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from the Order of Service 10.11.19

During the ministerial vacancy at Mayfield Salisbury, we welcome the Revd Neil Gardner,Minister of Canongate Kirk as Interim Moderator. Neil may be contacted by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone: 0131 556 3515.
We also welcome the Revd Helen Alexander, formerly Assistant Minister at St Giles’ Cathedral, as Locum Preacher. Helen will principally conduct the Sunday services during the vacancy period. She may be contacted by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone: 0131 346 0685.
During this time, please contact the Pastoral Assistant, Kay McIntosh, for pastoral enquires email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone: 0790 326 6307.
For all other general enquiries, please contact the Church Manager, William Mearns in the first instance by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone: 0780 801 1234.
Further information when available will be noted in the intimations and on the church website

2.      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. 
3.   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.
4.   SERVICE OF REMEMBERING – TONIGHT  A service of reflection and remembering will be held in the sanctuary on the 10 November at 7.00pm for anyone who has had a bereavement or would like to remember a loved one.  Refreshments will be served afterwards.
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.  
6.   MORNING PRAYERS    Morning Prayers (20 minutes) take place in the south transept of the sanctuary on Tuesdays at 9.30am.   All welcome. 
7    YOUTH CLUB Tonight - YOUTH CLUB: Tonight - We will meet in the Youth Room for some discussion time! P6 - S1 from 6.00pm - 7.00pm, and S2 - S6 from 7.00pm - 8.00pm.
YOUTH CLUB(17 Nov) Come hungry for our second annual Thanksgiving Dinner! All ages from 6.00pm – 8.00pm. We will also be collecting donations for the Edinburgh Northwest Foodbank. Please contact Hillary for more information regarding donations.
SLEEP OUT BAKE SALE CONTRIBUTIONS REQUESTED  On Sunday 17 Nov following the morning service, the teenagers doing the World's Big Sleep out on 7 December will be running a small bake sale stall to raise money for, and awareness about, the event. We are looking for baked goods to be donated to the stall. Any items you wish to donate can be dropped off by 9.15am on the morning of the 17th before the 9:30am service. Please label your items with the type of baked good, and any applicable allergens. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you're able to contribute!
SUNDAY SCHOOL - VOLUNTEERS NEEDEDThe Sunday School team at the 9.30am service is looking for new volunteers starting in January 2020; this would be primarily for the 4 - 6 age group, but we could also use extra help with our older groups. Please be in touch with Hillary if you want to learn more about this volunteer opportunity!
8.   SHORT AFTERNOON SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE   Revd Helen Alexander and Kay McIntosh DCS will conduct a short Afternoon Service of Worship on Tuesday 12 November at 2.30pm. Level access to the Bill McDonald Hall is available via the West Mayfield doors.  Tea and Fellowship will follow afterwards until around 3.45pm.  (See current Grapevine). Everyone is always made most welcome. If you would appreciate further information or assistance please ask Kay McIntosh, or your Pastoral Visitor (PV), or Anne Sturrock.
9.   POPPIES FOR REMEMBRANCE     Poppies are available in the main entrance vestibule and in the West Mayfield foyer today and also at the Afternoon Remembrance Service on Tuesday 12 November.
10.CHRISTIAN AID  Advent Coffee Morning for Christian Aid: Saturday 30 November 2019 10.00am - 12.00pm
Delicious cakes and biscuits, warm tea and coffee and good chat! Please join us to raise funds for Christian Aid. We also hope to have home baking, preserves, jams, chutneys and homemade stocking fillers. All donations of these would be gratefully received. Tickets on sale today between the services. The Christian Aid Committee.
Christian Aid Preserves Sale 30.11.19: JAM JARS!
Clean, empty jars are at the Side Door entrance to help you prepare to bring your preserves for sale in aid of Christian Aid Coffee Morning at the end of this month! Thank you! No more jars needed.The Christian Aid Committee
11.THURSDAY CLUB   The next meeting of the Thursday Club is on Thursday 14 November 2.00pm where we will have a Bring and Buy Sale and our AGM.
12.GIFT SERVICES 2019 - SUNDAY 1 DECEMBER    Sunday 1 December is the date of our annual Gift Services. This year we will be passing on the congregation's donations to five recipients. Today I want to feature Children of prisoners in HMP Edinburgh and Children in North Edinburgh helped by the Salvation Army. Games, toys, footballs or football accessories like goalie gloves, dolls and children's books are most acceptable for these boxes. Wrapping paper and gift tags are useful, too. Both these recipients are able to use either gift cards for high street stores or cash.                                                                                           Anne Graham
13.NEWMAN ASSOCIATION  Tuesday 12 November  7.30pm - 9.30pm
We are delighted to introduce our next speaker in our programme for this year, Fr Chris Hughes, who will present ‘Images of God: Do they help or hinder faith?'  Fr Chris is a priest of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle. He is parish priest at St Cuthbert's and St Joseph's, North Shields and the Head of the Diocesan Department for Justice and Peace. For ten years he was a lecturer in Pastoral and Practical Theology and a Pastoral Director at St Cuthbert's Seminary, Ushaw College.
All are warmly invited to attend. Mayfield Salisbury Church, 18, West Mayfield, Edinburgh EH9 1TQ. A donation is requested to cover our costs.

Order of Service for next week: Wednesday at 6.00pm
Grapevine - December/January: Friday 22 November at 6.00pm.

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Youth Newsletter
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  • 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

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    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

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    Mark Oakley

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    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

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    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.'
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