Dear members and friends,

There seems never to be a ‘normal’ Sunday in Balerno Parish Church. Life events in community, nation and congregation feature in our services in a way which is both inspiring and humbling.


The Harvest Service had a focus on ‘the harvest of Harmeny School’ where Neil Squires, Chief Executive of Harmeny, shared the story of their community garden and growing project.

The Festival Praise Service was a wonderful celebration of local talent with songs about the experience of working lives and the banjo of folk singer, Alastair McDonald, leading our final hymn.

On the last Sunday of October we were humbled and amazed at the total sum of £29,675.69 on the cheque handed over to Marie Curie from the ‘run for me – dance for me - think of me’ weekend and after this service we shared an act of dedication of the part of the church garden which has been created in memory of Louise.

Messy Church is now well established attracting new people on the last Sunday of each month where parents and children are enjoying a time to play, worship and eat together.

Our November Communion Sunday offers opportunities for all to celebrate in different ways with a ‘bacon roll service’ for families at 9AM, then a more traditional service at 10AM and a quieter service for older members at 2.30PM.

Remembrance Sunday will involve various groups including 2463 (Currie & Balerno) Squadron of the Air Training Corps who will provide trumpet call for ‘The Last Post’ and ‘The Rouse’.

The end of November will be a season of baptisms over two weeks with 3 families coming to celebrate this sacrament and we will be selecting the Nominating Committee for our Vacancy on Sunday 22nd November.

This is all quite breath-taking but reflects well on how our worship connects with life experience in so many ways. I encourage you all to connect into the life and worship at Balerno and to invite others to be part of the family of faith which is open to all.

God’s richest blessing on you and yours.

Russell McLarty 


Worship in Balerno Parish Church

The focal point of the congregation is public worship.


Every Sunday

  • "All Age" service at 10.00am. 
  • Sunday Club (Sunday School) during school term-time
  • Summer Sunday club scheme is running during the holidays 
  • Crèche available during the service
  • Tea and coffee in St Joseph's after the service, you're very welcome!


  • 10.00 - First Sundays of March, June and November
  • 9.00 - Short All Age Communion first Sundays of March, June and November
  • 2.30 - Afternoon Communion first Sundays of March, June and November


  • 6.45 - 7.30 - Third Sunday of the month from September to May  (except 13th December).


  • 6.45 - 7.30 - Every Sunday during school term time.

“Peace and Prayer” - Every Farmers' Market

  • 10.00 - 12.00 The Church is open for quiet reflection and prayer on the second Saturday of each month.  

All are welcome.

Balerno Parish Church is a registered charity
 Scottish Charity Number SC 018012



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