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Notices for Sunday7th November

Big Sing, Saturday 6th November, 2:00pm, Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh.

Join with the Iona Community,  singing songs of climate justice and solidarity relayed from the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh on 6th November at 14:00 GMT in the sanctuary at Salisbury Methodist Church. We will sing to raise awareness of the situation and call for change. We will sing to stand together with each other in hope. “Hope is an active word!”

If you cannot be with us, the Iona Zoom link is below.

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81820591214 

Meeting ID: 818 2059 1214

Weekly Notice sheet – please click on the picture to read.

Coronavirus

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.

An enthusiastic group of singers is needed to help lead the singing – including a new hymn tune – at the Church Anniversary service on Sunday 21 November. All are invited to attend one rehearsal at 8pm on the evening of Wednesday 17 November.

The Carol Service is back! This year’s Carol Service Choir rehearsals will be at 8pm on the Wednesday evenings 24 November, 1, 8 & 15 December, followed by the service at 6pm on Sunday 19 December. All ages and stages welcome as we prepare special music for the occasion. Jonathan Robinson.

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

The rainy season has just begun in Zambia. We are asked to pray for sufficient rain in the coming months.

At St John’s, please pray for the Community Development and Social Justice group, working with people in need in Mtendere.

Notices for Sunday 26th September

Harvest Festival 2021

Followed by General Church Meeting

This Sunday, 26th September is our Harvest Festival service led by Revd. Anna Bishop and Mr Dan Bishop.

We are delighted that this year we can again bring gifts for the Trussell Trust for their food parcels. When you arrive in the sanctuary, please place your gifts on the raised area before you take your seat. This will save unnecessary movement during the service.
Items in a food bank parcel include: –
• Soup,
• Tinned tomatoes/Pasta sauce,
• Lentils, Beans, Pulses,
• Tinned meat, Tinned vegetables,
• Tea/Coffee, Tinned fruit, Biscuits,
• UHT milk, Fruit juice.

There will be a collection for ‘All We Can’, envelopes will be avalable, or you can donate online online at https://www.allwecan.org.uk/donate/make-a-donation/.

General Church Meeting 11:30am

After the Harvest Festival service you are encouraged to stay for the General Church meeting. Coffee will be served in the sanctuary.This is an especially important occasion this year as we were unable to hold the meeting in 2020. You may view the meeting live, here.
Once the meeting has finished, we will be delighted if you will join us for a picnic lunch and a time of fellowship. We all have missed such occasions over the past 18 months so it will be wonderful to meet and catch up on missed time together.
Covid19 restrictions mean that we have to ask you to bring and consume your own food and bring your own (non-alcoholic) drink.

October Newsletter

The October Newsletter is now available, just clicl on the picture below.

Fairtrade Shop

Our Fairtrade Shop is open today in the hall, after our General Church Meeting. It will also be open on Wednesday mornings from 10 – 12.

Coffee Bar

Our Coffee Bar is also reopening this Wednesday, from 10:00 – 12:00.

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

Pray for our minister, Rev Godfrey Gama, in his work as chair of Chelston Consistory of the United Church of Zambia (Consistory is equivalent of Circuit).

St John’s is part of this Consistory, which covers the east of Lusaka and includes 26 congregations and 15,650 church members.

At St John’s, pray for the Finance Committee, in hard times because of COVID.

Notices for Sunday 19th September

Climate Sunday

Today has been designated as Climate Sunday, and so we reflect on the climate crisis that we are facing.

Our local M.P., John Glen will be taking part, and we look forward to the climate conference in Glasgow, COP26, in October.

This video explains some of the issues:

Fairtrade Shop

Our Fairtrade Shop reopens today in the hall, after our morning service. It will also be open on Wednesday mornings from 10 – 12.

Coffee Bar

Our Coffee Bar is also reopening on Wednesday’s only, from 10:00 – 12:00.

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

Pray for the people who lead worship at St John’s – the minister, Rev Godfrey Gama, the choirs and the lay preachers – and for the people and technology that enable that worship to be shared digitally.

Harvest Festival 2021 and General Church Meeting

Next Sunday, 26th September we will hold our Harvest Festival service led by Revd. Anna Bishop and Mr Dan Bishop.

This will be followed at 11.30 am by the General Church meeting.
We are delighted that this year we can again bring gifts for the Trussell Trust for their food parcels. When you arrive in the sanctuary, please place your gifts on the raised area before you take your seat. This will save unnecessary movement during the service.
Items in a food bank parcel include: –
• Soup,
• Tinned tomatoes/Pasta sauce,
• Lentils, Beans, Pulses,
• Tinned meat, Tinned vegetables,
• Tea/Coffee, Tinned fruit, Biscuits,
• UHT milk, Fruit juice.

There will be a collection for ‘All We Can’, envelopes will be avalable, or you can donate online online at https://www.allwecan.org.uk/donate/make-a-donation/.

After the Harvest Festival service you are encouraged to stay for the General Church meeting. Coffee will be served in the sanctuary.

This is an especially important occasion this year as we were unable to hold the meeting in 2020.
Once the meeting has finished, we will be delighted if you will join us for a picnic lunch and a time of fellowship. We all have missed such occasions over the past 18 months so it will be wonderful to meet and catch up on missed time together.
Covid19 restrictions mean that we have to ask you to bring and consume your own food and bring your own (non-alcoholic) drink.

Church Notices Sunday 8th August

Revd Michael Franklin

For those of you who have not heard, we have the sad news to report that Revd Michael Franklin died peacefully in hospital last Saturday.

We give thanks to God for his life of faith and service through his ministry.

The funeral service will take place here at SMc on Friday 20th August at 2pm followed by the committal at Salisbury Crematorium.

Please hold Jenny, Sarah and John, and family in your prayers.

 

Dennis Bailey

A reminder that the funeral of Dennis Bailey will be held on Tuesday 10th August. There will be a service at Sandleheath for the family only, starting at 1pm. The main service of Celebration, for the life and preaching ministry of Dennis, will then take place at St Mary’s in Fordingbridge, where all are welcome at 2pm.

 

Methodist Prayer Handbook 2021/2022 – ‘A Place for All’

There are prayers for every day of the year. They are ideal for individual prayer, and include familiar prayers which are interwoven with new contributions from Methodists across the districts and around the world.

If you would like a copy, please order from me, by Monday 16th August.

Margaret Rutt handbook@salisburymethodist.org.uk

 

Mixed Blessings

There will be a Mixed Blessings Service at 4:00pm this afternoon. For details, please email Revd Anna Bishop

 

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

Give thanks that COVID cases and deaths are falling and that we are now celebrating Holy Communion together again.

Give thanks also that section Bible Studies can meet again, and pray for section elders leading those meetings.

Pray for school pupils and teachers as classes resume this week for pupils preparing for public examinations. (Public exams are in November/December; pupils have lost a lot of time because of COVID.)

Action for Children Sunday 11th July

Sunday July 11 is designated Action for Children (formerly NCH) Sunday

If you are in church, donation envelopes will be available.

You can donate to Action for Children by visiting their website

https://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/donate

  • Prefer to donate over the phone?

    Call 0300 123 2112

  • Save time and text to donate (terms and conditions apply)

    Text CHILDREN to 70175 to donate £5 now

Please click on the picture below for the Action for Children newsletter

MHA (Methodist Homes) Sunday, 13th June

As the UK’s largest charity care provider, MHA (formerly Methodist Homes) enable people to live later life well.

Through specialist care homes, thriving retirement living and vibrant community groups and befriending, we inspire the best care and wellbeing at every stage of later life.

With over 75 years’ experience we put people at the heart of everything we do in all our homes and schemes across Britain.

To find out more about MHA, please visit their website www.mha.org.uk.

Making a donation

You can make a donation online by visiting the online donation form

Or, if you prefer, you can call 01332 221641 to donate by credit or debit card,

or send a cheque to: MHA, Epworth House, Stuart Street, Derby, DE1 2EQ.

(Please make cheques payable to MHA)

Christian Aid Week 10 – 16 May

In a rural village in Kenya, Florence Muthiani (pictured) sings with joy as she works her plot of land and tends to her beehives. She is full of life, love and laughter. She’s courageous and kind, a survivor. She has to be.

A few years ago, Florence’s husband died, leaving her a widow. At the time, she had no water to grow crops, and her children were hungry.

Every day, she walked for up to eight hours on a dangerous journey to collect water. ‘Life was miserable,’ she told us.

The once-reliable rains in Kenya have failed year upon year. Now, millions of people are desperately struggling to cope. Climate-induced extreme weather is making it harder and harder to survive.

Florence used to be one of these people. With no water, she struggled to grow the food her family needed. But thanks to Christian Aid something remarkable happened.

Florence and her community have built a water dam, just a short walk away from her village. Florence is proud to show us how, thanks to the dam, she can grow tomatoes, onions and chillies on her farm. With this dam, her children can eat healthy, nutritious vegetables. It’s her source of life and joy.

Florence also uses the water from the dam to keep honey bees, selling their golden honey for cash at the market. Trees that have sprung up around the dam provide the bees with a source of nectar.

Now, thanks to funding from Christian Aid, Florence is reaping a good life for herself and her family. I have been sustained by the earth dam,’ she says. ‘My life has changed. I am very happy. I have strength and power.’ She is grateful to Christian Aid and the gifts of people in the U.K. that have transformed the lives of her and her community. She prays for peace for her children and for rain.

(Text mostly from the C.A. Week Supporters Leaflet)

Please click here to donate to Christian Aid

or – please send cheques to Christian Aid, Christian Aid, 35-41 Lower Marsh, London SE1 7RL.

 

 

Worship in May

Our May Newsletter is out now:

Our Worship in May is both in the sanctuary and online, live-streamed by YouTube

We are still subject to government guidelines, which at the present time mean that:

  • Each bubble must be socially distanced from the next one.
  • All members of the congregation must wear a face mask from entry to until exit from the building.
  • Hands must be sanitized on entry to and exit from the building.
  • No congregational singing is permitted.
  • Members of the congregation should remain seated throughout the service.
  • Everyone in the building must supply contact information for test and trace purposes.

Please enter the building by the front entrance.

To assist you stewards will be on duty at the door, in the welcome area and in the sanctuary. Please follow their guidance.

Services for May:

Sunday 2nd May: 10.30am led by Revd. Anna Bishop.

Sunday 9th May: 10.30am led by Revd. Dr Philip Luscombe

Little Blessings service: Zoom service at 4.00pmled by Revd. Anna Bishop. For more information, please contact Anna.

Sunday 16th May: 10.30am led by Revd. Anna Bishop.

Sunday 23rd May: 10.30am led by Revd. Cecil King.

Sunday 30th May: 10.30am led by Revd. David Hookins

Please pre-book using the online booking form here, if you cannot access this please phone Liz Chick on 01980 610594. Bookings should be made by 11.00am on the Friday preceding the service.

Whilst you may just turn up, numbers are limited and when we are full, we are full!

All services will be live streamed – please visit our YouTube Channel for our online services. Salisbury Methodist Church YouTube Channel

Community Roll

If you have received a letter or email asking for permission to continue to hold your data, then please return it as soon as possible, otherwise we can no longer keep your data and be permitted to contact you.

If you live in the Salisbury area and would like to be on our Community Roll then please fill in your contact details here

Support Us

Please continue to support us, you can now donate online by card here

Worship in April

We are pleased that worship has resumed in the sanctuary.

We will, however, have to follow the government guidelines.

Currently these mean that:

  • Each bubble must be socially distanced from the next one.
  • All members of the congregation must wear a face mask from entry to until exit from the building.
  • Hands must be sanitized on entry to and exit from the building.
  • No congregational singing is permitted.
  • Members of the congregation should remain seated throughout the service.
  • Everyone in the building must supply contact information for test and trace purposes.

Please enter the building by the front entrance.

To assist you stewards will be on duty at the door, in the welcome area and in the sanctuary. Please follow their guidance.

Please pre-book using the online booking form here, if you cannot access this please phone Liz Chick on 01980 610594. Bookings should be made by 11.00am on the Friday preceding the service.

Whilst you may just turn up, numbers are limited and when we are full, we are full!

All services will be live streamed – please visit our YouTube Channel for our online services. Salisbury Methodist Church YouTube Channel

Sunday 11th –  Mr.Michael King

Little Blessings service: -in the sanctuary at 4.00pm led by Revds Anna Bishop, and Cecil King with Linda Hayman. For more information, please contact Linda. outreachworker@salisburymethodist.org.uk

Sunday 18th April -Revds Anna Bishop and David Hookins

Sunday 25thApril – Revd Bryan Coates.

Community Roll

If you have received a letter or email asking for permission to continue to hold your data, then please return it as soon as possible, otherwise we can no longer keep your data and be permitted to contact you.

If you live in the Salisbury area and would like to be on our Community Roll then please fill in your contact details here

Support Us

Please continue to support us, you can now donate online by card here