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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.

Greyfriars Kirk, in Edinburgh’s Old Town, has been at the heart of Christian worship and social outreach for many centuries. As well as providing Parish Ministry to a large and diverse city centre and inner city parish, Greyfriars has also overseen the development of the Grassmarket Community Project, an innovative approach to supporting vulnerable people. It has transformed its sanctuary into a multi-use space and is now one of Edinburgh leading arts venues and it offers a ministry of hospitality to pilgrims and visitors from...

Our Minister, Rev Dr Richard Frazer, will be offering the Prayer for the Day on BBC Radio 4 on Saturday 18th, Monday 20th, Tuesday 21st, Wednesday 22nd, Thursday 23rd, & Friday 24th January.  The programme is broadcast at 5.43am but if that is a little too early to for you to tune in, they are available for a week afterwards online.

Last Tuesday lunchtime, a service was held to commemorate Greyfriars Bobby, by his headstone in the Kirkyard.

The event was organised by the One O'clock Gun Association and was attended by the Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh, Rt Hon Donald Wilson, the Minister of Greyfriars, Rev Dr Richard Frazer, pupils from George Heriots, and dogs and their owners.  Robert the Bruce and his entourage even made an appearance to honour the unassuming and loyal Skye Terrier!

Bobby's gravestone has become a shrine for the little dog...

Burns Night Supper

The Grassmarket Community Project has organised a ceilidh for Burns Night with a traditional supper laid on.

Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy the GCP's new facilities and sample their excellent cooking all in honour of the Bard.

All proceeds will go to the amazing community work that is done all year round.  For more information on the Grassmarket Community Project and how to get involved, please visit:

Tickets are available from the...

The Great British Garden Revival

Greyfriars Kirk was featured on the BBC's Great British Garden Revival series on Sunday 7th January.

About six years ago, our minister got permission to establish a herb garden in the Kirkyard which had been a medicinal herb garden at the time of the original Grey Friars (Franciscans) in the 16th Century.  The garden now produces over 200 varieties of herbs and is looked after by members of the Grassmarket Community Project.

To view this episode using the BBC...


Island of Jura (Pictures taken by Revd Dr Richard Frazer, Nov 2013)

Our Minister, Richard Frazer, visited the island of Jura last weekend to preach at the beautiful little church there.  Greyfriars and the congregation in Jura have been developing a thriving arrangement over the last few years because...