Canongate Kirk News

Welcome to our News page.  

We continue to hold one service, beginning at 10.30am every Sunday morning.  All welcome! Covid restrictions have now eased significantly but if you have any of the associated symptoms obviously you should stay at home. We have removed the “no access” signs from alternate pews in the nave and the one-way system around the church.  For the moment we are keeping some distancing options in the pews near the War Memorial Chapel so that anyone who is anxious can continue to feel safe within our building.  Face masks are now optional in places of worship. Please be aware that the service will continue to be livestreamed and available on this website.    Keep an eye on this page for further updates.  

Weekly Sunday services may also be heard the following Monday on a landline telephone – simply dial 0131 546 4001 and press 1 when prompted.  Calls are charged at your phone provider’s usual local rate – please let anyone know who might appreciate this kind of connection.   

Read the latest edition of our MONTHLY NEWSLETTER.  Paper copies can be sent out on request. 

Our weekly Sunday service is livestreamed at 10.30am.  Click on the picture below to watch.

Click here for the order of service for Sunday 21st July  – 8th after Trinity

Watch previous services on our You Tube channel.

Monthly Evening Service

At 7pm on the last Sunday of every month we host a united evening service with St Giles’.   Supported by singers from the Cathedral choir,  it’s a gentle reflective service lasting no more than forty minutes and all are welcome.   Next evening service:   Sunday 28th July  2024 at 7pm.  

July Concert at Canongate Kirk


Canongate Kirkyard Tours

Take a free guided tour to discover the secrets of this fascinating historic space!  We are delighted to announce that local historian and guide, Eric Drake, will be leading these tours on the first Sunday of each month between May and September 2024.  Tours start at the front of the Kirk at 11.30am and last an hour.  Each tour explores a different theme.  Tours are FREE but donations to Canongate Kirk welcome! More information HERE.


Canongate Kirk at the Fringe 2023

Our programme of Fringe  concerts has come to an end and we won’t be Venue 60 again until next year  Thanks are due to our volunteer stewards who welcomed both performers and audience members alike to the church and worked so hard to make each event run smoothly.   We had fourteen concerts ranging from folk, classical, gospel and choral as well as showcasing the work of local young composers.

Royal Banner and Prayer

The banner which usually hangs on our north wall to the left hand side was temporarily returned to the Cathedral for July’s Service of Thanksgiving during which HM The King was presented with the Honours of Scotland.  It hung again exactly where it did on 24th June 1953, when The late Queen attended a similar service soon after her own coronation.  In connection with the more recent service our Minister was asked to write the following prayer for the Church of Scotland website:

Loving God, centuries ago you kindled a flame of love in the heart of your servant Queen Margaret and by her humility and kindness made clear the way of royal service in this land. Now as we give thanks for our newly-crowned Sovereign King Charles, we pray that having been called to an earthly throne he might advance your heavenly Kingdom. Amidst all the panoply of Church and State, may our ancient ceremonies and symbols reflect your unchanging purpose of peace and goodwill. May they speak not just of our history and heritage but of our hope for years to come. For our hope is rooted in faith, and our faith rooted in Jesus Christ, the King of Kings. Amen.

New York Organ Recital

Canongate Kirk organist Simon Leach was invited to give a recital in St Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue, New York city, on Sunday 23rd April 2023.  Click on the picture below and enjoy.  Bravo Simon!


Bird’s Eye Views of Canongate Kirk

Taken from a drone during a recent roof inspection.


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