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Pastoral Letter

Dear Sisters and Brothers.

The preaching plan available below, encompasses Christmas and Covenant. The incarnation of God into this world in the baby Jesus is, for me, as mind-blowing as the crucifixion or resurrection. The theological realization that God shares in our lives from conception to completion, is more than a mere children's story, which so much of our celebration has become. The rugged involvement of a God who wants to 'get in beside us' and experience what we experience to show us the depth of God's love from birth to death and to teach us what it means.

As a preacher I struggle to inject a serious meaningful message which is interwoven with contemporary issues of teenage pregnancy, birth outside of marriage, birth into squalor, those who are excluded and marginalized, government oppression, terror, poverty and refugees, so easily masked by mince pies and midnight communion, kings and carols, presents and pudding. This is the Son of God, the Prince of Peace who has a message for the world in which we live that has not been dimmed in 2000 years.

It is a pleasure to look forward to the New Year and I draw your attention to the Circuit Service to be held at SMc at 4.00 p.m. on the afternoon of 1st January, enabling a lie-in and a gentle rising before greeting the New Year with worship.

Our Covenant Services are an important part of our spiritual journey as Methodists. I encourage everyone to attend and recommit your lives to the service of God in Jesus Christ. These are not promises made lightly and I know of some who avoid the service because it is too demanding. Perhaps we would prefer the lightness of Christmas worship to the demands of the Covenant Service but Jesus calls us to follow to take up our crosses.

May we be granted God's grace to have the courage to rededicate ourselves to God's service for another year.

Your brother in Christ,

David

Rev. David Hookins


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Autumn 2016

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Christmas and New Year Services

The following churches have a service on Christmas Day:

  • Amesbury 10:30am
  • Bemerton 10:30am
  • Borne Valley 9:30am
  • Fordingbridge 9:30am
  • Pitton 11:00am
  • Salisbury (SMc) 10:00am
  • Sandleheath 10:45am
  • Shrewton 10:30am
  • Winterslow 10:00am

Also

Amesbury
Sunday 18th December - 10.30am Nativity; 6.00pm Carol Service
Christmas Eve - 9.00pm MIDNIGHT IN BETHLEHEM with Holy Communion

Christmas celebrations at Damerham - Sunday 11th December 3:00pm
in Damerham Village Hall

Pitton Church Monday 19th December 7:00pm - Village Carol Service at St.Peter's
Christmas Eve 11:15pm Rev. Bryan Coates - Midnight Communion

Salisbury Methodist Church
Sunday 18th December - 6:00pm Carol Service
Christmas Eve 4:00pm Christingle
Christmas Eve 11:15pm Midnight Communion

Circuit Service - 1 January 2017 at Salisbury Methodist Church

On New Year's Day some churches are offering morning services as shown in the plan of preaching appointments. There will also be a Circuit Service at 4.00 pm in Salisbury. All are invited to join in this time of Worship and Fellowship as we reinvigorate ourselves after the Christmas holiday for another year of Mission and Service.

Alternatively join with Bourne Valley at St Michael's - 11.00am to help celebrate the 90th birthday of Rev Timothy Dudley-Smith, who worships there.


Crib Festival

Cristmas Crib

at Salisbury Methodist Church

on Friday 9th December from 10am to 5pm
and Saturday 10th December from 10am to 4pm

Light refreshments available on Friday

Carols and Cakes with the Belletones on Saturady

For more information please Click Here.

or download a poster here


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Cafe on the Green - Bishopdown Farm

Community coffee shop on Tuesday afternoons (2.00 - 4.00) and Friday mornings (8.30 - 11.00) in the Pavillion at Bishopdown Farm. All are very welcome to come and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere and have a drink and cake.

This project has been set up by the Circuit as a Christian outreach presence in this growing community. The local Anglican churches are also holding a prayer meeting at the same site on Friday evenings and we hope to be able to develop these activities to provide a positive Christian witness in that area.

More volunteers to join the rota of supporters will be appreciated.

Maybe you can help with serving drinks and cakes, making drinks in the kitchen, providing home-made cakes, talking to people as they sit at tables or visit the reflection room - or join the prayer chain.

If you can help in anyway please speak with Bekkie Wright or Christine Fordham or contact us by clicking here. Or, of course, come along on a Tuesday afternoon or Friday morning to see for yourself and enjoy what is on offer.

You can download a flyer here.


Local Preachers & Worship Leaders Meeting

Tuesday 6th December, 7.00 for 7.30 pm at Salisbury Methodist Church


Circuit Meeting

Thursday 16th March - 7.30 pm at Salisbury Methodist Church


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Got Questions about Life?

Alpha is coming to Bemerton

Begining 7.15pm Wednesday 14th September

For full details of dqates and times please click here for a poster

Alpha is coming to the City Centre

Alpha at "The Vestry" (nightclub) Milford Street.

Starting Monday 17th October.

For more information please click here


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