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20,000 Beads

An Installation by Jay Frazer

Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh


20,000 beads is an installation that I created during my last year at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, for the degree show this year. The striking and experiential piece took over 8 months to produce and required a lot of patience, as each ceramic bead is crafted by hand.

I wanted to create a calming installation that would not necessarily only be suited for a gallery space...

The BBC World Service recently broadcast a programme exploring pilgimage.  The piece includes contributions from author & broadcaster Martin Palmer and our very own Rev Dr Richard Frazer who completed the Camino, the traditional Christian pilgrimage route in Spain.

For more details and to hear the programme in full, please click here.

Last year, the BBC filmed sections of its documentary series The Stuarts. After a successful broadcast on BBC Two Scotland earlier this year, the programmes will be transmitted again throughout the UK on BBC Two for the next three Wednesdays at 8pm. Please tune in if you can.

For further...

Subsequent to its union with Kirk o’ Field, Greyfriars Kirk has expanded its parish and is always seeking to increase its work in the local community.  In response to this growing pastoral demand, we are pleased to announce that an Associate Minister, Rev Lezley Stewart, has joined our ministry team. We hope you will join us in welcoming her to this vibrant community.

To learn more about Lezley, please visit her page.

Kirk o’ Field Coffee Morning

Thursday 26th June was the last day of the Kirk o’ Field fortnightly coffee morning before it takes a break for the summer while the building becomes a festival venue.

This wonderful community event welcomes everyone and offers an excellent pot of tea or cafetière of coffee with your choice of scone or buttery at a scandalously reasonable price for the Southside of Edinburgh.  Held in St ninian's Hall and run by a team of volunteers, it usually attracts about 70 people and raises much needed funds for the continued upkeep of the...

Greyfriars Kirk's Summer Magazine is now available.  Click here to view it online.

Alternatively, you can collect a paper copy from the Kirk.

(Large Print Copies are available upon request from the Kirk Office).

On Monday March 24th 2014, members of the Grassmarket Community Project attended the Dedication of the furniture made for the M.O.D. chaplaincy at Kentigern House in Glasgow.


The GRoW workshop created the bespoke furniture for the quiet/prayer room in February and March.  They made a lectern, a communion table and a bookcase.  The furniture was made from Douglas Fir which had come from Longformacus church in the Borders which recently closed.


The Rev Neil Gardner, MA, BD (pictured), minister at the Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh and, therefore, one of...

Grassmarket Community Project Wins My Place Award

On the 27th March, the Grassmarket Community Project were awarded a Scottish Civic Trust “My Place” award for the Grassmarket Centre’s architectural finery and positive influence on the local community.

The building, located at 86 Candlemaker Row, opened in 2013 and operates a community café and woodwork social enterprise, whilst also providing a range of therapeutic activities such as drama and art to vulnerable adults in the area.

Designed by Gareth Hoskins, the centre was nominated for the award...

Grassmarket Furniture on Reporting Scotland

The Grassmarket Community Project's Furniture making social enterprise, GRoW was feature on Friday's editions of the BBC's Reporting Scotland.

Grassmarket Furniture makes bespoke pieces from reclaimed pews while affording socially excluded and vulnerable adults to learn and share new skills in the workshop.

To see the full report, click here.

For more details on the work of the Grassmarket Community Project, visit their website:...

Unfortunately, the Edinburgh International Pipe Band Show that was scheduled to perform at Greyfriars Kirk on Saturday 8th March has had to be cancelled. 

The organisers are very sorry for any inconvenience caused and hope to arrange for a performance at a later date.

Please visit the Edinburgh International Pipe Band's website for details on their other upcoming events.