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Services - 29 April - Easter 5

9.30am All-Age Worship - Revd Dr Scott S. McKenna
10.45am Morning Service - 
 Revd Dr Scott S. McKenna
7.00pm Youth Worship Night -  Hillary Leslie
Further information is available here



THIS WEEK'S NEWS  from the Order of Service each Sunday can be found here .


E-MAIL DATABASE  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. . All e-letters are sent out blind copy so your address remains private

YOUTH EVENTS - Details on our Youth Page 


On Wednesday 25 April 'Holy Cross Edinburgh' will be starting at 7:00pm in the Charteris Centre; this will be an hour of worship after the Community Cook Clubs and Meals - a wonderful initiative organised by Revd Liam Fraser and Edinburgh University Campus Ministry which brings together students, vulnerable adults, and local church members over a shared meal.  If you feel curious or encouraged to take part in this initiative, please speak with Hillary or Scott for more details.  Hope to see you there!


Saturday 9 June:  ‘COME & SING MUSICALITY’ (or come for 4.00pm and enjoy the concert!) here at Mayfield Salisbury.   A miscellany of musical show-stoppers from Carousel, South Pacific, Oliver, etc – organised by and in aid of Waverley Care – Conducted by Ben Parry with Soloist Libby Crabtree.  Flyers available by West Mayfield notice boards.   1.30pm Singers rehearse with live band for  4.00pm Concert – all ticketed via. www.waverleycare.org/musicality or 0131 556 9710.   Tickets going fast already ………… !


Would you like time to reflect on, listen to and contemplate God in your life?  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.  If you have any concerns or 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 when you are able.  Bring a journal and pen if you like.
The group will meet at 8.00pm in the Church House one Thursday a month from now until the June (breaking for the summer), the Thursdays we will meet are: 22 February, 15 March, 19 April, 24 May and 21 June.


Tuesdays at 7.30pm,  8 May 2018; 12 June 2018.



Held on Sunday evenings in the south transept at 7.00pm and lasting about 40 minutes this service is a quiet peaceful worship space which allows time for reflection in a busy world. Although it takes a variety of forms, including the celebration of Holy Communion and Godly Play, it is always a service of silence, prayer, Scripture, meditation and music.


 Morning prayers each week in the south transept on Tuesdays from 9.30am to 9.50am.   Following the Church of Scotland’s Order for Daily Devotion, the service comprises silence, prayers and readings.   If you are able, this is a good opportunity to ground yourself in God during the week.   All welcome.


Short services of worship are held regularly, usually on Tuesday afternoons, for those who find it difficult to attend other services. These are particularly appreciated by our older worshippers.   They are held in the Upper Hal, which has level access, and also allows worsippers to remain in their seats during the service and afterwards when tea is served. The next afternoon service is on Tuesday, 15 May, 2018, 2.30pm.


In 2015 Mayfield Salisbury started a small group to support people whose lives are affected by memory loss or dementia and those who care for them. We hope that this will be of interest and support to members of the congregation and equally to people in the local community. If you would like more information, or would like to volunteer at the monthly meetings – First Friday of the month from 2.30pm to 4.00pm – please speak to Sandra Carter on a Sunday morning or by phone 0131 6676052 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,uk


__04.12.13_014.jpgWe are primarily a friendship club and open to all retired ladies and gentleman in the area. The team have a full programme of entertainment for you to enjoy, to say nothing of the wonderful tea and cake! We would be delighted if you would like to join us. We meet in the hall at 200pm on Thursdays from October to May.
1   Kathleen Hendry: Travels In Albania
8   Catherine Booth: Edinburgh Ladies of Science
15  Jean MacGilchrist: The Bethany Van and Street Pastors
22  Springwell Choir
5 Boyd McAdam  Dordogne
12 Hamish Coghill   William Playfair
19 Sandra Carter   First Friday Friends
26 Bob Lees Arran as seen by Dali, Modigliani and others!
MAY 3 Club Outing


IMG_5660.JPGCraft Moments is for people who enjoy knitting and other craft activities. It meets in Church House at Mayfield Salisbury on Thursday mornings at 10.00am, fortnightly.  If you would like to join us knitting sweaters for Africa, tea cosies for home or squares for blankets, we would be delighted.  No expertise required! Come and join us for coffee and chat. No expertise required!  All welcome. More details are available here under 'Activities'.
The new session starts on Thursday 17 September from 10am to 12 noon in Church House.  We meet to knit and natter.   So far, we have sent 3 large packs of baby sweaters and hats to Malawi as well as supplying hats and scarves for the homeless through Bethany.  There is plenty of wool and needles and no expertise is needed.  Come along for coffee & chat. Sandra Carter and Hilary Watkinson


All walks start promptly at 10.00am from Mayfield Salisbury Church unless stated otherwise.
Further details of this group are available on the Activities page.
Fri 9 Walk to Ewes Castle, Stow 4mls Jean MacGilchrist 447 6648 10.15am Waverley Station concourse with ticket for 10.24 train to Stow, destination Tweedbank. Bring your railcard if you have one.
Mon 12 Round Bannockburn 4-5mls Bob McNie 667 9391 8.50am St Andrews Sq Bus Station Gate B for 9.07 City Link Bus 909, destination Stirling. Road and woodland paths mostly level.
Wed 21 Ancrum to Harestanes 4mls    Laura Ross   01835822941 9.00am Commonwealth Pool or Cameron Toll 9.10 for 9.15 Borders Bus service 52 to Kelso. River and woodland walking mostly level.
Thurs 5 North Berwick Shore Walk 2-3 mls Jenny McCallum 667 2888 9.15 Waterloo Place for 9.25 X5 fast bus to North Berwick -Lothian Country Buses. Cafes available.
Wed 18 Haymarket to St Margaret’s Park  4mls Isabel Smith 667 6336 10am at Church.  Exits possible along the way.
Tues 24 Dreghorn Woods to Greenbank 3-4mls Morvern Cunningham667 4537 10.10 Morningside Clock for no16 bus at 10.19.


eifa_logo_whiteonblack_lst107070_t.jpgMayfield Salisbury Parish Church is an associate member of Edinburgh Inter-faith Association. Details of the events they organise can be found on their website. Their magazine is available in the Mayfield Salisbury Church vestibule.  An informal way to encounter others of the Faiths is to come along to one of the community meals held on the first Monday of the month 6.30pm - 8.00pm at the Methodist Church in Nicolson Square.   In a relaxed atmosphere, we listen to one of the group talk about their Faith. Afterwards we enjoy a delicious simple vegetarian meal and chat together. If anyone who wants to go would prefer company, please get in touch with me - Eilie Blackwood (0131 447 9537). Full details of their programme are on our inter-faith page.



max_400_400_progressive_christianity_network_britain.jpgThe Edinburgh group of PCN meets in Room 2 of the Cluny Centre on Braid Road, which has on-street parking, and is also accessible by bus to Morningside Station.  Meetings are on the last Monday of the month, 7.30pm - 9.30pm. All are welcome. We seek to provide a forum where we can explore questions and experiences which are part of our Christian journey. The PCN web site can be accessed here . The Edinburgh Group's Programme can be found under the 'Scotland' section.



newingtonchurchestogether.gifMayfield Salisbury Parish Church is a member of Newington Churches Together. Details of events organised by this group can be found on their web site http://www.newingtonchurches.org.uk/


Annual Information Card

The Mayfield Salisbury annual information card for 2017 - 2018 is available here




The construction of step free access to the Church front door on Mayfield Road, being one of the objectives agreed upon at our Congregational Gathering and in the subsequent Congregational Conversations, is a special project due to begin soon.  If you are able to support this work, please pick up a leaflet at one of the church entrances or email the Church Manger for more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Your help is very much appreciated!   Thank you!



'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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