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Viewing children's art at St Martin’s Community Resource Centre.

Edinburgh Episcopal church has faith in its makeover

Edinburgh church, St Martin of Tours, is being given a major overhaul to provide a vibrant community space to everyone from youth groups and church goers to recovering addicts. St Martin’s Community Resource Centre, off Dalry Road, is undergoing a 21st century makeover. The B-listed building originally served as a Baptist church before an Episcopalian […]

Angela Wells

Small business incubation launches at Edinburgh church

Hope’s Garden is an aromatherapy small business set up and run by qualified therapist Angela Wells. It is part of a wider small business incubation initiative at the City of Edinburgh Methodist Church called The Dream Factory, which will have its official launch later in the year. Hope’s Garden is the pioneering business for the […]

Rob Drummond

Passion play has Jesus as radical Scots politician

The greatest story ever told has been rewritten with a twist – with the last days of Jesus set on the eve of a referendum. The creators of the Edinburgh Passion, which will be performed in Princes Street Gardens on Easter Sunday, have admitted the production may polarise opinion. The version, by Cutting Edge Theatre, […]

Gillian McKinnon

Edinburgh church hires media expert to raise its profile

The City of Edinburgh Methodist Church, based at Nicolson Square, has appointed a Communications Coordinator to raise the profile of the church within the local community and the wider city. Gillian McKinnon has taken up the new post, bringing experience from publishing, radio and television; she has also recently held communications roles with both the […]

Rev Sally Foster Fulton

Three hundredth eco-congregation announced in Scotland

Priestfield Parish Church in Edinburgh is the 300th church in Scotland to register as an eco-congregation, it has been announced. A celebration at the Presbyterian church took place on the evening of Monday 20 January 2014 to mark this milestone. “It’s refreshing to remind ourselves just how new and how vibrant his movement is,” commented […]

Albert and Patricia Kidd with MP Sheila Gilmore (centre)

MP Sheila Gilmore launches jobs club at Edinburgh Salvation Army

A Salvation Army scheme that teaches work-related skills is offering hope for unemployed people in Edinburgh. The new jobs club at our City Corps on East Adam Street Road was launched by local MP Sheila Gilmore. She said the initiative, called Employment Plus Local, would help people find work and get their lives back on […]

'Business as usual' at Edinburgh kirk as members quit in gay clergy row

‘Business as usual’ at Edinburgh kirk as members quit in gay clergy row

The Church of Scotland has said it will be business as usual as the first congregation in the Scottish capital to leave its home of worship over the issue of gay ordination holds its inaugural service in a rented hall. New Restalrig Church congregation, led by Rev David Court, will worship in a mission hall […]

JK Rowling

Harry Potter fans leave graveside notes in Edinburgh’s Greyfriars Kirkyard to real-life Voldemort

By the time JK Rowling’s first Harry Potter book was published in 1997, Edinburgh gentleman Thomas Riddell had been resting in peace for 191 years. But his eternal slumber at Edinburgh’s Greyfriars Kirkyard is now being disturbed by Potter fans who seem to think he was the nastiest wizard ever to stalk the magical world. […]

Rev Derek Browning

Morningside elder leaves £1.3m to good causes

A church elder has stunned members of his parish by leaving a £1.3 million fortune to his church and other good causes. Alastair Graham died in February this year at the age of 94 after spending years building up his own accountancy firm. In his will, he left £300,000 to Edinburgh’s Morningside Parish Church where […]

Rev Andrew Bain

New rector will be formally installed at Dunbar church

The congregation of St Anne’s Scottish Episcopal Church in Dunbar is looking forward to welcoming a new rector. Rev Andrew Bain succeeds Rev Sheila Cameron, who retired. He has been conducting services at the town centre church for the past six months on an interim basis. His position was made permanent and he will divide […]

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