News & Intimations


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

 

 

NEWS AND INTIMATIONS

Guidance for attending the service

The rules below come into effect from Sunday 25 July. Please remember, you are asked not to attend if you feel unwell or suspect you have been in contact with anyone who has symptoms of Covid19.

General Information

  • The maximum capacity of the sanctuary at level zero is 189 people.
  • Each ticket is valid for up to two people who should be from the same household.
  • Please keep a 1m distance from other households.
  • Please do wear a face mask at all times unless you are exempt.
  • Toilets are available for emergency use.
  • Cleaning. All touch points and surfaces are cleaned for every service.
  • We will continue to livestream Sunday services on the website and YouTube.

Arrival and pre-service

  • The church doors will be open from 10.00am.
  • Enter by the ramp at the West Door and follow directions from the Welcome Team.
  • Use the hand sanitizer upon arrive (and departure).
  • Orders of service are available to collect as you enter.
  • A one-way system, which is clearly marked, is in operation.
  • To ensure physical distancing, each space will be marked as available.

During the Service

  • Congregational signing returns for those with a facemask. Please remain seated while signing.
  • If Holy Communion is to be celebrated, please bring your own bread and wine/juice (with a cup!)
  • There are no hymn books or bibles in the pews. All required texts are in the provided order of service.

Post-service

  • Please remain seated until asked by the Welcome Team
  • Departure is by the door to the left of the pulpit and then out by the car park door.
  • There will be no access to the halls.
  • Unfortunately, post-service teas and coffees are not possible

We understand these rules can be confusing, so please do call the Church Manager with any questions - 0780 801 1234 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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PLEASE NOTE Due to current restrictions, Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth is regrettably unable to meet after the service today. Please feel free to be in contact by telephone 0131 667 1286 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

FORTHCOMING SERVICES Starting this week and continuing throughout July and August, the service will begin at 10:15am. In July there will be no Sunday School provision. For further information, please contact the church office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 0780 801 1234) or check the website: mayfieldsalisbury.org

MIDWEEK PEACE AND PRAYERS Peace and Prayers takes place this Tuesday from 10.00am.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO WELCOME STUDENTS NEW TO EDINBURGH? Mayfield Salisbury Church has many links with the University of Edinburgh, and these have been strengthened by the arrival of the Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth as our minister, with his on-going links to the School of Divinity at New College.

Postgraduate Students arriving in Edinburgh to study at the School of Divinity from overseas often have few if any contacts with locals in general and with places of worship specifically.

Obviously the Covid pandemic has had a major impact on overseas student numbers, and we do not yet know how many might be involved. It would be helpful to gauge interest and support from members of the congregation who might like to support this initiative. If you would like to (1) be involved in the welcome event and/or (2) potentially become a ‘welcome host’, please contact Alastair MacGilchrist  (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 07931 730 805 or in person), preferably by Monday 19th July. This is simply be a ‘note of interest’ rather than a definite commitment at this stage.

SUPPORT MAYFIELD SALISBURY CHURCH  Regular and one-off donations, now possible through: give.net/20311853 

CHRISTIAN AID Last week, we received from Christian Aid the shocking news that over 30 million people in 20 countries are teetering on the brink of famine.  This is a global hunger emergency. The Covid-19 pandemic, violent conflict and the climate crisis have all increased global hunger. Now, people in countries including South Sudan, Afghanistan and Burkina Faso are facing the very real threat of starvation.  If we act now, we can save lives.  Donations can be made via the Christian Aid website at christianaid.org.uk or by telephone on 020 7523 2269.

KILOMBERO RICE available again £3 per 1kg bag white or brown. Every bag bought helps Malawian smallholder farmers pay for secondary education for their children. Contact Jean 0131 477 6648 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PASTORAL CARE Would you now like to be allocated a visitor or someone to phone you regularly? Are you going into hospital or know of someone who is ill? Contact Kay: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 0790 362 6307.

ANNUAL LEAVE The Church Manager, William Mearns is on annual leave from 4 to 17 July inclusive.

YOUTH

Youth Activities Youth Activities will be taking a break for the month of July during the school holidays, and Hillary will be in touch soon with plans for August and the coming school term!

Youth Surveys 2021  An electronic version of the annual Youth Survey is now available to fill-out online; alternatively, there will be a basket for collection after worship on Sundays 4th and 11th July. Please be in touch with Hillary if you require a copy of the survey.

 

 

Books for the Journey

Steve Aisthorpe, Re-Wilding the Church (2020)

Bruce Stanley, Forest Church (2020)

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

 

Forthcoming Deadlines

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

Next Grapevine:  Friday 27 August June 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 taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.The ‘NIV’ and ‘New International Version’ trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica. Use of either trademark requires the permission of Biblica.

 

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

Some images from Pixabay / MotionWorship under licence.

 

 

Ecotip: Use eco-friendly cleaning products

 

 

Social Media

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Youth Instagram: the.msyg

 www.mayfieldsalisbury.org

Scottish Charity Number SC000785

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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