Lytchett Minster & St Dunstan's Upton


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Samaritans Purse shoe box logoShoebox Appeal

Shoe Boxes are available at the back of both churches with instruction leaflets about what is required.
Filled shoe boxes will be blessed on Sunday, 3rd November.

Sorry, no toothpaste or sweets allowed anymore. 
If you would like to donate money towards filling a box please give the money to Pat Pickering, Sarah Hewetson or the Church Office.


The Carol Service Choir will be rehearsing on Sunday afternoons 3pm-4.30pm at Lytchett Minster Parish Church beginning on Sunday 27th Oct.

If you would like to sing you will be very welcome to join us. It will be a help (but it’s not essential) if you can read music a little. Please contact Elizabeth Rathbone (see Church Directory for contact details)


On behalf of TWAM, Robin SeQueira would like to thank the many people who kindly donated their old and redundant work and garden tools.  All have now been refurbished and are productively being used in a number of African countries. Our churches have now donated about a third of a container full of these implements. 
TWAM continues to seek donations of tools.  Contact Robin for more details.


photo at St Dunstan's on Harvest Sunday 2019 showing some food gifts and the reading being read
St Dunstan's

photos taken by Graham.


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”


  Dave Parker will be attending the annual Logo of Diocese of Salisbury
Licensing and Mission Service in Salisbury Cathedral, at which new Lay Readers are licensed and existing ones renew their vows on Saturday 28th Sept at 11am. Bishop Karen would like more support from parishes for this service.  Car-sharing arrangements can be made for anyone who would like to attend. Contact Church Office



  What is this season of Creationtide in our Churches? 
(1st Sept - 4th Oct).  See Creation page


  sheaves of wheatVolunteers needed please to help decorate the Parish Church and St Dunstan's for Harvest

Volunteers needed please to help decorate the Parish Church for Harvest on Friday 27th at 12.30pm

 Also do please come along to help decorate St Dunstan's church for harvest: we will be there from 9.30am Sat 28th September; do bring any flowers and/or greenery you have and join in, or just pick up some tips if you are new to flowers arranging. Everyone welcome

  Harvest Lunch

Sunday 29th September

12.30pm at St Dunstan’s Ploughman’s Meal

Cost £5 adult £2.50 children

Tickets available from the Church Office

All money raised will go to Please appeal logo from Diverse Abilities website 2019
The Splash Appeal

Diverse Abilities logo from website 2019


Logo for New Wine network of ChurchesNew 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.

The annual gathering is now located at the East of England Showground near Peterborough.United 2020’ will be a chance to ‘Experience impactful teaching, worship, a programme for all, friendships for life and transformational encounters with God.’

All age groups are catered for. Accommodation can be in a tent or caravan, or there are a number of hotels just a 5-minute walk away.

Rev & Mrs Stephen Partridge and others from St Mary's, Lytchett Matravers will be attending the second week next year, from 2nd – 8th August 2020. They also went this year and, despite the weather, had a wonderful time, so do speak to them if you are interested.

Tickets are on sale for a discounted rate until 25th September, do talk to Stephen if cost is a problem or if you’d like to give something to allow others to attend. Also see  for more details. Stephen Partridge

Tools With A Mission (TWAM) is a Christian Charity that collects and refurbishes old, unused and redundant tools and gardening equipment for good use in the Third World. This enables many people there to become self sufficient. Their condition does not matter, they will be 'made' good!
Please have a look in your sheds, workshops and garages for any items you no longer need.

Contact Robin SeQueira who will gladly collect from your home (see church directory for contact details) 


CALLING all CYCLISTS !logo from Dorset Historic Churches ride and stride in 2019
This year’s Ride + Stride event, to raise funds for Dorset Historic Churches Trust, is on Saturday, 14th September. 

cyclists and walkers outside Youth Venue CJ's in Lytchett MinsterLast 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.

  • EileenTraylor has agreed to organise the sponsored walkers and Ian Swinden  the sponsored cycling. 
  • Their contact details are in the Church Directory or can be obtained from the Church Office
  • Please can you get in touch with them for more details and for the routes. 
  • Clipboards with forms for sponsorship promises are available at both churches 


 Christian Aid Week  May 2019christian aid logo from their website
Many thanks to all who gave to Christian Aid  between the three churches we have raised £621.97

June 2019

Old News and a few non-time-specific items below...

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


Ride and Stride event logoThank 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.
Our many willing sponsors gave £728 and half of this will be returned for use in this parish.  Dorset Historic Church Trust will also benefit from Gift Aid on many donations.  Well done! Thanks to everyone.    Eric Stevens  

Harvest gifts 2018icon for Poole Food Bank
Food gifts were given to Poole Foodbank

Harvest Sunday cash donations came to £324.50.  This was given to Routes to Rootslogo for Routes to roots


Logo for Routes to Roots

Routes to Roots
is aiming to extend its service by providing a lunch each Sunday for about 20 homeless people. St Luke’s and St Mary’s Longfleet are already involved and, as a parish, we’d like to be able to commit to doing one Sunday a month.

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

Flower arrangement at St DunstansA 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. 
Thank you so much Denise!


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.

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.
She combines musings about faith and human existence with insights from her psychotherapy training and the work she undertook with the discouraged and wounded people who often looked for help to the Christian community of which Jodi was a leading member for some thirty years.
With honesty and humour she writes simply about family life, falling in love, relationship breakdown, reconciliation and hope.  
Jodi is part mystic, which makes her reflections a refreshingly candid prompt for others who struggle with aspects of life and faith.
Many readers will identify, perhaps with a tear or a smile, with many of the phrases you will find within.  A collection of poems to warm the heart and stimulate the soul.


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