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Drylaw Parish Church of Scotland

Groathill Road North, Edinburgh

"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; and in me" ~ Jesus Christ

Welcome to Drylaw Parish Church.

Please do get in touch if you would like any information using our Contact Form which can be found by clicking here - Contact Form - . The church office in our building is closed for now, but you can still get in touch. You can call the minister, Rev. Jenny Williams on 07935 723968, or Session Clerk, Amanda Lawson on 07703 178731, or email The work of the church office is continuing on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am till 12 noon, but on a working from home basis. Jenny is going to be on holiday from Wednesday July 8th 2020 until Tuesday July 21st 2020 inclusive. Jim Mackenzie has kindly agreed to offer Pastoral Care during this period and he can be contacted on 0131 467 2754.

Next Service

The Church of Scotland has announced that public worship will cease for now. Consequently there will be no worship service until further notice in Drylaw Parish Church of Scotland, Edinburgh. But see below for what is happening instead!

May we all take time to send love and hope, healing and peace from our hearts out to others and to wherever it is needed.

Online Worship on Sunday mornings at 10.40am:

From Sunday 14th June on it has been decided to start the service at 10.40 to see if that makes things easier for people joining by phone. Our online worship is now being delivered using Zoom instead of Webex. If you've not already done so, you’ll need to download the app (Zoom client for meetings) to your phone, computer, iPad etc. It’s free. Once it is installed on your device:

Click here to join the meeting or copy the following URL and paste it into a web browser like Chrome or Internet Explorer:

Meeting ID: 859 3565 5877

Password: 630348


By phone you can use any one of these four numbers:

0131 460 1196

0203 051 2874

0203 481 5237

0203 481 5240

Meeting ID: 859 3565 5877

Password: 630348

You can join anytime from 10.20am onwards.

Jim Mackenzie will take responsibility for the service on July 19th.

Jenny wrote a letter for us before she went on holiday; click here to download and read it.

Childrens' Spot: Click here to view the Sunday School lesson for the 12th July. It's about Esau and Jacob and asking God to help us make good choices. Also an update: At Sunday School in May 2019 we sent a plastic Coke bottle containing our message in a bottle to the head of Coca Cola UK asking him to take steps to reduce the amount of single use plastic being sold in countries without good waste disposal infrastructure. Click here to view a short 2 minute film containing an update from Tearfund saying that companies are beginning to take some of those steps.

Some of you may be finding the continued lockdown a big struggle and find it's affecting your mental health. This is not an easy time and yet there are many small things we can do to help ourselves to feel less hopeless and stuck. Click here for a wee leaflet with ideas. And if you want to chat to someone then please do phone 07923 723 968.

News and Upcoming Events

Download the Drylaw notices from Sunday 5th July here.

Pentecost Service for all from Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland

The new moderator, Rev. Dr Martin Fair, has recorded a Pentecost service for everyone and you can watch it here. At this link, there is a fully captioned version; a version with no captions; a BSL signed version; an audio file; and a file suitable for copying to CD.

There is also a document containing the transcript of the service if you prefer to read it, which can be downloaded here.

And if you you'd like to use your phone to listen to the Moderator's service, there is an audio version of the spoken parts of the service, available at standard rates, which can be accessed by dialling 0131 378 7895.

Message From Our Minister, Rev. Jenny Williams

As stated above, the Church of Scotland, along with many other denominations, has announced that public worship will cease in the meantime. Yet this does not mean that prayer or companionship stops. This is a time to remember what matters most in life; to support those we love; to look out for the vulnerable around us; and to nurture hope and faith within ourselves and around us.

Quotation from Desmond Tutu: "Hope is being able to see there is light despite all the darkness".

If you live in the Drylaw area and need help with shopping, or with practical tasks please do phone myself 07935 723 968.

Jenny Williams Minister

Information sent from the Church of Scotland offices in March 2020:

We will be providing a recorded service every Sunday via the Church of Scotland website and social media platforms, as well as transcripts which can be printed and delivered to those who are not able to access online resources.

Radio and Television/Social Media

The early morning Radio Scotland worship programmes from March led by Jenny and other members of our congregation are no longer available on catchup. However, if you have enjoyed listening to these programmes during this time, there are subsequent radio/television services available now:

New Every Sunday Radio Programme Act of worship led by Rev Moira McDonald of Corstorphine Old Parish Church, Edinburgh. 5th July 2020. Click here 29 minutes.

Reflections At the Quay television programme from BBC Scotland 5th July 2020. The final Reflections at the Quay will be brought to us by Fr Mark O’Donnell, St Joseph’s, Blantyre and Fr Michael McMahon, St Conval’s, Paisley. Music comes from Rachel Hair and Adam Rhodes. Click here.

Our Minister, Rev. Jenny Williams

Reverend Jenny Williams

Welcome to a small, warm church family, meeting every Sunday. Please get in touch if you want help with ceremonies - services of blessing or baptism, marriage and funerals. Contact me on 07935 723 968. Jenny.

Please Note:

All our groups in the Church are cancelled until further notice.  

Family Fridays: cancelled until further notice.  

Breathe, Move, Relax: cancelled until further notice.  

Seated Exercise with Violetta: cancelled until further notice.  


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2A Easter Drylaw Gardens

0131 332 6863