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The date of the next Kirk Session meeting is Tuesday 17 March, 2019, 7.30pm


 Tuesday, 10 March 2020 at 2.30 pm n the Bill McDonald Hall via West Mayfield level access and followed by Tea and Fellowship until around 3.45 pm. Officiating  :  Revd. Helen Alexander and Kay McIntosh, DCS. Especially appreciated by the less mobile in our parish community these short mid-week services are always well-supported and everyone always made most welcome.   Assistance is given on arriving and leaving and we all remain seated at our tea tables throughout the afternoon. If you haven’t joined us in the past please come.  If you would appreciate further information - or if you require extra assistance to be able to attend - please contact Pastoral Assistant Kay McIntosh,  your own Pastoral Visitor (PV) or Anne Sturrock.  



Mayfield Salisbury Church. Saturday 7th March 2-4pm, 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!


 Wednesday March 25th, 7pm, Grassmarket Community Project.A Conversation with renowned author Alastair McIntosh and international mediator and author Ken Cloke, facilitated by John Sturrock QC. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-spiritual-response-to-climate-change-tickets-86913172639.
Both these public events require prior registration. For details, use the above links to their websites, or ask Alastair MacGilchrist.



Newington Churches Together, Lent groups 26 Feb – 26 Mar 2020 These popular ecumenical groups will again meet weekly for five weeks during Lent. Discussion will be based on Hilary Brand’s book Not A Tame Lion, with clips from the films Shadowlands and The Chronicles of Narnia. Groups will meet at various times and venues on Wednesdays or Thursdays, starting on Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th February. Choose a group most convenient for you from the list below:
• Wednesday 11.00 am: Central Methodist Church, Nicolson Square.
• Wednesday 2.00 pm: St Columbas Church Hall, Upper Grey Street.
• Wednesday 7.30 pm: 65 Lasswade Road.
• Thursday 2.30 pm: Priestfield Church, 2 Marchhall Place.
• Thursday 7.30 pm: 27/1 Granby Road.
To select a place in a group and to buy the book (£5), please contact Ann Thanisch: tel 0781 494 9468 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or speak to Douglas Blackwood (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


For further information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 0131 228 1807 www.morningsidejandp.org
March 4 Christina Naismith, Head of Implementation and Caroline Sautter, Policy Manager, Health and Social Care Integration, Scottish Government. The Integration of Health and Social Care - aims, funding and progress.
March 11 Elva Bannon, Senior Research Engineer, Wave Energy Scotland. Wave Energy - current research, progress and challenges.
March 18 Kathryn MacGregor, Assistant Secretary to the Citizens’ Assembly, andGraeme Holloway, Member of the Citizens’ Assembly. Citizens’ Assembly of Scotland: Doing politics differently.
March 25 Councillor Kate Campbell, Convener of Housing, Homelessness and Fair Work,City of Edinburgh Council. Housing Expansion in Edinburgh and beyond, with particular reference to 21st Century homes.


  The Forth Rail Bridge Abseil is the ultimate experience, combining stunning views of the Forth with a sensational and challenging descent from the Forth Rail Bridge from a height of 150 feet - come and be part of it on 10 May 2020.  All funds raised will support children and families in Scotland. Your descent could fund support for a child whose daddy is in prison or counselling for a struggling parent.  To sign up, please use the link below and select CrossReach:  www.rcsqsales.org.uk/register or by calling 0131 454 4391.



 Have a listen to our first episode of the 'Ground We Share Podcast Series' available now!      www.thegroundweshare.com/podcast   In the new monthly, ‘Ground We Share Podcast Series,’ presenter Iain Stewart, Executive Director of EIFA, gives us a glimpse into the lives of people of different faiths living in Scotland.
In Episode 1, Dharmveer Singh describes his upbringing growing up as a Sikh in Leith, Edinburgh. He describes his journey to becoming a baptised Sikh, swapping the music of the dance floors for the shabads/hymns of the Gurdwara. He describes the commitment it requires to be a baptised Sikh and what it means to him. He talks about the key beliefs of the Sikh faith including ‘sewa’ selfless giving and the perceived clashes between Punjabi culture and practising the Sikh faith.   Join us for a fascinating insight into what it means to practise one of the world’s youngest religions in Scotland today.


If you require any further information about these walks please contact Jenny McCallum on 0131 667 2888 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mon 9 Archerfield Estate 3mls Jenny McCallum 667 2888 10.00am Waterloo Place for X 5 bus for North Berwick at 10.23am
Wed 18 Bells Brae to The Shore, Leith 3mls Isabel Smith 667 6336 Meet at Church 10.00am for no 47 bus
Tues 24 Blackness to Hopetoun 7mls Honey Ballantine 337 4438 9.15am at Church for car share
Mon 6 Beecraigs 3mls Morley Sewell 672 2077 Woodland paths, two hills of moderate length and incline 10.00am at Church for car share
Sat 18 Gullane - Aberlady 5.5mls Christine Anderson 662 4042 10.00am Waterloo Place for X5 for North Berwick at 10.23
Fri 24 Straiton - Ellen's Glen 3mls Eileen Watson 662 0491 9.45am at Church for 37 bus


Escape from the hustle and bustle of life to enjoy the peace and beauty of the sanctuary at Mayfield Salisbury Church.  The Sanctuary at Mayfield Salisbury is open as a place for peaceful meditation - without a church service- anytime on Tuesdays from 6.30pm-8.00 pm and Saturdays from 10.00-11.30am  We invite people of all faiths and none to come and enjoy five minutes’ peace.



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 and Godly Play, it is always a service of silence, prayer, Scripture, meditation and music. Details of each service may be found here.


 Morning prayers are held 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. It also provides an opportunity to pray in silence for those known to us who are ill or who are passing through difficult times. If you, or someone known to you, would like to be remembered
this way in prayer, please inform Kay or Scott.


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 Bill McDonald Hall, which has level access, and also allows worshippers to remain in their seats during the service and afterwards when tea is served. The next afternoon service is Tuesday, 10th March, 2020, 2.30pm - to around 3.45pm.followed by 12th May; 7 July, 8 September; 10 November, 2020.


This is a small group to support people whose lives are affected by memory loss or dementia and those who care for them. It is of interest and support not only to members of the congregation but 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. More information can be found here.


IMG_5660.JPGCraft Moments meets every other Thursday. We meet in the Fountainhall Room in Church House from 10.00am to 12.00 noon.  This is a group where knitting with a purpose, for example hats for Bethany or for premature babies, or lap rugs for care homes, goes on while chatting over coffee. Anyone who cares to join us will be very welcome.  More details are available here under 'Activities'.


__04.12.13_014.jpgWe are primarily a friendship club and open to all retired ladies and gentleman in the area. The team have a full programme of entertainment for you to enjoy, to say nothing of the wonderful tea and cake! We would be delighted if you would like to join us. We meet in the Bill McDonald Hall at 2.00pm on Thursdays from October to May. More details on the activities page.


Calling all country dancers! We meet fortnightly in the Bill Mcdonald Hall from 7.45pm to 9.30pm. Dances are walked through first -new and old favourites. All standards welcome. A full list of dates will be issued shortly.Contact Anne Aithie 0131 667 7701 or aaithie@hotmail .com


Coffee and Blethers in the Bill McDonald hall from 2pm to 3.30pm on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays in the month from June to September inclusive. Come along and join us and make some new friends.


 A new reading group started on a weekday eveing  from 7:30 - 9.00 PM to discuss short readings developing our faith and spirituality.  Meetings will happen every 6 weeks.  All adults welcome!  To find out more please speak with Hillary Leslie, Joyce Jackson, or Heather Mole, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



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 meetings, usually held on the first Monday of the month 6.30pm - 8.00pm  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 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 http://www.newingtonchurches.org.uk/


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Local Responses
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'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

  • 'God is not the answer, God is the question.'
    Herbert McCabe

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