Lytchett Minster & St Dunstan's Upton
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Rev Jean Alexander
are so grateful that for 12 years Jean Alexander has served as an ordained minister in our churches.
Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM)
We will elect:-
Nomination papers are available in both churches or from the Church Office.
'The Galilee Tribe' invite you to CJ’s on 16th March, 7.30 pm to see photos and hear about our Holy Land trip. £5 (inc. buffet).If you do not yet have a ticket and would like to come,
please let Liz Wilson know a.s.a.p. Many thanks.
Saturday, 30th March.
'Naturally Supernatural' at Stafford Showground ST18 0BD
We’d love you to join us this summer for a week of
wonderful teaching, worship and fun together.
You’ll need Jean deGaris' email address to camp with our party. (This is in our current Church Directory)
The Church can help to pay for children and young people to go.
Speak to Jean or Susan for other details
Farewell Lunch for Jean, Sue and family
Jean de Garis will be licensed as Vicar of St Francis Church, Salisbury at 7pm on Thursday, 16th May. Members of our congregation are welcome to come and support him and Susan.
Dave Hunnings and his
'Band of Merry Men' will be a cooking us a Full English Breakfast (including
Please contact Jane
Routledge as soon as possible if you would like to come, to give us an idea of
numbers for catering purposes.
We are grateful to Anthony Biela, our part-time youth worker since September. He has now accepted a full time job as a Teaching Assistant at Montacute special school. We thank him for the work he's done with us.
The Church Electoral Roll is being completely renewed this year. EVERYONE must complete a new form from the back of church to be on the Church Electoral Roll.
Your name must be on the roll in order to attend and vote at the Annual Parish Church Meeting. Please return completed forms to the Church Office by 28th Feb 2019 at the latest.
After nine years of running MESSY CHURCH the
time has come to end this ministry. It was pioneered by Allie Kerr and Karen
Neagle and has served many members of our community with great love. Scores of
church members have served in a host of ways over these years in running craft
activities, preparing and serving food, providing welcome and sharing the love
of Jesus. Thank you to everyone who has served so faithfully –
especially Karen Neagle
Message from Rev Canon Jean de Garis
Last week (16th Dec), it was announced that the Bishop of Salisbury has offered me a new post as vicar of St Francis Church, Salisbury.
We have loved sharing the last 20 years with you as friends and fellow pilgrims and are very sad to leave, as well as excited about the future.
My final service will be Easter Sunday – 21st April 2019. Love Jean de Garis 21/12/18
Old News and a few non-time-specific items below...
A big thank you to all who contributed to the Christmas Shoebox appeal. We sent 87 boxes from the church and 43 from Ladybirds Playgroup.
Quiet Day at St Dunstan’s lounge. All welcome.
Saturday, 1st Dec 10am – 2pm
Hourly meditations, Tea, coffee and mince pies provided. Bring your own
lunch. Write your Christmas Cards in peace.
Saturday, 1st Dec,
Volunteers needed to sing carols, please see Les Golding if you can help.
Contact Robin SeQueira who will gladly collect from your home (see church directory for contact details)
So what do our
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Thank you to all who generously supported our annual fund-raiser for the Dorset Historic Church Trust. Ten people visited our Parish Church, four went 'striding' around churches in Wareham and ten cyclists went 'riding' up the Tarrant Valley to visit churches there.
The Carol Service Choir
Harvest gifts 2018
Harvest Sunday cash donations came to £324.50. This was given to Routes to Roots
Helpers needed for CJ's
A short introduction to
"My name is Anthony, I am passionate about Christ and the Love of God.
I have more than 10 yrs experience working with the Youth, from all ages and abilities, working in schools and running my business as a Dancer/Choreographer.
I’m very much looking forward to start getting involved in the church community and CJ’s."
We need a minimum of 5 people for each occasion and ideally we would like a total of 10-12 people involved to allow for absences on holiday etc.. Obviously this would mean that those involved on a particular Sunday could not attend our 11 a.m. service.
We would hope to start on Sunday 7th October.
Would anyone interested in being involved see
Karen or Jeff N
A big thank you to Denise Cuthbert who has been doing the flower rota at the Parish Church in Lytchett Minster for many years. She is now retiring and handing over to the floral group who have agreed to take over.
Organised by Mark P and Dave H, men from the Men's Fellowship repainted the railings at Lytchett Minster Parish Church on Saturday, 21st July.
Anthony Biela has been appointed
Benefice Supper and Quiz at CJ's, Sun, Sunday, 22nd at 6pm. Details from church office or church on Sunday. TICKETS REQUIRED.
Sam de Garis is part of a mission team from Canterbury going to Uganda in July. If you wish to support him financially and in prayer contact him for more information. (Contact details in Church Directory)
Gala Tent for Summer Camps.
Meet at Sika Trail car park Wareham BH20 7PE to have picnic lunch together before walking.
Sponsor forms at the back of our churches or from participants.
More details from Wendy A (see Church Directory for contact details)
2018 Holes Bay Sponsored Walk and BBQ
Rev Hilary Bond will be ordained Priest on Sat, 30th June at 4.30pm at Salisbury Cathedral.
Dorset Historic Churches Trust fundraiser
Cyclists: see Men's Fellowship page
General Data Protection Regulation
If you haven't already done so, do please fill in and sign the data protection form at the back of church. We need this in order to comply with the change in legislation on 25th May in order to have a Church Directory and to contact you.
Christian Aid Week - Sun, 13th May to Sat, 19th May
"God's Kingdom is Stronger than Storms"
Please take an envelope, fill in and return it to church.
Coffee Rota at St Dunstan's - Sundays
“Poetry of an Appalachian pilgrim:
Click the book cover to see details on
These poems and reflections span Jodi’s
life from recollections of childhood, her experiences of joyful worship, the
impact of rejection and abuse, and her struggles with facing old age.
More people are needed for the flower rota at Lytchett Minster Parish Church. Please get in touch with Denise* if you can help (*See Church Directory for contact details)
CJ's Youth Café started again on
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.
Homeless Sleep Out at CJ's
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.
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.
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.
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
Harvest 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
How about joining a new Home Group?
Ask Jean de Garis for details.
Last year's Shoebox Project ran from Sunday, 17th Sept - 22nd Oct. .
Dorset Historic Churches Trust fundraiser
Hilary Bond, Assistant Curate
Hilary Bond, Assistant Curate 25/6/17
Thank 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
Do pick one up on your way in or bring your own Bible if you prefer.
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