The City of Edinburgh Methodist Church has appointed a communications coordinator to raise the profile of the church within the local community and the wider city in Scotland's capital.
Gillian McKinnon has just taken up the new post and brings experience from publishing, radio and television. She has also recently held communications roles with both the Church of Scotland (Presbyterian) and the Scottish Episcopal Church (Anglican).
"Through this new post, we plan to make full use of the opportunities provided by social media to network and to develop existing and new partnerships," the City of Edinburgh Methodist Church declared in a news release this week.
Deacon Belinda Letby, the church's minister, explained: “Our aim has always been to be an inclusive and welcoming church here in the heart of the city. This new communications post will allow us to showcase all that we do and what we can offer people, particularly with regard to our buildings here at Nicolson Square.
“The church has made a big investment – we are just coming to the end of a three-year long refurbishment project here and we now have a fantastic cafe, conference and meeting rooms that the community and others can make use of, as well as state-of-the-art audio and video facilities. All of this is to further the mission of the church – to serve and be involved in the community.”
"We’re planning an official opening of the newly-refurbished buildings later in the year," she added.
The church currently provides facilities for community groups and will also form a base for small business incubation.
It has also entered into a partnership with Greenside Venues Ltd to host shows as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2014.
The other major faith-sponsored venture that forms part of the Edinburgh festivals season is Just Festival, which developed out of the Festival of Spirituality and Peace based at St John's Episcopal Church and other venues. It features some 400 performances.
* City of Edinburgh Methodist Church: http://edinburghmethodist.com/
* Edinburgh Methodists on Twitter: @Edin_Methodists
* Just Festival: http://www.justjust.org