Welcome to Holy Cross
We are a friendly Scottish Episcopal (Anglican) Church at the heart of the suburban village of Davidson’s Mains in North West Edinburgh.
Come and join us! We gather for the Eucharist on Sunday at 9 am and 10.30 am and on Wednesday at 10.30 am. On Fridays in term time there is Toddler Church at 10.30am. More about these and other services can be found below and in the calendar.
To book our fantastic church hall click here. The church and hall are accessible to wheelchair users and there are large-print service books and a loop system in the church. Help for those who are new to Holy Cross can be found here.
We come from many churches and countries – some of us have been at Holy Cross for decades while others have just joined. We welcome all ages and nationalities – those seeking to find their spiritual home in Edinburgh and those who are simply visiting. People at all stages of faith and doubt are welcome at Holy Cross.
Jesus calls his Church to love God and love others – we are committed to exploring the Christian faith, deepening our life of prayer, caring for the environment and serving those in need.
All are welcome here!
Sunday 9 am: Eucharist
A quiet contemplative service using the traditional Scottish Liturgy, lasting about half an hour.
Sunday 10.30 am: Sung Eucharist
A community service with music and singing which usually lasts about an hour, followed by coffee in the hall. Children and families are especially welcome – the church has a buggy park and a space with books and toys for younger children and their adults.
Wednesday 10.30 am: Eucharist
A simple contemplative service lasting about half an hour, usually followed by coffee in the church.
Thursday 5 pm: Evening Prayer on Zoom
Lasts about half an hour with space for free prayer. Contact the Rector for the link.
Fridays in term time 10.30am: Toddler Church
Church for under 5s and their grown-ups. Songs, stories, movement, play (& hot drinks for the grown-ups).
First Friday of the month 2 pm: Healing Service
A simple Eucharist with optional anointing and prayers for healing, lasts about half an hour.
Since October 2022 Holy Cross has been linked with St Salvador’s Episcopal Church, Stenhouse. We share a Rector, Curate and Assistant Priest but remain two distinct and flourishing congregations. St Salvador’s has seen remarkable growth in the past few years and we are excited about working together. It is in one of the most deprived parts of the city and runs a food bank. Find out more about St Salvador’s on their website.
There are four main sections in this website
The worship of God is central to all we do. Find out what to expect at our services, what they mean, and how to arrange a Baptism, a wedding or a funeral.
Everything we do at Holy Cross is rooted in our Christian faith. This section will help you to explore and question what we believe, how we pray and how Christ brings healing.
Our identity as a Christian community is shaped by our people, our church building and our history. Find out more, including about our safeguarding policies.
YouTube: Holy Cross Edinburgh
How to Find Us
Holy Cross Church is in Davidson’s Mains in north-west Edinburgh and is easily accessible by bike, bus and car. It is next to the roundabout that joins Quality Street, Main Street, Cramond Road South and East Barnton Gardens.
Holy Cross Church
36 Quality Street
Edinburgh EH4 5BS
By Bus: Holy Cross is about 20 minutes from Princes Street. Lothian Buses numbers 21 and 47 stop at the top of Main Street opposite Ye Olde Inn. Number 43 stops on Queensferry Road near the top of Quality Street, as do buses from Fife and Dundee.
By Car: There is a car park in front of our hall, accessed via East Barnton Gardens. Free on-street parking is available nearby and there is a large car park behind the Davidson’s Mains Tesco.
News & Writings
- Rector’s Report 2023“It has been another busy year at Holy Cross and our congregation continues to develop and reach out beyond its boundaries. Our vision is that of Jesus: love God and love your neighbour as yourself (cf. Matthew 23.34-40). The link with St Salvador’s is a year old and has developed well, Holy Cross supports their … Read more
- Rector’s Report 2022This report was not uploaded last year so it is now posted at the same time as the 2023 Report. “This has been another busy and exciting year at Holy Cross. We have emerged from the pandemic which marked so much of our recent life as a Christian community, but in February Europe was torn … Read more
- A Sermon for Holy Cross Day 2023+ ‘For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God’ When a Church is consecrated it is given a title and a patron, usually a saint, and that is a special gift to those of us who worship … Read more
Our Life in Jesus Christ
We are a Christian church. Everyone is welcome here, whether you are a person of faith or not. We hope that any contact you have with us will be a positive experience.
All are invited to become a member of the Church, the Body of Christ, through Baptism. All the baptised are welcome to receive Holy Communion, the pledge of Christ’s love and sign of our union in the Body of Christ.
We are an inclusive church. There is no discrimination on the basis of gender or disability or race or age or sexual orientation or social class.
‘For freedom Christ has set us free’, Galatians 5:1