Month: December 2021

Happy New Year

Sunday 2nd January 2022

Our service this morning at 10:30am is led by Revd Jane Jaylor.

If you are attending worship in person, please:

  • wear a mask (this is now a legal requirement unless you are exempt)
  • use hand sanitiser
  • as far as possible, respect social distancing – we may ask you to sit socially distanced.
  • if you are able, please consider doing a Lateral Flow Test.
  • do not attend if you are feeling unwell.
  • wrap up warm – the doors will be open.

Please watch from home if you can https://youtu.be/MSqV25DOsLI

Sadly, we have decided that we can no longer meet for coffee and fellowship after morning service. The Fairtrade stall will continue to be available.

Weekly Notice Sheet –

please click on the picture below to read the latest notice sheet

Our Christmas Day collection was for Action for Children – you can still donate online here

New(ish!) to SMc? Welcome to the family!

Come along to the ‘Compass’ Course in the New Year.

‘Compass’ is valuable for those new to the Methodist church, those who have been coming for a long time and want to try to make some sense of things and for long-time Methodists who want to re-energise their discipleship.

Please contact Anna if you are interested, and together we will work out the best time and means of gathering. At the end of the course there will be the opportunity to be received into membership.

If you have come to SMc from another Methodist church and would like to transfer your membership, please contact Anna. We will hold a service to welcome all new and transferring members in the New Near

Prayers for our sister church, St John’s, Mtendere, Zambia

Give thanks for the Christmas worship we enjoyed together and pray that our New Year event will b really a timer of renewal and rededication.Pray especially for our minister and Church leadership Group guiding our congregation into the new year.

Pray that Zambia will receive more vaccines, as COVID cases are back into the thousands each day.

Christmas at SMc

Our Christmas Services

The Chrisrmas Day Advent candle-lighting prayer focuses on welcoming others.You can find out more about migration and asylum, and action you can take, at https://www.jointpublicissues.org.uk/issues/asylum-and-migration

 

Updated Christmas service information

Christmas Eve 4:00pm: Christingle (not livestreamed)

Christmas Eve Midnight Communion has been cancelled.

An Alternative Christmas Eve Reflection and Prayers from Revd Anna Bishop https://youtu.be/b1755hxChLQ. The words of the prayer can be found here.

Both St. Thomas’ and Salisbury Catherderal have midnight services

Christmas Day 10:00am Our traditional Christmas Day celebration – now livestreamed. Link

Our Christmas Day collection is for Action for Children – you can donate online here

Sunday 26 December Revd Steve Hawkes recorded service available to watch from 6:00am.

Coronavirus Update

If you are attending worship in person, please:

  • wear a mask (this is now a legal requirement unless you are exempt)
  • use hand sanitiser
  • as far as possible, respect social distancing – we may ask you to sit socially distanced.
  • if you are able, please consider doing a Lateral Flow Test.
  • do not attend if you are feeling unwell.
  • wrap up warm – the doors will be open.

Sadly, we have decided that we can no longer meet for coffee and fellowship after morning service. The Fairtrade stall will continue to be available

You are invited to sign the SMc Christmas Card on the notice board in the Welcome area and make a donation to Salisbury Women’s Refuge in lieu of the money you would have spent in sending individual cards to your friends at SMc.The Christmas gifts we have been collecting for the women and children at the Refuge will be delivered to the home next Wednesday, 15th December.

 

SMc, including the church office is closed from Christmas Day to Sunday 2nd January

New(ish!) to SMc? Welcome to the family!

Come along to the ‘Compass’ Course in the New Year.

‘Compass’ is valuable for those new to the Methodist church, those who have been coming for a long time and want to try to make some sense of things and for long-time Methodists who want to re-energise their discipleship.

Please contact Anna if you are interested, and together we will work out the best time and means of gathering. At the end of the course there will be the opportunity to be received into membership.

If you have come to SMc from another Methodist church and would like to transfer your membership, please contact Anna. We will hold a service to welcome all new and transferring members in the New Near

 

Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal for Afghanistan

Afghanistan is heading for catastrophe this winter. Children are dying today, and a million more under the age of five are at risk of dying over the next three months.

More than eight million people are on the brink of famine. Years of conflict, the Covid-19 pandemic, a change of government and the worst drought in 27 years have led to catastrophic hunger. The situation will only get worse as the freezing weather sets in.

DEC’s Afghanistan Crisis Appeal is funding work to:

  • Deliver emergency food and cash to hungry families

  • Provide urgent nutrition to young children and mothers

  • Support healthcare facilities to treat malnutrition

  • Provide winter kits to help displaced families stay warm

To support this appeal please click here

Prayers for our sister church, St John’s, Mtendere, Zambia

Pray for us as we celebrate the birth of Jesus among us as we suffer the fourth wave of coronavirus.

We have a steep rise in the number of cases, nearly all among people who have not been vaccinated.

Pray that we shall receive more vaccine.

Give thanks for the 37 ministers newly graduated from the UCZ University and sent out to begin ministry this month.

Pray also for our school leavers at St John’s waiting for their exam results and looking for work.

Prayer to share on Christmas Eve

Jesus our brother, who bring together human and divine, you are meeting us here and now in this place, in this moment. We pause to remember that the one thing we desire above all others is for you to be with us.

Though we cannot receive you in bread and wine today, be born in our hearts and show us you were already there within us, by your love lighting our darkness from within. Open our eyes to your holy presence in each thing you have created and in every moment you give. As each of your followers does their part where they are, may we all grow together in love and in richer, fuller communion. Make us one with you and with all who love you in every time and place. Help us to feel and to know that we are united as members of your body. With all your people, may we share your risen life, which renews all creation. We offer all that we are to you in love and service, as an act of spiritual worship. Amen.

“Emmanuel, Emmanuel” by Bob McGee is 198 in Singing the Faith.

“Let earth and heaven combine” by Charles Wesley is 208 in Singing the Faith and can be found at:
https://youtu.be/WyoSU3UT3lM

Notices for Sunday 19th December

Coronavirus Update

Following guidance from both the Methodist Connexion centrally, and our Acting Superintendent Minister, Bryan Coates, the covid restart group have sadly decided that we need to take action to reduce the risks to those attending worship from this Sunday.

If you are attending worship in person, please:

  • wear a mask (this is now a legal requirement unless you are exempt)
  • use hand sanitiser
  • as far as possible, respect social distancing – we may ask you to sit socially distanced.
  • if you are able, please consider doing a Lateral Flow Test.
  • do not attend if you are feeling unwell.
  • wrap up warm – the doors will be open.

Sadly, we have decided that we can no longer meet for coffee and fellowship after morning service. The Fairtrade stall will continue to be available

We have also had to cancel mince pies after the Carol service tonight. Our apologies to those who have made or bought mince pies for this evening.

Both of this week’s services are livestreamed so please watch from home if you are able to.

Our Services Today

10:30am Nativity Service with contributions from our children. Livestream Link

6:00pm Annual service of carols and readings. Livestream Link

Today, our Advent candle-lighting prayer focuses on people who experience poverty or inequality. You can find out more about how the poorest and most-marginalised can be brought into the centre of our society athttps://www.jointpublicissues.org.uk/issues/poverty/

 

Weekly Notice sheet – please click on the picture to read

You are invited to sign the SMc Christmas Card on the notice board in the Welcome area and make a donation to Salisbury Women’s Refuge in lieu of the money you would have spent in sending individual cards to your friends at SMc.The Christmas gifts we have been collecting for the women and children at the Refuge will be delivered to the home next Wednesday, 15th December.

Christmas Services

Come and make a Christingle on Christmas Eve, 4:00pm

Christmas Day Celebration 10:00am with Revd Anna Bishop Livestreamed

SMc, including the church office is closed from Christmas Day to Sunday 2nd January

New(ish!) to SMc? Welcome to the family!

Come along to the ‘Compass’ Course in the New Year.

‘Compass’ is valuable for those new to the Methodist church, those who have been coming for a long time and want to try to make some sense of things and for long-time Methodists who want to re-energise their discipleship.

Please contact Anna if you are interested, and together we will work out the best time and means of gathering. At the end of the course there will be the opportunity to be received into membership.

If you have come to SMc from another Methodist church and would like to transfer your membership, please contact Anna. We will hold a service to welcome all new and transferring members in the New Near

 

Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal for Afghanistan

Afghanistan is heading for catastrophe this winter. Children are dying today, and a million more under the age of five are at risk of dying over the next three months.

More than eight million people are on the brink of famine. Years of conflict, the Covid-19 pandemic, a change of government and the worst drought in 27 years have led to catastrophic hunger. The situation will only get worse as the freezing weather sets in.

DEC’s Afghanistan Crisis Appeal is funding work to:

  • Deliver emergency food and cash to hungry families

  • Provide urgent nutrition to young children and mothers

  • Support healthcare facilities to treat malnutrition

  • Provide winter kits to help displaced families stay warm

To support this appeal please click here

Prayers for our sister church, St John’s, Mtendere, Zambia

Pray for us as ther number of coronavirus cases is increasing again.

Pray for the vaccination campaign, and pray for us as we try to keep people safe from COVID in worship and church activities.

Pray especially for our choirs and singing groups in witness and worship for Advent and Christmas.

 

Notices for Sunday 12th December

Today, our Advent candle-lighting prayer focuses on sharing the blessings we have with others. You can find out about the connection between the environment and the economy and more athttps://www.jointpublicissues.org.uk/issues/economy/

 

Weekly Notice sheet – please click on the picture to read

If you are attending worship in person, please:

  • wear a mask
  • (this is now a legal requirement unless you are exempt)
  • use hand sanitiser
  • as far as possible, respect social distancing
  • do not attend if you are feeling unwell.

 

6:00pm THIS EVENING 12th December – Marriage at SMc:

Exploration and Conversation ahead of the Church Council vote on 25th January 2022 on whether to register the building for same-sex marriages, come along for an evening of information and conversation to share and listen to views.

Before you come, you may find it helpful to watch this short video, summarising the 2019 ‘God in Love Unites Us’ Report:

https://youtu.be/snEit30LuIA

 

You are invited to sign the SMc Christmas Card on the notice board in the Welcome area and make a donation to Salisbury Women’s Refuge in lieu of the money you would have spent in sending individual cards to your friends at SMc.The Christmas gifts we have been collecting for the women and children at the Refuge will be delivered to the home next Wednesday, 15th December.

Live streaming our services

In addition to our Sunday morning services, our Carol Service on Sunday 19th December at 6:00pm will be live streamed.

However, we are unable to livestream our Christmas Day celebration.

Prayers for our sister church, St John’s, Mtendere, Zambia

Pray that rain is more plentiful this month; we need more rain.

At St John’s, pray especially for the Men’s Christian Fellowship in their pastoral work, worship and Bible Study.

And pray for the choirs, drama group, Sunday School and preachers preparing to share the Christmas gospel.

Tech Team

The Tech team needs reinforcements. There are only six of us and three people are needed each Sunday. We provide sound and visuals in the sanctuary and also the livestream to YouTube.

Please consider helping in this important part of our worship and church life. If you would like to know more, please get in touch with Rob Tarlton or Nick Rutt.

Notices for Sunday 5th December

Today, our Advent candle-lighting prayer focuses on peacemaking.

You can find out more about how we can actively work for peace at https://www.jointpublicissues.org.uk/issues/peacemaking/

6:00pm this evening – Advent Carol Service
Weekly Notice sheet – please click on the picture to read.

If you are attending worship in person, please:

  • wear a mask
  • use hand sanitiser
  • as far as possible, respect social distancing
  • do not attend if you are feeling unwell.

 

 

Scout Post

Last day for posting

Wednesday December 8th

Stamps from the coffee bar or Davis Miles

 

 

 

Sarum Concern for Israel/Palestine
Wednesday, 8 December 2021  7:00pm for  7:30 pm

SALISBURY UNITED REFORMED CHURCH
Fisherton Street, SALISBURY SP2 7RG
‘BEAUTIFUL RESISTANCE’

Prayers for our sister church, St John’s, Mtendere, Zambia

Thank God that we have hardly any deaths from COVID 19 now.

Pray for Rev Godfrey Gamaand the burial assistants he has trained in their ministry to bereaved families, at funerals and burials.

Please pray for pupils preparing for the school leaving exams in December.

Live streaming our services

In addition to our Sunday morning services, our Carol Service on Sunday 19th December at 6:00pm will be live streamed.

However, we are unable to livestream our Christmas Day celebration.

Tech Team

The Tech team needs reinforcements. There are only six of us and three people are needed each Sunday. We provide sound and visuals in the sanctuary and also the livestream to YouTube.

Please consider helping in this important part of our worship and church life. If you would like to know more, please get in touch with Rob Tarlton or Nick Rutt.