The Parish Church of Sarum St. Martin, Salisbury Wiltshire

St. Martin's Church Street




01722 503123

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During this period of isolation, hymns and organ voluntaries are going to be added as a resource.

Tracks are being produced by Robert Fielding on his home practice organ or using recorded music during services in SSM.

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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)


We have all now been in lockdown for many weeks, something that began in March and now here we are in May!  Who would have thought it?

The ways of coping with the lockdown, shopping, keeping a safe distance, washing hands, wearing a facemark, these new ways of going about our business are now common place and well accepted.  So too is the round of worship and prayer that has been put into place in the Churches of England.  At St. Martin's the pattern remains the one that I indicated in the letter that I sent to you in March and had put on the website:-


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)

However, I want to let you know of an addition to this round of prayer.

You will have read in the Bishop of Ebbsfleet recent Pastoral Letter these words,

The month of May is specially dedicated to Mary, and contemplating Jesus through Mary's eyes, especially appreciating the prayer of the Holy Rosary. So I want to encourage you, especially those who have never or rarely used the Rosary to take it up, even daily perhaps like Sarah and me during our daily exercise walk entrusting to the Virgin s prayers all the needs of health and care workers, of suffering humanity, of the Church (perhaps on the joyful, sorrowful and glorious mysteries respectively).

Following the Bishop’s advice I have begun to say the Rosary each day during ‘Mary’s May Month’, using each of the Mysteries as a focus for my prayer for the Parish and you all in this extraordinary time.  I say the Rosary at 6:00pm before Evening Prayer.  I chose this time so as to add this Rosary Prayer to the Rosary Shrine Prayers at Walsingham, which I know some of you are following on a livestream.  Shrine Prayers have been offered each day since the the Shrine was restored and the first pilgrimage of that restoration took place on 6th July 1922; even the Second World War did not interrupt this cycle of prayer, worship and intercession.  At the Shrine of OLW pilgrims are invited to add their own petitions to the continuing prayers, and I want to invite you to do the same.  Please email your prayer requests to me at or phone them to me on 01722 320033 so that I can incorporate them into the Rosary each evening.  Whatever you feel needs to be prayed about at this time can be offered up to the Father asking that Our Lady Mary will join her intercession with ours.

As yet of course we do not know when we can begin to worship together in our ancient Church hallowed by a thousand years of prayer and worship.  But we do know that it will come, a time when we are all together again around the altar of God.  In the meanwhile please continue to pray for us all, and send your prayer requests to me

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.


‘When you die, that’s it. Nothing. Out like a light!’ That’s what the man in the pub said, and his mates all nodded, though the one whose mother had died the week before wasn’t ...
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St Martins-Milford ROLL OF HONOUR

Remembering our men of St. Martins who died in the Great War

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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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