The Kirk Session has agreed to reopen our church buildings, in accordance with Scottish Government guidance. For the month of November our services will be held in the Old High Church at 11.15am. Please note that for Remembrance Sunday the start time will be 10.45am.

An audio service will be available each Sunday after the live service.

Click here to listen to our Sunday Service

All the necessary risk assessments have been submitted to the Presbytery, and these have been approved. While we can now re-open the buildings, there will be many changes to what is familiar to you.

Seating at both Old High and St Stephen’s is restricted to approximately 30 people, including three office-bearers. The Scottish Government has set an upper limit of 50 people at any services. It will be necessary to book a place at the service each Sunday. To do this you need to contact our church administrator, Pat MacLeod on 07934 285924 or by e-mail at invernesschurch@gmail.com. You need to do this for each Sunday you wish to attend, or advise her of how many Sundays you wish to book for.

When you arrive at the church, hand sanitiser will be available on entry and exit – note there will be a one-way system in operation, and you need to maintain the 2-metre distancing at all times. Your name and telephone number will be recorded at the door for the Scottish Government’s Track and Trace system. If two people from one household attend, we only need one lead name. A volunteer will show you to a seat. Note that there will be no pew cushions. Face masks must be worn throughout the service. Whilst we will be able to provide music there will be no singing. Pew bibles and hymn books have been removed from the pews. Please do not bring bibles or hymn books. There will be a bowl for church offerings at the exit door each Sunday. We are not able to uplift offerings in the normal way. The service will be shorter than normal, probably 30 to 40 minutes, recorded and put to CDs later.

Further information on church opening, including a risk assessment, can be found in the OHSS October Newsletter

We will continue to provide worship, prayer and news online, at Soundcloud, via this website, on our Twitter feed and Facebook page and on our YouTube channel. If you have a request for prayers, or a pastoral need, please do contact us.

You can donate to us via the Church of Scotland website– this enables us to continue our ministry and mission in these difficult times.


Welcome to the website of Old High St Stephen’s Church: the oldest congregation in Inverness, the capital city of the Highlands of Scotland.

We are a friendly congregation of the Church of Scotland, Scotland’s National Church. Everyone is welcome here!

We serve a parish which includes the city centre and southern suburbs of Inverness. We are lucky enough to worship in two lovely buildings: the Old High Church, the original town church of Inverness, and St Stephen’s in Southside Road. The historic Old High is open for visitors on weekdays.

Our normal Sunday service times are 10am at St Stephen’s and 11.15am at Old High: check here for this week’s services. These are suspended until further notice, due to Coronavirus.

On our website, you can read sermons, and get the latest news, including times of our services. You can also find out about baptisms, weddings and funerals. And you can learn about our Old High concerts and other musical events.

Old High St Stephen’s seeks to be a community growing in Christ:
that is, growing:
in numbers
service
diversity
knowledge
commitment

We have a fine musical tradition, with choirs at both St Stephen’s and the Old High and a very successful Community Choir. We support the Inverness Handbells group and have recently restored the ‘Father Willis’ Organ at the Old High to make it perhaps the finest instrument in the Highlands. We have regular concerts at the Old High Church.

We have a great tradition of caring, both for needy members of our congregation and community, and for people around the world. We support Highland Food Bank. We are a Fairtrade Church and support Christian Aid and other overseas aid and mission organisations. With our friends at the Crown Church and other local churches we operate the Olive Grove tea room at Kingsmills.

We serve a parish which includes some of the growing suburbs and much of the city centre of Inverness. Our parish takes in various districts of Inverness, in whole or in part, including the City Centre, Crown, Drummond, Lochardil, Culduthel and Slackbuie. Read about out parish in the Church of Scotland’s Statistics for Mission leaflet.

We have chaplaincy links to schools within the parish- Lochardil Primary School and Inverness Royal Academy. We also have important links to the Highland Council’s Inverness city committee, as we host the annual Kirking of the Council, when the Councillors of Inverness attend the Old High Church in a colourful yet meaningful annual service.

Our Minister, the Rev Peter W Nimmo BD ThM, will be inducted at Cambuslang on 25 June 2020. A recent generous legacy has allowed us to employ Dot Getliffe, a Deacon in the Church of Scotland, as our Mission Development Worker. to lead us in new ways of reaching out to our local community. Dot will be our locum minister in our vacancy.

Contact us by phone at 07934 285 924 or by email.

We also have a part-time Pastoral Assistant, the Rev Arthur Sinclair, whose particular focus is on pastoral care for the housebound.

At Old High St Stephen’s, you will always be welcome!

We will continue to provide worship, prayer and news online, at Soundcloud, via this website, on our Twitter feed and Facebook page and on our YouTube channel.

If you have a request for prayers, or a pastoral need, please do contact us.

You can donate to us via the Church of Scotland website– this enables us to continue our ministry and mission in these difficult times.


Welcome to the website of Old High St Stephen’s Church: the oldest congregation in Inverness, the capital city of the Highlands of Scotland.

We are a friendly congregation of the Church of Scotland, Scotland’s National Church. Everyone is welcome here!

We serve a parish which includes the city centre and southern suburbs of Inverness. We are lucky enough to worship in two lovely buildings: the Old High Church, the original town church of Inverness, and St Stephen’s in Southside Road. The historic Old High is open for visitors on weekdays.

Our normal Sunday service times are 10am at St Stephen’s and 11.15am at Old High: check here for this week’s services. These are suspended until further notice, due to Coronavirus.

On our website, you can read sermons, and get the latest news, including times of our services. You can also find out about baptisms, weddings and funerals. And you can learn about our Old High concerts and other musical events.

Old High St Stephen’s seeks to be a community growing in Christ:
that is, growing:
in numbers
service
diversity
knowledge
commitment

We have a fine musical tradition, with choirs at both St Stephen’s and the Old High and a very successful Community Choir. We support the Inverness Handbells group and have recently restored the ‘Father Willis’ Organ at the Old High to make it perhaps the finest instrument in the Highlands. We have regular concerts at the Old High Church.

We have a great tradition of caring, both for needy members of our congregation and community, and for people around the world. We support Highland Food Bank. We are a Fairtrade Church and support Christian Aid and other overseas aid and mission organisations. With our friends at the Crown Church and other local churches we operate the Olive Grove tea room at Kingsmills.

We serve a parish which includes some of the growing suburbs and much of the city centre of Inverness. Our parish takes in various districts of Inverness, in whole or in part, including the City Centre, Crown, Drummond, Lochardil, Culduthel and Slackbuie. Read about out parish in the Church of Scotland’s Statistics for Mission leaflet.

We have chaplaincy links to schools within the parish- Lochardil Primary School and Inverness Royal Academy. We also have important links to the Highland Council’s Inverness city committee, as we host the annual Kirking of the Council, when the Councillors of Inverness attend the Old High Church in a colourful yet meaningful annual service.

Our Minister, the Rev Peter W Nimmo BD ThM, will be inducted at Cambuslang on 25 June 2020.

A recent generous legacy has allowed us to employ Dot Getliffe, a Deacon in the Church of Scotland, as our Mission Development Worker. to lead us in new ways of reaching out to our local community. Dot will be our locum minister in our vacancy.

Contact us by phone at 01463 250 802 or by email.

We also have a part-time Pastoral Assistant, the Rev Arthur Sinclair, whose particular focus is on pastoral care for the housebound.

At Old High St Stephen’s, you will always be welcome!