Notices about the VACANCY can be found here

In Summary -

Available in the current Grapevine or:

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 of 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.

from the Order of Service 16.02.20

PLEASE NOTE: there will be one joint service of worship on Sunday 1 March at 10.00am. This will enable worshippers from both services to attend and participate in the election of the Nominations Committee. This is a vitally important part of the process in the search for our next Minister so please do come along and join in. Put the date in your diary!      William Mearns

1.  APPEAL 2020 LAUNCHED!!!   Please note our General Appeal for increased giving launched on 9 February. If you have not already done so, please collect your letter from the table in the entrance area by the West Mayfield Road door after the service.  Thank you for your help and support.
2.   MARMALADE SALE in aid of Christian Aid – TODAY from table in West Mayfield area before and after the 10.45am service – from 10.15am and 11.45am – 12.15pm.                                        The Christian Aid Team
3.      PANCAKE SUNDAY  Before the 10.45am service next Sunday 23 February, warm pancakes will be served to one and all in the Bill Macdonald Hall at coffee-time - both 09.30am and 10.45am congregations will join together then for an early celebration of Shrove Tuesday. Come early – we suggest 10 o'clock!
4.      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. 
5.   COMMUNION ROUND THE TABLE at 7.00pm   This is a service of song, prayer, reflection and Holy Communion.   All welcome. (HA)
   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.
7.   LOOKING AT CHRISTIANITY THROUGH THE WORKS OF C.S. LEWIS  Newington Churches Together, Lent groups 26 Feb – 26 Mar 2020
These popular ecumenical groups will again meet weekly for five weeks during Lent. Discussion will be based on Hilary Brand’s book Not A Tame Lion, with clips from the films Shadowlands and The Chronicles of Narnia.
Groups will meet at various times and venues on Wednesdays or Thursdays, starting on Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th February. Choose a group most convenient for you from the list below:
·       Wednesday 11.00 am: Central Methodist Church, Nicolson Square.
·       Wednesday 2.00 pm: St Columbas Church Hall, Upper Grey Street.
·       Wednesday 7.30 pm: 65 Lasswade Road.
·       Thursday 2.30 pm: Priestfield Church, 2 Marchhall Place.
·       Thursday 7.30 pm: 27/1 Granby Road.
To select a place in a group and to buy the book (£5), please contact Ann Thanisch: tel 0781 494 9468 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or speak to Douglas Blackwood (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
8.   THURSDAY CLUB    This Thursday at 2.00pm in the Bill McDonald Hall, Sheana Stephens will give a talk entitled ‘My Famous Aunt!’. All welcome.
9.   YOUTH GROUP: Tonight we will be having a Mardi Gras Party! (P6-S1 from 6-7pm and S2-S6 from 7-8pm). There will be a pancake station and a take home tuck shop fundraiser for the Scottish Association for Mental Health.

Local Responses to Climate Change Saturday 7 March 2.00pm – 4.00pm, Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church. A workshop hosted by our Eco Group at which David Bethune, former coordinator for Eco Congregation Scotland and Adam McVey, Leader of Edinburgh City Council will consider how we should respond individually, as a congregation and as a community to the challenge of Climate Change. All welcome!
The Eco Groupwould also like to draw your attention to two other forthcoming public events. Both these public events require prior registration. For details, use the weblinks, or ask Alastair MacGilchrist.
Changing Climate, ChangingHealth Thursday 20 February, 5.30pm, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.   A public lecture by Dr Richard Smith CBE, Chair of the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change, David Reay, Professor of Carbon Management, University of Edinburgh and Liz Grant, Professor of Global Health and Development, University of Edinburgh will consider the impact climate change will have on health.
A Spiritual Response to Climate ChangeWednesday 25 March, 7.00pm, Grassmarket Community Project. A Conversation with renowned author Alastair McIntosh and international mediator and author Ken Cloke, facilitated by John Sturrock QC.
11.  ECO-SUNDAY: Next week at the 9.30 morning service, we will be thinking about climate change and the environment, and making Lent pledges for the earth which will be displayed on the 'Pledge Tree' in the hall. We hope you can get involved in caring for our earth this Lenten season.
12.  NEWINGTON CEMETERY SNOWDROP WALKS The Scottish Snowdrop Festival takes place in February and this is the best month to see the cemetery's stunning shows of snowdrops. Visit us any time to see these much-loved heralds of spring! TODAY, from 1.00pm to 3.00pm, volunteers from the Friends of Newington Cemetery will be on hand to show visitors the best spots to view our splendid array of spring flowers and to answer questions about our work to research and look after this Victorian garden cemetery. Our enthusiastic working party meets on the 3rd Monday of every month (10.00am at the gates). Why not join us!  Newington Cemetery, 222b Dalkeith Road.
13.MORNING PRAYERS    Morning Prayers (20 minutes) take place in the south transept of the sanctuary on Tuesdays at 9.30am.   All welcome.
There will be an opportunity to support the work of the CrossReach Perinatal Services, our church’s own local charity, on Sunday 23 February. Gift Aid envelopes will be available today, for you to take home, fill and complete and return the following week. They will also be received the Sunday after, through the offering plates. We warmly encourage your support, especially at a time of financial cutbacks affecting the charity. The work supports families affected by anxiety and depression around the time of a birth, and provides specific counselling and childcare, throughout Scotland.  Thank you very much for your past and continuing commitment. There is also a need for more volunteers at the creches. For information, please contact Anne Mulligan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Pamela Molyneaux This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., church members who are current volunteers.  We are very pleased that Ailsa Garland is now Co-ordinator of the CR Action Group.
15.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.  
16.GRAPEVINE REMINDER  Contributors are reminded that the copy deadline for the March/April issue is 6.00pm on Friday 21 February.   The next opportunity for articles to be included will be the May/June issue.

Books for the Journey

My Sour-Sweet Days: George Herbert and the Journey of the Soul by Mark Oakley.
Luminaries: Twenty lives that illuminate the Christian Way by Rowan Williams.

Forthcoming Deadlines
Order of service for next week: Wednesday at 6.00pm.
Next Grapevine:  Friday 21 February at 6.00pm.
Please send submissions to the Church Manager, William Mearns.
Phone: 0780 801 1234 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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