Mayfield Salisbury is a vibrant church on the South side of Edinburgh which offers engaging ministry to all ages. We do not shy away from the difficult questions the world poses us, and through our worship we offer a space in the midst of busy lives where people can search, wonder and pray together. We are an inclusive congregation, crossing boundaries of class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital status and family situation. Our ethos of inclusion, in line with our understanding of ministry and service, comes from our deep belief that the ministry of Jesus Christ, which we offer, is intended for all people. We support Rev’d Dr Giles Frazer, an Anglican Priest, when he writes that 'Inclusivity... [is] a gospel imperative, fundamental to the nature of God and at the very heart of the mission and ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ.’ To that end we welcome all those who wish to journey with us. What We Believe tells you more.
Scott S McKenna has been our minister since 2000. All his work is permeated by his own deep faith. His theology is rational, progressive and pertinent to life in the 21st Century, and he has no hesitation in tackling controversial subjects. He believes that beauty in worship - in the liturgy, in the music, in the decoration of the sanctuary - is vitally important. His aim is to pursue distinctiveness and excellence in all that we offer.
Mayfield Salisbury has over 500 members and also many other adherents and friends who are part of our wider community. There are three services of Worship on most Sundays, and a wide variety of other activities. Some of these give particular opportunities for involvement in worship, such as our choir, our ‘welcome’ team and our young people's ministry. Others have a wider brief, like the group who is involved in reducing our carbon foot print through our Eco-Congregation initiative. Still other activities are more centred on fellowship, like the walking group, or on caring for others such as our car-pools or through our very active Christian Aid group (details on our Activities page).
We also have an extensive network of House Groups: small groups who come together regularly to explore faith and offer each other fellowship and mutual support. The make-up of these groups varies widely as do the study materials they choose. Another point of contact is our Parish Magazine, and many are involved each month in its production: writing articles, taking photographs, proof-reading and distribution. Our website too requires constant attention to keep it up-to-date, and a small team works on this.
We also share our premises throughout the week with many other organisations (again details are on our Activities page), and on Sunday afternoons the Chinese Evangelical Church holds its services of worship in our sanctuary and halls.
How to find us...
We are situated about two miles South of the city centre. Buses nos. 42 and 67 go right past us. Additionally, buses nos. 3, 5, 7, 8, 24, 29, 31, 37, 47 and 49 go nearby, as does Borders Bus no. X62.
Parking is available in the local area.