Who’s It For
The new Cornerstone Centre will improve and expand the facilities for community groups that use St John’s, as well as offering new groups an affordable and convenient venue in the city centre. Groups that will use the new hub include:
Run by former Big Issue volunteer, Mark Diver, Souper Saturday offers a warm welcome and hot soup, teas and coffees to everyone, including the homeless in Edinburgh. **Please note, Souper Saturday is currently being held at Old St Paul’s, 8.20am- 2pm, 39 Jeffrey Street, EH1 1DH until we reopen in autumn 2017. See soupersaturday.org.uk**
Support Groups for those with Addictions
Six support groups relating to different addictions. One such group is AlAnon, a self supporting self help group made up of relatives and friends of alcoholics. **All six groups are meeting as usual until further notice, please check the online calendar on the church website or the office for details.**
Edinburgh Brass Band
Edinburgh Brass Band has been using St. John’s since its first rehearsal in 2012 and now has over 25 members who rehearse weekly. See edinburghbrassband.org.uk **Brass Band rehearsals are being held as usual.**
The Welcoming – supporting migrants and refugees
The Welcoming brings together migrants and refugees, helping Scotland benefit from the diversity, experience and talents they bring. Over 1,000 people from 60 countries join in each year. Activities include English classes, information and advice services, a cinema club, Scottish cultural and social opportunites and more. **The Welcoming has moved temporarily to Unit 1, 20 Westfield Avenue, EH11 2TT during our redevelopment. See thewelcoming.org.**
Just Festival – a festival for humanity
Just Festival is an exciting and diverse festival held in Edinburgh in August each year. The festival started in 2001 in response to 9/11. Events range from world class performance acts to topical conversational events. The festival brings together around 50 volunteers from different cultures and faiths.
A Platform for Social Justice
Our prominent murals are designed to encourage discussion on topical and often controversial issues, the murals are seen by thousands of people on Princes Street every day. We are proud of our reputation as a platform for social justice, giving a voice to those who might otherwise go unheard.