Update - November 2018

£1,113,092 raised so far

Thank you to all those who have contributed so generously we have now reached a total of £1,113,092.  This is very much appreciated!

  • We received strong support from the Church of Scotland’s CARTA Committee for our proposals, and full approval is dependent on the outcome of our planning application to the City of Edinburgh Council, which has been submitted
  • The proposed interior designs have been considered by the Steering Group and will be presented to the full Kirk Session in January.
  • The Foot Stomping Gospel Concert was a great start to our fundraising events and raised over £1000!


Update - October 2018

£1,102,865  raised so far

The fundraising target for Phase 1 has been exceeded - our grateful thanks to everyone who has contributed to the fabulous total of £1,102,865

  • The principles for the detailed finishes in the Church interior have been agreed, and include complementing the existing wood and building on the theme of the Celtic cross.
  • Owners of equipment stored below the Church have been contacted in relation to actions required before the works can commence - if you have equipment stored and have not been contacted please speak to Ian Templeton.


Update - September 2018

Thank to all those who have contributed so generously we have now reached a total of £1,068,580.  This is very much appreciated. We are nearly there for phase 1 and there is still time to contribute!

  • More work has been done on the plans for the sanctuary and the entrances and also on the heating
    and lighting.
  • A great start has been made to clearing the space under the church which is essential before work
    can begin.
  • There will be a Christmas Tree festival in the church from 6th to 9th December and further
    details will follow.


Update - August 2018

£1,033,417 Raised so far

We’ve made a fantastic start to fundraising and have reached £1,033,417 so far – our very grateful thanks to those who have contributed or pledged to date – there is still time to contribute

  • The Steering Committee is working closely with the architect to define some of the plans in more detail
  • We have started meetings with the key bodies who need to give approval for our proposals.                                    


Latest Update - March 2018

As you will probably know, the congregation has now voted by a majority of just over two to one to proceed with the plans outlined in the Building for the Future booklet. The purpose of this letter is first of all to give you details of that vote and then to set out in broad terms what happens next.

There were 414 voting slips returned with 278 in favour, 128 against and 8 registered abstentions. As a consequence we will now be moving forward with our exciting and ambitious project. The first step is to engage with the architect in order to develop the plans with a view to obtaining planning permission. We are setting out with the ambition of completing all the work which was presented to the congregation. However, it will certainly be quite a lengthy process and the speed with which we can do all the work will depend not just on practicalities but also on the necessary funds being available. It has therefore been decided to ask the architect to work only on the Sanctuary at this stage and this will be phase 1.

We will soon begin the task of fundraising and the sub committee is already considering how this should be done. At its best, the process of fundraising can itself be a unifying community activity involving everyone in one way or another. We have already made a good start towards our target with the sale of Church House and with some early donations. There will obviously be much more information on this when the campaign gets properly under way. Any and all donations will be greatly appreciated but no one should feel that they are obliged to contribute.   This is likely to be quite a long process and it is vital that the work and worship of the church should not be inhibited so we will be working with the various parties involved to minimise disruption.

The steering committee is very keen to keep the congregation fully informed of the progress of the project and the main vehicle for doing this will be the Kirk News.

From the Minister

As your Minister, let me say a big thank you for taking part in this vote. It has been a long process, but now the time has come to move forward. I invite you to prayerfully consider how best you may be able to support it. This is a wonderful parish and faith community and I am very privileged to be your Minister. I know that you will do whatever you can to make Building for the Future a success. We entrust this vision into the hands of Almighty God who is faithful and who will bless our devotion, obedience and faithful commitment.

Thanking you in advance for your response in faith.

“Then the people rejoiced because they had given willingly, for with a whole heart they had offered freely to the Lord.” (1 Chronicles 29:9)


November 2017

We’ve received from the architects, Lee Boyd, the second set of plans which have been seen by the Kirk Session and we’re now ready to share them with the congregation. Please view the Revised pdf links below. These are on display in the Vestibule, Small Hall and corridor between the halls. If you can, please do have a good look and let us have any comments or questions.

Email to: BStC.Building4Future@gmail.com

It’s important to point out that the illustrations are only for illustrative purposes. No decisions on fittings and furniture will be made until the congregation agrees with the way forward.

This set of plans is estimated to cost £2.2million - a reduction of a third on the original £3.3 million.

We’ve managed to reduce the costs by making some changes to the original scope.

The main changes are:  

  • No development of the balcony
  • Re-siting of the proposed lift, still allowing access to all levels
  • The vestry remains where it is so no change to that end of the sanctuary with exit doors  to the halls staying as they are at present

There will be a congregational meeting on Saturday 27th January at  9.30am in the morning. We’re hoping as many of you as possible will take the opportunity to come along and share your views. We’ll let you have more information about the meeting in January. In the meantime please put the date in your New Year diaries.


The Steering Group are keen that you give your views/questions in writing if possible (to the email address above). Don’t think your views don’t count, all views are relevant and we want to hear from you. If it is difficult for you to access the building or the website let us know verbally or by a note to the Church Office and we’ll make sure your contribution is included in the discussions.                                     


 Option 2 (Revised plans) - £2.2 million approx.

Revised Entrance

Revised Sanctuary

Revised First Floor

Revised First Floor Aerial View

Revised Ground Floor

Revised Ground Floor Aerial View



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