• Revd Scott S McKenna
    Revd Scott S McKenna

Next Services

30 Apr 09:30 -All Age Worship

30 Apr 10:45 -Morning Worship

30 Apr 19:00 -Evening Service



WEEKLY INTIMATIONS  The weekly intimations from the Order of Service each Sunday can be found here under 'Publications'

E-MAIL DATABASE  Occasional e-letters are sent out to our worshippers. If you would like to receive these please contact the church manager William Mearns This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . All e-letters are sent out blind copy so your address remains private.



On Thursday 27April, 7.00pm – 9.00pm, Annandale Street Mosque, EH7 4AZ. Topic: ‘Faith, Peace and Global Politics in the Age of President Trump’.   Guest Speakers:  Professor Jolyon Mitchell and Imam Hassan Rabbani.
  INTERFAITH TALK AND COMMUNITY MEAL   On Monday 1 May 6.30pm – 8.15pm, at the Edinburgh City Methodist Church, 25 Nicolson Square, EH8 9BX Topic: ‘Understanding the Festival of Beltane’. Guest Speaker: Jean Fowler.   The event is open to all and any donations would be greatly appreciated.    RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


'Flocks, Shepherds and Easter-tide'

Tuesday, 9 May 2017 at 2.30 until around 3.45 pm with Sheila Bryer, Pastoral Assistant, in the Upper Hall via West Mayfield level accessfollowed by Afternoon Tea and Fellowship.Everyone always made most welcome  Our mid-week services are especially appreciated by the less mobile in our parish community.     Assistance is given on arriving and leaving and we all remain seated at tea tables throughout the afternoon. If you would appreciate further information or extra assistance please ask your Pastoral Visitor (PV), Sheila Bryer or Anne Sturrock


As a guest of The Newman Association, which meets in Mayfield Salisbury, the composer Sir James MacMillan will be speaking in Mayfield Salisbury on Wednesday 17 May, 2017 at 7.30pm – 9.30pm.   Sir James will be speaking on Music, Modernity, the continued search for the Sacred, and the place that Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius has in it.   All welcome.


We can feel helpless seeing the numbers of people who are displaced, cut off from opportunities and whose studies are interrupted through circumstances outside of their control.  Refugees in Scotland and elsewhere are in need of assistance in higher education.
  As a University community we are coming together to walk, camp and take the boat to historic sites near Edinburgh that are associated with sanctuary and welcome.   Join our two day sponsored walk on the 3 and 4 June 2017 to raise funds to offer educational opportunities for refugees through scholarships and online education.
  We will start on the outskirts of Edinburgh, and camp overnight near St Bridget's Kirk in Dalgety Bay, Fife for stories and festivities, sail by boat to Inchcolm and its Abbey in the Firth of Forth and return to the Scottish Parliament where there will be speeches.   The walk will remember the journeying of refugees on foot, in vehicles and by boat, in order to reach a place of sanctuary.
  Registration is £25 (to cover the cost of the boat) and we ask you to raise a minimum of £100 for our new Humanitarian Assistance Fund.  Thank you.   You will need a sleeping bag, waterproofs, sunscreen and sturdy boots / footwear.   If you are under 18, you will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult such as your parent, legal guardian, carer, teacher or youth worker.
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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    


Held on Sunday evenings in the south transept at 7.00pm and lasting about 40 minutes this service is a quiet peaceful worship space which allows time for reflection in a busy world. Although it takes a variety of forms, including the celebration of Holy Communion, it is always a service of silence, prayer, Scripture, meditation and music.


 Morning prayers each week in the south transept on Tuesdays from 9.30am to 9.50am.   Following the Church of Scotland’s Order for Daily Devotion, the service comprises silence, prayers and readings.   If you are able, this is a good opportunity to ground yourself in God during the week.   All welcome.  Scott S McKenna


Short services of worship are held regularly, usually on Tuesday afternoons, for those who find it difficult to attend other services. These are particularly appreciated by our older worshippers.   They are held in the Upper Hal, which has level access, and also allows worsippers to remain in their seats during the service and afterwards when tea is served. The next afternoon service is on Tuesday, 9 May, 2017.


In 2015 Mayfield Salisbury started a small group to support people whose lives are affected by memory loss or dementia and those who care for them. We hope that this will be of interest and support to members of the congregation and equally to people in the local community. If you would like more information, or would like to volunteer at the monthly meetings – First Friday of the month from 2.30pm to 4.00pm – please speak to Sandra Carter on a Sunday morning or by phone 0131 6676052 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,uk


__04.12.13_014.jpgThe popular Thursday Club has restarted for the winter session It meets on Thursday at 2pm in the Upper Hall.
The Club is established for retired people, but folk of any age are welcome at any meeting.  Annual Club membership is £5 and tea each week will cost 50p. The Club offers to drive the less able to and from meetings - when possible.  We’re looking for more volunteer drivers to drive just once a month.  Please get in touch with Christina Somerville, tel 667 9797. Further information from Deirdre Eustace or Florence Smith 663 1234 
March 2 Kathleen Hendry: From the Sava to the Danube; March 9 Bob McIntosh: Scottish Lighthouses; March16 The Ceilidh Band; March 23 Mavis Bain: Santiago de Compostela, March 30 Kozo Hoshino: Some Pictures in the National Gallery; April 6 Boyd McAdam: The Children’s Hearings System; April 20 Hamish Coghill: Edinburgh Characters; April 27 Honeysuckle Swing - Diana Saunderson & Gus Carmichael; May 4 Outing  


IMG_5660.JPGCraft Moments is for people who enjoy knitting and other craft activities. It meets in Church House at Mayfield Salisbury on Thursday mornings at 10.00am, fortnightly.  If you would like to join us knitting sweaters for Africa, tea cosies for home or squares for blankets, we would be delighted.  No expertise required! Come and join us for coffee and chat. No expertise required!  All welcome. More details are available here under 'Activities'.
The new session starts on Thursday 17 September from 10am to 12 noon in Church House.  We meet to knit and natter.   So far, we have sent 3 large packs of baby sweaters and hats to Malawi as well as supplying hats and scarves for the homeless through Bethany.  There is plenty of wool and needles and no expertise is needed.  Come along for coffee & chat. Sandra Carter and Hilary Watkinson


DSCN3602.JPGThe Thursday morning coffee group meets at Church House, Mayfield Salsibury, on Thursdays, 10.00am-12.00 noon, throughout the year. It is open to all. Please just drop in and join us for tea or coffee, biscuits and a chat. More details are available here under 'Activities'



Sep_2010.jpgAll walks start promptly at 10.00am from Mayfield Salisbury Church unless stated otherwise.
Further details of this group are available on the Activities page.
Tues 7 Dreghorn-Greenbank 4mls Morvern Cunningham 667 4537 9.55am Morningside Station No 16 Lothian Buses at 10.16
Sat 11 Newhailes to Commonwealth Pool 5mls Bob McNie 667 9391 10am at Church No 30 Lothian Buses at 10.20 Dalkeith Rd
Wed 22 West Linton Circular Walk 3mls Jenny McCallum 667 2888 9.35am Morningside Clock – No 102 Stagecoach Bus at 9.47
Tues 4 Royal Infirmary to Craigmillar 3mls Jenny McCallum 667 2888 10am at Church – No 49 Lothian Buses at 10.14 – Up short hill at start
Wed 19 Gosford Estate Walk 3 mls Rosemary Williamson 667 3249 10 15am Waterloo Place No 124 East Coast Buses for North Berwick
Sat 22 East Linton to North Berwick 7mls Susan Wooding 667 2754 9.30am Waterloo Place No 107 Dunbar Bus mostly level on good paths
Mon 1 Three Lochs Walk Holyrood Park 3mls Jenny McCallum 667 2888 - Note change of date from 8 May to 1 May


eifa_logo_whiteonblack_lst107070_t.jpgMayfield Salisbury Parish Church is an associate member of Edinburgh Inter-faith Association. Details of the events they organise can be found on their website. Their magazine is available in the Mayfield Salisbury Church vestibule.  An informal way to encounter others of the Faiths is to come along to one of the community meals held on the first Monday of the month 6.30pm - 8.00pm at the Methodist Church in Nicolson Square.   In a relaxed atmosphere, we listen to one of the group talk about their Faith. Afterwards we enjoy a delicious simple vegetarian meal and chat together. If anyone who wants to go would prefer company, please get in touch with me - Eilie Blackwood (0131 447 9537). Full details of their autumn programme are on our inter-faith page.



max_400_400_progressive_christianity_network_britain.jpgThe Edinburgh group of PCN meets in Room 2 of the Cluny Centre on Braid Road, which has on-street parking, and is also accessible by bus to Morningside Station.  Meetings are on the last Monday of the month, 7.30pm - 9.30pm. All are welcome. We seek to provide a forum where we can explore questions and experiences which are part of our Christian journey. The PCN web site can be accessed here . The Edinburgh Group's Programme can be found under the 'Scotland' section.



newingtonchurchestogether.gifMayfield Salisbury Parish Church is a member of Newington Churches Together. Details of events organised by this group can be found on their web site


Annual Information Card

The Mayfield Salisbury annual information card for 2016 - 2017 is available here


News Flash

The latest newsleter from the Presbytery of Edinburgh may be found 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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