New Website for West Purbeck
The West Purbeck Benefice (of which Holy Rood is a part) will be getting a brand new website in February at its usual address of:
(The current West Purbeck Benefice website at the above address is no longer being maintained after 31st January but will stay there until the new one replaces it.)
The day its replacement goes live has not been announced yet, so the old site at that address will left there for now.
The Holy Rood Wool website (this one)
will remain as usual for the time being.
Starting February 1st 2023 on the first Wednesday every month:
Wednesday Services at the D'Urberville Hall
(held on 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month at 10.30am)
Wednesday services are in the main hall. There is accessible access and usually plentiful level parking (and toilets) - as well as coffee and cake after the service.
Starting on the first Wednesday of each month, there will also be a soup and bread Community Lunch served in the D'Urberville too. So on that day, it would be possible to attend Communion at 10.30, stay for coffee and cake or biscuits, and then stay on to join in the lunch afterwards from 12 until 1.
Or of course just come to one part or the other.
And on the subject of food . . .
Shrove Tuesday is Pancake Day!
Canzonetta Concert 4th Dec 22
This was a great success and the church was packed for a very special introduction to the Advent and Christmas Season.
We are hugely grateful to Canzonetta who gave this concert free of charge to help church funds, and to everyone who attended. Although entrance and refreshments were free, and refreshments had been donated, we did hope for some voluntary donations - and these have not only happened, but have exceeded all expectations and now amount to just over £400 !
Thank you to everyone.
Holy Rood Christmas Tree Festival (ended 4th Dec)
Above email for the office has changed to:
Benefice Office hours (link to contacts page)
(Covid-19 restrictions: Please do not call in without an appointment. Not manned during lockdown.)
Office contact number is 07729 484866
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Telephone messages will be dealt with during office hours only.)
For services in Wool….some disabled parking
There are now 3 disabled parking spaces through the electronic double gate in the Wool School grounds leading to the church,. You will need to display a blue badge. The pedestrian path at the back of the school that leads to church is wheelchair-friendly. It would be very helpful to check if you can, with the benefice office in advance, to ensure that there will be a space available.
Remember that the gates are opened 15/20 minutes before a service. All other parking is in the school staff car park.
When is Holy Rood Church open for private prayer?
Holy Rood Church, Wool is now open for private prayer daily from 10am until 4pm.
If you would like to give a donation to support Holy Rood, we are very grateful.
Our QR Code with the Parish Giving Scheme is as follows - you can scan this with your smartphone camera, or else click on the above link:
Why Use the Parish Giving Scheme?
The Parish Giving Scheme is run by the Church of England. If you pay UK income tax and you choose to Gift Aid your donation, it helps our church with an extra 25% - and at no cost to you. There is an online form for the Gift Aid but you can still be anonymous to Holy Rood church if you wish.
(Unlike JustGiving, you - and we - are not charged extra fees nor invited to pay them. The administrative cost of operating the scheme is covered by each member diocese, making the service free to use for churches and donors. Every pound donated through PGS can be put to Christian service in the local community, free from time-consuming admin.)
We also use JustGiving to enable people who wish to, to donate to Holy Rood via the web.
Go to the JustGiving site by using the button below (or use your smartphone camera with the QR code):
We are still holding some services online on some Sunday mornings. Anyone may take part in this service using your laptop, ipad, or phone (smart or otherwise).
You would be most welcome to join in and if you would like to have more details please email the Church Office.
The contact arrangements are emailed in advance and you would need to give your contact details including an email address and phone number to the Benefice Office. We can't publish the Zoom contact details here for security reasons, but you are still very welcome.*
It is highly recommended not to 'arrive' at the very last minute as most people enjoy it more by taking a little while to get a good connection sorted out and iron out any queries. Also arriving in good time prevents you being excluded inadvertently by the security lock (see next paragraph).
* The service is locked down soon after the start time to prevent abusive internet behaviour which sadly has happened occasionally to other churches using online worship.
Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Information
If you need to self-isolate, do inform the church office together with your contact phone number. A member of the church will be in contact to check on your welfare and to offer practical support with shopping etc.
Best hygiene practice and safeguarding procedures will be observed in all pastoral contacts.
For up-to-date medical advice, the place to go is:
For specific Church of England advice look at:
A Prayer For All Those Affected By Coronavirus
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Each day the Church of England publishes audio and text of the Prayer for the Day.
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