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4th Dec note - For Angelfest news see here

Coming Events, Services and Announcements



Services and other meetings in December and January


Christingle Service Sunday 10th December at 4.30pm

Sunday 10th December at 4.30pm - Please come along. (Hot chocolate and cake will be served after this service!)



Churches Together - Christmas Cracker on 16th Dec

Saturday 16th December - in the D’Urberville Hall 10am - 2pm.

Come and join in the spirit of Christmas. Messy Christmas Craft, pop in for coffee and mince pies or perhaps stay and have a turkey or ham roll for lunch.. Have your photo taken in the stable! Lots of activities.

Also on 16th December -


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




Our next Candlelit Carol Service is Sunday 17th December . . .


Carols by Candlelight on Sunday 17th December at 6:30pm.

Mulled wine and mince pies will be served after the Service.



The Tea Pot Club, 19th December

Please note that the last meeting before the Christmas break is at the Methodist Chapel in Wool, 2pm Tuesday 19th December. Carols and mince pies. See CWW for more details and contact details.



Girl in Fellowship Together (GIFT) - Next one on Tuesday 19th December 2017.



Flowers for Christmas, 22nd December

Do come and help decorate the church for Christmas on Friday 22nd December from 2.30pm onwards. See CWW for further information.



Christmas Eve - Sunday 24th December

3pm Crib Service (come dressed as a character from the Nativity!) -


- and 11.30pm Midnight Mass.



Christmas Day - Monday 25th December

8am Holy Communion (said, BCP)

10am Family Communion Service



Epiphany Carol Service and Tea - Sunday 7th January 2018, 4.30pm

Readers Needed for Advent and Christmas Services. Please sign up on the list in church if you can help. Thank you.



Monday Homegroup

The Monday group is now beginning a Christmas break and will restart on Monday 8th January, at 7.30pm at 23 Hillside Road. We will be doing a 4-week series about the environment.

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

All welcome - for further details contact Judy Hill 01929 462888




Wednesday Homegroup

Please note the future of the Wednesday homegroup is currently under review. Once a decision has been reached, which is unlikely before Christmas, the weekly pew sheet will include all the details.

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 flyer will be sent around with more details.



Holy Rood at the D'Urberville

We had a special surprise treat on Wednesday morning 6th December as Bovington First 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.





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.]



Messy Church


With children and their parents in mind -

Next Messy Church Saturday 25th November 2-4pm. 

With pre-School Christmas Fayre.




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.



Shoe Boxes - Good news

Five hundred Christmas Shoe Boxes have now been packed and are all ready to be picked up and dispatched by the Rotary Club to places like Romania, Albania and Tanzania in the near future.

Once again, thank you to all who have supported this enterprise, especially through the coffee morning and lunch at the home of Dr & Mrs Irwin. God bless - Pauline Matthews.

[And well done once again to you, Pauline and John - you must be relieved to be looking forward to having your house restored to you instead of having it full of shoe boxes!]


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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