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Edinburgh church offers community “Five Minutes’ Peace”

An Edinburgh church is opening its doors to allow local people space for peaceful meditation without participating in a formal church service. 

Mayfield Salisbury Church’s “Five Minutes’ Peace” initiative sees the church open on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings, with admittance free of charge.  As well as taking time for private reflection and meditation, visitors can enjoy the celebrated stained glass windows in the church’s sanctuary, and its unusually bright and airy interior. They will also find information on the church’s history and architecture.

Minister the Rev. Dr Scott McKenna said: “With so much noise and activity within the lives of most of us, we may often feel the need to stop and experience a few moments of quiet. To do this we need to find a space in which there are few distractions. Church sanctuaries, like ours at Mayfield Salisbury, are ideal for this purpose: places of beauty, peace and stillness. However, in Scotland, they are frequently closed when there is no service taking place.The “Five Minutes’ Peace” initiative is our response to this situation.”

He continued: “As a church community, we are conscious that many people who might feel hesitant about participating in a formal religious service could welcome the opportunity to take time out of their busy lives and enjoy the beauty and peace of the sanctuary at Mayfield Salisbury Church. We invite people of all faiths and none to come and enjoy five minutes’ peace.” 

Situated on the corner of West Mayfield and Mayfield Road, 1.5 miles south of Edinburgh city centre, Mayfield Salisbury is a Church of Scotland church.  “Five Minutes’ Peace” is part of the church’s broader programme of outreach activities, which includes public lectures, festivals, an expanding and vibrant youth programme, and events celebrating the beauty offered by other world faiths (Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Ba’hai and Buddhism).   

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NOTES FOR EDITORS
About Mayfield Salisbury Church: Mayfield Salisbury Church is a vibrant church on the south side of Edinburgh which offers engaging ministry to all ages. We do not shy away from the difficult questions the world poses us and, through our worship we offer a space in the midst of busy lives where people can search, wonder and pray together. We are an inclusive congregation, crossing boundaries of class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital status and family situation. http://www.mayfieldsalisbury.org/

About Five Minutes’ Peace:“Five Minutes’ Peace” sees the sanctuary at Mayfield Salisbury Church open as a place for peaceful meditation - without a church service - anytime on Tuesdays from 6.30pm-8.00 pm and Saturdays from 10.00-11.30am. We invite people of all faiths and none to come and enjoy five minutes’ peace. More information is available at http://www.mayfieldsalisbury.org/index.php/extensions-4/news/504-five-minutes-peace

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Contact Information

Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church,
18 West Mayfield,
Edinburgh,
EH9 1TQ

0131 667 1522 / 0780 801 1234

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