Welcome to St John's

St John's 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.

Our services

Service times at St John's, and descriptions of our regular services

Visit us

How to find St John's, and details of our opening times

Contact us

Send us an email, or find details of other ways to contact us

St John's Mural

St John's has a history over more than 30 years of displaying murals on topical subjects. The intention behind our murals is to provoke thought and debate. To do that, it is sometimes necessary to raise questions, which some people may find uncomfortable, though it is never our intention to cause offence. Currently, there is an active debate going on in Scotland and the UK as a whole around immigration and we hope that our contribution will stimulate people as they think about that issue. 

Whilst we have received negative comments about the mural, the majority of comments about it have been positive and supportive. All the comments received have been noted and collectively they will be part of our considerations for future murals, how we speak to the many passers-by, and how we engage with civic debate. 

Thursday 18 December
1.00pm
Worship at One [more]
A simple brief service include scripture, silence and reserved sacrament.
5.15pm
Candles & Quietness [more]
Church open for quiet reflection & prayer. All are welcome. Come and go as you wish.
Friday 19 December
1.00pm
Prayer Time [more]
A time for silence and intercessory prayer on a theme
Saturday 20 December
8.00am
Souper Saturday - in the church hall (until 2pm) [more]
A free simple meal and conversation aimed primarily at Edinburgh's homeless but open to anyone.
Sunday 21 December
8.00am
Holy Communion [more]
A simple, said, service from the Scottish Book of Common Prayer
9.30am
Choral Matins
10.30am
Sung Eucharist with activities for children [more]
Join us for this our main service of worship. It's followed by refreshments and we have a range of special activities available for children during the service.
2.00pm
Eagle's Flight Pentecostal Congregation [more]
Visit www.eifgoc.com for more details
2.30pm
AA Group [more]
Enter via side porch onto Princes Street
6.00pm
Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Monday 22 December
1.00pm
Worship at One [more]
A simple brief service include scripture, silence and reserved sacrament.
Tuesday 23 December
1.00pm
Worship at One [more]
A simple brief service include scripture, silence and reserved sacrament.
1.00pm
AlAnon [more]
Enter via side porch onto Princes Street
8.00pm
AA Live & Let Live [more]
Enter via side porch onto Princes Street
Wednesday 24 December
11.00am
Holy Communion
1.00pm
Worship at One [more]
A simple brief service include scripture, silence and reserved sacrament.
4.30pm
Christingle Service
5.30pm
AA Wednesday Group [more]
Enter via side porch onto Princes Street
10.45pm
Organ Music for Christmas
11.15pm
Midnight Mass
Thursday 25 December
8.00am
Christmas Communion
9.45am
Christmas Family Eucharist
11.15am
Lessons & Carols
Friday 26 December
1.00pm
Prayer Time [more]
A time for silence and intercessory prayer on a theme