Church News Sunday 2nd November

SUNDAY CLUB AND FYF Sunday Club and FYF meet at 10.50am and they will be joining us at the end of the service. As always there is a Crèche for pre-school children each Sunday morning.

 PRAYER GROUP The prayer group will meet at 10am on Wednesday 5th November in the hall. All are welcome to come and join us.

PASTORAL CARE TEAM Please contact the coordinator, Janette Steele 01349 861591, if you require some help this week. Remember that we need time to make arrangements and so give as much forward notice as you can.

LADIES BIBLE STUDY The Group meets in the small hall each Wednesday at 1.30pm for approximately an hour. We are beginning for November to study the World Day of Prayer Bible studies “Streams in the Desert”. The first study is looking at John 4: 1-41. We’d love to have more ladies join us for these times of study, discussion and fellowship. Please do come along, you’d be made most welcome.

GUILD The next Guild meeting will be an open meeting  at 2pm tomorrow Monday 3rd November in the hall when the speaker will be the Rev. Sandy Sutherland who will give an illustrated talk on ‘The 4 Seasons’. This will be followed by tea and coffee and there will be a sales table in aid of Guild funds. The Guild would be most grateful for any donations of baking or items for the bring-and-buy stall from the congregation for this OPEN MEETING. Would members please remember to pay their annual subscription as soon as possible to allow Anne MacKay, the treasurer, to submit the accounts for approval. If you are unsure if you are up to date speak to Anne.

SOUP LUNCH The next soup lunch will take place in the church hall on Friday 7th November at 12 noon.  If you haven’t managed along before why not join us? We start with a short time of devotions, followed by some home-made soup, tea and biscuits and the chance to chat together. Our speaker that day will be Mrs Pat Jones. We aim to finish by 1.45pm.

CROSSREACH CrossReach Week: 2nd – 7th November. Please help to celebrate and support all of the social care work being done by the Church of Scotland. Find out more at

SCOTLAND’S FUTURE NOW The debate about Scotland’s future has not ended with the referendum. The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland is once again hosting a nationwide discussion about the nation’s future. The event in Glasgow will be linked by video with other venues across the country.  There will be two leading speakers from the referendum campaigns, plus a neutral contribution. Rather than an open debate, the keynote speeches will be followed by discussion in groups. The Inverness event will take place at Crown Church on Wednesday 5th November, at 7pm (by kind permission of the Rev Peter Donald). It will be led by the Rev Peter W Nimmo of Old High St Stephen’s, who is a member of the General Assembly’s Church and Society Council. No ticket is required, but if would be helpful to know who is coming: contact CHURCHANDSOCIETY@COFSCOTLAND.ORG.UK or call Church and Society at 0131 225 5722.

Extra-ordinary God in an Ordinary Life Are you seeking a more powerful sense of God’s presence, but don’t know where to find it? A deeper experience of Him, but don’t know how to achieve it? Do you sometimes feel inadequate or let down because you don’t get more spiritual ‘fireworks’? Join with others on this Retreat Day to discover how we can encounter God in the ordinary stuff of life and meet Him on our everyday paths; to recognise His hand and voice always at work and to know His unfailing love in all things. The retreat takes place on Saturday 8th November from 10.00am to 3.30pm at the Lighthouse, Hilton, Inverness, IV2 4UA and will be led by Merryn Glover (Author) with support from Steve Aisthorpe (Mission Development Worker).  The day will offer insights from scripture, sharing encouragement with each other, communal worship and quiet time alone as we draw closer to God and explore the gifts He has for us, in the here and now. There is a charge of £15 to cover costs and pre-registration is required. Tea/coffee will be provided and people are asked to bring their own lunch. Please book and pay online at (If unable to do so online, contact Sheila Reeves on 0131 225 5722 or

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY Next Sunday the 9th of November, is Remembrance Sunday.  As usual there will be an Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial in Conon, commencing at 10.50am. There will also be an Act of Remembrance in the Church beginning at the same time so all who wish to be in attendance at either should be at the War Memorial or in the Church by 10.45am. After the Act of Remembrance we will all gather in the Church for a Service of Remembrance beginning around 11.15am. This year we will again be joined by members of the local council and community council as well as the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, who will all meet in the Church Hall at 10.30am to walk up the War memorial together at 10.45am.

RIVER CAFÉ The next River Café takes place in the church hall on Wednesday 12th November from 2pm-3.30pm. Why not join us for some tea/coffee, home baking and the all important chat? Whether you come along regularly or are new to the area, we look forward to seeing you there.

DOWN MEMORY LANE There is to be another social evening in the church on Friday 14th November 2014 starting at 7pm. The theme for this will be “Down Memory Lane” and there will be a variety of “artistes” to entertain. Following this, a light supper will be served in the hall. Entry is by donation and home baking would be appreciated for this event. Anyone willing to provide baking should add their name to the list at the back of the church. We look forward to seeing you there!

DAY OF PRAYER “More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.”(Tennyson). Conflict is escalating worldwide; the global community is suffering and we are exposed to it in the media daily. We know that what happens in one part of the world affects the rest. It is our duty to hold them up in prayer and ask that God in His mercy will hear us because we do believe that prayer changes things. To that end we are holding a day of prayer on Saturday 8th November, (the weekend of Remembrance) when the church sanctuary will be open  from 10 am till 4pm for private prayer and reflection. There will be topics for prayers at various stations arranged informally in the church, and resources of prayers and other material to reflect on. The wider church community are to be invited to join us and it will be advertised to the local community also. Please feel free to drop in for even five minutes or fifty. “Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you” Matthew 7.7.

WORLD MISSION COUNCIL The latest edition, featuring aspects of the Eldership, is now available. Please pick up a copy from the table at the back of the Church.

CRECHE A new crèche rota has been distributed to the crèche team. It covers November and December only, as we are looking for at least two more people to join the team, and hope to include them in the rota from January. This is due to two of the present team now being involved with Sunday Club and FYF, so are not always available for crèche. Anyone who feels they could help in this way (one Sunday per month at present), please speak to Janet Winchester. It is planned to have an “autumn clean” of the crèche equipment on Saturday 15th November between 10.30am and 12.30pm. It would be good to see as many as possible of the crèche team – and anyone else able to lend a hand.

This week’s Order of Service