St Vincent’s : a Scottish Episcopal Church

The altar party on the steps of St Stephen’s following the Institution the Reverend John Penman as Priest-in-Charge of St Vincent’s on 8th June 2021 . (left to right) Christopher Hartley, sacristan, Canon Dean Fostekew, Bishop’s Chaplain, John Penman, Priest-in-Charge, Dr John Armes, Bishop of Edinburgh, Frances Burberry, Dean of the Diocese, Niccolò Aliano, assistant sacristan
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St Vincent’s is in the Scottish Episcopal Church‘s Diocese of Edinburgh, and within the worldwide Anglican Communion.

St Vincent’s is in Stockbridge on its border with Edinburgh’s Northern New Town – and immediately opposite William Playfair’s much larger St Stephen’s.  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.


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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.


The south side of St Vincent’s on Circus Lane.


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 and 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.


Inside St Vincent's and looking to the back of the church and Refectory beyond with the significant west window above.Inside St Vincent’s and looking to the back of the church. The refectory is underneath the gallery. The organ pipes are on either side of the gallery. There is gallery seating for about 40.


The Undercroft extends under the whole floor area of the church. Here it is in use for an art exhibition by our former Artist in Residence, Augusta Maclean.
St Vincent's Chapel, Edinburgh, the village church at the heart of the city.