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‘THIS IS THE DAY THAT THE LORD HAS MADE; LET US REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT.’
PSALM 118:24

OUR ROOTS


Mayfield Salisbury Parish (Edinburgh) Church of Scotland was formed on 7th February 1993 when Mayfield and Salisbury Churches united. Both these churches had resulted from earlier unions. Thus our congregation springs from four roots, though none began life as Church of Scotland. The chart below shows the unions which took place.
 

The above information is taken from the booklet entitled Parish Guide which was prepared by Andrew Bethune and published by Mayfield Salisbury Church in 1996

 

Scottish Church History

A brief summary of the ins-and-outs of Scottish Church history may help to explain the denominational labels.
 

The question of who should select ministers sparked off the creation of the Secession and Relief Churches, which broke away from the Church of Scotland during the 18th Century. The Secession Churches then split over the question of whether it was lawful for Christians to take the Burgess Oath – hence the ‘Burghers’ and ‘Antiburghers’. In 1820 most of the Burghers and Antiburghers reunited as the ’United Associate’ or ‘United Secession’, and in 1847 merged with the Relief Church as the United Presbyterians. Meanwhile, in 1843, the Free Church had broken from the Church of Scotland at the ‘Disruption’. 1900 saw the creation of the United Free Church by a merger of the United Presbyterians with most of the Free Church. Finally, an Act of Parliament (1921) freed the Church of Scotland from state control and paved the way for reunion with (most of) the United Free Church.
 

Our History

Our History - Roots

Our History - Mayfield Church

Our History - Fountainhall Road Church

Our History - Salisbury Church (Newington South Church)

Our History - Hope Park Church

Our History - The Moderators

Our History - Rev Dr John Ross

Our History - Stained Glass Windows
Our History - The Organs

 

Online Worship

Quick link HERE    

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Five Minutes’ Peace

  Open every 

Wednesday 
  

Come and experience  the beauty and peace to be found within our Sanctuary.

Since January 2019, Mayfield Salisbury Church have been providing a space for private meditation or prayer in the beautiful surroundings of  the Sanctuary of our church. We are delighted to announce that this facility, which had to close in March due to Covid-19 restrictions, has re-commenced

We will be open to the public – to people of all faiths and none – every Wednesday evening from 6:30 to 8:00pm.

Strict social distancing protocols will be in operation and all visitors will be required to provide contact details (for the Scottish Government’s Test and Protect programme) and to wear a face covering.

 
 

Announcement of Sole Nominee - The Reverend Dr Alexander Forsyth

sandyfAt a meeting held at Edinburgh on 8 September 2020, the Nominating Committee chose the person who they wish to propose to this congregation of Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church to be our new minister. The name of the person proposed is The Reverend Dr Alexander (Sandy) Forsyth.  

Arrangements have been made for Sandy Forsyth to conduct public worship in Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church on Sunday 4 October 2020 at 10.00am. 

The full notice may be found HERE

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Contact Information

Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church,
18 West Mayfield,
Edinburgh,
EH9 1TQ

0131 667 1522 / 0780 801 1234

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Scottish Charity Number: SC000785

Quotations

  • 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.
    Origen

  • 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.
    Wittgenstein

  • Religion is the flight of the alone to the Alone.
    Plotinus

  • 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