The union of Cluny Church and Morningside Braid Parish Church to form the new Morningside Parish Church brings together a rich history and tradition. In this union, what were once five separate churches are now become one - healing the wounds caused by the Disruption of the Church of Scotland in 1843 when the Free Church of Scotland was formed.
The Five were the original Morningside Parish Church (1838), Morningside High (1844), Braid (1883), St Matthew's (1885) and South Morningside (1889). Between them they represent the three main strands of Presbyterianism - the old Parish Church, the Free Church, and the United Presbyterian Church.
On 13th April (Palm Sunday) 2003 the parishes of Cluny and Morningside Braid were united to form the new Morningside Parish Church.
Morningside is a busy and thriving part of south Edinburgh. There is a rich diversity in our buildings, a vibrant retail district, schools, parks and a theatre (the original Morningside High Church). To this we want to turn our energies into establishing a recognisable and relevant Christian presence in the community. The formation of the new charge has given an opportunity to reach out to the wider community whilst continuing to play a part in the life of Morningside.
Music is a significant part of our services. We have a tradition of high quality choral music and the robed choir gives great service to the church.
The organ is a 'Father' Willis organ and the organist and choirmaster is Morley Whitehead.
An ongoing feature of our musical calendar is a series of lunchtime concerts during the Edinburgh Festival performed by the organist and others from Edinburgh. The church is also becoming a popular venue for musical concerts.
Morley Whitehead leads the choir of some 25 singers including 4 choral scholars and 1 organ scholar.
Central to our Presbyterian worship is the sermon. The sermons of our Minister, the Revd Dr Derek Browning, can be found on the "Our Week" page. Morningside Parish Church normally holds services at 11am and 6.30pm.
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