TWO of Edinburgh's best-known churches will merge to form one congregation from 1 January.
St Andrew's & St George's in George Street and St George's West in Shandwick Place will unite after members of both churches voted for the move.
The new congregation will be known as St Andrew's & St George's West.
For the first six months, services will be held month about in each building, starting at Shandwick Place in January.
The Rev Russell McLarty, interim minister at St Andrew's & St George's, will act as interim minister of the united congregation while the changes take place and they begin the process of calling a new minister.
As well as a place of worship, St George's West is now a Fringe venue.
A service to mark the merger will take place on 24 January.