News & Intimations

The online service by Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church is available every week here




COLLECTION Most of those who attend worship support our work through standing orders, but before the first lockdown we also had a plate collection during the service for visitors and those who preferred that form of offering. Covid restrictions still prevent us passing a plate during the service. Instead we are now inviting those who would have put offerings in the plate during the service to do so at the close of the service. In the halls entrance and in the vestibule you will find a bowl or plate marked ‘Plate Collection’.

Regular and one-off donations, are still possible online through:


MIDWEEK PRAYERS   You are most welcome to attend a time of peace, prayer and reflection in the church sanctuary, this Tuesday at 10.00am.



Sunday 12 September ALL AGES (P6-S6) from 6:00-7:30pm TONIGHT are invited to the church garden for our youth group kick-off night! (Rain plan will have us in the Bill McDonald Hall) There will be games and activities led by our older teenagers; it will be a great chance for anyone new to get to know each other, and see what we do at youth group! For more information, please contact Hillary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sunday 19 September (P6-S1 from 6:00-7:00pm; S2-S6 from 7:15pm-8:30pm in the Bill McDonald Hall): Creative Journaling Night - Tonight we will be getting creative as we do some relaxing and creative journaling together! Bring along any craft supplies you may want to use as we reflect on scripture together.


PASTORAL CARE If you or someone you know is going into hospital then please do notify us. If you would like to receive a visit from our pastoral care team or a regular phone call contact Kay, our pastoral assistant, and she will safely organise this for you. Contact Kay McIntosh on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 07503 266 307.


PRAYER CHAIN  Would you like to be a member of the prayer chain, where you receive a list of situations on which prayers have been requested, on a weekly basis by email? Also, if you have someone or something which you would like us to hold in prayer for you, please contact Kay.


THE GUILD   A new joint Church of Scotland Guild is beginning for the churches on much of Edinburgh’s south side, including our own, which you are very welcome to join. Come along to a taster session for the new beginning on Tuesday 14 September at 2pm at Marchmont St Giles, to hear Karen Gillon, The Guild Associate Secretary, talk about the Guild and moving forward into the future




Books for the Journey

Steve Aisthorpe, Re-Wilding the Church (2020)

Richard Frazer, Travels With a Stick: A Pilgrim's Journey to Santiago de Compostela (2019)

Walter Brueggemann, Virus as a Summons to Faith (2020)


Forthcoming Deadlines

Order of service for next week: Thursday at 6.00pm.

Next Grapevine:  Friday 1 October 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.


Copyright Notices

Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicized Edition, copyright © 1989, 1995 National Council of the
Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by
permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church holds a CCLI Streaming License: #88916

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Social Media

Youth Instagram: the.msyg

Scottish Charity Number SC000785

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How often are you online? What kind of content do you use? Websites or apps or blogs? We’d love to upgrade our digital presence at Mayfield Salisbury, so we can be an ‘online church’ as well as a ‘church online’, speaking more clearly of our faith in ways that resonate more widely. We have resources to do so. To help us see the right route to take, can we have a couple of minutes of your time to fill out an easy survey? You can find it online HERE, or via our website. Ironically, we’ve also got paper copies in the church! If you’d prefer doing so that way, please put the completed survey in one of the boxes at the front or rear exit of the church – thank you!

Contact Information

Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church,
18 West Mayfield,

0131 667 1522 / 0780 801 1234

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Scottish Charity Number: SC000785


  • 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

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    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

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    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