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Year of Pilgrimage 2013

2013 was a Year of Pilgrimage at Mayfield Salisbury. A programme was drawn up which included a wide variety of different outings to suit all ages and circumstances. There were single afternoons locally, whole days within easy travelling distance and overnight stays. Some were particularly suitable for families, some were quite active and some required less physical effort. A brief description of each shows this diversity.

LindisfarnePilgrimage1-DSCF8574.jpgOn May 4th, about 50 of us travelled to Lindisfarne for an all-day pilgrimage, including a walk from the mainland to Holy Island.

The day ended with a short family-friendly celebration of Holy Communion led by our minister, Revd Scott McKennam_LindisfarnePilgrimage2-DSCF8585.jpg.









Afternoon-Pilgrimage1-014.jpgOn May 14th, again about 50 people, this time those of our church community who are less mobile, travelled to our upper hall for a Service of Worship on the theme of inner pilgrimage led by the minister. This was followed by a time of fellowship and tea.  





On May 21st, folk travelled to the Edinburgh garden of one of our members for a garden pilgrimage.

Again we were blessed with glorious sunshine and again we were led in prayer and meditation by our minister, followed by tea and time to chat.
On 2nd June, a group of those who are involved in our youth ministry had a Sunday off from their duties at church and travelled to The Bield in Perthshire for a day retreat.
A service of Holy Communion in the chapel was followed by a time of reflection led by the minister, a delicious lunch which the warm sunshine allowed us to eat outdoors, and an afternoon of silent walking in the beautiful gardens, or just relaxing.Bield-compressed-for-web-si.jpg
On 15 June, over a hundred people, including some of our friends from St Columba's Roman Catholic Church and St Fillan's Episcopal Church, travelled to Inchcolm Island in the Firth of Forth


There a joint service of worship was held, after which there was time to walk, explore and play.Inchcpm-2-for-web-site-DSCF.jpg
The second of our Mayfield Salisbury Afternoons was held on 9th July. This took the form of a service in the lower hall on the theme of pilgrimage led by Revd Nancy Norman and followed by a time of fellowship and tea. Again there were more than 50 people participating.





On 16th July there was the second of our Edinburgh Garden Pilgrimages, IMG_0542.JPGwhich was again blessed with glorious sunshine. There was a time of prayer and meditation led by Revd Stewart McGregor, followed by tea and chat and time to walk in the peace and beauty of the garden.







On 10th / 11th August folk of all ages travelled to St Andrews and stayed overnight in David Russell Hall. Activities were varied and included a fascinating lecture on St Andrews as a place of pilgrimage and a guided walk round the town’s ancient buildings. There was plenty of time too to play on the beach or explore alone.


In the evening pilgrims gathered for a meal, followed by time to chat or play family games. The weekend ended with a walk along the Lade Braes to St Leonard’s Chapel where our minister led a family service of Holy Communion.P1010178.JPG








On 31st August a group of more than 20 of us travelled to the Island of Iona for a week staying at the Abbey. The group was led by Revd Peter Millar, former Warden of Iona Abbey. It was an unforgettable experience.


As well as sharing times of worship, meditation and fellowship, we enjoyed several wonderful walks togther. Here, on the Island Pilgrimage, the group has stopped for a rest and a quiet time of prayer.


On 21st September about 45 of us travelled by coach to the Scottish Borders for two walking pilgrimages. Some of us took the longer walk from Newtown St. Boswells to Melrose along part of St Cuthbert's Way.


Others took the shorter more level walk from Melrose along the banks of the River Tweed. The day ended in Melrose Parish Church where a short service of worship was led by Rev'd Richard Gordon.


On 5th October about 40 of our Elders and Pastoral Visitors travelled by coach to Coldingham Priory for a day of prayer and reflection led by our minister. The church and the surrounding church yard provided a most beautiful peaceful setting. 

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The day ended with a celebration of Holy Communion in the Priory gardensColdingham_pilgrimage_068.JPG








In addition several House Groups have organised Pilgrimages: One was to North Berwick, another went walking along the banks of the Tweed  

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We have also received a wonderful selection of postcards from those making individual journeys. These have been displayed on our boards in the church entrance along with a wide selection of photographs from the group pilgrimages.

A wide selection of photographs can also be viewed on our ‘Gallery’ page. 


‘Pilgrimage has been an image of the Christian life for 2000 years. There is enormous spiritual gain to be had by taking time apart from one's usual routine in order to be alone with God, or alone with others in communion with God.’    Scott S McKenna

Books recommended by Revd Scott McKenna for our Year of Pilgrimage 2013 are:

Richard Rohr   The Naked Now: Learning to see as the Mystics see
Martin Laird     Into the Silent Land: The Practice of Contemplation
Benignus O'Rourke    Finding Your Hidden Treasure: The Way of Silent Prayer
Graham Turner   The Power of Silence: The Riches that Lie  Within
Henri J M Nouwen   The Inner Voice:  A Journey Through Anguish to Freedom
Stephen Cherry  Barefoot Discipleship: Walking the way of Passionate Humility

Service of Induction for the
Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth

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Induction of Dr Forsyth at 4.00pm
As I mentioned in my mid-week email, the service can be watched on Zoom or on Facebook. You can also dial in by phone to listen. In addition, we will try to make a CD available for those who cannot use these methods.

Joining by Zoom requires a (very straightforward) registration process to be done in advance. Simply click this link: HERE, fill in your details, and you will receive a confirmation email containing information including a joining link. The email also has an option to add the details to your online calendar.

The service will be streamed live on Edinburgh Presbytery’s Facebook page: HERE.

To join by phone, call 0131 460 1196 and use the webinar ID 889 1902 3719 followed by #. The call is charged at a local rate and will let you listen to the proceedings live (but will not operate as a ‘catch up’ service).

Please note that all of these options give you access to the live service and are not ‘on demand’ (ie you need to watch or listen at 4.00pm on Sunday). William will try to make a recording which can be distributed on CD for anyone who cannot manage to listen live and wishes to hear the service at a later date. The CD will need to be posted out so there will be a short delay. Please contact William or me if you, or anyone you know would like one.


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