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The Augustine Church community began in 1802. For over 200 years our building and community have changed and evolved as we have sought to live out our calling as a community of followers of Jesus. In the 21st Century Augustine United Church is a progressive and inclusive Christian community based in the heart of Edinburgh city centre and a member of the United Reformed Church. You can find out about our current worship and activities through the hyperlinks.

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Belief

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The community of AUC believes that through Jesus Christ, God reveals value, meaning and hope for all life – people and planet. We believe we will grow, learn and change through our life’s journey with Christ. We affirm faith and doubt. We believe in an active God who is concerned with the events of our own lives, with our community and with the World and who seeks justice and peace for all.

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History

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The Augustine Church community began its journey in 1802 with the Rev John Aikman. In 1861 it moved into its present building on George IV Bridge. AUC has changed with the times. Unions with several congregations have lead to changes in name and a revitalising of the congregation. Augustine’s story has drawn streams of differing church traditions into its own. These streams include Congregationalism, Churches of Christ, the United Reformed Church and the Metropolitan Community Church. Our building hosts hundreds of people each week for a diverse range of activities and we have recently been successful in raising much needed funds to address some major roof repairs. 

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Vision

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“Augustine United Church aspires to be an active inclusive Christian community, growing in depth and numbers.”

The AUC logo is a Dandelion. The Dandelion is a flower of hope, spreading nurturance and joy even in hard places. Often perceived by adults as a weed and children as a bouquet, the Dandelion has small determined seeds very like the mustard seeds with which Jesus compared the Commonwealth of God (Matthew 13:31&32). We hope the life and work of our Community will be like Dandelion seeds; carried in the breath of the Spirit to grow justice and joy in our lives and world. 

As a community we review our prioirities every 2 years. Here are AUC's 2014-2016 Prioirities and Mission Statement.

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People

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The community of AUC exists and functions as its members give it life. We all contribute in ways which draw on our unique abilities. Some key people to get in touch with are:

Rachel Fitzgerald AUC's Administrator

Kathleen Ziffo  AUC's Church Secretary 

Eilidh Carmichael AUC's Newsletter Editor

Tom Murray AUC's Treasurer

Rev Fiona Bennett AUC's Minister 

Rev Maxwell Reay AUC's Associated Minister

 

 

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URC

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Called to be God’s people, transformed by the Gospel, making a difference in today’s world. This is the United Reformed Church.

Although one of the smaller mainstream denominations, the United Reformed Church plays a dynamic and challenging part in the British Christian community.

Find out more out the URC's National Synod of Scotland.

Find our more about the URC and the History of the URC.

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