St Vincent’s : a Scottish Episcopal Church

Saturday 18th December at 11am – Community carols

Sunday 19th December at 4pm – Christmas lessons and carols

Friday 24th December Christmas Eve at 11pm – Midnight Mass

Saturday 25th December Christmas Day at 11am – Family Eucharist

Sunday 26th December at 10.30am – Sung Eucharist


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.


St Vincent's Chapel 21

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 below the church is seen here prepared for talks on Embroidery and on Architecture during the 2021 Edinburgh Festival of the Sacred Arts at the Fringe  At the far side is a photographic exhibition of items from within the church. The Undercroft extends under the whole floor area of the church.

St Vincent's Chapel, Edinburgh, the village church at the heart of the city.