Explore what's on at St John's Colinton Mains

Our Sunday services take place every week at 11am and last a little over one hour. The young children join us in the first part of the service, then they leave to continue their activities/teaching programme in the hall. All age services take place periodically throughout the year, where the young children stay in church throughout the service. These services are a little different and tailored more towards young families. There are regular family praise evening services on a Sunday evening, where we invite everyone to come along for an evening of praise, Bible reading, prayer and a reflection on God’s word. This service starts at 6.30pm, lasts around 45 minutes and the format is quite relaxed. We encourage families, young children, and friends to come along.

Our minister is Rev Peter Nelson.

Musical range

Worship is led by a digital piano/organ, guitars, drums and young singers.

Use of audio visual equipment

Praise items and scripture are projected onto the large screen using Easy Worship software. Occasional use of DVDs and power point presentations enhances worship. We currently subscribe to a CCLI licence which enables us to embrace a more varied form and range of praise.

Congregational involvement in leading worship

Many in our congregation are on a ‘worship rota’ who share in welcome/intimations, lead prayer, praise and readings. There are also a number of people involved in leading drama to help bring Biblical messages to life.

We have small groups that meet to talk about different Bible passages, pray together and socialise with each other. There are two house groups that meet on a Wednesday and Thursday evening, and there is a day-time group that meets every second Friday in the halls.

Please contact us for more details on the locations and how to get involved in these groups.

Prayer is at the heart of all that we do as a congregation.

There is a weekly prayer meeting every Monday evening from 7.30pm until 9 pm in the church halls.  There is also a short time of prayer at 10.30am for ten minutes before worship every Sunday. Anyone is welcome to come along to these prayer meetings.  You don’t have to pray out loud at any of these prayer meetings – it is our opportunity to bring people and other matters to God in prayer.

There is also a ‘prayer circle’ of people who will pray for others who are in need, unwell, or for those who have asked for prayer.  If you have a prayer request for yourself or someone else you know, please let us know – there is a prayer request form and box in church and they are looked at every week.

We support the ‘Try Praying’ initiative, and these free booklets are available to anyone who would like one..


Youth organisations

We currently support and encourage the following organisations in our church:

BB Company, Junior Section and Anchor Boys
Scouts, Cubs and Beavers
Guides, Brownies and Rainbows


Response to others in the parish and beyond – the Shoe Box appeal for Eastern Europe has been well supported for many years and provides a Christmas gift for individuals or families who are less well off than we are.  It is a particular delight and very touching to watch the videos of those receiving gifts and the joy this brings them.

We actively support Agape, an orphanage in Manipur, India, both in members visiting the orphanage, but also in recent years’ fund raising through members’ donations, quiz nights, etc. to help the orphanage build new accommodation dormitories for the children. 

School links – we have connections with Firrhill High school through the Scripture Union (“SU”).  In Pentland primary school, the minister is involved with the SU group, takes assemblies, and is invited into classrooms.  In recent months around 70 children had an organised visit to our church.  At Oxgangs primary school, in conjunction with the Craiglockhart church minister and youth worker, there is a weekly presence in each class as part of the RME curriculum, and involvement in assemblies and class trips outside school.

The linkage and relationship with these schools is not a formalised chaplaincy arrangement, but a more informal but regular opportunity to be involved in the classroom and with the schools.

In conjunction with SU and eight other churches, we host a summer Holiday Club, where up to 100 children of primary school age, and 20 young teenagers, come along and participate in games, whilst hearing the story of Jesus through drama, music and other activities.

Social issues – we actively support the Bethany Trust Care Van, with a team from our church involved throughout the year, distributing soup, rolls and clothing to the homeless in the city centre.

We are accredited by Christians Against Poverty (“CAP”) and church members run relevant courses offered by CAP in our area.  We have run a number of CAP Money Management courses to help those in our community in need of advice and support with money management and budgeting.

We also provide facilities for two groups from Gamblers’ Anonymous to meet in our Halls throughout the year.

Community Groups – there is a team of volunteers who staff the café at the Royal Edinburgh hospital on a monthly basis.