Online Worship Archive

Welcome to this online service of worship from Mayfield Salibury Parish Church.

A recording will be uploaded here at 3.30pm on Sunday or shortly therafter. Livestreaming will return soon.


Sunday 13 June 2021



Led by Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth and the congregation in church and online 







Everyone welcome after the service for Zoom Coffee and Chat! The details are:  Meeting ID: 916 2088 9282         Passcode: 335845

Bring your own coffee (or tea/juice!) If you prefer to phone in,

the number to call is 0131 460 1196.



FORTHCOMING SERVICES  The service next week (20 June) will be at 09:30am and we will be celebrating Communion again. The following week (27 June) the service will be at 10.45am. Throughout July and August the service will be held at 10:15am.. In July there will be no Sunday School provision. If you need any more information please call the church office (0780 801 1234) or check the website:  


SESSION CLERK  Charles Garland has stood down as Session Clerk after three very busy years and we both thank him sincerely for all he has done and wish him well. The Kirk Session has appointed Boyd McAdam to succeed him, and we are delighted to welcome Boyd to this new role. Boyd may be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 07773587579.


YOUTH GROUP (P6-S1 IN-PERSON) TONIGHT! The P6-S1 group will meet TONIGHT from 7:00-8:30pm for an end-of-theyear party in the church garden! There will be s'mores, discussion and games! 

Youth Group (S2-S6 in-person) 20 June: The S2-S6 group will meet from 7:00-8:30pm for an end-of-the-year party in the church garden! There will be s'mores, discussion and games! 

Important covid-related details about the sessions, and information about how to book, can be accessed on the church website on the 'young people' page. Contact Hillary if you have any other questions!


MIDWEEK PEACE AND PRAYERS RETURNS!  Midweek Peace and Prayers has resumed. Morning prayers returns to its original Tuesday morning and again we are combining this with the opportunity for silent reflection in our beautiful sanctuary.

The timetable every Tuesday is led prayers 10:00-10:30am, with the sanctuary remaining open 10:30-11:00 am. All are welcome to participate in either or both.  


ART INSTALLATION UNTIL 28 JUNE We are delighted that the artists Peter and Heidi Gardner have created an installation called ‘Hope Glimmers’ on the grass on the West Mayfield side. More details at mayfieldsalisbury/art , and in the news story run by the Church of Scotland - You are invited to a Zoom event to ‘Meet the Artists’ on Sunday 20 June at 7pm – register via our webpage.


PLEASE NOTE Due to current restrictions, Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth is regrettably unable to meet after the service today. Please feel free to be in contact by telephone 0131 667 1286 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


PASTORAL CARE Our pastoral visitors have recently all gone through some training and are eager to meet some new people. Do you know of someone who would benefit from having a visitor or someone phoning regularly?. Contact Kay for details 07903 266 307


SUPPORT MAYFIELD SALISBURY CHURCH   Regular and one-off donations, now possible through: 


OUR E-MAIL PRAYER CHAIN IS UP AND RUNNING!   All prayer requests should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or handwritten and placed in the prayer box at the church door. An email will go out from Kay once a week with the prayer requests set out. If you would like to receive the weekly email and to pray for those situations, please also get in touch with Kay.



Books for the Journey

Steve Aisthorpe, Re-Wilding the Church (2020)

Bruce Stanley, Forest Church (2020)

Walter Brueggemann, Virus as a Summons to Faith (2020)


Forthcoming Deadlines

Order of service for next week: Thursday at 6.00pm.

Next Grapevine:  Friday 25 June 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.


Copyright Notices

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.The ‘NIV’ and ‘New International Version’ trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica. Use of either trademark requires the permission of Biblica.


Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church holds a CCLI Streaming License: #88916

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 Social Media

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Scottish Charity Number SC000785

Contact Information

Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church,
18 West Mayfield,

0131 667 1522 / 0780 801 1234

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Scottish Charity Number: SC000785


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