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OHSS Sunday Service 24 January 2021

Preacher : Deacon Dot Getliffe

Music : Ron Stevenson, Pam McCulloch

Reader : Derick Robertson – Matthew 6 : 5-15

Hymn 546 : Prayer is the Soul’s Desire

Hymn 485 : Dear Lord and Father of mankind

Hymn 528 : Make me a channel of your peace

OHSS Services – December 2020 and January 2021

St Stephen’s Church

10am Sunday 20 December Advent 4
6-8pm Wednesday and Thursday 22 and 23 December Joy of Light and Music
6pm Christmas Eve Service

10.30am 26 December St Stephen’s Day Service

Old High Church

6pm Christmas Eve Service
10.30am Sunday 3 January
10.30am Sunday 10 January
10.30am Sunday 17 January
10.30am Sunday 24 January
10.30am Sunday 31 January

OHSS Sunday Service 1 November 2020

Preacher : Dot Getliffe

Reader : Roberta Mackintosh

Readings : Hebrews Ch 11 vv 17-23 and Hebrews Ch 12 vv 1-3

Music : Pam McCulloch and Alyn Ross


740 For all the Saints (vv 1-4 and 7 and 8)

270 Put all your trust in God

130 Ye Servants of God

Online Communion this Sunday 14 June

Rev Peter W Nimmo (Inverness Courier)

This Sunday, 14 June, will be the last Sunday that the Rev Peter Nimmo will lead us in worship as our Minister. Peter will lead us, from the Manse, in a service of Holy Communion.

You take part in the service either over the Internet, or by phone. Contact us for details of how to watch or listen.

Please join us before the service begins at 10am.

Please prepare before the service a small cup or glass of wine, and some bread, which you (and anyone in your house who wishes to) can partake of during the service.

After the service, there will be a short presentation by our Session Clerk, and a chance for a chat via Zoom.

If are unsure of of how to take part, feel free to call Peter before Sunday, and he will be happy to talk you through the process.

The service will be recorded and posted to our YouTube channel. We will also distribute CDs to those who want them.

(Photo above by Inverness Courier)

Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter services 2020

We will have online services for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday:

On Maundy Thursday we are invited to join a live service, at 7pm, led by the Rev Douglas Robertson, at Crown Church. This will be found at on  “Crown Church, Inverness” Facebook page (you don’t have to be a Facebook member to see it). It will be a communion service, and Douglas is inviting people to set up their own ‘communion table’ at home before the service starts, to share in a short but familiar Communion liturgy.

On Good Friday there will be an audio service of prayers and readings let by our Pastoral Assistant, the Rev Arthur Sinclair.

For Easter Sunday there will be an audio Sunday service led by Deacon Dot Getliffe and others from the congregation.

Both the Good Friday and the Easter Sunday services will be on Soundcloud, and there will be links from this website, on our Facebook page, and on the @invernesschurch Twitter account.

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


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



Concert by US student choir at Ness Bank Church


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



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

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:


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.

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.

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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