St Columba's Church - Crieff
St Columba's Scottish Episcopal Church is situated in a large garden on the busy Perth Road which runs through the historic market town of Crieff, the town which used to be the centre for the Drovers bringing their cattle from the Highlands to sell to the Lowlands and the English.
Our Christian faith is based on the historic creeds. We acknowledge Jesus Christ as the Word of God, and we meet to worship, study and pray, and to celebrate the Eucharist, or Communion, the celebration of the Lord's supper. We are part of the Diocese of St Andrew's, Dunblane and Dunkeld , a Diocese of the Scottish Episcopal Church , which is an autonomous province of the worldwide Anglican Communion, alongside the Church of England , the Church of Wales and the Church of Ireland .
There are members of our community who have worshipped at this church, and in the older building that stood on this site, all their lives, who remember running down the hill to the Episcopal school every morning and swimming in the River Earn on warm summer evenings (see history). There are also many who have moved to the area over the years and been drawn by the warm welcome and friendship they have found. The church is open to all who wish to join in worship on Sundays or at the weekday services, as much to those who are exploring their faith and wrestling with questions about God as to those who are settled church members. Our aim is to provide as wide a range of worship opportunities as possible, for the traditionally-minded as well as for the younger and those who are still exploring.
Our church is a modern, dual purpose building, which has the flexibility to provide a beautiful worship space, but also an easy to maintain area for a range of different functions. A broad range of community organisations uses the church, and the smaller St Michael's room during the week. One group particularly close to our hearts is the one set up by a parishioner, helped by church members, to support people who are recovering from a stroke, and who find it really helpful to have people to compare notes with, and to swap hints and tips as they develop confidence to enter social life again.
We have a dedicated pastoral care group, who visit those who are housebound, and form part of a prayer chain for people who ask for prayer. They help provide a monthly Communion service on a Tuesday afternoon for those who find it hard to sit through the longer Sunday morning service. The tea and chat afterwards provides a good way of catching up with old friends.
Young people, and all those who are young at heart, are welcome at the very informal service held usually on the last Saturday of the month, between 6.30and 7.30. This is an ecumenical service, attended by parents and children from the three Strathearn churches and the Parish Church in Crieff, and anyone else who wishes to come! (Check on the events page for the exact dates each month).
There is also a thriving group that meets for prayer and Bible study on Tuesday evenings, where, in the safety of a small group in private homes, there is a chance for a more personal exploration of our relationship with God, and his calling for us.
We are committed to our responsibility for the environment, and are proud that we have become an Eco-church. We have a busy eco-group to keep us on our toes. A number of people work hard in our garden, and we received much help from the children of Ardvreck School and the Glenalmond Community Service scheme in extending our planting. We have designed a route round the garden, with a leaflet to help people wishing to take a while to be quiet and reflect on God in nature – see prayer garden below .
We have a variety of other teaching and social events on the go – do visit the events page to see what's happening at the moment and read the magazine to see what has happened.
Please click on the button for details of our regular service times.
Click on a person's name for further details.
- Church Wardens: Mrs Kate Clements and Mr Robin Lord.
- Treasurer: Mrs Jane Humble.
- Church Secretary: Miss Jan Hutchison.
- Vestry Secretary: Mrs Maggie Duncan.
- Bookings for Church and St Michael's Room: Mrs Mary Mitchell.
OFFICE OF SCOTTISH CHARITY REGULATOR REFERENCE SC 023267