Lytchett Minster & St Dunstan's Upton
CHURCHES RE OPENING
We need to ensure that our church can be made into a safe environment and that we are not encouraging vulnerable people to take risks.
We need to negotiate the complexity of all the regulations and risk assessments involved, recognising that they seem to change with little notice and so will need constantly reviewing.
Carole & Fran, Church Wardens 1/7/20
Augustine is Winner of Theology Slam 2020!
"Some of you may have come across Augustine Ihm-Tanner when he joined our Benefice between 2016-2017 on a ministry experience scheme. Augustine then went to train for ministry in the Church of England at Cranmer Hall, Durham.
This year he was one of three finalists in a sort of young theologian of the year competition. The finals were postponed due to lockdown but were held via Zoom/Youtube this week. You can watch the whole event, or forward to 1 hour 1 minute and 30 seconds to hear Augustine's passionate and thought-provoking sermon.
Taken from St Mary's news update from Stephen 28/6/20
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Envelope giving and Cash donations. We are asking if everyone would be kind enough to keep their usual giving to one side if possible and give it when the church re-opens .We are unable to let out CJ’s and our churches for concerts etc at this time and as a consequence we experiencing a huge drop in our finances .
If you wish to contribute through a BACS payment please contact Carole
who will advise you of the church account number. Thank you.
CHRISTIAN AID WEEK
“Coronavirus is teaching us what it feels like to feel vulnerable, to fear, to be separated and experience scarcity.
“It is at times like these – testing and painful times – that we
recognise we are all in this together. Coronavirus impacts everyone, but love
unites us all.
The charity produced a series of key coronavirus health stats that show that African countries only have access to 1% of the world’s financial resources for health but 24% global burden of disease.
In our link Diocese of South Sudan, there are just 24 Intensive Care beds and just 4 ventilators for over 12 million people. 11/5/20
“TWAM (Tools With A Mission) has understandably suspended its operations temporarily. If you do have tools etc to donate, kindly store them for the time being as Robin SeQueira is unable to collect them currently. A notice will appear in the future whenever the service is resumed”.
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Listen again to any of the videos by Hilary and Howard here There is no need to sign in or join Facebook, but they may take just a little time to appear.
Blossom on Easter Sunday at Lytchett Minster Parish Church - photos taken by Robin.
"Congratulations on your Bronze EcoChurch Award!" 31/3/20
Election of 2 Church Wardens, 3 PCC members and 3 Deanery Synod members will take place at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting We currently have no new date for this.
Old News and a few non-time-specific items below...
Men's Fellowship Breakfast &Talk on Saturday(14th) has been POSTPONED
Ladies Breakfast Saturday 28th March has been POSTPONED
New Wine is a Christian network of Churches that want to see ‘Local Churches Changing Nations’. New Wine works with leaders and churches all year round and has an annual ‘United’ gathering that has been taking place each Summer for the last 30 years.
On the first Sunday each
OUR THEME SCRIPTURE FOR 2020
God's Kingdom ...is like a mustard seed, the smallest of all seeds.
God chose what is weak in the world … what is insignificant and despised ...so no creature could boast in God's presence.
Hear our theme scripture, for this year, expanded in a sermon by Rev Howard Page-Clark Click here
‘No.5 Bell Replacement’ Follow the twists
The inspecting Architects’ comments following our five year inspection of the Parish Church
“Lytchett Minister Parish Church is in good condition. Numerous repairs have been undertaken since the last inspection and the PCC have ambitious plans for the future. It is evident that there is a hardworking, enthusiastic, competent and active core group of people at the church”
£1200 was raised through our Christmas services. This has been divided between Routes to Roots and Poole Missional Communities
A big thank you to all who supported the homeless sleepout. We raised over £600 for Routes to Roots.
Omogot Charles, joined Uganda Youth Development and Training in February 2019, enrolling on the Carpentry and Joinery course. Charles, aged 21, had completed his senior four exams (equivalent of GCSE's) but did not have the money to continue to higher education. He says…
I also plan to start a carpentry workshop with other youth in the community, so that we can support each other through the skills we get from Uganda Youth Development and Training, working as a team.
When I joined Uganda Youth Development and Training, there were not enough tools to go around, especially in the carpentry department and the tools in Uganda are very expensive. When Uganda Youth Development and Training received the gift of tools we were all delighted. The tools have helped improve the training itself and I thank Uganda Youth Development and Training’s friends from TOOLS WITH A MISSION for the great work they do in our community!"
Charles reminds us that the gift of a tool kit is about much more than the ability to earn a living; it is about giving someone the opportunity to dream of a better life for all in their community!
Robin SeQueira is our local volunteer for TWAM and is happy to pick up your redundant, old and unused garden and workshop tools from your home or workplace. Collection and work of TWAM is temporarily suspended (see news item above 11/5/20)
Robin can be contacted on 07778914571
Thanks to all Riders and
All sponsorship money for the 2019 Ride+Stride has now been forwarded to the Dorset Historic Churches Trust. A total of £670 was raised and half of this will be returned to us for use on the fabric of the Parish Church.
Thank you so much for all your support, donations and filled shoeboxes. Together with the playgroup we sent 100 boxes!
The annual homeless sleepout took take place on Friday 8th November at CJ's. All donations will go towards the church's food budget for organising the monthly lunch at Routes to Roots in Poole.
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
A team from Lytchett Minster and St Dunstan's parish provide lunch on the first Sunday of each month for around 20 homeless people. Other churches provide lunches similarly on other Sundays in the month.
take part on each occasion but a larger number are involved and this allows for absences and holidays etc.. Anyone interested in being involved should get in touch with Jeff and Karen N (see Church Directory for contact info or ask the Church Office)
“Poetry of an Appalachian pilgrim:
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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.
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