Welcome to Salisbury Methodist Circuit

Dear Sisters and Brothers.

The Methodist year starts in September and for many of us the round of harvest, Remembrance, Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, Ascension and Pentecost is accompanied by District Synods, Circuit Meetings, Local Preachers' and Worship Leaders' Meetings, Church Councils, and other Church, Circuit and District meetings. So summer offers a time for rest and relaxation. Fewer evening meetings and so time to pause and listen. As Jesus took time to pause and listen to his Father, as recorded in Mark 1.35, In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed.' (NRSV)

We too need time to pause and listen to what God is saying to the churches, and the summer offers us this opportunity if only we will take it.
What is God saying to you, in your roles?
Are you personally doing what is best to build the kingdom?
Is your church doing what is best to build the kingdom?
How might your work be developed?
What do you need to do to respond to God's call on you and on your church society?

As a Circuit we have entered a challenging period as our three ministers will enter the stationing process in three consecutive years, I am the first this year. We will each ask ourselves whether we wish to move on or ask for an extension and if so for how long. At the same time the Circuit will be asking whether we want to re-invite or politely suggest that this minister has completed his work in this Circuit and it is time for him to move on.

This is a good opportunity for us to ask what it is we want from our ministers. Recently someone suggested that I needed help, it was kindly meant but it is my role to support and help you in your ministry, not yours to support me.

What is striking about Mark chapter 1 is that the people had an expectation of what they wanted from Jesus, And Simon and his companions hunted for him. When they found him, they said to him, 'Everyone is searching for you.' He answered, 'Let us go on to the neighbouring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do. (Mark 1.36-39 NRSV)

Jesus is clear about what he has to do, and it is not to fulfil the expectations of the people, it is to remain faithful to God's call on his life.

Your brother in Christ,

David

Rev. David Hookins


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Circuit Service

Sunday 20th May - 3.00 pm at Salisbury Methodist Church

On the day when we celebrate both Pentecost and Aldersgate Sunday we shall be led in worship by our Local Preachers and Worship Leaders.


Wedding Bells

We offer our congratulations to Rev Paul Rees and Emma who are to marry at Shrewton on 30 June.

They have offered an open invitation to all members of the circuit to share the day with them and invite us to come for the whole day or drop in for a short time as we wish.

The service will be at 12.00 noon at Shrewton Methodist Church and refreshments will be available in the church hall from 1.00 pm - 6.00 pm.

It will be informal - no speeches, no awkward photographs and no need to dress formally. They just want everyone to relax and share their joy as we chat, eat, drink and laugh together.


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Café on the Green - Bishopdown Farm

Community coffee shop on Tuesday afternoons 2.30 - 4.00 and Friday mornings (except during August)09:00 - 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.

Tuesday - Mother and Toddler group from 1.30pm - 2.30pm before the Cafe opens.

Fridays - January to March - Friendship Group - Open friendly adults group to chat, read newspapers, community book swap, great tea / coffee (£1) and cake (50p) to help us cover costs.

You are welcome to join in adult crafting sessions on the first and third Tuesday of the month from 2.30pm

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 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.


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