The Ocean Terminal is a large shopping centre in the Port of Leith, and houses the Visitor Centre for the Royal Yacht Britannia, moored nearby. Since 2002, it has been a focal point for outreach work organised through Leith Churches Together. We aim to connect with, and serve, the people who use and work in Ocean Terminal and the wider Leith area. Over the years, this has included charity events; themed mall-walking; children’s art exhibitions; World Day of Prayer services; and a workplace chaplaincy to give support and a listening ear to those employed there.
The most recent phase of the project ran from 2010 to 2015, when the Church of Scotland funded a project leader, Jennifer Stark, working with financial, prayerful and much other support from the member churches of Leith Churches Together. As part of her work in Leith, she became a Trustee of Mission to Seafarers Scotland, and from 2010 to 2014, was secretary to Leith Churches Together.
Previous project workers included Nikki Macdonald (2004-9) and Rev. Jennifer Booth (2004-2009 and earlier): Eileen ?; Eliza ? and George Reiss, who led the initial phase of the project in 2002.
In the 2010-15 phase, the project work had several main aspects:
- organising faith-based events in OT, eg. Remembrance services. Easter workshops, Community Craft Corners
- workplace chaplaincy, supporting staff and customers
- using the arena, and particularly the Community Space, re-opened in 2013, to connect with community groups, eg. Boys Brigade, L’Arche, Dr Bell’s Family Centre, Edinburgh North-East Food Bank.
The Archives pages include accounts of the activities from 2010-15. Many people, particularly congregation members from the LCT churches, contributed to their success and there are excellent photos which show what fun we all had!
Further information and photos will be added if available.