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Many of you will have heard that the Rev'd John Scrivens has had an accident in which he received a serious injury to his brain.

He is in Salisbury Hospital awaiting transfer to a rehabilitation centre and we continue to pray for John, Karen and the family. The family have asked people not to visit at this time.


Pastoral Letter

Dear Friends

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When I go into the local branch of the bank to pay in a cheque or draw money out, I am aware that the bank has a structure and organisation that ensures cash on demand and a clearing system for cheques.  When I pull into a tyre bay to change a tyre, I am aware that there is a structure and organisation involving manufacture, distribution and the training of fitters.   But in neither case do I have to delve behind the scenes.

I suspect that for the average worshiper on a Sunday in any one of our Churches they might be aware that we do have both structure and organisation but that it is an area that they do not need to understand before they join in our Services.   The fact that you are reading this is indicative that you do know about our Methodist way of doing things.  The Preaching Plan is an important document in so many ways.  Why there are even people who collect Plans as a hobby!

Behind the Plan is the Circuit.  Since very close to Day One in Methodist organisation and structure, the Circuit has been the very basis of the way we do things.  Ministers are, first and foremost, Circuit Ministers. Our Worship and our Church governance is arranged around the Circuit.  Circuit Local Preachers, again a very early initiative, play an essential part in the whole life of our Church.   Not just in passing, I am glad to pay tribute to the work, commitment and devotion of the group of Preachers and Worship Leaders who Sunday by Sunday pray and prepare to lead a significant proportion of the Services in the Churches of our Circuit.  Thank you too to the many other people who, by their energy and dedication, maintain the work and life of our Circuit. 

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I have been privileged over a three-year period now to share the leadership of the Salisbury Circuit with the team of Circuit Stewards.   Unreservedly I am glad to express my thanks and appreciation to Mark, Ian, Jackie, Nigel and Bob for their colleagueship and support, their energy and commitment.

I do so in my own name but also on behalf of the whole Circuit.

Sincerely,

Bryan

Rev. Bryan Coates


Preaching Plan

Summer 2016



News

Wanted more Clothes!

Clothing Exchange Poster

Bemerton Methodist Church are launching the "Children's Clothing Exchange" on Friday 10th June. It will run each Friday during term time from 9.30am to 11.30am with refreshments being served in the Church Lounge (with toys for young ones to play with, whilst Mum/Dad have a cuppa).

Clothes will be set out in the church and the idea is that parents can come along and look through the children's clothes that we have available and select what they would like totally free of charge. If they have clothes that their little ones have grown out of, we would be pleased to take these and launder them so that they can be added to the clothing exchange. However it is a free service and therefore taking clothes is possible regardless of whether clothes are brought in.


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Talking of God - Evening Worship throughout June

The Outreach Group that has been set up between Bemerton and Salisbury Churches want to get all of us talking about the faith that we have in God. It's something that many of us find difficult and we're not alone!

There was a report to the Methodist Conference in 2005 called "Time to Talk of God", highlighting the problem that many of us have in sharing our faith. As a result of this report, there was a faith sharing course written to encourage all of us to talk about our journey of faith with Christ.

We shall be incorporating this into our evening worship throughout June.

As the Outreach Group spans our two churches, our evening worship will alternate between SMc and Bemerton as follows:

5th June - 6pm at SMC (finish by 7:30pm) Starting the Conversation
12th June - 6pm at Bemerton (finish by 7.30pm) Conversation Stoppers
18th June - 6pm at SMc (Holy Communion) (finish by 7.30pm) Conversations in Context
26th June - 6pm at Bemerton (finish by 7.30pm) Living the Conversation

I really hope you feel able to come along and support this effort to get more of us talking about our faith as we worship, and bring glory to God.

For more information please click here

Yours in Christ.

Steve.

Rev. Steve Hawkes


SMC Organ

Lunchtime Organ Concert in aid of Christian Aid

12:00 midday Staurday 9th July at Salisbury Methodist Church.

A 50 minuite program including works by Bach,Buxtehude and Howells given by Ian Rutt.

Dr. Ian Rutt is Director of Music at Swansea University and currently studying Church Music at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen

Admission is Free, just come along, there will be a retiring collection in aid of Christian Aid

To download a poster, please Click Here (.pdf) or here (.jpg)

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Do you have questions about life? Why are we here? What's it all about?

Come and explore and discuss in an informal and relaxed atmosphere at Bemerton Methodist Church.

All sessions begin with an informal shared meal (free of charge) at 7pm

We Start at 7.30pm and aim to finish by 9.15pm


Session 1 - Is there more to life than this? - Monday 4th April

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Session 2 - Who is Jesus? - Monday 11th April

Session 3 - Why did Jesus die? - Monday 18th April

Session 4 - How can I have faith? - Monday 25th April

(Monday 2nd May - BANK HOLIDAY - NO SESSION)

Session 5 - Why and how should I pray - Monday 9th May

Session 6 - Why and how should I read the Bible? - Monday 16th May

Session 7 - How does God guide us? - Monday 23rd May

Holy Spirit Weekend - Saturday 28th May: 10am - 4pm (Lunch Provided)

(Monday 30th May - BANK HOLIDAY - NO SESSION)

Session 8 - Why and how should I tell others? - Monday 6th June

Session 9 - How can I resist evil? - Monday 13th June

Session 10 - Does God heal today? - Monday 20th June

Session 11 - What about the church? - Monday 27th June

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