COVID-19

COVID-19 and Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church

 

 

 

Dear friends

Communion Table with CandleSuspension of public worship at Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church

 

 

 

 
 
You will no doubt already be aware that, following advice from the Church of Scotland on the coronavirus outbreak, we have decided to suspend all church services with immediate effect.  This means that there will be no worship tomorrow, Sunday 22 March, until further notice.  We have begun to consider what alternatives we can put in place, and also more generally how we can serve our members and community in these suddenly changed and still changing times.  Further details will be put on the website: www.mayfieldsalisbury.org.  Please keep an eye on it from time to time for announcements.
 
To mark Mothering Sunday tomorrow our Interim Moderator has offered a meditation and a prayer:  
 

Writing in the thirteenth century, the then Pope Innocent III was to say of the Fourth Sunday of Lent  "On this Sunday, which marks the middle of Lent, a measure of consoling relaxation is provided, so that the faithful may not break down under the severe strain of Lenten fast but may continue to bear the restrictions with a refreshed and easier heart”. As this same Sunday comes round once again, it is especially poignant to reflect on the severe strain and restrictions which we currently all bear, with little prospect of a refreshed and easier heart any time soon. Lent 4 is also Mothering Sunday of course, and it seems especially cruel that we can’t come together in Mayfield Salisbury, our own mother church, to give thanks for our mothers and grandmothers, stepmothers and godmothers and all who have nurtured and influenced us over the years. But we don’t need to be in church to do that, and you might like to share the wonderfully appropriate Collect for Mothering Sunday which otherwise we could have been saying together – let’s still say it together, just separately?

God of compassion, whose Son Jesus Christ, the child of Mary, shared the life of a home in Nazareth, and on the cross drew the whole human family to himself: strengthen us in our daily living that in joy and in sorrow we may know the power of your presence to bind together and to heal; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you , in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. 

 
Also tomorrow, as part of a call to a national day of prayer in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, the Church of Scotland and other faith groups invite us to consider displaying a lit candle in a visible part of our home at 7.00pm.  More details can be found here: www.churchofscotland.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/64902/Scottish-Church-Leaders-Forum-Statement-19th-March-2020-4.pdf.
 
With best wishes for keeping safe and for keeping our community vigorous, 
 
Charles Garland
Session Clerk

 

 

 


Previous updates:

Coronavirus and Mayfield Salisbury

Dear friends

In the midst of such unprecedented restrictions, the news may or may not have reached you that the Church of Scotland has now announced that all services of public worship are to be suspended with immediate effect. From our perspective this simply means that sadly there can be no Sunday services at Mayfield Salisbury Church for the time being.

This does not however mean a complete shutdown! Our website and social media will stay up and running with regular updates, photographs, prayers and reflections. Please keep a watchful eye on it.

Also, all hall users and activites has stopped for the moment.

Continue to check this website for more information.

Worship – Cancellation of Worship Services
In the light of the above, the Church of Scotland Task Group has agreed to ask, in the strongest terms, that all gatherings for worship should cease until further notice, with effect from Wednesday 17th March 2020, or earlier if possible. Other Scottish Churches are taking similar actions.  This obviously includes Easter services.  Some Presbyteries have already instructed this action. This will include, but not be restricted to, housegroups, meetings for youth work, and church cafes.  It will still be possible for an individual to offer a livestreaming of a sermon and prayers. Further information on livestreaming, including information on copyright, can be found in this circular on the Law Department’s webpages here.  Sunday broadcasts of a weekly service take place on Radio 4, and also on Radio Scotland; other radio stations are available.
 
Further information:
https://www.churchofscotland.
org.uk/resources/advice-for-churches-covid-19-coronavirus
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact Information

Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church,
18 West Mayfield,
Edinburgh,
EH9 1TQ

0131 667 1522 / 0780 801 1234

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Scottish Charity Number: SC000785

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