Worship Diary



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ALL-AGE INFORMAL WORSHIP: Sunday Mornings 9.30am 

IMG_5888.JPGMayfield Salisbury Church is very popular with families.  We run an early morning worship service that is designed especially to meet the needs of a mixed group of adults and children. The diet of worship is successful because of its relaxed atmosphere which is appreciated by parents who have typical children; in other words, children who are noisy, restless and only sometimes co-operative!  

The service also enjoys success because the programme of activities which we offer is age-appropriate and of a very high standard.   The worship blends traditional and modern music and hymns which are dispalyed on a TV screen, the prayers are participative and the educational activities include straight teaching as well as games, artwork, sharing food and drama.IMG_7350.JPG 

For part of the service younger members of the congregation split up into a number of age bracketed groups for more age specific activities. Meanwhile, in the sanctuary, our minister provides a space where adults have an opportunity to look more deeply at passages of the Bible always with a view to their modern (or post-modern) applicability to life.


The service lasts for 40 minutes and is followed by tea, coffee, juice and biscuits in the Bill McDonald hall.
Holy Communion is celebrated quarterly at this service  and on Easter Sunday morning

All-Age Worship gives more detail of the activities undertaken by our younger worshippers in their groups.

The Gallery has more photographs of All-Age Worship

In July and August there is only one Service of Worship on Sunday mornings. This takes place at 10.00 a.m. 
For futher details see Services

On the last Sunday evening of every month: 7.00pm, there is a Youth Worship Night: contemporary style worship for the young and the young at heart; time spent in reflection through prayer, the word and music.


WORSHIP: Sunday Mornings 10.45am  

Lasting for around one hour this service is based within traditional worship patterns. Here the majority of our worshipping community come together to encounter God in hymn, Word and prayer. This service aims to offer a reflective environment where the congregation can focus on bible passages and their applicability to life today. Bible passages are usually from the New Revised Standard Version.

Our sermons are scholarly in nature, engaging both in theological enquiry and biblical interpretation. They do not shy away from difficult issues nor do they dumb down or offer clichés; this is often seen as something that marks Mayfield Salisbury out for pertinent theological practice.


Music is an essential part of this servcie. Hymns are sung using CH4 and the worship is accompanied by choir, choral group, and organ. It engages mainly, but not solely, in traditional music. The Order of Service sheet contains background descriptions of the introit and anthem for the congregation, and also of the organ voluntaries. More details are availble from Walter Thomson, our choir leader Here
Holy Communion is celebrated quarterly at this service.
After the service, tea, coffee and biscuits are offered in the Bill McDonald hall. Here many of our community gather to relax, share news and socialise.

In July and August there is only one Service of Worship on Sunday mornings. This takes place at 10.00 a.m. 
For futher details see Services

The Gallery contains photographs in its Worship giving more detail of our services and in particular our music.

Tapes of this servcie are made available to the housebound. For details see Access for All


EVENING SERVICE: Sunday Evenings 7.00pm - Temporary Suspended due to Covid-19

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.

For futher details see Services

You may also want to visit the Silent Prayer page.

Godly Play is a creative and imaginative approach to spiritual nurture. It values process, openness and diversity, and encourages people to make meaning for themsleves. The approach invites listeners into stories, and guides them to move into larger dimensions of belief and faith.

On the last Sunday evening of every month: 7.00pm, there is a Youth Worship Night: contemporary style worship for the young and the young at heart; time spent in reflection through prayer, the word and music.

WEEKDAY AFTERNOON SERVICES - Temporary Suspended due to Covid-19

Afternoon-Pilgrimage1-014.jpgFor those who find it difficult to attend other services, short services of worship are held five times a year on Tuesday afternoons. They include services of Holy Communion. These services are particularly appreciated by our older worshippers.  They are held in the Bill McDonald Hall so that those attending can remain in their seats during the service and afterwards when tea is served.

The date for the next Afternoon Service can be found on the What's On page


MORNING PRAYERS - Temporary Suspended due to Covid-19

Morning prayers take place each week in the sanctuary 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.


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