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.

Find out more about our Science and Faith webinar lecture series leading up to COP26

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!

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

As we have reduced capacity in church due to physical distancing, to avoid disappointment please use the Contact Us form, selecting ‘Rector’, to book your place.

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.” Naomi

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
Images created by Katherine McHale are copyright (c) Katherine McHale. All rights reserved.
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Office Space to Let

Second floor Office Space (16m²)

14 Johnston Terrace,
Edinburgh EH1 2PW

  • Entry date: Immediate
  • Short or long term lets
  • Small mezzanine office area beside Castle
  • Near Waverley Station and many bus routes
  • Part of St Columba’s by the Castle Church
  • Broadband and other utilities included
  • Unisex toilet on ground floor

For enquiries, please contact us

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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We have committed to joining Christian Aid’s Chain of Prayer in this year leading up to COP26, by praying every Thursday for our fragile world.

May we listen more closely to the stories of those most affected by the climate-crisis.
May we weep when they weep.
May we stand in solidarity with them.
May we work for a world where all live in peaceful harmony.

We pray for wisdom for political and business leaders, that they may show courage and commitment to our common-good, across species and habitats.

May our prayers help us align our society and ourselves more closely with God’s kingdom.