Christmas 2013 at Old High St Stephen’s

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Christmas Eve

6.30pm All-Age service led by the Minister

11.30pm Watchnight Service at St Stephen’s led by the Minister

11.30pm Watchnight Service at the Old High led by Jonathan Appleby

Christmas Day

10am All-Age Service at St Stephen’s (bring your gifts along!)

St Stephen’s Day (26 December)

10am St Stephen’s Day Service at St Stephen’s, with Holy Communion

Sunday 29 December

11.15am Congregational Service at the Old High Church led by Rev John Duncan, Army Chaplain at Fort George (no service at St Stephen’s)

Download our Christmas leaflet– a pdf file you can print out and put somewhere handy!

For services in January, click here .

Christmas offerings for Syria Crisis appeal

Since the conflict in Syria began in March 2011, more than 100,000 people have been killed, over 2.2 million refugees have fled to neighbouring countries and at least another five million people have been displaced inside Syria.

The number of vulnerable people is increasing as the humanitarian crisis deepens.

Christian Aid are working through partners in Lebanon and Iraq to respond to the growing Syrian refugee crisis.

All our offerings at our Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and St Stephen’s Day services will go to Christian Aid’s Syria Crisis Appeal.

Click here to find out more about Christian Aid’s work with Syrian refugees and to donate direct to Christian Aid.

Click here for details of our Christmas services.

Ding Dong Merrily Old High- family carol service for the Inverness Christmas Lights switch on


Following the Inverness Christmas Lights Switch on on Sunday 17 November, Santa will be making his way to the Old High Church for “Ding Dong Merrily Old High” our much loved Christmas Carol service- everybody is invited.

Ding Dong Merrily Old High starts around 6.30pm. It’s a short service aimed at families, so children of all ages are very welcome! This year Out of the Box puppets will be telling the Christmas story in their own inimitable way!

There will be an offering in aid of music therapy at The Orchard, a residential respite care centre in Inverness, run by Highland Council, for children and young people affected by disabilities.

The 2013 Christmas Lights Show will be hosted by STV’s Nicola McAlly and Santa will join Provost Alex Graham to switch on the lights at 6pm on Sunday 17 November.

The wonderful illumination of Inverness Town House by Arts in Motion promises to be one best yet, so please make a note to wrap up warm and come and join us.

Sermon for Christmas Eve Watchnight Service, Old High Church, 2012

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
Christmas Eve Watchnight Service, 2012
Text: Matthew 2.1-23

In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

There are people who think that Christmas is a time for children. After all, they say, there’s a baby at the centre of the story. But tonight, as we heard all of Matthew’s version of the story, did you notice how many grown-ups appear? A child might be at the centre of the story, but it’s a story mostly about the doings of grown-ups.

Our reading begins, ‘Jesus was born in the town of Bethlehem in Judea, during the time when Herod was king’. And so the first grown-up we meet is Herod Continue reading

Ding Dong Merrily Old High

DING DONG MERRILY OLD HIGH: Church celebrates Inverness Christmas Lights Switch-on

The Inverness Christmas Lights Switch-on will take place at the Town House on Sunday 18 November at 5.30pm, after which everyone is invited to follow Santa to the Old High Church for an informal, all-age carol service (starts at 6.30pm)

Known as ‘Ding Dong Merrily Old High’, this short service of carols will feature the Inverness Handbells Group and a few surprises!

The Minister of Old High St Stephen’s, the Rev Peter W Nimmo, commented, ‘This is a very informal, family event. We especially hope that many children will want to come along. It’s our attempt to ensure that we celebrate the story of the birth of Jesus at the heart of all the Christmas razzmatazz! And we will be raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support, who do wonderful work looking after people living with cancer’.

For more information, please contact the Rev Peter W Nimmo on 01463 20 802 or peternimmo at

Click here for more information about the Christmas Lights Switch On