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 brand new Newsletter from our St Giles’ can be viewed here:St Giles’ Newsletter


Forthcoming events:


We welcome all to our services.

St Giles’ at Six at 6pm on Sunday will be given by Shawn Mlynek, Tenor, and Dan Marginean, piano.
The Preacher at the Evening Service at 8pm on Sunday will be The Rev Craig Meek.
The Faith in Poetry Group will meet in St Giles’ Lower Aisle (entry by Parliament Square) on Wednesday 25th October and on Wednesday 29th November 7.30 – 9pm. We reflect on poems in The Splash of Word by Mark Oakley. All are welcome.
The exhibition for Reformation 500 is mounted at the East End.
The Neighbourhood Group has organised a Scottish Night fundraiser for the St Giles’ community on Friday 27 October, 7.30pm at the Grassmarket Centre, 86 Candlemaker Row. Tickets cost £30 per person. For further details and tickets please contact Helen Gardner – 07525 199054.
On Thursday 2 November 6pm in the Playfair Library the annual W.M.Watt Lecture From Balfour to the Nakba will be given by Professor Nur Masashi, Palestinian historian at SOAS University of London. Tickets are free from Eventbrite; booking essential
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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