Canongate Kirk News

Welcome to our News page!   

Find out what’s on and what’s been happening at Canongate Kirk, the Kirk of Holyroodhouse and Edinburgh Castle.   Download the latest Newsletter for July.  Read about our Fellowship Gathering programme for 2019.  Read a selection of recent sermons here.

Don’t miss the annual Canongate Kirk Summer Fayre!

Sunday Parking Charges

We are gathering information from our parishioners about the impact of possible Sunday parking charges which are expected to be introduced within the next year or so.  If you regularly come to Canongate Kirk services, please download and fill in our Questionnaire and return to the church office at 3 Reid’s Court, 95 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BR by Sunday 28th July 2019 or hand them in at church.

Visit of HM The Queen to Canongate Kirk on Sunday 30th June 2019

Photos courtesy of Rob McDougall.

Marking the 25th anniversary of the  DIAKONIA Region Africa – Europe

On Sunday 23rd June we were joined at our  11.15 service by over 150 Deaconesses from all over Europe and Africa who were meeting in Queen Margaret University celebrating 25 years of Diakonia  Africa – Europe.  Deaconesses represented countries from across the globe, some wearing uniform or national dress.  Our very own Deaconess, Elspeth McPheat,  helped co-ordinate the visit.  More photos on our Facebook page .  Read Rev Neil Gardner’s sermon to mark the occasion.


The Canongate Normandy Tapestry

The beautiful tapestry clothing the seats of the apse is a memorial to those who died during, or since, the Battle of Normandy on 6th June 1944 and was unveiled 25 years ago.  Designed by Hannah Frew Paterson MBE and put together by a team of fifty craftspeople,  the tapestry has maintainted its vibrant colours and is a much loved characteristic of the kirk’s interior.   Please drop in during Open Kirk season and take a closer look at this wonderful work of art as we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Normany Landings.  Read Rev Neil Gardner’s sermon for Pentecost, Sunday 9th June.

On top of the world!

Congratulations to Neil for bravely facing his fear of heights  to climb up to the roof of Canongate Kirk! The scaffolding at the front of the church is enabling essential repairs to be made to the exterior.   Friends and members of the church have been working hard for the past eighteen months to raise funds for this work which will continue for the near future.  Thank you to all those who contributed so far in so many different ways.  Scroll down to find out more about our on-going appeal.

Open Kirk 2019  –  We are open to visitors!

From May to September, the doors of Canongate Kirk are open to visitors as much as possible, usually from 11.00am to 4pm every day except Sundays when it is open from 1.30pm onwards.  Come inside and see our new and still evolving visitors’ centre with topical story boards providing an insight into the past and present of this place of worship.   Our gift shop is stocked with souvenirs and gifts (such as the unique Canongate Kirk tie, see below!) and friendly volunteers are on hand to welcome you and answer any questions.   Explore the interior of the church itself with its famous blue pews or simply just experience the peace and quiet of this beautiful, iconic building.  Click HERE to find out dates and times of our free monthly kirkyard tours.

Open Kirk Stewards modelling the Canongate Kirk tie which is on sale in our visitors’ centre.

Canongate Kirk Appeal 

Click HERE for Gift Aid Form

Click HERE  to see news of fundraising events for the Canongate Kirk Appeal.

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