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A musical visit to Guernsey

The recent union of the two Channel Island deaneries to the Diocese of Salisbury is beginning to bear fruit. Guernsey is delighted to welcome the Salisbury Cathedral Choir to the deanery this week, and wish them well on their onwards travels to Jersey. 

Calne St Mary, Clock and Bells restoration project update

Last year we shared Calne St Mary, Clock and Bells restoration project. We were pleased to report that the five year project is soon to be complete, but not without help from 5th Battalion REME, who offered to assist with moving large beams, weighing over 370 kilogram, into the tower.  

Biker Church

Motorcycle instructor and rider, Michael Donnell has created a new regular Christian meeting called "Lazarus Biker Church".  The inspiration for this newly formed church came from wanting to find a place for those with an interest in faith and motorbikes to meet, share fellowship and pray together. 

Holy Week Reflections

Lent is a time of focus and reflection as we look ahead to the glories of Eastertide. This Holy Week (the last week of Lent) we share reflections from our Bishops and other senior leaders in the diocese and education department, over this reflective week.  Please do share these on your social channels and with your congregations.  

Sudan day: The Salisbury – Sudan partnership remains active and needed

The Salisbury-Sudan's partnership is amongst the most active in the Church of England and last Saturday,  18 March 2023, the Salisbury-Sudan's Partnership held their annual 'Sudan's Day' to update the many supporters from across the diocese and beyond. They were joined by Bishop Stephen, Her Excellency Ambassador Agnes Oswaha, the South Sudan Ambassador to London and Dr Anna Butchart, the Deputy Head of the Sudans Unit in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, among others. 

The Bishop’s PA, Mel Davies, to be running this year’s London Marathon

We asked Mel why she had decided to undertake her  first ever marathon. She said: "How blessed we are… we have the food to fuel, the health to run, the warmth to sleep. How would it feel to be without food, be in poor health and have no place to sleep?  Sadly, this is a reality for too many. 

Visit to Sudan: Lives are being saved

The 16 health clinics supported by the diocese parishes, deaneries and individuals are truly making a difference. Drugs are reaching their destinations and lives are being saved as a result.

Mothering Sunday – What are its origins within the church? 

Each year on the fourth Sunday of Lent, countries worldwide celebrate Mothering Sunday. This typically involves lavishing mothers with gifts and attention whilst celebrating the women who have nurtured us throughout our lives. But how many of us know its true origins? 

Confirmation services

On 12 March, Bishop Karen held a confirmation service in the West Purbeck Benefice. She spoke about how important a marker in a person's faith journey confirmation is. She said:  "I think it is more important than ever. Marking a decision individuals have taken on their faith journey, rather than an entry to Holy Communion. It's great to see so many making a decision to follow Christ." 

Take over Sunday

13 young members of St Saviours Church and St Philippe de Torteval Church on the Island of Guernsey planned the Sunday service earlier this month. They chose the hymns and readings, wrote a sketch, the prayers of intercession and the sermon on the theme of “Teamwork makes the dream work”.

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