Notices about the VACANCY can be found here

from the Order of Service 23.02.20

PLEASE NOTE: there will be one joint service of worship on Sunday 1 March at 10.00am. This will enable worshippers from both services to attend and participate in the election of the Nominations Committee. This is a vitally important part of the process in the search for our next Minister so please do come along and join in. Put the date in your diary!      William Mearns

 1.CROSSREACH RETIRING COLLECTIONTODAY  There will be an opportunity to support the work of the CrossReach Perinatal Services, our church’s own local charity, after the close of worship. Gift Aid envelopes are available, for you to take home, fill and complete and return next week. We warmly encourage your support, especially at a time of financial cutbacks affecting the charity. The work supports families affected by anxiety and depression around the time of a birth, and provides specific counselling and childcare, throughout Scotland.  Thank you very much for your past and continuing commitment. There is also a need for more volunteers at the creches. For information, please contact Anne Mulligan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Pamela Molyneaux This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., church members who are current volunteers.  We are very pleased that Ailsa Garland is now Co-ordinator of the CR Action Group.

2.  SHORT AFTERNOON SERVICE of HOLY COMMUNION on Tuesday 10 March at 2.30pm in the level access Bill McDonald Hall [via West Mayfield] with Tea and Fellowship until around 3.45pm.  (see also March/April Grapevine) Officiating:  Revd. Helen Alexander and Kay McIntosh DCS. Everyone always made most welcome If you would appreciate further information or assistance please ask Kay McIntosh, or your Pastoral Visitor (PV), or Anne Sturrock.
3. 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. 
4.   YOUTH WORSHIP - TONIGHT! The young and the young at heart are invited to join in a time of worship celebrating Lent through scripture, song, and prayer. The service will be held at 7pm in the sanctuary - all welcome!
5.   YOUTH LOCK-IN DATE CHANGE      Please note that the Youth Group lock-in originally scheduled on Saturday 29 February has been rescheduled for Saturday 4 April. Stay tuned for more information about this night! Any questions, please contact Hillary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
6.   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.
Local Responses to Climate ChangeSaturday 7 March 2.00pm – 4.00pm, Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church. A workshop hosted by our Eco Group at which David Bethune, former coordinator for Eco Congregation Scotland and Adam McVey, Leader of Edinburgh City Council will consider how we should respond individually, as a congregation and as a community to the challenge of Climate Change. All welcome!
The Eco Group would also like to draw your attention to A Spiritual Response to Climate Change Wednesday 25 March, 7.00pm, Grassmarket Community Project. A Conversation with renowned author Alastair McIntosh and international mediator and author Ken Cloke, facilitated by John Sturrock QC.        This event requires prior registration. For details, use the weblinks, or ask Alastair MacGilchrist.
8.   MORNING PRAYERS    Morning Prayers (20 minutes) take place in the south transept of the sanctuary on Tuesdays at 9.30am.   All welcome.

9.   90 KG RICE CHALLENGE! It takes just 90kg of Kilombero rice to enable farmers in Malawi to send one of their children to secondary school for one year. The rice will be on sale each Sunday at £3 per bag. Change a life one bag at a time. Let’s do it again!‘
10 .THURSDAY CLUB    This Thursday at 2.00pm in the Bill McDonald Hall, George Ross and Susan Wooding will entertain us with a Singalong’. All welcome.
11. 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.  
12.COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS   Please look out for Christian Aid's Count Your Blessings 2020, which offers daily reflections and challenges for the period of Lent. We are invited to 'contemplate how climate change impacts our sisters and brothers around the world - and take action together to stop the climate crisis'. Booklets are available from the table in the West Mayfield entrance.

Books for the Journey

My Sour-Sweet Days: George Herbert and the Journey of the Soul by Mark Oakley.
Luminaries: Twenty lives that illuminate the Christian Way by Rowan Williams.

Forthcoming Deadlines
Order of service for next week: Wednesday at 6.00pm.
Next Grapevine:  Friday 21 February at 6.00pm.
Please send submissions to the Church Manager, William Mearns.
Phone: 0780 801 1234 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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If you are looking for a book to help you on your inward journey, expand your knowledge of Christian history, doctrine or the Bible, then visit Cornerstone Bookshop, St John's Terrace, (under St John's Episcopal Church), Princes Street, Edinburgh.   EH2 4BJ

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Youth Newsletter
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    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.
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  • For all your doctrinal headaches take Paradox.
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    St Gregory of Nyssa

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    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

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    Wallace Stevens

  • Myth is the poetry of the soul.
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    Douglas Hofstadter

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    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.
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  • God is the beyond in our midst.
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  • 'God is not the answer, God is the question.'
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