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Pew alterations at the Old High Church

OH pew changes red
At the end of February we plan to make changes at Old High. As reported by Jim Alexander in our September 2017 magazine, the purpose of the changes is to deal with problems flagged up by a recent risk assessment: limited circulation space at the chancel area for wheelchair users during services and other events; and restricted access in the event of emergency.
The proposed changes are shown on the above drawing. Pew portions being removed are in red:

  • Removal of the central front pew
  • On pulpit side: front pew, cut back to match pew arrangement at audio console control end.
  • On lectern side: front pew, cut back at both ends to reflect proposed pew arrangement at pulpit side.
  • Associated work on heating pipes and the floor.

All the work will be carried out with due care and attention to detail in the reinstatement of existing pew finishes. The aim to respect the sanctuary and its symmetry centred on the chancel area.
For more details, please see the September 2017 magazine or contact our Session Clerks.
More details were in the September 2017 magazine

Ding Dong Merrily Old High- celebrating the Inverness Christmas Lights Switch On

Following the Christmas Lights Switch on this Sunday, join us for a family carol service!
A short service for young and old, featuring carols old and new, and a message for all as we get ready for Christmas.
6.30pm at the Old High Church, Church Street (just follow Santa!)
Ding Dong Poster

Old High Music Recital 9 September 2017

Download information for the recital on Saturday 9 September here

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.

Old High Church summer opening times

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This summer, visit one of the landmarks of Inverness: the Old High Church, the original parish church of Inverness.
It is open to visitors on weekdays until September on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from 10am to 12 noon and 2-4pm each day. Services are at 11.15am on Sundays.
Click here for more information about the Old High Church.
Whether you are a local or a visitor, you are most welcome to come and look around the most historic building in Inverness. You’ll be warmly welcomed by our volunteer guides.
We can always use more volunteers, especially to cover times when the regulars can’t make it – please contact us if you would like to help.

Old High Music Recital 18 March 2017

The next in our series of musical events will be held on Saturday 18 March 2017 at 12 noon in the Old High Church, Church Street, Inverness, when Edward Caswell, Baritone, and Robin Versteeg, Piano, will present a programme of works by Schumann and Finzi.
Download the Programme here

Old High Organ Recital 8 October 2016

OLD HIGH MUSIC
The next of this year’s organ recitals takes place on Saturday 8 October at 12 noon, when Stephen Doughty (Director of Music and Organist at St John’s Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh) is going to perform a programme which will include the Prelude and Fugue in E flat minor by J S Bach, the well-known Organ Sonata No. 4 by Mendelssohn and music by Henry Smart, whom we also know as the composer of a much loved hymn.
Stephen is a highly-regarded musician around Scotland and this promises to be a memorable recital.
Click here to download the programme

Leftover people: Sermon for the Kirking of the Council, 11 September 2016

Scripture Readings: Isaiah 1.15-18 (not Lectionary)

Luke 15:1-10

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

At the beginning of today’s Bible reading, Jesus of Nazareth is in trouble. This happened to Jesus a lot. Again and again, he went against people’s expectations, and this upset some of them.
Luke tells us that, ‘all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him’. Tax collectors were not popular in a country under Roman occupation. Sinners were those who were thought to have broken moral and religious rules.
This causes ‘the Pharisees and the scribes’ to grumble. These are the respectable, those who think of themselves as very religious and moral. Nowadays they might be called ‘role-models’, to show the rest of us how to live. Admired by most people, they have a high opinion of themselves, for they are the kind of people who usually think they are right. And they believe that they have God on their side.
So they grumble: ‘This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them’. They think that Jesus is attracting the wrong crowd. How can Jesus be a respected religious teacher, if his audience attracts people who are pretty irreligious? As the Pharisees and the scribes see it, there must be something wrong with a religious teacher who attracts the outcasts, the scum, the dregs of society, the irreligious, the immoral.

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Old High Music 10 September 2016

ANCIENT MUSIC LIVES AGAIN AT THE OLD HIGH CHURCH
A musical tradition nearly crushed by religious prejudice over four centuries ago, comes alive again at a choral recital in the Old High Church, Inverness, at 12 noon on Saturday 10 September. 

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SUMMER SONGS OF PRAISE AT THE OLD HIGH

Come along and join us at the OHSS SUMMER SONGS OF PRAISE a joyful evening worship service at the Old High on Sunday 21 August at 7pm. A chance to sing favourite hymns, and to meet our new Old High organist, Robin Versteeg, who will also treat us to some organ fireworks! More details from The Minister PNimmochurchofscotland.org.

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