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Pastoral Letter

Dear Sisters and Brothers.

At the spring District Synod Salisbury Circuit seemed to be flavour of the month. Bekkie Wright and Anna Bishop gave a presentation about the 'Cafe on the Green' outreach initiative on Bishopdown Farm; Dudley Coates drew attention to 'Kneaded' at Bemerton; Bekkie and Steve Hawkes were brought forward to be prayed for, Bekkie as a successful candidate for the ministry and Steve as one of the ordinands for ordination at this year's conference.

The new District Intergenerational Worker, Mark Tizzard, wanted to see me soon after his appointment because of the exciting things Salisbury Circuit is doing. He told me that the Cafe at Shrewton is the only project in the District that is on Trip Advisor. For the first time Downton had a stall at the annual Cuckoo Fair.

Alongside all of this we have Messy Church, Little Blessings, coffee mornings and other events. The Circuit is buzzing with life and hope.

This quarter will see Steve Hawkes ordained in June. We congratulate Steve on successfully completing his training, a process that began when he started to candidate and the church tested his call, was developed through his time at college and has continued as a probationer in this circuit. He will continue to need our love and support as he moves into this new phase of ministry.

At the end of the quarter we will lose Bekkie Wright to full time training. Bekkie has been a great asset within the Circuit, enabling us to bridge the gap when Shrewton and Amesbury were without a minister and helping Anna in Sandleheath and Fordingbridge. Her legal and organizational skills have been invaluable in the setting-up of 'Cafe on the Green'. We wish Bekkie well in her training for ordained ministry and look forward to seeing her as time allows.

As we approach the end of the Methodist year it gives us time to reflect on what has gone well and what needs altering, from what we can learn and what new ideas we may have to begin in the new Methodist year starting in September.

We are a Circuit that is seen by those outside as innovative and exciting. May that always be rooted in our commitment to God revealed in Christ.

When it comes I hope you have a good summer.

Your brother in Christ,

David

Rev. David Hookins


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Circuit Services

Easter Offering

Easter Offering Dedication

Sunday 14th May - 6.00 pm at Shrewton Methodist Church

The Easter Offering 2017 dedication service, Shine like Stars (Philippians 2:15), will feature stories from nationals in mission appointments (NMAs) in Brazil, Ghana and Pakistan, whom the World Mission Fund supports.

Each one is shining the light of God's love and hope into a challenging environment as they engage in God's mission in their own locality. The worship will encourage us to consider how we might learn from these NMAs and find new ways to "shine like stars" in our own communities, and discover the light of Christ in others.


Steve Hawkes

Rev Steve Hawkes' Testimony Service

Sunday 11th June 6.00 pm at Bemerton

Please make every effort to get to Bemerton and support Steve as he takes this further important step on his path to ordination which will take place on 25th June at the Methodist Conference in Coventry.

The preacher at Bemerton on 11th June will be Rev Gwyneth Owen, Superintendent Minister of the Christchurch and Wimborne Circuit and Deputy District Chair.


Rev Steve Hawkes' Ordination Service

There are still a few seats spare on the coach going to Coventry on 25th June for Steve's ordination. The coach will leave from Bemerton Methodist Church at 11.30 am and the return fare is £12. If you would like to support Steve and enjoy a large Methodist celebration please contact Ian Hardy by email Here.


Open Circuit Meeting

Wednesday 14th June, 7.30 pm at Fordingbridge Methodist Church

This is an open meeting to which all are invited


Local Preachers and Worship Leaders Meeting

Thursday 15th June - 7.30 pm at Amesbury Methodist Church

Our Local Preachers have gone through a process of discernment and training. First they will have felt called by God to become preachers. This call is tested by the Local Preachers' meeting through interviews with the candidate and training. The Local Preachers' course covers theology, biblical studies, worship and preaching, church history, and other relevant subjects. Having completed the course and having had their call confirmed they become fully accredited Local Preachers, for me this took four years.

In 'The Constitutional Practice and Discipline of the Methodist Church' it states, 'Preachers are called of God, to be worthy in character, to lead God's people in worship and to preach the gospel. This places duties on, and give rights to, local preachers.'

We are grateful to those who take on this responsibility. Look for those who are now being called by God and ask them if they will respond to this call.

DWH


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Cafe 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.

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 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.


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