The Scottish Government announced on Tuesday 9 March 2021 that congregations can re-open their church buildings for worship purposes only. The Scottish Government has stated that when churches re-open for communal worship, the maximum number of people allowed in a church building at any one time is 50, even if the building’s size would permit a larger attendance. Congregations must ensure that there is a system in place to keep a temporary register of those who attend or visit their church buildings for a period of 21 days to support contact tracing as part of NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect programme.

Services for the month of May will be held in the Old High Church. Please note the new start time of 10.30am. Contact invernesschurch<at>gmail.com (replace <at> with @) to book a seat. See Re-opening of OHSS churches for more information.

Further information on church opening, can be found at the Church of Scotland website.

We at Old High St Stephen’s will continue to provide worship, prayer and news online, at Soundcloud, via this website, on our Twitter feed and Facebook page. 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. Our parish includes some of the growing suburbs and much of the city centre of Inverness and 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.

You can find out about baptisms, weddings and funerals.

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 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, was 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 is 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.