St Vincent’s : a Scottish Episcopal Church
in the Scottish Episcopal Church‘s Diocese of Edinburgh, and within the worldwide Anglican Communion.
St Vincent’s is in Stockbridge, right on its border with Edinburgh’s Northern New Town – and immediately opposite William Playfair’s much larger St Stephen’s Theatre. A Gothic gem, St Vincent’s was built by the brothers John, William & James Hay of Liverpool and opened in 1857.
Between 1967 and 1996 St Vincent’s was also the Collegiate Church of the Hereditary Commandery of Lochore of the Military and Hospitaller Order of St Lazarus. Their impressive armorial embellishments adorn the interior. St Vincent’s is owned by its Vestry on behalf of its Congregation.
Our purpose is to worship God and serve the Northern New Town and Stockbridge. We warmly welcome visitors and new members, including those of any, or no, faith.
On arrival for a service, we’ll hand you a service pamphlet and Scottish Prayer Book – and a Hymn Book when there’s music. Choose where to sit for yourself.
A review of the strategy and operation of St Vincent’s in 2019 found a ‘remarkable transformation in the vivacity of St Vincent’s over the last three years’. ‘And that the claim that St Vincent’s is the village church in the heart of the city is fully justified’. In 2017 an ordinand’s research project concluded that ‘we are a healthy, growing, loving and open community of Christ’.
We are a Centre for Music Making, the Sacred Arts and for Community Use
We welcome musicians who come to learn, rehearse and perform; they praise the comfort and acoustics of St Vincent’s. We also welcome many meetings of local and national bodies, large and small. We are proud that the annual Edinburgh Festival of the Sacred Arts in the Fringe began at St Vincent’s in 2018, and is now shared with other city centre churches.