Lytchett Minster & St Dunstan's Upton

 Men's Fellowship


picture of our two churches joined in Man Up banner

 Dorset Historic Churches Trust fundraiserRide and Stride event logo
will take place on 8th September 2018

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.

It will be a leisurely ride to visit a number of local churches heading up country to the Tarrants. The round trip would be around 30 miles but you could arrange a lift back and just do the 15. 

Sponsorship can be raised individually and corporately as a church.

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.

Curry Night – Friday, 7th September 

 You are warmly invited to join us for our second Curry Night on Friday 7th Sept at Moonlight Indian Restaurant at 7.00pm. 

Address: 9-11 Moor Rd, Broadstone BH18 8AZ

A group of us had an excellent meal there back in April and once again we have been offered 10% off our menu choices. The proprietors have asked if we can all pay in cash if possible.  I hope you are free to join us:   I shall need numbers of those attending.  Ian.

Please email Ian Swinden or telephone him (see Church Directory) with numbers even if you had already indicated to go when this was first arranged for July.

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 Lytchett Minster Parish Church railings
being painted in
July this year.

 photo of Men's Fellowship repainting Parish Church railingsMen's Fellowship repainting railings at Parish Church

 organised by Mark P and Dave H


 and last time, this was the scene

Mens Fellowship painting the railings at L M Mens Fellowship painting railings one Saturday in June



 Dorset Historic Churches Trust fundraiserRide and Stride event logo
will take place on 8th September 2018

Last year this event county-wide raised £86,228 !


 Photo of some of the men at the Saturday morning Men's Breakfast on 7th April 2018

Recent Saturday morning breakfast


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. 

Annual skittles challenge match against our young people 2016 


 photo of a person at skittles match in May 2016


 photo of people at skittles match in May 2016



 photo of people at skittles match in May 2016


 photo of people at skittles match in May 2016



 photo of people at skittles match in May 2016


 photo of people at skittles match in May 2016


 photo of a person at skittles match in May 2016


some competitors at skittles match against the Mens Fellowship




competitor at Skittles match against Mens Fellowship



competitor at skittles match against Mens Fellowship


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. 

updated 21/7/18