Where God’s unconditional love for all is celebrated every day

We don’t have all the answers, and we welcome the questions

Respecting the dignity of every human being

Open Hearts Open Minds

Inspired by the ancient and the new

Welcome

Welcome to St Columba’s by the Castle – a small, vibrant church, right at the centre of Edinburgh.

Whether you are looking for a progressive, open-minded community to belong to; a service of worship to drop into; a church for a christening, wedding or funeral; a venue for an event, a concert or a project serving human need; or simply a peaceful space to be still and reflect – a warm welcome awaits you.

No matter who we are, who we love or what we believe – young or old; single or partnered; straight or LGBTQI; seeker, doubter or deeply committed – God loves and accepts us all.  We are all welcome – and so are you!

“St C’s is a small church with a warm atmosphere that instantly made me feel at home. Though we sort of use traditional liturgy, we’re quite informal and welcome everyone. Since I first came here I have found everyone to be very friendly and we would love to meet you and have a chat with you over a cup of tea/coffee after the service.” Naomi

We are sorry but public worship at St Columba’s is suspended until further notice. We are continuing to worship online and are working to make this more widely available.  The Foodbank is still operating in the Church Hall on Tuesdays and Fridays from 2-4pm. If you need to talk to someone please use the mobile number below or the “contact us” button at the bottom of the page.

The Columcille Window, Iona Abbey is the work of William Wilson, O.B.E., R.S.A. and is used with permission.
Photography by Katherine McHale, Catherine Outram and Andy McGregor
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St Columba's Hall Hire

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Our Hall and garden are available to let for morning, afternoon or evening sessions every day except Sunday. Perfect for weddings, ceilidhs, meetings, workshops and community groups.

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News and Pictures

6pm  - 8pm on Tuesday 25th February In the Church Hall For everyone! Beat the February blues with a party ...
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On Sunday 26th January at 6pm , we have a chance to walk a labyrinth - indoors! With gentle music ...
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On the 19th October we played host to Scottish Faiths action for Refugees Weekend Club. Club volunteers and folk from ...
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Prayer

Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when
with the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wilder seas
Where storms will show Your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.
We ask you to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push back the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.

Attributed to Francis Drake