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

Whether you are looking for a progressive, inclusive, 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!

We are now offering blended worship, and you are very welcome to join us for our Sunday service in-person at 14 Johnson Terrace, or view the recording online later via our Facebook page (no login required).

Our Sunday Eucharist starts at 10 am. We look forward to having you with us!

“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.” Melvin

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

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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Prayer in a time of war

Merciful God, we draw on your compassion and your help.

By your Spirit, please enfold the wounded and anxious under the wings of your protection.

Touch the minds and hearts of those who are set on violence and malevolence and turn them towards the better path.

Encourage and strengthen those who are working to alleviate suffering and to bring peace and justice.

Prompt us to do what we can in solidarity with the innocent. Amen, Amen.