Welcome to Salisbury Methodist Circuit
Dear Sisters and Brothers.
There is a tension in the Church between being popular and prophetic,
and in this way the Church reflects the world situation.
We have seen how those who say what we want to hear have gained political
power through being seen to be 'honest' and 'telling it as it is'.
Unfortunately what we want to hear (and the 'we' here is society generally not you as an individual) tends to feed either our feelings of superiority or our feelings of inferiority. Therefore, to speak of those who have been powerless in terms that suggest that they have now gained too much power, and this could be women, migrants, people of different sexual orientation, people with varying abilities, or some other marginalized group, is both a statement of arrogant superiority and an act of those fearful of becoming inferior because of the rise of the voices of the marginalized. The catch-all term for this is 'political correctness' which is used as a derogatory term and yet to speak respectfully about any other person is, surely, an act of love, and so a Christian duty. Of course, we have discovered that we live in a 'post-truth' society, in which it does not seem to matter whether we are honest or lie, each will gain us popular support, so long as we say what people want to hear,
which is so often at the expense of respect and understanding of others.
So what should we be doing in this society?
Should we be seeking to be popular?
Massaging the Christian Gospel so that it is comfortable to those who want to see the world
as divided between them and us?
Preaching a Gospel of the included few and the damned many?
should we be seeking to be prophetic?
Declaring the radical love of God in Christ, a babe in the manger and a man on a cross?
Stating the need for constant repentance for everyone,
"For there is no distinction, since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; they are now justified by his grace as a gift,
through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus" (Romans 3:22b-24 NRSV).
This quarter includes Easter, the ultimate expression of God's love in Christ,
a self-sacrifice beyond our imagining, that "
God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us."
(Romans 5:8 NRSV). This is the God we proclaim, one who died for all, without exception, and who will fulfil his purpose of love. Let us be a prophetic people as we come again to his cross
and let us be bearers of God's resurrection life to a world in need of truth and hope.
Your brother in Christ,
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Cafe on the Green - Bishopdown Farm
New times and events from Tuesday 21st February
Community coffee shop on Tuesday afternoons (2.30 - 4.00) and Friday mornings (9.00 - 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.
From Tuesday 21st Feb. there will be a 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.
Services and events for Lent and Holy Week
Ash Wednesday - 1st March:
- Fordingbridge - 10.00 am Holy Communion with Ashing. Rev Anna Bishop.
- Salisbury - 6.00 pm Three Churches Holy Communion at Salisbury Methodist Church
Palm Sunday - 9th April
- Bemerton - 3.00 pm. New Sarum Singers will perform 'No Greater Love'
narrated by Rev Steve Hawkes
Maundy Thursday - 13 April
- Bourne Valley - 7.00 pm Service
- Fordingbridge - 7.30 pm United service at Fordingbridge United Reformed Church
- Salisbury - 7.00 pm Holy Communion followed by stripping of the altars at St Thomas' Church
Good Friday - 14 April
- Bemerton - 10.00 am United Walk of Witness
- Bourne Valley - 11.00 am. Walk of Witness in the Winterbournes
- Fordingbridge - 10.30 am Rev Anna Bishop and Mrs Bekkie Wright
- Salisbury - 10.00 am Service led by Rev David Hookins followed by Walk of Witness
- Sandleheath - 9.00 am Family Service - Rev Anna Bishop
- Wellow Wood - 7.00 pm 'Beneath the Cross' with story, song and epilogue.
- Winterslow - 2.00 pm. Rev Paul Rees
Please check locally for other services and events.
Tuesday Horizons 2017
At Salisbury Methodist Church
Tuesday evenings 7:30 - 9:00 (coffee from 7:00)
A series of evening meetings intended to let you broaden your horizons and to reflect further
on some of the spiritual matters which impinge on us all.
14th February - "The birth and youth of Jesus: A help or a problem?" - Revd David Hookins.
28th February - "Transubstantiation: How does it fit into our belief?" - Father Canon Michael Fitzpatrick.
14th March - "Hymnody: Theology or a nice tune?" - Steve Hawkes.
All are welcome to attend any or all the meetings.
Thursday 16th March - 7.30 pm at Salisbury Methodist Church
Local Preachers and Worship Leaders
Tuesday 21st March - 7.30 pm at Salisbury Methodist Church
Sunday 5th March -
Singing our Faith at Salisbury Methodist Church
3.00 pm Workshop
4.00 pm Worship
5.00 pm bring and share tea
Please support this celebration for all arranged
by our Local Preachers and Worship Leaders without
whom we would have many empty pulpits.
Easter Offering Dedication
Sunday 14th May - 6.00 pm at Shrewton Methodist Church
The Easter Offering dedication service for 2017 has the theme Shine Like Stars (Philippians 2:15).
All are invited to Shrewton and more details will be available nearer the time.