In 2016 St Columba's Free Church in Edinburgh officially launched the new Esk Valley church plant. Nearly two years on it has grown into a healthy congregation from the initial four-person group it set out as.
Under the leading of St Columba’s, Rev. Tom Muir and his family moved to the area to help initiate a new church plant. That was over three years ago, now there is a small congregation of up to 60 people meeting for worship on Sundays in the National Mining Museum, Newtongrange.
Tom said, "We are putting a lot of focus on discipleship, trying to make sure everyone in the church has access to a time during the week when they can meet in a small group or one-to-one for fellowship and growth in the gospel."
"We have a number of families associated who are coming back to church – exploring who God is, and also what it means to be a part of a church. We are seeking to walk alongside these people for however long it takes for them to come to see Jesus as Lord."
"Practically, we’re beginning to look into a longer-term venue. Our current rented one has some limitations, though it’s character-full, and we really want to put roots down in the community and start to explore new ways to impact this region. So, for this and areas of church life, we need and value your prayers."
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