People In Our Church



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25 Feb 09:30 -All Age Worship

25 Feb 10:45 -Morning Worship

25 Feb 19:00 -Evening Service

People in our Church

Rev'd Scott S McKenna - Parish Minister

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Scott McKenna has been the Minister at Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church since 2000.  He was ordained and inducted as Minister of Viewpark Parish Church in Uddingston, Lanarkshire where he remained for six and a half years before being called to his present charge.

Scott’s work and, in particular, his preaching is permeated and inspired by his deep and passionate faith.   He reads widely and the breadth of his reading, including poetry, is reflected in his sermons   His theology is rational, progressive and pertinent to life in the 21st century and he has no hesitation in tackling controversial subjects.   Scott understands worship, both private and public, as a ‘thin place’ where we can encounter the Living God.  He believes strongly that beauty in worship - liturgy, music and the decoration of the sanctuary - is vitally important. His aim is to pursue distinctiveness and excellence in all that we offer.

Scott writes, 'Perhaps our most intimate encounter with the Holy is to be found in the practice of stillness.   Words often get in the way of our communion with the Sacred.   Silence can be a threatening place but once we have faced down our 'demons' we can go deeper into God.'

If you have any questions relating to weddings, funerals, membership of the Church of Scotland or worship, then Scott will be very happy to discuss the matter with you. 


 Rev'd Laurene Lafontaine - Assistant Minister

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Hillary Leslie - Youth Leader

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Hillary joined Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church from New Wilmington, Pennsylvania where she was born and raised and subsequently joined the New Wilmington Presbyterian Church (USA) as a teenager. 
In 2014 she graduated from Westminster College with a BA in English Literature; she spent two semesters at Stirling University where she gained inspiration for her senior capstone project on Scottish detective fiction. While studying, Hillary spent her summers as a counsellor and program director at Ligonier Camp and Conference Centre; it was here that Hillary developed her passion for working alongside youth.
Following graduation, Hillary joined the Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program with PC(USA) in August of 2015. Her first 11-month term took her to Belfast, Northern Ireland where she did youth and community work at Garnerville Presbyterian Church and The Vine Centre. In 2016, Hillary moved to New Orleans, Louisiana for her second term, volunteering as the Community Education Instructor with YMCA Educational Services (YES!), an adult education non-profit.
Hillary is thrilled to be the new Youth Worker at Mayfield Salisbury, and looks forward to building relationships with the families and youth. She believes discipleship of young persons is not only vital to a vibrant church life, but to social justice, peace and advocacy work in the wider world. Hillary looks forward to using her previous experiences and learnings to help shape and develop youth programming at Mayfield Salisbury.
Hillary loves music, cooking, traveling, running, yoga and cosying up with a good novel.


William Mearns - Church Manager

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William was born and brought up in Edinburgh. He has a degree in the information technology area, but working within the Church of Scotland has been familiar to him since childhood, as his father was Church Officer at Liberton Kirk. He has been Church Manager at Mayfield Salisbury since 2006 and very much appreciates the independence the job gives him and the feeling that his is an essential and worthwhile role within the church. In particular he enjoys the variety of the work as it involves not only organising the maintenance and running of quite sizeable premises but also more creative aspects such as the putting together and publishing of the monthly magazine Grapevine.
It is William that you should contact for any information about the use of our buildings such as booking our halls.

 Angus McIntyre - Session Clerk

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Angus_M__1___cropped.jpgAngus was appointed Session Clerk in June 2014. Until he retired in March 2013 he worked as a solicitor in the commercial property department of a large Edinburgh/Glasgow law firm where he had served as a partner for some 28 years, having previously worked as a legal assistant in Edinburgh , Glasgow and Sydney Australia.

He attended school and University in Edinburgh and joined Mayfield Church (as it then was) in about 1983, being made an elder about two years later. Since then he has served in various roles in the Church including as a Sunday School teacher, Chair of Mayfield Radio and Convener of the Business Committee.

Angus is married and has two grown up daughters, both married, and four grandchildren. He enjoys hill walking especially in Highland Perthshire, skiing and playing golf (rather badly!) as well as the more cerebral pleasures of theatre and opera.

He hopes that in his role of Session Clerk he can apply the administrative , communication and listening skills acquired as a solicitor in the service of Mayfield Salisbury Church and its congregation.


Walter Thomson – Choir Leader

Walter Thomson’s association with Mayfield Salisbury goes back a long way as his parents were members here before he was born! He has been Choir Leader since 2004. A solicitor by training, he has had a huge amount of experience of singing and choirs since his university days at Edinburgh, including many areas of church music. As well as being our Choir Leader, he is musical director of the Jubilo Choir: an Edinburgh based adult mixed choir of around 80 voices, with which he has been associated for 30 years.

When asked how important music is in worship, Walter replied ‘It is enormously important. Almost all churches use music in their worship, and virtually all the great choral works are on religious or spiritual or philosophical themes. Then as well as the choral repertoire, there is gospel music, spirituals, hymns and psalms. Music is unique.  It communicates with the whole person at different levels – with the intellect, the emotions, the senses, the body.  It helps us to articulate our faith.'.


We now have a vacancy for a Pastoral Assistant. Closing date: 23rd February More information 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!

  • 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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