Important Information in view of Coronavirus

As our country has moved to the next phase of shutdown in responding to the Coronavirus pandemic so that lives might be saved, the majority of services, shops, institutions, and places of worship, including our church have been closed down for an undetermined period. Sadly this means that the an undetermined period the services of CAP are also suspended. As soon as the shutdown will be lifted the services of CAP will restart also. When that happens our CAP Manager will be very happy to discuss any matter with you.

Christians Against Poverty is an award winning debt counselling charity, with over 20 years experience and a network of over 300 debt centres based in local churches across the UK. CAP offers hope and a solution to people in debt through a compassionate, in-depth service that is regulated by the financial conduct authority (FCA).

St Stephen’s Comely Bank Church has partnered with CAP to offer this fantastic service to north Edinburgh. It is completely free and open to anyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, faith or no faith, financial or social circumstances.  We will support you until you’re debt free, taking things one step at a time to help you turn your life around.

Visit to find out more about the services on offer.

CAP service through the Edinburgh North Centre: Important Information

New CAP Debt Manager Took Up Post

After three years and nine months of committed service our CAP Debt Manager, Claire moved on, listening to God’s guidance for the next step in her ministry.

We are very grateful to Claire for her commitment and ministry in this period, and wish her God’s every blessing for the future.

However Claire’s moving on did not leave a gap in the services of CAP in north Edinburgh

We are delighted to announce that the ministry of CAP is continuing here at SSCB. We have appointed a new, well experienced Christian brother to continue with this vital ministry. Our new CAP Debt Manager has started on Tuesday, 30th April. He is Martin Bethell. Welcome Martin to SSCB.

Martin is married to Ann and lives through in Livingston, but was born in Stoke-on-Trent and became a Christian when he was 16. He was heavily involved in Youth Work and Local Preaching in his local Methodist Church. He moved to Scotland when working for the Lloyds Banking Group Scotland in 1998. He and Ann have four grown up children and 3 grandchildren.
Martin took early retirement from Lloyds in 2014 and helped set up the Bridge Community Project in Livingston and worked as their Money Advice Manager. In 2017 he took on a 2-year role with the Salvation Army as their Divisional Debt Advice Coordinator, setting up 6 Debt Advice Centres.
Martin has a real passion for helping people manage their money and control their debt as well as wanting to introduce them to Jesus so that they might know Him as their Lord and Saviour.

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