Frequently Asked Questions

Get fast answers to your most common questions. You can also use the site Search at the top of the page to find answers quickly.

What's the Church's view?

Speak Out covers the wide range of topics and issues in which the Church is involved or has a view, and features a number of campaigns which the Church currently supports. You can also visit News which includes the latest news releases issued by our Communications department.

How do I find my local Church?

Use our church finder to locate your nearest church by simply entering your postcode or location.

How do I become a member of the Church?

Joining the Church outlines the usual way in which people join the Church of Scotland, and you can also find out more about our faith and beliefs.

How do I arrange a wedding, funeral or baptism in a Church of Scotland church?

Life Events covers marriage in the Church of Scotland, and arranging wedding and baptism services.

Where is my ancestor buried?

We do not have a centralised database of burials. Burial records are held by either the individual church where the burial took place or by the local council of that area. See Historical Records for more detail.

What are the dates for the upcoming General Assembly?

The 2017 General Assembly will be held from Saturday 19 May to Friday 25 May.

How can I contact the Moderator?

You can write to the Moderator at 121 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 4YN. His Personal Assistant can be contacted through the office switchboard.

Who do I contact about the gas and electricity provider for my church?

The General Trustees department can offer advice on this matter.

I'm a church officer, where do I find information and advice about finance, charity law etc?

Information for local churches and their officers are in Resources. There are a range of subjects covering guidance and advice from the Law department, and finance and accounts information for treasurers.

How can I get a copy of my baptism certificate?

Baptism certificates are held by the individual church where the baptism took place. If that church has since shut, records may have been passed on to other local churches, the relevant presbytery office or the National Archives. No baptism records are held at 121 George Street and no staff on the premises deal with them.

Do you have an archivist or historian?

No. The Church of Scotland's archives are held by the National Archives of Scotland. They can be contacted on 0131 535 1334.

We do not have any historians or archivists in our employment. Your local library or the National Library of Scotland may be able to help you with your enquiries.

Do you have a property department?

We have several departments dealing with different aspects of property:

  • If you are calling about property for sale, you need to speak to the Legal Department.
  • If you are calling about glebe land, you need to speak to the General Trustees.
  • If you are calling about furlough housing, you need to speak to Central Properties.
  • If you are calling about residential and care homes, you need to speak to Crossreach.
  • If you are calling about housing for retired ministers, you need to speak to the Housing & Loan Fund department.

If you are calling about any other aspect of church-owned property, including title deeds, your first port of call is the General Trustees.