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Sunday Bulletin 23 June 2019

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Sunday 30 June 2019: Proper 7

10am  Sacrament of Holy Communion at St Stephen’s

11:15am Morning Worship at the Old High

Led by Rev Andrew Lyon, retired minister

3pm Short Communion Service

Led by the Minister

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION – contact details from our Church Administrator.

OUR WORSHIP THIS MORNING IS LED BY REV ARTHUR SINCLAIR, OUR PASTORAL ASSISTANT. Peter, our Minister, has been off work since last Saturday due to a nasty chest infection. However, he does hope to be back sometime this coming week. Thank you all for your concern and good wishes.

KIRK SESSION  will meet this Thursday, 27 June, at St Stephen’s.

OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING PROGRAMME 2019 The Summer Opening Programme started on Tuesday 4 June (10am-12 noon and 2-4pm) on Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday and Friday each week. We are organising an Open Afternoon for new Volunteers shortly. It is not too late to join the Team. Contact Sheila MacLeod.

PASTORAL CARE Peter, or your Elder, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.

HIGHLAND FOOD BANK For the months of June and July, they would welcome donations of tins of potatoes, tomatoes, fruit and ham. Many thanks for your continued support. Contact Margaret Neville.

CHRISTIAN BASICS The Minister will be running a course for those new to Christianity in the near future Contact Peter for more information.

MEET & EAT Lunch There will be a Church lunch on Thursday 27 June at 12.30pm at the Craigmonie Hotel. All are welcome and transport is available. For more information contact Val Cantlay.

FREEWILL OFFERING ENVELOPES are available in both churches today for those who have not yet got their new supply. If anyone has not got theirs or if they have any queries please contact Cliff Sim.

THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at St Stephen’s next Sunday 30 June. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. There will be a retiring collection in aid of Mary’s Meals.

AFTERNOON COMMUNION AT ST STEPHEN’S An informal communionwill be held at 3 pm on Sunday 30 June, led by the Minister, to which all are welcome.  Elders are requested to collect invitation slips, available at the church doors, to distribute to the elderly and housebound parishioners within their district, and to report back to Malcolm Macrae. Transport will be made available, and tea will be served in the hall after the communion service. Please confirm with your elder if you, or someone you know, require transport. Janet Robertson.

OHSS SUMMER OUTING BEAULY RIVER 7 JULY Due to the success of last year’s walk and refreshments, the outing is to be repeated this year. I hope you can join us. Meet St Stephen’s Car Park 2pm or Black Bridge Car Park near Kilmorack 2.30pm. Low level walk with flat terrain. Afternoon tea or High tea after at The Priory Hotel, Beauly 4.30pm. Contact Deborah Macrae or Jennifer Morrison to give an idea of numbers and for more information or transport.

SUMMER SERVICES AT OLD HIGH ST STEPHEN’S With a view to strengthening the life of the congregation, the Kirk Session has decided to hold only one service on Sunday in July and August. All our services in July will be at the Old High at 11.15am, and all the August services will be at St Stephen’s at 10am. Easy way to remember: In July at Old High (it rhymes!); in August at St Stephen’s. The Session trust you will give this initiative your enthusiastic support! Please speak to your elder if you have any questions. If anyone has trouble getting to church during this period, please contact your elder, or Pat, our Church Administrator, and we will try to organise a lift.

CrossReach The 2018-19 Impact Report is now available at church doors. Rae Swan.

KIRK SESSION meets this Tuesday night at 7.30pm at St Stephen’s.

A new CHURCH MUSIC RESOURCE on the Church of Scotland website at includes recordings by our combined choir. Have a search on music.churchofscotland.org.uk for hymns 491, 608, 26, 192, 333, 496 and many more! Contact Pam or Robin if you want to join our fantastic choirs!

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

INVERNESS STREET PASTORS Inverness Needs You!  Over 18? Part of a local church community? Then come to one of our Information Talks to learn more about the work of Street Pastors & Prayer Pastors.  Wed 26 June 7pm and Sat 24 Aug 10am. Events will take place at The Hub, next to Castle Street Baptist Church. Robyn Teago, Inverness Street Pastors

THE WAY is a group aimed at anyone between the ages of 18-30 in Inverness. Weekly activities include prayer meetings, bible studies, social evenings and events, like trips to Loch Morlich or bowling. Upcoming events: Debate Night on 28 June at 18:30-20:00 at The Hub, Castle Street; Prayer Breakfast on 6 July, 9:30-10:30 at The Olive Grove, Crown. For more information, contact Claire Rush.

CO-ORDINATOR INVERNESS STREET PASTORS Prior experience of applying for grants in the third sector would be an advantage, though not essential. This is a voluntary position at the moment, requiring just 10 hours a month depending on your availability. However, the post could develop beyond this depending upon your time and your talents. Contact Mark.

Sunday Bulletin 9 June 2019

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Sunday 16 June 2019: Trinity Sunday

10am  Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11:15am Morning Worship at the Old High

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION – contact details from Church Administrator

TODAY:  KIRKING OF THE TARTANS AT THE OLD HIGH CHURCH, 11.15AM We have been asked to share our service at Old High today with the Association of Highland Clans and Societies for a ‘Kirking of the Tartans’ service. This year also marks the Tercentenary of the Battle of Glenshiel 1719. The Reverend Peter Marshall, originally from Coatbridge, and chaplain to the US Senate, introduced the idea in the US in 1941. The Rev Allan Maclean of St Vincent’s Episcopal Chapel in Edinburgh will lead prayers, with our own Minister preaching- all very welcome to what promises to be a colourful way for us to celebrate both Pentecost and St Columba’s Day. Our 10am service at St Stephen’s will be led by Rev Derek Brown, chaplain to Raigmore hospital.

CRAFT EVENING St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm, Wednesday 12 June. Crafters and non-crafters welcome (you may wish to learn a craft). Friendly atmosphere and refreshments provided. Jennifer Morrison.

Christian Aid Week – A BIG Thank you! Good news! Jebbeh has had a baby and thanks to the healthcare they received, supported by Christian Aid, he is alive and healthy. She sends a message ’”Thanking you very much with joy”. 30 people helped out in the door to door collection this year. £3,185.72 was raised. So a great success and I am very grateful for everyone’s help and those who helped with counting the money from the envelopes – a long evening of sums!  And a huge Thanks to the parish for their generous donations and patience. The coffee morning with raffle, baking stall and plant stall was a great event and made more money than in previous years, bringing in £891.99. The hall was full of people and chatter. Those who helped at stalls, with baking or in the kitchen deserve much praise for their contributions. Finally donations in envelopes at the coffee morning and in the church added on another £955.75. This brings this year’s grand total to £5033.36 with gift aid still to be added. Let’s pray that this sum of money can help Sierra Leone’s mums live. Deborah Macrae.

THY KINGDOM COME is a global wave of prayer during the period between Ascension and Pentecost. Originally an initiative of the Church of England, it supported by many denominations across the world, including the Church of Scotland. All of us know people whose life would be different if they knew Jesus, so you are invited to join with people from across the world to pray until 9 June for five people whom you know to encounter the love of Christ in their lives. More detail on the Church of Scotland website www.churchofscotland.org.uk or  www.thykingdomcome.global. David Martin has more details.

OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING PROGRAMME 2019 The Summer Opening Programme started on Tuesday 4 June (10am-12 noon and 2-4pm) on Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday and Friday each week. We are organising an Open Afternoon for new Volunteers shortly. It is not too late to join the Team. Contact Sheila MacLeod.

PASTORAL CARE Peter, or your Elder, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.

THANK YOU Dear Friends of Old High St Stephen’s, I would like to thank you for the endless amount of cards, letters and flowers you sent to me and my family. Also to Peter for his support to us during this difficult time. Joan Darcy

HIGHLAND FOOD BANK I have received a letter from Lorna at the Food Bank, thanking the congregation for their generous and continued support and donations. She has asked that, for the month of June and July, they would welcome donations of tins of potatoes, tomatoes, fruit and ham. Many thanks for your continued support. Contact Margaret Neville.

OHSS MAGAZINE Editor Willie Morrison urgently requires articles and photos for the June issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible.Deadline Friday 14 June.

CHRISTIAN BASICS The Minister hopes to run a course for those new to Christianity in the near future Contact Peter for more information.

OHSS Summer Outing Beauly River 7 July Due to the success of last year’s walk and refreshments, the outing is to be repeated this year. I hope you can join us. Meet St Stephen’s Car Park 2pm or Black Bridge Car Park near Kilmorack 2.30pm. Low level walk with flat terrain. Afternoon tea or High tea after at The Priory Hotel, Beauly 4.30pm. Contact Deborah Macrae or Jennifer Morrison to give an idea of numbers and for more information or transport.

SUMMER SERVICES AT OLD HIGH ST STEPHEN’S With a view to strengthening the life of the congregation, the Kirk Session has decided to hold only one service on Sunday in July and August. All our services in July will be at the Old High at 11.15am, and all the August services will be at St Stephen’s at 10am. Easy way to remember: In July at Old High (it rhymes!); in August at St Stephen’s. The Session trust you will give this initiative your enthusiastic support! Please speak to your elder if you have any questions. If anyone has trouble getting to church during this period, please contact your elder, or Pat, our Church Administrator, and we will try to organise a lift.

CrossReach The 2018-19 Impact Report is now available at church doors. Rae Swan.

A new CHURCH MUSIC RESOURCE on the Church of Scotland website at includes recordings by our combined choir. Have a search on music.churchofscotland.org.uk for hymns 491, 608, 26, 192, 333, 496 and many more! Contact Pam or Robin if you want to join our fantastic choirs!

SUNDAY BULLETIN Please send items for this sheet to our Church Administrator Mrs Pat Macleod (079 342 85924) invernesschurch@gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and include contact details and/or e-mail. le 1 Light Acce

Sunday Bulletin 28 April 2019

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Sunday 5 May 2019: Third Sunday of Easter

10am  Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11:15am Morning Worship at the Old High

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION

TODAY: CONGREGATIONAL SERVICE AT ST STEPHEN’S: ANNUAL MEETING Our Accounts are now available: copies are at the door of the Church, or you can contact our Church Administrator for copies.

CRAFT EVENING St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm, Wednesday 1 May. Crafters and non-crafters welcome (you may wish to learn a craft). Friendly atmosphere and refreshments provided. Margaret McAleer.

Sunday Evening Discussion Group resumes at 7pm in St Stephen’s vestry on Sunday 5 May and thereafter at fortnightly intervals until the summer break. As we move towards the part of the Christian Year that encourages us to look into the world, we shall be dealing with some of the big issues of our time in Sam Wells’ book “How then shall we live?”. Firstly ‘Islam and Islamist Extremism’. More information from Andrew Stevenson.

OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING PROGRAMME 2019 The Old High Church will be open from 2-4 pm each Friday afternoon from 19 April until 31 May. The Summer Opening Programme will commence on Tuesday 4 June (10am-12 noon and 2-4pm) on Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday and Friday each week. We are organising an Open Afternoon for new Volunteers next month. It is not too late to join the Team. For more information please contact Sheila MacLeod.

St Stephen’s Church and Community Choir present ‘May’s Miscellany’ – a concert to uplift the spirit- at the One Touch Theatre, Eden Court at 7.30pm on Wednesday 8 May. This is our debut at Eden Court where we look forward to your continued support. We are lucky to be supported by two local young musicians, Sandy Scott-Brown (cello) and Catriona Mackenzie (piano) who I am sure will delight you with their skill and musicianship. The proceeds from this concert will go to the Calman Trust. Tickets (£12) are available from Eden Court though please ask any choir member to assist if you have difficulty accessing the box office. Contact Pam McCulloch.

HIGHLAND FOOD BANK I received a letter from Highland Food Bank thanking us for our continued support. The requests for April and May are for deodorant for men and women, tins of corned beef and tins of potatoes. Margaret Neville.

RETIRING OFFERING We collected the fantastic sum of £501.37 for the Flood Appeal for East Africa and the money has now been forwarded to Christian Aid. Ken Cantlay.

PASTORAL CARE Peter, or your Elder, should be informed of anyone ill at home.

CHRISTIAN AID COFFEE MORNING The coffee morning will be held on Saturday 11 May in St Stephen’s Hall from 10am to 12 noon. There will be the usual baking and gardening stalls for which donations will be welcome and they can be dropped off at St Stephen’s vestry on Friday 10 May at 7.30pm. The hall will be available the same evening for setting up. Tickets will be available at St Stephen’s on 28 April and at both churches on 5 May. Further information from Jennifer Morrison.

Old High Music Saturday 18 May at 12 noon will mark the first visit to the Old High by the Mayfield Singers, a Chamber Choir directed by Kate Lewis, Emma Versteeg’s mother. They sing, unaccompanied, a programme including the exquisite Mass in 4 Parts by William Byrd, pieces by Tallis, Purcell and Gibbons and some Madrigals. Come along and enjoy this sacred music in the church setting and have a chance to meet our visitors afterwards. Details from Andrew Stevenson.

READERS AT OLD HIGH WANTED Our band of regular readers at the Old High on Sunday mornings is gradually diminishing. Please contact Margaret Young if you would like to swell our numbers. Thanks.

TABLE FOR SALE We have a handsome wooden table at the Old High Church which is surplus to requirements, and for sale to any member in return for a donation. If you interested, please contact Pat MacLeod, Church Administrator.

SUNDAY BULLETIN Please send items for this sheet to our Church Administrator: Mrs Pat MacLeod (079 342 85924 invernesschurch@gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and include contact details and/or e-mail.

OTHER NEWS

INVERNESS STREET PASTORS Prayer Team meetings (all welcome, and feel free to come for just part of the time, whatever you can manage) Fri. 10 May, 10.15 am-11.30, The Hub (supporting day-time city centre patrol) Sat. 18 May, 10.15 am-12.15, The Hub – Sat. morning opportunity for prayer – in support of day-time SP patrol that day, but also wider prayer time.  Marilyn Armstrong prayer.inverness<at>streetpastors.org.uk 8

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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