What to expect at Sunday Worship

Each Sunday we meet at 11am for worship.

A welcoming slideshow runs from 10.30am until 10.55am to introduce visitors to the many aspects of Polwarth Kirk on the Canal. Click here to see a sample slide-show.

During the service volunteer members of the congregation participate by reading the Bible passages and also leading the prayers of concern.

The style of worship involves the whole congregation in saying responses and singing. Occasionally people are also invited to write short prayers of concern which then become part of the prayers that morning and sometimes there is an invitation to move to a station around our labyrinth or participate in a simple action like lighting a candle.

A carpetted area at the rear of our large sanctuary welcomes parents and infants with toys and books. We also have a Junior Church and the families who attend begin the service with us then leave for their own activities.

The Sacrament of Communion is celebrated on the last Sunday of the month.

We follow the weekly lectionary of reading as part of the one universal church.  This allows us to follow the seasons of the Christian Year from Advent to Pentecost.

There are special services at Christmas, Easter and for Harvest and Remembrance Sunday as well as Fairtrade Fortnight and Christian Aid Week.


Ministry Team

Minister: The Rev Jack Holt BSc BD(Joint Hons) MTh.  Jack was ordained in 1985 and has served in diverse parishes in Glasgow, Kilmarnock, Royal Deeside and now in Edinburgh. Jack combines a passion for movies, music and theology to offer a contemporary approach to the Christian faith which is accessible as well as thought-provoking.


Lay Assistant: Margaret Anderson. Margaret’s background is in teaching drama and she is a sought-after speaker on the poetry of Robert Burns. As Lay Assistant Margaret supports the minister in the conduct of worship with special emphasis on lay involvement. She leads the Labyrinth ministry.

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Outreach Worker: Pauline Rumbles is our volunteer Outreach Worker. Pauline seeks to make contact with families and others living in Polwarth to introduce the vision and facilities of Polwarth Church and explore how the congregation may serve the community.

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Retreat Facilitator: Sandra Holt B.Sc. M.Th.(Researched)  is an author trained in spiritual direction in the Ignatian tradition and works from Polwarth Parish Church to offer day retreats, workshops and spiritual direction.