Welcome to Salisbury Methodist Circuit
Dear Sisters and Brothers.
Again this year I was privileged to attend Methodist Conference.
There were two items which I found of particular interest.
The first is that Conference endorsed a suggestion from 3Generate that this Methodist
year be designated a Year of Testimony.
Local churches and local preachers may like to consider how this can be woven
into the lives of our circuit churches.
There are few things more powerful than stories.
At Conference various presentations came alive when the figures and reports were set aside
and a personal story was related.
We each have a story to tell of our faith journey and this story is our testimony.
Of course, if these take place in an act of worship, we will need to make these as concise
The second is that resources for a ‘Methodist way of life’ are being developed.
As a movement within the Church of England Methodism began as a group of people who
had adopted a particular way of living.
Over the years our corporate commitment to a way of living and praying has fallen away.
We expect certain groups to maintain a disciplined life, such as local preachers,
deacons and presbyters, but our expectation of a disciplined spiritual life from
other members has largely been ignored.
It is hoped that a Methodist way of life would reignite the discipline of frequent worship,
prayer and study for all those who call themselves Methodist.
After all ‘Methodist’ began as a term of insult for those whose spiritual lives
While on holiday this year in Northumbria we spent part of the time on the Holy Island
of Lindisfarne and I read David Adams' book Aiden, Bede and Cuthbert: Three Inspirational
Saints. I was struck by the disciplined lives these 'saints' of the Celtic church led,
a discipline which was as much self-imposed as imposed by the church,
and willingly entered into in order to deepen their relationship with God in Christ.
A similar passion marked the lives of many early Methodists and was encouraged by the
system of class and band meetings which gave a structure of mutual accountability and
I wonder what our circuit churches would be like if we were to gather
in small groups of three or four to meet weekly for just an hour, to
share our spiritual successes and failures, and to hold one another accountable
for our commitment to worship, prayer and study?
Your brother in Christ,
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Sunday, 23rd September, 5pm-7pm h4>
This is a new venture where we will be able to discuss important issues.
The subject for the first session will be the 'Mission and Ministry in Covenant'
report about plans to draw us closer to the Church of England.
This will require us to create bishops and there are plans to make our
presbyteral ministries interchangeable. Come to hear more and discuss your opinions.
The following churches have Harvest Festivals, please see the preaching plan for details.
- Bemerton - 23rd September
- Bourne Valley - 30th September
- Downton - 23rd September
- Fordingbridge - 7th October
- Pitton - 7th October
- Salisbury - 23rd September
- Sandleheath - 7th October
- Wellow Wood - 14th October
- Winterslow - 30th September
Sunday 14th October at 6:00pm
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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.