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Bishop of Salisbury Sudan mission supports new report HE BISHOP of Salisbury, Dr David Stancliffe has added his support to the publication of the Chatham House Report which states that a breakdown of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) will be devastating for the Sudan. Bishop David agrees with many other English and Sudanese Bishops who are calling for the international community and for Sudanese clergy to ensure the success of the CPA. Bishop David has extensive personal knowledge of the Sudan. Our Diocese has been linked with the Episcopal Church of the Sudan for 35 years, he has visited the Sudan regularly over the past 15 years, and he is a member of the Associate Parliamentary Group for Sudan. Commenting on the Chatham House Report, Against the Gathering Storm: securing Sudan’s Comprehensive Peace Agreement, he said, “Successive leaders of the Sudanese churches have seen their principal role as fostering peace, and the churches continue to be a focus for the visible unity of the
entire country. “The Archbishop of the Episcopal Church of the Sudan, Dr Daniel Deng Bul, has appealed with his bishops to the Archbishop of Canterbury and the whole Anglican Communion to continue its support for the CPA, the Sudanese Church and people. “With the Roman Catholic bishops of the Sudan they have challenged the international community not to be passive observers but to be involved in the coming elections, and called on NGOs and other international bodies to fulfil their commitments to the Sudanese people. “The Comprehensive Peace Agreement offered a new future after 21 years of civil war between northern and southern Sudan, in which more than two million people lost their lives and more than four million people became refugees. “Progress has been made in several significant areas, but I am concerned at the delays or refusal to implement other elements, particularly the demarcation of the North-South border, the non-release of the results of
the census and likely delay of the elections, the fair distribution of wealth and resources across the whole country, the lack of care and control of military armed forces and the inadequate repatriation process of displaced persons. “The deterioration in the situation in Darfur and violence perpetrated by the Lord’s Resistance Army in southern Sudan, along with the possible indictment of President al-Bashir all add to the serious threats to the success of the CPA. “A breakdown of the CPA would have truly devastating effects for all Sudan, with a replication across Sudan of the crisis in Darfur that would dwarf the suffering there. “I fully support the call of the Sudanese bishops to the international community to do everything possible to ensure the success of the CPA. “To do otherwise would be to betray the whole Sudanese people, and to lose the opportunity for other parts of a war-torn continent to benefit from the CPA’s model ideas for sharing wealth and power.”
CANON Trevor Stubbs, Team Rector of Bridport, and his wife Tina, are to move to Juba in southern Sudan, to work for the Episcopal Church of Sudan. The couple will leave our Diocese on January 29th and travel to live and work at Bishop Gwynne Theological College. For an initial period of two to three years, they will help upgrade the College’s programme of education, as well as advising local primary schools. The couple will leave behind much of their life in Bridport, Dorset, to take up this challenging assignment. Both are members of the Sudan Link, a partnership between the Diocese of Salisbury and the 24 Dioceses of the Episcopal Church of the Sudan. The Link provides educational, medical and inter-church support to the country, as well as opportunities for Christians in the Diocese of Salisbury to learn from their Sudanese colleagues. The Bishop of Salisbury, Dr David Stancliffe, said, “It is a critical time for the people of Sudan during the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement which brought an end to 21 years of war. It is marvellous to be able to assist the Church in training ministers who will strengthen peace and reconciliation through their work. I wish Tina and Trevor God’s richest blessings.”
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HANNAH Gilbert, a year 8 chorister and musician from Salisbury Cathedral School, composed a Christmas carol, entitled Christmas Time, for the Pre-Prep children to perform at their Carol Service in the Cathedral. Hannah is only 12 years old and, as well as being a chorister, is a talented musician who plays the saxophone and cello and has recently passed her Grade 6 & 7 exams respectively. Hannah managed to fit composing into her busy singing Christmas schedule, which did not end until
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On the move The Revd David Baldwin, Priest-inCharge of The Lulworths, Winfrith Newburgh & Chaldon, is also to be Curate of Wool & East Stoke. The Revd Richard Press, Rector of Chickerell w Fleet, is also to be Priest-inCharge for Abbotsbury, Portesham & Langton Herring. Licensing will be at St Nicholas, Abbotsbury on Thursday March 5th, with the Archdeacon of Sherborne officiating. The Revd Canon James Richardson, Team Rector of Bournemouth St Peter w St Swithun, Holy Trinity etc (Winchester), is to be House for Duty (Known as ‘Canon Pastor’) at Sherborne Abbey. Licensing at
Sherborne Abbey will take place on February 1st with the Archdeacon of Sherborne officiating The Revd Andrew Studdert-Kennedy, Team Rector of Marlborough has also been licensed as Rural Dean of Marlborough. He was licensed on January 13th with the Archdeacon of Wilts officiating. The Revd Ada Whittock is resigning her post as Curate (NSM) of Holy Trinity, Weymouth to take up the post of Associate Vicar in Portesham & Langton Herring. Licensing will take place at St Nicholas, Abbotsbury on March 5th, with the Archdeacon of Sherborne officiating. The Revd Elizabeth Campling has retired
from her post as Curate (OLM) of Bridport. The Revd Ursula Gray has retired from her post as Curate (NSM) of the Shaston Team. She now has Permission to Officiate. The Revd Eileen Martin has retired from her post as Curate (OLM) of Queen Thorne. The Revd Dr Hugh Willis has retired from his post as Curate (OLM) of Charminster & Stinsford. He now has Permission to Officiate. The Revd Stella Wood: this is to confirm that Stella Wood is no longer Chaplain at Sherborne School for Girls.
Picture: Richard Budd CHRISTMAS FUNDRAISING: Over £3,000 was raised at the Grace Secondary School Charity Christmas Ball at Kingston Maurward College. The total of £3,156 has been added to the grand fundraising total which now stands at £18,675. Grace Secondary School will be the only one of its kind in an area of at least 5,000 square miles in the remote Nuba Mountains of the Sudan, with whom the Salisbury Diocese has been linked for over 35 years. Thanks to the generocity of the people of Dorset, 36,000 bricks have already been made by local workers and building work on the school will begin next month. For more information on the project, how to become a sponsor and future fundraising events please go to www.GraceSecondarySchool.com or ring Claire Budd on 07764 33 58 92.
Around the parishes • FLOWER POWER: St Denys Retreat Centre in Warminster is offering people the chance to be quiet and creative at the same time. They are running a Quiet Day from 10am to 4pm on March 14th focussing on Church Flower Arranging for Beginners. There are limited places. The cost is £16 per person to include morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea. To book your place call 01985 214824. • AFFIRMING CATHOLICISM IN SALISBURY DIOCESE: Richard Giles, former Dean of Philadelphia and wellknown writer on liturgy and architecture, will be lecturing at Sarum College on Wednesday Februray 18th, on Catholics and Worship: Caretakers or Pathfinders?. Coffee will be at 6.30pm followed by the lecture at 7pm. Tickets cost £5.50 at the door, or may be obtained in advance, enclosing S.A.E., from the Revd Maggie Guillebaud, The Dovecote, Mount Sorrel, Broad Chalke, Salisbury, SP5 5HQ. The meeting is open to everyone. • PACKED FOR CHRISTMAS: St George’s Church, Oakdale, Poole was packed to the rafters with over 550 people attending the Christmas Eve Carols by Candlelight Service on 24th December. • SNOWDROP SUNDAY: St George’s Church in Damerham will be holding their annual Snowdrop Sunday on Sunday February 8th between 12 noon and 4pm. Come along to see the wonderful display of snowdrops in the churchyard. Inside the church will be displays, refreshments and various stalls. Further details from John Godber or David Tiller (Churchwardens) on 01725 518350 or 01425 652506. • 60 YEARS MARKED: On January 4th, Bishop Stephen joined the parish of All Saints’, Yatesbury to celebrate Epiphany and to make a special presentation to Mrs Valerie Goddard, an active Bell Ringer and Organist for 60 years. A signed photograph and message from Archbishop Rowan Williams was framed and given to Valerie. Members of Valerie’s family came for the surprise presentation and the service ended with refreshments in the village hall.
Street pastors take to the streets in our Diocese N FRIDAY June 13th last year, Street Pastors took to the streets of Weymouth town centre for the first time. A team of four, all wearing easily identifiable Street Pastor ‘uniforms,’ walked the streets from 10pm until 4am, chatting to people and keeping a look-out for anyone who was vulnerable amongst the Weymouth night time economy of pubs and nightclubs. The street team were backed up by a prayer team who remained back at base (St Mary’s Church, right in the heart of Weymouth), praying for the protection and well being of not only the street team, but all who would be in the town that night. Since that date, a Street Pastor team has been out on the streets from 10pm until 4am every Friday night/Saturday morning, always backed up by a prayer team at St Mary’s. In that time there have been over 170 contacts/conversations with the ‘pubbing and clubbing’ public, ranging from
responses to the question “What’s a Street Pastor?” right through to listening to someone as they unfold their problems and challenges in life. Often, when it gets to this latter type of conversation the offer of prayer is made, and accepted there and then. Alongside the conversations, there have been the times where teams have gone to the aid of someone who is unwell, walking alone on the streets or been injured in a fight. There is a good working relationship with Paramedics, Police, Pub/Club management and door staff. “Most people are amazed that the Church chooses to be on the streets in the night time environment - it perhaps challenges their preconceptions about both Church and God,” comments Weymouth Town Centre’s Pioneer Minister Tony Stephens. Nearly all are grateful for the presence of Street Pastors with many comments of “well done” thrown a team’s way. Currently there are 39 volunteers who work within
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“We are grateful for all that Martin, Julie, Simon and Charlotte have contributed to the life of the parishes here and we pray that God will bless them greatly in their final weeks with us and, especially, in their new life and ministry in Chadwell Heath.” The Rector of Langton Long, the Revd Tim Storey said, “In over three years in Blandford, Martin has developed a ministry in all areas of the town which has touched many lives, especially those in the schools. His energy and enthusiasm and, especially, his passion for the Gospel of Jesus Christ will be missed here but will be a great asset to his new parish.”
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Curate set for new ministry in London THE Revd Martin Court, curate in the parishes of Blandford Forum and Langton Long is to leave the parishes this month to take up the post of Vicar in Chadwell Heath in London. The following announcement was made in the parishes on Sunday December 14th, “We are pleased to announce that Martin Court has been appointed Vicar of St Chads, Chadwell Heath, on the north east side of London, in the Diocese of Chelmsford. “Martin’s last Sunday in Blandford will be Sunday February 8th and details of his licencing will be announced as soon as they have been finalised.
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HRISTMAS ends on 2nd February. This is not a bid to allow those who have not yet given me presents to catch up. This is because our living the Christmas story draws to a dramatic close with Candlemas. At Epiphany we celebrate that Christ is revealed as the light of the nations by the worship of wise men from the East following the light of a star. At Candlemas, in the darkest winter, Jesus is presented in the Temple, the heart of Israel’s worship of the one true God. Two old people, Simeon and Anna, have been waiting a lifetime for this day. As the old man takes Jesus in his arms it is the Old Testament meeting the New. The Messiah so long expected and spoken of in prophecy has come. The waiting is over. Jesus is the hope of the nations because he is the beating heart of Israel, the New Covenant who is God’s own Son and this vulnerable baby. Simeon knows in his bones that here is the true glory of Israel and the light to lighten the gentiles. Wherever people keep the Candlemas feast, there is a great lighting of a forest of candles to proclaim that there is now no darkness which cannot be dispelled. Like the rest of the Christmas story, it is about hope in a dark world. The hope is real because of the cost. People will be divided by the implications of this revelation. Some will fall as well as rise because Jesus has come. And a sword pierces Mary’s heart because the shadow of a cross already grows nearby. She cannot see what the cost is going to be or what pain she will bear as she watches what happens to her son. Later this month we shall begin our journey with her and all disciples as we begin our journey to Jerusalem through Lent where the true temple will fall in order to be rebuilt on the third day. We know the world’s need of God’s light - in the Congo, in Gaza, in Zimbabwe, in Wiltshire and Dorset. We pray for a steadfastness like that given to Simeon and Anna and a hope for the fulfilment of the kingdom of God. A frail old man came fully alive as he held the little scrap of humanity who encompasses all creation. I pray that we can become so vividly alive in the light of Christ as we engage with Timothy Radcliffe and one another and discover how such a vivid life might be lived for others as well as ourselves.
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F YOUR church is planning a mission initiative or outreach event in 2009, the Aldhelm Mission Fund might be able to help. This is the advice of Geoff Taylor, Diocesan Stewardship & Resources Officer and Aldhelm Mission Fund Secretary. Since it was formed in 2006, the Fund has considered 42 applications and made 29 awards totalling £278,392. Projects supported include ‘Milborne Praise,’ a monthly allage service accessible to the wider community held in a village hall, a new Summer holiday club in Pewsey, IMPACT - a three day Summer mission run by Churches Together in Dorchester, a new theme and design for the Churches Tent at the Great Dorset Steam Fair. The fund also contributed to the start-up costs of the Weymouth Street Pastors project. The Fund considers applications from parishes and deaneries for grants for new out-
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Please pray for the Diocese of Bradford, England and for the Diocese of Limerick and Killaloe, Republic of Ireland. Monkton Farleigh, South Wraxall and Winsley Howard Jameson, Paul Batson, Helene Jennings(LLM), Jim Jones(LLM), Christine Charnley(LLM), Pat Ellis (LLM) North Bradley, Southwick, Heywood and Steeple Ashton - Julian Parker, Tony Longdon, Lionel Dove, Richard Havergal (LLM) Studley St John - Selina Deacon The Trinity Trowbridge - Beth Hutton, Liz Gifford, Enid Burden(LLM), Malcolm Tedman(LLM) Trowbridge St James and Keevil Christopher Brown, Geoffrey Adams(LLM), Bernard Groves(LLM), Quin Whinton (LLM), Doreen White (LLM) Trowbridge St Thomas and West Ashton Allan Coutts, Francis Atkins, Andrew Otto, Des Whale, Reuben Dunnings, Colin Turner, Angela Grist(LLM), Martyn Whittock(LLM), Michael McHugh(LLM), Graham Leeder(LLM) Please pray for the Diocese of Peterborough, England and for the Diocese of Meath and Kildare, Republic of Ireland. Westwood and Wingfield - Ron Lowrie, Andrew Desmond (LLM) Calne Deanery - Thomas Woodhouse (Rural Dean), Mrs P Evans (Lay Chairman) Broad Town, Clyffe Pypard, Hilmarton and Tockenham - Alison Way Calne and Blackland - Bob Kenway, Peter Giles, Bob Simmonds, Enid Powell(LLM) Derry Hill and Bremhill with Foxham Derek Frost, Jim Scott Lyneham with Bradenstoke - Jesse Holland
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Choosing a school examinations or open days for the following September’s intake. It’s a very similar story with further education and whilst most students will have already decided on a University or College to attend from the autumn semester, some will still be looking for a course and others will start planning for next year. A lot of prayer and advice will be undertaken in deciding what path to follow, even when inherent talents seem to make the choice a little more obvious. For younger Christians the path may have already been discussed when choosing subjects for A levels but for many older Christians starting a course could well be a part of a change in life’s direction. There’s also the choice of college. For many, some time away from home at University can be a time of self-discovery and growing, although others may well prefer somewhere closer to home. This can be due to the commitments such as family responsibilities or commitments to the local church or other organisations. Travelling times are also quicker a boon for most students. For all the challenge of full time study should prove to be rewarding and fulfilling. Other ways of learning The way in which we view education has changed considerably over the years with an increasing emphasis being placed on Holy Week at Sarum ‘Lifelong Learning’ for Part 1 - Saturday 4 to Wednesday 8 April (8 lectures) people of all ages and abiliPart 2 - Wednesday 8 to Sunday 12 April (residential only: 3 lectures) ties. Quiet exploration of the rhythm and meaning of Holy Week and Easter Christians can take part in through the pattern of liturgy and worship in Salisbury Cathedral. this process through courses at universities and colleges or through one of the Biblical Study Break: St. Luke’s Gospel increasing number of dis20-23 April tance learning courses, The course will expose the crucial role played by Luke’s Gospel in which can be studied for at determining both the image of God and of human life proclaimed by home as well as part-time Jesus through his life, death and resurrection. and short break courses. There are many colleges, Theology, Liturgy and the Arts which offer the subject of 30 April - 3 May Theology through distance An international conference to explore theological reflection on the learning, and is ideal for relationship of the arts to liturgical studies and Christian worship. students with commitments, which stop them, www.sarum.ac.uk being involved in full time T 01722 424800 E firstname.lastname@example.org education.
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New Summer School in Biblical Studies focuses on ‘The Bible in the Modern World’ The Bible is without doubt, one of the most influential collections of texts in our world today. A source of inspiration and strength for many, it has also been, and continues to be the cause of much tension and anger. This inaugural Summer School in Biblical Studies invites participants to reflect on the many roles of the Bible in the Modern World today, so as to encourage creative engagement with its texts in ways which innovate and cultivate good practice in the varied fields of teaching and ministry. The School takes place from 6 – 17 July 2009 and the programme incorporates lectures and workshops given by leading scholars; guided excursions; films; music; art; worship; Bible study; and a Gala Dinner. Speakers include Professors Keith Ward, John Rogerson, John Barton, Christopher Rowland, Paula Gooder, Mark Chapman and Martyn Percy and there are excursions to Salisbury Cathedral, Winchester Cathedral, the British Museum and the Bodleian Library in Oxford. Accommodation and full board are provided in the inspiring location of Ripon College Cuddesdon, the leading Anglican theological college founded over 150 years ago by Bishop Samuel Wilberforce and located 5 miles from Oxford. Further information is available at www.rcc.ac.uk or 01865 874404.
Make it happen in Fairtrade Fortnight HUNDREDS of Fairtrade towns, churches and schools around the UK will promote Fairtrade during Fairtrade Fortnight and last year an estimated 12,000 separate activities and events took place. This year’s theme is Make it Happen. Choose Fairtrade. The fortnight runs from February 23rd to March 8th. Look out for Fairtrade Fortnight’s official public launch which will be an Olympic-themed event in central London on Sunday February 22nd. Sports activities including a Fairtrade chocolate relay race, and giant inflatable banana jousting are planned. Celebrities, including Olympic medal winners, are expected to attend. In our Diocese many parishes and fairtrade towns will be marking this annual event. Read on to fnd out more...
Devizes Town Hall Saturday February 21st 10am - 3.30pm. All Welcome. Admission free. WILTSHIRE Churches Together, Devizes Town Council and The Devizes Fair Trade Group have joined forces to organise a day to promote Fairtrade fortnight and to celebrate the commitment to Fair Trade by Wiltshire Towns and Churches. This is your chance to catch something of the taste and flavour of Fairtrade and ethically produced food and drink, in a carnival New Orleans style atmosphere. The Town Hall will host the event with opportunities to sample and buy fairly traded food, wine and a variety of different products and gifts. At 11am there will be a service of celebration at St John’s church. Details from Danela Adams at the Ramsbury Office on 01380 729808.
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Freedom for Christ’s people “IT WAS for freedom that Christ set us free” - Paul’s words from Galatians are familiar to most of us. But the uncomfortable truth is that many Christians who know God personally through faith in Jesus Christ don't experience freedom and victory in their everyday lives, writes Liz Smith. Often they live with fruitlessness and defeat, self-effort and failure. Caught up in enslaving habits that they can’t seem to break, driven by thoughts and attitudes which overshadow the victory that Jesus won for them on the Cross, many try desperately to live the Jesus-centred life yet feel some vital part of the puzzle is missing. Jesus says, “Know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” And as Christians we need to know the truth about who we are in Christ and how He alone can meet our deepest need for life, identity, acceptance, security and significance. Two years ago, a small group at All Saints Church in Burbage trialed the Freedom in Christ Discipleship Course - a bible-based 13 week study and discussion format prepared for use in this country by American Neil Anderson and UK Freedom in Christ director Steve Goss. This summer, Team Rector of Savernake the Revd Nicolas LeighHunt supported the running of the course in place of the usual mid-week housegroups. It was open to the whole church and there was an amazing response.
Around 60 people signed up and the drop-out rate was tiny. The course has had an amazing effect on the life of the church. There is a huge new wave of love, compassion and encouragement amongst us. For many, it has been life changing as old limited mindsets have been released and renewed, as well as huge leaps in understanding of personal worth to God in those who were open to taking Him at His word and running with it. There is a new tangible buzz of expectation in Jesus’ healing, restoration and promise of wholeness which has brought new life to the church. Many have shared the good news story of what Jesus has done in their lives through the course, both up front on Sunday mornings and through written testimonies which have been passed on to Freedom in Christ UK for a new publicity campaign being launched this autumn. • At All Saints Church at Hampreston and Stapehill a similar course entitled the Living in Freedom Course has been completed four times and the last course which ran from September to December 08 was attended by 100 people from a number of different churches in Verwood, Ringwood, Ferndown, Wimborne, Poole and Bournemouth. The next eight week course has just got underway and will run until April 2nd on Thursday evenings. To find out more call 01202 881647.
IN SALISBURY a seminar on February 28th will explore ways in which organisations in the UK are providing financial and other business support for Fairtrade producers and how individuals can get involved. Speakers include people from Triodos Bank, Shared Interest and Traidcraft Exchange.
The event takes place in Salisbury Methodist Church. It starts with lunch at 12.45pm for 1pm, cooked by Sarah Stancliffe from her book of Simple Feasts. The seminar will be from 2pm to 4.45pm. The cost for lunch is only £10, for the seminar only £5, or for both £12. To book please call 01722 349740.
Meeting the producers DAVID and Jennie Rake, who run Set Fair 4 Trade, the Blandford Fairtrade Shop, are on a two-week visit to Nepal and Bangladesh to meet fair trade producers. David and Jennie, who have sold fair trade products for over 25 years, are meeting the people who make products that are sold in Set Fair 4 Trade, the shop they opened in Salisbury Street in 2005, to see the difference that fair trade makes to the lives of the producers. In Nepal, the team will visit workshops and homes in rural and city locations to see items made of felt, leather, paper, beads and see next season’s products in their various stages of development. They will also be taking time to visit the foothills of the Himalayas. David and Jennie will be joined by 11 others from around the UK, all of whom are involved in selling and promoting Tearcraft’s fair trade products. Before she left Jennie said, “This will be a great opportunity to learn about the production of a different range of crafts. We sell quite a lot of crafts from the two Bangladeshi producer groups and I am particularly looking forward to seeing the leather and paper making process.” On their return, Jennie and David will be available to give talks about their visit and may be contacted via Set Fair 4 Trade on 01258 453555.
A packed agenda planned for synod THE Diocesan Synod will next meet on Saturday February 7th at St Nicholas Church, Corfe Mullen from 10am to 4pm. Business will include: •
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The Diocese’s plans for celebrating the Year of the Child;
The presentation of Diocesan Advisory Committee Awards;
Discussion on the responses from deaneries to proposals for the Deployment of Clergy
An update on the debate on women in the episcopate.
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N ews in brief • QUIET DAYS FOR CHURCHWARDENS: Archdeacons John Wraw and Alan Jeans will be holding two quiet days at Ivy House on Saturday February 28th and on Tuesday June 2nd specifically aimed at those exercising the ministry of Churchwarden in the Ramsbury Area. The days are planned to give an opportunity for reflection on the challenges and celebrations that Churchwardens face as they work for mission and ministry in their local church. For more information, or to book a place (February bookings by January 31st) please contact Danela Adams at the Ramsbury Area Office on 01380 729808 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org • NEW WINE WOMENS’ CONFERENCE: This takes place on Saturday March 7th and Pewsey Deanery is organising a coach to go to this day event of worship, teaching and ministry entitled Daughter’s of Destiny at Westminster Hall in London. The cost is £30 for entrance and coach. If you are interested please contact the Revd Linda Dytham on 01672 811025 or send an email to email@example.com • CLERGY STRUT THEIR STUFF: Clergy from the south-west of England are invited to ‘strut their stuff’ on the first day (January 29th) of the Christian Resources Exhibition in Exeter, which runs from January 29th to 31st. CRE’s PR consultant Steve Goddard said, “All denominations, shapes, sizes, ages and genders considered - and we’re giving £50 to each participant as a thank you. Clergy on the Catwalk is always great fun and invariably leads to interesting discussions on faith, fashion and, in particular, Christian symbolism.” Up to 130 christian organisations are expected to exhibit at Westpoint. For further details visit www.creonline.co.uk • 25 YEARS OLD: The Dorset County Association of Church Bell Ringers (DCA) has marked it’s 25th year with a peal on January 1st at Puddletown followed by a quarter peal at Dorchester St Peter’s, where the association was founded on January 1st 1983. The Assocation has just published it’s 2008 annual report. For details about DCA events call Vanora Hereward on 01300 321068 or see the diary section on www.campanophile.co.uk • EQUIPPING LEADERS: A mentoring training day is being held in Bournemouth to equip women and men to find a mentor and be a mentor to others. Think you’re not a leader? If you influence, advise or guide others, then this day is for you. It takes place on Saturday February 28th at Twynham Church, Bournemouth from 10am to 4pm with lunch and refreshments provided. Cost is £25 to include a mentoring resource pack (£15 for Sophia Network members) For details email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www. mentoringtraining.co.uk • BARGAINS: Sarum College Bookshop is now open from 10am to 4pm on Saturdays. Come in for January sale of books, jewellery, christmas cards and calendars as well as to browse new titles. Timothy Radcliffe’s What’s the point in going to church? is in stock. Sarum College Bookshop is located at 19 The Close, Salisbury SP1 2EE or call 01722 326899. • COMPETITION WINNERS: Congratulations to Mrs Pat Brown of Salisbury who won the family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) to see Dick Whittington at Salisbury Playhouse. Also, congratulations to Poppy Jenkinson of Wimborne, Paul and Cynthia Bunday of Tisbury and Miss V Tostevin of Shrewton who have each won a copy of the String Heaven album Lost in Love. • WANTED: Home-based missionaries for the twenty-first century. No training, talents or special skills required. Simply pick up spare copies of the Sarum Link from your church and deliver them to the housebound, give one to your neighbour or other people in your street. Thank you.
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Students focus on the face of Jesus for exhibition A GROUP of students from Matravers School will be holding an art exhibition at All Saints Church Westbury, from February 4th to 7th, writes Michael Ford. Entitled ‘The Face of Jesus,’ the exhibition will feature artistic work created with a wide range of materials, including clay, plaster-of-paris and mixed media, as well as more traditional pencil drawings and paintings. The artwork focuses on the facial expressions and emotions of Jesus as described in the Bible. The students have been working with Captain Steven Baggs of the Church Army’s White Horse Team Ministry and Heather Leach from Matravers School. Captain Baggs said, “I have encouraged the students to think creatively about how they would like to depict the very human face of Jesus, and in doing so to think about who Jesus is for themselves, and to share this with the town through
the exhibition.” The exhibition will be officially opened by the Mayor of Westbury, Cllr Mike Hawkins, on Wednesday February 4th at 7pm. Groups of local Primary School children will visit the exhibition throughout the week and create their own artwork in response to a storytelling session. The exhibition will then be open to the public on Saturday February 7th from 10am to 4pm. DRAWING on his extensive knowledge of church buildings and using illustrations from his The Sarum Link is available on audio cassette. Please call recently published book, Bishop Graham Winterbourne on 01884 840285. David will be leading seminars entitled What Does Your Church Say? as part of the pilot project ‘Rediscovering our Parish Churches’ in Heytesbury and Sherborne deaneries. Each seminar will use the church in which it is held to illustrate Canon Trevor and Tina Stubbs from Bridport are to join the staff of answers to questions about how the Bishop Gwynne Theological College in Juba. Trevor’s role will be to building and its worship have oversee the re-structuring of theological education in Sudan. They depart evolved over the centuries, what do we mean by ‘holy places,’ and is our the UK on January 29th. Please pray for them as they settle in. church a ‘house for God’ or a ‘house
School Resource Book Sharon Hallis, formerly of Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education, has worked with members of the Link Committee to produce a resource book on Sudan which has been sent to all Church primary schools in the Diocese. Thank God for such an excellent production and pray for its reception and use in schools Youth Worker Visit Plans are beginning to be put in place for a further couple of Sudanese youth workers to come to Salisbury Diocese in August. Please pray for the selection procedures and other initial plans. Abyei - Please pray for people beginning to return to this devastated town. Also for the bigger issue of how these disputed areas relate to North and South governments. Financial Issues for ECS The war has left the Church with huge debts and it is currently unable to pay its staff, resulting in low morale and a brain drain to other countries. Please pray for income-generating initiatives, including the development of church property, ownership of much of which is disputed. Darfur The first church in this overwhelmingly Muslim area is under construction. It will seat 1,000 people and is partly the initiative of Nigerian Christian UN peacekeepers. Keep up-to-date with news of Sudan at http://www.salisburyanglican.org.uk/sudan
Rediscover your parish church for the people of God?.’ Seminars will be held at All Saints, Westbury, on January 27th at 7pm; St Mary, Maiden Newton, at 10am on January 31st ; St Andrew Trent on February 23rd at 7pm and St Peter and St Paul, Heytesbury, on Saturday February 28th. Whilst the seminars are primarily intended for people from parishes in the two ‘pilot’ deaneries, all are welcome. Please book your place by contacting Christine Romano 01722 438650 or c h r i s t i n e . r o m a n o @ s a l i s b u r y. anglican.org
Postcards for Sudan OVER the past five years £52,570 has been sent to The Sudan Church Association for work in the Sudan. All money raised goes directly to the Bishops in the various Dioceses for them to re-direct and use in the best possible way. This all came from the sale of postcards donated by people within the Diocese of Salisbury. This has made a significant contribution to this very worthwhile and important cause. Now is therefore an opportune time to say a big “thankyou” from the fund raising co-ordinators. There is, of course, an ongoing need for postcards to sell, especially as stocks are now relatively low, so please continue to collect them. Virtually all postcards have some value to collectors whether old or new, used or unused, coloured , back and white, British or foreign, so all contributions are gratefully received. Church House in Crane Street, Salisbury, continues to be a central collection point for postcards from the Diocese and David and Jacqueline Brick are still acting as a collection/distribution point in conjunction with this location arranging for postcards delivered there to be collected and passed on to the area co-ordinator. Their address is 3 Westfield Close, Laverstock , Salisbury. SP1 1SG. You can also call on 01722 328062 and e-mail email@example.com. They are happy to receive cards direct and may also be able to collect locally within the Diocese if there is difficulty in delivering postcards to Church House. If you require any help or further information please contact them.
in and around the Diocese in February 29TH JAN - 21ST FEB THE WINSLOW BOY Terence Rattigan’s compelling drama is a deeply moving story of passion and politics. Salisbury Playhouse. Box Office 01722 320333. 1 GARDENING QUESTIONS with a panel of experts. 2.30pm in St James, Shaftesbury. Parking in St James Field, next to the Church. Tickets £5 to include refreshments. Call 01747 855873. For transport call 01747 850205.
DIVINE INSPIRATION?: (above) One of the students’ finished artwork which will form part of the exhibition in All Saints Church in Westbury. (right) A student hard at work on her face of Jesus.
2 VALUES FOR LIFE/EASTER EXPERIENCE A one day course for Primary School Head teachers and Staff on introducing values teaching in your school. Also Easter Experience - an exciting way to share the Easter story with children. 9.30am 3.45pm, Diocesan Education Centre, Salisbury. Cost £102
+ VAT to incl lunch, refreshments and a Values for Life pack (worth £62). For bookings call 01722 428428. 2 LECTURE & DINNER Change One Thing: Music, Liturgy & Spiritual Health - Address by Mr Timothy Ruffer of the Royal School of Church Music. Lecture (8.10pm) £2, Dinner (7pm) £13. Bournemouth William Temple Association, Marsham Court Hotel. Details 01202 554640. 5 & 26 PLANNING & LEADING WORSHIP Learning for Discipleship Course at Marlborough College. 7.30pm. Details www.salisbury.anglican.org/lfd 6 - 8 HILFIELD FRIARY WEEKEND Poetry writing for all. Details 01300 342313. 6 THE IMPORTANCE OF
LISTENING Training for Headteachers, Teaching Staff, SENCO’s and Teaching Assistants. The course will cover improved listening skills, communicating within a school environment and reflecting upon the impact of good listening in the school context. 12.30- 3.45pm, Diocesan Education Centre, Salisbury. Cost £60 + VAT (to incl lunch and refreshments on both days). Please book. Call 01722 428428. 10 ANNUAL HEADTEACHERS’ CONFERENCE Two sides of the same coin: School Improvement in Church Schools. An inspiring day for Headteachers and Acting Headteachers. 9am - 4pm, Diocesan Education Centre, Salisbury. Cost: £10 incl lunch. For bookings call 01722 428428.
12 MARRIAGE MEASURE DEMYSTIFICATION! A seminar for clergy with the Diocesan Registrar in response to the new Church of England Marriage Measure. Visit the Registry section of the diocesan website for more details - www.salisbury.anglican.org . 12 - 2pm. Diocesan Education Centre, Salisbury. Drinks will be provided bring a packed lunch. Confirm booking with the Bishop’s Senior Chaplain senior.chaplain@ salisbury.anglican.org 14 - 17 HILFIELD FRIARY Eco-friendly families weekend. Living in an environmentally sustainable manner. Details 01300 342313. 23 PAMPERED CHEFS PARTY Enjoy kitchenware demonstrations, try new recipes, purchase equipment. 7pm, St Martin’s Community
Lent is a time for reflection and learning Over the centuries many rituals and traditions have become a part of Lent, the period leading up to Easter itself. Starting on Ash Wednesday, the forty days of denial and reflection begin on 25th February this year. Within the western Christian tradition the forty days do not include Sundays, which are still celebrated as the resurrection of the living Lord. At its beginnings in the fourth century church, Lent was originally seen as a time of preparation for those who were to be baptised during the Easter Vigil. As these people were being received
into a living community of faith the existing members were also expected to prepare to receive them. The forty days remind us of the forty days Christ spent in the wilderness where he too was put to temptation. The tradition of giving up something for Lent has developed from the period of fasting as exercised by the early church, although many see it as a time for charitable works and thinking of others. Many churches have now developed a tradition for a single day of fasting and collecting funds for less fortunate peoples abroad others will organise simple meals of soup and bread again an act of penitence.
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FURIOUS FLAMENCO: A taste of Spain is coming to Salisbury on February 12th, when virtuoso composer Juan Martin and his Flamenco Dance Ensemble stop off at the City Hall during their UK tour. World-famous guitarist Martin has composed a new show to display the dark, moody intensity and macho technical display of authentic flamenco. For details and bookings, call 020 8346 4500 or visit www.flamencovision.com
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initiative, writes Julia Taylor. The one-day meeting, which is a response to the Bishops’ request to their Dioceses to address environmental issues more actively, will seek to affirm and enhance our mutual commitment to the challenge, as we explore together means of address-
ing the issues and of collaborating on effective solutions. Attended by bishops, archdeacons, diocesan secretaries and other diocesan officers, the meeting at Taunton’s Catholic Centre will focus on our use of energy and will include presentations on three major areas - Purchase, Conservation and
Generation. Representatives of Salisbury Diocese are investigating the use of photo-voltaic micro-generation installations on churches, and hope to give a presentation on its feasibility. Gloucester and Exeter are investigating bulk energy purchase schemes, with the two-fold goal of
The amateur Christian an undervalued role JOHN Gisby of St Thomas’s Church in Salisbury has contributed this article. As we begin a New Year he encourages all us ‘amateurs’ to be of good heart...
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THE OXFORD English Dictionary gives a primary definition of an amateur as one who loves, the root of the word being that well known Latin verb with which generations of students have started their studies of the language. The Book of Common Prayer instructs Anglicans to love God with all their heart and with all their mind and to love their neighbours as themselves. So they are actually required to be amateurs in this true sense of the word and are stumbling along a path trodden by innumerable faithful people, great and humble, in the footsteps of the Great Amateur Himself. But the modern understanding of the word is very different. This asserts that an amateur is someone who cultivates anything as a pastime, typically by being a dabbler, or an unskilled practitioner. To describe a person as an amateur is not complimentary for the word is associated with ineffectiveness and a failure to achieve aims, despite well meant intentions. In a world which relies on experts for the maintenance of a complex society, amateurism in this modern sense has little to recommend it. These two interpretations of the same familiar word both have a relevance to Christians. It has been shown that they should strive to be amateurs in the original and accurate sense. But because of their human nature and consequent inherent limitations they will always be associated with the second meaning. Yet they actually cannot succeed for nobody can be an expert Christian, the title is simultaneously obnoxious and ludicrous. But if it is impossible to be an expert Christian it follows that it is also impossible to be a convincing critic of his failings. If those who struggle to understand the Divine message and interpret it know all too well that they have difficulty in comprehension and application, of what credibility is the opinion of their efforts expressed by those with little or no understanding in matters of faith? What can such critics fairly criticise with any authority? Against what bench marks can they measure the performance of the incompetent faithful? We may have a better understanding of our origins through the work of Charles Darwin but we still do not know how or why Creation came about or where our evolution is intended to lead. ‘What was God doing before the Big Bang?’ wondered the distinguished nuclear physicist, Neils Bohr. Yet the reality of the Big Bang event itself is still not yet agreed among scientists, while its actual purpose, (if it happened) has been little considered by such experts. A reasonable Christian view could be that we are not yet sufficiently evolved in our mental and spiritual thinking to even begin to comprehend such matters and that it is a foolish impertinence to even try, given how little we achieve presently. The writings and thinkings of Dawkins and the theoretical physics of Hawkins must be stunted conceptions for we can have no perceptions of God’s overall plan and His workings. Christians should therefore be of good heart. It is sufficient that they be amateurs in the original sense of the word and the realities of the directive to love God and one’s neighbour can be readily grasped on a daily basis, if not readily achieved. That they are uncertain and exasperated at their narrow understanding of their faith and appear to be amateurs in the modern sense is in fact a healthy sign of an appropriate humble awareness of their present mental horizons. Perhaps Darwin did not extend his Theory of Evolution far enough to include mental as well as physical evolution but maybe it is along such a path, leading eventually to an understanding of matters at present impervious to scientific method and far beyond our current comprehension, that mankind is stumbling with uncertain steps. In the meanwhile the Christian can be more than content with being a true amateur, both definitions conveniently summarising his current circumstances.
reducing costs and ensuring that the energy we draw from the national grid is generated in environmentally friendly ways. Truro and Exeter are considering wind generation schemes. Archdeacon of Sherborne and Chairman of our D i o c e s a n Environmental Group the Ven Paul Taylor said, “We are very excited that the South West Dioceses are working in partnership on environmental issues, sharing projects and good practice. “I look forward to attending the meeting along with Bishop George Browning, who is convener of the Anglican C o m m u n i o n Environmental Group.”
CHRISTMAS IN THE COMMUNITY: West Moors Churches Together joined in a village community evening in the closed-off main road through West Moors. The very successful event included carols round the Christmas tree, collection of shoebox gifts and lots of fun, stalls and activities.The picture above shows the Revd Andrew Rowland taking the cross into the crowds of people.
School choir reach the Songs of Praise final
READY FOR THE FINAL: The Gryphon Senior Girls’ Choir taking a break during the workshop organised by BBC Songs of Praise producer Charlotte Hindle (centre left), Douglas Coombes, international choral singer, (centre) and Gryphon Musical Director Non Davies (centre right).
THE Gryphon Senior Girls’ Choir has got through to the final of the Songs of Praise Choir of the year. After reaching the final six in the National Songs of Praise Choir of the Year Competition, The Gryphon Choir was visited by the BBC on December 5th. The girls took part in a workshop and then performed their two competition pieces, a traditional a capella African 6 part song Thulasiswe and Howard Goodall’s Love Divine. On December 9th the girls received the news that they had reached the final. They will be up against two other youth choirs. The girls will now travel to BBC Manchester on March 6th and 7th to compete and to record a
programme. This most recent National success, comes within seven months of the choir reaching the final 18 in the UK in the Radio 3 Choir of the Year Competition. The choir functions on dedication, commitment, enthusiasm, loyalty and team work. Not one member of the Choir is ever auditioned - something that Non Davies believes is fundamental to the ethos evident within the Choir and is vital to ensure that such an opportunity is always available to all. The competition and concert will be recorded for future televised broadcast on national T;, the date is to be announced.
Volume 33 Number 2
Book of the month THIS gem of a book by the Dean of Durham brings to mind a dry comment made by a former colleague: “Some people write because they have something to say; others write because they have to say something.” Michael Sadgrove is a writer of the first kind: he has something to say, something both substantial and refreshing. As befits an enthusiast for the wisdom tradition of the Old Testament, he draws on but is far from limited by his own very varied experience (ordained ministry in a theological college, a rural parish, and two cathedrals). His book is devoted to the case for wisdom rather than prophecy as providing the model for contemporary ministry: 'The wise in Israel are far closer to what we look for in the public ministers of our churches.' Wisdom speaks about the whole of life and provides the resource for authentic ministry 'a witness to pain, to the search for meaning, and to the gift of joy'. Sadgrove opens up both the Old Testament stories which are told from a wisdom perspective and also explores the 'taught' wisdom of books like Job, Proverbs, Song of Songs, and some of the psalms. He writes with generosity of spirit and a sympathetic style, with full awareness of how complex and stressful the task often is. There is much profundity in this book, many
insights worth pausing over and retaining. While its primary readership may be those who serve in ordained ministry, it is also, I believe, an important book for those of us who are not ordained. For each and every member of the Church, the changing understanding of ministry in a changing world has - we have no choice! - to exercise the thinking of us all. What is essential in both personal and public terms? Where in all this state of flux is true wisdom to be found? Michael Sadgrove’s book is one that breathes the spirit of Anglicanism at its very best. It deserves to be on the bookshelves of as many clergy and lay people as possible - and frequently to be taken off those shelves and pondered. Published by SPCK, Wisdom and Ministry: The Call to Leadership is normally priced at £9.99. Quote SARUM LINK to order it at the special price of £8.99 POST FREE until February 28th. Orders welcome by phone: 01722 326899, email: firstname.lastname@example.org by post or in person Sarum College Bookshop, 19 The Close, Salisbury SP1 2EE. Cheques should be made payable to 'Sarum College Bookshop'. Reviewed by Professor David Catchpole, Scholar-in-Residence, Sarum College.
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Moya’s return MOYA Brennan of Clannad fame, is embarking apon a UKwide tour in March to promote her new album entitled Heart Strings. ‘Heart Strings’ is Moya’s first ever live solo recording and features the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Recorded at the L i v e r p o o l Philharmonic Hall and in Germany in October 2007, the fourteen tracks include three classic songs from Moya’s days as the voice of Clannad, including Harry’s Game, I Will Find You and In A Lifetime. Drawing on Moya’s recent solo work with tracks like Tapestry and Sailing Away tracks that showcase both her skill at crafting evocative moments and her prodigious band’s skilful musicianship - the live show recording underlines just why Moya is known as the ‘First Lady of Celtic music.’ Her Heart Strings UK tour follows swiftly on the heels of her Irish Christmas Tour which took place during December. The six dates across Ireland were also interwoven with six German concerts. Crowds attending the concerts can expect
Moya’s classics with Clannad as well as recent material from her 2006 release Signature. UK venues in our area include Swindon Arts Centre (01793 614837) and The Theatre Royal in Winchester (01962 840440.) We have been given three copies of Heart Strings by Fierce Distribution to give away to our readers. To be in with a chance of winning just send a postcard (address page 2) to reach us by February 6th.
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REVISING our histories is certainly de rigueur these days. We will tell all sorts of tales about the past in order to justify our present prejudice. The horrors of the second world war rested on Hitler’s rewriting of European history to depend on the conspiracy of Jewry. The books of history so often reflect merely the manipulation of the power hungry or the oppressors. Yet it is not only on the secular world stage that this penchant for revision exists. ‘The church has always taught this.’ ‘Things have always been done this way.’ Indeed in the present, power struggles within our own communion the attempt to present church history as a monochrome narrative that shows the force of a particular ‘truth’, is evident in almost every proclamation. The desire to claim that one side is pure and ‘orthodox’ is a reflection of this thinking. Those who claim orthodoxy are all too ready to rewrite the past diversity of church opinion and the history of the concept of orthodoxy. All expressions of church life that stand contrary to their teaching may be ignored or dismissed as not ‘real Christianity.’
The dates of the origins of dogmas and doctrines are forgotten, and ideas presented as if they were the eternal teaching of the church, rather than one opinion from the melting pot of Church history. Of course the heart beat of ‘orthodoxy’ rests in the Great Council of Nicaea in 325 AD. We may now present this purely as the Church’s genuine search for truth about the person of Jesus. We revise out of history the slaughter of Bishops and Priests in their own towns during the debate. We revise out the use of doctrine to bring a false uniformity to the Church through the threat of the denial of citizenship. This is not to nullify the theology of the council - that is a different issue - but if we fail to tell the story of how the concept of orthodoxy was used to silence parts of the body of Christ, and of how people were excluded from the Church if they failed to agree, and of how dialogue was replaced by exclusivisim and the desire to form ‘pure, theologically sound’ councils, we are in danger of doing the same again. But we’d not be so silly, would we?
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