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New Minister

We are delighted to welcome the Rev Alex McAspurren as the minister of the linked charge of Craigmillar Park and Reid Memorial, following his induction on 11 June 2019.

Mr McAspurren was ordained in 2002 and has served in parishes in Edinburgh, Stevenston and Corby. He has a qualification in substance misuse management and a long-standing interest in homelessness and addiction issues. He has been involved with Street Pastors and with local foodbanks, is a member of the Church of Scotland’s Society, Religion and Technology Project, is a recognised mentor for people exploring their call to ministry and is an occasional radio and television broadcaster on faith issues. We are very much looking forward to working with Mr McAspurren and with our friends in Reid Memorial and Priestfield Churches on developing a mission project for this part of Edinburgh.

There is much to be done and we face the future with faith and gratitude that God has shown us a way forward.

Mr McAspurren will lead worship in both congregations every Sunday, at 9.45 in Craigmillar Park and at 11.15 in Reid Memorial. Visitors are always made most welcome.

Mission Development Worker

We are pleased to welcome Michael McMullin to the new post of Mission Development Worker. This post is shared among three congregations, Priestfield, Reid Memorial and Craigmillar Park. His job is to identify opportunities for intergenerational mission in the Blackford/Mayfield/Prestonfield area of south Edinburgh, developing new forms of outreach and building productive relationships with the community.

Michael is a Fifer and has worked across a range of fields including accountancy and taxi-driving. He felt called to ministry and studied at Highland Theological College, working during that time as a volunteer chaplain at HM Prison Grampian. He has worked most recently as the Community Outreach Worker at Gorgie Dalry Stenhouse Church here in Edinburgh and was instrumental in the project to transform the old Stenhouse St Aidan’s sanctuary into a permanent care shelter for the homeless, in partnership with Bethany Christian Trust.

We look forward to getting to know Michael better and to working with him on the work God calls us all to do in this area.