OPEN TO ALL Coffee will be served in the Bill McDonald Hall
at the close of this service. Everyone is very welcome. If you
are new to Mayfield Salisbury, you’re welcome to ask a member
of the welcome team in the vestibule to walk through with you.


GIFT SERVICES – TODAY!!! Today is our Gift Services' Sunday.
Many thanks to those who have brought something along today
or who have donated cash, gift vouchers or presents in advance.
They are hugely appreciated by the recipients and never more
so than in this time of pandemic losses and deprivations.
Anne Graham 0131 667 6331.



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


COP26: What now for people of faith? A lecture at Mayfield
Salisbury Church tonight at 7.00pm by Alastair McIntosh,
renowned spiritual thinker and climate activist, author of the
highly acclaimed book ‘Riders on the Storm: The Climate Crisis
and the Survival of Being’. All welcome. For those unable to
attend in person, the event will also be livestreamed: details
on the church website.


SERVICES IN DECEMBER 2021 / JANUARY 2022   Details of the
forthcoming services are noted below. We would like to draw your
attention to the arrangements for the Christingle and Watchnight
services. Due to current Covid restrictions and the anticipated high
demand for spaces, we must limit the numbers attending to allow
for, as much as we are able to, sufficient distancing between

To attend either of these services, please book a space by either:

i) Visiting the church website from Wednesday 1 December
onwards, and following the
Eventbrite link posted there or:

ii) Phoning the church office 0131 667 1522 on either Wednesday
1 or Wednesday 8 December between 10.00am and 12.00 noon.



Sunday  5
9:30am All-Age Worship - No Booking needed
10.45am Service of Worship - No Booking needed
7.00pm Service of Remembrance (Intimation 6) - No Booking needed

Sunday 12
9:30am All-Age Worship: Holy Communion - No Booking needed
10.45am Service of Worship: Holy Communion - No Booking needed

Sunday 19
10.30am Joint Morning Service - No Booking needed
6.30pm Christingle Service - Booking Required!

Friday 24
11.30pm Watchnight Service - Booking Required!

Saturday 25
10.30am Christmas Day Service - No Booking needed

Sunday 26
10.30am Joint Morning Service - No Booking needed


January 2022

Sunday 2
10.30am Joint Morning Service - Nine Lessons & Carols - No Booking needed



SERVICE TO REMEMBER LOVED ONES Sunday 5 December at 7.00pm.
If in the run up to Christmas you are feeling the loss of a much-loved
family member or friend, and perhaps have not had the opportunity
to have a service of thanksgiving due to the pandemic, do join us in
the church on the evening of Sunday 5 December to remember, reflect
and give thanks for their lives. It will be a quiet, contemplative service
for peace and healing, to which all are welcome.


AT 7.00PM DURING DECEMBER In the dark of winter, Christians
traditionally use prayer and contemplation to open themselves up
to the coming of God in Advent. Join us as we explore a range of
Advent prayer practices that help us to become more aware of God
with us. Practices that also connect us to a community of people,
past and present, who have prayed in these ways. The informal sessions,
led by our student minister, Reuben Addis, will start with lighting an
advent candle, a stilling exercise, and then several different styles of
contemplative prayer often drawing on different senses and on our
imagination. It would be helpful if you could book in advance
(numbers limited to fifteen), by mailing Reuben or 0786 791 5022.



Advent Studies An Advent discussion group of up to 8 participants
will meet in the session room at Craigmillar Park church, weekly
during the 4 weeks of Advent, on Tuesday 30 Nov, Wed 8 Dec,
Wed 15 Dec and Wed 22 Dec. All meetings will be at 2pm. There
will be tea and coffee available. The discussion will be based on
'Long Expected', a study guide newly produced for Advent 2021
by John Birch see

Anyone from the Newington area is welcome to participate; if
numbers exceed 8, or if anyone prefers to meet using Zoom,
further groups can be formed. To register interest, and to get a
copy of the study material, please contact Ann Thanisch (email; mobile 0781 494 9468).

Carol singing in the community Please join singers from up to
9 Newington churches singing carols at the entrance to Cameron
Toll shopping centre on Sun Dec 5, at 1.30pm. Just turn up anytime
till around 2.30pm.


being held from 3 - 5 December at New College, to celebrate its 175th
anniversary, with a stellar line up including Robert Harris, Sally
Magnusson, Val McDermid, Miles Jupp and many others. Sandy
Forsyth will be hosting the Iona Community part of the event on
the Friday afternoon - please take a flyer at the rear door of the
church. For programme and tickets, please visit -


Christmas Colouring & Art wanted! We are asking all children and
young people to help us decorate our orders of service and church
website throughout the Christmas season! From Sunday 14
November, there will be Christmas colouring pages available for
children and young people to take home with them after church,
which can be coloured-in and emailed to Hillary between now
and 16 December. Please feel free to also create your own designs!


Readings of Faith - After many months on Zoom, the Readings of
Faith group will be resuming in person on Tuesday 30 November
from 7:30-9 PM in the Youth Room of Church House. We are looking
to grow our group numbers - all adults are welcome! At each
meeting you can expect chat over tea and coffee to begin, followed
by discussion about short readings developing our faith and
spirituality. For the meeting on the 30th, the group will be discussing
the first chapter of Paula Gooder's Advent book ‘The Meaning is in
the Waiting.’ Meetings will happen every 4-6 weeks. All adults welcome!
To find out more, please speak with our youth worker Hillary Leslie at


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: or by
contacting our Freewill Offerings Treasurer, Hugh Somerville on
0131 466 2446 or


COFFEE AND BLETHERS has resumed: every Thursday at 2.00pm to
3.30pm in the Bill McDonald hall. If you would like to join in please
contact Kay on 07903 266 307 (For covid
reasons you do need to register if you want to attend).


PASTORAL CARE   As winter approaches perhaps you would now
like to have a visitor assigned to you or receive regular phone calls.
Do you know of anyone who is ill or going into hospital and would
benefit from a visit from our pastoral care team? Please contact
Kay on 07903 266 307 or


GUILD   The next meeting of Edinburgh Southside Guild is on 7
December at 2.00pm at Craigmillar Park Church. We are having a
Christmas party! Please bring along a small wrapped gift.
Everyone is welcome!


Books for the Journey
Steve Aisthorpe, Re-Wilding the Church (2020)
John Bell, Living with the Psalms (2020)
Alistair McIntosh, Riders on the Storm: The Climate Crisis
and the Survival of Being (2nd Ed., 2021)


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

Some images from Pixabay / MotionWorship under licence.


Forthcoming Deadlines
Order of service for next week: Thursday at 6.00pm.
Next Grapevine: Friday 21 January at 6.00pm.     Scottish Charity Number SC000785


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