Understanding religion and its importance to individuals and society as a whole is a core part of a Scottish education and has been for as long as any of us can remember. There has been a petition to stop all religious observance in non-denominational schools in Edinburgh. If you disagree with this please sign the counter petition on the City of Edinburgh website .
The focal point of the congregation is public worship. We have a regular "All Age" service at 10.00am. Our Sunday Club (Sunday School) join us for the first part of the service during school term-time and there is normally a crèche available during the service. Tea and coffee are served in the Church after the service to which you're very welcome!
In all of our busy lives, it is often hard to find a time and space to slow down, pause and think. Every third Sunday of the month EvenSpace offers a brief time of retreat in the church
sanctuary for anyone who wishes to come, church goer or not. Using a variety of approaches, with a particular emphasis on using our space imaginatively and creatively, we hope to provide a worship experience that will restore and revitalize. EvenSpace will last 45 minutes from 6-45pm to 7-30pm. This is at the same time that our youth group Chill@Church meets in the St Joseph’s Centre and those of you with children in p5 to s2 are welcome to bring them along either to Chill@Church or EvenSpace itself.
Our main Communion services are on the first Sundays of March, June and November. If you would like a shorter communion service there will be an afternoon communion at 2.30pm on the last Sundays or February, May and October, the week before. Anyone who would like someone to drive them to and from the service should please contact their elder, if you do not have an elder then please contact Kay Latimer (0131 449 6186).
On the first Sundays of other months (except July and August) we have a short Communion service following our normal morning services.
Additional Services and other events often take place on Sunday evenings: look out for announcements on the What's On Calendar, our Church noticeboards or service intimations.
Balerno Parish Church maintains an archive of CDs from each service. These are delivered to those who are unable to attend services in the church. If you know of anyone who would like to be on the distribution list or if you simply want to know a little more about the recordings then please contact Brian Poulter (f