Youth Group 23 January: ALL AGES will be meeting from 6:00-8:00pm for a
movie discussion night as we watch Disney's 'Encanto'! Location to be
confirmed on Sunday afternoon.

Youth Worship 30 January: Youth Worship will be meeting in the Bill
McDonald Hall at 7pm. All ages are invited to join together in prayer
activities, reflection and song!

Youth Weekend Away: P6-S6 youth are invited to the Youth Weekend away
from 3-5 June 2022 at the Whitaugh Park Rock UK Centre - a weekend of
outdoor adventure activities! Registration deadline is 15 March. Flyers are
available: please speak with Hillary if you have any questions.



PASTORAL CARE As winter approaches perhaps you would now like to
have a visitor assigned to you or receive regular phone calls. Do you know
of anyone who is ill or going into hospital and would benefit from a visit
from our pastoral care team? Please contact the Minister on 0131 667
1286 or


GRAPEVINE PARISH MAGAZINE The deadline for the next edition of the
Grapevine parish magazine has been extended to this Friday, 28 January,
at 6.00pm. The magazine will be published and available for collection
from Sunday 6 February.


OFFERINGS During this time when Church attendance is restricted, you
may continue to give offerings to support the work of the Church. Please
contact our Freewill Offerings Treasurer, Hugh Somerville on 0131 466
2446 or We are now inviting those who
would have put offerings in the plate during the service to do so at the
close of the service. In the halls entrance and in the vestibule, you will find
a bowl or plate marked ‘Plate Collection’. Regular and one-off donations,
are still possible online through:


WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN Unity Edinburgh Churches Together
invite you to the annual Ecumenical Service of Prayer and Worship to
mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. This year the service is being
held at the City of Edinburgh Methodist Church, 25 Nicholas Square,
Edinburgh EH8 9BX on Monday 24th of January 2022 at 7.00pm. Fr.
Jock Dalrymple will be the guest preacher.

All are welcome in person – a prior lateral flow test should be taken, and
the current safeguards for worship (masks etc) will be in place. If you
cannot attend in person. The service will be live-streamed on YouTube

and you can also access the service using Zoom
Meeting ID: 836 1228 5074 Passcode: 712240



CHRISTIAN AID – MARMALADE! It’s that time of year again so if you’re
making marmalade, please consider putting a little aside for Christian Aid.
We hope to be able to hold our popular sale again sometime soon, and
judging by the speed with which the marmalade vanished from our stall in
the Autumn, it’s in high demand! Don’t worry if you’re short of empty jars
– we have a plentiful supply to give away. If you would like any please
contact Kate O’Brien on 1031 667 4362, or
Thank you! The Christian Aid Team



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Message from the Ministers and Session Clerks of Craigmillar Park,
Mayfield Salisbury and Priestfield congregations

As you know, Presbytery have issued proposals for consultation on a
draft Presbytery Mission Plan based on a focus for mission and the
better expression of the Gospel in Edinburgh and recognising the reality
of the challenges in resources which the Church of Scotland now faces.
The proposals for Edinburgh involve creating new Mission Districts
from the merging of parishes into new unions, and the potential
formation of team ministries within a reduced number of paid ministry
posts, as instructed by the 2021 General Assembly.

As congregations we will have an opportunity to discuss these proposals
and consider whether we wish to take them forward as they relate to us,
or to propose alternative solutions to the challenges the Church faces,
including how to reduce the number of ministries as required. The
proposal at a local level is that the congregations of Craigmillar Park,
Mayfield Salisbury and Priestfield form a union to support a new wider
parish, served by two full-time ministers that are centrally funded.

Our ministers and session clerks met recently for an informal discussion
ahead of talks within and across our congregations. Without seeking to
influence the direction of these congregational conversations in any way,
we felt it important to meet and share with you our initial thoughts.

Overall, our meeting was friendly, enthusiastic and positive. We recognised
the challenges faced by the Church and Edinburgh Presbytery in drawing
up the plan for consultation, and the considerable amount of work that
has gone into it. Whilst questions were raised about the nature and
priorities of the plan as a whole, the suggested union at a local level
resonated with previous thinking to a significant extent.

We saw potential for the new union to bring together different social
groups, as well as all of our gifts, skills, experiences, age groups,
resources and activities, in ways that might enhance God’s mission in
the community. There are potential opportunities as well to deploy
the ministry posts and physical resources in creative and dynamic ways.

There would, of course, need to be many areas for discussion over how
the union - and any buildings - might be sustained into the future. There
would be issues to address over the structure of the new parish and the
role of the two nationally funded ministerial posts. How might we best
use the buildings that would be retained? What might the worship
arrangements be? How would the Kirk Session, finances and business
aspects be run? How do we knit together the new congregation
harmoniously, recognising the different histories and backgrounds we
each have?

These are all issues for the coming months. However, our initial
meeting agreed that:

• change was required and had to be undertaken.
• any discussions should proceed in a spirit of openness and as
equal partners
• a shared vision and future mission was important: indeed,
central to how we embed the Church in our local communities.

Over the coming weeks, we will each be reflecting on the proposals and
the detailed issues. We will have discussions within our respective
congregations and with the relevant Presbytery committee, and as the
proposals firm up, we will look to work across the congregations as
appropriate in a collaborative way.

Whatever the final structure of the new Mission Districts and parishes
ends up being, we are all agreed that we need to seize the opportunities
this restructuring presents and look forward to engaging with each other
positively in the weeks and months ahead. May God bless us all as we
look forward in love and in hope.




Books for the Journey
Steve Aisthorpe, Re-Wilding the Church (2020)
John Bell, Living with the Psalms (2020)
Alistair McIntosh, Riders on the Storm: The Climate Crisis
and the Survival of Being (2nd Ed., 2021)


Copyright Notices
Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible:
Anglicized Edition, copyright © 1989, 1995 National Council of the
Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission.
All rights reserved worldwide.

Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church holds a CCLI Streaming License: #88916
Some images from Pixabay / MotionWorship under licence.


Forthcoming Deadlines
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Next Grapevine: Friday 28 January at 6.00pm.


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