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 .

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

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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.

Rev Martin Johnstone, Priority Areas Secretary of the Kirk, to speak at the Old High Church, Sunday 11 August 2013 7.30pm

Martin-Johnstone Rev Martin Johnstone, Priority Areas Secretary of the Church of Scotland and Chief Executive of Faith in Community Scotland will be our guest speaker at a summer evening service on 11 August 2013 at the Old High Church.

People have said of Martin Johnstone that if he had chosen to work in the private sector he would have become a very rich man. Martin isn’t so sure and reckons that he would more likely have ended up broke. Whatever the truth, he has chosen to use his skills and creativity over the last 20 years to work with faith communities tackling poverty across Scotland. In Bellshill, where he was a Church of Scotland minister for ten years in the 90s, the local congregation developed a community centre catering for over 2,000 visitors a week. Since then, he has coordinated the Church of Scotland’s work in its poorest neighbourhoods across Scotland, a role he combines with being Chief Executive of Faith in Community Scotland – an anti-poverty organisation working with faith communities across the country. Each of these areas of work are now effective businesses which, in turn, have generated many more groups and organisations tackling poverty the length and breadth of Scotland. Martin says of himself: “I don’t know that I am very good at many things. However, the one thing I know I can do is to believe in other people’s dreams and to help them to turn those dreams into reality.”

The Priority Areas Committee of the Church of Scotland is responsible for the support, development and coordination of the Church’s work within its poorest 56 communities. Their mandate includes-

  • Developing new models of church life;
  • Engaging the wider church and society on issues of poverty;
  • Developing new models of community. Faith in Community Scotland is an interfaith anti-poverty organisation giving training, resources, advice and support to faith groups (churches, mosques, gurdwaras, synagogues etc), developing their potential to make a difference in Scotland’s poorest communities.

Old High-1 Old High St Stephen’s Parish Church have been hosting guest speakers at evening services on summer Sunday evenings at the Old High, the oldest church in Inverness, for more than a decade. We host these speakers as a gift to the whole Christian Community of Inverness, fulfilling the Old High’s role as the ‘town church’ of the City of Inverness.

Each event begins with worship at 7.30pm, and includes refreshments and a question and answer session, and ends around 9pm.

Please leave a comment if you would like more information.

John Bell to speak on ‘The Strange Silence of Biblical Women’ at the Old High Church Sunday 21 July 7.30pm

John BellKnown to many as a hymn writer, Iona Community member John Bell is a scintillating speaker, much in demand around the world, so we are very lucky to have been able to persuade John to come and speak about ‘The Strange Silence of Biblical Women’ at our Summer Evening service at the Old High, Sunday 21 July, 7.30pm. Continue reading

Poet Kenneth Steven is Old High Summer Evening Guest Speaker on 30 June

Poet Kenneth Steven will speak at the Old High Church summer evening service on 30 June 2013 at 7.30pm.

Kenneth Steven, writer, author of children’s books and poet, is published by St Andrew’s Press, and his poetry regularly appears in Life and Work, the magazine of the Church of Scotland.

Over the past 20 years, Kenneth Steven has become one of the country’s most popular poets. Drawing on a quiet Celtic spirituality and a love of wild Scotland, his engaging poetry offers us something beautiful, evocative, moving and captivating. He is also a highly successful broadcaster, featuring regularly on national radio. His BBC Radio 4 documentary on the island of St Kilda won him a prestigious Sony Award.

You can see a video of Kenneth Steven speaking and reciting some of his poetry here.

Kenneth Steven will speak following the evening service at the Old High at 7.30pm on Sunday 30 June. After his talk there will be tea and cake and a short question and answer session.

For more details, please leave a comment!

Summer Evening Speakers announced: includes John Bell

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Old High St Stephen’s Parish Church has announced the speakers at this year’s summer evening services at the Old High Church, Church Street, Inverness.

We have been hosting guest speakers at evening services on summer Sunday evenings at the Old High, the oldest church in Inverness, for more than a decade. We host these speakers as a gift to the whole Christian Community of Inverness, fulfilling the Old High’s role as the ‘town church’ of the City of Inverness.

Each event begins with worship at 7.30pm, and includes refreshments and a question and answer session.

This year’s guest speakers are:

9 June 2013: James M Fraser MA MEd FRSA, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Highlands and Islands.

30 June 2013: Kenneth Steven, writer, author and poet

21 July 2013: Rev John L. Bell, Iona Community member, hymnwriter, lecturer, broadcaster

11 August 2013: Rev Martin Johnstone, Priority Areas Secretary of the Church of Scotland and Chief Executive of Faith in Community Scotland

Please see below for more information about each speaker. More detail about their talks will follow later. Continue reading