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Welcome service for Paul Rees has been posponed

The welcome service planned for Thursday 25th August will not take place as Paul's move has been delayed.

A new date will be announced later.

Pastoral Letter

Dear Sisters and Brothers.

A new broom has swept into the circuit... or not! Having been here for four years, I can hardly claim to be a new broom, merely a part of the old broom, which has been well directed by Bryan Coates for the last few years creating an expectant and vibrant circuit. We are thankful to Bryan for all he has done to enable us to grow and develop as a circuit and the time and effort he has spent in working with us. It is a privilege to have been asked to be your superintendent minister and I look forward, with the other circuit staff, to supporting your work for God where you are locally and across the circuit.

It is with great pleasure that my first task as superintendent is to welcome the Rev'd Paul Rees to the circuit. Paul brings unique gifts to the circuit team and we look forward to working with him. I am sure he will receive a warm welcome from around the circuit.

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A group of our young people from around the Circuit is going to attend 3Generate again this autumn. For those of you who remember the MAYC rallies of your youth, 3Generate is an updated version of these. Last year, in each of their age groups, the young people raised certain issues, some which are a challenge for us all. These were discussed at Conference and will influence the Methodist Church over the coming years. You can find out more on the website of the Methodist Church in Great Britain and Ireland, by clicking here. No doubt more will come from their autumn meeting this year.

As we approach a new Methodist year we have many challenges and changes to face as a circuit. We are dropping from four to three ministers, which will have consequences, in particular on the plan. Fortunately, Anna Bishop and Chris Jones have agreed to take pastoral responsibility for some churches and Cecil King will continue to care for Downton. We are grateful for their willingness to work with us. Inevitably, there will be a need for lay people to take responsibility for aspects of our work which has been taken by our ministers in the past. We are well served by our team of local preachers and I would encourage them to be generous with their preaching dates as we will be relying on them to fill the plan.

Challenge and change are not new to the church nor to be avoided or resisted. Continually God challenges us to change our approach to how we worship and mission in response to God's call and to the society in which we seek to serve. Let us be courageous in our decisions and confident in our faith.

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Your brother in Christ,


Rev. David Hookins

Job Opportunity

Salisbury Methodist Church

Christian Outreach Worker with Children and Young Families

Part-Time 28 hours per week to cover maternity leave

£20,591 p.a. pro rata 28 hours per week £15,582

The appointment is to sustain and develop activities and initiatives which respond to the needs of children and families, both within the church and the wider community.

It is an occupational requirement that the post-holder is a committed Christian.

A successful applicant will be required to complete an enhanced DBS disclosure.

For further information please contact:

    Methodist Church office,
    26 St. Edmund's Church Street,
    SP1 1EF

Final application by 4.00 p.m. 30th August 2016

Interviews 7th September, 2016

Preaching Plan

Summer 2016


Autumn 2016


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Circuit Autumn Musical

"Jail Break" by Roger Jones

Saturday 10th September 7:30pm

at Salisbury Methodist Church

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Come and take part.

Sing Through: Tuesday 30th August 7:30


Tuesday 6th September 2:00pm and 7:30pm

Wednesday 7th September 2:00pm and 7:30pm

Friday 9th September 2:00pm and 7:30pm

Saturday 10th September 3:00pm

For more information and to register an interest:

Please email Rev. Steve Hawkes

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Circuit Service - 25th September at Salisbury Methodist Church

Not quite a three line whip but we strongly encourage you to be at the Circuit Service at SMc at 6.00 pm on Sunday 25 September.

Picture Revd. Val Ogden

Our guest preacher will be Rev Val Ogden who is a Mission Partner of the British Methodist Church, based in Fiji, as Director of the Pacific Theological College's Education by Extension Programme. Val is in the UK for a month and we are delighted that she has agreed to come to Salisbury. Val previously served and was ordained in the United Church of Zambia and her ministry has been exercised in broadcasting, in Methodist Circuits, in ecumenical appointments and in global mission education at Selly Oak and the Queen's Foundation, Birmingham.

Don't miss this opportunity to hear her. You can read more on her blog at rev-val-ogden.blogspot.com

An Evening with Rev Darren Middleton on Saturday 1st October at 7 pm.

Darren, a Methodist Army Chaplain, will be at SMc on Saturday 1st October speaking about his journey from ballet dancer to Methodist Minister.

This will be your last opportunity to hear Darren speak before he is posted away from this area in January. Those of you who came before to hear him talk about his experiences, especially with the troops in Sierra Leone, will remember what an informative and entertaining event it was. Unfortunately, due to a shortage of chaplains at present, he will not be taking any more services on the Salisbury Circuit plan. Tickets for the supper and further details will be available later.

Iona Workshop Sunday 20th November at SMc at 3pm.

Rev Keith Thomasson, Senior Chaplain at Alabare and musical director of New Sarum Singers will lead an Iona singing workshop on Sunday 20th November at SMc. The workshop will include music to be used at the evening service at 6pm. Tea will be provided and numbers attending will be required nearer the time. Singers of all ability will be welcome.

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