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Sunday Bulletin 16 February 2020

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Sunday 23 February 2020: Transfiguration Sunday

10am Sacrament of Holy Communion at St Stephen’s

Led by Rev Alastair Younger

11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High

Led by Vivian Roden, Reader at Moy, Dalarossie and Tomatin

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION – contact details from the Church Administrator

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 being today. Please leave your donations in the suitcases located in the entry hall (to be collected by Gary Ross.

Sunday Evening Discussion Group will meet again this evening at 7pm in the vestry to discuss an article that follows on from the Conversations in Discipleship explored 2 weeks ago: considering what being a disciple may mean in our Church of today. More details from Andrew Stevenson.

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/oldhighdevelopmentprojectexhibition/, where you can also download the architect’s report.

Old High Church Opening 2020 The first meeting of the Volunteers in 2020 is to be held at 2pm on Monday 17 February in the church. New volunteers are most welcome. For further information please contact Sheila 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.

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, will be preaching at Cambuslang Parish Church next 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.

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.

OTHER NEWS

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. https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/about_us/vacancies_and_volunteering. John Chalmers, Assembly Trustees Convener, Norma Rolls, Assembly Trustees Vice convener.

Sunday Bulletin 9 February 2020

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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.

Sunday Bulletin 2 February 2020

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Sunday 9 February 2020: Fifth 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 the Church Administrator
SOUTHSIDE NURSING HOME There will be a short service, led by Jim Alexander, 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 Jim after the service. If you would like to help lead these services, please speak to Janet Robertson
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP continues at 7pm in St Stephen’s vestry this evening, looking at Conversations in Discipleship – a pamphlet from the Mission and Discipleship Council of the Church of Scotland. All congregations have been urged to look at this material and report back on their responses to it. This is a ‘stand-alone’ event where it would be good to have as many as possible contributing to the discussion. More information from Andrew Stevenson.
WORD FOR TODAY daily bible readings (Feb-Apr) are available in both buildings.
SHARING YOUR FAITH (SYF) STOP PRESS! A new Connect Group is starting again on Friday 7 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.
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.
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.
HIGHLAND HOMELESS TRUST write: ‘Please pass on to the congregation our many thanks for the continued support we receive from them, in particular the generous donation of £458.07 and the huge donation of Christmas presents for our clients. All our clients were hugely appreciative of the gifts they received, and I appreciate the time and effort taken by folk to wrap these up at what is a busy and expensive time of the year for everyone. Again, many thanks for your continued support’. Alex Gilchrist, General Manager, Gateway
MAGGIE’S HIGHLANDS has written thanking us for our donation of £609.35: ‘Your support means so much to the people who come through our doors. The time after a cancer diagnosis can be filled with worry and uncertainty of the future, but your generosity means that people get the support they desperately need, and at a time they need it most. Your kindness means they can be comforted by a qualified member of staff, get helpful advice about eating well, or money worries. Or they can simply find a peaceful place to sit in the garden when they’re feeling overwhelmed. Inside our centre people can start to find answers to the difficult questions a cancer diagnosis can bring. Thank you for making sure our centre will always be there to everyone who needs us. If you or anyone you know ever needs us simply visit or get in touch’. Charlotte Boa, Centre Fundraising Organiser.
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-project-exhibition/, where you can also download the architect’s report.
THANK YOU Robin Versteeg would like to thank everyone so much for the beautiful card and very generous gift he was presented with on leaving Old High last month. He and Emma are extremely grateful for the support and friendship shown to them and Elijah and Ezra from the OHSS congregation throughout Robin’s time as organist. They miss everyone very much and are looking forward to returning in March!
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.
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.

Holy Week and Easter services

This year we are sharing Holy Week with our friends at Ness Bank Church of Scotland and St John’s and St Michael’s Episcopal Churches. Do join us as we prepare for Easter!

Holy Week 15-19 April 2019

Monday

7pm Taizé service at St John’s Episcopal Church, Southside Road

Tuesday

6.30pm

Concert by US student choir at Ness Bank Church

Wednesday

7pm Reflecting on Holy Week at St Stephen’s

Maundy Thursday

7pm Communion at Ness Bank

Good Friday

The Old High Church will be open for reflection, 2-4pm
7.30pm Good Friday Evening Service with Musik Fyne,  St Michael’s Abban Street

Holy Saturday

8pm Easter Vigil at St John’s Episcopal Church, Southside Road

Easter Sunday

Services as usual at 10am (St Stephen’s) and 11.15am (Old High)

Sunday Bulletin 24 March 2019

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Tonight

7.30pm Faith for the Future: Lent Study and Worship

at St Stephen’s

Sunday 31 March 2019: Fourth Sunday in Lent

10am  Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11:15am Morning Worship at the Old High

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Waterloo memorial at the Old High Church

This Sunday, 21 June 2015, at our 11.15 service, we welcome at the Old High Church members of the Highland Branch of the Royal Scots Association following the two hundredth anniversary of the Battle of the Waterloo.
Kennedy Family Memorial Old High Church  InvernessEnsign James Grant Kennedy, appears on his family memorial in the Old High Church. He was the son of Dr William Kennedy, who was one of the founders of the Royal Northern Infirmary. His inscription on the memorial reads:

JAMES GRANT, ENSIGN ROYAL SCOTS, BORN 13 JUNE 1800. FELL GALLANTLY CARRYING THE COLOURS AT LE QUATER BRAS, WATERLOO 16 JUNE 1815.

All of Doctor Grant’s three sons died in military service; James was aged 15 when he was killed at Waterloo. The Memorial is on the West Stairwell in the church, and all are invited to come and view it after the service at the Old High. The colours are currently on display at the Royal Scots Museum at Edinburgh Castle until August, after which they will have to be stored in order to preserve them.
The Royal Scots leaflet on the colours is available here.
Here is the Scotsman reporting the exhibition of the colours this summer at Edinburgh Castle.
Here is the website of the The Royal Scots Regimental Museum.

Cameron veterans remember those who fell at Kohima

 Rev Peter Nimmo (right) and Rev Alasdair MacLennan dedicate Cameron Highlanders' Memorial Area


Rev Peter Nimmo (right) and Rev Alasdair MacLennan dedicate Cameron Highlanders’ Memorial Area at the Old High Church on 18 August 2013


 
For further information about this service please contact the Rev Peter Nimmo on 01463 250802. Members of the media are welcome to attend the service, which starts at 11.15am.
Read the sermon for the service here
Cameron veterans remember those who fell at Kohima
Veterans of the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders will parade at the Old High Church , Inverness, on Sunday morning (May 4), to remember members of the regiment who died 70 years ago at the bitter Battle of Kohima, on the border of India and Burma.

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Cameron Highlanders Memorial Area dedication Sunday 18 August

Under construction: the Camerons Memorial Area


On Sunday 18 August, during the 11.15am service, we will dedicate a new Memorial Area within the Church. All are welcome at the service.
The Old High Church was the regimental church of the former Cameron Highlanders Regiment. The Church houses their colours, various memorials, and rolls of honour (memorial books).
The new Memorial Area, located along the wall nearest the river, which brings together various memorials of the Cameron Highlanders into a new space within the Church.
The Martinpuich Cross, previously hidden away on the east stairwell

The Martinpuich Cross, previously hidden away on the east stairwell


The centrepiece is the Martinpuich Cross, which has been relocated from the west stairwell of the church. This wooden cross was raised in France shortly after a battle in 1916, and later brought back to Inverness. Also collected in the new area are the Cameron Highlanders’ roll of honour books, war memorial plaques and other historic artefacts from around the church.
The memorial area is separated from the main body of the church by a wooden partition topped by a frosted glass screen featuring a striking design by Gordon Harvey. Click the link below to download the design (NB this is a large PDF file which may take some time to load. You have have to turn it 90 degrees to view on your computer. The design is liable to change):
Gordon Harvey’s design for memorial area
As well as a space for remembering, we hope the memorial area will also become an exhibition space and an informal gathering place within the church.
2013 marks the 220th Anniversary of the raising of the 79th Regiment or Cameron Volunteers by Major Allan Cameron of Erracht. The Cameron Highlanders Association have raised the funds for the memorials space. Veterans of the regiment will join us at Sunday worship during the weekend of their annual gathering in Inverness.
The cost of the memorial areas has been met the members of the Cameron Highlanders Association, Inverness Common Good Fund, Old High St Stephen’s fabric fund, and donations from members of the congregation.
You can also see the plans online by clicking the graphic above.

The following information has been provided by Angus Fairrie, Convenor of the Cameron Highlanders Association, whose members have raised the funds for this project.

THE REGIMENTAL CHURCH OF THE QUEEN’S OWN CAMERON HIGHLANDERS
Under the Army Reforms of 1881 the County of Inverness formed the major part of the Regimental District of The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders, while the Regimental Depot and Headquarters were established at Cameron Barracks. There was no church in the barracks, and so the Old High Church in Inverness became the Regimental Church of the Cameron Highlanders.
During World War I the Cameron Highlanders expanded to fourteen battalions. At the end of the Great War the Service battalions of the New Army were each presented with a King’s Colour to mark their war service. When these battalions were disbanded, the King’s Colours of the 6th and 7th Service Battalions of the Cameron Highlanders were laid up in the Old High Church. After the Depot of the Cameron Highlanders closed in 1960, the Colours of the 3rd Militia Battalion of the Cameron Highlanders, which had been used by the Depot, were also laid up in the Old High Church. They have recently been restored and re-hung.
Other interesting items relating to the Cameron Highlanders include the Celtic Cross erected by the 6th Service Battalion during the Battle of the Somme when it had played a distinguished part in the attack on the village of Martinpuich. The Cross, to which the names of those killed were attached on metal tags, was recovered at the end of the war and brought back to the Old High Church.
The Rolls of Honour of the Cameron Highlanders, which are copies of those in the Scottish National War Memorial in Edinburgh Castle, are also displayed. Other memorial plaques from the Depot were presented after the amalgamation of the Cameron Highlanders with the Seaforth Highlanders in 1961 to form the Queen’s Own Highlanders (Seaforth and Camerons).
The present Minister and congregation of Old High St Stephen’s have decided that the Colours of the Cameron Highlanders, and the other items, should be brought together to form a fitting memorial to those who have given their lives in the service of their country and their Regiment in both World Wars, and in other conflicts.
 

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