March 2020: Third Sunday in Lent
Worship at St Stephen’s
11:15am Morning Worship
at the Old High
NEWS FROM OUR
CONGREGATION – contact details from the Church Administrator
MODERATOR’S SERVICE The Moderator of the
General Assembly of the Church of Scotland Moderator, Rt Rev Colin Sinclair and his wife Ruth, are visiting
Inverness Presbytery from 27–31 March. A full programme of visits has been
arranged during that time. He will preach at a special service, on the theme “Jesus’
love is for all”, on Tuesday evening, 31 March at 7.00 pm
at the Old
High Church of Inverness. Don’t miss this very special service, which will also
feature music from a choir from across the Presbytery, and the presentation of
long service certificates. There will be the change to meet the Moderator over
refreshments after the service. There will be a retiring offering for two
CrossReach initiatives that the Moderator is supporting: Palmerston Place
Perinatal Service (counselling and therapy services to provide support before
or after having a baby) and Heart for Art (Creative Arts Groups for people
across Scotland living with Dementia. Please attend if you can; we are hoping
for a good attendance from Churches throughout the Presbytery. Details from
Christine Mackenzie Christine Mackenzie.
Study Group: time
for prayer and discussion each Sunday evening in Lent, meeting in St Stephen’s
vestry at 7pm. We will be following 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.
CRAFT EVENING St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm, this Wednesday, 11 March 2020.
Crafters and non-crafters welcome (you may wish to learn a craft). Friendly
atmosphere and refreshments provided Susan MacLeod.
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
PLEASE NOTE – CANCELLATION OF BIG CLEAN of St Stephen’s Church and Halls this Saturday, 14 March, due to issues with coronavirus. Details from Joan Darcy.
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.
Highland Foodbank Lorna Dempster has e-mailed thanking us for
our regular donation and notes that during 2019 the Highland Foodbank helped an
astonishing 7,700 people across the Highlands, an increase of 11% from the
previous year. She also advises that they have more than sufficient supplies of
pasta, soup and beans and asks us not to donate those until they are required.
For March and April the Foodbank would be grateful for Tins of Ham, Corned
Beef, Potatoes; Weetabix/Cornflakes (small); Washing up liquid (small). Many
thanks for your regular donations. Margaret Neville
WARMTH FOR THE HOMELESS
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. Gary Ross
Favourite Hymns List The Worship and Education
Group is working to compile a list of our congregation’s favourite psalms,
hymns and worship songs. Once our list is completed we hope it will be used by
ministers and worship leaders when planning future services. It is important to
us that everybody has the opportunity to share their favourite hymn, we would
also love to know why your choice is important for you: does it spark a special
memory or hold a special meaning to you? If you would like your favourite hymn
to be included on our list please complete the purple slip enclosed in your order
of service and place in the collection bag as it comes round. Slips will be
available in both The Old High and St Stephens throughout the month of March.
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, has
been elected by the congregation of Cambuslang Parish Church 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 CLERKS The Kirk Session has 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 –
CORONAVIRUS We have been asked to put
up the information notices about the Covid-19 virus which you will see on the
outside doors and around our premises. Please remember to observe good hygiene
practices. It is probably a good idea to abstain from handshaking at the
moment. The Church of Scotland’s advice is at https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/resources/advice-for-churches-covid-19-coronavirus.
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
Inverness Street Pastors Supporters
day Saturday 14 March 2020, 9:30
am to 4:00 pm at The Hub, 83 Castle Street, Inverness IV2 3EA. Contact Robyn
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.
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. Thanks!
SINGERS QUIZ SHEETS Margaret Young is selling quiz
sheets (Classic novel titles and children’s books) on behalf of the Inverness
Singers. They cost £1 each. A donation will be made from the Inverness Singers’
funds to Carr Gomm (the successor organisation to CrossRoads).The winner of the
quiz will receive a Waterstone’s gift card to the value of £20. Contact