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Uniformed Organisations at St Thomas' 

Rainbows, Brownies and Guides are part of Girlguiding UK and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in which members are united in the making of a promise, developing beliefs and working together. Girls develop self-confidence, independence, commitment and resilience. They build friendships, learn new skills, give service and have fun.
The Girlguiding programme comprises six themes which run from Rainbows, through Brownies and Guides and onto Rangers:

  • Know Myself
  • Express Myself
  • Be Well
  • Have Adventures
  • Take Action
  • Skills for My Future 

Within each theme girls participate in Unit meeting activities and challenges, work towards Interest badges and develop through Skills Builders.

Membership of the Uniformed Organisations

Parents and carers whose daughters want to join one of the uniformed organisations at St Thomas’ should visit and click on the Information for Parents and Register your Daughter tabs.

Covid 19

Currently all of our uniformed organisations have suspended face to face weekly meetings and activities because of the Covid 19 pandemic. We will communicate directly with our members and their parents and carers when we are able to restart.

Rainbows are girls aged 5 - 7 

  • Meet in the Gyle Hall on term time Wednesdays, 6 - 7pm
  • Explore the world together
  • Enjoy games and crafts, spend time outdoors, sing the Rainbow song
  • Work towards interest badges – everything from recycling to storytelling
  • Begin their skills builder journey, developing core skills and trying new things
  • Can earn six theme awards and the Rainbow Gold award 
  • Contact Carol Gray via the church office at or by phone: 0131 316 4292

Brownies are girls aged 7 – 10

  • Meet in the Main Hall on term time Wednesdays, 6 - 7.30pm
  • Work together in small groups called sixes
  • Play games, sing, making things, take part in drama, explore the outdoors
  • Take on challenges and try adventurous activities
  • Engage with the community – activities such as singing carols and giving gifts and calendars
  • Learn about the lives of children in other countries
  • Enjoy working towards interest badges – everything from languages to space
  • Continue their skills builder journey, further developing core skills and learning new ones
  • Go on a summer outing, a day exploring and having fun at a venue within an hour’s reach of Edinburgh
  • Earn a theme award or the Brownie Gold award 

Contact Grace Donald via the church office at or by phone: 0131 316 4292

Guides are girls aged 10-15

  • Meet in the Gyle Hall on term time Fridays, 7.30 - 9.15pm 
  • Work together in patrols
  • Respond to challenges and take part in unit activities
  • Enjoy games, campfires and singing, cooking and crafts, dance and drama, developing hobbies
  • Work towards interest badges – everything from vlogging or geocaching to photography or human rights
  • Continue their skills builder journey, further developing and extending core skills and learning new ones
  • Explore new opportunities, take part in adventurous activities, engage with the community, locally and internationally
  • Earn six theme awards, the Guide Gold award, the Commonwealth award
  • Visit or participate in the annual Edinburgh Scout and Guide Gang Show at the King’s Theatre
  • Go on a summer camp under canvas, cooking on open fires and living out of doors 

Contact Sheila Nicol via the church office at  or by phone: 0131 316 4292

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Planning your Visit

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Welcome! Whether you've just moved to the area, or have lived here all your life - we hope the website helps you find out what you want to know about St Thomas' Church.

We meet in person and there is no longer a requirement to book to attend. We are also providing worship services and other activities online online through YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. 

Further details are available within the Church Life area of our website, which includes information about children's and youth activities and resources. Other activities are described within the Community section.

For a quick introduction to what you can expect on a Sunday, please click here. We hope to see you soon!