Join us for the last Winter Wednesday of the season. These treasured events are brought to you by our musician John Patterson and friends. They offer one and all a chance to step away from hectic lives, to take a moment out – for ourselves – to pause, reflect, enjoy, pray.
Find friendship and reassurance on a chilly winter’s evening.
Edinburgh’s Easter Play is a treasured event, much admired the world over. Do mark the date in the your diary.
This year, Easter Saturday will fall in March. The play will be performed in Princes Street Gardens West at 2pm on Saturday 30th March 2024. As always, the show is free of charge.
How can I get involved?
The Easter Play takes place every year thanks to the effort of a dedicated team of volunteers involved in all aspects of the production. It takes over 100 volunteers to make it happen. We would love to welcome more people from local communities – EVERYONE is welcome!
Cast: Our rehearsals take place on a Wednesday night from 7 pm to 9 pm. No experience is required, just enthusiasm and commitment. Whilst all the speaking parts are cast, we always welcome new members to be part of the non-speaking roles. The more the merrier!
Stewards: We rely on a team of incredible volunteers to steward on the day. We do this in shifts so we need a lot of stewards! We are also looking for those who can help wheelchair users and deaf audience members to enjoy the play in a more accessible manner.
Costume: We need help on the day to get the cast costumed and checked.
Your donations are always gratefully received, especially this year as costs continue to rise. The annual budget for the play is £25,000 and to date £12,000 has been raised, so there’s still a bit to go!
The organisers of the play have been very blessed over the years to have been supported by a number of Christian Trusts and Foundations. Sadly a number of them have indicated that this will be the last year that they can support the play, so we are in danger of losing this play from 2025 onwards. If you have a company, have a fundraising idea or can make a substantial donation, then please do contact the team to discuss.
£10 could go towards the cost of costumes £25 could support our access provision project £50 could contribute to the hire of technical equipment £100+ could help us meet the costs of hiring a professional actor in the role of Jesus
Our annual sell-out Burns Supper was a great success this year.
A four-course feast was prepared by the hospitality team and our sincere thanks go to them. The attention to detail on the tables was beautiful, the food prepared and served piping hot would have been applauded in any restaurant and the lightness of the meringues for pud was just perfect. And there was even home made tablet with the coffee – the perfect finish to an outstanding meal. All on the team were grateful that there was a new dishwasher but somehow Anna still found herself in the sink for some hours!
Before and after the meal, our Singers (led by John) entertained us with traditional songs and then the Highland Dancers from Manor School of Dance took to the stage to the delight of everyone present. They were a joy to watch and made good use of a stage that has been graced by generations past and present across the Church and community.
But you know, more than anything, it was the delight that we found in each others’ company on the evening that made it just so special. Friends old and new.
Once a month, on the cold, dark months of the year, we host an evening of music and quiet contemplation at Craigsbank. These cherished evenings offer warmth and friendship, and time to reflect in candlelight.
We are blessed with some very strong musicians at Craigsbank and this evening-hour, during winter, is a free event that uplifts all who attend for the days ahead.
Two more dates for the Winter Wednesdays remain:
Start time 7.30pm CRAIGSBANK SANCTUARY
Pop the dates in your diary now. These events are not to be missed.
Our bulb planters were out in force today at Fauldburn Park in wet weather gear – to provide a touch of Spring sunshine when the time comes. Anne reports that the team were happy to be planting despite the weather. And managed to plant over 1000 bulbs. We’re all looking forward to Springtime displays.
Where were we planting? See the maps below for the sites where the bulbs were planted.
Craigsbank was one of the buildings that flung its doors wide open on Doors Open Sunday this year. And the result was really very positive indeed. John Baker arranged the weekend’s activities and he was ably supported by a strong team of volunteers.
64 individuals visited the buildings over the weekend. Below are just a few of the comments received:
Fantastic experience: wonderful building: everyone so friendly and helpful.
Thanks for taking part in Doors Open Day – loved the building and music
So impressed! This “hidden gem” is amazing. Intriguing architecture. Even more I admire the way you form and run your church community. Our visit has been well worthwhile.
Beautiful Magical Spiritual Many thanks
It was a thrill to find such a beautiful modernist building in a part of Edinburgh we did not know. The quality of light and the serenity of the building make it very special apart from it’s functional success.
Amazing architecture Thank you so much for your time and knowledge. This is a hidden gem.
Having been Christened here on 8 August 1943, I found my visit a quite moving and enjoyable event. (Also repeated his visit to deliver copies of the October 1943 and March 1959 Intimations and family contributions)
Very beautiful building, inside and out.
Great to visit again and enjoyed Tree’s piece! ( Composer) Compliments the perfectly-realised minimalism of the architecture perfectly !
The nicest church I have visited in a long time. Architecturally stunning and a surprisingly warm and inviting space. A reflection of the congregation, no doubt.
Beautiful architectural lines. A hidden gem thanks to “Doors Open Day”
This church has the WOW! Factor from the moment you catch sight of it coming round the corner and on entering – so unexpected to see the configuration which is so dramatic and inspiring. A wonderful space for worship – what a lucky congregation you are to have this gem. So pleased to hear that it has been recognised as “A” listed. Thank you for opening up today.
We enjoyed the very warm welcome and were inspired by the beautiful airy space. The architecture is truly magnificent and is in great condition.
An amazing place- well hosted – such a great performance and what a hidden gem. Wonderful.
A wonderful display for a magnificent building! I appreciated the exhibits showing the construction of the complex. Great to see a hidden modernist gem in the City.
A truly striking building beautifully looked after. Marion and John were brilliantly knowledgeable.
A beautiful piece of Architecture. Really enjoyed talking to the volunteers and getting to experience the space and its wonderful light. Thank you
Our popular Network group is starting up again for the winter on 2 October. The full programme of speakers and events for the year is below. Do come along. You will be made very welcome. For more information, contact Susan Ross.
Network Syllabus 2023/2024
2 October – The role of a Kings Chaplain – Rev Moira McDonald
16 October – Tracing your Family History – Alex Wood
30 October – Travelling Scotland with one Yellow Wellie – Reta MacLennan
13 November – Thimble Collection – Anne McMillan
27 November – Christmas Crafts – Cherry Gilmour
11 December – Christmas Meal
8 January – Corstorphine Transport Through the Ages – Ian Anderson
22 January – Scottish Music & Words – Robin & Mairi Leach (Fundraiser)
5 February – Life after Westminster – John Barrett
The ACORN is an inter church group which meets on the last Monday of every month from September to May for a morning of fun, chat, faith and fellowship, meeting up with friends from many of the Corstorphine churches for coffee and entertainment, sometimes with a speaker, or sometimes finding interesting stories from among our own members. To give you a little glimpse – for our last meeting, we had Margaret Grant, with a guest pianist and some of the Springwell Golden Voices choir, who joined us for a session of pure nostalgia, singing hymns and choruses remembered from days gone by, some as far back as childhood. A great time was had by all!
Why not brighten your Monday morning once a month? We’d love to see you.
The first meeting of the new season will be on 25th September, at 10.30am in the Belgrave Room in St Anne’s Church, Kaimes Road , Corstorphine.