Church Administrator
12 hours per week
Tuesday-Friday mornings, school term time only
Based in the Church Office, Primrose Bank Road, Edinburgh

The aim of the role is to provide efficient and effective administrative support to the Minister, Kirk Session, Children and Families Worker and other office bearers who are responsible for the organisation, management and delivery of the wide range of services that constitute the life and work of Wardie Parish Church.

The key areas are Office Administration, Worship & Services, Building and Facilities and Communication.
For a full job description please contact

To apply please do so in writing, enclosing your CV, via email to Rev Dolly Purnell at
Closing date: noon on Friday 29th October 2021


Our Sunday Services are at 10.30am every Sunday. Just come along – no need to book!

If you have a smartphone you will be asked to scan a QR code to register attendance. If you are unable to use the QR Code, just give your name and contact number to a member of the Welcome Team.

We have space for 150 worshippers. You will be asked to maintain 1 metre social distancing.

Sunday Services are also offered online via Zoom, if you can’t come along in person.


Christmas message
from the Moderator of the Church of Scotland

A very happy Christmas to everyone. Here is a Christmas Day message from the Moderator of the Church of Scotland,
Rt Rev. Dr. Martin Fair:

Watchnight Service

In place of a live Watchnight we are providing a recorded Service of Lessons and Carols. You can access this via Dropbox (you don’t need Dropbox to download it): and%20Carols%202020.mp4?dl=0

Here is the Order of Service:

Lessons and Carols – Introduction
Lesson One: Genesis 3:8-19
Once in Royal David’s City (v 1,2, 5,6)
Meditation I
Lesson Two: Genesis 22:15-18 and Lesson Three: Isaiah 9:2, 6-7
In the Bleak Midwinter (v 1, 2, 4,5)
Meditation II
Lesson Four: Isaiah 11:1-9
Lesson Five: Luke 1:26-38
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Meditation III
Lesson Six: Luke 2:1-7 and  Lesson Seven: Luke 2:8-16
Lesson Eight: Matthew 2:1-12
Congregational Carol – Still the Night
Meditation IV
Lesson Nine: John 1:1-14
O Come, all ye Faithful
6th December 3

From 1st to 24th December you can visit Wardie Advent Doors – windows, doors and gates around the parish that will display a poem, a thought or a prayer, along with a star. You can find the list of Wardie Advent Doors here.

On this page we’ll include pictures of some of the doors. If you host a Wardie Advent Door, don’t forget to take a picture and send it in!

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Star picture

Every day from 1st to 24th December there’ll be a door to visit.

You’ll find a star and a poem or prayer at the addresses below.

You can visit at any time during the day.

Tuesday 1st December: Wardie Church, Netherby Road Door

Wednesday 2nd December: 64 East Trinity Road

Thursday 3rd December: 33 Boswall Road

Friday 4th December: 45 Netherby Road

Saturday 5th December: 102 Trinity Road

Sunday 6th December: 12 Afton Terrace

Monday 7th December: 4 Primrose Bank Road

Tuesday 8th December: 54 Netherby Road

Wednesday 9th December: 8 Clark Road

Thursday 10th December: 20 Larkfield Gardens

Friday 11th December: 14 Netherby Road

Saturday 12th December: 21 Netherby Road

Sunday 13th December: 3 Wardie Dell

Monday 14th December: 22 Lomond Road

Tuesday 15th December: 180 Granton Road

Wednesday 16th December: 30 Starbank Road

Thursday 17th December: 10 Russell Place

Friday 18th December: 13 Lennox Row

Saturday 19th December: 12 Stirling Road

Sunday 20th December: 19 Denham Green Avenue

Monday 21st December: 1 Bangholm View

Tuesday 22nd December: 92 Trinity Road

Wednesday 23rd December: 62 East Trinity Road

Thursday 24th December: Wardie Church, Main Door


We have a new minister at Wardie Parish Church: Rev Dolly Purnell. Find out more about Dolly below!

A graduate of Aberdeen University, Rev Dolly Purnell moved in July to Wardie Parish church from Arbroath Old and Abbey where she spent seven happy years.

Prior to that she was Minister at Kingswells Church to the west of Aberdeen where she was heavily involved in the schools and the community.

Dolly is married to Neil and they have two adult sons, a fabulous daughter-in-law, two grandchildren and a cocker spaniel called Pip. Dolly and Neil were married in Edinburgh over 40 years ago and though somewhat surprised, are delighted to be back in Neil’s home town.

Pip in the manse garden

When she is not at the church you might find Dolly in the swimming pool or the coffee shop but she is just as likely to be in the church garden or on a street corner listening and talking to those who cross her path.

Dolly and Neil are looking forward to working with the congregation at Wardie and in the wider community as they seek to serve God where he has placed them.


Thanks to everyone who came to our ‘open for prayer’ sessions on a Sunday afternoon over the last few weeks and to those who helped staff and prepare these events.

At this time, we will be stopping the weekly Sunday afternoon prayer sessions as we are now focusing on preparing for the launch of online services from Sunday 20th September. We are also working through the process that will allow us to re-open for people to attend our Sunday 10.30am sevice in person. Our numbers will be limited by government guidelines and we are looking at giving priority to those unable to access worship online.

We have been granted by Edinburgh Presbytery the right, without restriction, to call a Minister.
Informal enquiries should be directed to Rev Ann Inglis,
We are now formally advertising the post, with a closing date of 16th October. Find out how to apply

Latest news

We have elected a Nominating Committee which is currently meeting weekly via Zoom. Brian Cooper has been elected as Convener, Robin Black as Vice-Convener and Fiona Lane as Clerk. The other members are:
Simon Backett
Cathy Ballantine
Barbara Brodie
Stephen Green
Heather McHaffie
Lynn McKenzie
Ian Mann
Sarah Matthews
Paul Mitchell
Ross Morrison
As Rev. Ann Inglis, our Interim Moderator, has requested, please do not ask members of the Committee for information due to the sensitive and confidential nature of the work.
The blessing screenshot

At this unique and challenging time in the United Kingdom over 65 churches and movements, representing hundreds of others, have come together online to sing a blessing over our land. Standing together as one, our desire is that this song will fill you with hope and encourage you. But the church is not simply singing a blessing, each day we’re looking to practically be a blessing. Many of the churches included in this song have assisted with supplying over 400,000 meals to the most vulnerable and isolated in our nation since COVID-19 lockdown began. This alongside phone calls to the isolated, pharmacy delivery drops and hot meals to the NHS frontline hospital staff.

Our buildings may be closed but the church is very much alive!

Listen to the UK Blessing here.