Nairn Old Parish Church welcomes everyone in the name of Jesus Christ, 

as we seek to share the love of God in the community we serve.

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Nairn Old Parish Church

Academy Street

Nairn  IV12 4RN

Tel: 01667 452382




Rev. Alison C. Mehigan BD, DPS

The New Manse

15 Chattan Gardens

Nairn  IV12 4QP

Tel: 01667 453777


Session Clerk

Nan Burtwell

Garden House

5A Albert Street

Nairn  IV12 4HP

Tel 01667 454042


Thought for the week

Jesus did not come to change the mind of God about humanity;

Jesus came to change the mind of humanity about God.


For such a time as this 

Lord we see you carefully prepared and responding on the hoof.

Lord we see you planning ahead and reacting in the moment.

Lord we see you showing the way and equipping and empowering others.

Lord we see you right in the thick of it and in deserted places.

For you took time to be with the crowds and to be with God.

You took time to encounter individuals and to encounter yourself.

You took time to sift and sort to discern and pray.

You took time to do and to be.

What if, today we followed your example..  Knowing ourselves beloved of God.

Doing, with others, the work you reveal.

Resting in you that we might be filled.

Being, simply, who you call us to be.

For such a time as this.



While our church buildings are closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic, our Church very much remains open.   We are doing our best to host a weekly ZOOM worship to enable you to safely worship at home.


This worship is open to all and we hope that sharing together will be a blessing to us all.


Sunday Worship


at 10.30am


If you want to join our Zoom Worship

please email  Rev Alison before Sunday if you want  

to go on the congregational weekly invite.



Zoom once installed is simple to use.

What Zoom does is create a ‘meeting’. 


First Step

What device will you be using?  -   By the far the easiest to set up is a tablet or Smartphone.


Tablet or Smartphone

Download Zoom Cloud Meetings App.  

Once you have downloaded the app, there is no need to open the app. 

A few of minutes before the service is due to start all you need to do in click on this link below, 

or on the BLUE link on the invitation email

Follow the simple instructions adding your name; allow access to audio and video. 

You will arrive in a Waiting Room – please wait to be invited in!



This in more complicated

Firstly you need to follow this link to join the ‘meeting’

Then carefully follow the on screen instructions.


Dial in by Telephone

Tel:              0131 460 1196 

Once you have the Meeting ID and Passcode you can simply join the worship via your landline or mobile telephone.



Helpful Hints

You should come to the service a few minutes early.

You may then see 'waiting for host to start the meeting'. Do nothing, just wait.

You will then enter a Waiting Room – the host will know and invite you in asap.

Then follow instructions to allow video and audio links.  You will be on Mute as you enter


Please leave yourself on mute during the worship

If you get in a muddle close down and go back to the original link and start again.

If you are using a laptop or desktop and have not downloaded the app there will be a link, 'click here’, which leads to a second link, 'join from your browser'. Then follow the instructions to join the service.

You might be asked to enter your name. This is very helpful so that we know you are with us.

It is important to have checked your volume control so that you can hear.

If you do not have a camera on your device, this does not matter. You will still be able to view the service - we will know you are with us.


Other Acts of Worship


Every Sunday the Church of Scotland will be providing a recorded service via their website and Facebook. Subtitles will be available for those who are hard of hearing.


BBC Radio and BBC Scotland are also offering services on Sunday Mornings and they too are available again on BBC iPlayer.


Nairn Old Parish Church Magazine

The Autumn Magazine can be downloaded from here


The Winter Magazine can be downloaded from here


The Spring Magazine can be downloaded from here


Presbytery’s Prayer News

The December 2020 issue can be downloaded from here


The Sanctuary is accessible to wheelchair users and has a loop system for the hard of hearing. 

The Hall is part of the church, situated behind the Sanctuary and includes the Vestry, kitchen and toilets.

The Church Hut is also situated in the church grounds.

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Sunday morning  10.30am.

Holy Communion on last Sunday of February, April, August and October at 10.30am Additional 2pm Communions in April and October.

Occasional Sunday at Seven evening services as intimated.

Special Services at Easter, Prizegiving, BB Promotion, Harvest and Remembrance Sunday.

Carol Singing and Watchnight Services at Christmas.

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Sunday School including Creche

FAB Little Fishes


Women Friendship Group

Men's Fellowship

Boys Brigade


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1. Offerings

The Church is aware that closing down worship services will impact on our congregational income, and we want to encourage people to continue contributing financially as far as possible, and to encourage the increased use of standing orders as an expression of ongoing stewardship.  Please contact our Treasurer, Finance Team Leader or your Elder if you would like a Standing Order Form or our Bank Account details for Online Banking.

2. We are inviting folks to knit or crochet mutlicoloured flowers for NOPC.   Patterns are available -  contact Sandra Fulton or Rev Alison

3.   Our Financial Accounts y/e 2019 have been independently examined and approved by the Trustees (who are the elders of our Kirk Session) so we can confirm everything is in order.  Our Accounts have been sent to the Presbytery to be examined.  They will also be forwarded to our Administrative Offices in Edinburgh as well as to OSCR.


Although Accounts are no longer approved by Congregations, Members are still fully entitled and encouraged to see the Accounts as well as the Budget for the current year.  If you would like an email copy of the Accounts and Budget please email Rev Alison and she will happily forward them to you.  Any questions or queries should be addressed to Treasurer Jim Somerville  or Finance Team Leader and Assistant Treasurer,  Sandra Burt .


Due to your continued generosity and support we ended last year in a positive financial position and were looking forward to this new year being the same, indeed we were excited to be moving forward with the Kirk View New Build Project .  The impact of Coronavirus has dramatically changed our position, however we remain positive and look forward to better times when we can return to our plans.


Due to the Covid-19 virus our service planned for today at the War Memorial was cancelled.  It was decided a video should be produced to ensure that the commitment of the people of Nairnshire during the period of WW2 was not forgotten.  This video will also ensure that we do not forget the sacrifices of the fallen and it is produced in their honour. 

The video can be viewed here:


5. Nairn Task Force – this is a very helpful point of reference for all the fabulous support and community assistance out there. They are also doing a wonderful job of offering practical assistance to the vulnerable.

The Nairn Task Force is a network of 100s of volunteers that will help our community to stay connected.

As part of this they have created an information hub to provide a single point to connect with the latest medical advice, government agencies, local services, voluntary organisations and the local business community that are offering to support the people of Nairn.

In the coming weeks this information will continue to be updated.

Please contact the specific support agencies for further information and for general enquiries on the Nairn Task Force email 



6. Walk and pray - One of the few things in lockdown we are allowed to do is going for a walk. Did you know that your wee walk could change lives? If you can walk, and you can pray, simply combine the two; pray as you walk. It is easy, profound and powerful.

What is God’s heart for your area, your community? Often setting out is finding out. One way of doing this, is to ask talk to God about what you see and pray for His blessing on all you feel He is drawing your attention to.

Be intentional, praying for His Will to be done in people and organisations.
Ask for His specific blessing for whatever or whomever you encounter.
Pray for local needs and darkness to be lifted.
If He is calling you or your church to action in His plan, what can you do next?


7. “Bags of love” for nursing home staff

There is a local initiative among our churches to turn pillowcases into wash bags. These can then be used by healthcare workers in care homes to put laundry in, and go straight into the washing to minimise personal risk.

Pillowcases can either unfinished as they are, or be handed in as a finished wash bag (see instructions below).

Bags can then be grouped in numbers of ten and dropped off on Wednesday mornings in Nairn on Wednesdays at 10am at Hair by Isla, 116 High Street.


1 Take a pillowcase and turn down a couple of inches from the open end.

2 Sew along the bottom of the turn down, start at the middle, leaving a 3-inch opening

3 Thread the drawstring through.

Drawstrings can be knitted; approx. 200stitches and 4 rows, finished length roughly 2½ times width of pillow opening.

8. Please contact Rev Alison on 01667453777 to discus any pastoral matter. 

Thank you for taking time to visit our website, we hope it will be of interest to you and that you will be encouraged to find out more about our church and its congregation. Nairn Old Parish Church has seating for approximately 1200 people on two levels and is accessible to wheelchair users and fitted with a loop system. Music is provided by the Organist and Choir who sing an introit and anthem most Sundays. The Sunday morning Service has a traditional feel, led by our Minister with readers from the congregation and hymns mostly from CH4. The membership role is about 350 with 140-160 people attending on a regular basis. You will be made very welcome if you visit us for morning worship and are invited to join us for tea or coffee after the service. There is a Creche in the Hall for under 5 yr olds to be cared for during the Service.


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Data Protection Act.


The Purpose of the Data Protection Act 1998 is to ensure that any personal data an organisation holds about an individual is stored and used in an appropriate way. Nairn Old Parish Church (Charity Number SC000947) through Inverness Presbytery is registered with the Information Commissioner and strives to comply fully with  data protection law. The Information Commissioner's website provides in-depth informatiom regarding the requirements of the Data Protection Act:


Nairn Old Parish Church is committed to protecting your privacy and safeguarding your personal data. We shall use the information you have provided us with for Church purposes and related matters and will only keep the data for as long as necessary/or you decree otherwise.


If you have any queries, please alert our Data Protection Co-ordinator, c/o Kirk View Office,  Seabank Road, Nairn. IV12 4RN

Safeguarding Policy

Ensuring a Safe Church for All

The Church of Scotland has a deep concern for the wholeness and well-being of each individual. Through its congregations, working together with the Safeguarding Service and statutory agencies, the Church seeks to safeguard the welfare of all people who come into contact with the Church and its services.

The Gospel proclaims that it is the reponsibility of everyone within the fellowship of the Church to prevent harm, be it physical, sexual or emotional, and we will always seek to reduce risk.

The Church's commitment to safeguarding reminds us that God cares passionately about the welfare and well-being of all people.

Intimations - please give written notice by 12 noon Wednesday to:

Rev. Alison Email -