Next Services

22 Oct 19:00 -Evening Service

29 Oct 09:30 -All Age Worship

29 Oct 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 9.30am 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   The Minister, Revd Scott McKenna, may be contacted on 667 1286 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
3. EVENING SERVICE   Our Service this evening is one of Godly Play, a Service of reflection, imagination, music and prayer.   All welcome. (EB)
4. MORNING PRAYERS    Prayers are held on Tuesday in the sanctuary at 9.30am (20 minutes).   All welcome.  
5. HELP REQUIRED   Laurene Lafontaine, our American Assistant Minister, needs her own accommodation for around one year.   Laurene is on a very limited budget, but is hopeful that someone within the congregation has something of interest.  Since she does not have a car, the preference is within walking distance or on a major bus line.  Laurene would be very grateful of assistance in this crucial matter. All offers of help, please contact Scott McKenna. Thank you!
6. THURSDAY CLUB   The Thursday Club meets on Thursday 26 October in the Upper Hall at 2.00pm.   All welcome
7.  MISSION AVIATION FELLOWSHIP  (MAF) WEEK OF PRAYER:  ‘His Perfect Peace’ 30 October - 5 November 2017   During the week of prayer you are especially invited to devote time to thinking and praying for the work of MAF.  Some suggestions to help you with your prayers are displayed alongside the November issue of MAF’s ‘News to Share’ on the notice-board in the corridor behind the church office.
8.  ANNUAL MEMBERS INFORMATION CARD  Collect your own and if you are able to deliver cards to those whom you know who are not able to attend church that would be much appreciated.
9. ALL AGE CEILIDH WITH THE AMAZING MACALASTAIRS   Come and join us for music, dance and chat at a Ceilidh on Saturday 28 October 2017 between 6.30pm and 8.30pm in the Lower Hall!   Tickets are £5 per person - £2.50 for school pupils!  Price includes refreshments.   Tickets available at the entrance hall at West Mayfield.  All proceeds to support the work of Christian Aid
10.  CARRY ON CARING   If you or someone known to you, would appreciate a pastoral visit, please inform the minister, one of the Pastoral Visiting co-ordinators listed below, or an elder. Don’t hesitate to get in touch, our pastoral visiting teams are happy to hear from you as we all have a responsibility to care for each other:
11. REFLECTION & CONTEMPLATION      On the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month from 8.00pm –9.00pm you can join Heather Mole and a small group of people in the Quiet Room for an hour of peaceful reflection.  We use audio guides to explore imaginative prayer using Bible stories, leave time for quiet reflection and share briefly at the end.  All are welcome.  Any questions please email Heather on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 0131 662 6567, otherwise please simply attend.  Bring a journal if you like.
12. MEMBERSHIP   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).    You can be assured of a very warm reception.    Scott S McKenna
13.  BLYTHSWOOD SHOE BOX APPEAL 2017 - REMINDER – Tomorrow Monday 23rd October - Upper Hall – 2.00pm – 4.00 pm.   As in previous years a work party will be receiving and covering the final batch of shoe boxes/lids for the Craigmillar Park Church Big Sort (held in CPC Halls on 6 – 17November for those who can offer help there.  Please see CPC web-site for details and daily progress updates    Dexterous volunteers welcome to help us on Monday 23rd !    Please bring your own scissors.   Marjory Grant & Anne Sturrock

14. One World Week: 22 -29 October 2017    The theme of this year’s One World Week is “Good Neighbours”, (established by the One World Week development education charity. Each year thousands of people will take part in OWW events across the country, in discussion about who are our neighbours in this 21st century world. We may want to reflect on our responsibilities for some of the ills suffered by our global neighbours, on adjusting our life styles, and on promoting awareness about how to achieve the UN Sustainable Development
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Sunday 29 October at 7.00pm
‘The Reformation: what was it all about?’
On 31 October we commemorate 500 years since the start of the Protestant Reformation. Around that day in 1517, Martin Luther put a poster with 95 theses up on the doors of the Castle Church at Wittenberg.  This was the usual way to invite academic discussion, but in this case it sparked unprecedented developments which led to the split of Western Christianity into the Catholic and Protestant churches.   How was it that an unknown monk in a minor German university town challenged the Pope's authority?   What happened next?  What role did the printing press play in the spread of Reformation ideas?  What was the Reformation all about?
Dr Anette Hagan will address these issues in a talk which will be accompanied with a slide show of Reformation tracts and other documents.  
The original texts are on display at the National Library of Scotland from 19 October to 10 December, 2017.
SAFE FOR FAMILIES   ‘A few months ago, a young mum was referred to us who had recently become homeless.  She moved to the city to rebuild relationships with her estranged family, circumstances meant she was suddenly without a home.  Council housing wasn’t an option as she hadn’t been in the country for the required 3-month period, and she didn’t have strong support networks in her country of origin to return home to.
Mum was staying in bed and breakfasts each night with her toddler while trying to sort out their living situation.  Needless to say, the normal pressures of parenting an active little boy on top of this became overwhelming.  One of our Family Support Workers helped the family find accommodation through Bethany Christian Trust. We also introduced her to a Host Family, who take out her son every so often to give mum a break and give her space to deal with pressing issues.  Taking out the toddler to do fun activities like feeding ducks at the pond or playing games at a museum gives him a break from stress at home too.  He’s able to focus on playing and being a kid then returns home to an environment that’s more settled and calm.  Now in their new flat, the family are doing much better!
Could you sacrifice a couple of hours per week or month to give hope to a family like this one?  If so, we’d love to hear from you. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0131 603 8430
Alan Gray
Church and Volunteer Coordinator
Safe Families for Children Scotland



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……

Elizabeth A Johnson   Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love
Diarmaid  MacCulloch   All things Made New:  Writings on the Reformation
Finlay Macdonald       From Reform to Renewal:  Scotland’s Kirk Century by Century
Alastair McIntosh      Poacher’s Pilgrimage
Sara Maitland      A Joyful Theology:  Creation, Commitment and an Awesome God
Barry Morgan      Strangely Orthodox:  R S Thomas and his Poetry of Faith
Mark Oakley       The Splash of Words
Richard Rohr     The Naked Now:  Learning to see as the Mystics see
Heinz Schilling    Martin Luther:  Rebel in an Age of Upheaval
David Foster       Deep Calls to Deep
Matthew Fox     A Way into God

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


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We now have a vacancy for a Pastoral Assistant. More information HERE

News Flash


'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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