Imagining Scotland’s Future

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Old High St Stephen’s congregation, the Presbytery of Inverness, and the Church and Society Council of the Church of Scotland invite you to a community meeting to ‘Imagine Scotland’s Future’.

Explore with your neighbours and friends the values you would like to see in Scotland in the years ahead.

The meeting will help you explore by focusing on 3 questions:

1. What values are most important to you for the Future of Scotland?
2. How can we make Scotland a better place to be?
3. How do we put our aspirations into action?

There will be structured discussion at the end of which we will have produced a values based statement about our vision for the future.

The outcomes of the discussions will be gathered from communities across Scotland in 2013 and published in 2014, in the run-up to the referendum on independence.

The Inverness event will be on Wednesday 23 October, 7.30pm at St Stephen’s Church, Southside Road, Inverness IV2 4XA. Click here for map.

If you are on Facebook, let us know you are coming by signing up on the event page.

More details from the Church and Society Council or leave a comment to contact us.

We have posters for this event which we would like to put up across the city. Download them here, or pick them up from the Church doors or contact us if you need more.

Recital on the Willis Organ at the Old High: Saturday 12 October, 12 noon

Richard SteeleSaturday 12 October, 12 noon: Recital on the historic Willis Organ with Richard Steele MA BMus FRCO FRAM GRSM HonRCM.

Richard Steele studied organ at the Royal Academy of Music, took a London University BMus and then gained a PGCE at Cambridge University. He is the son-in-law of one of our elders, Diana Fraser.

Donations welcome for The Highland Hospice and The Archie Foundation Raigmore Childrens Ward Appeal.

One of the conditions of the grants from The Heritage Lottery Fund and The Common Good Fund was to set up recitals and concerts in the Old High following the restoration of the organ.

After a quiet year in 2012 a short programme of recitals has been arranged for this year. It is hoped that over the winter a full programme will be organised and published for 2014.

Imagining Scotland’s Future

Imaging Scotland Future logoOld High St Stephen’s congregation, the Presbytery of Inverness, and the Church and Society Council of the Church of Scotland invite you to a community meeting to ‘Imagine Scotland’s Future’.

Explore with your neighbours and friends the values you would like to see in Scotland in the years ahead.

The meeting will help you explore by focusing on 3 questions:

1. What values are most important to you for the Future of Scotland?
2. How can we make Scotland a better place to be?
3. How do we put our aspirations into action?

There will be structured discussion at the end of which we will have produced a values based statement about our vision for the future.

The outcomes of the discussions will be gathered from communities across Scotland in 2013 and published in 2014, in the run-up to the referendum on independence.

Date: Wednesday 23 October
Time: 7.30pm
Place: St Stephen’s Church, Southside Road, Inverness IV2 4XA

Read more from the Church and Society Council.

Contact: Rev Peter W Nimmo
peternimmo(a) minister.com (replace (a) with @)
Phone 01463 250 802

Kirking of the Council 8 September 2013

Read the sermon for the Kirking of the Council here.

Photographs now online here .

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Many representatives of the life of the city joined us on Sunday 8 September for the Kirking of the Council .

The Kirking is the annual service at which members of the Inverness City Committee of the Highland Council attend the Old High Church. The event is open to all, with a special invitation to those who work in public service.

Antonio Ciseri (1871) Ecce homo! (Behold the man!). (Depicting Pontius Pilate presenting a scourged Christ to the people) Wikipedia Commons: public domain

The preacher was the minister of Old High St Stephen’s, the Rev Peter W Nimmo. He preached on the trail of Christ before Pontius Pilate, with the sermon title ‘A Politician’s Dilemma‘, which is now available online.

Prayers were led by the Rev Colin Macleod of the Free North Church, and the Rev Alastair Murray, Moderator of Inverness Church of Scotland Presbytery. We also heard from Lorna Dempster, Co-ordinator of Highland Foodbank (Blythswood Care).

A special offering was taken for Christian Aid’s Syria Crisis Appeal.

A parade, including local schools, members of uniformed youth organisations, the University of the Highlands and Islands, and soldiers of 3 Scots from Fort George, left and returned from the Town House.

Read the Highland Council news release before the Kirking here.

If you’re wondering why we host the Kirking, read a sermon about the Kirking here.

For more information, contact the Peter W Nimmo (01463 250 802).

Sunday Bulletin for 14 April 2013

Worship Next Week
Wednesday 17 April
12.30pm Midweek Quiet Time at St Stephen’s
Sunday 21 April
11.15am Congregational Service: admission of New Members by Baptism and Confirmation at the Old High Church NB New time for Congregational Service: no service at St Stephen’s. Kirk Session meets 11am Parking available in John Fraser’s yard, just before
7.00pm Worship and discussion at St Stephen’s
SUNDAY BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS should be sent to Joy Cossar The deadline for all items is Wednesday at noon. Continue reading

Sunday Bulletin for 17 March 2013

Worship This Week
Tonight
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

Prayers for the Dedication of the Old High Tower Cross

The new tower cross for the Old High Church is carefully fitted into position. Courtesy K2 Specialist Services

The new tower cross for the Old High Church is carefully fitted into position. Courtesy K2 Specialist Services

These words were used at the dedication for the Tower Cross at the Old High Church on Monday 3 February 2013.

Scripture sentences

We proclaim Christ crucified…
Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom,
and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.

1 Corinthians 23a.24b.25 Continue reading

Dedication of tower cross at the Old High Church

The new Celtic cross atop the Old High Church is gently placed in position. Image courtesy of K2 Specialist Services Ltd.

Open-air dedication service open to the press and public: Monday 4 February 2pm, Old High Churchyard, Church Street, Inverness

Click here to read the prayers used at the Service of Dedication of the Tower Cross.

A new cross has appeared above Inverness as repairs to the tower of the Old High Church nears completion.

The cross, given by an anonymous donor, will replace the weathervane which previously crowned the top of the tower of the oldest church in Inverness. 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 minister.com

Click here for more information about the Christmas Lights Switch On