Confirmation January 2019

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Diary Dates February 19

Friday 1st   7.00pm “Making Space for God” St John’s Priory

Sunday 3rd 5th SUNDAY BEFORE LENT
8.00am Holy Communion St John’s Priory
9.30am Matins, BCP St Catherine’s 10.45am Sung Eucharist Parish Church

Tuesday 5th   2.30pm Holy Communion Olivier Place

Weds. 6th   10.30am Holy Communion St John’s Priory
7.30pm MU ‘National Marriage Week’ 3 Castle Keep

Sunday 10th 4th SUNDAY BEFORE LENT
8.00am Holy Communion Parish Church
9.30am Holy Communion St Catherine’s
10.45am Sung Eucharist Parish Church

Monday 11th 2.40pm “Open the Book” Primary School
5.00pm Ministry Team Meeting Church Room

Weds. 13th 10.30am Holy Communion St John’s Priory
2.30pm MU meets for talk on ‘Shopmobility’ Church Room
7.00pm Discussion Group (Luke) Church Room

Thurs 14th 11.00am Holy Communion St Peter’s
Friday 15th 2.30pm Young at Heart Community Centre 7.00pm “Making Space for God” St. John’s Priory

Sunday 17th 3rd SUNDAY BEFORE LENT
8.00am Holy Communion Parish Church
9.30am Matins, BCP St Catherine’s
10.45am Sung Eucharist Parish Church

Tuesday 19th 2.30pm Holy Communion Pembroke Court

Wed. 20th 10.30am Holy Communion St John’s Priory
Sunday 24th 2nd SUNDAY BEFORE LENT
8.00am Holy Communion Parish Church
9.30am Holy Communion St Catherine’s
10.45am Sung Eucharist Parish Church
Wed. 27th 10.30am Holy Communion St John’s Priory

Thurs 28th 11.00am Holy Communion St Peter’s

Diary Dates – January 2019

Weds. 2nd 10.30am Holy Communion St John’s Priory
12.30pm Interment of Ashes Parish Church

Sunday 6th EPIPHANY
8.00am Holy Communion St John’s Priory
9.30am Matins, BCP St Catherine’s 10.45am Epiphany Procession and Eucharist Parish Church

Tuesday 8th 10.30am Confirmation Preparation Church Room
2.30pm Holy Communion Olivier Place

Friday 11th 2.30pm “Young at Heart: Getting Crafty!” Community Centre

Weds. 9th 10.30am Holy Communion St John’s Priory
7 for 7.30pm MU New Year Meal The Greyhound

Sunday 13th BAPTISM OF CHRIST
8.00am Holy Communion Parish Church
9.30am Holy Communion St Catherine’s
10.45am Sung Eucharist Parish Church
3.00pm Confirmation Group Rectory

Monday 14th 2.40pm “Open the Book” Primary School
5.00pm Pastoral Team meeting Church Room

Weds. 16th 10.30am Holy Communion St John’s Priory
2.30pm AGM for all MU members. Church Room
Talk on ‘Modern Slavery’ by Rosie Stiven

Friday 18th 10.00am WMSET Trustees Meeting Rectory
7.00pm “Making Space for God” St. John’s Priory
Sunday 20th THIRD SUNDAY OF EPIPHANY
8.00am Holy Communion Parish Church
9.30am Matins, BCP St Catherine’s
10.45am Sung Eucharist Parish Church

Monday 21st 1.00pm Ethos Committee Meeting Primary School

Tues. 22nd ST BRIHTWOLD, BISHOP OF WILTON
2.30pm Holy Communion Pembroke Court

Wed. 23rd 10.30am Holy Communion St John’s Priory

Thurs. 24th 12 noon Thanksgiving Service Parish Church
for the life of John Morrish

Fri. 25th THE CONVERSION OF ST. PAUL
2.30pm “Young at Heart: Pick a Poem” Community Centre

Sunday 27th THE PRESENTATION OF CHRIST IN THE TEMPLE (Candlemas)
8.00am Holy Communion Parish Church
9.30am Holy Communion St Catherine’s
10.45am Sung Eucharist with Confirmation Parish Church
(The Bishop of Salisbury)

Monday 28th 2.40pm “Open the Book” Primary School

Wed. 30th 10.30am Holy Communion St John’s Priory

Diary Dates – December 2018

Sat. 1st 11.15am PBS Carol Service St Catherine’s

Sunday 2nd FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
8.00am Holy Communion St John’s Priory
9.30am Matins St Catherine’s 10.45am Advent Eucharist Parish Church

Monday 3rd 6.30pm Lighting of the Town Christmas Tree Old St Mary’s
With Nativity and carols

Tuesday 4th 12 noon Mothers’ Union Service Salisbury Cathedral
2.30pm Holy Communion Olivier Place

Weds. 5th 10.30am Holy Communion St John’s Priory
4.00pm Bible Study Group “Exploring Mark” Olivier Place
7.30pm MU Reflection and Action on Church Room
“16 Days against Gender-based Violence”

Thurs. 6th 11.15am Manor Farm School Carol Service St. Catherine’s
2.00pm Schools’ Service Salisbury Cathedral
Sunday 9th SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT
8.00am Holy Communion Parish Church
9.30am Holy Communion St Catherine’s
10.45am Sung Eucharist Parish Church

Weds. 12th 10.30am Holy Communion St John’s Priory
11.15am RDA Carol Service Pembroke Centre
2.30pm MU Holy Communion with carols Parish Church
. 4.00pm Bible Study Group “Exploring Mark” Olivier Place
7.00pm Discussion Group “Luke: New Teaching” Church Room

Friday 14th 2.30pm “Young at Heart” friendship group Community Centre
Sunday 16th THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT
8.00am Holy Communion Parish Church
9.30am Matins BCP St Catherine’s
10.45am Sung Eucharist Parish Church

Tues 18th 2.30pm Holy Communion Pembroke Court

Weds. 19th 10.30am Christmas Communion St John’s Priory
4.00pm Bible Study Group “Exploring Mark” Olivier Place

Friday 21st 2.15pm Primary School Service Parish Church

Sunday 23rd FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT
8.00am Holy Communion Parish Church
10.45am Sung Eucharist Parish Church
6.00pm Carol Service St Catherine’s

Monday 24th CHRISTMAS EVE
4.00pm “Countdown to Christmas” Parish Church
11.30pm Midnight Mass Parish Church

Tuesday 25th CHRISTMAS DAY
8.00am Holy Communion Parish Church
9.30am Holy Communion, BCP, with carols St Catherine’s
10.45am Christmas Eucharist Parish Church

Sunday 30th THE FIRST SUNDAY OF CHRISTMAS
10.45am Parish Eucharist Parish Church

We will remember….

Address given on 11th November 2018 – the Centenary of the Armistice

I’ve been surprised, over the past few weeks, at the number of messages that have “pinged” onto my phone and across my computer screen – all headed up with just three, short, words.
Sadly, those three words have NOT been “I love you” – which might have been rather nice! What I’ve been seeing are the familiar, and starker, ones which appear at the bottom of the children’s banner: “Lest we forget”.

Of course it isn’t surprising that that motto is popping up around us at this time of year – it would be strange if it didn’t. What surprised were is the images that have appeared with it.
More often than not, it seems, those images are of veterans – of soldiers who are alive – who fought in wars and survived.

And there is certainly nothing wrong with that – it’s just that, when I was at Primary School, and we learned about the poppy and what it stood for, we were taught very clearly that they were to remember the people who had died in the world wars.
And that was it – that’s what poppies are for – that’s who we mustn’t ever forget.

That was, of course, before the Falklands war and more recent conflicts involving British Forces and which have changed our perception even of what it means to remember the fallen.

But still I have that strong sense, instilled in me as a child, that Remembrance is about the dead.
Now, after seeing “lest we forget” in all those messages with veterans in them, I realise I might need to think again.

We shouldn’t forget those who fought in and survived any conflict. Even if they were physically unharmed – they still faced the same traumas and the horror of war, and many faced the very real possibility of death, day by day.

And shouldn’t we also remember those who serve in our armed forces today?
They live with the possibility that they may yet face the grim reality of war: even if the technology and means of fighting have changed somewhat, human fear and bravery have not.

Today I want to push our Remembrance even further.

The more observant among you may have noticed that our first reading was given by a 13 year old boy wearing medals from the First World War – so, clearly not his!

Those medals belonged to Henry’s Great-Great-Uncle, Captain Gilbert Norris, of the 13th Battalion King’s Regiment Rifle Corps – who was killed in action just months before the armistice in March 1918, at the age of 31.
Perhaps, then, we also ought to remember that – even a century after the Great War – there are still families who are affected by it, and by every conflict since. Those families are incomplete – not only because of the lives that were lost, but also the lives which might have been – those who may have been born if circumstances had been different.

The make-up those families,
the make-up of their communities,
the make-up of our society is different than it would have been without war – different than it should have been.

And so I think that it is right to remember – the fallen, and their comrades and successors, and also their loved ones and neighbours – lest we forget the full cost of war.

The author of Ecclesiastes – from which that first reading was taken – speaks of “a time for war, and a time for peace”.
And within that one phrase, is contained the twin-reality – that war IS sometimes necessary if we are going to prevent an even greater evil from succeeding and overpowering us, even if we recognise that war is never “a good thing” – that there are never really any winners.
And, secondly, that peace is to be prized – to be protected and not simply taken for granted – that peace demands just as much effort and self-sacrifice as war.

Today, thank God, our young people are not being slaughtered on the battle fields of France – but we do hear far too many reports of random acts of violence on our streets.
Today our old people no longer live in fear of the air raid siren – but many do live in fear and in isolation.
Today there is no single aggressor seeking to destroy our nation, but there are worrying signs of extreme nationalism and other forms of extremism in many nations.

Is this the “land fit for heroes” which was promised after the Great War?
Is the world of today a fitting legacy to all those who fought and died in two world wars?

Unless and until we can answer “yes” to both of those questions, then we must keep on remembering and working to establish the peace for which so many have fought and died.
To borrow the language of Ecclesiastes:
Now is a time to heal divisions;
now is a time to build up society;
now is a time to speak up for what is right.

Peace doesn’t just happen by accident;
communities and nations don’t flourish by accident.

If we are to avoid the mistakes of the past,
then young and old must work together
to grasp the reality of the world we live in today – undistorted by either the rose-tinted lenses of nostalgia or the carefully filtered news-feeds of social media;
and young and old must work together to shape a more just and stable society – both here and elsewhere:
lest we forget the experiences of our ancestors and sacrifice our future on the altar of human selfishness and pride.

Truth is complex;
human society is complex;
peace is complex;
but all three are worth fighting for – one way or another.