Notices for Sunday 31st October

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

Coronavirus

Coronavirus cases have been rising, with Wiltshire having one of the highest rates in England.

So,  following advice from Bryan Coates the Acting Circuit Superintendent, the Restart Group is respectfully requesting that ALL users of the church buildings wear masks and use hand sanitiser.

 

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.

For the text of Bryan’s letter, please see https://salisburymethodist.org.uk/coronavirus-update/

All Souls Service

The All Souls service, where we remember loved ones who have died, is on Sunday 31 October at 6pm and will be  led by Revd. Anna Bishop.

If you would like someone’s name to be read out, please contact the Church Office.

As there are many people who have been affected during the last 18 months, this service will be livestreamed.

Singers

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.

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

Join with the Iona Community, come and sing at Salisbury Methodist Church in the sanctuary using the big screens,  singing songs of climate justice and solidarity via Zoom, on 6th November at 14:00 GMT 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!”. Please wear a mask.

If you cannot be with us then you could join in at home.

The zoom room will be open from 13:45. The texts of the songs will be shared on zoom for everybody to join in around the world and in Scotland.

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

Meeting ID: 818 2059 1214

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

Pray, giving thanks for the Youth Musical Choirs Festival held over the Independence weekend and giving thanks that United Voice Radio has risen from the ashes.

At St John’s, pray for our prayer groups – the intercessory prayer group meeting each day and the Thursday deliverance prayers – giving thanks for our prayer warriors and for answers to prayer.

Notices for Sunday 24th October

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

Coronavirus

Coronavirus cases have been rising, with Wiltshire having one of the highest rates in England.

So,  following advice from Bryan Coates the Acting Circuit Superintendent, the Restart Group is respectfully requesting that ALL users of the church buildings wear masks and use hand sanitiser.

 

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.

For the text of Bryan’s letter, please see https://salisburymethodist.org.uk/coronavirus-update/

Bible Book Club

Sunday October 24th at 4:00pm

We look at Luke’s Gospel, in preparation for the coming lectionary year which focusses on this book. All are welcome.

All Souls Service

The All Souls service, where we remember loved ones who have died, is on Sunday 31 October at 6pm and will be  led by Revd. Anna Bishop.

If you would like someone’s name to be read out, please contact Monica Gillings

As there are many people who have been affected during the last 18 months, this service will be livestreamed.

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

The 57th anniversary of Zambia’s Independence Day – 24th October, 1964.

Give thanks for peace, democracy and wider access to education at all levels.

Pray for the new President and Government and for unity in the nation.

Notices for Sunday 17th October

Salisbury Circuit service

Sunday 17th October at 6.00p.m. here, at Salisbury Methodist Church.

This will be a very special Circuit Service to recognise Mrs Kate Newton as a fully accredited Local Preacher.

The preacher for this service will be Mr Michael King, who helps and guides our Preachers ‘On Trial’ through the long process of study and testing that is involved in the training of Preachers.

This service was live streamed. Please follow the link here https://youtu.be/qIPJNJLkbUs (Updated Link)

Prayers for Justice and Peace

Salisbury  Cathedral – join us for prayers next Wednesday Oct 20 at 12 noon in the Trinity chapel when there will be a special focus on COP 26 and Climate Change.

Bible Book Club

Sunday October 24th at 4:00pm

We look at Luke’s Gospel, in preparation for the coming lectionary year which focusses on this book. All are welcome.

Come and sing with Songs of Praise!

The longest running religious TV show in the world invites you to a special event in Salisbury Cathedral.

You are warmly invited to a special Songs of Praise music recording at Salisbury Cathedral on Saturday 23rd October, 10:30am – 13:30pm

All are welcome and we are especially keen for enthusiastic singers to join us and lead the viewers at home in the singing.

To book your space, please send your name, contact phone number and the number of people attending to SOPcongregations@avantimedia.tv Please include ‘Songs of Praise Salisbury’ in your subject header.

Alternatively, you can call us on 07734 030888 and leave a message and we’ll get straight back to you. Many thanks for your support; we look forward to hearing from you.

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

Give thanks that the United Church radio station gutted by fire last month is now broadcasting again, so vital in reaching rural areas with the Gospel.

Give thanks also for the Lusaka Choirs festival last week, witnessing to Christ and inspiring worship.

At St John’s, please pray for the three uniformed choirs as they encourage prayer and worship in our church.

Notices for Sunday 10th October

Mixed Blessings

Today, 10th October at 4:00pm, Please contact Revd Anna Bishop for details.

Salisbury Circuit service

Sunday 17th October at 6.00p.m. here, at Salisbury Methodist Church.

This will be a very special Circuit Service to recognise Mrs Kate Newton as a fully accredited Local Preacher.

The preacher for this service will be Mr Michael King, who helps and guides our Preachers ‘On Trial’ through the long process of study and testing that is involved in the training of Preachers.

Bible Book Club

Sunday October 24th at 4:00pm

We look at Luke’s Gospel, in preparation for the coming lectionary year which focusses on this book. All are welcome.

Come and sing with Songs of Praise!

The longest running religious TV show in the world invites you to a special event in Salisbury Cathedral.

You are warmly invited to a special Songs of Praise music recording at Salisbury Cathedral on Saturday 23rd October, 10:30am – 13:30pm

All are welcome and we are especially keen for enthusiastic singers to join us and lead the viewers at home in the singing.

To book your space, please send your name, contact phone number and the number of people attending to SOPcongregations@avantimedia.tv Please include ‘Songs of Praise Salisbury’ in your subject header.

Alternatively, you can call us on 07734 030888 and leave a message and we’ll get straight back to you. Many thanks for your support; we look forward to hearing from you.

Toddler Group is now open

Toddlers meet in the hall at SMC on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10am to 11.30am. £2.00 per family per session.

Refreshments supplied. Contact: outreachworker@salisburymethodist.org.uk

 

 

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

Give thanks that COVID transmissions in Zambia are now so low that restrictions have been lifted by the Government.

The United Church radio station in Lusaka has been gutted by fire. Pray for the people working to get the station back on air spreading the Gospel.

At St John’s, pray for the ministry of the Community Development and Social Justice group, working with local people in need because of the COVID restrictions in the past year.

 

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:

Why is COP26 important?

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.

Notices for Sunday 5th September

Worship

There are further changes to worship from 1st September.

Please visit our Worship Page  for details.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5TH, 6 PM

Worshipping with the Iona Community, led by Jonathan Robinson.
This will be live in the sanctuary only, not livestreamed.

An opportunity to spend an hour or so learning new songs and hearing a little of the experiences of a Methodist boy who ran away to the Hebrides. We’ll conclude with a short evening liturgy drawn from the Iona Abbey Worship book.

TODDLER GROUP RE-START

 Tuesday 14th & Friday 17th September 2021

from 10.00am to 12.30pm

We welcome back our regular families and hope to see new ones.

Only: £2.00 per family, per session.  Drinks and refreshments supplied.

At these two initial meetings we hope to discuss with you how we can join together to make sure our environment continues to be a safe and comfortable place for us all to meet.

Over a coffee and chat we would love to hear your views and ideas.

We look forward to seeing you.

Linda Hayman – outreachworker@salisburymethodist.org.uk

Steward Nominations

The General Church Meeting is planned for Sunday, September 26th, straight after our Harvest Festival service. If you would like to nominate someone to be a Church Steward (with their permission!), it is a requirement that all names should be handed to Anna Bishop by Sunday, September 12th, so that a vote can be taken at the meeting.

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

Pray for the ministry of the Men’s Christian Fellowship at St John’s. Give thanks for their witness, their leadership in worship, their pastoral care and their regular Bible Study.

Give thanks to God that the number of COVID-19 active cases in Zambia has dropped and that there are fewer COVID deaths. Pray for our faithfulness in following safe measures.

Notices for Sunday 29th August

Our September Newsletter is now available. Please click on the picture to read.

Worship

There are further changes to worship from 1st September.

Please visit our Worship Page  for details.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5TH, 6 PM

Worshipping with the Iona Community, led by Jonathan Robinson.
This will be live in the sanctuary only, not livestreamed.

An opportunity to spend an hour or so learning new songs and hearing a little of the experiences of a Methodist boy who ran away to the Hebrides. We’ll conclude with a short evening liturgy drawn from the Iona Abbey Worship book.

Visit to the New Room Bristol

The last church newsletter had an item from Barbara Hickman (p17) about a possible visit to the New Room in Bristol in October;  this would link well with the current Methodist Way of Life series of worship at SMC.  Barbera asks that anyone interested should get in touch with her by the end of August, please.

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

Give thanks for the peaceful transition to a new president and party in government,and pray that they will achieve the good things they hope to deliver.

Give thanks that our fellowships can be maintained digitally,even when we cannot meet in person because of COVID regulations.

Pray for the vaccination programme and for a continuing fall in the number of deaths from COVID.

Notices for Sunday 15th August

Changes…

Following a meeting of the Restart group, it has been decided that from this Sunday, the wearing of masks during worship will no longer be mandatory, although still strongly recommended.

Please wear your mask when moving about the sanctuary and then remove it once seated if you so wish.

If you have been isolating and wish to sit distanced from others please sit in the area of the sanctuary farthest from the entrance .

In the next week or so, most of the seats are being reset to their original positions.

It is hoped to serve coffee in the hall, following the morning service, from the first week in September.

 

Revd Michael Franklin

Michael’s 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.

 

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

 

Visit to the New Room Bristol

The last church newsletter had an item from Barbara Hickman (p17) about a possible visit to the New Room in Bristol in October;  this would link well with the current Methodist Way of Life series of worship at SMC.  Barbera asks that anyone interested should get in touch with her by the end of August, please.

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

This week is the fiercely contested General Election in Zambia, so the prayers St John’s have asked us to pray this coming Sunday are:
As we pray for peaceful and fair elections on Thursday, 12th August, we pray for peace and unity when the results are published, whoever will be President, in government and in Parliament.
Pray too for unity within our church and congregation, following our text for this year: “ALL ONE IN CHRIST”.

Finally an appeal..

As COVID restrictions are being relaxed we can now produce the weekly printed notice sheet again. John Forster is stepping down from his role as editor of the notices. We are therefore looking for someone to step into this post. If you are willing and able to take on this important part of church life please contact  either Valerie Liversidge or Jim Gillings.

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.)