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.