Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival have kindly donated 2 pairs of 3-day tickets to the 2015 festival, which we are able to sell to raise money towards our fabric funds.
These much sought-after tickets originally cost £135 plus booking fee each, and are now sold out elsewhere.
To bid for the tickets:
- please email invernesschurch[a]gmail.com, (replace [a] with @)
- give the full names you wish to have on the tickets
- put “Bellardum tickets” in the subject line.
The top two bids will win a pair of 3-day tickets each (for 6,7 and 8 August). Closing date for entries: Friday 6 March. Contact us for more details.
Following a media report about the Old High Church, the Minister, the Rev Peter W Nimmo, has issued a statement:
Old High St Stephens’ congregation has been very grateful for the coverage in the media given to our attempts to secure the future of the Old High Church.
However, a media report has today appeared suggesting that we have been receiving a large number of donations. This is not the case.
Although the local community and various bodies have offered support, the support we have been receiving has not, yet, been financial.
The support at this stage is from many people and organisations who have stated that they are willing to work with us to ensure a future for the Old High.
We are having many positive conversations, in which it is apparent that people understand the importance to the city of the Old High building, with many good ideas being suggested to help resolve the situation.
We are very grateful for the moral support from throughout community. That goodwill is also an encouragement to me and the congregation.
Although it is early days, I am hopeful that, eventually, with the support of partners in the city, we will be able to secure the future of the Old High Church as a place of worship and an important landmark in our city.
Rev Peter W Nimmo, minister of Old High St Stephen’s Church of Scotland, Inverness.
We had an excellent information evening for the congregation about our finance and property action plan on Tuesday 13 January. Our Session Clerk, Linda Philip, took some notes. Here is her report. If you would like more information, please contact us.
Report of Congregational Information Evening
held on Tuesday 13 January 2015 in Old High Hall
The minister, Rev Peter Nimmo welcomed everyone and opened the meeting with prayer. He outlined the church’s Mission statement. He then highlighted the items on the Action Plan followed by an update on each item.
Insurances: Christine McKenzie said that the renewal date was shortly coming up but it was unlikely that there would be a reduction to the cost of the Old High church insurance. The church is insured for £9.5 million. As this was a Grade 1 listed building it was possible that grants might be available. Inverness Council has offered their services to look at the insurance. It was also important that a more positive approach is taken with the media.
Ministries & Mission: This is a complicated calculation taken over 3 years but there would be no reduction for this year.
Outside Agencies: Peter has met with David Stewart MSP who has offered to set up meetings with national and local government bodies. Peter has also met with the council, BID and has had interest shown from the Civic Trust. It was noted that Historic Scotland will amalgamate with Ancient Monuments in May this year.
‘Friend’s scheme: Jennifer Morrison has written to various churches who have a ‘Friend’s scheme in operation and has had several replies to be followed up. It would most likely be necessary to have a constitution and a charitable trust drawn up.
Old High hall: The plans for Phase 1 and Phase 2 were available for consideration. Further provision has been made for storage comparable with the area we now have. Phase 1 funded by Birchwood Highland would allow them access to the building, followed by Phase 2 which would see a change mainly to toilets, kitchen and committee room. We hope to source funding for this. The final stage will be to renovate the hall. Rent and terms of the lease have to be agreed. The plans will shortly go before the various stages of Presbytery. We should know their decision in February 2015.
Energy costs: Joan Darcy explained that the energy costs at St Stephen’s had been looked at by professional services who recommended changes to the heating operation. We will find out how effective these changes are with the next bills.
Running costs: The Treasurer has a tight grip on the day to day running costs.
John Craigie legacy: This had been used to fund the Pastoral Assistant’s expenses which are now being paid for by the church. The Education team will look for a project for the John Craigie legacy.
Informing the congregation: This was the second congregational meeting. It may be necessary to hold a few more meetings to keep the congregation well informed.
The congregation were given time to ask questions and the meeting closed with prayer.
Our November 2014 church magazine is now online. It includes information about our finances and buildings, including an action plan from the Kirk Session to deal with outstanding issues.
The following is the text of a press release issued today, as the magazine went online:
Congregation seeks partners to develop Old High Church