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Sleeping under the stars in Edinburgh

Lynne McNeil joined thousands of people sleeping out in Edinburgh on an unforgettable night as part of a mass campaign to end homelessness.

IT’S a freezing Saturday night in central Edinburgh.

The city is packed with visitors taking in the entertainment offered by the annual Christmas market and there are Christmas party revellers spilling on to the streets.

It’s 6.30pm and the temperature is already below freezing as we join a queue of hundreds of people snaking along the west end of Princes Street and in to Lothian Road.

I am part of a 12-strong team from Dunfermline Abbey taking part in the Sleep in the Park – a mass campaign to end homelessness which saw over 8000 people sleeping out in the West Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh on what was then the coldest night of this winter, with temperatures plummeting to -7C. We were not alone. An estimated 1500 people from the Church of Scotland are thought to have taken part, from teenagers to an 83-yearold woman, a number which the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Rt Rev Dr Derek Browning described as ‘remarkable’. Dr Browning and former Moderator, the Very Rev Albert Bogle joined the thousands sleeping out along with a number of celebrities including Sir Chris Hoy and sports presenter Dougie Vipond.

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In this month's issue: THE SAINTS OF SCOTLAND - The saintly people who shaped Scotland FAITH INTO ACTION - The outgoing chair of CHAS –a Church of Scotland elder A FRESH STATEMENT OF FAITH? - A need to review the role of the Westminster Confession of Faith and much much more...