Sharing the love of Jesus with the people of Scotland's capital city.

While we are a Christian Mission and want everyone to know about the love and opportunity that Jesus has for them, we are committed to providing practical help and assistance with food to anyone who is in need. We serve people of any belief or outlook and are happy to do so. We also offer a listening ear, are willing to meet for coffee, help with forms and signpost to other agencies. We are here to help with practical, emotional and spiritual support as needed.

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We like to call our Foodbanks, ‘Basics Banks’ because we know that people in crisis need more than just food.

Edinburgh City Mission, works together with a local network of agencies who refer clients for assistance which ensures that help is given to those with genuine needs. Our Basics Banks are hosted in city churches, whose shelves are stocked with food and all the basics with thanks to a community of donators coming from churches, schools, doctors surgeries and individuals. We can't offer permanent food help – we are here to help people on their way through a crisis but we often find that clients continue to come after the food has finished because they become part of the community. 

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The Care Van is our project run in partnership with Bethany Christian Trust.

We operate almost every day of the year providing soup, food, hot drinks, encouragement and advice to up to 60 homeless and vulnerable people a night who are rough sleeping or housed in homeless B&B accommodation by Edinburgh Council. Edinburgh City Mission co-ordinates rotas for 42 teams that are drawn from churches across the Lothians and includes over 750 volunteers. For locations and times to access the van, click 'find out more'

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Help In Edinburgh

We are gathering a list of local drop in services which we can signpost people to who are in crisis. You can access the current list below. Edinburgh churches are hearing the call to mission, to open their doors and get involved in outreach and church planting which is impacting our city. If you know of or are involved in a community outreach, please contact us with details so that we can add it to our list.

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Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

“…pray about everything…”

Philippians 4: 6-7 (NLT)

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