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Inverness Presbytery News Update November 2018

National Day of Prayer - Together We Pray

Saturday 3 November 2018

Online resources for the National Day of Prayer have now been supplemented with a pack for all congregations, which includes two brand-new M&D resources.

Conversations in Prayer and Pray Now - Together We Pray are ideal for helping us consider how our everyday lives shape the way we meet God in prayer.

Find more resources on the Church of Scotland website: http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/connect/together_we_pray

Return to Light

Old High St Stephen's congregation will be hosting “Return to Light”, a Highland civic service marking the Centenary of the Armistice which ended the First World War. Everyone is invited to join us at the Old High Church on Saturday 10 November at 3.30pm.

A memorial candle, which was lit at the Old High in 2014 and has been burning since in Inverness Cathedral, will be taken in procession from Inverness Cathedral and returned to the Old High Church to mark the end of the hostilities of the First World War. The processions leaves the Cathedral at 3pm, for the Old High service at 3.30pm.

Also, the Old High Church will be open on 7, 8 and 9 November from 10am-12 noon and from 2-4pm. During these three days visitors can view the Queens’ Own Cameron Highlanders Memorial area within the church, and also see a display illustrating life in Inverness during World War 1.

More information at http://www.oldhighststephens.com/2018/11/02/return-to-light-highland-civic-service-marking-the-centenary-of-the-armistice-old-high-church/

You can see the above at the GO FOR IT website

Help for Zomba College, Malawi

The University of Aberdeen created a collaborative partnership with Malawi's Zomba Theological College in 2016 with the purpose of providing ministers from the five Synods of the Central Church of Africa Presbyterian with an opportunity of furthering their ministerial education and training.

Included in the Agreement established between the two institutions was the commitment Aberdeen University made to deliver the MTh Ministry Studies programme at Zomba Theological College in 2017 and in 2019.

Details of the MTh Ministry Studies programme can be found by following this link below. It is a two year, part time programme that includes four, one week intensive modules which are delivered at Zomba Theological College by staff from Aberdeen University and a 20,000 word Dissertation.

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/degree-programmes/1047/ministry-studies-malawi/

The University also provided an 85% fee reduction to the Malawi students in order to make the course affordable. Meanwhile, the Church of Scotland, the Presbyterian Church in Ireland and the Presbyterian Church of the USA provided scholarships that enabled fourteen ministers from Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe to join the programme in September 2017.

Could we as a Presbytery consider providing one or more scholarships for students who we would like to welcome to the MTh Ministry Studies programme that we hope to run at Zomba Theological College from September 2019.

The total cost of each scholarship, that includes tuition fees and a stipend to help students with their transport and accommodation costs, amounts to £3,400. To place this sum in context, it generally costs more than £30,000 to bring a minister from Malawi to study at postgraduate level at a Scottish University. Thus, we are able to train around ten ministers at Zomba for the same amount it would cost to train one of them here in Scotland.

The future of this initiative depends upon the support the Scottish church is able to gather together. Could we provide a minister from Malawi with the opportunity of furthering their education and training for ministry?

Street Pastor Commissioning Service

You are invited to this year's Commissioning Service for new Street Pastors. There are 5 new Street Pastors and 1 new Prayer Pastor this year. Provost Helen Carmichael and Chief Superintendent George Macdonald will be sharing during the service, which will be followed by refreshments before the new Street Pastors head out for their first patrol out of training. The Commissioning Service this year will be on Friday 16th November, 7pm at the Junction Church, Bank Street, Inverness

Please let Street Pastors know you would like to go - for catering purposes: admin.inverness@streetpastors.org.uk

"We hope you are able to attend and look forward to seeing you at the service."

INVERNESS PRESBYTERY - PRAYER NEWS

NOVEMBER 2018 Give ear to my words, O Lord; give heed to my sighing. Listen to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you I pray. Psalm 5 v. 1-2.

Sunday November 4th

Inverness Presbytery: Even if this is too late for you to arrange a special meeting for National prayer day, there is no reason why you can’t arrange another date/day, or even use your mid-week meeting.

We are in much need of prayer. Pray that the Lord will guide and direct our local churches, and those in our Nation, in the way forward. “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective” – James 5.16. So, we are encouraged to pray but sometimes we can be in despair because things are not going the way we had hoped for in our church. Pray that God will remind us that He is on the throne! Our days are in His hands, He holds us close to His heart.

Pray for the Presbytery and all the committees: - Business Committee, Congregational Support Committee, Doctrine, Worship & Ecumenical Matters Committee, Education & Outreach Committee, Finance Committee, Ministry Committee, Planning & Reappraisal sub-committee, Property Committee, Superintendence Committee. Pray for all those who hold office in these committees and give thanks for their willingness to do so.

Pray also for all those who are elders, deacons, Sunday School teachers, Youth Workers, etc. and helpers in so many different tasks in our congregations. That God would bless them in their work.

November 11th REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

Pray for all who remember those who were lost in the two great wars, also those who lost a family member and/or friends in more recent out breaks of hostilities. Pray that God will be a comfort to them at this time of sadness.

Cawdor linked with Croy and Dalcross : Minister:- Rev Robert Brooks

Pray for the continual growth and development of the Church within our community. Pray and give thanks for the activities which take place throughout the month where people come along and enjoy fellowship and connect with our church family.

Pray for a new Session Clerk to be found for Croy and Dalcross.

Pray that the sale of Croy Manse will be trouble free, and a new Manse can be found.

Pray for the minister, Robert, as he ministers to all within the parish and who gather to worship and those who live out-with the area and come along. Pray for the office bearers and all those who are not, yet also work tirelessly giving so much time to our church family in the Name of our Lord Jesus.

November 18th Trinity Church – Vacant (Interim moderator Rev Fraser Turner)

Pray that God would guide, give wisdom, direction, protection, resources and strength to the Session Clerks, Kirk Session and all the leaders and members of each of the committees, especially through this transitional time. Pray for the nomination committee as they start the process of looking for a minister, praying that God has already prepared the way and for God’s guidance and protection throughout this process for all and everything involved to go well.

Pray for and give thanks for the Boys and Girls Brigades, their leaders and members of the groups – Pray that God will bless their activities, finance and futures. Give thanks also for the blessing of long service and continued work of the Women’s Guild and the social group.

Pray that God would bless and give strength to the interim moderator Rev Fraser Turner as he stands in the gap at this time.

Pray for the spiritual life of the congregation, kirk session, youth, and that the church would also grow in numbers as spiritual seekers would be attracted to Jesus as found in Acts and that we would be adequately equipped to deal with any new growth. Pray for guidance for mission and the form it should take, bless any small shoots that may emerge.

Pray for David Lynch as he moves into his new post; Give thanks for the work that he has been involved in and pray that work would continue leading the youth to Christ through their various interests and activities and through the new people picking up from David. Pray for this post to be protected and renewed work to continue within the parish to bless the young people and families in this area.

November 25th – Urquhart & Glenmoriston – Minister: Rev Hugh Watt.

Give thanks that the congregations are in good form. We have been thoroughly enjoying the ministry of Fiona Morrison, an ordained local ministry probationer from Argyll Presbytery.

We have recently reinstated our Church bell, so that we, in concert with other churches across the nation, will be able to ring out those bells at 11am on Sunday 11th November to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War.

We are well into our winter schedule with “House Groups” going strong – around 30 are signed up to go to the House Groups, or to the House Group that meets Church Hall simultaneously. Like most other parishes, there are lots of new houses springing up around us and we have an ecumenical team that visits each of the new householders to give them a warm Christian welcome to their new home. We also have an ecumenical team looking at “Life Explored” (evangelistic studies from the Christianity Explored stable) for our district, which we hope to roll out in the early Spring. We give thanks for God’s blessing on our work and would value your prayers for our ongoing witness in our area, now and in the future.

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