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
“Coming to St.C’s meant finding another home, with welcoming people who are always happy to see me no matter how I am feeling on a given Sunday or what I contribute to the community. The worship, the conversation and the community brings me joy and peace, which has always been much-needed during my studies.” Laura
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.
“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
No matter who we are, who we love or what we believe – young or old; single or partnered; straight or LGBT+; seeker, doubter or deeply committed – God loves and accepts us all. We are all welcome – and so are you!
Holy Eucharist at 10am for Creation Season – Desert
Thursdays at 12.30pm in the Church. Please join us for this informal said Eucharist which is offered each week. Lunch at the Castle Arms afterwards, optional. All are welcome!
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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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