St John's Episcopal Church

The Church of St John the Evangelist 

is a thriving Scottish Episcopal church at the heart of Scotland's beautiful capital city. Here we aim to express love for God and neighbour in all that we do. And to help people discover for themselves the significance of Jesus Christ.

You would be very welcome to join us for worship at one of our Sunday services. And if you would like to be involved in other ways you will find plenty of opportunities on this website. If you want to know more please contact us.

In all our worship we seek to give our best to God, to lift up our hearts and minds as well as our voices. In our preaching we are not afraid to explore our faith in the light of the best modern scholarship. In our prayers we reach out in concern to all the needs of God's world and ask for strength to become, in our small way, instruments of God's justice and peace.

Why not drop in to St John's to experience our worship? This happens both on Sundays and weekdays. If you are at a Communion service, please join us to share the bread and wine, or come forward to the rail for a blessing.

Occasionally there are changes to our usual pattern of services. You can find out about these on the home page or on the calendar.

Sunday Services
8am Holy Communion
9.30am Choral Matins (not on the 1st Sunday of the month)
10.30am Sung Eucharist
6pm Choral Evensong (said during July)
Weekday Services
 

Monday

10:30am Service for the Deaf (first Monday only)

12.30pm Eucharist

Tuesday

12.30pm Eucharist

3.30pm Silent Prayer

Wednesday

11.00am Eucharist

12.30pm Midday Prayer

Thursday

12.30pm Eucharist

Friday

12.30pm Eucharist

You can hear recordings of sermons via the website at:

http://www.stjohns-edinburgh.org.uk/worship/sermons.html

 

Sunday Services

Holy Communion (8am)

A quiet early morning service using the older style language of the Scottish Prayer Book. It lasts about 30 minutes.

Choral Matins (9.30am, not on the first Sunday of each month)

Matins is the traditional service of Morning Prayer. The Scottish Prayer book uses a rich blend of bible texts many of which are set to music by some of the greatest composers. An opportunity to reflect, to prepare for the Sung Eucharist which follows or simply to enjoy the choir. Lasts for about 35 minutes.

Sung Eucharist (10.30am)

With up to 200 in the congregation, the Sung Eucharist is very much the central event of our week. It uses contemporary language and offers a Sunday School, crèche and choir. There is a sermon, hymns, anthems and all are invited to gather around the Lord's Table to share the bread and wine of communion. This service occasionally includes holy baptism; if you're going to be joining us specially for a baptism then you'll find some advice on what to expect here. Afterwards we meet for coffee in the hall. The service lasts for about 70 minutes.

Evensong (6pm)

The beautiful, contemplative service of Evening Prayer. It is very similar to Matins, and offers an equally exciting range of choral music, yet its evening timing means it feels quite different. There is a short sermon too! Evensong lasts just under an hour.

 

Weekday services

The church is open every day from 8.45am until 5.45pm. You are welcome to enjoy the beauty of the building and to use it for your personal prayers. If you want you can light a candle in the chapel and/or leave a written prayer which will be offered at one of our daily services.

All are welcome at any of our services

Monday

12.30pm Eucharist  - a thirty minute service of Holy Communion using the 1982 Scottish Liturgy.

Tuesday

12.30pm Eucharist  - a thirty minute service of Holy Communion using the 1982 Scottish Liturgy. 

3.30pm Silent Prayer – half an hour of silent prayer with a brief introduction.

Wednesday

11.00am Eucharist  - a thirty minute service of Holy Communion followed by tea/coffee and fellowship. The rite alternates between the 1982 Scottish Liturgy and the 1662 Book of Common Prayer Communion Service.

12.30pm Midday Prayer – a fifteen minute service of prayer, readings and silence.

Thursday

12.30pm Eucharist  - a thirty minute service of Holy Communion using the 1982 Scottish Liturgy.

Friday

12.30pm Eucharist  - a thirty minute service of Holy Communion using the 1982 Scottish Liturgy.

 

If you want to learn more about the liturgy that we use in our worship at St John's, please check out our website.

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