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  • Mark 10:17-31
    October 14, 2018
    Revd Dr Scott S McKenna

Services of Worship - 21 October 2018

9.30am All-Age Worship - Revd Seth Lovell
10.45am Traditional Worship - Revd Seth Lovell

7.00pm Evening Service - Kay McIntosh DCS

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   WHAT'S ON

THIS WEEK'S NEWS  from the Order of Service each Sunday can be found here . 
YOUTH EVENTS - Details on our Youth Page                 

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

   INTERFAITHCOMMUNITY MEAL

Mayfield Salisbury is hosting an interfaith buffet meal at 7.00pm on Sunday, 14 October.. The evening will begin with Scott delivering a short talk on the essentials of Christianity.   There will then be an opportunity to share food and conversation with people of other faiths.   It will be very good to see you there.   Places are free but it is helpful for catering purposes that you let Scott know you will be there or book online:  EIFA website (https://www.edinburghinterfaith.com/events) or directly through Eventbrite:  http://bit.ly/TasteofFaith_Oct14 

MYSTICISM & ABRAHAMIC FAITHS

Organised by St Columba’s Catholic Church and St Peter’s Episcopal Church Lutton Place, Revd Dr Scott S McKenna will deliver a talk on Saturday 27 October 2018 (10.00am coffee/10.30am talk) in St Columba’s Middle Hall, Upper Gray Street.   All welcome.
 

  SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE

A short service of reflection and remembrance will be held in the church on Sunday 4 of November at 7.00pm for anyone who has had a bereavement. Refreshments will be served afterwards.
 
 

DATE OF NEXT KIRK SESSION MEETING   
Tuesday, 7.30pm,  13 November 2018.


PUBLIC LECTURE

The Old and New Testaments through Muslim Eyes

 This lecture will be delivered by Professor Robert Hillenbrand in Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church on Sunday 18 November at 7.00pm.  Islam, like Christianity and Judaism, is a faith in one God, and, unlike Judaism, it also reserves a special place of honour for Jesus and for Mary.  Many chapters of the Qur’an, like several books of the Old Testament, deal with matters of law, but there is also a constant emphasis on the importance of the Old Testament prophets and their teachings.  A common misconception is that Islam forbids the use of images, especially in a religious context.  This talk will show how that belief is not entirely accurate, for it will explore how medieval Muslim artists did occasionally depict such figures as Adam and Eve, Abraham and Moses, Jesus and Mary, and imagined such key events as the near-sacrifice of Isaac, the Egyptians drowning in the Red Sea, the Annunciation and the Baptism. Familiar stories, yes, but in strikingly unexpected garb. All welcome.
 

 

EVENING SERVICE

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  

 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.
Note - There are no morning prayers in July.


WEEKDAY AFTERNOON SERVICES

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 on Tuesday, 11  September, 2018, 2.30pm.


 FIRST FRIDAY FRIENDS

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

CRAFT MOMENTS 

IMG_5660.JPGCraft Moments resumes on Thursday 20 September and meets every other Thursday until 13 December. 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 focus this autimn - poppies! Anyone who cares to join us will be very welcome.  More details are available here under 'Activities'.

REFLECTION & CONTEMPLATION  

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 Reflection and Contemplation group is currently on hiatus for the summer months. There will be no more meetings until September, please check back on the website after the summer for further updates

THURSDAY CLUB

__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. More deatils on the activities page.

 

EDINBURGH INTER-FAITH ASSOCIATION

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.

 

PROGRESSIVE CHRISTIAN NETWORK

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.

 

 NEWINGTON CHURCHES TOGETHER

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/
 

MAYFIELD MILERS 

OCTOBER
Wed
4 Walk to Ewes Castle, Stow 4mls Jean McGilchrist 447 6488 10.15am for 10.24 train to Stow . Destination Tweedbank, meet on Waverley S tation concourse. Return ticket £11.60. Use your  rail card if you have one.Y ou may just wish to explore Stow . Please consult  leader if you wish to do this.
Mon 8  Heriot Watt Campus 2-3mls Jenny McCallum 667 2888 10.00am for 25 bus for Riccarton, middle bus stop of three, between The Scott Monument and The Royal Scottish Academy on Princes Street. Flat walk, café.
Mon 15 Dalkeith Country Park 4-5 mlsMorley Sewell 672 2077 10.00am at Church. No overlap with the last walk in this area.
NOVEMBER
Sat 10 Dreghorn Circular 7km Susan Wooding 667 2754 10.00am Meet at Church. Car travel, passengers please offer drivers£1.50 per ten miles outward journey (inclusive of return).
Tues 20 Rosewell to Harden Green 3.5mls Morvern Cunningham 0797 751 198 10.00am at Church. Bus to Rosewell. Level walk. Café at Tescos, Harden Green
Wed 28 Walk for Peggy Wilson 2mls Jenny McCallum 667 2888 10.15am at Church for 10.28am 42 bus to Duddingston. Flat walk, café. This is a walk Peggy led in the first programme of Milers walks in 1991

 

 

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‘LOOK WELL ON THESE SKIES’
 

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

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  • Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.
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  • God is the beyond in our midst.
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