There is much sickness of body , mind and spirit around us, and the Christian Fellowship of Healing offer ‘ministry of healing’ to meet the needs of those afflicted with sickness. They do this, they say, because in the Old Testament God was active in the healing and deliverance of his people. In the New Testament healing and deliverance was an important part of the ministry of Jesus and His followers.

Christian Fellowship of Healing believe that Jesus intended his Church to be a healing church and they hold meetings to encourage people to explore the ministry of Divine healing. There are monthly meeting for healing in St. Stephen's Church in Inverness on every 2nd Sunday. Recently, they claim, the Lord has been pouring out his blessings of help, healing and deliverance.

Aware of the reported high number of young men in the highlands who take their own lives, Christian Fellowship of Healing have arranged for a day when there will be teaching on, and offering of, the ministry of deliverance . That meeting will be led by Rev Jim Rettie and held in the Baptist Church at Balloch, on Saturday 18th November, from 10:30 am till 4 pm. Bring own lunch, they say and there is no charge, but donations will be welcome.

Jim Rettie can be contacted on 01463 798896 or at jarettie@aol.com.

Home for Good

Lucy Smith from Home for Good writes:

"I lead the work in Scotland for Home for Good. Home for Good a Christian charity whose vision is a home for every child who needs one, where they can grow, develop and thrive. Home for Good believes that churches are ideally placed to provide foster carers or adoptive parents, and that the wider church family can make a real difference in supporting families who foster and adopt, by providing loving and welcoming communities for them.

"Part of what we do is provide resources to churches in order to help them support families. This includes articles and videos, booklets and training opportunities, and we encourage pastors to keep fostering and adoption on the church agenda.

"One of the ways in which we encourage churches to discuss fostering and adoption is through Adoption Sunday. On this day we ask churches to stand alongside vulnerable children and the families who support them. Adoption Sunday will be on 5 November this year. Home for Good provides churches with a variety of resources to use, at no cost. This year churches can choose between two short videos (one lasts for 2 minutes, the other lasts for 4 minutes), and we will also provide a short prayer and will send out coasters to congregations.

"If churches want to spend devote more time during the service to the theme of fostering and adoption, then more resources will be available, including a video of Krish Kandiah (our founder) preaching on the Good Samaritan (because the theme is radical hospitality), sermon notes on the same, resources for children’s and youth ministries, interview notes (if a pastor wanted to interview someone from their congregation), worship song suggestions and other songs for the service.

"I’d like to stress that using the additional resources is not obligatory, it’s more that we want to cover as many bases as possible, giving pastors the flexibility to use as much or as little as they choose to, as they stand up alongside vulnerable children and the families who look out and care for them. In addition, there is no financial outlay required, although if churches wanted to provide Home for Good with a small donation, then of course we would welcome that!

"We’re asking churches to sign up over the next few weeks, to help us with the logistics of issuing real and virtual resources in good time. Because the autumn term can be really pressed with other commitments, such as welcoming new and returning students, running Alpha courses, Remembrance Sunday, and getting ready with preparations for Christmas, if churches wish to mark Adoption Sunday but 5th November doesn’t work for them, then we’d still be delighted to provide them with resources, as much as is required. It would still be really helpful if churches could to sign-up, though, and fill let us know the dates that they would wish to celebrate it (again, to help with our logistics).

This link takes you to the Adoption Sunday page of our website. It includes a taster video for Adoption Sunday, a link to sign-up.

In addition, this article gives some great examples of the real impact that support from churches gives to families who foster and adopt.

With very best wishes


Lucy Smith - Scotland Lead, 07557 884239"

Inverness Foodstuff - Request for Volunteers

As you are aware, this project was established in 2015 and provides hot meals on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Drop-in Centre at Ness Bank Church for those who are homeless and vulnerable. The Drop-in Centre also has the services of the Highland Council Benefits Team, the NHS Dental Team, the NHS Harm and Reduction Team together with Community Nursing Staff. We also provide IT Training, Arts and Crafts, and Board Games.

“We are hoping to extend the project and open on Saturday afternoons for soup, sandwiches, IT and board games and are looking for volunteers to staff this,” the Drop-in Centre say. If you are interested and can spare a few hours each week, fortnightly, or monthly they would be delighted to have your help. For further information please contact Agnes Fraser, Volunteer Manager, on 07521145539 or email invernessfoodstuff@gmail.com

World Mission Resource Days

The World Mission Council is planning to hold 4 Resource Days for Church Ministry Workers in November 2017. The aim of these events is to showcase World Mission resources and opportunities available for people working in ministry. Also to highlight conference, workshops, pilgrimages and other gatherings throughout the world that individuals and groups from congregations can go to as the Church of Scotland representative.

Details of the events are as follows:-

  • 1 November 2017 – Old High St Stephen’s Church, 24 Damfield Road, Inverness, IV2 3HU
  • 8 November 2017 – The Renfield Centre, 260 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4JP
  • 9 November 2017 – St Andrew’s & St George’s West Church, 13 George, Edinburgh, EH2 2PA
  • 21 November 2017 – Torry St Fittick’s Parish Church, 11 Devanha Gardens East, Aberdeen, AB11 7UN

Please email agrahame@churchofscotland.org.uk to register. Please remember to include which of the 4 dates you wish to attend.

It is claimed that this is an event not to be missed, you will leave with new ideas, information and resources of how to engage and inspire yourself and others in the life of the world church and how this can enhance and excite your congregation or group.

The God Dimension

The display boards and 20 minute video prepared for the science and faith exhibition -'The God Dimension' at Crown Church are now available to any congregation on free loan. This scientifically accurate and inspirational material can be used as a discussion starter and is particularly useful for engaging the interest of a wide cross section of your community.

Contact Eileen Ardern (01463 236841) eileenardern@hotmail.com for further information and bookings.

Street Pastors' Walk

Do you like walking? Do you like walking up hills big and small? Would you, or someone you know, like to fundraise with Inverness Street Pastors by taking part in their sponsored WALK up Bin Hill of Cullen, Ben Aigan and Ben Rinnes on Saturday 21st October 2017.

The day starts at 8am ready to climb Bin Hill of Cullen, then to Ben Aigan for about 10am. Take your own packed lunch to have once you have completed Ben Aigan, before heading off to Ben Rinnes, ready to start the climb about 1pm. You will be climbing 986m, more than height of a Munro and walking 16km.

Bin Hill of Cullen

Join in the walk of all three hills or just one, make it your own challenge!

Please reply to Robyn Teago for registration and sponsor forms. You can also create your own sponsorship page by following this link and click on the 'start fundraising' - https://tinyurl.com/3hillchallenge.

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