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Please be aware that the Cafť Church Service on Sunday 4th July will not be in Winfrith Village Hall but will be held online due to the change in Covid regulations having been postponed.



Our new Administrator - Welcome to Sue

Our new administrator Sue Sharpe started with us on Monday 17th May.

She is working flexible hours, partly from home, and Benefice Office Hours are posted at this link.




When is Holy Rood Church open for private prayer?

Holy Rood Church, Wool is now open for private prayer daily from 10am until 4pm.

Please observe all Covid precautions and please use safely. In particular:

    Please use antibacterial hand gel as you go into the church and again when you leave

    Do sit in the designated areas at least 2 meters away from anybody else in the church at the same time.

    Face coverings are currently mandatory in a range of indoor venues including places of worship and church halls. While there are some exemptions, this is a legal requirement.

    If you touch any part of the pew or other area of the church, please use an antibacterial wipe to cleanse afterwards placing the used wipe in the bin provided.

Thank You - Stay Alert, Control the Virus, Save Lives

The Church Wardens




Recruitment for new Incumbent in Wool

Due to the initial poor response to this advert, we have decided to re-advertise for the role in September, when we pray we will get a wider range of candidates.


Please pray as we look for new Clergy to join us here

Please pray :

That the adverts in September will be seen by the people whom God calls to come here.

For those who read the Benefice Profile and respond (and their families where appropriate) as they pray about their future, whether it be here or elsewhere; that God would speak to them and guide them.

For all those in our diocese who will meet to make a shortlist to be given wisdom and discernment to discover the will of God.

For all those involved in the selection process, especially the applicants; that they and we might all be guided by the Holy Spirit.

For our existing permanent clergy, Revds Sandra and Jenny who are working so hard to look after all the churches. For Revd Canon Keith Hugo who is ministering to the Lulworths during their vacancy.

For one another, that we would all be fully open to welcoming the person of God's choice to lead us.

Heavenly Father

Be with all those who consider coming here, and help them as they reflect on whether this is the right place for them to serve you.

Be with our benefice through this period of vacancy,

and may your Holy Spirit guide all those involved in the selection process,

as we endeavour to discern whom you are calling to serve alongside us in this place.



For a new House for Duty Priest (based in the Lulworths Parish) for the West Purbeck Benefice

Shortlisting meeting on 26th July

Interviews on 15th September





HELLO AGAIN DAY July 3rd 2021 - postponed

We were hoping to celebrate being able to chat and say hello again with some simple fun and a picnic. It can't happen on 3rd July sadly as restrictions are not fully lifted, but possibly might be on 14th August: so watch this space.


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Thy Kingdom Come 13th - 23rd May 2021



Thy Kingdom Come is a prayer movement, covering all denominations, uniting the Christians in nearly 90% of countries worldwide from the Ascension to Pentecost.

The aim for Thy Kingdom Come 2021, which is taking place from 13-23 May is to be a blessing and to serve the church where the need is greatest; by providing free, spiritually nourishing resources for all, to deepen and refresh their faith.

Now in its sixth year, Thy Kingdom Come has grown from an initial call to prayer from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Anglican Communion, to a worldwide ecumenical prayer movement uniting over a million Christians from across 85 different denominations and traditions.

Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, says: "Thy Kingdom Come" is about prayer: praying for those on our hearts, praying for those who donít know Jesus - to find him, praying for our church as we seek to be simpler, humbler and bolder.'

Various resources online -

Explore the Thy Kingdom Come 2021 website for more details on this year's plans.


And you can download the app from Google or Apple to your phone or mobile device:





Coffee & Cake Returned at last !

The Communion Service returned to the D'Urberville on Wednesday 19th May, at its new time of 10:15am with "Coffee and Cake" served just after the service as we did before Covid.

We met in the D'Urberville Main Hall to allow for social distancing, with appropriate Covid precautions in place, and we were all encouraged to see about 20 people attending for the first meeting.

We hope this will be repeated in the future, combining with Teapot Club following on, another time. Details are still to be finalised. It's a wonderful chance to meet up face to face with old friends.

Many thanks to Revd Jenny for arranging this.


Bell Tower Repairs

Thank you to all to helped in the bell tower enabling the recent repair of the bell frame, and everyone who contributed to the appeal to pay for the work.

We are very grateful to everyone who helps support and maintain this ancient building.


Bell frame with the bells "up" ready to be rung


Below are some pictures, kindly supplied by Phil Miles, showing the sort of work that needed to be done.


The bell frame is a very large and heavy wrought iron frame, dark orange/red in the pictures. It is fixed into the stone walls at the top of the church tower and it supports the massive weight and movements of the bells and the huge iron wheels (colour blue) that the bells are attached to. When a wheel is rotated, pulled by its long bell ropes controlled by the bellringers on the ground floor, the rotating wheel takes the bell up and down with it.

Space is very limited and access is difficult. It is a hazardous area to work in.



In Holy Rood, a problem had been found during a regular routine inspection. The ends of the iron base entering the walls had corroded.

(If the frame became so rusted that it weakened, there would eventually be nothing to support it and the entire structure would collapse through several floors into the base of the tower. Hence the routine inspections.)


Corrosion present


A repaired and repainted beam end.

The work was done by specialist engineers and was assisted by our bellringing and churchyard teams.



Finally, after being cemented into the wall.



More pictures -







Previous News and Events

Licensing 2017 Events during 2017 Angelfest 2017 Events in 2018 Events in 2019 Events in 2020 Events in 2021



Church Spring Newsletter March 2021

This is available to download as a pdf file here.




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Go to the JustGiving site by using the button below (or use your smartphone camera with the QR code):




Earlier News and Events


Previous News and Events

Licensing 2017 Events during 2017 Angelfest 2017 Events in 2018 Events in 2019 Events in 2020 Events in 2021




Address for contributions to the website or social media


[The old address of holyroodit@gmail.com is no longer in use.]



A Prayer during a Pandemic (based on Habakkuk Ch. 3 v17-19)

Though the people of the world are suffering and fearful and jobs and businesses are at risk and many are unemployed

Though many are dying as their breath fails and families are kept apart and are in despair

Though front line workers and the NHS in their commitment and compassion are exhausted

Though a friendly handshake or hug is not allowed and we face each other with our masks

Though many are anxious about what the future holds especially the young

Yet we will rejoice in the Lord God who is our strength and will never fail us. His Spirit lifts our hearts and minds as He journeys with us through Jesus Christ Our Lord



With thanks to Chris Corteen

(One response to a question in the Monday Home Group)





Just a reminder . . !







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: westpurbeckoffice@gmail.com

(Telephone messages will be dealt with during office hours only.)








Online Services are continuing

We are still holding Combined Benefice services online on Sunday mornings, gathering together round screens and phones at 10.30am for a 10.45am start. Anyone in West Purbeck 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.


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Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Pastoral Care

If you need to self-isolate, do inform the church office or Revd Carol 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.

Plans are actively ongoing to help with some practical support to those who are vulnerable or isolated. Further information is available from the Rector.


Medical Advice

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.



Daily Prayer

Each day the Church of England publishes audio and text of the Prayer for the Day.




Join the Cleaning Team

We have a brilliant team of unsung heroes / heroines who do a wonderful job but need your help!











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