Message from Churchwardens
We are writing to let you know that in the absence of both Revd. Becky and Revd. Heather, the four Churchwardens, Robert Salkeld and Jane Greenaway (All Saints), Helen Evans and Anthony Bird (St George’s) will be responsible for the running of the church, with the help of Linda Baker, the parish administrator. We will ensure all services continue and arrange any pastoral care if needed.
We were fortunate that the Revd. Paul Taylor (the Rural Dean), very kindly led our APCM on 3rd May. As reported to the APCM at the beginning of May, Revd. Becky is making progress in her recovery, though we do not know when she will return.
Our best wishes go to Revd. Heather as she starts her maternity leave today and we look forward to welcoming her back in January 2018.
We are very fortunate to have Revd. Julian Poppleton and our retired clergy who have stepped in to fill our rotas for leading services. We will also be welcoming some new faces who have offered to help us, some are retired and some are assisting us from St.Thomas’ Church.
We are all very grateful to everyone who has been helping out and those who have offered support during the last few weeks. Please continue to help.
Churchwardens’ phone numbers have now been added to the list on our Notice sheets. Please feel free to contact one of them if the need arises. (Copies of notice sheet can be found under the “What’s Going On” tab)
LENT TALKS AND DISCUSSION GROUPS ARE TAKING PLACE IN THE PARISH
Please look at our Lent Talk tab for further details.
AMELIA RUSSELL GREEN
Saint George’s church, Lower Street will be open between 3pm and 5pm each day from today until 23rd February for the whole community to come and write in a memorial book, to light candles or just to be. Please bring your children with you or come by yourself.
Next Messy Church is on Sunday 12th February 2017, 3-5pm in the Church Hall.
The theme will be: “The Flood and the Ark”.
New families welcome – for further information contact Jean Mercer 01722 324229.
We are delivering Christmas Cakes made my the congregation and decorated by children from Harnham Junior School.
A big THANK YOU to some of the youngsters from Harnham Junior School for producing some pictures for us for our Christmas communications. Marley’s picture will appear on 3700 cards going to every household in Harnham. Keara’s angels are appearing on our weekly Advent notice sheet and Eva’s picture will appear on our Christmas Notices.
ADVENT CAROL SERVICE
Sunday 27th November 2016
All Saints’ Church, Harnham Rd.
Sunday 13th November
St.George’s Church at 9.00am
Harnham Memorial Hall at 10.45am.
BRING A PICNIC, BRING A RUG AND SIT BACK AND RELAX OR ENJOY THE FOOD ON OFFER WITH A DRINK FROM THE BAR.
Everyone is welcome to come along to help us celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday.
In addition to the poster items we have:
“The Queen’s Knickers”
Talks on “The Royal Arms (Heraldry)” and “Saxon Kings their gruesome deaths and burials” in St.George’s Church.
A chance for the children to ring the bell.
Flower arranging demonstration in the Church.
The Marine Cadets, Police, Electro Swing, Musical talent of all ages and so much more.
ST.GEORGE’S PATRONAL FESTIVAL
Sunday 24th April 2016, 10.00am service in St.George’s Church followed by lunch in the Church Hall.
This time last year we were beginning the 900 year celebrations.
8.00pm Communion at St.George’s. During this service there will be foot washing and an opportunity to receive anointing with oil. Followed by Watch of Prayer until Midnight.
9.15am Service of the Cross at St.George’s. A prayerful, meditative service. An opportunity to reflect on the meaning of Jesus’ death on the cross in our lives.
8.00am Holy Communion at All Saints.
9.30am Family Communion at St.George’s.
11.00am Family Communion at All Saints. After the service there is an Easter Egg Hunt for the children.
On Tuesday we were able to host Bishop Daniel and Bishop Abdu in our parish. They had a busy day visiting Harnham Junior School, meeting parishioners, taking part in the Pancake Race in the Salisbury High Street and finally ending the day at our “Pictures and Pancake” evening.
900 YEAR CELEBRATIONS
We are fast approaching our final weekend of our 900 year celebrations. Tickets are still available for the “Harnham Community Festival” and are available from Harnham Parish Office or alternatively you can reserve the tickets to collect on the door by contacting us through this website, or “St.George’s 2015” facebook page or by emailing: email@example.com.
SERVICES FOR REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY – 8TH NOVEMBER
9.00am St.George’s Church
10.45am Harnham Memorial Hall
This coming Sunday (4th October ) is our Harvest Festival.
9.30am Family Communion at St.George’s
11.00am All Age Worship at All Saints
12.30pm Shared Harvest Lunch in the Church Hall.
6.30pm Harvest Praise at St.George’s
(Includes the announcement of the winners of “Nature, Wildlife and Weather” photo. competition.)
This year we will again be collecting items for the Women’s Refuge in Salisbury. So please bring dry foods, especially packet foods like tea, coffee etc. Any flowers or perishable goods will be delivered to housebound folk in Harnham.
Pet Festival – Sunday 6th September 2015 – 2-4pm. Church Hall Field, Lower Street.
Afternoon begins with “Paws for Thought” – a special service for pets and their owners led by Revd Becky and Revd Heather. The service will last about 20 minutes and afterwards there is going to be a pet show and a fun dog show. There will be lots of different types of animals there for people to see, including some Crazy Creatures and a real live dragon. There will be displays in the arena, craft activities, face painting refreshments and so much more. We look forward to seeing you there.
Annual Christening Tea – Sunday 12th July
This coming Sunday we welcome back families we have christened over the past couple of years. They will be joined by the families who regularly attend Messy Church and will have an opportunity to see the fun the Messy Church team provide. Like all good parties there will be party games and party food too!
Welcome Heather – our new curate.
On Sunday 28th July 2015 a group of men and women were ordained as Deacons at Salisbury Cathedral to serve as Curates in churches across Wiltshire and Dorset. Amongst them was Heather Leppard who will serve amongst us in Harnham in her first years of ordained ministry.
Heather brings many gifts from her wide experience of work, church and life. She is experienced in working with people with additional needs, initiating intentional Christian communities, and teaching meditative pryaer. She will be a huge asset to us in Harnham, assisting in many areas of our ministry and mission.
We welcome Heather and her husband Dominic to our parish and look forward to getting to know her better over the years ahead.
900 Minutes of Prayer
As part of our 900 year celebrations for St.George’s Church, we are having 900 minutes of prayer in St.George’s Church from 6am – 9pm on Saturday 4th July 2015. Please see our page on forthcoming 2015 events for more details.
Around 400 people attended our Church Fete on Saturday 13th June, 2015, and enjoyed a whole range of activities including History talks and Quilting displays in the church, competitions, arena displays, circus displays, vintage cars and bikes and so so much more. A big thank you to everyone who assisted with the day in one way or another and for those who came along and made the most of the sunshine.
St.George’s 900 years celebrations begin.
On 23rd April, the 900 year celebrations began with children from the local school ringing St.George’s bell 900 times. On the following Saturday 300+ Scouts from Salisbury District paraded from Salisbury Cathedral to Harnham Cricket Field for a Medieval Fayre. Then on Sunday the church celebrated its annual patronal festival with a special service, cake, bubbly and a special lunch. An excellent start to the programme of events that continue until 22nd November. For further information check out the 2015 events page on this site.
Harnham Parish joins the 21st Century
After a lot of research, planning and preparation, Harnham Parish has a new website (this one) and it went live on Wednesday 15th April 2015, in time for the Annual Parochial Church Meeting.
St.George’s Church celebrates 900 years!!!
Saint George’s church has been at the Heart of our Community for 900 years – which makes us 100 years older than the Magna Carta!
The first known mention of this church is in a document of c.1115, when the Cathedral was still at Old Sarum, in which King Henry 1st granted the church of Coombe and Harnham to Bishop Roger.
To celebrate this anniversary year we have organised a variety of events for the whole community and we are extremely grateful to the local groups and businesses who have also got involved.
Please take a good look at our page on ‘2015 Events’ to see the full programme. Events start on St.George’s Day – 23rd April and finish on 22nd November 2015. We hope there is something for you to enjoy.