The worship at St John the Baptist is in the Liberal Catholic tradition and at the centre is the Eucharist which is celebrated each Sunday and Thursday. The Sunday celebration is according to the 1982 Liturgy of the Scottish Episcopal Church (modern language) and on a Thursday the 1970 Liturgy is used (traditional language).
St John the Baptist has a small but enthusiastic Choir that leads the singing at the Sunday service and twice a month at Evensong. More information about the Choir can be found on the Music page of this website. Two different Congregational Mass Settings are used throughout the year and usually 5 hymns are sung at this service.
Evensong as set down in the 1929 Scottish Prayer Book is sung on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month, except July & August, at 5 pm. St John the Baptist is one of the few remaining churches in the area to sing Evensong and this short, meditative service is an ideal way to complete your weekend. A variety of music is sung at this service but the usual pattern is a Psalm sung to an Anglican Chant, 3 Hymns, a Setting of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimitis and a short Anthem.
Throughout the year a number of Special Services take place including an Advent Carol Service, Epiphany Carol Service, a meditative service of readings and music at the start of Holy Week and Songs of Praise services. Feast Days are observed with a celebration of the Eucharist, including Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday and Ascension Day.
Joint services are held with our friends from Stobswell Parish Church at Christmas and in August, and on Good Friday a Pilgrimage is held with the other churches in the area.
There is very much an open door policy at St John the Baptist. We recognise that many today have little experience of Christian worship, but that the search for meaning and a sense of spirituality is present in most people’s lives.
Our Mission Statement states that our Church exists to be a warm friendly place where we can meet with God and from which we serve the community. We hope that the way that we worship proves this and you are very welcome to come along and join us.