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A Pastoral Letter from the Bishop of Ebbsfleet during the Coronavirus Outbreak.

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‘I want to know Christ, and the power of His resurrection, and sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection of the dead.’
(St. Paul to the Philippians 3:10-11)

On Saturday evening I received a long email from the Bishop of Ebbsfleet, an email of advice and encouragement to those priests and deacons who look to him as their bishop and pastor, which email ending with the words of St. Paul quoted above.  In the 3rd chapter of his letter to Philippi the Apostle sets out his claim to salvation as a Jew, listing the many ways in which he was qualified.  Yet, he ends this passage of his letter by saying that despite all of this, nothing can compare with his incorporation into Christ Jesus which is the only way that those who seek salvation might find it.  He reminds his fellow Christians that they must keep firm in their faith in Christ, in defiance of all problems which may assail them.  At this time of the lockdown, the beginning of the second week, we would do well to think about this and so determine that we will follow the advice of the Government health officials and keep ourselves safe, whilst at the same time we act so as to stop the spread of this coronavirus.  It is truth to say that at this time it is not easy, yet we must as Christians show solidarity with all, the solidarity that Christ shows with all.

I want you all to know what regime I have instituted at St. Martin’s for the Glory of Almighty God and for the benefit all who call upon the name of Christ.  I further hope that knowing what is happening you will be able to join with me in spirit at the times set out below. 

From Sunday 29th March, Lent 5, the pattern of worship at St. Martin’s will be as follows:-


Morning Prayer
Evening Prayer

10:30am (This eucharist will be celebrated by the priest alone)

Daily Morning Prayer
Evening Prayer

10:00am (This eucharist will be celebrated by the priest alone)

I hope that at these times you will be able to recall the worship of Almighty God that is being offered and join Lwith it in some appropriate way, perhaps by saying the Lord’s Prayer or the Angelus, or indeed any prayer that you may feel is right.

In Bishop Jonathan’s letter are set out the limitations of Pastoral Ministry caused by the lockdown.  However, I want to assure you that should you need the sacramental ministry of a priest, I am available, under the precautions enjoined on us by the Government’s Measures, to offer that ministry.  Or it maybe that you wish to talk and seek a prayer and blessing at this time from a priest.  In any case I can be contacted on 01722 320033.  As I write there is a problem with my answerphone taking messages.  However, I hope to have that sorted by Thursday.

The advice from the Archbishops and Bishops of the Church of England in line with the Government advice remains in force.  Do keep to that advice.  At the same time, do remember that our Bishop, Bishop Jonathan Ebbsfleet and his priest at St. Martin’s pray for you all in the Divine Office and go to the altar daily with the people set to the charge on their breasts that their lives may be lived in the fullness of the Spirit and that they may be safe and well.

God Bless you all, and Keep Safe, Fr. David Fisher - Rector - Sarum St. Martin

Welcome to The Parish Church of Sarum St. Martin

Welcome to Saint Martin's, a parish of long-standing catholic tradition ministering to a diverse parish on the east of Salisbury supported by a dedicated team eager to grow in faith and fulfil its purpose of spreading abroad the love of God. We stand in the catholic tradition of the Church of England which began its rebirth in 1833 when The Revd John Keble preached the assize sermon before the judges in the University Church of S. Mary Oxford. His message was simple, the Church of England he contended is the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church in England.

Thus began the religious revival known as the Oxford movement or Anglo-Catholicism. By 1887 St. Martin’s was firmly established in this religious revival, when the then Rector first used eucharistic vestments and catholic ceremonial.

St. Martin’s has proclaimed catholic faith, morals and order. The worship has been rich in beauty and austere in season. Anglo-Catholicism has long held the Incarnation (the birth of the Son of God, Jesus Christ as a man) as a defining ordinance. Human life and the human condition matter, because God has chosen to share that life and condition, or as Canon Henry Scott-Holland put it “I care about drains because God became man”.

The worship at St. Martin’s is traditional and formal at the right moments and full of joy and laughter at others. Those who worship here seek the holy in their lives and rejoice at the God of the everyday who shared our human life. Our catholic faith draws us both into the mystery of God and into the best use of human life. At the PCC Meeting of June 23rd by a vote of 11 to 1 the PCC decided to request of the Bishop of Salisbury that on grounds of Theological Conviction the Church be placed under the Episcopal Oversight of the Bishop of Ebbsfleet. This, the Bishop of Salisbury graciously agreed to, and so the Church continues to find it's identity within the ancient catholic and apostolic faith of the Universal Church as the Church of England has received it.

We have a strong and organic link with our Church School, and with the New Salisbury Sixth College S6C.

St. Martin’s still proclaims catholic faith and order within the Church of England. It is the oldest parish in the city of New Sarum, Salisbury, in fact our foundation pre-dates the establishment of the city by at least 200 years.

We are a neighbourhood church designed for the neighbourhood, our vision is local and based in bringing holiness to the lives of those who live around us.

We have a mixed all age congregation from many backgrounds. What we have in common is a desire to live out discipleship and catholic life. To this end, the Eucharist, the service Jesus himself gave us at the Last Supper is the centre of our life and worship.

Thus it is that at St. Martin’s we seek to serve the diverse community in which we are set setting before the community the love of God the Father shown in the God the Son and given to us by God the Holy Spirit.


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Sarum St. Martin takes its responsibilities surrounding the safeguarding of children, young people, and adults who may be at risk very seriously, and works in partnership with the Diocese of Salisbury to ensure that we work in accordance with best practice at all times.

Our Parish Safeguarding Policy can be downloaded here.

If you have any Safeguarding questions or concerns you can contact our Parish Safeguarding Officer, Mrs. M. Lilley on 01722 503123 or email:

Alternatively you can contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, on 07500 664800 or email:


Almighty God, you have made us members of Christ and of his Church in this parish. May we as a congregation reach upwards to your throne in worship and adoration: inwards to one another in understanding and fellowship; and outwards to the world in evangelism and social compassion. Make us like a city set on a hill whose light cannot be hidden, so that men and women may find Christ as the Light of the World, and his Church as the family of the redeemed, and eternal life as the gift of God, through Jesus Christ our Lord Amen.

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