Weekly News

Contributors to 'This Week's News'  are reminded that entries need to be with the minister by Thursday 9.00am to be sure of inclusion in the Order of Service the following Sunday



1.   OPEN TO ALL   Coffee will be served in the Bill McDonald Hall at the close of this service.   This is accessed through the doors to the right and left of the pulpit.   Everyone is very welcome. 
2.   PASTORAL CARE   Our Pastoral Assistant, Kay McIntosh DCS may be contacted on 07903 266 307 and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
3.   EVENING SERVICE at 7.00pm.   In a change to Grapevine, our evening service is one of Godly Play with song, silence and prayer led by Eilie Blackwood.   All welcome.
4.   MORNING PRAYERS    Morning Prayers (20 minutes) take place in the south transept of the sanctuary on Tuesdays at 9.30am.   All welcome.
5.   FIVE MINUTES’ PEACE sees the sanctuary at Mayfield Salisbury open as a place for peaceful meditation - without a church service - on Tuesdays from 6.30pm to 8.00pm and Saturdays from 10.00am to 11.30am.  We invite people of all faiths and none to come and enjoy five minutes’ peace.  Five Minutes’ Peace will not run on Saturday 28 September due to Doors Open Day and Tuesday 8 October due to the Installation (see intimation 12).
6.   MINISTER ELECT   Following a successful vote last Sunday, I confirm that I am now Minister Elect of Ayr: St Columba.   My last Sunday at Mayfield Salisbury is Sunday 6 October.   The Service of Induction at St Columba Church is Thursday 24 October (probably 7.00pm).                Scott S McKenna
7.   FIRE DRILL   The annual fire drills will take place TODAY following both morning services
8.   DOORS OPEN DAY  Mayfield Salisbury is participating in Doors Open Day on Saturday 28 September.  Kate Pearson will be giving an organ recital here at Mayfield Salisbury as part of the Doors Open Day at 1.00pm. She will play works by César Franck and J. S. Bach, as well as a Little Liturgical Suite based on Scottish folk melodies, arrangements of favourite hymn tunes, and a set of Baroque Portuguese music.   At 3pm till 4pm, the Chamber Group will be singing a program of sacred motets and anthems with a selection from the Sixteenth Century through the Baroque and Romantic periods to the present day.   Do come along!
9.   YOUTH CLUB:  Tonight - 'Question Time' with Scott!   P6 - S1 ('The Bible') from 6.00pm -7 .00pm, and S2 - S6 ('Biblical Literalism') from 7.00pm – 8.00pm.  Meet in the youth room and come with some questions! For more info contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
10.  YOUTH NEWSLETTER  Every 2 weeks, Hillary sends out a Youth Newsletter to parents of P6 - S6 youth. This keeps the parents and their kids in the loop about important youth-related events and activities.  If you're not yet signed-up and would like to add your email to the list, please speak with Hillary or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
11.  GARDEN WALK   On Thursday 26 September we've arranged a guided tour of Princes St Gardens - amazingly diverse in their geology, history, planting, use and abuse!  It starts at 2.00pm at the Scott Monument ticket office, covers a mile of easy paths with some steps, lasts 2 hours, and costs £6 per person – contact David Booth (667 0582) to ensure your place.
12.  INSTALLATION   The Chapel Royal in Scotland will hold a service of installation of the Revd Dr George Whyte, Principal Clerk to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, as Chaplain to the Queen in Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church on Tuesday 8 October at 7.00pm. All welcome!
13.  EDINBURGH STREET PASTORS:  Training to be a Pastor?   The training will be on the weekends of 18 to 20 October and 15 to 17 November and will be run on the Friday evening, Saturday part day and Sunday afternoon of both weekends.   If you are interested in finding out more, then please email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 07523 267 906.   Many thanks.

14.  CHRISTIAN AID EMERGENCY APPEAL FOR THE BURNING AMAZON RAINFOREST     Today Christian Aid offers you an opportunity to give money in solidarity with those most immediately affected by this dreadful catastrophe.
The fire is burning at an alarming rate, causing irreparable damage to the ecosystem, to biodiversity and to livelihoods, whilst devastating communities. Bolivia, Peru and Brazil have the highest rate of forest fires in what is not simply a natural disaster but the result of a broken economic system, reducing nature and communities to commodities and fuelling our climate emergency. Christian Aid works with local partners in these countries, reaching marginalised communities with whom it has worked since 1997. You are encouraged to use the Gift Aid envelopes available, to increase your donation.
15.  CHRISTIAN AID HARVEST FESTIVAL we will not be having the harvest festival this year but instead will host an advent event. Watch this space. Please however can you keep making jams and jellies as we will sell them on Doors Open Day on 28 September and between the services on Sunday 29 September.  You can give them to either a member of the committee or drop them off in the morning of 28 September. Thank you all for your continuing support.

16.  INTERSECTIONAL FEMINISM AROUND THE WORLD Talk on Thursday 26 September at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh, 7.00pm – 9.00pm.  Organised by Christian Aid and Engender.  Presentations by Memory Kachambwa, Executive Director of FEMNET, the African Women’s Development and Communication Network – a Christian Aid partner; Marianna Leite, Christian Aid Global Lead on Gender and Inequality, international human rights lawyer and activist in Brazil; Talat Yaqoob, chair of the Women 5050 campaign and member of the First Minister’s National Advisory Council on Women and Girls. Sign up at www.christianaid.org.uk/events/women-making-change
17.  GRAPEVINE REMINDER  Contributors are reminded that the copy deadline for the October/November issue is 7.00pm on Friday 27 September.   The next opportunity for articles to be included will be the December/January issue.
18.  ‘LIFE AND WORK’ SUBSCRIPTION.  Members of the congregation who subscribe to the Church of Scotland magazine, Life and Work ,and wish to continue in the coming year are requested to contact Colin MacKenzie, the Subscriptions Coordinator. The cost of £30.60 for twelve months is unchanged from last year.  New subscribers are welcome and will have the advantage of the reduced rates offered to those who order their copy through the church.
19.  CARING FOR THE EARTH On Creation Sunday, 6 October, David Gorman, the Director of Social Responsibility and Sustainability at the University of Edinburgh will give a talk The Climate Crisis:  is it really that bad? And what can ordinary people do anyway? at 7.00pm.  All welcome.  This is a first step in our ‘Caring for the Earth’ initiative.  If anyone is interested in joining an ‘Eco Group’ at Mayfield Salisbury to explore what more we as a congregation can/should do, please let me know either by signing up to the sheets which will be available that Sunday, or by emailing me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Alastair MacGilchrist
20.  FORTHCOMING LECTURES in Mayfield Salisbury at 7.00pm:  
Sunday 29 September      
Jesus through Muslim Eyes
Robert 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

Further details of individual events, where available, can be found on the 'What's On' page.

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If you are looking for a book to help you on your inward journey, expand your knowledge of Christian history, doctrine or the Bible, then visit Cornerstone Bookshop, St John's Terrace, (under St John's Episcopal Church), Princes Street, Edinburgh.   EH2 4BJ

Books for the Journey

Karen Armstrong           
Islam:  A Short History
The Lost Art of Scripture:  Rescuing the Sacred Texts

Marcus Borg                    
Days of Awe and Wonder

Richard Harries               
Haunted:  Modern Writers and  the Struggle for Faith

Recommended Daily Meditations:  Fr Richard Rohr at www.cac.org       


Occasional e-letters are sent out to our worshippers. If you would like to receive these please contact the Church Manager, William Mearns, at: 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.


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

Caring for the Earth

"The Climate Crisis - Is it really that bad? And what can ordinary people do anyway?"

David Gorman
Director of Social Responsibility and Sustainability,
University of Edinburgh

7.00pm Sunday 6 October
Mayfield Salisbury Church

  • 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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