Lytchett Minster & St Dunstan's Upton
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In 2019, Uganda Youth Development and Training Programme received tools from TOOLS WITH A MISSION for their students embarking on transformative rural community work. The ministry of Uganda Youth Development and Training is to train leaders who have a desire to develop their rural communities and empower other youth in Bukedea District. The training courses include tailoring, knitting, carpentry and joinery.
When the trainees complete their courses they have all the skills, energy and enthusiasm they need to transform their lives, but they have no means of buying the tools or equipment to do so. This is where TOOLS WITH A MISSION fits in. We provide the trainees with the vital tool kits they so desperately need.
Many of the trainees will cherish and look after these tools for the rest of their lives and will never forget the priceless gift of hope provided by Uganda Youth Development and Training and TOOLS WITH A MISSION.
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 was stranded due to a lack of school fees to continue to the next level. I sat at home, sometimes farming with other family members with no hope to continue studies again. I would spend my life lingering in shops, watching football, and doing nothing productive. Life was really hard and meaningless to me.
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.
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!
‘No.5 Bell Replacement’ Follow the twists
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
The Carol Service Choir are now rehearsing on Sunday afternoons 3pm-4.30pm at Lytchett Minster Parish Church.
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)
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”
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.
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.
Old News and a few non-time-specific items below...
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
Contact Robin SeQueira who will gladly collect from your home (see church directory for contact details)
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:
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.
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