People have met for worship in the Inverness East Church for well over 200 years.
Inverness East Church was established in 1798 by the Church of Scotland and is one of the oldest churches in Inverness. In 1843, together with a very large number of Ministers and congregations, Inverness East Church left the Church of Scotland during what was called ‘the Disruption’ and became Inverness East Free Church. In 1900 the vast majority of the Free Church of Scotland joined with the United Presbyterian Church of Scotland to form the United Free Church of Scotland. Inverness East thus became a United Free church. Finally, in 1929, the majority of the UF Churches, including Inverness East Church, returned to the Church of Scotland. Throughout this pilgrimage and membership of these various bodies, Inverness East Church maintained its evangelical and Reformed convictions.
“The building itself has the solidity of an edifice that has withstood the passing of two centuries. However, it is also a living and developing community of believers witnessing to the power of God in the Highland capital and to the ends of the earth.
The East Church has come through adversity and has taken part in many of the great social changes in the Highlands, remaining loyal to its Lord and retaining the loyalty of generations of believers while introducing many new members to Christ the Saviour.
Rev. Robert Bruce of Kinnaird Stirlingshire (c1554-1631) was one of the second generation of Scottish Reformed ministers. He received his commission to come to Inverness and stated,
‘I go to sow a seed in Inverness that shall not be rooted out for many ages’
(‘An Enduring Testimony for Christ’ by Angus MacDonald.)
We are a lively family of all ages who gather from all over Inverness. We are building strong links with the local community, other churches in the area and the varied visitors who pass by our door. We enjoy a blend of traditional and contemporary hymns and songs when we gather on Sundays.
Children, young people, and older folk are very much a part of the family here and all play an active part in the life of the fellowship. It is our pleasure to welcome newcomers to Inverness East from any church background or none.
We aim to be a learning church, engaged in God’s mission in this world, positive about the city in which we live. As such, our core activities are learning from The Bible, praying together, caring for one another and communicating the gospel of Jesus Christ on the street and community and around us.