• Revd Scott S McKenna
    Revd Scott S McKenna

Next Services

30 Apr 19:00 -Evening Service

07 May 09:30 -All Age Worship

07 May 10:45 -Morning Worship


Further details of individual events can be found on the 'What's On' page.

Sunday Intimations - Contributors are reminded that intimations need to be with the minister by Thursday noon to be sure of inclusion in the Order of Service the following Sunday.


1.         OPEN TO ALL   Coffee will be served in the Upper Hall at the close of this service.   The hall is on the same level as the church sanctuary.   Everyone is very welcome.   If you are a visitor and would like to be accompanied to coffee, a member of the welcome team will be in the vestibule at the end of the service to take you there.
2.         PASTORAL CARE  Our pastoral assistant, Sheila Bryer, may be contacted on 672 2232 and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
3.         COMMUNION ROUND THE TABLE   Our Service this evening is one of song, silence, meditation and the Sacrament of Holy Communion.   All welcome.   (SSM)
4.         MORNING PRAYERS    Prayers are held on Tuesday in the sanctuary at 9.30am (20 minutes).   All welcome.  
5.         HOUSEGROUPS   I would be interested to hear from anyone who would like to join one of our housegroups.  We have several very lively and successful groups and some of them would be in a position to welcome new members.  Is this something you have been thinking about or are you even tempted to find out more?  People in the groups find them to be a great opportunity to discuss issues about our faith journey in a supportive and encouraging environment.  Some groups meet every week, some every 2 weeks, some once a month or by arrangement, some in the day and some in the evening.  So there is plenty of choice! Please do get in touch with me as soon as possible and let me know if you are interested.
Diana Tudhope: 0131 669 4819, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
6.         INCHCOLM PILGRIMAGE  Make a diary note of our pilgrimage to Inchcolm Abbey on the Maid of the Forth on Saturday 10 June, a great family event.  The Ian McCallum Fund is allowing a very generous discount on the ticket price, and children go free.  Further information will appear on the noticeboard and in May Grapevine.

7.         INTERFAITH TALK AND COMMUNITY MEAL   On Monday 1 May 6.30pm – 8.15pm, at the Edinburgh City Methodist Church, 25 Nicolson Square, EH8 9BX Topic: ‘Understanding the Festival of Beltane’. Guest Speaker: Jean Fowler.   The event is open to all and any donations would be greatly appreciated.    RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
8.         FAIR TRADE STALL  An opportunity to stock up on Fair Trade after the service today.  The items on offer will include the excellent Kilombero white rice from Malawi at £3 per kg. 
9.         The next AFTERNOON SERVICE will be on Tuesday 9 May (2.30pm – 4.00pm) in the Upper Hall [via West Mayfield doors] with Sheila Bryer and will be followed by Afternoon Tea and Fellowship.   Everyone always most welcome. If you would appreciate further information,  please askyour Pastoral Visitor, Sheila Bryer or Anne Sturrock.    
10.       CAMPUS MINISTRY   Liam Fraser, the newly appointed Campus Minister, is looking for volunteers to help provide hospitality to students at the Charteris Centre (formerly Kirk o’ Field, The Pleasance) during exam revision from 1 May to 12 May.   If you spare give a few hours, please contact him by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone on 07949468341.  Thank you!
11.       Sir JAMES MacMILLAN   As a guest of The Newman Association, which meets in Mayfield Salisbury, the composer Sir James MacMillan will be speaking in Mayfield Salisbury on Wednesday 17 May, 2017 at 7.30pm – 9.30pm.   Sir James will be speaking on Music, Modernity, the continued search for the Sacred, and the place that Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius has in it.   All welcome.
12.       INDUCTION   The Revd Amos Chewachong, who worshipped at Mayfield Salisbury, will be inducted as parish minister to Newport-on-Tay Church on Wednesday 17 May at 7.00pm.   All welcome.
13.       EDINBURGH MARATHON FESTIVAL   I’m doing my first 5k run on 27 May as part of the Edinburgh Marathon Festival in order to raise money for Bowel Cancer UK, a charity which has been important to me for a number of years. If you’d like to donate then you can do so at the following or in person. Many thanks!          Stuart Mitchell (Chamber Group tenor).
14.       CONCERNED FOR REFUGEES?   We can feel helpless seeing the numbers of people who are displaced, cut off from opportunities and whose studies are interrupted through circumstances outside of their control.  Refugees in Scotland and elsewhere are in need of assistance in higher education.
As a University community we are coming together to walk, camp and take the boat to historic sites near Edinburgh that are associated with sanctuary and welcome.   Join our two day sponsored walk on the 3 and 4 June 2017 to raise funds to offer educational opportunities for refugees through scholarships and online education.  We will start on the outskirts of Edinburgh, and camp overnight near St Bridget's Kirk in Dalgety Bay, Fife for stories and festivities, sail by boat to Inchcolm and its Abbey in the Firth of Forth and return to the Scottish Parliament where there will be speeches.  
Registration is £25 (to cover the cost of the boat) and we ask you to raise a minimum of £100 for our new Humanitarian Assistance Fund.  You will need a sleeping bag, waterproofs, sunscreen and sturdy boots / footwear.   If you are under 18, you will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult such as your parent, legal guardian, carer, teacher or youth worker. 
For more information visit:
            DONATE at:
15.       SAVE THE DATE!   SATURDAY 3 JUNE 2017‘Come & Sing’ Choral Favourites - here at Mayfield Salisbury - Rehearsal 1.30pm - 5.15pm and Concert 6.00pm – 7.00pm.
Tickets and further info from or 0131 556 9710
16.       SALVATION ARMY COLLECTION  Our next collection of non-perishable foods, toiletries, clothing and cash will be on Sunday 14 May.  We have some copies of their recent newsletter Niddry Street News which will be available at our table before the 10.45am service. Thanks to all for continued support for this homelessness project.
17.       CHRISTIAN AID WEEK  This year CA Week is from 14 to 20 May.   The theme is REFUGEES   The Christian Aid Service will be on Sunday 14 May.   Full information in May  Grapevine.   WAYS OF GIVING at Mayfield Salisbury:
• Sponsor a Street. Please add your name against a street of your choice (lists are displayed just inside the W. Mayfield entrance until 21 May).   You will be given a CA envelope for your donation. You do not need to go round the doors!
• Respond to the CA envelope appeal – envelopes available with Orders of Service on Sunday 14 May and will be collected (and dedicated) the following Sunday 21 May. 
• Join us for our CA Solidarity Lunch on Sunday 14 May (after the 10.45 am Service) in the Lower Hall – tickets (we need numbers for catering purposes) available after Services on and after 30 April from CA Committee table.  Lunch is free - but we would ask for an extra donation to Christian Aid. 
• Adding Gift Aid – if you can (if you are a tax payer) please complete the GA form attached to each envelope and HMRC will increase your personal donation by 25% each time.  This in itself is a free donation to Christian Aid.  Thank you all for your generous financial support thus far in 2017.                                                                         The Christian Aid Committee



Visit Cornerstone Bookshop, St John's Terrace, (usually under St John's Episcopal Church, at present in temporary accomodation at street level), Princes Street, Edinburgh.   EH2 4BJ

Books for the journey……  

David Foster             Deep Calls to Deep
Matthew Fox            A Way into God
Alastair McIntosh     Poacher’s Pilgrimage
Jack Mahoney         Christianity in Evolution
Mark Oakley            The Splash of Words
Richard Rohr           The Naked Now:  Learning to see as the Mystics see.


Recommended Daily MeditationsFr Richard Rohr at       


If you would like to become a member of Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church, please contact me by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or telephone (0131 667 1286).   It will be good to have your name on the congregational roll.   You can be assured of a very warm reception.      Scott S McKenna


Occasional e-letters are sent out to our worshippers. If you would like to receive these please contact the church manager William Mearns This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating whether you would also be interested in receiving the e-letters which go out solely to 9.30 worshippers. All e-letters are sent out blind copy so your address remains private.

News Flash

The latest newsleter from the Presbytery of Edinburgh may be found HERE.


'Amazed by Science, illumined by Religion' This booklet is available free of charge.  Details here



  • Because God is both knowable and unknowable the tension of the symbol, the multilayers of the myth and the openness of the poetic are all vital to our desire to celebrate the Mystery to whom we relate and in whom we have our being.
    Mark Oakley

  • You must love him as he is: neither God, nor spirit, nor image; even more, the One without commingling, pure, luminous ...

    Meister Eckhart

  • The purpose of our life is God's glory. However lowly a life is, that is what makes it great.
    Oscar Romero

  • Faith may justify bigotry or fanaticism, as Church history tragically witnesses. It needs a safeguard. If it is not animated as it were by the greatest of the theological virtues (love), faith can become defective.
    Thomas Norris

  • Dry not, dry not, your tears of love eternal! Only to eyes that fail to weep does this world seem so dull and dead. Dry not, dry not, those long, sad tears of love.
    Johann von Goette

  • The post modern paradigm manifests itself as a unity which preserves diversity and diversity which strives after unity.
    David Bosch

  • There is only one assertion that requires no evidence. Children are a sacred trust...Unless we care properly for our children, we shall never build a better world.
    'A Good Childhood’ The Children’s Society

  • These are only hints and guesses, hints followed by guesses; and the rest is prayer.
    'The Dry Salvages' T.S.Eliot

  • According to strict truth, God is incomprehensible, and incapable of being measured.

  • Myth is a story about the way things never were, but always are.
    Thomas Mann

  • In the darkness ...The child of your love - and now become as the most hated one - the one You have thrown away as unwanted - unloved ..... The darkness is so dark .... I have no faith.
    Mother Teresa

  • I love the Bible. I owe my faith and my life to the Bible and its liberating message. It is in the Bible that I first met Jesus ... I too am included in God's embrace.
    Gene Robinson

  • It is this great absence that is like a presence, that compels me to address it without hope of a reply ....
    R.S. Thomas

  • Faith is not a proud self-consistent philosophy. It involves maintaining oneself between contradictions that can't be solved by analysis. It is therefore a living response to the grace of God as revealed in fragile lives.
    Mark Oakley

  • Any religion which does not say that God is hidden is not true.
    Blaise Pascal

  • The contemporary Church is losing aspects of its wide and generous memory and therefore condemning itself to become a 'swimming pool Church' - one that has all the noise coming from the shallow end.
    Mark Oakley

  • For all your doctrinal headaches take Paradox.
    Mark Oakley

  • The true vision and the true knowledge of what we seek consists precisely in not seeing, in an awareness that our goal transcends all knowledge and is everywhere cut off from us by the darkness of incomprehensibility.
    St Gregory of Nyssa

  • Death, death be hanged, the Lord has promised me that I shall live. This I believe!
    Martin Luther

  • We feel that even when all possible scientific questions have been answered, the problems of life have not been put to rest.

  • Religion is the flight of the alone to the Alone.

  • Stupid clergymen appeal quite directly to a Bible passage directly understood ....
    Soren Kirkegaard

  • What is the point of the arts of reading and criticism as long as the ecclesiastical interpretation of the Bible, Protestant as well as Catholic, is cultivated as ever?
    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • A figure like Ecclesiast, rugged and luminous, chants in the dark a text that is the answer, although obscure.
    Wallace Stevens

  • Myth is the poetry of the soul.
    Sara Maitland

  • Our loss of the ability to think mythically, poetically, allegorically, creatively, theologically, and artfully is a greater threat to our religious experience than anything good scientists have to report ...
    Sara Maitland

  • In general, Zen attitude is that words and truth are incompatible, or at least that no words can capture truth.
    Douglas Hofstadter

  • 'God' is a one word poem
    Rowan Williams

  • What is today? Today is eternity.
    Meister Eckhart

  • Apprehend God in all things, for God is in all things.
    Meister Eckhart

  • The most powerful hunger we have, mostly suppressed and misdirected, is the hunger for God.
    Miroslav Volf

  • We frequently judge that things are as we wish them to be, for through personal feeling true perspective is easily lost.
    Thomas a Kempis

  • Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.
    Rabindranath Tagore

  • God is the beyond in our midst.
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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