Lytchett Minster & St Dunstan's Upton
Recent Saturday Morning Breakfast
Dorset Historic Churches Trust fundraiser
will take place on 8th September 2018
Last year this event county-wide raised £86,228 !
In our parish, the Men’s Fellowship will be heading up the 'Ride' part again so this is a call to all you Cyclists out there. And the plan this year is for all riders to complete the route!
We hope to start with breakfast or bacon rolls and coffee at CJ's and would also like to hear from volunteers for catering duty.
Please let Ian Swinden know if you are likely to be able to take part. He would appreciate knowing who may be part of the ‘team’’ as soon as possible.
The Men's Fellowship meet from time to time on a Monday evening at 7.30 pm in St Dunstan's lounge unless otherwise stated. All men are very welcome. whether part of our church or not. You can contact the Men's Fellowship by emailing Ian S or ask at church for Ian S or Dave H or Les.
- Often meetings are held at St Dunstan's, Upton.
- Refreshments will be provided but a voluntary subscription of £2 per head is taken.
- Guest speakers will be offered a collection for a cause of their choice.
- Give all suggestions for Activities/Events/Talks etc to Ian S or Dave H before booking.
Parish Church railings working party - at a date to be arranged.
We hope to repeat our efforts in repainting the railings at the Parish and suitable refreshments will be provided on the day 3/5/18
Painting the Lytchett Minster Parish Church railings !
Annual skittles challenge match against our young people 2016
Background Introduction to the Men’s Fellowship.
The eight anniversary of the formation of our Men’s Fellowship was in October 2015. Initially inspired by a visit to New Wine, our Men's Fellowship was created to meet the needs of ‘chaps in Church’ who attended either Lytchett Minster or St Dunstan’s churches.
Our aim is four fold:-
- To provide a forum of fellowship that would provide fun and friendship for its members through social events, meals and a variety of different activities.
- To be a blessing to the Church family by providing willing workers to tackle jobs around the Parish and to support other activities.
- To provide spiritual food for thought and guidance to help members with their walk of faith. We have therefore had numerous guest speakers at our monthly meetings or breakfasts who have offered insight into what being a Christian in the modern world means to them – wherever possible with an emphasis on what it means to be a male Christian
- To bring together men in our Church family of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to share their life experiences and build bonds that would benefit our Church was a whole.
Are we meeting our aims? We hope so.
Our mailing list comprises around 40 members, mostly from our churches but also from other churches that we have formed links with, notably the Chapel in the Valley in Corfe Mullen.
Each year we prepare a calendar of events with meetings every month on the third Monday of the month and 3 or 4 Saturday breakfasts during the year, plus of course a Christmas meal and a Summer BBQ.
We have also gone ‘walkabout’ with trips to Swanage for a fish’n’chip supper (with our ladies!), a Bournemouth synagogue, Sammy Miller’s Motorcycle Museum , a Wimborne Treasure Hunt, Wareham Forest, 10-pin Bowling not to mention Skittles when the ‘Old Guys’ routinely thrash younger church members!
We have had inspirational visiting speakers – Dr Derek Stringer (Director of Good News Broadcasting), Doug Barnett, Peter Viney, representatives from Poole Food Bank, the Kainos prison ministry from HMP The Verne, Jake Paine from Faithworks who works with the street homeless in Bournemouth, Mission Aviation Fellowship and Franciscan Brother Hugh from Hillfield Friary. This is not to mention uplifting talks and presentations from our own brothers here about a huge range of life experiences from mountaineering to weather forecasting!
We have done Parish Churchyard tidy-ups, beach clean-ups, provided parking marshals, shifted tables, attacked the woodworm in Church chairs and helped set-up and man our Church fêtes.
We give thanks to the Lord for our fellowship and pray for guidance in our future plans.
See Ian S or Dave H if you would like to get involved or alternatively contact the Parish Office.