Media Release: Special Princes Street Gardens event to celebrate Church of Scotland

‘ROLL Away the Stone’ is a first time ever event showcasing the Church of Scotland using a section of Princes Street Gardens from St Cuthbert’s Church to the Ross Bandstand with worship, entertainment, displays and stalls highlighting the full spectrum of the church’s work under the themes of celebration, inspiration and discovery.

There will be something for everyone: children’s activities, music, drama, storytelling, puppets, juggling, drumming, conversation, crafts and comedy.

Co-organiser of ‘Roll Away the Stone’ Rev Dr George Whyte, depute principal clerk of the Church of Scotland, said they’re anticipating some 3,000 to 4,000 visitors during the five-hour festival on May 22.

Dr Whyte said: “Admission is free – we are there to publicly celebrate the life of the Church of Scotland. It’s for those who know nothing about the Church and those who are deeply involved.

“We are hoping for around 3,000 to 4,000 people to come and we are encouraging anyone in the broader church family within a reasonable travelling distance to come to Edinburgh on the day.”

Headlining acts include performances of the Easter Play, the Scotland African Massed Choir and New Scottish Arts Chamber Orchestra. Children’s entertainment will be provided by Fischy Music. Christian rock bands and a massed choir from congregations across the Church of Scotland will also perform. There will even be a new church built on the day – from recycled plastic bottles. The event ends with worship at the Ross Bandstand.

The event is not being specifically marketed to the public but Edinburgh at that time of year is busy with tourists and locals and they are encouraged to attend the event.

Dr Whyte said: “The general public are very welcome to come. Stewarding and information on the day will ensure people can participate.”

Organisers of ‘Roll Away the Stone’ hope the event could become part of the church’s calendar if successful.

Dr Whyte said: “We would like to think that a public event like this could be a part of the General Assembly week in the years ahead.”

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