NEWS

EVENT CANCELLED – the lurgy that is doing the rounds has hit some of our musicians so we have no choice but to cancel this week’s event. Please help us to spread the word.

EVENT CANCELLED

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.

Beautiful live music, soft candlelight & peace

Wednesday 21 February, 7.30pm

– EVENT CANCELLED

Craigsbank Church

This is a free event

Winter Wednesdays

The Easter Play in Princes Street Gardens

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. 

Colin Hattersley Photography

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.

Contact us on cuttingedge21@btinternet.com if you can help with any of the above

Donate to the Easter Play

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! 

Donate here – Cutting Edge Theatre | Stewardship, marking your donation for the Easter Play. 

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


Please spread the word or donate 
here.

One World Shop for Ethical Easter Gifts

Browse The One World Shop’s Easter gift range on their website and choose from a selection of hand-made Easter cards as well as tempting chocolate treats, mini eggs and bars ­– all perfect for an Easter gift. All products are made by ethical brands and you will be supporting fair trade. Click here for the link to the One World Online Store.  The Real Easter Eggs sold out quickly last year so order soon.

Burns Supper 2024 – A huge success

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.

What’s Happening in and around the Church

Friendship Groups

Lunch Club: Wednesdays at 12.30pm in Craigsbank Chancel Hall – fortnightly. A hot bowl of soup and a generous serving of friendship.

Fellowship Group: Thursdays at 2.30pm at the East Craigs Church Centre – fortnightly

Network: Monday evenings, fortnightly, for evenings of conversation and informative talks – 5 February, ‘Life after Westminster’ – John Barrett and 19 February, ‘Ronald McDonald House’ – Julia Coley

Moving forward: Support group for widowed men: Wednesdays at 10.30am at the Corstorphine Community Centre

Winter Wednesdays: A warm welcome for an hour of peace and quite beautiful music-by-candlelight. This is an opportunity for quiet contemplation in the warm surroundings of Craigsbank Sanctuary. Our last Winter Wednesday of the season is scheduled for 21 February at 7.30pm in the Craigsbank Sanctuary.

Toddle Tots: for parents, grandparents and carers with their toddlers and babies Wednesdays 10.30am in the Craigsbank Hall

Corstorphine Dementia Group: The Jubilee Club meet daily (Mon – Fri) in the Hall behind Carricknowe Church and the ‘Teatime Club’ meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month in St Thomas’s Hall. This Club is for members and their carers.

Toastie Thursdays

Our weekly ‘Toastie Thursdays’ lunch-gathering for Craigmount High pupils is hosted in the Craigsbank hall. The goal is to offer Christian hospitality to the children in the parish high school. The catchphrase for the Toastie Thursdays is ‘The best welcome of the week’. At the moment we host about 300 pupils every Thursday. This is a collaborative partnership between our congregation and the Corstorphine Old Parish.

Making Music!

The Singers: weekly practice in the Craigsbank sanctuary on Thursdays from 6.45pm ­– 8.00pm

Junior Music Makers for young children: Craigsbank sanctuary weekly on Thursdays from 5.30pm – 6.30pm, whilst the parents have a coffee and a blether in the Iona Room.

New members for both groups always welcome.

Eco Group – Our immediate environment and global events

Our Eco Group are pleased to be planting trees again on 7 Feb at 1.30pm at Craigievar Park. All are welcome to give a hand. Remember your wellies and to dress appropriately for the weather on the day. Contact Anne Currie at anneicurrie@yahoo.co.uk for more information.

The team have been active on our behalf in other ways too:

Christmas 2023 – a joyful time

Over the Christmas period our church and church centre have been busy, noisy, welcoming and happy, contemplative places to be. In addition to the many indoor activities (which included concerts, candlelit evenings, carol services, gift services, School services, a Christian Aid lunch, a service of remembrance and our wonderful Messy Church and Junior Music Makers Nativity) the area surrounding East Craigs has been transformed through Bulb Planting. And our Eco Heroes have represented us at Parliament protests. All of this on top of our regular thought-provoking services.

Our musician and singers, hospitality group and Eco team have been particularly busy but none more so than our minister, Alan Childs. We are grateful to each and every one of them.