Programme 2017

Heart and Soul 2017 takes place in Princes Street Gardens, Edinbugrh on Sunday 21st May. Download a map of the event, and find out how to get there.

Stage A

Stage A is located in the Ross Bandstand, right in the middle of Princes Street gardens. There's free seating for 1,000 people and plenty room around the edges for more!

1.00pm Welcome Opening greetings to Heart and Soul 2017
1.30pm Sing, Sign Celebrate A gathering which grew out of the Dunfermline Prospect Group, ‘Sing, Sign and Celebrate’, invites others to join with those who have Learning Disabilities, as we praise our Lord using Makaton signing.
2.00pm SU Voice Part of the Scripture Union Scotland programme of holidays for young people throughout the year, “Voice” also partners with New Scottish Arts in providing community youth choirs.
2.45pm Fischy Music Popular children’s music group with memorable, easy to learn, fun songs that any child can sing.
3.30pm CrossReach’s Grey Cake Bake The launch of CrossReach’s Grey Cake Bake campaign. See the moderator and youth moderator as you've never seen them before!
3.50pm New Scottish Hymns Band The New Scottish Hymns Band aims to draw out what is best from both traditional hymn-writing, and contemporary music styles and techniques to help the whole church explore new ways to praise the Saviour in Spirit and Truth.
4.30pm World Mission Council Moment of Prayer for Africa
4.40pm Scottish Bible Society Prize winners presentation.
5.00pm Massed Closing Worship Service Commencing with the parade of Presbytery Flags, a short 45-minute closing worship service rounds off the day’s activities.

Stage B

Situated in St Cuthbert's Church at the west (Haymarket) end of Princes Street Gardens our Stage B is really many rooms with much going on!

Peal of Bells Bell-ringers sound out a quarter peal.
Healing Space Find out more about the ministry of prayer for healing. Exhibition all afternoon, short seminars at 2pm and 3pm, ministry offered at 4pm.
Mission Aviation Fellowship [Lammermuir Hall] Mission Aviation Fellowship Exhibition
Refreshments [Lindisfarne Room] Tea, coffee and refreshments provided by the St Cuthbert’s catering team
1.00pm Soul Space [Sanctuary] Providing a 'sacred space' in the heart of the city; a space to explore, to reflect, to pray; a space to find peace, stillness and refreshment.
2.00pm "Ten Must Know Bible Stories" [Sanctuary] Storytelling and hands on activities showcasing new resources for schools work with Sue Thomson. Come and join in!
3.00pm Heart and Soul Swing Band [Sanctuary] Our resident swing band with a mix of popular and spiritual songs.
3.45pm Presbyterian Church of East Africa London Choir [Sanctuary] Vibrant, energetic and lively singing from members of the PCEA London Choir
4.10pm "LISTEN” — PEEK Possibilities for Each and Every Kid [Sanctuary] Young people perform a selection of Spoken Word, Monologues and Music from PEEK’s Production: LISTEN

All-age Activities

Based in the West Avenue Spill the Beans is an all-age worship and learning resource, engaging the power of story to build faith across generations. Our team invites you to join us in exploring sacramental meanings and moments, and reclaiming the gift and celebration of the Sacraments. All are welcome to join us for an agape meal at 3pm in the Spill the Beans tent.

Find Our Letters!

There is lots of family fun going on all afternoon in the Mission and Discipleship Tent (East Avenue). Can you succeed in rounding up our sheep and find the ‘ewe near you’? Who will win the cuddly sheep dog? Why not paint your own prayer stone or go hunting for the giant “Word of Life" letters all over the gardens. Take some selfies and come back to claim your prize! Even step into the future with our 3D virtual reality goggles.


Join with those from around Scotland and beyond who are taking part in the Word Of Life photo-sharing campaign to celebrate this year's General Assembly. After the closing worship service at Stage A, you can come to the front and have your photo taken with our giant-sized letters! Hold a letter by yourself and join with nine other folks — some you might know, some you might not and have your photograph taken!