About Gracemount

Gracemount is a housing scheme in Edinburgh with a population of approximately 3000 people. Although it’s a tight-knit, friendly, and protective community, it falls into the ‘Most Deprived’ category of the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD).

In regards to income, employment, health, education, housing, and crime, Gracemount is ‘statistically significantly worse than the Scottish average.’ However, the biggest need, the most urgent crisis, and the most crippling poverty in Gracemount is spiritual. Most living there are spiritually dead, trapped, lost, unreached and unengaged by the church.

Though there is a small Church of Scotland congregation in Gracemount, the need is great and the labourers are very few. Without the sustained witness of a gospel church, with the vision to engage and reach those who are ‘most deprived’ with the gospel, this need will remain unmet.

Hope for Gracemount

In 2013, Switch, a Christian para-church organisation working with the youth of Gracemount, recognised the need for a local church and started a discussion with 20schemes. The leader of Switch was Sarah who would marry 20schemes church planter, Andy Prime. After years of labouring, Gracemount Community Church held its first service in 2017 on Easter Sunday.

Gracemount Community Church is now an established church in the scheme of Gracemount that reaches the people there with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Current needs for prayer:

  • Please continue to pray for a building to become available in the community for us to use as a base to reach out into Gracemount. Currently we are meeting at the Faith Mission College in neighbouring Gilmerton, which we are thankful for as a temporary measure.
  • Pray for our members, that as they live in the community they’d be sharing the light and love of Christ.
  • Please particularly pray for the Hope Explored courses we’re going to run.
  • 20schemes Retrain have opened up a cafe in Burdiehouse, the scheme next-door to Gracemount. Pray as we seek to use it to make Jesus known. We hope that some of our new believers will serve and work in the cafe, that God would give them boldness to share their testimonies, and that they’d find joy in using their Spirit-given gifts in His service.

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