Lytchett Minster & St Dunstan's Upton
CALLING all CYCLISTS !
This year’s Ride + Stride event, to raise funds for Dorset Historic Churches Trust, is on Saturday, 14th September.
Last year our parish raised over £728 (plus Gift Aid) and overall with nearly 200 churches taking part, almost £90,000 was raised. Grants from Dorset Historic Churches, totalling over £100K were received by twenty three churches in Dorset, including £4000 to St Mary’s in Lytchett Matravers.
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 see Church Directory for his contact details.
- 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 before booking.
Swanage Fish & Chip Supper, an annual event, took place on 1st July (2019)
Friday Film Night
Do get in touch with Ian S if you wish to receive information about future Men's Fellowship events.(Telephone numbers in Church Directory)
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Dorset Historic Churches Trust fundraiser - Sept 2018
It was a leisurely ride to visit a number of local churches heading up country to the Tarrants. The round trip was around 30 miles. Walkers also met at CJ's before walking to visit local churches. Congratulations all. £728 was raised by this parish.
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Lytchett Minster Parish Church railings
being painted in July 2018
organised by Mark P and Dave H
and last time, this was the scene
A Saturday morning breakfast !
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 if you would like to get involved or alternatively contact the Church Office.