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25 September 2021 (10:00 - 16:00)
One hundred and twenty-five years ago, a shop at 24 Easter Road in Edinburgh was the unlikely setting on the 29th November 1895 for a group of friends who met to constitute a new Baptist Church. They met in various building between then and 1902 when they moved for the last time into their own premises which are still in use today. It was built on the drying green of the tenement on Elgin Terrace, hence the unusual shape of the building. The building has a flat roof, and this became the drying green for the flats within the tenement. The first service in the building was held on Sunday 30th November 1902. In 1934 the church purchased the adjoining Brunswick Road Dance Halls which made up the ground floor of the tenement block. Abbeyhill Baptist Church has been part of the local Abbeyhill community since 1895 not only providing a vibrant place of worship on Sundays but also has historically been meeting some of the needs of the local community by providing social activities e.g., hosting the Bethany Night Shelter, running lunch clubs, Parent & Toddlers groups, Art Club, Keep Fit Group, Foster Carers Groups and an After-School Club.
For Doors Open Days 2021 we will be open from 10am to 4pm and will have exhibition displays showing our history. There will also be guided tours of the building and free refreshments. Visual displays of documents and photographs from throughout the Church’s history.