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Living in Community

After the great celebration of Easter Day, the Church calendar carries on through the seven weeks of the Easter season to Pentecost, each Sunday gospel witnessing to the experience of the first disciples of the risen Lord, through the Ascension to St Luke’s story of the gift of the Spirit. Together, the disciples are gifted with the resurrection appearances, with his ascension into heaven, and with the Spirit.

Easter Hopes and Fears

I often wonder how Jesus felt as he entered Jerusalem at the beginning of what we call Holy Week.

He was met by triumphant crowds who saw him as the person who was to save his nation from domination by the Romans. Yet as the week went on we saw a man who shrugged off the adulation of the crowds, spent time with his friends, sought refuge outside the city for peace and respite and then gave the Passover meal with his closest a new and everlasting meaning. It did not end there as he was tried and in some people’s eyes found guilty and cruelly executed.

Covid-19/Coronavirus Update - Churches Closed

Following the government's announcement last night, we regret to tell you that all church buildings are closed until further notice.

However, we can still keep in touch with one another on our Facebook and Twitter pages. We also now have a YouTube channel where we will post the occasional video.

Church Online - Virtual Services While Regular Services Cancelled

With all of our regular church services currently cancelled, you may want to try some of these virtual alternatives. 

Mothering Sunday service from the Archbishop of Canterbury

This Mothering Sunday (22nd March), the Archbishop of Canterbury will be leading a special service which will be available as follows:

Coronavirus Announcement

Following the announcement by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York on 17th March 2020, we regret to inform you that all regular church services are cancelled until further notice. This does not affect arrangements for weddings and funerals, for which the ministers involved should be consulted directly. - UPDATE: Weddings are also now affected, please contact the minister.

Covid-19 / Coronavirus Advice for Churches

*** Latest advice on Coronavirus, updated 12th March 2020 ***

All Church of England clergy have now received the following guidance:

It is our view, in light of the continued increase of Covid-19 cases in the United Kingdom, that it is now necessary to suspend the administration of the chalice as well as physical contact during the sharing of the peace, blessing or "laying on of hands".

We therefore advise that all priests should:-

A Moving Story

This year Salisbury celebrates one of the most remarkable stories of medieval England. It’s the story of the Cathedral that moved.

In 1220 the consecration stones of a new Cathedral were laid and anointed, only 2.5 miles from the site of the existing Cathedral. Bishop Richard Poore and his clergy had determined that the hilltop of OId Sarum was no longer an appropriate place for their foundation. So, with breath- taking audacity, they moved it to the plain below, where five rivers meet, and where it has stood ever since.

Our Guide for Life

Some years ago we went to the BBC Gardeners World exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham. We drove there and back without any problems, guided every mile of the way by Christopher, the disembodied but very polite voice of the Satnav on my mobile phone. Perfect, precise directions led us through unfamiliar territory and navigated us successfully around complex junctions that offered a multitude of possibilities for taking the wrong direction. Finally, when we arrived at our destination, Christopher announced, “There, that wasn’t so bad, was it?”

Some Christmas Poets

Throughout December we seem to be bombarded by Christmas tunes. Some are rather over optimistic: ‘I wish it could be Christmas everyday’ (really?). A great tune can have an odd message: ‘A spaceman came travelling’. Some tug the heart strings: ‘Feed the world, let them know it’s Christmas time’.

There is of course a long tradition of Christmas music. JS Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Handel’s Messiah, and for many, Christmas is not Christmas without a carol from John Rutter.

Poets have also been inspired by Christmas. John Benjamin exclaims:

Walk to the River Jordan 2019

Kate, Val, Robin, Russell, Denise and Steve walked to the River Jordan (the Weymouth branch, which flows into the sea at Bowleaze Cove) on 18th May. We raised £305.75 including Gift Aid for Christian Aid. The walk was 11 miles long, and the photos were taken at the start of the walk, and towards the end, at the point where the bridge crosses the river.