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Friday 16th February



Bishop Joseph Mamer from South Sudan came to visit us, joining us for breakfast in church at Holy Rood after our usual 8.30am daily service of Morning Prayer.

A very informal time with lots of questions and answers, Bishop Joseph's visit gave us a unique look into his work in South Sudan. It was a real insight into the life of a Bishop and of a Church in a nation struggling with difficult issues of civil war, literacy, health care, and food security. We felt honoured and privileged to meet him, and he and his people will remain long in our thoughts and prayers.


Lots of things are coming up in February and March . . .


Sunday February 18th

Buffet lunch in church for the 4 couples who are marrying in Holy Rood this year. They will be attending morning service prior to meeting with the marriage preparation team and finishing with lunch.


Next Purbeck Evening Praise is on 25th February

6pm 25th February - at Emmanuel Baptist Church Swanage.


The Women’s World Day of Prayer Service is on Friday 2nd March

Friday 2nd March, at 2pm at St Christopher’s Church, Winfrith Newburgh.


Lent Lunch for Churches Together in Wool Saturday 3rd March

CTiW Lent Lunch, Saturday 3rd March 12noon-1pm at Methodist Chapel.



Lent and Easter in 2018 at Holy Rood

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday every year. (This year, that date is Wednesday 14th February.)

We have quite a few services, courses, and events during Lent. Lent is a period of 40 days (not counting Sundays, so it's about 6 weeks in all) and marks an important opportunity for each of us to ask the Holy Spirit to help us undertake a period of personal preparation and "spiritual housekeeping" before God, who leads us on through Lent into Easter Sunday (which this year will be on Sunday 1st April).

Easter allows us all not only to remember the death of Jesus as he died on the cross for our sins, but then to celebrate his rising to the new life that he now makes available to each of us.



Ash Wednesday 14th February



10am Holy Communion with imposition of ashes (held at the D’Urberville Hall)

7pm Holy Communion with imposition of ashes (in Church)


Daily Prayer in Lent

Many people use a book or bible study aid daily in Lent. We have two suggestions available this year - the first ("Praying Together") is from our own Diocese of Salisbury and written by our area Bishop Karen. It is a small pocket size book that has a daily short bible passage, prayer and reflection as well as a suggestion for an action we could take. It's available free inside church and looks excellent.

The second book ("40 Stories of Hope") is a larger paperback book. This is an engaging book about transformation, restoration and true freedom. Using stories from prisoners and their family members, these 40 remarkable testimonies speak powerfully about the reality of encountering Jesus and the difference he can make in anyone's life, no matter who we are. Ideal for Lent, these 40 faith-inspiring stories can be read daily in the run up to Easter. Although normally costing about £8, we have secured copies for £2 each by ordering in bulk and again these are available inside Holy Rood Church.

This book "40 Stories of Hope" is the basis for the interdenominational Lent Course held on Thursday afternoons - see the next item below.


Lent Course - 1

Thursdays 22nd Feb, 1st, 8th, 15th , 22nd March , 2.30pm at the Methodist Chapel: ’40 Stories of Hope’

The Wool Churches are again meeting together during Lent (at the Methodist Chapel) for group sessions using the book "40 Stories of Hope".

This is a collection of 40 remarkable testimonies from prisoners, ex-prisoners and prison chaplains who speak powerfully about life-changing encounters with Jesus. It has been produced by CWR in partnership with Prison Hope. In his Foreword Justin Welby says ‘This is an extraordinary book – a book of hope and reconciliation, a book of transformation and journeys .....’

This course includes daily readings and reflections as well as group sessions (using Mark’s Gospel) so everyone would ideally need to purchase a book. The cost of the book is £2.


Lent Course - 2

Sundays 18th Feb, 25th Feb & 4th & 18th March, 4pm at Holy Rood: ‘Ways of Praying.’

In these four sessions we will explore ways different ways of praying including praying with music, art, objects and a pen/the written word. Each session will include a time of teaching and opportunities for participants to experience the different forms of prayer. The sessions will conclude with an informal tea and people are invited to bring along a plate of food to share.


Holy Week

Monday 26th March, Tuesday 27th March & Wednesday 28th March evenings at 7pm in Holy Rood church

The Home Groups take turns to lead a short time of worship and reflection.


Thursday 29th March, Maundy Thursday


7pm Passover (Seder) Meal in church. Details to follow.



Good Friday 29th March

10 am Liturgy of the Cross

3-5pm Messy Church



Easter Day, Sunday 1st April


6am-ish Dawn Service followed by breakfast (Exact time, and breakfast venue, both to be confirmed)

8am Holy Communion

10am Family Communion


Advance Notices

(Events after Easter and into Summer)


Saturday April 28th

Casterbridge Male Voice Choir 7-30 pm. Refreshments in interval. At Holy Rood. Tickets available from beginning of March.

Tickets £7.50 from Mrs Joy Cole - 01929 462057


Wednesday 25th July

The start of Churches Together lunches in Kids of Wool on Wednesdays. Links nicely with the library sessions for children starting at 2pm!


Thursday August 16th - Staycation

This year, we holiday at home once more as the back of Holy Rood becomes an open top London Bus to host "A trip around London and tea at The Ritz" - 11- 3 pm.

A small amount of imagination may be needed for the bus and the Ritz (but not for the views or the tea!).




Messy Church in 2018



Home groups and other groups restarted in January

Monday Homegroup


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.

We are not meeting in Lent as there are so many Lent activities to attend, but we will do so on Mon 16th April 2018 at 23 Hillside Road.

All welcome - for further details contact Judy Hill 01929 462888


Wednesday and Thursday Groups will reconvene (after the half-term break) week commencing 18th February 2018.



Wednesday Homegroup



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.

All are welcome. We will reconvene (after the half-term break) week commencing 18th February 2018.

Contact details:

John Williams tel: 462146

John Underwood tel: 462827.




Thursday Home Group

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.

We will reconvene (after the half-term break) week commencing 18th February 2018.


The Tea Pot Club


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

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Methodist Chapel

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Methodist Chapel

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Methodist Chapel






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)



Cologne Road Community Room Update

The Community Room Committee successfully negotiated a lease with Purbeck District Council to expand the community room to provide suitable and sustainable community facilities.

This expansion into the larger room has associated costs of around £6.5k because it is not usable in its current state. Fundraising started in earnest in 2017 and we have recently had a successful bid to the Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ Scheme. This means that the project now goes to the public vote in the Dorchester Tesco store where 3 local projects compete for shoppers’ votes as they place their tokens in support of their preferred local project.

We kindly urge you to promote our project and also encourage you and anyone you know to give the Cologne Road Community Room project the vote when they shop in the store. The vote is open until the end of February. Thank you! - Chris Corteen.





Recent events



THANK YOU - Christingle Service held on 8th December 2017

Thank you to all who contributed.

£150 was paid into the Children’s Society - Jenny Hunt.



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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