St. Columba’s Scottish Episcopal Church Queen Street
Registered Charity No. SC 016094
Rector: The Dean, The Very Rev. Alison J Simpson
Deacon, Revd.Kathryn Sanderson
CHURCH WEBSITE: www.stcolumbasnairn.co.uk
FACEBOOK PAGE: www.facebook.com/StColumbasNairn/
DIOCESAN WEBSITE: www.moray.anglican.org
St.Columba's is Open for Service's
The Church is open for Sunday Eucharist at 10:30am.
Please wear a face covering and observe the 2M social distancing.
The sacrement will be brought to you rather than you coming to the altar. (Please let us know if you need a gluten free wafer)
Please be guided by the stewards and remember to book in for Sunday services by calling Revd Kathryn on 01667 451269
Wednesday Eucharists begins at 10am. Services are in the church.
You do not need to book in for Wednesday services.
Any names for the Prayer List should be given to the Steward or to the person leading intercessions. There is a list in the porch of those leading prayers.
The childrens area of the church is now partly restored and there are crayons, books and some tous for the children.
Dear Friends, Sunday services are up and running at our usual time of 10.30am. Please contact Kathryn and tell her (01667 451269) if you want to come to church. I know it is a pest to do this every week but it means you don’t have to sign into the church when you arrive and it allows us to comply with the church and government guidelines. Please remember and bring your liturgy book if you have received one!!!.
Social distancing rules apply, wear a mask to come in and out and the stewards will keep you right from there. There is no singing (yet!) but we will have music and we also have some technology which enables us to show you the liturgy and the notices on a digital screen – thanks to Michael and Pat Ellison for helping us with this. Please appreciate that the church is not going to look quite like you remember, but we have tried to make it as homely as we can. And, it goes without saying, please listen and be guided by the stewards, they are there to keep everyone safe.
SERVICES – Sunday Eucharist will be a shortened service and initially, it will just be the celebrant participating. Communion will be in one kind only and we will explain when you come how you will receive your communion. Wednesday midweek services will be at 10am and that service will also be in the church for the time being. You will not need to phone Kathryn for the Wednesday service but you will need to sign in when you come.
We are preparing a protocol for home communion so we can take the sacrament to those who feel anxious or unable to come to church at this time. This news sheet and the Sunday online reflections will continue as will the study group.
Please continue to pray for the life of our congregation and our community, particularly those whose lives have been affected by the virus, those whose treatment and operations have been delayed and all the traders and businesses in the town and the surrounding area are, like us, adjusting to a different reality.
Is there anyone interested in stewarding our services please speak to the Rector. Likewise if you would like to resume reading or leading intercessions please speak to Alison.
Childrens Area of the church is now partly restored and there are crayons, books and some toys for the children.
St Columba’s, Queen Street, Nairn, IV12 4AA
St Columba’s Church is part of the Diocese of Moray, Ross and Caithness, one of seven Diocese of the Scottish Episcopal Church
and a self governing province within the World-wide Anglican Communion. Anyone, from any branch of Christ’s Church, is
welcome to receive communion with us and our worship follows the pattern of the Scottish Liturgy 1982.
In the early days of Scottish Church life, the Dean’s benefice was that of Nairn, and was dedicated to St. Columba, the dedication of the present Church.
1729 saw the death of the last Episcopa lian Incumbent before the Revolution, after which occasional services were held in various locations.
A church dedicated to St. Ninian, was built in 1845 at the corner of Lochloy Road. The congregation persistently refused to accept the authority of the
Scottish Bishops and continued as one of the ‘English Episcopal Churches’ in Scotland. In 1853 Bishop Eden appointed the Reverend John Comper to gather
together a Scottish Episcopalian congregation in the town. They met in an ‘upper room’ until a Church was built in 1857, dedicated to St. Columba.
The two churches continued separately until 1879 when the schismatic church ceased to exist.
In 1870 St. Columba’s Church was extended to its present size, and in 1889 the pipe organ was built.
The interior of the Church is rich in stained glass - the rose window is very special, as are the windows by Sir Ninian Comper,
(with his “strawberry signature”) one of which is in memory of his father, who established the congregation.