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Celebrating Maundy Thursday Together


 Text of letter from the Bishop of Salisbury on 24th March

To all clergy who are licensed or hold a Permission to Officiate and to Licensed Lay Minsters

Dear sisters and brothers

It is with a very heavy heart that I forward the latest letter from the Archbishops and Bishops see below (with the template referred to) about the closure of churches even for private prayer.  The principles behind this latest guidance are clear.  As a Church, we are committed to acting together on the best advice available with messaging that will help us care for the whole community, including the most vulnerable.

Thanks for all you are doing to care for your communities, renewing hope and enabling people to pray, serve and grow in these difficult times.  The weather helps, especially if you have a garden.  I have been wondering if churchyards might be a place where people are able to exercise, breathe fresh air and stand on holy ground?  Maybe the encouragement of little Calvaries might be a way of marking Passiontide.  People could be encouraged to place something on a mound when they are out for their daily exercise or journey to the shop, medical centre or pharmacy?  The Calvaries could then turn into Easter gardens. 

Whatever happens in the coming weeks this is a time of intense social, economic and political change which needs spiritual support if we are to hold on to whatever is true, honourable, just, pure, pleasing and commendable if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise - which there most certainly is  - in the ways most people, think about these things.

God bless,  Bishop of Salisbury

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mp3 icon to show format of our recordingsArchbishop's message to us (13th March) - read by Rev Hilary Bond.   Click the mp3 icon to listen to it or download it.

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 Header for the weekly Grapevine from 4th Sept 2019


9th April 2020 - Celebrating Maundy Thursday Together

2nd April 2020 - Post, wave and sing for Palm Sunday

27th March 2020 - What is going on!

19th March 2020 - Church is not closed - we're online

12th March 2020 - Our Diocese updates its guidance on coronavirus

5th March 2020  - "Not just my toothbrush"

28th February 2020 - Bumper issue for Lent - Bishop gives up plastic for Lent.  Also includes at news item about Routes to Roots

12th February 2020 -Community Cooking with Jamie Oliver

5th February 2020 - Live Lent and take action against climate change

31st January 2020 - Going green poses "unique challenges" for churches',

23rd January 2020  - 'The dos and don'ts of communicating with those who can't hear'

15th January 2020  Outreach and a listening voice

8th January 2020  A Happy New Year to all our Grapevine readers

19th December 2019  - A merry Christmas to All

11th December 2019 - Three steps closer together

5th December 2019- Christians and the General Election

27th November 2019  - 'We see you'

20th November 2019  -  Renewing Hope for our Bishop

13th November 2019 - Unafraid of life in the margins

6th November 2019  - On the Move

23rd October 2019   - Education in service to the whole community

16th October 2019 - Remembering Bishop John

9th October 2019 - A 'new relationship' with the Channel Islands

2nd October 2019  -  A BBC broadcast  and  Celebrating LLMs

25th Sept 2019  - Archdeacon "Swims the Channel"

18th Sept 2019 - Hope for the future at our Rural Day

11th Sept 2019  - £14K goes a long way

4th Sept 2019 Grapevine


David Pain iDiocesan Secretary and Chief Executive of the Diocese of Salisbury from 1st Jan 2019s the Diocesan Secretary and Chief Executive.
The Diocesan Secretary and his team assist with strategy, policy, oversee finances, and ensure effective management, administration, resourcing and support for the whole diocese.  See here for more details.


 grapevine logoGrapevine was the monthly  publication for all church members in the Diocese.  

Individual editions are:-

18th July 2019  Transforming lives  and  All Change
20th June 2019  Breaking Bread in schools
16th May 2019 'Go for it' (May/June)
11th April 2019  Encouragement, prayer & inspiration
21 Mar 2019  Liberated, Passion-ate and on the Streets
15th Feb 2019 Special 'Rural Hope' Edition 

18th Jan 2019
 New Year, new Grapevine!  



Over the last 13 years an e-bulletin has been produced for Clergy, Lay ministers, Church Wardens etc.  The final bulletin was published on 23rd July 2019.

23rd July  "Hello Grapevine" - last-ever e-bulletin!
16th July   I've had an amazing day
9th July  Be the best you can
3rd July   Meet our new priests and deacons
26th June  Please pray for our deacons and priests
18th June  Affirming international links
11th June  "The Global Wave"

30th May  New DAC* Secretary arrives.   *Diocesan Advisory Committee 
21st May  Christian Aid Week - Big Brekkies, Bishop joins walkers
14th May  52 Make a Big Splash
9th May  Diocesan Secretary gets on his bike for Christian Aid

17th April  Four Maundy Money recipients are from Dorset and Wiltshire 
9th April  Prayers needed for Sudan
2nd April  Holding Brexit conversations

26th March  Room to Grow
19th March A bishop, a breakfast and lives changed
12th March Exploring a Rural Future

5th March
  Celebrating every life

27th Feb  Matching resources to reality
19th Feb  A 'comprehensive and historical' safeguarding review

12th Feb  Reviewing Hope: 'How is it for you?'
5th Feb
  Praying together in Lent 2019

29th Jan  "People will be my first priority"
22nd Jan
  Raising the Roof by Just Giving
15th Jan   Ploughing On
8th Jan  Make migrant channel crossings tales of hope

e-Bulletins from 2018, 2017 (Jan -Dec) and 2016 (June -Dec) here  

updated 9/4/20