Our Goal is Growing

Growing in love for God, each other and our neighbour

Who we are

Our minister

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.



Our vision

Our Goal is growing.

Growing in love for God, each other and our neighbour.

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.



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.


Our mission

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 church was formed as a union of two churches on 1 January 2014 - St John’s Oxgangs and Colinton Mains Parish churches. Our minister is Rev Peter Nelson.

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.




The minister is supported by the Kirk Session, which comprises 19 active elders, and a number of working groups, each with its own approved roles and responsibilities and reporting to the Kirk Session. These groups comprise Worship, Christian Education, Pastoral Care, Social, Outreach, Stewardship and Finance, and Communications.

The Session Clerk is Mr Gordon Weir.


223 Oxgangs Rd N,

Edinburgh EH13 9ED