Welcome to the website of Old High St Stephen’s Church: the oldest congregation in Inverness, the capital city of the Highlands of Scotland.
We are a congregation who seek to welcome to all kinds of people! We’re ecumenical and outward looking, with a place for all.
Old High St Stephen’s seeks to be a community growing in Christ:
that is, growing:
We are lucky enough to worship in two lovely buildings: the Old High Church, the original town church of Inverness, and St Stephen’s in Southside Road.
We serve a parish which includes some of the growing suburbs and much of the city centre of Inverness. Our parish takes in various districts of Inverness, in whole or in part, including the City Centre, Crown, Drummond, Lochardil, Culduthel and Slackbuie. Read about out parish in the Church of Scotland’s Statistics for Mission leaflet.
We have chaplaincy links to schools within the parish- Lochardil Primary School and Inverness Royal Academy. We also have important links to the Highland Council’s Inverness city committee, as we host the annual Kirking of the Council, when the Councillors of Inverness attend the Old High Church in a colourful yet meaningful annual service.
We have a fine musical tradition, with choirs at both St Stephen’s and the Old High and a very successful Community Choir. We support the Inverness Handbells group and have recently restored the ‘Father Willis’ Organ at the Old High to make it perhaps the finest instrument in the Highlands.
We have a great tradition of caring, both for needy members of our congregation and community, and for people around the world. We support initiatives to help rough sleepers in the city, and Highland Food Bank. We are a Fairtrade Church and support Christian Aid and other overseas aid and mission organisations. With our friends at the Crown Church and other local churches we operate the Olive Grove tea room at Kingsmills.
The Minister is the Rev Peter W Nimmo BD ThM, who is a graduate of the University of Glasgow and of Princeton Theological Seminary. You can contact him at: telephone number 01463 250 802 or by email. Or follow him on Twitter.
In 2012 Peter did study leave in the USA on faith and public life, which you can read about in his study leave blog.
He is a member of the Church and Society Council of the Church of Scotland, member of the council of the Church Service Society, and an on-call chaplain at Raigmore Hospital, Inverness.
We are governed by a Unitary Constitution. The Kirk Session, consisting of the Minister and elders, is responsible for the life of of the congregation. It works through a Leadership Team and various Action Teams, which also include non-elders.
At Old High St Stephen’s, you will always be welcome.
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