In 1853, Buccleuch Free Church was formed as a gospel-centered church in the expanding south side of Edinburgh’s Old Town. Nearly 170 years later, Buccleuch continues to be a thriving church marked by a genuine love for Christ and a strong commitment to our city.
Buccleuch’s church building was completed in 1856. Since that time, it has served as the centre of worship, preaching, fellowship, and outreach for our church body. While Edinburgh continues to grow and develop, Buccleuch remains a notable landmark in the community. Located in the vibrant Southside neighbourhood, the church sits adjacent to the University of Edinburgh and is surrounded by student housing, family residences, office buildings, and numerous cafes and restaurants.
The heart of our city is quite literally at our doorstep.
Our mission at Buccleuch is four-fold:
- Reach people with the good news of Jesus as Lord;
- Grow as Christians in our faith, love and service;
- Build a diverse and welcoming family of a faith; and
- Send people and resources for local and global mission.
For many years, Buccleuch has served the local community through organizing and hosting a toddler group, events for international students and families, discipleship groups for university students, and outreach to the homeless community. As we desire to effectively continue in our mission, we believe it is necessary to refurbish our church building to better serve the needs of our church body and community.
The refurbishment project involves four elements:
Convert our sanctuary into a more flexible, multi-use space.
Due to the limited space within our building, we plan to replace the original wooden pews in the sanctuary with chairs that can be easily reconfigured to accommodate community events, large meals, and other ministry activities.
Install underfloor heating in our sanctuary.
Like many old church buildings, our sanctuary can be cold and draughty. With a new energy-efficient system, we will be able to maintain a consistently warmer temperature within the sanctuary, allowing for greater flexibility in hosting events mid-week or on short notice.
Upgrade our multimedia equipment.
The lighting and A/V equipment in our sanctuary are severely limited and outdated. Upgrading our equipment will improve the functionality of our sanctuary and improve our livestreaming capabilities.
Replace, repaint, and repair.
Replacing worn-out carpet with wood effect flooring, updating wall colours, and repairing water-damaged plaster will greatly improve the appearance and atmosphere of our sanctuary.
This refurbishment project is estimated to cost £180,000. While we have recently received legacy gifts totaling £50,000, we are seeking to raise the additional funds prior to the beginning of the renovations.
How can you be involved?
Please pray that God will use our church building as a useful ministry tool as we seek to spread the love of Jesus in the Southside neighbourhood.
Please consider giving generously to this refurbishment project.
This refurbishment project will be in vain if not paired with our commitment to the ongoing mission of the church. Therefore, please share your talents, energy, and time for the sake of growing our church and advancing the gospel in our city.
Our greatest desire as a church is to see lives transformed by the gospel of Jesus. As you are able, please give generously toward this project so that, by God’s grace, we may see Buccleuch play a vital role in advancing the kingdom of God in Edinburgh.
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Donations can also be mailed to the following address:
Buccleuch Free Church of Scotland
10 West Crosscauseway
Please designate giving toward “Refurbishment project.”
Thank you for your prayerful consideration and support of Buccleuch’s refurbishment project.