Next Services

28 May 09:30 -All Age Worship

28 May 10:45 -Morning Worship

28 May 19:00 -Evening Service


Further details of individual events can be found on the 'What's On' page.

Sunday Intimations - Contributors are reminded that intimations need to be with the minister by Thursday noon to be sure of inclusion in the Order of Service the following Sunday.


1.         OPEN TO ALL   Coffee will be served in the Upper Hall at the close of this service.   The hall is on the same level as the church sanctuary.   Everyone is very welcome.   If you are a visitor and would like to be accompanied to coffee, a member of the welcome team will be in the vestibule at the end of the service to take you there.
2.         PASTORAL CARE  Our pastoral assistant, Sheila Bryer, may be contacted on 672 2232 and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
3.         EVENING SERVICE   Our Service this evening is Godly Play:  Jesus and the Twelve, a service of song, silence and meditation.   All welcome.   (EB)
4.         MORNING PRAYERS    Prayers are held on Tuesday in the sanctuary at 9.30am (20 minutes).   All welcome.  
5.         THURSDAY MORNING COFFEE    We have decided to bring the Thursday Morning Coffee to a close.  Numbers have been going down for some time.  Our last meeting will be held on Thursday 25 May.   It has been a privilege over the years meeting different personalities and forming lasting friendships.
We close with fond memories. Thank you to all who have participated.
6.         90KG KILOMBERO RICE CHALLENGE!   Did you know that if we at Mayfield Salisbury buy 90 bags of rice (£3 each) then this is the amount of rice that would enable a Malawian farmer to pay for a year’s basic secondary education for one child?   So what are you waiting for?   Buy your rice today!   Available at the Fair Trade stall or speak to Jean MacGilchrist
7.         HOUSEGROUPS   I would be interested to hear from anyone who would like to join one of our housegroups.  We have several very lively and successful groups and some of them would be in a position to welcome new members.  Is this something you have been thinking about or are you even tempted to find out more?  People in the groups find them to be a great opportunity to discuss issues about our faith journey in a supportive and encouraging environment.  Some groups meet every week, some every 2 weeks, some once a month or by arrangement, some in the day and some in the evening.  So there is plenty of choice!
Please do get in touch with me as soon as possible and let me know if you are interested.
Diana Tudhope: 0131 669 4819, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
8.         EDINBURGH INTERFAITH ASSOCIATION:  PEACE WALK.   On Sunday 28 May, 1.45pm, assemble at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 61 York Place EH1 3JD
The Annual EIFA Peace Walkwill pass various places of worship along the way and is always very enjoyable with relaxed time to connect with people of different Faith traditions.  If you have not been before, do consider coming. You will be welcomed and do not have to walk all the way!
This year, in recognition of the Scottish Jewish Bicentenary, we will end the walk at Salisbury Road Synagogue Community Centre where Sukkat Shalom (Liberal Jewish Community) and Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation will jointly host a peace service followed by a reception on behalf of the Jewish community in Edinburgh.
9.         INCHCOLM PILGRIMAGE  On Saturday 10 June, you are invited to join our pilgrimage to Inchcolm Abbey, one of the earliest Scottish Christian centres, to take part in an inspiring short service celebrating St Columba’s Day, and have a morning out in good company and beautiful scenery. We sail under the Forth Bridge on the Maid of the Forth which leaves Hawes Pier, South Queensferry at 10.30, returning about 13.30. The service will be at 11.30 and there will be time to explore the island before returning. A great family event - bring a picnic! Other neighbouring churches are also being invited to take part.
Advance bookings can take advantage of a subsidy by the Ian McCallum fund, whereby adults only pay the landing fee charged by Historic Scotland (Adults £6, Concessions £4.80), and children go free. Sign up by contacting David Booth (667 0582) for this generous discount on the ticket price. Otherwise, please arrange your own tickets, e.g. Child 5-15 £10.60, Family (2+3) £54.50, with reductions for Historic Scotland members. Early booking is advisable. If you find it impossible to arrange transport, we try our best to respond to requests for lifts.
David Booth
667 0582
10.       EDINBURGH MARATHON FESTIVAL   I’m doing my first 5k run on 27 May as part of the Edinburgh Marathon Festival in order to raise money for Bowel Cancer UK, a charity which has been important to me for a number of years. If you’d like to donate then you can do so at the following or in person. Many thanks!          Stuart Mitchell (Chamber Group tenor).
This month marks what would have been my sister Emma's 21st birthday.  I am running 5K on 27 May as part of the Edinburgh Marathon Festival to raise money for Simpsons Special Care Babies, a charity which helps premature and sick babies and their families at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.  They really helped Emma and my family during her short life.  Any support you are able to give would be hugely appreciated, either via my fundraising link: ( or in person.    Many thanks.                   Ali Croal (Chamber Group)
11.       SAVE THE DATE!   SATURDAY 3 JUNE 2017‘Come & Sing’ Choral Favourites - here at Mayfield Salisbury - Rehearsal 1.30pm - 5.15pm and Concert 6.00pm – 7.00pm.
Tickets and further info from or 0131 556 9710
12.       CHRISTIAN AID WEEK    Today marks the end of CA Week 2017.   The focus has been REFUGEES.    
• Thank you to those who have already responded to the CA envelope appeal – envelopes have been and are still available and can be placed in the collection plates today for dedication during this Service.  
• It's not too late to Sponsor a Street. Please add your name against a street of your choice today (lists are displayed inside the West Mayfield entrance where members of the Committee will be before and after today's morning services).     

        • Adding Gift Aid – if you can (if you are a tax payer) please complete the GA form attached to each envelope and HMRC will increase your personal donation by 25% each time. 
A big Thank You to those who joined us for our Solidarity Lunch last Sunday.  The final amount collected in this year's Christian Aid Week will be announced and acknowledged in the Intimations very soon.   
                                                 The Christian Aid Committee
13.       HEART AND SOUL 2017   TODAY from 1.00pm in Princes Street Gardens.  Join other congregations in the heart of Scotland’s capital for our critically acclaimed festival ‘Heart and Soul’.
14.       NEW CHURCH OF SCOTLAND WORLD MISSION STAMP APPEAL  In 2017/18, proceeds from the sale of stamps will go to the Giffen Institute of Theology, Presbyterian Church of South Sudan (PCSS). The Institute trains 75% of PCSS ministers.   Please save your stamps - just drop them into the red box on the table inside the West Mayfield entrance.  If you would like to donate a special collection which requires more careful handling, please contact Kate O'Brien at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 667 4362.


Visit Cornerstone Bookshop, St John's Terrace, (usually under St John's Episcopal Church, at present in temporary accomodation at street level), Princes Street, Edinburgh.   EH2 4BJ

Books for the journey……  

David Foster             Deep Calls to Deep
Matthew Fox            A Way into God
Alastair McIntosh     Poacher’s Pilgrimage
Jack Mahoney         Christianity in Evolution
Mark Oakley            The Splash of Words
Richard Rohr           The Naked Now:  Learning to see as the Mystics see.


Recommended Daily MeditationsFr Richard Rohr at       


If you would like to become a member of Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church, please contact me by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or telephone (0131 667 1286).   It will be good to have your name on the congregational roll.   You can be assured of a very warm reception.      Scott S McKenna


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News Flash

We invite applications for the post of organist at Mayfield Salisbury Church, 18 West Mayfield, Edinburgh to take effect from 1 July 2017. 

Full details here



'Amazed by Science, illumined by Religion' This booklet is available free of charge.  Details here



  • 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

  • The true vision and the true knowledge of what we seek consists precisely in not seeing, in an awareness that our goal transcends all knowledge and is everywhere cut off from us by the darkness of incomprehensibility.
    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

  • 'God' is a one word poem
    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

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