong Merrily on High. Karen Kelbie, Information and Support Officer with the charity “Children in the Highlands Information Point Plus (CHIP+) will come along to talk about the Charity and there will be an opportunity for us all to donate. CHIP+ is a Highland-wide charity providing information, advice and support to families with children with additional support needs, and the professionals who work with them. Contact Andrew Stevenson.
NEXT SUNDAY: CONGREGATIONAL COMMUNION SERVICE AND GIFT DAY The Kirk Session has decided to hold a Gift Day, so that members and friends of the Congregation can make a contribution directly to our Fabric Fund, which is used to look after our buildings. This will be next Sunday 24 November, a Sunday when we all worship together at our Congregational Communion Service (at St Stephen’s). Will will issue enevlopes next week, and you can bring them along to the service on 24 November, or on further Sundays if you are not there. Please remember to Gift Aid your contribution if you are able to! Many thanks, in advance, for your generosity. Details: Christine MacKenzie, Acting Session Clerk.
‘Sharing Your faith’ We have had a super response to the 4-week initiative. The groups are virtually full up, but if you still want to take part, email or phone our Mission Development Worker, Dot. There is a Sunday evening group in St Stephens’ vestry and a Tuesday afternoon group starting at ‘In This Together’ cafe round from Church Lane turn tight into Church Street both of which have now started. We hope this ‘sharing your faith’ connection will continue into 2020, so there will be another chance to join a group then. More info from Dot Getliffe.
HIGHLAND FOOD BANK have asked that from November to January we donate Cartons of long life fruit juice; Small washing powder/gel; Tins of corned beef/ham; Jam. You will also be happy to know that some of the folk who use St. Stephen’s hall during the week have said that they are happy to bring along small donations on a regular basis, so crates have been supplied for this at the back of the hall. Thank you again for your generosity. Margaret Neville.
FOOD FOR FAMILIES PROJECT – run by Highland Gateway (Highland Homelessness Trust) is once again being operated in 2019. We have been involved in this project from the start and have cooked many meals to help at Christmas. I have volunteered our congregation to make Mince and Tatties which is the true spirit of the project. During the last 8 years of the project over 2,500 meals have been provided to families in need by churches and other organisations and its humbling to know that this is needed in the 21st Century. I need people to cook week commencing 2 December and week commencing 6 January. If you are able to help please let me know, and also advise me of the day/s you can help. It is not onerous – they usually provide enough food to make about 10 or so meals and I can get everything to you and you can either deliver the food to Church Street or they will collect it. It’s always great to do something like this at this busy time before and after Christmas knowing that those in need are being helped in the best possible way. Please let me know what date suits you best by 25 November. Christine MacKenzie, Acting Session Clerk.
Minute for Mission Margaret Morrison from Cameron House will speak about the 150th Anniversary of CrossReach today. Rae Swan.
CRAFT EVENING St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm, Wednesday 20 November. Crafters and non-crafters welcome (you may wish to learn a craft). Friendly atmosphere and refreshments provided Susan MacLeod.
AFTERNOON COMMUNION on Sunday 24 November at 3pm in St Stephen’s Church. A shorter celebration of Communion, particularly for any older or less able folks who may prefer a shorter service at this later time of day. However, any others who are unable to come in the morning are of course warmly invited to join. Tea will be served afterwards by members of the Pastoral Care Team. Transport, particularly for any older or less able folks, is being arranged. Please contact Janet Robertson.
Christmas Fair Saturday 30 November 2019 at St Stephen’s Hall, 10am to 12 noon. Please come along for coffee and a chat. Baking, Christmas crafts, Tombola etc. Tickets £3. Further details from Susan MacLeod. See you there!
OHSS Magazine editor Willie Morrison urgently requires articles and photos for the December issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible. The deadline is Friday 29 November.
Old High Church Opening The Old High Church Opening Programme for 2019 finished on 31 October. A total of 6,611 visitors were welcomed into the church this year, a real achievement as there were fewer opening sessions because of other events. Sincere thanks to the enthusiastic Team of Volunteers who gave up their time to meet the visitors, and to the people who prayed for the Church Opening. Thank you also to the hidden Volunteers who copied, folded and stapled the information leaflets. Sheila MacLeod.
GIVING TREE will be in the East Corridor at the Old High Church from Sunday 1 December 2019. We will be providing gifts for homeless people in Inverness and it has been suggested that any of the following items would be appreciated: gloves, hats, scarves, underwear or toiletries. A little extra such as a Mars bar or some sweets would be a nice surprise. Gateway have advised that at present there are ladies and gentlemen who are homeless. Additional gifts would be appreciated for unexpected situations. Gifts labels will be available on the tree and indicate whether the gift is for a male or a female. Please take a label and attach it to your wrapped parcel. Wrapped gifts should be returned by Sunday 15 December. For further information please contact Sheila MacLeod or Liz McKimmie. (Information about the St Stephen’s giving tree coming shortly!).
ADVENT MEAL Come along on Sunday 8 December at 6.30pm, at the Old High Hall. It is hoped to share a simple meal together, incorporating a short act of worship, as part of our celebration of Advent this year. Please consider joining in with this time of fellowship – more details next Sunday. 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!
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!
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.
Inverness Methodist Church LUNCH on Saturday 23 November 2019 from 12 noon to 2pm. Soup and Pudding, tea/coffee and biscuits and Craft Stall. Adults £5; Children £3. In aid of Boys Brigade. Rosa McDermid.
CAROLS AT THE CROWN on Wednesday 4 December at 7.30pm in the Sanctuary of the Crown Church. The Inverness Singers, conductor Lila Senior, and accompanist Ian Livingstone present Songs of Christmas Old & New. Admission by Programme, priced £10 (children/students £5) available from Ken and Margaret Young in the Old High choir, or at the door on the night. Sales table at the interval. A donation from the proceeds will be made to Carr Gomm. Parking in the Crown School playground. Contact Margaret Young.
IN THE MARGINS OF THE BIBLE Do
you feel excluded or marginalized by the Bible or the Church? An exhibition of
LGBT art originally hosted by the Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art in 2009 looked
at just this. Metropolitan Community Church are bringing part of the exhibition
to Inverness as part of a new workshop. This will take place on 29th November
at 7.00pm at the Old High Hall on Academy Street. All welcome. Event link:
https://www.facebook.com/events/696620370828701/, or contact David Harrison.