Who we are


Our minister is Rev Peter Nelson.

I have been the minister of St John's Colinton Mains since 2015 and since
then I have enjoyed getting to know this part of the city, its community
and its people. As the minister I lead the church as we seek to grow together in faith and as we share the good news of God's grace and love.

The rest of my time is taken up with my role as School Chaplain to ESMS, family life and as a native of Edinburgh, supporting one of the Edinburgh football teams.

If you’d like to find out more about our church, please get in touch here.

Our vision as a congregation is:

Our Goal is growing - Growing in love for God, each other and our neighbour

  1. Growing in Love for God

Matthew 22:37&38 - “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.”

Our goal is to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We seek to know and understand the truth contained in the Bible and grow in dependence on Him.

  1. Growing in love for each other

John 15:12 - “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you”

Our goal is for our own lives to reflect the character of Christ. We seek to grow in compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience with one another as we unite in our love for Him.

  1. Growing in love for our neighbour

Matthew 22:39 - “And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself”

Our goal is not only to ‘grow up’ and ‘grow in’ but also to ‘grow out’. We seek to have an effect on the community in which we live so that the lives of others will be touched by the Good News of the Gospel.

We want every aspect of our church life to reflect our vision statement, recognising that, although we aspire to spiritual growth, only God can produce fruit in our Church life and witness.


The mission priorities are:

families with young children

the care of the elderly and isolated

the development of evangelism,

and shared working of the whole communities of Colinton Mains, Firrhill and Oxgangs.

St John’s Colinton Mains has close links with Craiglockhart Parish Church, and we seek to develop further links with All Nations church, Oxgangs Community church and the wider community.


St John’s Colinton Mains was formed as a union of two churches on 1 January 2014 – from the former St John’s Oxgangs and Colinton Mains Parish churches.

The two former churches have histories stretching back to the 1950s, when they were established to serve the needs of the rapidly expanding local communities.

The current parish includes the areas of Firhill, Colinton Mains, Oxgangs and Hunters Tryst.


The church building was opened in 1954 and is a B listed building.  The church is located in the centre of the parish.  The former St John’s church building was sold for commercial development in July 2016. 

The new combined parish of St John’s Colinton Mains lies in the south-west of the city due south of Craiglockhart Hill and in the shadow of the Pentland Hills.   It is primarily suburban residential in character comprising:

- in Colinton Mains both inter-war four-in-a-block housing and post-war council housing of terraced villas and three and four storey flats, and;

- in Oxgangs – a mixed estate of three and four storey tenements and terraced and semi-detached villas, many of which have been sold under right-to-buy scheme.  

- to the south lies the private housing areas of New Swanston and Caiystane while between the two is the army married quarters of Dreghorn;

- in recent years the landmark multi-storey flats in Firrhill were demolished and have been replaced with modern low rise housing.