Welcome to the website of the Church of the Holy Rude, Stirling, Scotland!
We welcome all comers to join us for worship every Sunday morning, at 11.30 a.m. from January to June and at 10.00 a.m. from July to December.
There is a Young Church programme for children during the service.
We are a congregation of the national Church of Scotland (a Presbyterian Church within the Reformed tradition), worshipping in one of Scotland's most historic and beautiful mediaeval parish churches. You can read more about the history of the church here.
Holy Communion is celebrated on the 1st Sunday of December, March and June, and on the 3rd Sunday of September, also at Christmas and Easter. On the first Sunday of other months a shorter celebration of Holy Communion is celebrated after the main service, in the St Andrew's Chapel. All who are baptised are invited to share with us in this sacrament of God's kingdom.
Prayers for Healing and Wholeness are held on the 3rd Sunday of every month after the main service, in the St Andrew's Chapel. At these services we lift up to God the prayers that have been requested by members of the congregation and visitors to the church, who may leave prayer requests in the box provided in the chapel, and also light a candle if they so wish.
Where to find us.
Access and Parking
The Church of the Holy Rude is sited in a prominent position at the top of the old town of Stirling. Due to the historic layout of the immediate vicinity, parking space is very limited. Parking opposite the door of the church and in the driveway up to the main entrance is reserved for staff and disabled visitors.
Parking is available on Sunday mornings on a first-come-first-served basis in the back car park of the Old Town Jail, a short walk downhill from the church.
Other public parking (free of charge on Sundays) can be found in St John Street, Broad Street, St Mary's Wynd, and along the Ballengeich Pass (a.k.a. Upper Castlehill) on the north side of the castle (see map below). Click for Google Map.