Welcome to Salisbury Methodist Circuit
Dear Sisters and Brothers.
Christmas is about so much more than the birth of a baby. For us the Incarnation is a key theological theme that illuminates our understanding of what came before Christ and continues to inform our views of the present and the future. This visible commitment of God to the universe, coming in the form of the most vulnerable, a baby, defines the Christian understanding of a God who is more than just on the side of the poor and suffering, but that God is one of the poor and suffering.
This incarnation of the kingdom of God into our world has become so familiar that it has lost all its impact. Christmas has become a time for sentimentality, but it also offers us opportunities to engage with a society which generally ignores God's message. How we welcome people into our church services and the quality of our worship may draw people closer to God, if we are seeking to spread God's kingdom through the welcome we give.
For many in our society Christmas is the time to sing the familiar carols, a family time and a time to over indulge in food and drink. However, for a significant number it is a time of debt and depression. How we respond to those who are most disenfranchised, those who cannot celebrate as our society expects, shows how we would serve the one who came as a babe in a manger and a lonely man on a cross. Our task is to serve those who are lonely, suffering, poor, disabled and disadvantaged.
At Salisbury on the 16th December there will be a 'Blue Christmas' service for those who find Christmas to be a time of sadness rather than joy. For families the Café on the Green Nativity on Friday 21st December will be a great event.
Once again we have only planned for four services on the Sunday after Christmas each led by one of the Circuit ministers. We hope that congregations will travel to the one nearest to them. This enables us to give our Local Preachers a Sunday free, a thank you for all that they do Sunday by Sunday.
I would also draw your attention to the 'Talking Together' services which are at 5.00 p.m. at Salisbury once a month and will continue to address important issues in the life of the Methodist Church and society in general.
Helen and I hope that you will have a happy and meaningful Christmas.
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Christmas services and events
- 8 December Amesbury 7.00 pm Churches Together - carols
- 16 December Winterslow 2.00 pm Churches Together - carols
- 18 December Bemerton 5.00 pm festive tea. 6.00 pm community carols
- 21 December Café on the Green - Bishopdown Farm 6.00 pm.
Open Air Nativity accompanied by the Salvation Army Band
- 24 December
- Amesbury 9.00 pm Midnight in Bethlehem. Rev Paul Rees
- Bemerton 9.30 pm Midnight in Bethlehem. Rev Steve Hawkes
- Salisbury 4.00 pm Christingle. Rev David Hookins
- Salisbury 11.15 pm Holy Communion. Rev David Hookins
- Sandleheath 6.00 pm Nativity & Christingle. Rev Steve Hawkes & Rev Gary Philbrick
- Shrewton 11.30 pm Holy Communion. Rev Paul Rees
- Christmas Day
- Bemerton 9.30 am All Age Celebration. Rev Tom Grant
- Fordingbridge 9.30 am Christmas Worship. Rev Steve Hawkes
- Salisbury 10.00 am Christmas Worship. Rev David Hookins
- Winterslow 10.00 am Christmas Worship. Rev Paul Rees
Please check locally for further details of the above celebrations and for details of any other local Christmas services or events
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Café on the Green - Bishopdown Farm
Community coffee shop on Tuesday afternoons 2.30 - 4.00 and Friday mornings (except during August)09:00 - 11:00 in the Pavillion at Bishopdown Farm. All are very welcome to come and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere and have a drink and cake.
Tuesday - Mother and Toddler group from 1.30pm - 2.30pm before the Cafe opens.
Fridays - January to March - Friendship Group - Open friendly adults group to chat, read newspapers, community book swap, great tea / coffee (£1) and cake (50p) to help us cover costs.
You are welcome to join in adult crafting sessions on the first and third Tuesday of the month from 2.30pm
This project has been set up by the Circuit as a Christian outreach presence in this growing community. The local Anglican churches are also holding a prayer meeting at the same site on Friday evenings and we hope to be able to develop these activities to provide a positive Christian witness in that area.
More volunteers to join the rota of supporters will be appreciated.
Maybe you can help with serving drinks and cakes, making drinks in the kitchen, providing home-made cakes, talking to people as they sit at tables or visit the reflection room - or join the prayer chain.
If you can help in anyway please speak with Christine Fordham or contact us by clicking here. Or, of course, come along on a Tuesday afternoon or Friday morning to see for yourself and enjoy what is on offer.
You can download a flyer here.