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.