Our lovely church buildings are, sadly, closed at the moment.
But the church is open! We are still worshipping, praying, and loving God and our neighbour!
If you have a request for prayers, or a pastoral need, please do contact us.
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.
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:
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.
The Minister is the Rev Peter W Nimmo BD ThM, who is a graduate of the University of Glasgow and of Princeton Theological Seminary. You can contact him at: telephone number 01463 250 802 or by email. Or follow him on Twitter.
In 2012 Peter did study leave in the USA on faith and public life, which you can read about in his study leave blog.
He has served the national Church of Scotland a member of the former Church and Society Council, and is now a member of its Faith Impact Forum.
We also have a part-time Pastoral Assistant, the Rev Arthur Sinclair, whose particular focus is on pastoral care for the housebound.
We recent generous legacy has allowed us to employ Dot Getliffe, a Deacon in the Church of Scotland. Dot’s full-time role as our Mission Development Worker is to lead us in new ways of reaching out to our local community.
At Old High St Stephen’s, you will always be welcome!