Gorgie is a residential estate on the west side of Edinburgh. It covers a large area and has a variety of different styles of housing.
The main area surrounding Gorgie Mission Church, which has been in the current location for 113 years, is made up of mainly tenement flats.
Our near neighbours are the Heart of Midlothian Football Club and it can be quite a challenge trying to park when there is a match on. Fortunately this doesn’t happen too often.
It is a very multicultural area with a wide variety of people. The situation offers great evangelistic opportunities and is crying out for a renewed vision of what God can do.
Hope for Gorgie
The current fellowship at Gorgie Mission Church is made up of mainly elderly people and the work is crying out for some young life. Gorgie’s members have served faithfully for many years, and still do so, but are now limited in what they are able to do due to their age. This is what prompted them to approach 20schemes as they strongly desire to see the work continue. The process of transferring the work has been long and drawn out but praise God it has now become a reality!
Over the past 3 years Derek Laidlaw, along with his wife Ann, have been leading the work but they are limited in what they can do due to a lack of practical support. Our current need is for younger people to be led by our Lord to come and offer some much needed support.
In October 2021 we kick-started our other weekly outreaches, postponed because of the pandemic. They consist of a Tuesday coffee morning, a free soup and sandwich lunch on a Thursday and we would love to start a mother and toddler group but for that to happen we need the right people to offer help.
Our Lord has wonderfully provided for the sustaining of this work over many years so we pray that he may continue to do so, so that Gorgie Mission Church can again be a powerful force for the gospel in this very needy area of Edinburgh.
Current needs for prayer:
- Pray for evangelistic opportunities in this multicultural community.
- Pray that young Christians who are mature in their faith will feel called to serve God in Gorgie.
- Pray for these new outreaches into the community, that they would create opportunities to make Jesus known.
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