The Scottish Episcopal Church is a welcoming and inclusive church that traces its history back to the beginnings of Christianity in Scotland. We are the Scottish province of the worldwide Anglican community… a huge family of over 70 million Christians in more than 160 countries, including The Church of England, The ChurchofIrelandandThe ChurchinWales. The word ‘episcopal’ has ancient origins and came to be used by churches that recognise the leadership of Bishops. There has been a Scottish Episcopal congregation of St James worshipping every Sunday in Leith for over 300 years – but these days, of course, we know we are just one ‘inlet’ in the diverse ocean of faith.
We are a ‘small eucharistic community’. Eucharist is just a Greek word meaning ‘thanksgiving’ and has been used since earliest Christian times to mean a service of Holy Communion.
At 10.45am we gather around a central ‘Lord’s table’, as Christians have always done:
– to hear the great stories, poetry and wisdom of the bible
– to reflect on our own lives and the world we live in
– to pray for our world, our communities and for each other
– to share bread and wine – the timeless symbols of Jesus’ love and community
We like to sing! Everyone at St James is in the choir… and we like to use lots of colour, light and symbol to explore our seasonal themes.
Most Sundays there are special programmes for children and young people, and about once a month we all stay together for an all-age service.