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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.  

Remember that the gates are opened 15/20 minutes before a service. All other parking is in the school staff car park.



New Priest in the Lulworths

The Licensing Service for Revd David Chillman as Associate Priest & House for Duty in the Lulworth Parish will take place on Wednesday the 2nd February 2022 at 7:00 pm in Holy Trinity Church, West Lulworth.

You are very welcome to attend David’s licensing. Please could you let Sue in the office know if you are coming by emailing westpurbeckoffice@gmail.com.  This will help the caterers, as refreshments will be provided in church after the service. Where possible, please can we also ask you to share lifts as parking will be at a premium.




Christmas decorations in the church -



- and on a windowsill the 12 Days of Christmas in Wool -












Thanks to Sue Burroughs for these photos




‘The Light shines in the darkness’ John 1:5

Thank you for all your hard work and commitment

to the local church in this most difficult year. 


It has been hugely appreciated.

May you know the joy of the Christ Child this Christmas.

From Bishop Karen and Bishop Andrew



Good news! - An announcement by the Bishop about the appointment of a new Vicar

The following announcement was read at the services on 14th November:

‘The Bishop of Sherborne is delighted to announce that, subject to the Patrons approval and the necessary statutory checks, the Revd Canon Richard Bartlett has been appointed as the new Vicar of the West Purbeck Benefice.

Richard is currently Director of Missional Engagement at USPG mission agency; prior to that he was for 11 years Vicar of Holy Trinity, Northwood. He started his ministry off in Purbeck with a curacy in Wareham and comes with extensive experience of parish ministry gained in the UK and overseas.

I would like to thank all those who have been involved in these two recent appointments. A date has now been set for the Revd David Chillman’s licensing to take place at 7pm on 2nd February and it is our hope that Richard can be instituted, inducted and installed before Easter.’


(Bishop Karen is also the acting Bishop of Salisbury)

Balliol College are the patrons this time around and therefore the Bishop has written to them requesting agreement to the appointment. We are probably looking at either 6th or 7th April 2022 for Canon Richard's licensing.



We very much look forward to welcoming Canon Richard as our Parish Priest next year.

Please continue to pray :

Õ For Richard, as he looks forward to taking this major new step in his life and for his family as they support him. May they and we all know God's presence and continued leading in all of this.

Õ 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, and for Rev David Chilman who is soon to join the benefice and be based in Lulworth.

Õ For one another, that we would all be fully open to welcoming Richard and David, the people of God's choice, to lead us.


Rev Canon Richard Bartlett meeting the Benefice PCCs and Holy Rood Pastoral Team in November 2021

(Photo courtesy of Peter Wharf)




Recruitment for the Benefice House for Duty post (based in the Lulworths)

West Purbeck Benefice has appointed the Rev. David Chillman as the new Associate Priest to the Lulworths parishes. David is an experienced priest who has been both as an Anglican incumbent and a regional dean in British Columbia, Canada. He was ordained in the Church of England in 1995 and served in parishes in Hampshire, West Yorkshire and Surrey before he and his wife, Jude, emigrated to Vancouver Island in 2014.

Further details in due course. We look forward to welcoming David to our benefice.

Revd David Chillman’s licensing is due to take place at 7pm on 2nd February 2022.




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 Covid precautions and please use safely. In particular:

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

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

    Face coverings are encouraged but are no longer a legal requirement.




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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)




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 some Sunday mornings, gathering together round screens and phones at 10.30am for a 10.45am start. 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.


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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.









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