Lytchett Minster & St Dunstan's Upton


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…some older news items and non-time-specific items below ...

Rev Matt Simpson was licensed Rev Matt Simpson - from video played at our services on 19/7/20 when he introduced himself to us
as the our new Team Rector on 21st October by the Bishop of Salisbury, The Right Reverend Nicholas Holtam

The service was live streamed on Facebook 
or on this website here

 Ride + Stride 2020 logo for Ride+Stride 2020 from
riders from our benefice

We are delighted to report that our Riders and Striders raised a total of £635 (plus Gift Aid as appropriate).

Many thanks to all those who took part and who sponsored us so generously. Under the scheme we will receive 50% of this amount back to help with the upkeep of our beautiful Parish Church.  Ian S   9/10/20

See the Grapevine for  Header for the weekly Grapevine from 4th Sept 2019
for this news item:- 
13th Nov

"New Rev for Routes to Roots

Poole homeless charity Routes to Roots has appointed The Revd Andy Mason as Manager of its drop-in sessions. 
Read More"Routes to Roots charity logo off their website

Hilary during her Licensing celebrations in East Holme on 6th Sept 2020 - photo taken from Grapevine 12/9/20This article is taken from the Grapevine issue on 12th Sept:-

Hospitality, friendship, and Creation

"As an Eco Diocese, we treasure those who pioneer a gentler way of life - even if that means them holding their ground. Read more..."

Look on Facebook to see three photographs of those who have been working at the vicarage preparing it for Matt and Alex and family's arrival later this month.

Rev Hilary Bond was licensed as a  Pioneer Minister toPhoto of Hilary Bond, Assistant Curate, 1717 the Parish of Wareham on Sunday (6th) by Bishop Karen.
Link below to short piece about Pioneer Ministry


Logo for Tools with a Mission from their website in May 2020Click the link below to watch the TWAM video on YouTube to get a visual insight into the TWAM Norwich HQ and refurbishing centre.  Here, tools and implements etc which have been donated are sent for refurbishment prior to their shipping to 3rd World destinations.  27/8/20  

sheaves of wheatHarvest festival was on Sunday, 27th September at both services.  icon for Poole Food Bank
Tinned and packaged gifts were donated to the Poole Food Bank

One of the six photos currently on our Facebook page from the wedding of Jonathan de Garis and Alexandra Wehlau on 8th August 2020Six lovely photos from the wedding of Jonathan de Garis and Alexandra Wehlau on our Facebook page. 
You do not need to have a Facebook account or sign in etc to view these or anything else on our Facebook page   Wedding was on 8th August

Painting by Richard Tz during the 'lockdown' time   27/5/20Our 'lockdown' Garden, photos and Photograph taken by Robin in his garden during the 'lockdown' time 5/6/20videos and Art gallery pages are now collected together in Galleries


Rev Hilary Bond - Assistant CurateWe said farewell to Rev Hilary Bond on Sunday, 2nd Aug, following her three years as Assistant Curate in this parish: We shall miss her greatly.  A celebration will be arranged for later in the year when we can more easily join together to express our immense thanks and our blessings on her ministry as a Pioneer Priest within the Church of England.  She will be licensed on 6th September in Wareham.


Logo for Tools with a Mission from their website in May 2020TWAM (Tools with a Mission) is most grateful for all the donations
of unused and old garden and workshop tools and implements. Sadly however, due to COVID 19 collections have been suspended and Robin SeQueira, our local TWAM agent is requesting parishioners and others to keep their unwanted implements and tools etc in their own properties until collections can be resumed.  A notice will be posted as soon as collections are resumed. TWAM currently has no more storage space available locally for donations.


Advice from the Church of England re face coverings for church worship,

"We strongly advise that face coverings should be worn image of face coverings
by all those attending a place of worship, including ministers, worshippers, staff, volunteers, contractors and visitors, where there may be other people present; remembering that they are mainly intended to protect other people, not the wearer, from coronavirus COVID-19 and that they are not a replacement for physical distancing and regular hand washing.” 24/7/20

Augustine is Winner of Theology Slam 2020!

Image of Augustine Ihm in the 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 

image of both church buildings joined as in a jigawEnvelope 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.

Bronze Award awarded to St Dunstan's on 31st March 2020"Congratulations on your Bronze EcoChurch Award!"     31/3/20
In a message to Rev Hilary Bond, who applied for this award, the Eco Church Team of A Rocha UK wrote:
"Well done to everyone involved in reaching this milestone … All the very best with your future endeavours and may God's light and hope guide you and your church in these uncertain times."

 Bronze Award Certificate awarded to St Dunstan's on 31st March 2020


 On the first Sunday each Dave and Jane led the February lunch team at Routes to Roots
month, a team from this parish provide lunches and food for those who are homeless through the charity Routes to Roots.  Photo: Jane and Dave Parker led the February team.

Routes to Roots charity logo off their website


God's Kingdom like a mustard seed,
the smallest of all seeds.
Mark 4:31

God chose what is weak in the world … what is insignificant and despised no creature could boast in God's presence.
1 Corinthians 1:27

a symbol denoting a MP3 fileHear our theme scripture, for this year, expanded in a sermon by
Rev Howard Page-Clark
Click here      


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”


 Many thanks.Diocese of Salisbury Follow The Star logo 2019

£1200 was raised through our Christmas services.  This has been divided between Routes to Roots and Poole Missional Communities



logo for Routes to roots A big thank you to all who supported the homeless sleepout. We raised over £600 for Routes to Roots. 
A special mention to Kacey who raised £287.



The annual homeless sleepout took take place on Friday 8th November 2019 at CJ's.  All donations went towards the church's food logo for Routes to rootsbudget for organising the monthly lunch at Routes to Roots in Poole 


Messy Church official logoAfter 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

Logo for Routes to Roots

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.

Five people 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)

October '18

cover of Jodi Page-Clarks new poetry book Published in January 2018, a collection of poems by
Jodi Page-Clark, illustrated by Wendy Alcock.

“Poetry of an Appalachian pilgrim:
Reflections of a Fisherfolk songwriter”

Click the book cover to see details on Amazon. 
Available in kindle format and as a paperback.             updated 17/12/20