Next Services

02 Apr 09:30 -All Age Worship

02 Apr 10:45 -Morning Worship

02 Apr 19:00 -Evening Service


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.         EVENING SERVICE  Tonight’s evening service is one of song, silence, meditation and Godly Play.   All welcome.  (EB)
4.         MORNING PRAYERS    Prayers are held on Tuesday in the sanctuary at 9.30am (20 minutes).   All welcome.  
5.         APPEAL FOR DRIVERS   Would you agree to offer a lift to Church on one Sunday a month to one or two members of our congregation?  Car Pool has been bringing our less able folk to Church for many years but is now a bit creaky itself as we need more drives if we are to continue this much appreciated service.  Please consider if you could be the missing link!  Don't be shy - let me know.  Diana 0131 669 4819 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Thank you for reading this far!
6.         SOUP 'N' SOCKS   About once a month, a team of five folk from Mayfield Salisbury man the Bethany Care Van, serving soup and hot drinks to between 30 and 70 people who are homeless or sleeping rough.   In addition, warm clothing is distributed at the four designated stops in the middle of Edinburgh.   
In practice each volunteer goes out with the van only once or twice each year, leaving church about 8pm and returning about 11pm.   Not only is this service much appreciated by those who use it, it is a friendly and rewarding experience for those taking part.   
If you would like to learn more about helping with this, please get in touch, with Revd Scott McKenna (himself a volunteer) or Marjory Grant This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;  0779 47 100 79).
7.         BETHANY CARE VAN   There will be an informal meeting on Wednesday 5 April in the Quiet Room at 7.30pm to share experiences of our involvement in the Care Van.   As well as people who already volunteer as part of the Mayfield Salisbury team, anyone interested in finding out more would be particularly welcome.
8.         STORY SONG SYRIA   An evening of storytelling, music and song in aid of Medecins sans Frontieres’ work in Syria, on Sunday 2 April, 7.30 – 9.30 pm at Augustine United Church, George IV Bridge. The show will feature three outstanding Scottish performers, David Campbell, Andrew Coull and Marion Kenny, and the talented cast of Burgh Blatherers storytellers.
Tickets can be bought on the door (£10) or from Eventbrite ( for £11.21 including £1.21 handling charge. Or you can reserve a ticket and pay at the door by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or contact Kate O’Brien on 667 3073.
9.         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.
10.       CHRISTIAN AID @ MAYFIELD SALISBURY   Over the past 10 years, through the enormous efforts of its convenor, Hilary Watkinson, the Christian Aid Committee has raised £186, 852.03 through its work at Mayfield Salisbury!   Hilary retired from her post recently so, on behalf of the congregation, ‘Thank you!’
11.       THURSDAY CLUB     On Thursday 30 March we welcome Kozo Hoshino who will speak on Some Pictures in the National Gallery. The club starts at 2.00pm in the Upper Hall.   All welcome.
12.       EAST AFRICA CRISIS APPEAL    16 million people in East Africa – Somalia, Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya - are on the brink of starvation and urgently need food, water and medical treatment.  Cholera outbreaks across the region are exacerbating the situation.  People urgently need clean drinking water.  Over 800,000 children under five are severely malnourished.  Without immediate treatment, they are at risk of starving to death.
Emergency Appeal envelopes are collected today.  Do fill in the Gift Aid portion if appropriate as the Government will add 25% to your donation.   
Do remember to pick up a Count Your Blessings leaflet for considering throughout Lent.
Hilary Watkinson
13.       ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING & STATED ANNUAL MEETING     The meetings to approve and receive the annual accounts of Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church for 2016 will be held in the Upper Hall on Tuesday 28 March at 7.30pm.  
            At the ABM, we will discuss the final report on the recent Congregational Conversations and there will be an opportunity to take part in a discussion about the proposed ramp at the west entrance to the Church.   Everyone is warmly welcome !
Copies of the Trustees' Report and Accounts 2016, the Annual Report 2016 and the final report on the Congregational Conversations are available at both church entrances.
14.       SCOTTISH LOVE IN ACTION (supporting vulnerable children in India) - Volunteer Work Venture- SLA are organising another India Volunteer Work Venture and would be happy to hear from anyone in the age range from 18 to 75, who would like to apply to join the Group on their visit to India in November 2017.  Please contact SLA Office 0131 629 9112 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.rg as soon as possible for more information …and so that we can begin the process of briefings and importantly booking of the flights.  More info in the May edition of Grapevine.                                 
Also, Volunteer Administrator post available  – part-time vacancy in SLA [South Side] office.   Anyone interested and who has experience of administration and would like a very worthwhile, stimulating part-time job in a happy atmosphere please contact the SLA office on 0131 629 9112.              


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
Mark Oakley            The Splash of Words
Richard Rohr           The Naked Now:  Learning to see as the Mystics see.
Rowan Williams      Being Christian


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


Craigmillar Park Church
Monday 10 April to Friday 14 April

Each service lasts about 20 minutes and is followed by breakfast in Craigmillar Church Hall.


'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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