Jesus is our motivation!

Our Mission statement is: 

Stimulating and strengthening 
the church’s mission 
in Edinburgh’s most needy communities

As missionaries our heart is to be led by the Holy Spirit,

to be Jesus' hands and feet in our city.

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Meet a Church Partner

Rev Mike Marsden: "I’m pleased to share a brief word with you about a very significant ministry which the congregation of Wilson Memorial have wholeheartedly embraced.  In fact, I would go as far as to say that it is probably as close as we are going to get to fulfilling Jesus’ challenge to feed the hungry, to quench the thirsty, to welcome the stranger…(Matthew 25). 

We work in close partnership with the Edinburgh City Mission, who provide a missionary each week.  The Basics Bank is set up as a cafe, with tea/coffee provided, and lots of opportunities to chat.  Lasting friendships have been established.  In fact, two of our volunteers were once clients.

Our volunteers are members of our congregation, members of neighbouring churches, as well as folks from the community. Donations come from churches, individuals, schools and doctors surgeries in the local community.  

I have been both humbled and challenged by this ministry.  The most humbling experience was when we invited the clients to join us for our Christmas Party.  I was so proud of Wilson Memorial - the way it embraced folks…we were just one family.  I was challenged at a recent Basics Bank when a young guy told me that sometimes when he goes to his kitchen cupboards after he has been here he has to pinch himself.  He had become so used to seeing empty cupboards he thought he was in the wrong flat! To anyone reading this it is not rocket science, and it is not difficult.  It didn’t need a special initiative or a new project to get it going.  It just needed people willing to take Jesus’ call seriously."

Meet a volunteer

Louise is one of our volunteerts who learned about one of our projects during a service in her church. It took a while for her to respond to the call for volunteers, but when she was reflecting and praying about her work life/balance she sent us an email in which she wrote about why she wanted to help at her local Basics Bank.  “I feel it's a really active contribution to people in need in our own community (and) something I had always wanted to do, but never had the time before.”

So Louise volunteered over the summer and was such a blessing to the team and to the people who arrived in need at our Basics Bank. Louise was struck by the amount of people her age who were in crisis and needing food support. Her socially aware generation are also suffering the effects of some dramatic changes in the world and have to face zero hour contracts and food banks in amongst it all. 

Louise had initially helped over the summer but later in the year she remembered her initial idea; “To be able to balance paid work with service to God” This is the amazing mentality of ‘millenials’ who are seeing things differently and have a fresh ability to be bold in their actions in faith. 

Edinburgh City Mission enjoys the mix of generations in our team and we appreciate the time given in amongst work, in retirement, or in between jobs and study. Louise has now been helping at her local Basics Bank for a year and we love the way she has incorporate this service into her work life balance.  

Meet our new CEO - Duncan Cuthill

Previously London City Mission’s Director of Ministries, Duncan Cuthill has taken up the role as CEO of Edinburgh City Mission. Commenting on his new role, Duncan said: “I am very excited to be returning to my home city to lead the work of Edinburgh City Mission and to develop more partnerships with local churches. It feels as though God has been preparing me for this role through many experiences since I left Edinburgh in 1997 - 20 years ago!  

Commenting on Duncan’s move, Graham Miller, Chief Executive of London City Mission, said: “It is a delight to know we will be sending one of our most gospel-hearted servants, Duncan Cuthill, to head up the work back in his home city. This is a wonderful opportunity for Duncan and Edinburgh to see a fresh gospel push amongst the least reached of Scotland’s capital city.”

Richard Cornfield, co-chair of Edinburgh City Mission, said: “Edinburgh City Mission are delighted that Duncan Cuthill is going to be our new CEO. We are very excited to have his vision and gospel-centered leadership. Duncan has a heart for the mission and for the city of Edinburgh and we are looking forward to working alongside him as we prepare for the next phase of our ministry.”

Duncan previously worked as a UCCF Staff Worker in Central Scotland and trained at Cornhill in London before joining London City Mission in 2005 as Director of Ministries.  He has a passion for the gospel and a heart for people who are marginalised to know the love and acceptance of Jesus Christ.

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Who We Are

The City Mission in Edinburgh was established in 1832 by David Nasmith, 6 years after he founded the first City Mission in Glasgow.

Edinburgh City Mission looks very different today than it did in 1832, gone are the missionaries to the hansom cab drivers but the ethos of David Nasmith is with us today.

Our Vision statement is: 

“To see the most needy people of Edinburgh experiencing God’s love 
and hearing the amazing gospel.”

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Gap Year

This is a new to Edinburgh City Mission, if you would like to express and interest in our Gap Year program please contact us via email.  We are also looking for hosts to accommodate our Gap Year volunteers, Edinburgh families and young professionals are being invited to host. Hosts will provide a room for 9 - 12 months a year. Please email if you are interested in hosting a volunteer.



Edinburgh City Mission recently recruited a new CEO and a new Office Administrator. There are no current vacancies, but if you would like to be the first to know about future jobs at the Mission, why not follow us on Twitter where we will tweet any new job opportunities. 



We're currently looking for volunteers to help with transporting and sorting food donations from schools at harvest time. We need more volunteers at our Growing Projects where we grow food and lanscape and engage with people who have been socially isolated. Our Womens Mission need crafty volunteers who can design and run creative activities on Wednesdays. If you think you can help, please fill in our volunteer application form. 

Volunteer Application
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36 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary[a] and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. 37 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few.38 Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”


Matthew 9:36-38 (NKJV)

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