Lytchett Minster & St Dunstan's Upton


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Information for Alpha Course 2018Image of Alpha course logo

Starts on
Sunday evening
7th January 2018

Download the info as pdf here


 CJ's Youth Café starts again on Logo for youth activities
Tuesday, 9th January from 3.30 pm - 5 pm and will meet on Tuesdays during term time for pupils of Lytchett Minster School.   All young people from Year 8 onwards welcome.

With healthy snacks at reasonable prices, CJ's is a safe place to chill after school, meet up with friends, get some homework done together, play table football, pool, table tennis etc. Occasionally craft or training activities are explored.


Logo of Diocese of SalisburyThe next Confirmation Service will  take place in March 2018 on a Saturday evening with Bishop Karen.

Several people have said that they'd like to be 'confirmed' and admitted to Communion.  If you would like to be too, please speak to Jean de Garis or another member of the clergy.  


 Logo for Routes to RootsHomeless Sleep Out  at CJ's

Friday, 24th November, 8pm until Saturday, 25th November, 8am

it's that time of year to brace ourselves and appreciate those who are vulnerable.  if you can't join us in the cold, do pray for us and sponsor one of the young people on the youth notice board.  More information from Chris Trent.


Quiet Day ...  Not just for ladies!  Men welcome. 
"Why are we waiting"  Saturday, 25th November, 10am - 2pm
St Dunstan's Church Lounge.    Write your Christmas cards without the stress!

  • Hourly meditations
  • Tea and coffee provided
  • Bringing your own lunch
  • Write your Christmas cards in a quiet reflective atmosphere.

Contact Jenny L for any more information.  Organised by Jodi, Linda B and Jenny.


Our Annual Vision Morning is on Saturday 18th November

10 am – 12.30 pm at CJ’s  All Church Members are invited

  “Engaging with our local community”

After hearing our speakers’ perspectives on the challenges in our area,

we will think together about how we might respond to the needs of our wider community courageously and compassionately



 Thank you to everyone who supported the recent evening with Canine Partners. The sum of £81.40 was raised.  If anyone else would like to know about the work of Canine Partners, please have a word with Les. 


RIDE+STRIDE 2017 Ride and Stride event logo

Once again we made a successful contribution to Ride+Stride, the annual sponsored event that supports Dorset Historic Churches Trust. Six ladies led by Jenny Trinder enjoyed a pleasant walk around Blandford and signed in to five participating churches. They ended by taking tea at the Fashion Museum. Meanwhile, seven cyclists led by Ian Swinden visited churches including Lytchett Matravers, Sturminster Marshall, Shapwick and others along the Tarrant Valley. Volunteers also offered visitors to our church a welcome and refreshments.

photo of the cyclists on Ride   Stride 2017
Thanks to many willing sponsors, £766 was given plus an estimated £100 sent via JustGiving. With the addition of Gift Aid, DHCT should receive about £1000 from our efforts. We expect to receive about £400 back to spend on maintaining our historic Parish Church. Last year grants amounting to £80,000 were received by historic churches throughout Dorset. 

Many thanks to all who rode, strode, welcomed and gave generously to make the Ride+Stride on 9th September 2017 a great success.

Eric Stevens, Parish Organiser


 sheaves of wheatHarvest Sunday:  Thank you so much for your kind generosity.  A total of £1,710 was raised and will be sent to Wau Diocese in South Sudan, to help feed the displaced people now sheltering in the Cathedral Compound.  Food Gifts were given to Poole Food Bank


The next Confirmation Service will  take place in March 2018 on a Saturday evening with Bishop Karen.

Several people have said ... ... that they'd like to be 'confirmed' and admitted to Communion.  If you would like to be too, please speak to Jean de Garis or another member of the clergy.  


 How about joining a new Home Group?jig saw logo for home groups
Grow your connection with others and your understanding of faith.

Ask Jean de Garis for details.


Samaritans Purse shoe box logoThis year's Shoebox Project will run from Sunday, 17th Sept - 22nd Oct.  Leaflets and boxes will be available in our churches from 17th Sept.
As usual, boxes will be placed at the back of both churches for those wishing to contribute items towards a box. 
Pat P and Janet B will coordinate the project.


 Dorset Historic Churches Trust fundraiserRide and Stride event logo
took place on 9th September 2017 
photo of the cyclists on Ride   Stride 2017click logo for Dorset Historic Churches Trust Ride + Stride webpages

our cyclists!



 Part of the leaflet which contains details of 3rd Wau walkRachel made it !             
On Saturday (1st July), Rachel de Garis completed the 7 mile around Holes Bay sponsored walk for the Poole-Wau (South Sudan) Partnership.  She has so far raised over £450.     Ian & Els


   Hilary Bond, Assistant Curate
Photo of Hilary Bond, Assistant CurateHi, I'm Hilary.  I am a Dorset native and have lived all my life in Purbeck except for a few years in London and Sussex for college.  I have a husband, a son and a daughter, all of whom are a lot taller than me!

I was brought up Methodist, but in my unsuccessful attempts to 'escape' from the church, I tried out a few different denominations.
About 10 years ago - having temporarily returned to my non-conformist roots - I found myself taking part in a play about the Wesleys. (a good Methodist play obviously) and it was through that play that I discovered the reality of God and Jesus.

It took a bit longer to find out what the Holy Spirit was all about but I got there eventually.  It was also through that play that God introduced me to the Church of England.

There is more to the story and I hope I might get the chance to share the rest of it sometime - telling stories is one of my favourite things; listening to other people's stories is another. 
So here I am - not sure what I have to give - but happy to give it - whatever it turns out to be.
Hilary :-)

Hilary Bond,  Assistant Curate  25/6/17

Flower Festival and Cream Teas.
Thanks to everyone who helped during our 2016 Flower Festival and Cream Teas.   A total of £288.40 was raised.


 Logo for youth activitiesYouth Work from SEPTEMBER 2017
Weekly Friday Night Youth Club at CJ's?
Teams are required (on a rota)
All volunteers, please contact Chris Trent to chat this through.


christian aid logo from their websiteThank you to all who gave so generously to the work of Christian Aid:  through Lytchett Minster Parish Church and St Dunstan's Church £594.76 was raised which contributed to a total in the area of £715.66


 10 new NIV Bibles have been bought for words Holy Bible and new international version
each church
They are available from the back to anyone who would like to use during the services.

Do pick one up on your way in or bring your own Bible if you prefer.


Thanks to everyone who gave to the church at Christmas  We have raised £1,600 from our 2016 Christmas services for two charitieemblem for wau diocese 2016s.

£800 has been sent to the church in Wau, South Sudan
(see Poole-Wau page here)  
£800 has gone to Michael House working with homeless people in Bournemouth. from Michael House website


WE THANK Elizabeth Rathbone and the Choir for rehearsing and leading our 2016 Carol Services. Thanks to Pauline Vickery and David Warwick for their accompanying. Thank you all.                 Jean de Garis


 Homeless Sleepout: a very big thank you Logo for Routes to Roots
to all who took part or sponsored the 2016 Homeless Sleepout.
We raised £888.20 which will be given to
Routes to Roots the homeless charity in Poole


CJ's in the car park of Lytchett Minster Parish Church can be hired by groups, clubs or organisations.  For a pdf of the main features, see here
for hire advert for CJs

 Nov 2016... A warm welcome photo of Augustine to Augustine Ihm who is joining us until next summer.  In a diocesan scheme, four 'explorers' are living in Poole and sharing the lift of local congregations whilst discerning a possible call into ordained ministry.  So, who is he?  Read on ...
" I'm Austin (Augustine) Ihm. I have been living in the England for the last 2 years. First, in Liverpool (Go Red) and then in East London/Essex. I came to faith though a summer camp in the back woods of southern Illinois at 14 years old. I grew up as a Jehovah Witness on the south-side of Chicago. I read Theology and Education in a University in Chicago. I'm excited to serve this year as an 'explorer' and get to know this wonderful faith-filled, spirit-led community of LMC and SDCNov 2016
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Harvest Gifts in 2016 were given to the Poole Food Bank and Michael House.  £287 was sent to Farm Africa. See here for links to info on these charities