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Christian Aid Week 2014

J2450-CAW-120x90-banner-gifThis week members of our congregation are collecting round the streets of our parish for Christian Aid.
On Saturday, they already raised lots of money at a coffee morning for Christian Aid.
To find out more about Christian Aid week, visit the Christian Aid Week website. You can also make a donation to Christian Aid there.
Here’s the film about Colombia which we watched at St Stephen’s today.

Here’s a film about work with refugees in South Sudan, mentioned in the sermon on Christian Aid Sunday.

Here the text of the leaflet our collectors are taking with them.

For a growing number of people across the world, the horror of war is a part of daily life.
Right now, fuelled by the devastating violence in both Syria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the numbers of people driven from their homes by war is on the rise. It stands at 42 million people- an appalling statistic and a stain on the conscience of humanity. We can’t turn our backs. We must act now.
Could you provide the gift of hope?
£15 could provide blankets for refugee children to protect them from bitter night-time temperatures.
£40 could provide enough good quality and nutritious food for two refugee children for a month.
£150 could help provide specialist emotional support for a child deeply traumatised by the horror of war that they’ve witnessed or experienced.
The money we raise during Christian Aid week goes to partners helping those displaced by war. They help people regardless of their religion.
Last year, 20,000 churches across the country helped raise £12m for Christian Aid Week.
This week, hundreds of people from Inverness churches are once more collecting for Christian Aid because we know their partners do so much to help those in need.
Thank you for supporting Christian Aid, and helping the victims of war.
Rev Peter W Nimmo, Minister of Old High St Stephen’s Parish Church
www.oldhighststephens.com www.christianaid.org.uk

Why we support Highland Foodbank

At the Kirking of the Council on Sunday 8th September, we heard from Lorna Dempster of Highland Foodbank. We will be collecting food for them at our Harvest Thanskgiving services on 20 September. We also collect food Sunday by Sunday.
Here’s what Lorna had to say:

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A politician's dilemma: sermon for the Kirking of the Council 2013

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 8 September 2013: The Kirking of the Council

SERMON

Texts: John 18.28-19.16a (NRSV)

A politician’s dilemma

In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

You might think that today’s readings are more appropriate for Good Friday than for the Kirking of the Council. But whenever I read or hear the sequence of stories in the Gospels about the last days of Christ’s life, I’m always struck by how public the events are. Today we’ve read of the encounter of Jesus with the most powerful government on earth at the time.

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Future Focus 3: Our Community- a report on the day.

The third Future Focus session took place on 23 February.
The Minister gave a presentation on ‘Our Parish in Numbers’ which you can view here.
This was based on Scottish Governments which you can look at here.
In groups, people thought about what they themselves did in the community. We also identified issues in the community and thought about how the congregation could best respond to these issues. You have view a summary of what we did here, together with photos of the ‘post’ notes people produced.
The sermon the next day was about how we interact with our community.
The next Future Focus event is the ‘Vision Day’. This will be on Saturday 9 March at Trinity Church, Huntly Street, from 10am to 3pm. Bring a packed lunch and we’ll provide the drinks!
Note: all Future Focus documents are available here.

Future Focus 3: Our community in numbers

At the Future Focus workshop on ‘Our Community’ on Saturday 23 February, we will be sharing some statistics about the diverse community within our parish.
We’ll look at Scottish Government statistics for 3 areas which roughly fit parts of our parish: the City Centre, the area near St Stephen’s and the area around Lochardil School. By comparison, there is also the statistics for the area around Inshes Church.
You can now read each of these documents online (pdf format). In addition, there is a Powerpoint which highlights some of the differences between parts of our parish, especially between the city centre and the suburbs.
Click here to view all these documents.
The information comes from Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics.
Future Focus: Our Community will be at St Stephen’s on Saturday 23 February, 10am to 12 noon. All welcome!
Please feel free to add any comments below!

Christian Aid: Tax Bus and March for Justice

CHRISTIAN AID: DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Two exciting threads are coming together in Inverness in early October, each with a strong message of justice. These are the Inverness March for Justice and a visit from the Christian Aid Tax Bus.

TAX BUS part of the Tax Justice Tour by a red double-decker bus to highlight how developing countries lose $160bn every year due to tax avoidance. Open meeting at Inshes Church, Thursday 4 October, 7pm.
Christian Aid is currently campaigning for international tax justice, exposing the injustice of multinationals shifting money around the world in order to avoid paying tax to the poorest countries whose resources they are exploiting.  Christian Aid believes that tax dodging costs poorer countries $160bn a year – money that could be spent on hospitals, schools and roads – and that greater financial transparency is key to ensuring that poor countries receive the tax revenue they are due.
To highlight this, Christian Aid is organising a Tax Bus Tour around the UK and Ireland, including Inverness.  There will be an information meeting, open to all, with talks and films, a time for questions and answers, refreshments – and of course the Tax Bus itself. This meeting will take place in Inshes Church (near the Inshes Tesco) at 7:30pm on Thursday 4 October. There is plenty of parking nearby.
Watch the tax bus video here:

www.christianaid.org.uk/taxbus
CIRCLE THE CITY CHURCHES MARCH FOR JUSTICE
Jan Satyagraha: 'Fight against hunger’ March for Justice: a unique walk for all ages, featuring exhibitions at city churches highlighting land rights issues in India.
Saturday 6 October. Start at St Stephen’s, Southside Road, at 11.30am.
The Inverness March for Justice mirrors similar marches across the UK, all in support of a massive march from all corners of India to petition the government in New Delhi, demanding rights to the land that the people live on. They cannot make a decent living from the land due to the restrictions imposed by absent landowners.  To this day, the Highlands of Scotland have faced very similar issues. Our march will be a walk from church to church in the centre of Inverness.  At each church we will have a stage of an exhibition about the issues, with refreshments as well. If you can’t or don’t want to complete the whole route, just take in those stages that you feel able to do. We want people of all ages and abilities, including families with children, to take part. We want YOU!
The March will take place on Saturday 6th October, in groups of ten to fifteen, starting at St Stephen’s Church, Southside Road, at 11:30am and finishing at Crown Church, Kingsmills Road, with stops at six churches along the way. Very limited parking at St Stephens Church but parking available at Crown Primary School next to Crown Church.
Follow the journey in India here:

www.christianaid.org.uk/getinvolved/events/walking/march-for-justice.aspx

More from David Crippen, 01463 231 466

Sermon for the Kirking of the Council: 9 September 2012

Click here for photos of the 2012 Kirking of the Council

Call to scrap the Kirking:

click here to read report in the Inverness Courier, 18 September 2012

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Sunday 9 September 2012: Year B, The Kirking of the Council

SERMON
Texts: Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23
Mark 7.24-37
The God of the outsiders
In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

This week I read an article by Ben Withnall, Head of Media at the Bible Society in England. Responding to press coverage of a legal case in the news, he reminded his readers that there is nothing at all in the Bible about whether or not Christians ought to wear a cross. He comments, ‘That’s not because the Bible has nothing to say in the debate, it’s just that it doesn’t ask the questions in the same way’.

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