House Groups

Many find that membership of a House Group is the springboard for the exploration of their faith and is fundamental to their life in the church. 


There are several groups and all are different in character, membership profile and study style. Meetings take place in an informal setting with others who are keen to explore their faith through study, discussion, prayer and fellowship. House Groups are open to all: those sure of their faith, those living with unanswered or unanswerable questions, those creatively living with doubt.


Each group organises itself and selects its own material, which might be Bible study, a book with a spiritual theme, a topical issue or a DVD or CD, perhaps with a study guide. Members of groups take it in turns to lead and host the group if they so wish, but all members sing the praises of House Groups as places of fellowship and support as well as being part of their spiritual journey. They are fun too: parties, shared meals and plenty of laughs along the way. Groups may also have the occasional day out. Here a group are on a day pilgrimage to the Scottish Borders


There are groups running on most days, in the morning, afternoon or evening, and at intervals of one week to one month, depending on what an individual group decides.


The convener, Diana Tudhope, will be delighted to hear from anyone who would like to join a House Group, or indeed start a new one. Contact Diana by telephoning -   0131 669 4189 or email -  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    

In the Order of Service each Sunday at Mayfield Salisbury, the minister suggests 'Books for the journey'. Recent suggestions have included -

Mark Oakley. My Sour-Sweet Days: George Herbert and the Journey of the Soul
Rowan Williams.Luminaries: Twenty lives that illuminate the Christian Way
Karen Armstrong     Islam: A Short History
                                 The Lost Art of Scripture: Rescuing the Sacred Texts

Enzo BIanchi            Words of Spirituality: Exploring the Inner Life
Marcus Borg             Days of Awe and Wonder
Richard Harries       Haunted: Modern Writers and the Struggle for Faith
Richard Rohr          The Universal Christ
Harold Kushner        When All You’ve Ever Wanted Isn’t Enough
                                  When Bad Things Happen To Good People
 Ron Miller & Laura Bernstein        Healing the Jewish-Christian Rift
Peter Stanford          Judas:  the troubling history of the renegade apostle
Sheila Upjohn           In Search of Julian of Norwich
Patrick Woodhouse  Etty Hillesum:  A Life Transformed
Elizabeth A Johnson   Ask the Beasts:  Darwin and the God of Love
Diarmaid  MacCulloch    All things Made New: Writings on the Reformation
Finlay Macdonald       From Reform to Renewal : Scotland’s Kirk Century by Century
Mark Oakley               The Splash of Words
Heinz Schilling           Martin Luther:  Rebel in an Age of Upheaval
A N Wilson                Charles Darwin:  Victorian Mythmaker
David Foster               Deep Calls to Deep
Alastair McIntosh       Poacher’s Pilgrimage
Rowan Williams         Being Christian
Jim Cotter (Compiled)  Etched by Silence:  A Pilgrimage through the poetry of R S Thomas
Philip Newell              A New Harmony:  The Spirit, The Earth and The Human Soul
Barbara Brown Taylor           When God is Silent:  Divine Language Beyond Words

House Groups may find the page on Prayer helpful

Also helpful is Word of LIfe, pubished by the Church of Scotland Mission and Discipleship Council.
This is a collection of prayers, devotions, blessings and reflections on how we pray




Contact Information

Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church,
18 West Mayfield,

0131 667 1522 / 0780 801 1234

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Scottish Charity Number: SC000785


  • 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