St Giles’ Life

St Giles’ is a living church with a congregation of several hundred people who live across the city and beyond. The congregation is led by some fifty elders who share with the Minister the administration of the church and the care of the congregation and parish.

St Giles’ hosts many national and civic events, including the installation by The Queen of new Knights of the Thistle, the Kirking of the Scottish Parliament, the Kirking of the City Council of Edinburgh, the annual St Andrew’s Day service (held on St Andrew’s Day or the first Sunday after 30 November)  and other important commemorative and ecumenical services.  It has been at the heart of the city’s religious life for at least one thousand years and receives over a million visitors each year, who come to experience its unique atmosphere of continuing worship and history.Holy Table Organ (3)

The latest Newsletter from our Neighbourhood Group can be viewed here: Neigbourhood Group Newsletter June 2017

Forthcoming events:


We welcome as preacher this morning The Rev Dr George Whyte, Principal Clerk of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.
St Giles’ at Six at 6pm today will be an organ recital given by William Briant, Herrick Bunney Organ Scholar.
The Preacher at the Evening Service at 8pm on Sunday will be The Rev D Hugh Davidson.
We give thanks for the life and service of Mrs Marjorie Stephen who died on Friday 11th August. Her funeral service took place on Friday 18th August at Marchmont St Giles’ Church.
Parking in West Parliament Square for services is now suspended until 10 September because of the Fringe (August) and the start of the Tour of Britain. Regular weekday services in St Giles’ are Holy Communion on Wednesday and Friday at 8 am The Daily Service every day at 12 Noon. If you wish to give thought to the beliefs of Christianity and/or become a member of the congregation of St Giles’, we would like to hear from you: 0131 225 4363 or
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St. Giles’ Cathedral is a registered Scottish charity SC003565