Old High history book now available

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Our resident historian, Ross Martin, has written a quirky book of essays on aspects of the history of the Old High Church.

The Old High is the Town Church of Inverness, on a site dating back to Celtic times.

Tales of the Old High was launched on Friday 22 November when Ross spoke about his book and gave a tour of the building.

You can buy the book by sending a cheque for £5 made payable to Old High St Stephen’s Church to:

Ross Martin

‘Roseneath’

Drummond Crescent

Inverness

IV2 4QR.

You can also buy it from Waterstones in Inverness, or online from www.waterstones.com .

It’s also available on Sundays at both of our places of worship. Or contact us for a copy.

Here’s the introduction to the book by our Minister: Continue reading

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.

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).

Future Focus 3: Our Community- a report on the day.

The third Future Focus session took place on 23 February.

The Minister gave a presentation on ‘Our Parish in Numbers’ which you can view here.

This was based on Scottish Governments which you can look at here.

In groups, people thought about what they themselves did in the community. We also identified issues in the community and thought about how the congregation could best respond to these issues. You have view a summary of what we did here, together with photos of the ‘post’ notes people produced.

The sermon the next day was about how we interact with our community.

The next Future Focus event is the ‘Vision Day’. This will be on Saturday 9 March at Trinity Church, Huntly Street, from 10am to 3pm. Bring a packed lunch and we’ll provide the drinks!

Note: all Future Focus documents are available here.

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