Prayer, Worship and Learning in Bemerton Parish

Regular Sunday services / This coming Sunday / Weekday services / Learning/

An up to date calendar of services and meetings in the parish can be seen by following this link.

Our Service Rota can be seen by clicking here.

From 19th July 2021 if you are well you are welcome to attend any of our services but you are asked to continue to observe the following. Please ensure you wear a face covering whilst in the church building unless you are exempt. Please sanitise your hands upon entering and leaving the building and when directed to do so during any service. We are now engaging in congregational singing but only whilst wearing face masks. There will be a designated area for people to sit in in St Michael’s if they wish to maintain social distancing and you are asked to respect the decision of people who choose to sit in these spaces by maintaining a good social distance from them. There is no longer a need to book a place at any of our services.

Our services will also continue to be on Zoom and our details are as follows:

Meeting ID: 875 9499 3957
Passcode: 270871

Our regular Sunday services

(We have a parish vision evening on Thursday 21st October starting at 6pm. We will be discussing our future service pattern and our presence across Bemerton Parish.)

8am Book of Common Prayer (BCP) Holy Communion zoomed from St Andrew’s

10:30am St Michael’s

6pm BCP Evensong at St Andrew’s (On 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month.)

6pm Evening Service on all other Sundays in the month

Sunday 24th October 2021 – Bible Sunday

8am Book of Common Prayer Communion at St Andrew’s

10:30am Common Worship Holy Communion

6pm Book of Common Prayer Evening Prayer at St Andrew’s

Weekdays

8:30am Morning Prayer Tuesday to Friday (10am on Saturday). In-person in St Andrew’s and on Zoom.

12noon Common Worship Holy Communion in person on Wednesdays at St Michael’s.

10am BCP Communion on Fridays at St Andrews Church.

Study in Bemerton Parish

GraveTalk

This course has been postponed until next year due to lack of numbers. Please keep checking back for date and format information.

During this past year living through the pandemic, due to the restrictions placed upon us, we have all had to come to terms with some degree of loss. We also recognise for some the loss has been huge as they mourn the death of a loved one. The process of grieving and bereavement has been compounded by the restrictions and in some cases people have not able to say goodbye in a manner that they would have chosen. This brings into focus the whole area of death and dying and how we struggle to deal with it and even talk about it.

GraveTalk is a useful resource to help people start thinking and talking about key topics around end of life. It  consists of a set of cards with questions to encourage conversations around a table with topics which include:

Life: What is important in your life? How would you like to be remembered?

Death: What experiences of death have you had so far? What do you think death means?

Society: How has our culture shaped our thinking about death?

Funerals: What will happen when you die? Do you need to make any plans or choices now?

Grief: What is the reality of loss and how do you experience it?

We would like to invite you to join in this conversation and plan to hold three sessions, at St Michael’s church on the 21st, 29th September and the 5th October . Either 12:30- 14:00 or 15:00-16:30. It is encouraged that you attend all three sessions as they will deal with the different topics.

The course is being facilitated by Revd Canon Kim Stephens and if you are interested or want further details please do send an email to Kim.Stephens@ salisbury.anglican.org

Kim comes from a nursing midwifery background and is an ordained minister in the church of England for over twenty years.  Kim has experience of many years as a hospital chaplain being alongside families and their loved ones as they approach end of life. Kim has worked alongside the hospice and the chaplaincy has been involved in facilitating and leading group conversations around death and dying. This time at end of life is especially precious and highlights the importance of those conversations which are difficult to have.

In Grave talk Kim aims to facilitate a small group table conversation in a safe and open environment where some of the questions and issues around death and dying can be explored. 

Living in Love and Faith is a course we will run from end May to June and in September and early October. All material is available for free on The Church of England website or you can buy the course book from Church House Publishing. You can find out what the course is about by clicking here. Please contact Kevin at rector.bemerton@protonmail.com to let him know you would like to join a group and he’ll send you a Zoom link.

We are hoping and praying that people who have maybe felt rejected by the church because of fundamentally who they are will join in these study groups. We want to hear your story and we want to make it clear that you are very welcome in Bemerton Parish for who you are.

We also warmly welcome teachers to get in touch if you would like to have the course adapted to help you experience the wider picture of church teaching and belief when you are teaching ‘what Christians believe’ to your students. It would be great to have you join as part of our regular study groups.