Intimations

Contributors are reminded that entries need to be with the Church Manager by Wednesday 6.00pm to be sure of inclusion in the Order of Service the following Sunday

 

THIS WEEK'S NEWS
from the Order of Service 17.11.19

 1. VACANCY, INTERIM MODERATOR & LOCUM PREACHER  
 
During the ministerial vacancy at Mayfield Salisbury, we welcome the Revd Neil Gardner, Minister of Canongate Kirk as Interim Moderator. Neil may be contacted by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone: 0131 556 3515. 
 
We also welcome the Revd Helen Alexander, formerly Assistant Minister at St Giles’ Cathedral, as Locum Preacher. Helen will principally conduct the Sunday services during the vacancy period. She may be contacted by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone: 0131 346 0685.
 
During this time, please contact the Pastoral Assistant, Kay McIntosh, for pastoral enquires email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone: 0790 326 6307.
 
For all other general enquiries, please contact the Church Manager, William Mearns in the first instance by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone: 0780 801 1234.
 
Further information when available will be noted in the intimations and on the church website www.mayfieldsalisbury.org/vacancy
 
2. OPEN TO ALL   Coffee will be served in the Bill McDonald Hall at the close of this service.   This is accessed through the doors to the right and left of the pulpit.   Everyone is very welcome.  
 
3. PASTORAL CARE   Our Pastoral Assistant, Kay McIntosh DCS may be contacted on 07903 266 307 and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  
4. EVENING SERVICE   The evening service tonight is one of song, silence and meditation - 7.00pm. All welcome.   (KM)
 
5. FIVE MINUTES’ PEACE sees the sanctuary at Mayfield Salisbury open as a place for peaceful meditation - without a church service - on Tuesdays from 6.30pm to 8.00pm and Saturdays from 10.00am to 11.30am.  We invite people of all faiths and none to come and enjoy five minutes’ peace.  
 
6. MORNING PRAYERS    Morning Prayers (20 minutes) take place in the south transept of the sanctuary on Tuesdays at 9.30am.   All welcome.  
 
7. SCOTTISH CHAMBER CHOIR CONCERT    On Saturday 23 November at 7.45pm in the Catholic St Mary's Metropolitan Cathedral (at the Picardy Place roundabout), the Scottish Chamber Choir are performing Masses by Vaughan Williams and Kenneth Leighton for double choir. These exciting major works of the twentieth century are luminous and lyrical pieces both powerful yet accessible.  Walter Thomson
 
8. YOUTH CLUB - TONIGHT   Come hungry for our second annual Thanksgiving Dinner! All ages from 6.00pm – 8.00pm. We will also be collecting donations for the Edinburgh Northwest Foodbank. Please contact Hillary for more information regarding donations.
 
SLEEP OUT BAKE SALE   Between the two services this morning, the teenagers doing the World's Big Sleep out on 7 December will be running a small bake sale stall to raise money for, and awareness about, the event. We hope you will stop by and learn more about the World's Big Sleep Out!
 
YOUTH WORSHIP 24 NOVEMBER   The young and the young at heart are invited to join in a time of worship celebrating Advent through scripture, song, and prayer. The service will be held at 7pm in the sanctuary - all welcome!
 
SUNDAY SCHOOL - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED    The Sunday School team at the 9.30am service is looking for new volunteers starting in January 2020. Please be in touch with Hillary if you want to learn more about this volunteer opportunity!
 
ALL-AGE WRITE FOR RIGHTS EVENT Youth Club is partnering with Amnesty International for the 3rd year in a row to participate in their 'Write for Rights' campaign; On Sunday 1 Dec from 6.00pm – 7.00pm, everyone is invited to the Bill McDonald hall to write some letters, and enjoy some refreshments. Please bring pound coins for postage donations. We hope to see you there! For more info, please be in touch with Hillary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
 
9. CROSSREACH RETIRING COLLECTION    The recent Collection resulted in the wonderful sum of £2225 being sent to CrossReach. Thank you all for your generosity. This is the Week of the 150th Anniversary of the founding of CrossReach by the Church. Please pray for all its extensive social work, and for its staff and volunteers across Scotland. The CrossReach Action Group
 
10. FREEWILL OFFERING ENVELOPES     Envelopes for 2020 may be collected from the halls entrance today and next Sunday (24 November).
 
11. CHRISTIAN AID PRESERVES SALE: JAM JARS!  Clean, empty jars are in the vestibule at the West Mayfield entrance to help you prepare to bring your preserves for sale in aid of the Christian Aid Coffee Morning 30.11.19. Thank you! No more jars needed.
 
CHRISTIAN AID ADVENT COFFEE MORNING  Saturday 30 November 2019 10.00am - 12.00pm. Delicious cakes and biscuits, hot tea and coffee and good chat! Please join us to raise funds for Christian Aid. We also hope to have home baking, preserves, jams, chutneys and homemade stocking fillers. All donations of these would be gratefully received. Tickets on sale today between the services.                The Christian Aid Committee
 
12. THURSDAY CLUB   The next meeting of the Thursday Club is on Thursday 21 November 2.00pm where we will be entertained by Deirdre & Co - Members’ Desert Island Discs. All welcome.
 
13. GIFT SERVICES 2019 - SUNDAY 1 DECEMBER    Our annual Gift Services take place on Sunday 1st December and this year we will be passing the donations on to five recipients. This week, I'd like to highlight Gilmerton Early Years and Stopover Hostel. These two are at either end of the gifts' spectrum. 0-5s like pop-up books, shape sorting toys and early stage toys such as duplo or floor jigsaws. The teens in Stopover are aged 16+. Think tee-shirts, toiletries, table-top games, scarves, beenie hats and gloves. Wrapping paper and gift tags are also welcome.    Anne Graham 0131 667 6331    
 
14. TOILET TWINNING    I heard about toilet twinning through Tearfund, its partner organisation, and my imagination was captured by this way of raising funds to bring basic sanitation, clean water and health education to some of the world's poorest communities. And who wants to think about their home without a toilet! So, why not consider twinning your toilet at home - or more than one if you're so fortunate? You'll receive a framed certificate to display in your loo! Check out the website www.toilettwinning.org to learn more about it. By supporting Toilet Twinning you're helping to flush away poverty. Tricia Stevenson
 

FORTHCOMING DEADLINES
Order of Service for next week: Wednesday at 6.00pm
Grapevine - December/January: Friday 22 November at 6.00pm.


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Mayfield Salisbury maintains several email lists to help distribute information throughout the congregation. The lists are as follows:
0930 Service list
Information pertaining to the Sunday 0930am All-Age Worship and related events.
Youth Newsletter
Hillary Leslie, our Youth Worker, sends out a Youth Newsletter to parents of P6 - S6 youth. This keeps the parents and their kids in the loop about important youthrelated events and activities
Congregational list
General information relevant to the entire congregation. This includes general news, notices of lectures & special events and, importantly, details on the forthcoming ministerial vacancy.
Grapevine list
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    Meister Eckhart

  • The purpose of our life is God's glory. However lowly a life is, that is what makes it great.
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