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Tuesday 15 January 2019


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Ploughing On
Many of our rural churches have been celebrating Plough Sunday with a range of outdoor and indoor events.
Hitting the right note at St Paul’s
The new year has begun on a high note for the choir of St John’s, Devizes, as they were invited back to sing at St Paul’s Cathedral in London for a second time.
Grow Your Fiver Into A House!
Money might not grow on trees, but a school project called “Grow Your Fiver” is hoping to help raise the funds needed to build a new Community Club House.
Consolation, Peace and Hope; New Year news from Mothers’ Union for January 2019.
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Diocesan Events

Messy Network Meeting at Longfleet Baptist Church on Thu 17 Jan at 1pm.
It’s a great opportunity to share good practice and resources, talk about key challenges, and pray for one another. Email Steve Inglis if you intend to go.
‘The World In Safe Hands?’
A talk by the Bishop of Salisbury, Thu 31 Jan, 3pm in Sturminster Newton.
Flyer here; tickets £5.
Inquiries and bookings to Lydia Cook.
Ever wondered how violent pagans became pious Christians? Martyn Whittock may be able to tell you. Join him at Sarum College on 14 March. Advance info and booking here
11 February, from 9.45am
‘How far can we stretch in a diverse church?'

The Revd Charlie Skrine addresses Salisbury Diocesan Evangelical Fellowship in St Mary's Ferndown. Inquiries to the Revd Peter Breckwoldt
Our main Events page has also been updated with other events for Chapmanslade, Christchurch, Harnham, Poole, Salisbury, Sherborne, and Wimborne. Keep up to date here.
Please click here to submit your events.
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Our Cathedral

From Darkness to Light Illuminations
Until Sun 3 Feb
Glowing tree forms, a gigantic light-filled globe and a wave of singing lights, the Cathedral and Close have been transformed. Best viewed after dark. Free!
Stonemasonry Works Yard Tour
Go behind the scenes of our Cathedral works yard and learn about the incredible work of our talented stonemasons.
Tue 15 Jan, 2-3pm or Thu 17 Jan, 2-3pm
£17.50 per person.
Prayers for Justice and Peace
Wed 16 Jan, 12-12.30pm

An Epiphany Devotion: Journey of the Magi
Sun 20 Jan, 5-6.30pm

Holy Communion attended by Mothers’ Union
Tue 22 Jan, 12-12.45pm

Choral Evensong marking 25 years of the Cathedral’s Education Department
Tue 22 Jan, 5.30-6.15pm
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Courses & Lectures

The M4M [Ministry for Mission] Courses page has been updated. Options include:
'Why Don’t Men Go To Church?’, ‘Building a Culture of Invitation’, ‘Mission and Ministry to Young People’, ‘Telling your Story as a Means of Outreach’, and plenty more. Click here to view the full menu and book on!
New Monasticism: Boundary Crossing Communities 
Fri 1 Feb
Sarum College
Explore the recent emergence of New Monasticism – usually small communities, committed to contemplation and action, who live a shared life and calling. With Craig Gardiner. £60, bookings required by 16 January
Perham-Shaped Worship Symposium
Fri 8 - Sat 9 Feb

Sarum College
This symposium is an invitation to consider the rich and diverse influence of the late Bishop Michael Perham upon worship in the Church of England. Speakers with first-hand experience of Michael’s ministry will address issues such as nurturing worship in the parish, liturgical leadership, the formation of praying people, and liturgical revision.
£110 non-residential; £160 residential.
Strengthen for Service 2019
Salisbury (Sarum College), 12-14 Feb
North Yorkshire (Wydale Hall), 21-23 May
Cheshire (Foxhill), 1-3 October

A three-day course for worship leaders, both lay and ordained, which provides practical guidance on managing, maintaining and developing parish music. No specific musical expertise is required.
• Choose suitable music and materials for worship
• Establish good working practices
• Gain significant biblical and historical insight
• Discover a wide variety of different styles
• One to one conversations with the course leader
Flyer here
Keep up to date, and book online, here.
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From the Diocese
Job vacancies
Parish events
All courses

School & parish courses


New clergy appointments


The Archbishop of Canterbury speaks to Premier’s Justin Brierley about the danger of a no-deal Brexit, why he sympathises with politicians, and how he is praying for Theresa May and all the politicians making decisions. Watch the short clip
Our new Archdeacon of Sherborne, the Ven Penny Sayer, has written a short bio. Get to know her a bit
WANTED: Diocesan Registry Clerk or Assistant
This is a permanent part-time role, based at Batt Broadbent solicitors in Salisbury, providing administration for the operation of the Faculty Jurisdiction Rules and the Consistory Court. Closing date: 16 January.
Apply here

Child Protection
Newest resources includes ‘County Lines Info’ on drugs gangs. Visit the folder
Riding Lights Theatre Company is pleased to announce a revival of ‘The Narrow Road’, an acclaimed Passion play by Paul Birch, from 25 March to 20 April 2019.
An extraordinary journey will take place, retracing the footsteps of Jesus through a world of miracles and madness, violence and liberation. As the Narrow Road is walked, this turbulent world is turned upside down and its inhabitants confronted by an unexpected and surprising vision. ‘The Narrow Road’ asks each of us to review our understanding of our own faith in relation to that journey. There are pauses in the performance which give opportunities for personal reflection and worship. Info and booking here
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Funding & Giving

January Grant Alert from Dorset Community Foundation includes Wessex Water Community Fund, Lord-Lieutenant's Fund for Young and Talented, and the Surviving Winter Appeal
REMINDER: Erskine Muton Trust Fund
The closing date for applications from Dorset parishes wishing to apply for grants from the next distribution from the Erskine Muton Trust Fund is Friday 8 February 2019. Grants are available towards the cost of works to church buildings located in county of Dorset. 
Further details and an application form are available via email or 01722 438665.
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What is the Godsend App good for?
Here’s one application: ‘making bread and building church’. Watch a short video
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Web updates

JOBS: Diocesan Registry Clerk (3 days): Apply here

Child Protection resources: County Lines Info

Archdeacons: new bio for Penny Sayer

M4M: new set of training courses

Mothers Union: latest news blog

Deaneries: latest events from Devizes
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Many thanks to all who contributed to this glimpse into the life of our diocese.
Click here to submit events and info.

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