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The Local Church

Our Local Ecumenical Partnership


The Local Ecumenical Partnership (LEP) has come from many years of engaging with St Columba’s by the Castle, particularly on peace and justice issues, and Greyfriars on local social concerns. Recently members of the LEP have conducted annual pilgrimages to Lindisfarne, Inchcolm and Inchmaholm. Together we are exploring how to develop our role in the centre of the Old Town of Edinburgh particularly with respect to the homeless and underprivileged.

Activities of the LEP

We share three united services a year. The liturgy of the host congregation is normally followed, with communion led by all clergy and happily shared with and by all. It is agreed in the constitution that all Ministers of the LEP are licensed to conduct communion services (the Bishop of Edinburgh licenses the Ministers of AUC and Greyfriars to conduct communion at St Columba’s by the Castle).

The programme for Holy week services and other activities are organised as joint events. We have shared Lent Bible studies and other activities. We jointly participate in activities and support individual Churches’ initiatives. For example AUC members participate in provision of Greyfriars Parish meals.The LEP has upheld a high degree of mutual Ministerial support.  We share social events.

The LEP is organised through a steering committee comprising Ministers/Rector and two congregational representatives from each Church.

The Ministers of the three congregations are:

Left to right: The Revd Fiona Bennett, Minister Augustine United Church, The Revd Canon Zachary Fleetwood, Rector St Columba's by the Castle and The Revd Dr Richard Frazer, Minister Greyfriars Highland and Tollboth Kirk.



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