LGBTQ+ Affirming Churches in Scotland

The intent of this page is to provide an online resource for people to locate and visit LGBTQ+ inclusive Christian churches in Scotland. We list congregations that meet on a regular basis in a physical location for worship, prayer, service and fellowship. All churches in this directory have confirmed that their congregation, in some form or fashion, is an affirming Christian church. 

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE LGBTQ+ AFFIRMING

Some churches already have many signs of inclusion. When the question of becoming an Affirming Church arises, Christians may feel that because they already say “All are welcome”, there is no reason to become Affirming. Being Affirming is not merely about welcoming gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans and queer people. Words like welcoming and accepting suggest those on the inside have the power to choose to accept those on the outside. This makes it sound like an act of charity to welcome or accept those who are different or marginalised. 

However, it is not our place to welcome anyone because the church is not a private club and we are not the gatekeepers. Affirmation of LGBTQ+ people and allies and proclaiming a  safe space is extremely important; there’s has been progress in the last few decades, but there is still discrimination, homophobia and hate crimes, even in some “All are welcome” churches. Here are examples of Non-Affirming Churches and the possible journey from shaming to affirming LGBTQ+ people: 

“Anti-Gay” Churches

Even though some may claim to welcome all, it’ll be very clear with Anti-Gay churches that LGBTQ+ people are NOT welcome and told statements like “you’re going to hell”.

“Conditional” Churches 

LGBTQ+ people will be tolerated within these churches, but with conditions: don’t stand out, ask God to “change” you, and you must be celibate (i.e. don’t fall in love or have a relationship). 

 

QUALITIES OF AN AFFIRMING CHURCH

  • Public statement of inclusion to ALL specifying sexual orientations and gender identities (commonly on web home pages, about/mission statement pages or on social media descriptions).
  • Safe environment where discrimination is challenged 
  • LGBTQ+ people are baptised, become church members and participate in leadership roles in the congregation
  • Marriage and/or blessings on same-sex unions
  • Inclusive language
  • Occasionally represent LGBTQ+ in services, online platforms and resources
  • Further endeavours for equality beyond LGBTQ+ – disability, economic status, age, race, ethnicity, etc

Cults Parish Church

1 Quarry Road
Cults
Aberdeen
AB15 9EX

Main Sunday Service: 10:30am

Minister: Rev Shuna Dicks
Email: cultsparishchurch@btinternet.com
Website: www.cultsparishchurch.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/cultsparishchurch

Ferryhill Parish Church

Fonthill Road
Aberdeen
AB11 6UD

Main Sunday Service: 11:00am

Minister: Rev Peter Johnston
Email: office@ferryhillparishchurch.org
Website: www.ferryhillparishchurch.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ferryhillparishchurch
YouTube: www.youtube.com/ferryhillparishchurch

Queen’s Cross Church

Albyn Place
Aberdeen
AB10 1YN

Main Sunday Service: 10:30am

Minister: Pending
Email: office@queenscrosschurch.org.uk
Website: queenscrosschurch.org.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/queenscross
Instagram: www.instagram.com/queenscrosschurch/
Twitter: twitter.com/queenscross

St. Stephen’s Parish Church

Powis Place
Aberdeen
AB25 3TS

Main Sunday Service: 11:00am

Minister: Rev. Maggie Whyte
Email: Maggie.Whyte@churchofscotland.org.uk
Website: www.st-stephens.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/St.StephensChurchAberdeen/
YouTube: St. Stephen’s, Church of Scotland Aberdeen

Cumlodden Church

(part of West Lochfyneside Parish Church)

Furnace
Argyll
PA32 8XU

Main Sunday Service: 10:00am (except 1st Sunday of month)

Minister: Rev. Dorothy Wallace
Email: Dorothy.wallace@churchofscotland.org.uk
Website: westlochfyneside.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Westlochfyneside-Parish-Church-111263877860916
YouTube: West Lochfyneside Parish

Lochgair Church

(part of West Lochfyneside Parish Church)

3 Ardcastle View
Lochgair
Lochgilphead
Argyll
PA31 8UJ

Main Sunday Service: 10:00am (1st Sunday of month)

Minister: Rev. Dorothy Wallace
Email: Dorothy.wallace@churchofscotland.org.uk
Website: westlochfyneside.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Westlochfyneside-Parish-Church-111263877860916
YouTube: West Lochfyneside Parish

Inveraray Parish Church

(part of West Lochfyneside Parish Church)

3 Main Street
Inveraray
PA32 8TP

Main Sunday Service: 10:30am

Minister: Rev. Dorothy Wallace
Email: Dorothy.wallace@churchofscotland.org.uk
Website: westlochfyneside.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Westlochfyneside-Parish-Church-111263877860916
YouTube: West Lochfyneside Parish

Dumfries Northwest Church

84 Lochside Road
Dumfries
DG2 0LP

Main Sunday Service: 11:00am

Minister: Rev Colin Sutherland
Email: dumfriesnorthwestchurch@gmail.com
Website: Church of Scotland Profile

Facebook: www.facebook.com/dumfriesnorthwest

St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral

1 High Street
Dundee
DD1 1TD

Main Sunday Service: 10:30am

Minister: Rev Elizabeth Thomson
Email: admin@saintpaulscathedral.net
Website: www.saintpaulscathedral.net

Facebook: www.facebook.com/stpaulsdundee

St. Andrew’s Methodist Church

Cedar Drive
Greenhills
East Kilbride
G75 9HS    

Main Sunday Service: 11:00am

Minister: Rev Laurent Vernet
Email: laurent.vernet@methodist.org.uk
Website: Methodist Church Profile

Facebook: www.facebook.com/EKMethodists

Augustine United Church

41 George IV Bridge
Edinburgh
EH1 1EL

Main Sunday Service: 11:00am

Minister: Rev Fiona Bennett
Email: centre.manager@augustine.org.uk
Website: www.augustine.org.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AugustineUnited/

Broughton St Mary’s Parish Church and Community Hub

12 Bellevue Crescent
Edinburgh
EH3 6NE

Main Sunday Service: 10:30am

Minister: Rev Laurene Lafontaine
Email: mail@bstmchurch.org.uk
Website: www.bstmchurch.org.uk

Faceboook: www.facebook.com/bstmchurch
YouTube: Broughton St Marys

Greyfriars Kirk

Greyfriars Place
Edinburgh
EH1 2QQ

Main Sunday Service: 1100am

Minister: Rev Richard Frazer
Email: contact@greyfriarskirk.com
Website: greyfriarskirk.com

Faceboook: www.facebook.com/GreyfriarsKirkOfficial
Instagram: www.instagram.com/greyfriarskirk_official/
Twitter:
twitter.com/greyfriars_kirk

Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church

18 West Mayfield
Edinburgh
EH9 1TQ

Main Sunday Service: 9:30am

Minister: Rev Sandy Forsyth
Email: churchmanager@googlemail.com
Website: www.mayfieldsalisbury.org

Faceboook: www.facebook.com/MayfieldSalisbury
Instagram: www.instagram.com/the.msyg
YouTube:
www.youtube.com/user/MayfieldSalisbChurch

Old Saint Paul’s Scottish Episcopal Church

63 Jeffrey Street
Edinburgh
EH1 1DH

Main Sunday Service: 10:30am

Minister: Fr John McLuckie
Email: office@osp.org.uk
Website: www.osp.org.uk

Faceboook: www.facebook.com/ospchurch/
Twitter: twitter.com/OldSaintPauls 

St Andrew’s & St George’s West Church

13 George Street
Edinburgh
EH2 2PA

Main Sunday Service: 10:30am

Minister: Rev Dr Rosie Magee
Email: admin@stagw.org.uk
Website: www.stagw.org.uk

Faceboook: www.facebook.com/stagw/
Twitter: twitter.com/StAGW1
YouTube:
St Andrew’s and St George’s West

St Columba’s by the Castle Scottish Episcopal Church

14 Johnston Terrace
Edinburgh
EH1 2PW

Main Sunday Service: 10:00am

Minister: Rev David Paton-Williams
Email: www.stcolumbasbythecastle.org.uk/contact-us/
Website: www.stcolumbasbythecastle.org.uk

Faceboook: www.facebook.com/stcolumbasbythecastle

St. James Scottish Episcopal Church

11a Johns Place
Leith
Edinburgh
EH6 7EL

Main Sunday Service: 11:00am

Minister: Rector. Iain Lothian
Email: churchoffice@stjamesleith.org.uk
Website: www.stjamesleith.org.uk

Faceboook: www.facebook.com/St-James-Leith-108361681814057

St. John’s Episcopal Church

Princes Street
Edinburgh
EH2 4BJ

Main Sunday Service: 10:30am

Minister: Markus Dünzkofer
Email: office@stjohns-edinburgh.org.uk
Website: stjohns-edinburgh.org.uk

Faceboook: www.facebook.com/churchofstjohn
Instagram: www.instagram.com/stjohnsedinburgh/
Twitter:
twitter.com/StJohnPrincesSt

Drumchapel St. Andrew’s Church

153 Garsscadden Road
Glasgow
G15 6UQ

Main Sunday Service: 11:00am

Minister: Rev John Purves
Email: john.s.purves@talk21.com
Website: drumchapelstandrews.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/DrumchapelStAndrews/

Ibrox Parish Church

67 Clifford Street
Glasgow
G51 1QH

Main Sunday Service: 10:30am

Minister: Rev. Tara Porr Granados
Email:
IbroxParishChurch@gmail.com
W
ebsite: www.ibroxparishchurch.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/IbroxParishChurch

Langside Church

167 Ledard Road
Glasgow
G42 9QU

Main Sunday Service: 10:30am

Minister: Pending
Email: langsidechurch@gmail.com
Website: langsidechurch.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/langsideparishchurch
Instagram: www.instagram.com/langside_church
Twitter: twitter.com/langsidechurch
YouTube: Langside Church

Metropolitan Community Church in Glasgow

111 Moss-Side Road
Shawlands
Glasgow
G41 3TP

Main Sunday Service: 3:00pm

Minister: Rev Jane Clark
Email: revclarke@mccinglasgow.co.uk
Website: www.mccinglasgow.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MCCinGlasgow/
Instagram: www.instagram.com/mccinglasgow/

Pollokshaws Methodist Church

74 Shawholm Cresent
Pollokshaws
Glasgow
G43 1LH

Main Sunday Service: 11:00am

Minister: Rev. Laurent Vernet
Email: Strathclyde.circuit@gmail.com
Website: Pollokshaws Methodist Church Profile

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Pollokshawsmethodistchurch

St. James’ Pollok Parish Church

183 Meiklerig Crescent
Pollok
Glasgow
G53 5NA

Main Sunday Service: 11:00am

Contact: info@stjamespollok.com
Website: stjamespollok.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/St-James-Pollok-Parish-Church-110159404250442

St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral

300 Great Western Road
Glasgow
G4 9JB

Main Sunday Service: 11:00am

Minister: Rev Kelvin Holdsworth
Contact: thecathedral.org.uk/office-and-clergy/ 
Website: thecathedral.org.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/openinclusivewelcoming
Twitter: twitter.com/thecathedral

Trinity Methodist Church, Shettleston

Salvation Army Building
34 Etive Street
Glasgow
G32 7LX

Main Sunday Service: 11:00am

Minister: Rev. Laurent Vernet
Contact: contact@trinity-methodist-shettleston.org.uk
Website: trinity-methodist-shettleston.org.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ShettlestonMethodist/
Twitter: twitter.com/TMShettleston
YouTube: Trinity Methodist Shettleston

Wellington Church

77 Southpark Avenue
Glasgow
G12 8LE

Main Sunday Service: 11:00am

Minister: Rev. Richard Baxter
Contact: wellingtonchurch@btinternet.com
Website: wellingtonchurch.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/WellingtonGlasgow/

Lyle Kirk

31 Union Street
Greenock
Inverclyde
PA16 8DD

Main Sunday Service: 10:30am

Minister: Rev. Jonathan Fleming
Email: minister@lylekirk.org
Website: www.lylekirk.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/lylekirkgreenock
Instagram: www.instagram.com/lylekirkgreenock/
YouTube: www.youtube.com/c/GreenockLyleKirkChurchofScotland

Port Glasgow New Parish Church

51-55 Princes Street
Port Glasgow
PA14 5JH

Main Sunday Service: 11:00am

Minister: Rev. William Boyle
Email: WBoyle@churchofscotland.org.uk
Website: newparishchurchportglasgow.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/portglasgownewparishchurch
Twitter: twitter.com/port_parish
Instagram: www.instagram.com/portparish/
YouTube: Port Glasgow New Parish Church

Old High St. Stephen’s Church

Southside Road at Old Edinburgh Road
Inverness
IV2 4XA

Main Sunday Service: 10:30am

Minister: Rev. James Bissett
Email: invernesschurch@gmail.com
Website: www.oldhighststephens.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/oldhighststephens
Twitter: twitter.com/invernesschurch
YouTube: Old High St. Stephen’s Church

Houston & Killellan Kirk

13A Kirk Road
Houston
Johnstone
PA6 7HW

Main Sunday Service: 11:00am

Minister: Rev. Gary D. Noonan
Email: GNoonan@churchofscotland.org.uk
Website: www.houstonkillellankirk.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/houstonkillellankirk
Instagram: www.instagram.com/houstonkillellankirk
YouTube: Houston & Killellan Kirk

St. John the Evangelist Church

Floors Street
Johnstone
PA5 8QS

Main Sunday Service: 9:45am

Minister: Rev Reuben Preston
Email: john.s.purves@talk21.com
Website: www.stjohnsjohnstone.org.uk  / secstjohnstmargaret.org.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/StJohnsJohnstone
Twitter: twitter.com/JohnsJohnstone
YouTube: St Johns Johnstone & St Margarets Renfrew SEC

Greyfriars Parish Church

Bloomgate
Lanark
ML11 9ET

Main Sunday Service: 11:00am

Minister: Rev Bryan Kerr
Email: hpaget@lanarkgreyfriars.com
Website: www.lanarkgreyfriars.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/langreyfriars
Twitter: twitter.com/langreyfriars

South Ronaldsay & Burray Church

Church Road
St. Margaret’s Hope
Orkney
KW17 2SR

Main Sunday Service: 11:00am

Minister: Rev. Marjory A MacLean

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheHopeKirk

St. Matthew’s Church of Scotland

Tay Street
Perth
PH1 5LQ

Main Sunday Service: 11:00am

Minister: Rev. Fiona Bullock
Email: office@perthstmatthews.org.uk
Website: www.perthstmatthews.org.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/22175229308
Instagram: www.instagram.com/perthstmatthews/
Twitter:
twitter.com/perthstmatthews

St. Margaret’s Church

Oxford Road
Renfrew
PA4 0SJ

Main Sunday Service: 11:30am

Minister: Rev Reuben Preston
Email: Rector@SECStJohnStMargaret.org.uk
Website: secstjohnstmargaret.org.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/stmargaretsrenfrew.org.uk
YouTube: St Johns Johnstone & St Margarets Renfrew SEC

Buchlyvie Parish Church

Main Street
Buchlyvie
Stirling
FK8 3LX

Main Sunday Service: 11:15am

Minister: Rev Scott Brown
Email: buchlyviechurch@gmail.com
Website: www.buchlyviechurch.org.uk

YouTube: G&BChurches

Gartmore Parish Church

Main Street
Gartmore
Stirling
FK8 3RH

Main Sunday Service: 10:00am

Minister: Rev Scott Brown
Email: gartmorechurch@gmail.com
Website: www.buchlyviechurch.org.uk/Gartmore/

YouTube: G&BChurches