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Services of Worship this Sunday

8.00am  Radio 4 Live Broadcast - Revd Dr Scott McKenna
10.00am Morning Worship - 
 Revd Dr Scott McKenna
7.00pm Youth Worship - Hillary Leslie
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THIS WEEK'S NEWS  from the Order of Service each Sunday can be found here . 
YOUTH EVENTS - Details on our Youth Page           
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The date of the next Kirk Session meeting is Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 7.30pm


The BBC RADIO 4 Service of Thanksgiving for the EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL on Sunday 25 August BBC Radio 4 will be broadcast live at 8.00am from Mayfield Salisbury.   Please put a note in your diary to come along, enjoy the service and help increase the volume of congregational singing!!   There will be a rehearsal on Saturday 24 August.


There are three evening lectures (7.00pm) planned at Mayfield Salisbury over the next few months.   The dates are:

 Sunday 29 September    Jesus through Muslims EyesRobert Hillenbrand, Professorial Fellow at the University of St Andrews and Honorary Fellow at the University of Edinburgh
 Sunday 6 October          Climate Change:  David Gorman, Director of Social Responsibility and Sustainability at the University of Edinburgh
 Sunday 3 November      George Matheson:  Minister and Mystic:  Revd Dr Scott McKenna


Mayfield Salisbury will be participating in Doors Open Day on Saturday 28 September.  This is great opportunity to showcase our beautiful church to the wider public.


Coffee and Blethers June to September in the Bill McDonald hall from 2pm to  3.30pm. Please not this group will be on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays in the month from June to September inclusive. Come along and join us and make some new friends.


Wed 10
Saughton Park. 2 - 3mls. Church 10.00am. Bring a packed lunch for picnic place at Saughton Park.
Sun 28 Five Pentland Peaks. 5 to 6 hours strenuous climbing ascents and descents. Car travel at the close of morning service.
Tues 30 Summer Meal and Walk.
Walk - Church 4.00pm for 42 bus to Figgate Park. 2mls to Rockville Hotel.
Meal - The Rockville Hotel, 6.00pm for 6.30pm. Cost £25.lintmainsWed 10 Saughton Park. 2 - 3mls.Church 10.00am. 
  Tues 30 Summer Meal and Walk.
Sat 3 Pentlands Walk. 6mls ascent - 214 meters via three reservoirs - Bonaly, Clubbiedean and Torduff. Church 10.00am car travel.
Thur 15 Dalmeny Walk. 5mls Dalmeny Estate to South Queensferry. Church 10.00am car travel.
Sat 24 Abbey St Bathams Circular Walk. 5-6 mls. Church 10.00am car trave to St Boswells (via Mertoun) 4mls Laura Ross 01835 822 941 9.10am Cameron Toll for Borders Bus number 52 to Kelso


Escape from the hustle and bustle of life to enjoy the peace and beauty of the sanctuary at Mayfield Salisbury Church.  The Sanctuary at Mayfield Salisbury is open as a place for peaceful meditation - without a church service- anytime on Tuesdays from 6.30pm-8.00 pm and Saturdays from 10.00-11.30am  We invite people of all faiths and none to come and enjoy five minutes’ peace.


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. Details of each service may be found here.


 Morning prayers are held 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 Bill McDonald Hall, which has level access, and also allows worshippers to remain in their seats during the service and afterwards when tea is served. The next afternoon service is a service of Holy Communion on Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 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


IMG_5660.JPGCraft Moments meets every other Thursday. We meet in the Fountainhall Room in Church House from 10.00am to 12.00 noon.  This is a group where knitting with a purpose, for example hats for Bethany or for premature babies, or lap rugs for care homes, goes on while chatting over coffee. There are no prizes for guessing our main focuswas last  autimn - poppies! Anyone who cares to join us will be very welcome.  More details are available here under 'Activities'.


__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 Bill McDonald Hall at 2.00pm on Thursdays from October to May. The club restarts on Thursday October 3, 2019. More details on the activities page.


 A new reading group started on a weekday eveing  from 7:30 - 9.00 PM to discuss short readings developing our faith and spirituality.  Meetings will happen every 6 weeks.  All adults welcome!  To find out more please speak with Hillary Leslie, Joyce Jackson, or Heather Mole, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



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 meetings, usually held on the first Monday of the month 6.30pm - 8.00pm  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/

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'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

  • 'God is not the answer, God is the question.'
    Herbert McCabe

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