Barnabas at St Stephen’s

The combined choirs of Old High St Stephen’s, Ness Bank, Crown and St John’s Churches along with the main cast of the musical Barnabas, by Roger Jones, director of Birmingham-based Christian Music Ministries, pictured in St Stephen’s Church before the performance on 17 September. The cast members are, rear, from left: Roger Jones (director and keyboard), Bill Carpenter (Barnabas), Alan Walker (John Mark), Devon Brown (Saul), Marilyn Ellis (musician); front, from left: Ann Steer (Rhoda), Sarah Harley (Miriam and violinist), Rachel Haddon (musician)

Sunday Bulletin 17 September 2017

Sunday 24 September 2017: The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
10 am Sacrament of Communion at St Stephen’s
Led by the Minister
11.15 Morning Worship at the Old High
led by Rev Alastair Younger
OUR MINISTER is on a phased return to work and undertaking limited duties. The Rev Alastair Younger continues as our INTERIM MODERATOR. PASTORAL CARE continues to be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, who should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
BARNABAS MUSICAL: A lively Christian musical by Roger Jones, performed by Christian Music Ministries and four local church choirs, including our own two choirs, this evening at 7 pm at St Stephen’s. Tickets from any choir member, Profits to Christian Aid. Contact Katharina Nimmo (katharina.nimmo<at>
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP on Sunday 24 September at 7pm in St Stephen’s vestry, then fortnightly thereafter. Continuing our exploration of “Life in the Psalms” by Patrick Woodhouse, we shall be starting a new section entitled ‘Wonder’, reflecting on the vast beauty of this mysterious universe, God’s purpose for it, our place within it and our responsibility for its care. All welcome at these discussions! Contact Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>
AFTERNOON COMMUNION SERVICE at St Stephen’s Church at 2.30pm on Saturday 23 September, followed by tea. All welcome, especially those who can’t usually get to church. Would elders please collect invitations from the Vestry after this service. Val Cantley val.cantlay<at>
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at St Stephen’s on Sunday 24 September. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. Retiring Offering will be in aid of Cameron House. Linda Philip lindajphilip<at>
OHSS MAGAZINE The magazine will be available for distributors to collect on Sunday 24 September. Jennifer Morrison jennifersutherlandmorrison<at>
CROSSREACH £1 COIN BOXES The Church of Scotland social care agency has produced money boxes to collect old £1 coins which go out of circulation on 15 October. If you have any of these coins around the house please bring them to Church and donate them to this worthwhile cause. Val Cantley val.cantlay<at>
HARVEST APPEAL We will support the Highland Foodbank at our Harvest Thanksgiving Services on Sunday 1 October. Our congregation has been asked to donate: Tins of Ham, UHT Milk, Tins of Potatoes, Tins of Fruit, Packets of Biscuits and Shower Gel. Please bring any of these items along to Church. “Bags for Life” would also be much appreciated. Val Cantlay (01463 231298) val.cantlay<at> The Old High Church will be open from 10am to 12 noon if members wish to donate flowers, plants or items for the Food Bank. Please contact Sally McCubbin.
WORD FOR TODAY (Aug-Oct) and CROSSREACH newsletter and prayer diary now available at the church doors.
SUNDAY ORDERS OF SERVICE are now published online on Thursday or Friday- take a sneak peek at Sunday’s readings and hymns!
CAMERON HOUSE annual fundraising Afternoon Tea: Saturday 30 September, from 2pm-4pm, in the Scout Hall, Green Drive (off Culduthel Road). Baking and Produce stalls. All donations gratefully received. Tickets (£3) from Rae Swan and Val Cantlay. Children free, when accompanied by an adult.
SPONSORED HILLWALK FOR INVERNESS STREET PASTORS Saturday 21 October 2017. Hill of Cullen, Ben Aigan and Ben Rinnes, climbing 986m and walking 16km. Join us for all 3 hills or just one, make it your own challenge! Details: Robyn Teago robyn<at> or create your own sponsorship page at
LEPROSY MISSION COFFEE MORNING Saturday 7 October 2017 at Free North Church Hall. As OHSS are running the Bring and Buy stall, donations of bric-à-brac appreciated. Ruth Martin.
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurch<at> Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items brief, and give a contact phone number and email.

Cotton Patch US Youth Choir 22 June at St Stephen’s

Youth Choir 2015 (3)The Youth Choir of University United Methodist Church, Chapel Hill, North Carolina will perform the Cotton Patch Gospel at St Stephen’s this coming Monday at 7.30pm.

The young people from Carolina are staying with members of the congregation during the 2 days they are in Inverness.

Cotton Patch Gospel is an amazing telling of the story of Jesus’ life, as if he lived in the Southeastern USA, with the lively blue grass style music of Harry Chapin.


from Wikipedia

Harry Forster Chapin (December 7, 1942 – July 16, 1981) was an American singer-songwriter best known for his folk rock songs including “Taxi,” “WOL*D,” “Sniper”, “Flowers Are Red,” and the No. 1 hit “Cat’s in the Cradle.” Chapin was also a dedicated humanitarian who fought to end world hunger; he was a key participant in the creation of the Presidential Commission on World Hunger in 1977. In 1987, Chapin was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for his humanitarian work (Wikipedia).

Get a taste of The Cotton Patch Gospel on YouTube.

The cast is the Youth Choir, a group of 30 teenagers, from University United Methodist Church of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA. More about the choir, and this music, in their Church magazine.

Tickets £8 per head from Joan Darcy or at Crown Church Office Tuesday to Friday 9.30- noon, or on the door on the night.

Sign up for concerts information by email: ohssmusic<a>

Click on the image below to download the poster.

Cotton Patch Poster

Organist sought for Highland’s best organ (readvertised)

We are currently re-advertising for the post of organist and choir director for the Old High Church.

Here is the advert and the job description for the post.


We are looking for someone to play the finest organ in the Highlands

Old High St Stephen’s congregation are seeking an organist and choir director for the Old High Church, Inverness.

The Old High is the original parish church of the city of Inverness. We have a fine Willis organ, beautifully restored in 2010, which is often used for concerts (our new organist can help develop this aspect of our music).

We have a small but enthusiastic choir. Our worship is formal, but music is a blend of old and new.

Our vision for worship at the Old High is to further develop our tradition of formal worship whilst being open to fresh ideas.

If you would like to know more, our minister would be happy to speak to you: The Rev Peter W Nimmo 01463 250 802

The Old High Church, Church Street, Inverness
Job Description

Old High St Stephen’s is a congregation of the Church of Scotland with two places of worship: the Old High in the city centre and St Stephen’s in Southside Road. They have shared a minister since 1975, but have been an united congregation for more than ten years under a single Kirk Session, using historic churches as places of worship.

Church services are held every Sunday at 11.15am in the Old High, except for a small number of ‘congregational services’ when only one service is held that morning in one of our buildings. On these Sundays, the two choirs combine to lead the praise.

The Old High Church is on a site that goes back to Celtic times. Although there are some mediaeval parts of the building, today’s distinctive sanctuary dates from the 18th century.

It is a venue for significant civic and community occasions, such as the recent World War I Commemoration, and the annual Kirking of the Council.

The fine two-manual and pedal Willis organ was beautifully restored to its original condition in 2010, and there is a small enthusiastic SATB choir.

Duties would include:
• Leading worship with the organ and the choir at Sunday services and other services set by the Kirk Session.
• Developing the musical life of the choir and congregation, including the introduction of new choir repertoire and hymns.
• Leading regular choir practices.
• Helping to develop the concerts and other musical activities at the Old High.
• Playing for weddings and funerals (if available).
• Developing the important musical link with St Stephen’s.
• It is hoped the successful applicant might participate in the Worship Action Team.

Qualifications should include:
• A sound organ technique.
• Ability to lead a choir and bring out the musical talents of the congregation.
• Knowledge of, and a sympathetic and sensitive approach to, church music, worship and the Christian faith.

There will be a contract of employment based on the Church of Scotland’s standard organist contract.

This post requires PVG clearance.

For more information, please contact:

Rev Peter W Nimmo
Telephone 01463 250 802
Email: peternimmo(a) (replace (a) with @)

or the secretary to the selection committee, Mrs Margaret Sutherland (Depute Session Clerk), telephone 01463 235 324.

Applications, including a CV and details of two referees, should be sent to Mr Nimmo, either by email or by post to:

Rev Peter W Nimmo
24 Damfield Road
Inverness IV2 3HU

Sunday Bulletin for 17 March 2013

Worship This Week
7pm Short Act of Worship for Lent, St Stephen’s
Wednesday 20 March
12.30pm Midweek Quiet Time at St Stephen’s
Sunday 24 March
10.00am All-Age Congregational Service with the Sacrament of Baptism at St Stephen’s NB New time for Congregational Service: no service at the Old High. Followed by annual meeting
7pm Short Act of Worship for Lent, St Stephen’s Continue reading