The Spiritual History of the Royal Mile
The writer Tobias Smollett once said: 'Edinburgh is a hot bed of genius.' And the centre of that hotbed is the Royal Mile (High Street) and its sidestreets. Stretching for a mile from the Castle at the top to the Holyrood Palace at the bottom, this street has impacted the world in a way that is truly extraordinary. Indeed, it has been a hotbed of spirituality and philosophy that has shaped the globe. This book tells the story in a way that is easy to read.
The Celtic Tour
The Royal Mile has been a hotbed of spiritual and philosophical genius for centuries. Come and find out about the people who changed the world. Topics covered:
- The Celtic Saints and Middle Ages
- Witchcraft and Paganism
- Reformation and The Covenanters
- The Enlightenment, Charles Darwin and Freemasonry
- The Nineteenth Century Awakening
- The Celtic Tour will not be running in June, please book the Christian Heritage Tour instead.
In 2006 Isolde James-Griffiths pioneered the Eternity Chamber Music Ensemble. As a professional soprano her passion is to combine classical music with the Christian message. Together with her husband Paul, they have sought to inspire and challenge the audiences with the spiritual lives of the great composers in music and narration. It is often forgotten that many of the greatest classical composers were either dedicated Christians, such as Johann Sebastian Bach, Handel, Mendelssohn and Haydn, or they were strongly influenced by the Christian faith in their compositions, such as Beethoven and Mozart. Often such men would sit by the piano and pray to God for heavenly inspiration.
The Story of Christian Heritage Edinburgh
Free Audio Walking Tour
Download the Celtic Tour onto your iPod and do your own personalised walking tour 24/7 any day of the year.
Christian Heritage Centre
Our vision is to inspire and challenge today’s generation by bringing the extraordinary spiritual history of Edinburgh to life. This may take the form of a walking tour of the famous Royal Mile, or through an exhibition, or lectures, debates, DVDs, literature, or through the arts, such as music, theatre and dance. We seek to engage with our culture here in as many ways as we can.
Opening times: August to September, Monday to Friday, 2-5 pm, at 1 Johnston Terrace, opposite the Hub, near the top of the Royal Mile, Edinburgh. The Christian Heritage Centre will be closed in June and July due to renovation. For more details, please contact Christian Heritage Edinburgh: 07985 070899; firstname.lastname@example.org
Music Through The Ages
In this unique concert a rich tapestry of history, music, theatre and visual art combine together to reveal the events that shaped this nation and impacted the world. We begin our journey with Columba and Cuthbert in the sixth and seventh centuries, and pass through the Middle Ages with Queen Margaret and her son, King David, and then onto John Knox, the Covenanters, the Enlightenment and nineteenth-century revival movements here. We conclude with the present day. Each era is reflected by actors in period costumes and by the music of those times.
Street Café in Edinburgh
Edinburgh is such an exciting city and part of the ministry of Christian Heritage is to engage with both locals and visitors and to discuss the gospel. We have found that a very effective way to do this is through Street Café. We simply set up tables in busy places and serve free hot drinks. Conversations about the Christian faith naturally flow out of this friendly approach, so that thousands are reached. Street Café happens amongst students, night clubbers, crowds at pagan festivals, and amongst local shoppers.
Faith Mission Bible College
People who work with us are trained up in sharing their faith and an evangelism course is run for students at the Faith Mission Bible College, and students from the Free Church College experience practical work with us. We aim to establish a School of Evangelism for local churches soon. Apologetics is an important part of this training as we seek to communicate the Christian message in an unbelieving nation.