Sunday Bulletin 5 November 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 5 November 2017: 23rd Sunday after Pentecost
10 am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 Morning Worship at the Old High
Both services led by the Minister
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
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.
SOUTHSIDE NURSING HOME There will be a short service, led by Isobel Allan, immediately after this morning’s service at St Stephen’s. If you are able to assist with the singing, your assistance would be much appreciated. We still also seek members willing to lead these services on a rota basis. If you can help, please contact Janet Robertson janetnfraser<at>btinternet.com
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP tonight at 7pm at St Stephen’s. Continuing our exploration of “Life in the Psalms” by Patrick Woodhouse. All welcome at these discussions! Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
OLD HIGH Tea will be served after the service today. All welcome. Contact Christine Mackenzie on christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
The Friends of the Old High Church are having a pop-up shop in unit 18 of the Victorian Market from Monday 6 November to Saturday 11 November to promote the Friends and raise funds. Christina Cameron christinajcameron6<at>gmail.com
CRAFT EVENING in St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm on Wednesday 8 November. Please come along with your craft or if you wish to learn a craft you will be made very welcome. At present there is knitting, crochet, cross stitch, tapestry and card making but we would welcome any other craft. Refreshments. Contact Margaret McAleer.
OLD HIGH MUSIC Saturday 11 November at 12 noon: Mozart’s Violin Sonata in B-flat and Elgar’s Violin Sonata by Simon Evans, accompanied by Robin Versteeg. After a season featuring a lot of organ and choral music, the recitals in November and December are dedicated to violin repertoire, so we look forward to seeing all our string enthusiasts! Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
HEALING SERVICE at St Stephen’s next Sunday 12 November at 4pm to which all are invited. Ruth Martin
CHRISTMAS FAYRE 25 November, St Stephen’s 10am-12 noon. Tickets £3. Tea/coffee and mince pie/shortbread. Donations for Auction, Gift Stall, Baking, and Raffles most appreciated. Please start thinking about this now! Donations apart from Baking will be accepted 18/19 November or bring along to Church Margaret McAleer at St Stephen’s or Kate Leckie at Old High.
OHSS MAGAZINE Willie Morrison requires articles and photos for the December issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, by e-mail to willie<at>kenilweb.com: Deadline is Friday 1 December.
FROM SALON TO DRAWING ROOM CONCERT raised £750 for the Friends of the Old High Church. Thanks to Robin Versteeg and Friends for a wonderful evening of music and to all who supported it. Thanks also to the committee for their work behind the scene. Christina Cameron christinajcameron6<at>gmail.com
OTHER NEWS
LUTHER 500 A COMMEMORATION OF THE REFORMATION Professor Bill McBryde will hold a series of talks in the Inverness and Nairn area, all at 7pm: Tuesday 7 November – Nairn United Reformed Church, Crescent Road, Nairn IV12; Thursday 9 November – Ness Bank Church, 1 Ness Bank Road, Inverness IV2 4SA. Our services will be Reformation-themed next week!
FAITH, BELIEF AND MENTAL HEALTH A Day for reflection and connection Thursday 30 November 2017, 10.30am-3.30pm, Inshes Church, Inverness. Speakers: Rev Iain Macritchie Mental Health Care Chaplain; Rev Fiona Smith on Faith Communities & Mental Health Care; Michael Perera Mental Health Services Manager. Light lunch provided. To attend, contact Raigmore Chaplaincy:  lorna.sculthorpe-goode<at>nhs.net
COUNCIL ASSEMBLY’S NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER ‘A call to pray that God would do a fresh work amongst His people.’ As a Presbytery, we will respond to this call on Saturday 25 November, when congregations and presbyteries across the Church of Scotland will be gathering on this national day to pray. 9.30-10.30am for prayer at Kinmylies Church, with coffee served at 10.30amTrevor Hunt Inverness<at>churchofscotland.org.uk
CALMAN TRUST are looking for volunteers to work mainly with young people aged 16-25. Can you help a few hours a week with cooking sessions, practical workshops (baking, crafts, sewing, DIY) or with our Ness Soaps production?- please get in touch! food<at>calman.org
VOCATIONS INFORMATION DAY Saturday 10 February 2018 at The Conforti Institute, Coatbridge. Follows the great success of our launch of the Tomorrow’s Calling campaign in 2015. For those with an interest in Ministry of Word and Sacrament, Diaconal Ministry or Readership but as a much wider exploration of the ministry of the whole people of God; compulsory for potential candidates for ministry. For more information, speak to the Minister.
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.

Sunday Bulletin 22 October 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 29 October 2017: 21st Sunday after Pentecost
10 am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s led by Rev Arthur Sinclair
11.15 Sacrament of Holy Communion at the Old High led by the Minister
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
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.
CRAFT EVENING in St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm on Wednesday 25 September. Please come along with your craft or if you wish to learn a craft you will be made very welcome. At present there is knitting, crochet, cross stitch, tapestry and card making but we would welcome any other craft. Refreshments provided. Enquiries from Margaret McAleer.
MEET & EAT Lunch is on Thursday 26 October at 12.30pm at the Craigmonie Hotel. Transport is available. Contact Val Cantlay.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP tonight at 7pm at St Stephen’s. Continuing our exploration of “Life in the Psalms” by Patrick Woodhouse. All welcome at these discussions! Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
FROM SALON TO DRAWING ROOM Saturday 28 October, 7pm, Old High Church Hall. Join Robin Versteeg and friends for an evening of French and Scottish Chamber Music, raising funds of the Friends of the Old High Church. Tickets £12.50 including wine & canapes. Tickets & info from Christina Cameron christinajcameron6<at>gmail.com and Linda Philip lindajphilip<at>hotmail.com.
HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at the Old High on Sunday 29 October. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. The Retiring Offering for Cameron House.
OHSS AUTUMN WALK on Sunday 29 October. A straightforward short circular walk from the old fishing village of Avoch. The walk visits Ormond Castle – once an important medieval stronghold but later completely destroyed by Oliver Cromwell. Today the green mound offers excellent views back to the village and across the bay. Meet at St Stephen’s church for car share at 1.30pm, or 2pm at parking on the seafront at the southern end of Avoch. Cuppa at Munro’s nurseries at Bogallan at 3.30 pm. Contact Deborah Macrae for further details.
ST STEPHEN’S BAKE SALE I am holding a bake sale after church on Sunday 29 October after the service. This is part of my fundraising for my year overseas with the charity Project Trust, for which I have to raise £6,000. I plan to go to Nepal in August 2018 to teach English to children in a remote area. I would be really pleased if you would join me and my family for coffee and cake. Anna Kelly.
OLD HIGH MUSIC Saturday 11 November at 12 noon a performance of Mozart’s Violin Sonata in B-flat and Elgar’s Violin Sonata by Simon Evans, accompanied by Robin Versteeg. After a season featuring a lot of organ and choral music, the recitals in November and December are dedicated to violin repertoire, so we look forward to seeing all our string enthusiasts! More details from Andrew Stevenson or stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
BLYTHSWOOD SHOE BOX APPEAL Leaflets are available at church doors. Filled boxes to be returned by 3 November. Academy Street shop will accept. Thanks. Rae Swan.
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 today. If you have any of these coins around the house please bring them to Church and donate them to this worthwhile cause. Val Cantlay val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com.
THE LEPROSY MISSION COFFEE MORNING held recently in Free North raised £1,800, up on last year! Thanks to all those who supported the OHSS stall and came. Ruth Martin
OTHER NEWS
‘BACK TO CHURCH SUNDAY’ ROADSHOW on Wednesday 25 October 2017 from 1-3pm at Inshes Church, Inshes Retail Park, Sir Walter Scott Drive, Inverness. The purpose of the Roadshow is to provide ideas and inspiration for church members to develop a culture of inviting people to come to church, in advance of the National Weekend of Invitation in June 2018. The event is free but registration is required at https://www.resourcingmission.org.uk/weekend-invitation-roadshows-23-26-October or contact Linda Philip
FAITH, BELIEF AND MENTAL HEALTH A Day for reflection and connection Thursday 30 November 2017, 10.30am-3.30pm, Inshes Church, Inverness. Speakers: Rev Iain Macritchie Mental Health Care Chaplain; Rev Fiona Smith on Faith Communities & Mental Health Care; Michael Perera Mental Health Services Manager. Light lunch provided. To attend, contact Raigmore Chaplaincy:  lorna.sculthorpe-goode<at>nhs.net
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com

Friends of Old High Musical Evening Saturday 28 October 2017

FROM SALON TO DRAWING ROOM on Saturday 28 October, at 7pm, in the Old High Church Hall.

Join Robin Versteeg and friends for an evening of French and Scottish Chamber Music, raising funds for the Friends of the Old High Church.

Tickets £12.50 including wine & canapes.

For catering reasons, tickets should be purchased in advance from Christina Cameron 07771 736982 christinajcameron6@gmail.com.

Sunday Bulletin 2 July 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 9 July 2017 : The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 Morning Worship at the Old High
Both Services led by Rev Alastair Younger
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
For details : invernesschurch<at>gmail.com
INTERIM MODERATOR The Rev Alastair Younger continues as our Interim Moderator younger873<at>btinternet.com.
PASTORAL CARE continues to be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant arthursinclair<at>btinternet.com.
MARGARET SUTHERLAND It has been agreed to give a gift to Margaret to mark her long service with our Congregation. Margaret was the first lady elder to be ordained in the Old High and went on to become Session Clerk on John Herrick’s retirement. She has also served as Session Clerk and Deputy Session Clerk since the union. This is nearly 30 years’ service which she has given freely and faithfully. To make a contribution, please either send it direct to our Treasurer, Sandy Cumming, or put it in an enveloped marked ‘Presentation to Margaret Sutherland’ and put it in the offering bag. The closing date for contributions is Sunday 16 July.
RETIRING OFFERING held at St Stephen’s on Sunday 25 June in aid of Dr Graham’s Homes raised £287.60. If you missed the opportunity to donate and would like to do so, then please put your donation in an envelope marked “Dr Graham’s Homes” for the attention of Sandy Cumming. The Kirk Session decided to have a retiring offering for this charity in memory of the late Rev Arthur Fraser who had a special relationship with Dr Graham’s.
OLD HIGH Tea will be served after the service today. All welcome. Christine Mackenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
SOUTHSIDE NURSING HOME There will be a short service, led by Isobel Allan, at Southside Nursing Home immediately after this morning’s service at St Stephen’s. If you are able to assist with the singing, your assistance would be much appreciated. We still also seek members willing to lead these services on a rota basis; please contact Janet Robertson janetnfraser<at>btinternet.com.
ST STEPHEN’S FLOWER ARRANGING EVENING I would like to thank Annette Stoker for the wonderful array of floral displays which covered Chinese, Rennie Mackintosh and contemporary. Also her relaxed and humorous style added to everyone’s enjoyment. I would also like to thank everyone that helped, and  those who came along to help raise the sum of £359. Joan Darcy.
FRIENDS OF THE OLD HIGH CHURCH The  Annual General Meeting will be held in the Church on Monday 3 July at 7.30pm. Anyone interested in the Friends is welcome to attend. Christina Cameron christinajcameron6<at>gmail.com
OLD HIGH MUSIC: THE KELLIE CONSORT Wednesday 5 July, 7.30pm as part of their summer tour. Programme of Baroque Music entitled ‘The Scottish/Italian Connection’: vocal and instrumental music from 17th and 18th century Scotland and Italy. A Sonata by Corelli and Cello Concerto by Vivaldi may well be familiar, but church music by Sir John Clerk of Penicuik and a Sonata by Thomas Erskine may be new for many of us. Philip Higham, cellist; Tom Wilkinson Conductor. As already announced, we are still looking for host addresses for 12 musicians for B&B on 5 July, so I’d be most grateful for any offers of assistance with that. Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com.
HEALING SERVICE There will be a Healing Service in St Stephen’s next Sunday 11 July at 4pm to which are all welcome. Ruth Martin.
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING The Old High will be open for visitors to the end of September on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday each week from 10am-12 noon and 2-4 pm. If you are able to help please contact Sheila MacLeod macloshei<at>aol.com). If you can’t help every week we will still need people to help out on an occasional basis to cover in case of illness and holidays and will keep a list of those who can help in this way. In advance thank you for your help. Christine Mackenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com.
WORD FOR TODAY New copies of the daily readings Word for Today are now available in both churches. Ruth Martin.
CROSSREACH newsletter and prayer diary (June – Sept) are available at church doors. Contact Rae Swan .
OTHER NEWS
LIVING BETTER WITH A LONGTERM CONDITION Inverness Groups meet Thursday 29 June 12 noon to 2pm at Smithton Free Church; Monday 3 July 2-4pm at Trinity Church Hall; Thursday 6 July at MS Therapy Centre 6.30-8pm. Boccia Wednesday 28 June at Spectrum Centre 2-4pm. Contact Roy Anderson LGOWITRoy<at>highlandtsi.org.uk
COMMUNITY OF FAITH CONFERENCE ON CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND A day conference for those who work with and minister to children and young people in the church, to connect, be resourced and inspired. this day conference will explore new and exciting ideas on a range of topics covered in the publication. Worship, an address from the Moderator and a market place. For everyone interested in working with young people. 26th August 2017, 10am-4pm in Dunfermline- transport may be available. Cost £20 including lunch and a complimentary copy of the Learn: Children and Young People Resource (RRP £10). Contact Pat Macleod invernesschurch<at>gmail.com.
CHURCH OF SCOTLAND NATIONAL YOUTH ASSEMBLY (NYA) 2017 21-24 July at Gartmore House near Stirling. Booking closes 25 June. A platform for young adults to voice their opinions and actively participate in decision making within the Church of Scotland. Discussion, workshop, worship, social events and a visit from the Moderator. Cost: £95 per person for food and accommodation, but help with costs is available. Free coach travel to/from Stirling will be provided. Book now at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/national-youth-assembly-2017-registration

Sunday Bulletin 4 June 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 11 June 2017
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 Morning Worship at the Old High
Services led by Rev Andrew Lyon
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
Details from : invernesschurch<at>gnail.com
INTERIM MODERATOR The Rev Alastair Younger has been appointed Interim Moderator in the absence of Rev Peter Nimmo due to illness. His contact details are younger873<at>btinternet.com.
PASTORAL CARE will be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant arthursinclair<at>btinternet.com while Peter is absent from his duties, due to illness.
SOUTHSIDE NURSING HOME There will be a short service, led by Iain Todd, at Southside Nursing Home immediately after this morning’s service at St Stephen’s. If you are able to assist with the singing, your assistance would be much appreciated. We still also seek members willing to lead these services on a rota basis; please contact Janet Robertson janetnfraser<at>btinternet.com
CHRISTIAN AID Many thanks to all who helped in any way with, firstly, the Coffee Morning which raised the fine total of £880.95 and secondly, the house to house collection. Also thanks to all who contributed via the envelopes distributed at the Church services and who will contribute at the Old High Communion retiring offering today. Any house to house collections or church collections should be given to Susan MacLeod at St Stephen’s or to Roberta MacKintosh at the Old High today, or to myself at 5 Beaufort Road, after 1 June. The returned envelopes will be counted following the St Stephen’s service on 4 June. Watch the magazine for totals! Thanks again to all. Ken Cantlay ken.cantlay<at>btinternet.com.
FRIENDS OF THE OLD HIGH CHURCH The Old High will be open from10am till 4pm on Friday 9 June, St Columba Day. There will be organ music at intervals during the day and a short talk at 1pm about St Columba and his connection to the Old High and Inverness. Refreshments available. For information contact Christina Cameron christinajcameron6<at>gmail.com
OLD HIGH MUSIC Saturday 10 June at 12 noon will be the opportunity this year to hear a number of advanced music pupils from around Inverness. Some of them will perform pieces they are playing at the Highland Young Musician of the Year Competition the following weekend. We know from recent years how encouraging it can be for these young people to play for an appreciative audience, so we do hope many of you will be able to come along to add support.
Looking ahead to the evening of Wednesday 5 July, the Old High is thrilled to be hosting the Highland Concert being organised as part of the Kellie Consort 2017 Summer Tour www.kellieconsort.org.uk. The Kellie Consort is made up of outstandingly talented young singers and instrumentalists, with a connection to Scotland, who wish to develop their skills in baroque performance to the highest level. The soloist and coach on this tour is Philip Higham, Principal Cello at the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. This charity has to operate on a low budget and therefore has asked whether OHSS can offer one night’s B&B to the 14 musicians after the concert. I have given an undertaking that we will try and organise that, so I’d be most grateful to hear as soon as possible from anyone who could offer such hospitality. Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com).
OHSS MAGAZINE Our Editor requires articles and photos for the June issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, by e-mail to willie<at>kenilweb.com. The deadline is Wednesday 14 June as he will be away briefly from the 15th. (01463 792076).
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING The Old High will be open for visitors from 1 June to the end of September on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday each week from 10am-12 noon and 2-4 pm each day. If you are able to help with this please contact Sheila MacLeod macloshei<at>aol.com). If you can’t help every week we will still need people to help out on an occasional basis to cover in case of illness and holidays and will keep a list of those who can help in this way. In advance thank you for your help and I know that visitors to the City will appreciate being able to see round the Old High Church during their visit. Christine Mackenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com.
AFTERNOON TEA AT ST STEPHEN’S £326 was raised. Grateful thanks to those who supported this event. Sadly not well attended but those who came were very appreciative of the effort to make this a proper afternoon tea. Many thanks to all who contributed and helped on the day. Margaret McAleer margaretmcaleer<at>talktalk.net
FIRE DRILL We propose to hold a fire drill next month (weather permitting) and we hereby attach a plan of St Stephen’s church and hall. St Stephen’s – Please note there are 4 fire exit doors on the plan and we ask you to familiarise yourself with them all. Old High: There are two exit doors, the east and west door. Linda Philip .
BARNABAS PERFORMANCE The choirs of St Stephen’s, Old High, Crown and Ness Bank are to join forces for a performance of Barnabas, a semi- staged cantata on the evening of Sunday 17 September in St Stephen’s Church. Roger Jones, the composer, and his team from Christian Music Ministries (CMM) are touring Scotland in September performing the musical in a variety of churches. The large choir will sing the chorus sections of the work whilst the team from Birmingham will provide the vocal solos, dialogue and instrumental accompaniment. It will be a ‘night off’ for Robin, Pam and Alyn. The choirs are soon to be meeting to learn the light-hearted music. If you would like to join the choir for this project please get in touch with Pam at pam.41<at>tiscali.co.uk. We hope that many of you will come along to the performance to support your choirs and enjoy the music. You can find further information about Christian Music Ministries at www.cmm.org.uk Pam McCulloch.
HIGHLAND FOODBANK During the months of May and June the Foodbank would welcome donations of: Tins of potatoes, Crackers/ Oatcakes, Jars of Pasta sauce, Tins of Corned Beef. ‘Bags for Life’ are also very well received for packing the goods when they are given out. Please bring these items to Church and they will be taken to the Foodbank. Blythswood are very grateful for our support. Contact Bill Guthrie: williamwguthrie<at>googlemail.com. The Foodbank Centres in Hilton and Madras Street have vacancies for volunteers (a couple of hours every week/fortnight). Contact Lorna Dempster lorna.dempster<at>blythswood.org.
WORD FOR TODAY New copies of the daily readings Word for Today are now available in both churches. Ruth Martin.
CROSSREACH newsletter and prayer diary (June – Sept) are available at church doors. Contact Rae Swan
OTHER NEWS
Thy Kingdom Come- Inverness Prayer Space and Joint Churches Celebration This is an initiative facilitating global prayer between Ascension and Pentecost (25 May to 4 June). Churches across the Inverness area are delighted to be hosting a physical prayer room, open 24 hours a day, at CYC Centre,12 Bank Street, Inverness IV1 1QR. Sign up for your hour slot to pray at https://tinyurl.com/hov2raw. Come on your own, with a spouse or group of friends to pray during that hour, whether 3pm or 3am to continue an unbroken prayer chain. On Sunday 4 June, from 6pm to 7.30pm, there will be a joint churches celebration at Inverness Cathedral. Details from Rev Trevor Hunt inverness<at>churchofscotland.org.uk
WATOTO CHILDREN’S CHOIR are putting on two concerts at the Inverness Cathedral on Tuesday 6 June at 1.30pm and again at 7pm. Admission free. Details from Cathedral Office.
HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS YOUTH FOR CHRIST BIG FRIENDS GATHERING Monday 12 June, Barn Church Culloden, 6:30-8:30pm. An evening of fellowship about the work of HIYFC in schools and in the community, with the opportunity to ask questions and pray together for the young people of our area. Light buffet. Contact: Linda Buchan pdw<at>hiyfc.co.uk
CHURCH OF SCOTLAND VOCATIONS CONFERENCE 2017 Saturday 17 June 2017. Carnegie Conference Centre, Dunfermline. This Conference offers an inspirational keynote speech on the Call to Serve Today, practical information and the opportunity to ask important questions about how God might be calling you. £15 booking fee. Details and and to register: Ministries Council, 121 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 4YN. vocation<at>churchofscotland.org.uk Spaces are limited – booking is essential. You must attend this if you are interested in full-time ministry in the Church.
NATIONAL PRAYER BREAKFAST SCOTLAND 7-9am Tuesday 20 June Culduthel Christian Centre. Details www.culduthelchristiancentre.org.

Old High Church Open Day Friday 9 June 2017

Friends of the Old High Church are holding an open day from 10am till 4pm on Friday 9 June, St Columba Day. There will be organ music at intervals during the day, and a short talk at 1pm about St Columba and his connection to the Old High and Inverness.  Refreshments available. For information contact Christina Cameron christinajcameron6<at>gmail.com or find out more about Friends of the Old High Church here.

Minister’s welcome at the launch of the Friends of the Old High Church, Inverness

To find out how you can help the Old High Church of Inverness, please call 01463 250 802, or email invernesschurch@gmail.com .

Welcoming remarks at the opening of the Launch of the Friends of the Old High Church, Inverness
12 January 2016

Rev Peter Nimmo A

Rev Peter W Nimmo, minister of Old High St Stephen’s

Deputy Provost, ladies and gentlemen, on behalf of the congregation of Old High St Stephen’s, I would like to warmly welcome you to our historic city centre building, the Old High Church of Inverness, for the launch of this new Friends Group. Continue reading

Launch of Friends of the Old High Church

The Kirk Session of Old High St Stephen’s have recently set up the new Friends of the Old High Church, which will launch on Tuesday 12 January 2016 at 7.30pm within the Old High Church.

Everyone is welcome to attend

We are delighted with this initiative, and look forward to working very closely with the Friends to develop this building, which is so important to the civic, artistic, spiritual and historical life of our city.

You can read the minister’s comments at the launch here.

Here is the press release which went out about the event.

Lovers of the Highland Capital’s historic heritage are invited to gather at the Old High Church, Inverness, on Tuesday evening, to promote its welfare and conservation for present and future generations.

 

Enthusiasts have already formed a new organisation to raise funds for the ancient building’s improvement, and to advertise it as a local cultural and tourist destination.

The Grade-A listed church stands on the site where St Columba is said to have converted the Pictish King Brude to Christianity in 565.

 

The new group, Friends of the Old High Church, is to hold an open meeting to launch itself formally and to welcome those wishing to join, with a talk from the Old High’s historian and author of the informative booklet Tales of the Old High, Ross Martin, musical entertainment including a recital on the church’s magnificent Willis Organ, choral items, a virtuoso demonstration by the Handbell Ringers and refreshments.

 

Friends of the Old High Church is a separate entity from the congregation, and is inviting membership from members of other churches, religions or heritage enthusiasts with no religious affiliation, besides those who worship within its own walls. The site has hosted a place of worship since the Sixth Century.

 

The group has received the endorsement of minister the Rev Peter Nimmo and his Kirk Session.

 

Church elder Christina Cameron, who has led the bid to found the group, and who has been elected its first chairperson, said that the oldest church in Inverness was a vital part of the City’s heritage, but like all historic buildings was very costly to maintain.

 

“It’s a wonderful building which was for centuries the only place of worship in the town, and a focal point of the community,” she added, “but It’s now like an old lady that needs some tender loving care.

 

“Our group’s mission is to ensure that the building will be secured for future generations and continue to contribute actively to the spiritual, cultural and social life of the city. This is why we invite all who love the long and varied history of Inverness to join.”

 

Despite an already busy civic workload, the City’s depute provost, Councillor Jean Slater, has volunteered for the time-consuming task of Friends’ secretary.

 

The group has set up its own website, separate from, but loosely linked to, the official website of Old High St Stephen’s congregation, which worships in the Old High and in its sister church on Southside Road.

 

While the congregation is responsible for financing the general maintenance of the church, Friends’ members believe there is much a strong, secular supporters’ group might achieve to enhance it.

 

One of its early priorities is to keep it open for several hours each day between Easter and autumn, to give the City’s many visitors the opportunity to visit it.

 

In recent years there have been many visitors from all over the world, but regular opening has sometimes been curtailed by lack of volunteers to welcome and supervise them, despite appeals to congregation members.

 

Ms Cameron and her colleagues are anxious to ensure that tourists from cruise ships visiting Invergordon, as well as those staying locally, should be aware of the church’s significance, and enjoy easy access to it, particularly in view of proposals to turn nearby Inverness Castle into a tourist attraction.

 

Rev Nimmo said: “If people would like to be involved in activities like being guides in the church, or in stewarding events organised by the Friends, they’ll be very welcome.”

Among more mundane projects the group might hope in time to fund is much-needed improvement of the building’s toilet facilities – there is at present only one toilet, in the vestry.

 

Tuesday’s meeting begins at 7.30pm.

 

Historical note: St Michael’s Mount, the little prominence overlooking the River Ness on which the old High Church stands, may arguably be described as the cradle of Christianity in the Northern Highlands. Here, according to local tradition, the pioneering Irish missionary St Columba first preached in 565, and converted the Pictish King Brude to Christianity. There has been a church on the site since shortly after that date. Much of present building dates largely to 1772, although the tower is between four and six centuries old.