Play Church

Latest Play Church News

You can now read the full story of Play Church here. This illustrated history follows our unique project from initial inspiration to final launch and beyond, on its pilgrimage around the Diocese.


Visitors from the Diocese of Durham enjoyed a warm welcome at St Peter’s Linlithgow, the current hosts of Play Church. Rev Alison Richardson and Children’s Ministry Adviser Sharon Pritchard were inspired by our unique children’s altarscape: they admired everything from the child-sized vestments to the hand-carved altar cross. Thank you to Rev Christine Barclay and Jane for a warm welcome and delicious lunch in the beautiful new rooms at St Peter’s. Play Church will remain at St Peter’s until Pentecost.

Rev Christine Barclay with Sharon Pritchard as the Play Church bishop

What is Play Church?

Edinburgh Diocese’s portable Play Church is the only one of its kind in the UK: you can read the full story of how it was made here. Play Church also features in this short film produced by Christian Education Association Scotland.

Where can I find Play Church?

Play Church is on a constant pilgrimage around the Diocese. It spends time with four host churches a year, sharing in their celebrations of the Church’s seasons, feasts and festivals.

2019 hosts

Lent, Easter, Eastertide and Pentecost (March – June 2019) St Peter’s, Linlithgow

Trinity and Ordinary Time, Creationtide and Harvest (July – October 2019) St Anne’s, Dunbar

Advent, Christmas, Epiphany and Candlemas (November 2019 – February 2020) Old St Paul’s, Edinburgh

Is your church interested in hosting? Get in touch with Claire Benton-Evans youthandchildren@dioceseofedinburgh.org