Old High St. Stephen's, Inverness

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Funeral Announcement Mrs Isabella Paton MacTaggart (Pat)

Mrs MacTaggart, formerly of Muirfield Park,  died on 10 January 2020. She was 92 years.
Mrs MacTaggart’s funeral will be held on Monday 20 January 2020 at 1pm at Inverness Crematorium (Large Chapel).
Further details from the Funeral Director is D Chisholm & Sons (712255)

Sunday Bulletin 19 January 2020

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 26 January 2020: Third Sunday after Epiphany
10 am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
Led by Stewart Robertson, Reader at Crown Church
11.15 am Sacrament of Holy Communion at the Old High
led by the Minister

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION – contact details from the Church Administrator
OLD HIGH MUSIC At One with Music is a parallel lunchtime recital series offering regular 1 hour concerts in Inverness. These are held at 1pm on Fridays in the Spectrum Centre. However, in 2020 all the piano recitals in that programme will now take place in the Old High Church, in partnership with Old High Music. The first of these will be a piano recital by Ailsa Aitkenhead on Friday 24 January at 1pm. As a commemoration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday, she will perform one of his major Piano Sonatas, along with work by Chopin. Donations of £7.50 requested at the door. More details from Andrew Stevenson.
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at the Old High Church next Sunday 26 January. All welcome at the Lord’s Table. The Retiring Collection will be for Friends of Cameron House who fundraise to provide additional comforts for residents such as pictures, garden, curtains etc. Members of our congregation are part of the friends group and of course the home is within our parish. Christine Mackenzie Christine Mackenzie, Acting Session Clerk.
COMMUNION SERVICES The Kirk Session has decided that we no longer require to have cloths on each pew for Communion services. This is a tradition which has died out in many churches, and it requires quite a lot of work. Of course, we continue to use a white cloth on the Communion Table, as has been the tradition of the Christian Church for centuries. The Session would like sincerely thank all who, over the years, have laundered and ironed our cloths, and prepared the pews before each Communion Sunday. Christine Mackenzie, Acting Session Clerk.
WARMTH FOR THE HOMELESS CAMPAIGN Our local Homeless Community and Gateway would like to thank you for your kind donation of six suitcases full of used warm clothes, they were greatly appreciated. With our temperatures still hovering around zero, we will continue to collect used warm clothes with the last date for donations Sunday 16 February. Suggestions: Dog blankets, Socks, Hats, Gloves, Scarves, Warm clothes, Boots, Trainers, Sleeping bags, Roll mats, Rucksacks. Please leave your donations in the suitcases located in the entry halls (to be collected by Gary Ross).
HIGHLAND FOOD BANK have asked that from November to January we donate Cartons of long life fruit juice; Small washing powder/gel; Tins of corned beef/ham; Jam. You will also be happy to know that some of the folk who use St. Stephen’s hall during the week have said that they are happy to bring along small donations on a regular basis, so crates have been supplied for this at the back of the hall. Thank you again for your generosity. Margaret Neville.
SHARING YOUR FAITH (SYF) Discussion Groups will restart in 2020. If you are interested in joining a group, please speak to or email me with first and second choices of day and time that suit you best. Dot Getliffe.
OLD HIGH CHURCH REDEVELOPMENT AND CONSERVATION PROJECT A small exhibition about the architect’s ideas is now on display at the Old High. You can visit it following services at Old High, and we will have more opening times in the New Year. There are also forms available for visitors to give feedback. More information at https://www.oldhighststephens.com/2019/12/05/old-high-development-project-exhibition/, where you can also download the architect’s report.
CHRISTMAS OFFERINGS The offerings taken at the various services over the Christmas period at St Stephens amounted to £458.07 with all funds going to GATEWAY the Highlands’ charity for vulnerable and homeless people https://homelesstrust.org.uk/. The Community Choir “Singing Around the Christmas Tree” event raised £210.76 for CLARITY WALK, a social enterprise with a mission of helping improve mental health in the Highlands by organising free walks for all fitness levels. Participants are asked to disconnect from technology and reconnect with others, nature and yourself with a 1 hour ‘No Phone’ walk. Proven to be effective for combating anxiety, depression and loneliness, as well as having many physical benefits, followed by a coffee after the walk at a local café. Details of walks and how you can donate, at their website https://www.claritywalk.co.uk/
FOOD FOR FAMILIES Many thanks to everyone who participated in the Food for Families programme for 2019/20. Over 200 portions of mince and tatties have been made. Thank you all for giving up your time to make a difference to those in need within our community, it is much appreciated. Christine Mackenzie.
SUNDAY BULLETIN Volunteers are needed to fold the weekly bulletin once a month. Can you help please? Further details from Rae Swan.
SUNDAY BULLETIN Please send items for this sheet to our Church Administrator Mrs Pat Macleod (079 342 85924) invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and include contact details and/or e-mail.
OTHER NEWS
ECUMENICAL SERVICE OF WORSHIP AND PRAYER 6pm this evening at Culduthel Christian Centre, Culduthel Avenue, Inverness IV2 6AS. Please join us in worshipping together and in praying together for the many issues which face our city and our society. Contact: Jonathan Appleby or Peter, our Minister.
GROW is on Saturday 29 February 2020 in Culduthel Christian Centre, Culduthel Avenue, Inverness. What is it? One Stop Shop for anyone who works or wants to work with a Christian focus on children and young people. Workshops look fantastic! This will equip OHSS for when we get more youngsters in. There is also a workshop for working with Toddlers and Their Carers. Dot would LOVE if 2 or 3 folks could go with her to represent our ‘GROWing’ church. Brochure/registration form and more details from her. Pray and see if it appeals!? Only £8….

Sunday Bulletin 12 January 2020

WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Sunday 19 January 2020: Second Sunday after Epiphany

10 am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11.15 am Morning worship at the Old High

Both services led by Rev Arthur Sinclair

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION

SOUTHSIDE NURSING HOME There will be a short service, led by Malcolm Macrae, at Southside Nursing Home immediately after this morning’s service at St Stephen’s.  If you are able to assist with the singing, or chatting to the residents, this would be much appreciated.  Please speak to Malcolm after the service.  We still also seek members willing to lead these services on a rota basis; please contact Janet Robertson.

OLD HIGH CHURCH REDEVELOPMENT AND CONSERVATION PROJECT A small exhibition about the architect’s ideas is now on display at the Old High. You can visit it following services at Old High, and we will have more opening times in the New Year. There are also forms available for visitors to give feedback. More information at https://www.oldhighststephens.com/2019/12/05/old-high-development-project-exhibition/, where you can also download the architect’s report.

CHRISTMAS OFFERINGS The offerings taken at the various services over the Christmas period at St Stephens amounted to £458.07 with all funds going to GATEway the Highlands’ charity for vulnerable and homeless people https://homelesstrust.org.uk/. The Community Choir “Singing Around the Christmas Tree” eventraised £210.76  for CLARITY WALK, a social enterprise with a mission of helping improve mental health in the Highlands by organising free walks for all fitness levels. Participants are asked to disconnect from technology and reconnect with others, nature and yourself with a 1 hour ‘No Phone’ walk. Proven to be effective for combating anxiety, depression and loneliness, as well as having many physical benefits, followed by a coffee after the walk at a local café. Details of walks and how you can donate, at their website https://www.claritywalk.co.uk/

Old High Flower List The draft flower list is on the notice board. Addresses and phone numbers have been removed to comply with Data Protection.  If you wish to add your name to the list or change a date please contact Sally McCubbin.

WARMTH FOR THE HOMELESS CAMPAIGN We are again be running our Campaign over the festive period and would be very grateful for donations of used clothes that will be passed onto our Homeless Community by the Gateway Centre. Suggestions: Dog blankets, Socks, Hats, Gloves, Scarves, Warm clothes, Boots, Trainers, Sleeping bags, Roll mats, Rucksacks. Please leave your donations in the suitcases located in the entry halls (to be collected by Gary Ross.

Food for Families Many thanks to everyone who participated in the Food for Families programme for 2019/20. Over 200 portions of mince and tatties have been made. Thank you all for giving up your time to make a difference to those in need within our community, it is much appreciated. Christine Mackenzie.

HIGHLAND FOOD BANK have asked that from November to January we donate Cartons of long life fruit juice; Small washing powder/gel; Tins of corned beef/ham; Jam. You will also be happy to know that some of the folk who use St. Stephen’s hall during the week have said that they are happy to bring along small donations on a regular basis, so crates have been supplied for this at the back of the hall. Thank you again for your generosity. Margaret Neville.

OLD HIGH ST STEPHEN’S WINTER WALK this afternoon, to Canal at Dochgarroch and  cuppa at An Talla. Meet at St Stephen’s car park at 1.30pm or Dochgarroch 1.45pm. Varying length of walk with cuppa at 3pm till 4pm. More details from Deborah Macrae.

CRAFT EVENING St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm, Wednesday 15 January 2020. Crafters and non-crafters welcome (you may wish to learn a craft). Friendly atmosphere and refreshments provided Susan MacLeod.

Old High Music At One with Music is a parallel lunchtime recital series offering regular 1 hour concerts in Inverness. These are held at 1pm on Fridays in the Spectrum Centre. However, in 2020 all the piano recitals in that programme will now take place in the Old High Church, in partnership with Old High Music. The first of these will be a piano recital by Ailsa Aitkenhead on Friday 24 January at 1pm. As a commemoration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday, she will perform one of his major Piano Sonatas, along with work by Chopin. Donations of £7.50 requested at the door. More details from Andrew Stevenson.

THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at the Old High Church on 26 January. All welcome at the Lord’s Table. The Retiring Collection will be for Friends of Cameron House who fundraise to provide additional comforts for residents such as pictures, garden, curtains etc. Members of our congregation are part of the friends group and of course the home is within our parish. Christine Mackenzie.

Sharing Your Faith (SYF) Discussion Groups will restart in 2020. If you are interested in joining a group, please speak to or email me with first and second choices of day and time that suit you best. Dot Getliffe.

SUNDAY BULLETIN Volunteers are needed to fold the weekly bulletin once a month. Can you help please? Further details from Rae Swan.

SUNDAY BULLETIN Please send items for this sheet to our Church Administrator Mrs Pat Macleod (079 342 85924) invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and include contact details and/or e-mail.

OTHER NEWS

INVERNESS SINGERS ‘Desert Island Disc’ Evening in Smithton Free Church on Friday 17 January at 7:30pm. Enjoy an evening of conversation and music as Fiona MacDonald, BBC World Service, interviews two special guests – Thomas Prag  [ex Local Councillor] and Eileen MacIntosh [Soprano]. To book tickets contact Margaret Livingstone, Convenor of Fundraising Committee.

ECUMENICAL SERVICE OF WORSHIP AND PRAYER 6pm on Sunday 19 January at Culduthel Christian Centre, Culduthel Avenue, Inverness IV2 6AS.  Please join us in worshipping together and in praying together for the many issues which face our city and our society. Contact: Jonathan Appleby.

INVERNESS STREET PASTORS January:  As in a number of other cities and towns, there are no Street Pastor patrols In Inverness during the month. The training schedule for new Street Pastors and Prayer Pastors begins on 25 January. There are 2 particular Prayer Opportunities Sat 18 January, at The Hub, Castle Street Baptist Church 9.45 am for coffee and catch up, then time to pray for Street Pastors (and to look at part of Session 1 of the ‘Prayer Course’ with Pete Greig). Sun 19 January, 6 – 7.30 pm – Prayer for our City – held at Culduthel Christian Centre.

GROW is on Saturday 29 February 2020 in Culduthel Christian Centre, Culduthel Avenue, Inverness. What is it? One Stop Shop for anyone who works or wants to work with a Christian focus on children and young people. Workshops look fantastic! This will equip OHSS for when we get more youngsters in. There is also a workshop for working with Toddlers and Their Carers. Dot would LOVE if 2 or 3 folks could go with her to represent our ‘GROWing’ church. Brochure/registration form and more details from her. Pray and see if it appeals!? Only £8…. 

Sunday Bulletin 5 January 2020

WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Sunday 12 January 2020: First Sunday after Epiphany: Baptism of the Lord

10 am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11.15 am Morning worship at the Old High

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION – contact details from the Church Administrator

OLD HIGH CHURCH REDEVELOPMENT AND CONSERVATION PROJECT A small exhibition about the architect’s ideas is now on display at the Old High. You can visit it following services at Old High, and we will have more opening times in the New Year. There are also forms available for visitors to give feedback. More information at https://www.oldhighststephens.com/2019/12/05/old-high-development-project-exhibition/, where you can also download the architect’s report.

WARMTH FOR THE HOMELESS CAMPAIGN We will again be running our Campaign over the festive period and would be very grateful for donations of used clothes that will be passed onto our Homeless Community by the Gateway Centre. Suggestions: Dog blankets, Socks, Hats, Gloves, Scarves, Warm clothes, Boots, Trainers, Sleeping bags, Roll mats, Rucksacks. Please leave your donations in the suitcases located in the entry halls (to be collected by Gary Ross.

HIGHLAND FOOD BANK have asked that from November to January we donate Cartons of long life fruit juice; Small washing powder/gel; Tins of corned beef/ham; Jam. You will also be happy to know that some of the folk who use St. Stephen’s hall during the week have said that they are happy to bring along small donations on a regular basis, so crates have been supplied for this at the back of the hall. Thank you again for your generosity. Margaret Neville.

OHSS WINTER WALK next Sunday, 12 January, to Canal at Dochgarroch and  cuppa at An Talla. Meet at St Stephen’s car park at 1.30pm or Dochgarroch 1.45pm. Varying length of walk with cuppa at 3pm till 4pm. More details from Deborah Macrae.

Sharing Your Faith (SYF) Discussion Groups will restart in 2020. If you are interested in joining a group, please speak to or email me with first and second choices of day and time that suit you best. Dot Getliffe.

ACCOMMODATION REQUIRED My name is Hannah and I’m 35 years old. I will be moving to Inverness on the 17 January for 12 months to cover maternity leave as a veterinary epidemiologist at the SRUC. I’m looking to rent a room (for around £400/month incl) within 2-3 miles of the SRUC (which is near Raigmore hospital). I’ve been serving in Central Asia for the past 4 years so I will be travelling light – just a couple of suitcases and probably purchasing a bike! – so, ideally, somewhere with bedsheets provided, the ability to borrow plates and pans for cooking etc (don’t worry I clean up after myself) and Wi-Fi. If you would be able to help.

GROW is on Saturday 29 February 2020 in Culduthel Christian Centre, Culduthel Avenue, Inverness. What is it? One Stop Shop for anyone who works or wants to work with a Christian focus on children and young people. Workshops look fantastic! This will equip OHSS for when we get more youngsters in. There is also a workshop for working with Toddlers and Their Carers. Dot would LOVE if 2 or 3 folks could go with her to represent our ‘GROWing’ church. Brochure/registration form and more details from her. Pray and see if it appeals!? Only £8….

SUNDAY BULLETIN Volunteers are needed to fold the weekly bulletin once a month. Can you help please? Further details from Rae Swan.

SUNDAY BULLETIN Please send items for this sheet to our Church Administrator Mrs Pat Macleod (079 342 85924) invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and include contact details and/or e-mail.

Holy Week and Easter services

This year we are sharing Holy Week with our friends at Ness Bank Church of Scotland and St John’s and St Michael’s Episcopal Churches. Do join us as we prepare for Easter!

Holy Week 15-19 April 2019

Monday

7pm Taizé service at St John’s Episcopal Church, Southside Road

Tuesday

6.30pm

Concert by US student choir at Ness Bank Church

Wednesday

7pm Reflecting on Holy Week at St Stephen’s

Maundy Thursday

7pm Communion at Ness Bank

Good Friday

The Old High Church will be open for reflection, 2-4pm
7.30pm Good Friday Evening Service with Musik Fyne,  St Michael’s Abban Street

Holy Saturday

8pm Easter Vigil at St John’s Episcopal Church, Southside Road

Easter Sunday

Services as usual at 10am (St Stephen’s) and 11.15am (Old High)

Sunday Bulletin 24 March 2019

WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Tonight

7.30pm Faith for the Future: Lent Study and Worship

at St Stephen’s

Sunday 31 March 2019: Fourth Sunday in Lent

10am  Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11:15am Morning Worship at the Old High

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Waterloo memorial at the Old High Church

This Sunday, 21 June 2015, at our 11.15 service, we welcome at the Old High Church members of the Highland Branch of the Royal Scots Association following the two hundredth anniversary of the Battle of the Waterloo.
Kennedy Family Memorial Old High Church  InvernessEnsign James Grant Kennedy, appears on his family memorial in the Old High Church. He was the son of Dr William Kennedy, who was one of the founders of the Royal Northern Infirmary. His inscription on the memorial reads:

JAMES GRANT, ENSIGN ROYAL SCOTS, BORN 13 JUNE 1800. FELL GALLANTLY CARRYING THE COLOURS AT LE QUATER BRAS, WATERLOO 16 JUNE 1815.

All of Doctor Grant’s three sons died in military service; James was aged 15 when he was killed at Waterloo. The Memorial is on the West Stairwell in the church, and all are invited to come and view it after the service at the Old High. The colours are currently on display at the Royal Scots Museum at Edinburgh Castle until August, after which they will have to be stored in order to preserve them.
The Royal Scots leaflet on the colours is available here.
Here is the Scotsman reporting the exhibition of the colours this summer at Edinburgh Castle.
Here is the website of the The Royal Scots Regimental Museum.

Cameron veterans remember those who fell at Kohima

 Rev Peter Nimmo (right) and Rev Alasdair MacLennan dedicate Cameron Highlanders' Memorial Area


Rev Peter Nimmo (right) and Rev Alasdair MacLennan dedicate Cameron Highlanders’ Memorial Area at the Old High Church on 18 August 2013


 
For further information about this service please contact the Rev Peter Nimmo on 01463 250802. Members of the media are welcome to attend the service, which starts at 11.15am.
Read the sermon for the service here
Cameron veterans remember those who fell at Kohima
Veterans of the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders will parade at the Old High Church , Inverness, on Sunday morning (May 4), to remember members of the regiment who died 70 years ago at the bitter Battle of Kohima, on the border of India and Burma.

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Cameron Highlanders Memorial Area dedication Sunday 18 August

Under construction: the Camerons Memorial Area


On Sunday 18 August, during the 11.15am service, we will dedicate a new Memorial Area within the Church. All are welcome at the service.
The Old High Church was the regimental church of the former Cameron Highlanders Regiment. The Church houses their colours, various memorials, and rolls of honour (memorial books).
The new Memorial Area, located along the wall nearest the river, which brings together various memorials of the Cameron Highlanders into a new space within the Church.
The Martinpuich Cross, previously hidden away on the east stairwell

The Martinpuich Cross, previously hidden away on the east stairwell


The centrepiece is the Martinpuich Cross, which has been relocated from the west stairwell of the church. This wooden cross was raised in France shortly after a battle in 1916, and later brought back to Inverness. Also collected in the new area are the Cameron Highlanders’ roll of honour books, war memorial plaques and other historic artefacts from around the church.
The memorial area is separated from the main body of the church by a wooden partition topped by a frosted glass screen featuring a striking design by Gordon Harvey. Click the link below to download the design (NB this is a large PDF file which may take some time to load. You have have to turn it 90 degrees to view on your computer. The design is liable to change):
Gordon Harvey’s design for memorial area
As well as a space for remembering, we hope the memorial area will also become an exhibition space and an informal gathering place within the church.
2013 marks the 220th Anniversary of the raising of the 79th Regiment or Cameron Volunteers by Major Allan Cameron of Erracht. The Cameron Highlanders Association have raised the funds for the memorials space. Veterans of the regiment will join us at Sunday worship during the weekend of their annual gathering in Inverness.
The cost of the memorial areas has been met the members of the Cameron Highlanders Association, Inverness Common Good Fund, Old High St Stephen’s fabric fund, and donations from members of the congregation.
You can also see the plans online by clicking the graphic above.

The following information has been provided by Angus Fairrie, Convenor of the Cameron Highlanders Association, whose members have raised the funds for this project.

THE REGIMENTAL CHURCH OF THE QUEEN’S OWN CAMERON HIGHLANDERS
Under the Army Reforms of 1881 the County of Inverness formed the major part of the Regimental District of The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders, while the Regimental Depot and Headquarters were established at Cameron Barracks. There was no church in the barracks, and so the Old High Church in Inverness became the Regimental Church of the Cameron Highlanders.
During World War I the Cameron Highlanders expanded to fourteen battalions. At the end of the Great War the Service battalions of the New Army were each presented with a King’s Colour to mark their war service. When these battalions were disbanded, the King’s Colours of the 6th and 7th Service Battalions of the Cameron Highlanders were laid up in the Old High Church. After the Depot of the Cameron Highlanders closed in 1960, the Colours of the 3rd Militia Battalion of the Cameron Highlanders, which had been used by the Depot, were also laid up in the Old High Church. They have recently been restored and re-hung.
Other interesting items relating to the Cameron Highlanders include the Celtic Cross erected by the 6th Service Battalion during the Battle of the Somme when it had played a distinguished part in the attack on the village of Martinpuich. The Cross, to which the names of those killed were attached on metal tags, was recovered at the end of the war and brought back to the Old High Church.
The Rolls of Honour of the Cameron Highlanders, which are copies of those in the Scottish National War Memorial in Edinburgh Castle, are also displayed. Other memorial plaques from the Depot were presented after the amalgamation of the Cameron Highlanders with the Seaforth Highlanders in 1961 to form the Queen’s Own Highlanders (Seaforth and Camerons).
The present Minister and congregation of Old High St Stephen’s have decided that the Colours of the Cameron Highlanders, and the other items, should be brought together to form a fitting memorial to those who have given their lives in the service of their country and their Regiment in both World Wars, and in other conflicts.
 

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