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Recently -

4th Dec - For Angelfest news see here

6th Dec - For Bovington Primary School Choir visit see here

16th Dec - For Christmas Cracker event see here


Coming Events

and Announcements


Messy Church in 2018



Services and other meetings in January shared with other churches


Joint Covenant Service in the Methodist Chapel

Sunday 21st January 10.30 am held in the the Methodist Chapel

About the Methodist Covenant Service

Every New Year we share with our local Methodists in an annual Covenant Service, at which we celebrate all that God has done for us, and affirm that we give our lives and choices to God.

The traditional Methodist Covenant prayer (shown below) makes it very clear that this affirmation is a serious one that embraces the whole of our life, in all its parts. Most people find it quite tough to say, and really mean it. But the prayer is so central to the Christian life that other Churches have also adopted it.

In our culture we tend to prize our ability to make decisions and choose our own path in life. It can feel very hard to give that up. But this prayer is like a love poem. It is about surrendering to God in love and joy.

I am no longer my own but yours.

Put me to what you will,

rank me with whom you will;

put me to doing,

put me to suffering;

let me be employed for you,

or laid aside for you,

exalted for you,

or brought low for you;

let me be full,

let me be empty,

let me have all things,

let me have nothing:

I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things

to your pleasure and disposal.

And now, glorious and blessed God,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

you are mine and I am yours. So be it.

And the covenant now made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven.'

(From http://www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/the-methodist-church/what-is-distinctive-about-methodism/a-covenant-with-god/)



Purbeck Evening Praise

On Sunday 28th January 6pm, at the Evangelical Church, Ropers Lane, Wareham



Joint Service for ‘Week of Prayer for Christian Unity’

Sunday 28th January 3pm, at St Joseph's RC Church, Wool




Home groups and other groups restarted in January

Monday Homegroup restarted on 8th January 2018


The Monday group restarted on Monday 8th January, at 7.30pm at 23 Hillside Road. We are doing a 5-week series about the environment.

Our world is facing immense problems we cannot ignore. Over the weeks we will look at some of the environmental challenges we are facing from a Biblical perspective and how we can respond as Christians.

We started on 8th January by watching, by way of informal introduction, the final episode of Blue Planet 2 series followed by a discussion.

All welcome - for further details contact Judy Hill 01929 462888





Wednesday Homegroup restarted on 10th January



The Wednesday Home Group is running a study course based on the film, The King's Speech.

The film was shown on 10th January at 7.30pm, and is followed by 5 study sessions each subsequent Wednesday.

The first will be on Wednesday 17th January titled 'The stuff of nightmares and the power of friendship'.

All are welcome. Contact details:

John Williams tel: 462146

John Underwood tel: 462827.




Thursday Home Group restarted on 4th January

Held on Thursdays at 2.30pm at 3 Lampton Close. This group meets on the first and third Thursday of the month during term time. They are following a Pilgrim Series on The Commandments and are halfway through. For more information contact John Matthews on 01929 462128.



The Tea Pot Club restarted on Tuesday 9th January 2018


Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Methodist Chapel

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Methodist Chapel

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Methodist Chapel

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Methodist Chapel

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Methodist Chapel

Tuesday, 20 March 2018 (Easter reflection)

Methodist Chapel

Easter break

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Methodist Chapel




GIFT restarted on 9th January


Girls in Fellowship Together (GIFT) is a young mums group that meets in term time only at the home of Mrs Pauline Matthews 01929 462128. From 7.30pm until 9pm on the first and third Tuesdays each month, we chat, have tea or coffee and cake. We end with a thought for the day and a prayer. All mums are welcome. Next one 9th January 2018

Contact John Matthews (01929 462128)





Recent events


Christmas Cracker 16th December

The Churches Together in Wool Christmas Cracker took place on Saturday 16th December.

Holy Rood contributed to a joint church effort, with several Messy Church tables that were very popular, our Choir came along, and we ran our Christmas Stable Photobooth.

Many people have said how much they enjoyed the activities of that morning and here is an idea of what went on -




Bovington Primary School Choir came to Holy Rood at the D'Urberville - 6th December

We had a special surprise treat on Wednesday morning 6th December as Bovington Primary School Minibus Choir came to share some carols (and their catchy Christmas shopping song!) with us, after our 10am Communion service.

It was a great mini-concert, we all enjoyed the music, and the choir is excellent! We are very grateful to all the children and teachers who gave up their time, expertise, and enthusiasm to add to our morning worship in a unique, happy, and very special way. Thank you all.





Carol Singing with the Holy Rood Choir in the Black Bear - Saturday 16th December at 7.30pm



Many thanks to Mel, landlady of the Black Bear, who invited the choir (which was aided and abetted by a few of its supporters who joined in). Mel generously supplied some mince pies and mulled wine - and even before the refreshments it seemed to the choir that a very good evening was had by all! Thanks to all who participated.



Parish Christmas Card

Following from previous years there will be an opportunity to give a donation of money or food for the foodbank, whilst signing the Parish Christmas Card. A card is now in Church together with a flyer / poster with more details.




Well, did you make an angel?!

Angelfest 2017

Or maybe you didn't but wonder what it was all about?

Have a look at the Angelfest Page!



Holy Rood at the D'Urberville Centre on some Wednesdays


On the first Wednesday of each month, Holy Communion will be held at 10am in the D'Urberville Centre Small Hall, followed by Coffee/Tea and chat afterwards.

Holy Communion will also be held in Church, midweek, on the 2nd Wednesday of the month.

Also every month on the 3rd Wednesday from 10am - 12noon in the Small Hall, there will be a chance for Coffee/Tea and chat.

[The Wednesday Communion service will no longer be held in the Methodist Chapel. The dangers of crossing the road to the Chapel are increasing, especially for people of restricted mobility using walking aids and crossing slowly. The parking opposite the Chapel is sometimes proving difficult for various reasons. Using the D’Urberville Car Park and the Small Hall should make access for everyone both safer and easier.]



Next Purbeck Evening Praise Service

Next Purbeck Evening Praise Service - Sunday 6pm, 28th January 2018 at the Evangelical Church, Ropers Lane, Wareham.

How to find it at http://www.purbeckgatewaychurch.co.uk/welcome.htm



Help the PTA

Fancy volunteering to assist the PTA serve tea/coffee to parents in school? Help is needed after the ’Good Work’ assembly at 3pm on Friday 24th November and subsequently usually the last Friday of the month 3pm in term time.

This is an opportunity to develop relationships with school parents. If interested please add your name to the list at the back of the church and have a chat with Rev Carol about it.


Other Coming Events


Tea Pot Club - Dates of future meetings in 2017-2018

All "teapots" are held at the Methodist Chapel at 2pm except where stated


Tuesday 5th Dec


Tuesday 19th Dec


Christmas Break


Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Methodist Chapel

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Methodist Chapel

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Methodist Chapel

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Methodist Chapel

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Methodist Chapel

Tuesday, 20 March 2018 (Easter reflection)

Methodist Chapel

Easter break

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Methodist Chapel



Gren Irwin


Pauline Matthews

23 Hillside Road


3 Lampton Close

01929 — 462742


01929 — 462128




Other Notices


If you are unwell or know someone who is . . .

Hospital Visiting

If you know of someone in hospital who would appreciate a visit from a representative of Holy Rood Church, do please let us know. We have no way of knowing who is in hospital unless you let us know. It doesn’t matter if they are not regular churchgoers.

Please contact the vicar (01929 462215, or refer to the Contacts page.)

Home Communion for the sick & house bound

If you or anyone you know is unable to come to any of the services, and would like to receive communion at home, please let the vicar (01929 462215) know, and she can arrange for a member of the Pastoral Team to visit.



Prayer Chain

If you have a specific issue that you would like the members of our Prayer Chain to be praying for you on your behalf, please contact Jane Newbury on 462134.

If you would prefer to talk through an issue in more depth or would like someone to visit you, please let the vicar know on (01929 462215).


Community Information and Announcements



07751 968 944

Having only one person to 'man' a landline phone we have had to introduce a mobile. If you want transport ring 07751 968 944 and leave a message - containing your name, your phone number, and a brief summary of your need. Someone will get back to you quite quickly.

Thank you.


General Notices


Pewsheet delivered direct to your inbox

You can receive the weekly pewsheet and quarterly "Church Without Walls" direct to you by email each week/month.

Please contact Jenny Hunt on THESKYPILOT [at*] sky.com if you wish to be added to the mailing list.

Information for the pewsheet

Please send to holyroodpewsheet [at*] hotmail.com by the preceding Monday for inclusion.

 *You need to replace the [at*] by @ in the addresses above and remove any spaces.



Planned Giving

Thank you to all those who plan their giving towards the work of God’s Church. This really does help to structure the church budget in order to better prepare for and plan our mission in this place. You can give even more efficiently by Gift Aid if you are a taxpayer.

Please also consider setting up a Standing Order with your bank which again is more cost effective by saving on the cost of envelopes. Many of you did that last year and so we have been able to further reduce the number of envelopes needed. So those of you looking for your envelope will notice that your number may well have changed.

If you require further details about Gift Aid or paying through the bank or have any other questions then please do not hesitate to speak to Chris Corteen or contact her on tel. 462642.



Details of forthcoming Services

Are to be found above and also in the Quarterly Bulletin, "Church Without Walls", here.


(For more general service pattern details see the 'Services' page, here.)


Help Wanted


Help us clean the church throughout the year

Please consider giving an hour to help clean the church. Currently it works out about once a month but the more that help the less often it will be. Cleaning can be done at your convenience as long as we have a clean church on Sunday.

Please, please help; contact Sue Burroughs, tel. 01929 463803 or email sue@whomwah.com for more details.


Wanted - School Governors

There are currently three vacancies for Foundation Governors at Wool CE VA Primary School. Governors play an important role in the management of the school, supporting the Head Teachers, staff and pupils. They need to be able to attend 4 governing body meetings, sub-committee meetings and spend additional time in school, during school hours and supporting events outside of the school day too. It is stimulating and rewarding.

Foundation Governors need to be communicant members of the Church of England or another Christian church. We particularly need parents of children attending the school.

For contact details during the vacancy please refer to the Contacts page.


Share and Care needs Helpers

Share and Care is in desperate of volunteer drivers and a telephone Link person. If you are interested and would like to know more please contact Bridget on 01929 463835.


Church Maintenance

There are many small on-going jobs in the church and the churchyard that need to be done on a regular basis. A small group of volunteers meets on the first Saturday of every month at the church at 10.00am to carry out these tasks. If you feel that you could help in any way or you would like to know more details, please contact the Churchwardens - please refer to the Contacts page.



Future Services

See the Bulletins page for brief details of planned services and some other future events.


Earlier News and Events


Previous News and Events

Events during 2013 Events during 2014 Events during 2015 Events during 2016 Purbeck Evening Praise Events during 2017













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