A letter from Revd. Bryan Coates

To All the Members of the Churches of the Salisbury Circuit

Dear Friends

I am very grateful that the letter I wrote in the third week of June has been widely circulated and that it has produced some feedback.  As the restrictions imposed by the Coronavirus lockdown are being eased, I am aware that we need to be somewhat more pro-active about the process of discussion regarding the re-opening of our Churches for Services of Worship.

The regulations about preparing our premises, from both Church authorities and Government, remain very strict.  There is a lot of work to be done.  The Circuit Leadership Team is due to meet and we shall retain oversight of the process in order to reassure our people about their safety as they return to Church.

I want to record my thanks, on behalf of us all, to the ministerial team for the work they have put in to creating a variety of Worship material that has been available over this period.  Similarly, a sincere ‘Thank You’ to our Technical Team who have spent a great deal of time in making this possible.

In my June letter I raised some questions about the future – those questions remain in play.  We do need to talk together about our direction.  There are some immediate questions and the gleaning of your answers and opinions will help enormously as we enter a period of planning and preparation for the resumption of Worship and continuing church fellowship and life.

The Circuit Leadership Team (our five Circuit Stewards, our Administrator and the Ministers) will appreciate it if you will please commit some time to thinking creatively about the following subjects and sending me your reflections which ideally will be more than just single word answers.  Thank you.

With best wishes



Bryan Coates                                                                                        Email – sandyandbryan@tiscali.co.uk


  • What have you missed about Church during this lockdown period?
  • Of all that the Church has continued to do, what has been helpful to your faith and fellowship?
  • What is important and what have you discovered NOT to be important in church life?
  • In the light of all the continuing restrictions, what is your expectation about a return to Worship? When do you think that your church should re-open?
  • Are you aware of the regulations which will put some restrictions (eg no singing, social distancing etc) on the Worship that we are able to offer?
  • Are you excited or apprehensive about coming back to Church Worship and activity?
  • Should we try to continue, in some form, with some of the provisions we have made during lockdown with online Services and written material?

MHA (Methodist Homes) Sunday, 14th 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.

at 3:00pm on Sunday 14th June  2020 there will be a service of remembrance, focusing on the kindness shown by our colleagues and volunteers at this time. It will include stories and experiences from across MHA as we reflect and pause to remember those who have sadly passed away as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

The service video will remain online available for you to watch anytime after 14 June.

Take your seat from 2.45pm on Sunday 14 June, ready for the 45 minute service video to live stream at 3pm – the MHA Sunday Service will be available for all to watch from this webpage (you will not need a YouTube account to watch the service).

MHA Sunday Afternoon Service

MHA Service sheet

Making a donation

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

Or, if you prefer, you can call us on 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)

Welcome to the June Newsletter

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Christian Aid Week 10 – 17 May

Because of Lockdown Christian Aid week is a little different this year – there are many ways to give.

  • Christian Aid e-envelope
  • justgiving (into our local account) from https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/salisburyca
  • BACS (into our local account) to Churches Salisbury Christian Sort code 54-41-19 Account No. 68577613
  • Texting (into our local account)
    Text CAIDSALISBURY to 70085 to donate £5
    Texts cost £5 plus one standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via telephone and SMS. If you’d like to give £5 but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text CAIDSALISBURYNOINFO to 70085.
  • Salisbury Christian Aid facebook page (direct to Christian Aid)

You are invited to join a Lockdown Quiz for Christian Aid Week!  It is taking place 7pm Tuesday 12 May at…your home. Jonathan Plows, famous for his annual quiz night in Salisbury has launched into cyberspace and will host this quiz via zoom. Each home is a team — it can be you alone, or you with other people in your house. There will be four rounds: History, Literature, Pictures, Diseases.

If you want to join, visit our Justgiving site (https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/salisburyca) by Monday 11 May 5pm. Please donate at least £5 per member of your team, and place a comment that you want to join the quiz. Please also email me at christianaidquiz1@gmail.com with your name, phone number, email address. We will then email your team an invitation to the zoom meeting. Please log into the meeting by 6.55pm on Tuesday. 

The team with the highest score wins … a nanny goat.

Christian Aid is a partnership of people, churches and local organisations committed to ending poverty worldwide. As coronavirus spreads around the world, help support their work in combating its effects among our global neighbours. 

A Message from Rev. Anna Bishop

Dear sisters and brothers,

It is a regular part of our worshipping life together to join with other local congregations from time to time, and we are so blessed that technology allows us to do this even in lockdown! So this week, my heartfelt thanks, for their hard work in offering worship, to my Methodist colleague well known to you all, Rev’d Steve Hawkes, my local ecumenical colleague, Rev’d Kelvin Inglis, Rector of St Thomas’, and my Connexional colleagues, Rev’d Tony Miles and the team at Central Hall, Westminster. Whether you want to connect with our Circuit community, local 3 Churches community, or Connexional community, there is a service for you this Sunday. And they all remind us that wherever we are we are one body in Christ.

Next week worship will be on our own website again, led by members of our own congregation and a guest preacher, to mark Christian Aid Week.

We’ve now had 5 weeks of lockdown, and I wonder how you are faring. I guess some will have got into a comfortable routine by now, while others may be wondering whether they can stand it for even one more day. However you are feeling, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me and have a chat. I am home-educating Grace and George in the mornings, but I am available every afternoon. Please do get in touch.

I also want to thank our Pastoral Visitors for all that they are doing to keep in touch with everybody and to keep our community together.

Stay safe, everybody. God is with us.

With love,


Easter Day!


 Oh glorious morn, oh wonderful day, Jesus is raised from the dead.

From obedience to glory the work of God completed, the barrier broken,

the curtain rent asunder. We see God in all His awesome holiness and wonder.

Through Jesus, the sacrificial lamb victory is won, the ransom paid, death overcome. The suffering Son, now risen Christ, magnificent in glory in the heavenly trinity entwined, eager to embrace the smallest seed of faith. The gates of Heaven open wide to receive all who will seek and find.   To our God from whom such grace so freely flows we give praise, thanks and honour for the Son who arose.


from Kate Newton

Easter Week Online

We will have two online services:

Good Friday with Rev. Bryan Coates at 10:30am

Easter Day Celebration with Rev. Anna Bishop also at 10:30am

You can also share Compline (evening Prayer) from Anna here

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