Canongate Kirk News

Welcome to our News page!   Scroll down to find out what’s on and what’s been happening at Canongate Kirk, the Kirk of Holyroodhouse and Edinburgh Castle. You can also download a copy of the latest Newsletter  and read the All Saints Letter from the Minister.

Harvest Festival

Two of our Sunday School children with the display of goods and toiletries donated by the Congregation at Harvest Thanksgiving.  The baskets of food will be given to organisations working with homeless people throughout Edinburgh.

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Latest Fund – raising Events for the Canongate Kirk Appeal


A sponsored walk around Arthur’s Seat and a beautiful recital by harpist Erynne were two of the most recent fund-raising events for the Church appeal.  Thanks to all the runners and walkers and those who provided the essential bacon rolls after the sponsored walk!  Thanks also to Erynne for providing such magical harp music.  The two events have raised several hundred pounds between them.  Our next fund-raising event will be a Rugby Talk in aid of Canongate Kirk Appeal on 30th October.

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There But Not There

Rev Neil Gardner sits amongst two of the art
installation in memory of Private John McConnell and Private Robert MacQuarrie, who both lost their lives in the Great War.
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To mark “the last hundred days” taking us to the centenary of the Armistice that finally brought the First World War to an end on 11th November 1918, Canongate Kirk is participating in the nationwide “There but not there” installation. Five silhouettes have been positioned in the pews of the Kirk to represent the five local soldiers whose deaths we have marked during the course of the last four years. For more information visit the website or follow this link to a recent article in The Scotsman newspaper

Fellowship Gathering – Autumn Programme

Come and join us in the Harry Younger Hall at 7pm for a showing of the film Joyeaux Noel to coincide with the centenary of the end of the First World War.    Popcorn and icecream will be served. All welcome.   For more information about the Fellowship Gathering please go to our dedicated  Fellowship Gathering page.



More Fundraising Events…

Summer Fayre

On Saturday 28th July, following a brief deluge of rain, the sun shone on the Canongate Kirk Summer Fayre held inside the Kirk.  Neighbours and tourists alike came to browse the stalls which included homebaking, hats and bags, jewellery, plants and lots more.  Face and nail painting, a magician and tombola were on offer too.   At the last count, funds raised were up to £2000.  Once again, all money raised will go to the church appeal fund and a huge thank you is due to all those who helped organise, sell, bring and buy.  More pictures can be found on our Facebook page 


Manse Garden Party

Over 70 guests attended a fundraising garden party hosted by the Minister following the 11.15 service on June 24th.   Guests enjoyed refreshments, music and good company in the beautiful surroundings of the Manse garden.  As is usual in Scotland, a contingency plan had been made to move indoors in case of rain but thankfully this wasn’t necessary as the weather was fabulous!  All funds raised will go to the church appeal and thanks are due to all those who attended, contributed and helped to make the event such a success.

Climate Change Talk

Previous fundraising events took place on 10th May in the Harry Younger Hall when Martin Baker (retired atmospheric physicist and Antarctica base commander) gave a fascinating presentation on Antarctica and Global Climate Change.  As Martin has visited the area to study it many times over the past 30 years or so, this was a very personal perspective accompanied by some of his stunning photos of the region.  The talk raised an impressive £600 for the Appeal fund.


Piano Recital

One of our first fund raising event for the Appeal took place on  Sunday 29th April when Ally Collins, one of the younger members of our congregation and a superb pianist,  gave a 30-minute piano recital of works by Chopin.  Ally, pictured here,  kindly donated the very generous  retiring collection to the Appeal Fund.


Band Concert

A big thank you to the Lowland Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland who thrilled tourists with a rousing concert on  Saturday 14th April with a closing collection for the Church Appeal.  More pictures on our Facebook page.
















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