Greyfriars Kirk

Greyfriars Kirk Greyfriars Kirk is a place of worship, a space to celebrate the arts, events, and exhibitions, as well as being a well-known historical landmark for all ages.

Greyfriars Kirk is a place of worship, a place to celebrate the arts, events and exhibitions as being a well-known historical landmark for all ages.

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The wind might be blowing us all about, but that won't stop the latest news from the Greyfriars community! Click the lin...
21/11/2020

The wind might be blowing us all about, but that won't stop the latest news from the Greyfriars community! Click the link below to view the latest Greyfriars Newsletter and the order of service for this Sunday. 💨🍃

https://greyfriarskirk.com/online-services/community-notes

We miss having our Gaelic in-person services each week, but thanks to a partnership with our friends at St Columba Gaeli...
20/11/2020
Online Gaelic Church

We miss having our Gaelic in-person services each week, but thanks to a partnership with our friends at St Columba Gaelic Church (Glasgow), there are online services available on YouTube! Click the link below to listen and watch now. 🔽

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5IfnFkXnGdVHnQ67l_boWg/videos

This channel is an initiative of two Gaelic churches - St Columba Gaelic Church in Glasgow and Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh. Here you will find services, hym...

19/11/2020

Midweek Prayers 19 November 2020

Have you stopped by the Kirk shop lately? The Kirk is open today from 11am to 3pm, and the shop is filled with all sorts...
19/11/2020

Have you stopped by the Kirk shop lately? The Kirk is open today from 11am to 3pm, and the shop is filled with all sorts of goodies to explore. There might even be a Christmas present for someone on your list in our inventory! We'd love to show you around- come and say hello. 👋

Spend some time outside tomorrow, and have a wander inside the Kirk! Our Midweek Prayers are held from 1:10-1:30 pm, and...
18/11/2020

Spend some time outside tomorrow, and have a wander inside the Kirk! Our Midweek Prayers are held from 1:10-1:30 pm, and we would love to have you join us for this special time of reflection.

17/11/2020
A Look Around Greyfriars Kirk

Take an inside look into the history and future of Greyfriars Kirk. We'd love to guide you through parts of our space in this special video hosted by Rev Richard Frazer and featuring Gillian Couper. Click the link below to view! 📽️

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmfQwj02V4g&feature=youtu.be

Join Rev Richard Frazer and Gillian Couper as they share a bit about Greyfriars Kirk and the fascinating history within and around it.

13/11/2020

Our Gaelic congregation meets regularly online on our shared YouTube channel with St Columba Gaelic Church in Glasgow. Join us by clicking the link below!

http://ow.ly/D7vl50Cbg8r

Our Kirk shop is open today from 11 am to 3 pm. Come and stop by to discover the new holiday items in stock (our favouri...
12/11/2020

Our Kirk shop is open today from 11 am to 3 pm. Come and stop by to discover the new holiday items in stock (our favourite are the Edinburgh and Scotland themed advent cards!). We would love to say hello! 👋

Tomorrow we host Midweek Prayers here at the Kirk. This time, from 1:10-1:30 pm at the Kirk, is for anyone to come and g...
11/11/2020

Tomorrow we host Midweek Prayers here at the Kirk. This time, from 1:10-1:30 pm at the Kirk, is for anyone to come and gather as we are led in a guided prayer. You are most welcome to join us!

Our friends at the Scottish Chamber Orchestra host a weekly streamed concert series online each Thursday evening. Click ...
10/11/2020
Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Our friends at the Scottish Chamber Orchestra host a weekly streamed concert series online each Thursday evening. Click the link below to listen in live on Thursday, or to access a library of beautiful pre-recorded pieces. 🎵

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeZdMMDZ7QlVPHK6lMQV-1g

The world-renowned Scottish Chamber Orchestra is made up of a unique collection of talented musicians who inspire and connect with people of all ages. The SC...

It's a new week at the Kirk and we would like to warmly welcome you to come and visit this Thursday from 11am to 3pm. Ou...
09/11/2020

It's a new week at the Kirk and we would like to warmly welcome you to come and visit this Thursday from 11am to 3pm. Our Kirk shop will be open (lots of great holiday gifts about!) and the space will be available for prayer, with a guided Midweek service from 1:10-1:30 pm.

It's a good morning to spend some virtual time at Greyfriars. Click the link below to view this week's Sunday service. Y...
08/11/2020

It's a good morning to spend some virtual time at Greyfriars. Click the link below to view this week's Sunday service.

You can also check out our collection of previous services here at the Kirk, all free to view at any time. 📺📱💻

https://greyfriarskirk.com/online-services

📸: Mike Pennington

Don't forget that our Gaelic services are available online via YouTube alongside our sister church of St Columba's Gaeli...
06/11/2020
Online Gaelic Church

Don't forget that our Gaelic services are available online via YouTube alongside our sister church of St Columba's Gaelic in Glasgow. Click the link below and dive into this beautiful merging of ancient traditions and new technology. 💜

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5IfnFkXnGdVHnQ67l_boWg

This channel is an initiative of two Gaelic churches - St Columba Gaelic Church in Glasgow and Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh. Here you will find services, hym...

05/11/2020

From 18th Nov, our friends at The Sixteen will be hosting a six-part programme series online featuring 1,000 years of choral music. Would you like to listen in? Further details can be found below. 🎵

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=363708794749372

05/11/2020

Midweek Prayers 5 Nov 2020

04/11/2020
Dunedin Consort – Nature's Voice

We are delighted to welcome Dunedin back to the Kirk this week for rehearsals and recordings. 📺🎵

Check out their latest project, Nature's Voice, filmed right here in our sanctuary, by clicking the link below.

Dunedin Consort Nature's Voice Filmed at Greyfriars Kirk on 10 October 2020 •••••••••••••••••• This broadcast is only possible thanks to the generosity of ou...

Midweek Prayers are held each Thursday from 1:10-1:30 pm right here in the Kirk. People of all faiths and none are most ...
03/11/2020

Midweek Prayers are held each Thursday from 1:10-1:30 pm right here in the Kirk. People of all faiths and none are most welcome to join us in this reflective time. Prayers are live streamed to Facebook as well as to our online services page below.

https://greyfriarskirk.com/online-services

Autumn is officially here! The Kirk will only be open to the public for Midweek Prayers this week (Thursday from 1:10-1:...
02/11/2020

Autumn is officially here! The Kirk will only be open to the public for Midweek Prayers this week (Thursday from 1:10-1:30 pm) but we'll be back next week with our regular visitor hours on Thursday from 11am to 3pm.

We'll miss you! 👋

🍞🍷 Have you listened to the audio of our Sunday early communion service? ❤️✝️ How about the special video service honour...
02/11/2020
Online Services - Greyfriars Kirk

🍞🍷 Have you listened to the audio of our Sunday early communion service?

❤️✝️ How about the special video service honouring those we have lost in the past year- "A Time to Mourn"?

Both are available in our online services page by clicking below.

Please check the Services at Greyfriars page for the latest news on services and Kirk opening times for reflection and prayer. You can find all of Greyfriars Kirk’s online services below. Orders of service and services notes are available here. To find out more about our online activities check ou...

Our "A Time to Mourn" service is space to remember and mourn those we have lost this year. This online-only service is n...
01/11/2020
Online Services - Greyfriars Kirk

Our "A Time to Mourn" service is space to remember and mourn those we have lost this year. This online-only service is now available linked below.

We pray that this time will be restful for your soul and a balm to your grief. 💜

https://greyfriarskirk.com/online-services

Please check the Services at Greyfriars page for the latest news on services and Kirk opening times for reflection and prayer. You can find all of Greyfriars Kirk’s online services below. Orders of service and services notes are available here. To find out more about our online activities check ou...

It's our favourite time of the week! 💜🎉🛐Join us for online services this morning by clicking the link below and selectin...
01/11/2020
Online Services - Greyfriars Kirk

It's our favourite time of the week! 💜🎉🛐

Join us for online services this morning by clicking the link below and selecting today's date.

https://greyfriarskirk.com/online-services

Please check the Services at Greyfriars page for the latest news on services and Kirk opening times for reflection and prayer. You can find all of Greyfriars Kirk’s online services below. Orders of service and services notes are available here. To find out more about our online activities check ou...

Have you booked your spot for Sunday services yet? We would love to have you join us. There are still spaces available! ...
30/10/2020
In-Person Services - Greyfriars Kirk

Have you booked your spot for Sunday services yet? We would love to have you join us. There are still spaces available! Click below to secure your seats and view some frequently asked questions about what to expect.

https://greyfriarskirk.com/inperson

We are delighted to return to holding in-person services at the Kirk.

Happy Friday! Something to remember today...
30/10/2020

Happy Friday! Something to remember today...

Don't forget that our Gaelic services are available online in partnership with our friends at St Columba Gaelic Church, ...
29/10/2020
Online Gaelic Church

Don't forget that our Gaelic services are available online in partnership with our friends at St Columba Gaelic Church, Glasgow. Click the link below to watch on YouTube. 👇

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5IfnFkXnGdVHnQ67l_boWg

This channel is an initiative of two Gaelic churches - St Columba Gaelic Church in Glasgow and Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh. Here you will find services, hym...

29/10/2020

Midweek Prayers- 29 October 2020

Don't forget about the special online exhibition of works by our friends at Crossreach's Heart for Art. You can access t...
28/10/2020

Don't forget about the special online exhibition of works by our friends at Crossreach's Heart for Art. You can access the exhibit throughout the month of November by visiting www.elchoartspace.art. 🎨🖌️

Our Midweek Prayer services are back at home in the Kirk sanctuary, and we would be happy to have you to join us. Servic...
27/10/2020

Our Midweek Prayer services are back at home in the Kirk sanctuary, and we would be happy to have you to join us. Services are each Thursday from 1:10-1:30 pm, and involved a guided time of prayer, and a short reflection from a member of our ministry team.

The fun has arrived! Our special online-only Three Churches service, featuring our ecumenical partners at St Columba's b...
25/10/2020
Online Services - Greyfriars Kirk

The fun has arrived! Our special online-only Three Churches service, featuring our ecumenical partners at St Columba's by the Castle and Augustine United Church is live on our website now. Click below to watch. 📺

https://greyfriarskirk.com/online-services

Please check the Services at Greyfriars page for the latest news on services and Kirk opening times for reflection and prayer. You can find all of Greyfriars Kirk’s online services below. Orders of service and services notes are available here. To find out more about our online activities check ou...

Get your sneak peak of the special Three Churches Service order of service for this Sunday by clicking below. We can't w...
24/10/2020

Get your sneak peak of the special Three Churches Service order of service for this Sunday by clicking below. We can't wait to share this time with our friends at Augustine United Church and St Columba's by the Castle.

http://ow.ly/dXNv50C0Fgt

Happy Saturday! Enjoy this lovely autumn day, and check out what's new at Greyfriars by viewing our latest Community New...
24/10/2020

Happy Saturday! Enjoy this lovely autumn day, and check out what's new at Greyfriars by viewing our latest Community Newsletter for the week. Just click the link below! 🔻

http://ow.ly/BdX450BZM5N

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Why be enterprising? Entrepreneurial impacts for churches This workshop is about sharing experiences of enterprise through stories and tips from practitioners. Richard Frazer (Greyfriars Kirk) will explore how church and commerce can be realigned to generate finance while creatively extending mission with Jaime Edwards-Acton (Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church Hollywood), Catherine Jones (Grassmarket Community Project), David Neita (Entrepreneur) and Stephen Norrish (Milton Keynes Christian Foundation).
Garrison and Guard Our Hearts with These Truths These verses in I Thessalonians Chapter 4 take us into areas where each of has to visit at some time – areas of life and death and bereavement and grief and sadness But in Verse 14 we learn that death does not have the last word. Jesus Christ has! Jesus who died and rose again is one of the central themes of Paul’s preaching and teaching and writing. It was central to Peter’s preaching too, and it must remain central today. Verse 15 – The Lord revealed it to Paul. Jesus is still revealing truths to men. He says it all here with such assurance. Verse 16 – Paul goes on to speak about that day when Jesus Christ will return. The Lord Himself will come down and there will be a shout, and there will be the voice of the archangel and the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Do you see how important it is to be ‘in Christ’? Verse 17 – Then those who are alive will be caught up with them. “Caught up” indicates that there will be a sudden swoop and of such a force which cannot be resisted. On that day, nothing will be able to hold me or tie me to this earth. This may sound so fantastic that it is beyond belief – but it will happen. Some believers will never die. There will be a meeting with Christ in the air, because no auditorium on earth will be large enough to hold everyone who will be present. This is what is popularly called the Rapture. Rapture has that sense and meaning of ‘being seized’ – to plunder – a thing retained with an eager grasp – or – eagerly claimed and conspicuously exercised – to take away by force! We shall be with Him and with His. We shall be caught up in a similar manner as he was caught up in Acts Chapter 1. How else are we going to get up into the air? God will accomplish this at the correct time – and we will be away from all pain – sorrow – tragedy – suffering – fear – sin – and away from all this for ever. This is the next great world event – an everlasting indestructible body – the details of which we are not given. Jesus was raised with a new body – the first of its kind – and the only one of its kind in the whole universe. It is not like the body of the raised widow of Nain’s son – or that of the resurrected Lazarus – these were mortal bodies which would die again - and which did die again. Verse 18 – Encourage or comfort or fortify one another with these words. With this knowledge from the Scriptures, our aim now is to get on with living for Jesus Christ. Earthly words at such a time are weak and pathetic and that is why we are to speak divine words. Let this inspire your heart and increase your faith in Christ and his word. This is one of the central doctrines of our Christian Faith. There are some 300 references to this in the New Testament. There are also some 300 references to the Cross. There is not a word here about those who fall asleep outside of Christ. Our faith looks back to the Cross, and our hope looks forward to His Coming, and we live in love right in the middle of these two events. Death is like an anaesthetic which God uses to put us to sleep, while He changes our mortal bodies into immortal. Garrison and guard your heart with these truths. “Lord our God – we thank You for revealing the wonder of these truths – we thank You that when we need to know we can know – and we trust you totally for these matters that as yet we do not know. We thank you for such a complete and comprehensive and satisfying faith – all available to us through the grace and mercy and love of Jesus, our Saviour and Lord. Amen.” (This week's "Word from Scotland" - previous articles may be found at Studylight.org and liveasif.org in the 'Archives' - warmest greetings in Christ Jesus.)
How Character and Ministry Go Together We move on to I Thessalonians Chapter 2 – “You know, brothers, that our visit to you was not a failure.” It was not for nothing that we came – it was not for nothing that all this has happened. Are there not times and occasions when we do wonder if our work and service and ministry has achieved and accomplished much? v.1 – God owned and honoured the ministry. Paul was able to see how God had been present throughout all their efforts – and it had been tough. v.2 – What happened to us did not affect what we were nor what we did. There is no limit to what men will do against the Gospel. These chapters in Acts 16 and 17 indicate just how difficult circumstances had been. Various questions arise here. Was Paul being accused of being a criminal on the run? We almost have to expect much contention as the Gospel is contested – for some it becomes a contest – and nowhere is that more clear than in certain moral matters within our own nation just now. Was Paul being misrepresented? Misrepresentation is part of the cost of exercising a faithful ministry. Suffering seemed to sharpen his witness. We see the pressures and persecution facing Paul and the team. This was a successful church and the enemy detests successful churches. If he can, he will attack the message being preached, and the message has not changed in 2,000 years. v.3 – My motives were pure. When we consider what had been happening the whole work appeared to be a stake. Was Paul being accused of being deceived and deceiving? Sometimes the enemy attacks the messenger – and that appears to have happened here. Error has that meaning of deceit – and impure motives has the underlying meaning of uncleanness, and has that hint of being a womaniser – and trickery has the meaning of guile. It is the word used for ‘angling to catch with bait’ – offering as a lure something that is not what it seems to be – a confidence trickster – exploiting truth. These were big accusations. Satan means slanderer – or liar - and he is the father of all lies. People were saying terrible things about Paul after he had left Thessalonica. v.4 – He writes about their calling. It was God who entrusted us with His holy Word here. They had been tried out by God, and then trusted for service. No Master is going to commit such a ministry to us, without first testing us, to see if we are fit to do the work, and remain faithful with such a responsibility. Can God trust us and depend upon us? Paul is a God pleaser. He is responsible to God and he knows he has to answer to God. This is why it is so pointless to seek to please men. We are to please God. After all, God tests our hearts. People had been trying to put these new believers in Jesus and disciples of Jesus – off Paul – and thereby off the Gospel, which he preached. He had experienced suffering in Philippi and now in Thessalonica – but suffering did not deter Paul from his work and ministry. Suffering did not even deter him from returning to the synagogue. He was no failure – and the fact that there was a church in Thessalonica indicates that he was no failure. He came – having been sent by God – and his integrity is obvious to all who have eyes to see. This letter also reveals the power of God that motivated this man – and suffering seemed to sharpen his witness, rather than blunt it. After Paul came to Christ Jesus, he went off into the desert to work things out – perhaps even to count the cost as he prepared and trained for his calling. After his apprenticeship and preparation and training, he was soon sent out in the name of Jesus, and this mighty ministry began. After you pass the early initial tests, you are sent out. In this passage we see how character and ministry go together. What we are is as vital as what we are doing. Even then, people can point the accusing finger at our work and our character – and sadly sometimes with good reason. “Do not let what you consider good to be spoken of as evil.” Romans 14: 16. We cannot avoid misrepresentation, opposition, criticism and persecution – but we must not hand people ammunition. “Lord God – help me to see Your Hand in all I do in the service of Jesus Christ. Guard my heart – guard my mind – protect me from the tempter’s traps and snares. Teach me from this passage. Help me, risen and living Lord Jesus. Amen” (This week's "Word from Scotland" - previous articles may be found at Studylight.org and liveasif.org in the 'Archives' - warmest greetings, in Christ Jesus.)
We heard about ‘Lockdown Bobby’ on Radio 4 this morning and as with the rest of the world Bobby is a much loved character in our home. He was taught to us in primary school in Scotland so we’ve had a go at recreating Bobby with mashed potato! Bobby will be reformed tomorrow as a topping for a Shepherdess Pie. My wife Dorrie is the arty one so guess which one I made..........
Following Preaching and Teaching in Thessalonica – They Pray We turn to I Thessalonians Chapter 1 – having read in Acts of how this Church was birthed. This is a letter from Paul and Silas, or Silvanus, and Timothy, and it is sent to the Church, and the wording is most specific and precise. It is some title – written from Corinth – and there is a strong suggestion that both letters were written within a week or two of each other – or a few months at the most. We have been dealing with themes and topics recently – all biblical and biblically based – but it is good to take a letter – part of Scripture – a portion of the Word of God – and feed upon it. And if you like reading other people’s letters then enjoy Thessalonians. These are significant opening words. God without Christ can give rise to a question, and Christ without God is nothing but heresy, but God and Christ is power and these people knew the power of God the Holy Spirit. There is a double emphasis here. The Church belongs to Christ and to God. When we belong to God we belong to Christ, and when we belong to Christ we belong to Almighty God. There is another double emphasis – Grace and Peace to you – which speaks of the unity between the Father and the Son, and of course, the Holy Spirit. There is perfect unity and perfect harmony and perfect agreement. From that unity flows grace and peace. Grace and peace flow from a source which knows no disunity or disharmony. No matter what shortages there are on earth, there will never be a shortage of grace and peace. The Church of Jesus Christ is universal, but this letter is written to a church in a particular place. Thessalonica was named after the sister of Alexander the Great. It was on the main road from Rome to India – west to east – and we know it was governed by a democratically elected Assembly – and we think this is the first such place to which the Christian faith had come. What happened in this city could be transported and take root elsewhere. This was another strategically important area for a different reason from the Roman colony of Philippi. Alexander the Great came to conquer for Greece. Paul came in a different direction to conquer for Jesus Christ the King, and with very different methods. Everywhere Alexander of Macedonia went, the people spoke Greek, and as Paul preached in Greek, the Gospel of Jesus Christ swept through the Greek and now Roman Empire. Although we regard this letter as one of Paul’s, do note that there are three names in the opening greetings. They had had a good mission in the sense that there was spiritual fruit for Christ Jesus and Paul gave thanks for what happened when he visited Thessalonica. This is being written to real disciples of Jesus Christ just like you and me. This team was praying for these believers, and they never forgot their very real faith. Think for a moment of this letter being read – again and again From our reading of the letter we learn that this was not a church with a lot of people and it did not have a lot of money. It was not what might be called a ‘busy’ church – with not a lot of meetings – but with a lot of faith and hope and love. This community of faith had the marks which mark the family of God. It was a faith that acts – we are speaking of work that is produced by faith - and a love that labours – and love that holds on. They had worked at being disciples and being lights for Christ. Their endurance is inspired by hope, or assurance. Love has very little to do with how we feel – love is what you do as consequence of your faith in Jesus Christ. It is what you do about it that matters. The love of these people saw them toil until they were tired – and then some. Faith and love and hope are all to be found in Jesus Christ. “Lord God Almighty – prepare us for what You have to say to us and teach us through this part of Scripture – may that grace and peace fill our hearts and lives and overflow from us , as we serve. Enable us to toil until we are tired – and then some – so help us, Father – in Jesus name.” (This week's "Word from Scotland" - previous articles may be found at Studylight.org and liveasif.org in the 'Archives' - warmest greetings to you, in Christ Jesus.)