St Michael & All Angels, Inverness

St Michael & All Angels, Inverness

Denomination: Scottish Episcopal
Address: Abban Street, Inverness, IV3 8HH
Local Authority: Highland
Listing: B


Church Overview

St Michael and All Angels is a church in the modern Catholic tradition. Today our style of worship attracts people from across Inverness, throughout the Diocese and beyond. Everyone – whatever your tradition – is welcome to worship with us and enjoy praising and worshipping God and His Son, Jesus Christ. St Michael and All Angels has an interesting and unusual history. In 1877 Canon Edward Medley established a mission in a thatched cottage on the Maggot Green, close to the town centre, and on the banks of the River Ness. Soon they took over the cottage next door. In 1886 a church was built and dedicated as The Chapel of the Holy Spirit. By the late 1800s the area was being adversly affected by the flooding of the River Ness. The Town Council began to re-house people to the other side of the river and soon the decision was taken to move the church … so it (literally) followed its people! Between 1903-1904 the chuirch was moved stone by stone and re-built in Abban Street under the guidance of architect Alexander Ross (who was responsible for many buildings in Inverness and across the Highlands). It was dedicated to St Michael and All Angels. In 1924 extensive alterations were made under the direction of the famous architect Sir Ninian Comper (whose work can be seen in many churches throughout the UK, including Wetminster Abbey). The high altar and tester had been designed by Comper in 1904, surrounded by four brass angels on riddel-posts. In 1924 a magnificent gilded tester was added, showing the dove, the Holy Spirit, radiating the flames of fire of Pentecost. The font with its lofty steeple cover is also by Comper in memory of his father, the Rev John Comper. A major reconstruction, 1924-8 by Comper, saw six new tracery windows, including a magnificent stained glass window of the four archangels. The church was extensively restored in 2002 with assistance from the Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic Scotland, so that it can remain open for private prayer and meditation as well as for public worship … so come and visit us!


Sunday: 11am Parish Mass

Opening Arrangements

Open Sunday 10am to 1-0pm; Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10-0am to 4-0pm and by arrangement

Guide book available Access for partially abled  Induction loop for the deaf Welcomers and guides on duty by arrangement. (by arrangement) Disabled WC refreshments (by arrangement)

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St Michael & All Angels, Inverness


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