The Church Of The Holy Rood -- Wool, Dorset, U.K.
Even more Christmas Services and Events - see below.
Photos of the Church, War Graves, War Memorial, and World War 1 Centenary Exhibition are to be found here.
Holy Rood Church Alternative Christmas Card
For the past few years it was decided that rather than give cards to each other we would donate the money to, or purchase Christmas food items for, the Wareham and Purbeck Food Bank. This year we will be doing the same again, see poster at the back of Church for suggested goodies. Please don’t leave food items in Church instead please put your donation in a carrier bag and take to the collection point, inside Judy Hill’s porch at: 9 High Street Close, Wool. Money may also be given provided it is in an envelope marked for Gas or Electric. This can then be given in at the above address.
The Giant Christmas Card will be clearly on display at the front of the Church. Please write your name and Christmas wishes on the card and make your donation
December and Christmas - Coming Events for your diary
December Diary Summary - details below
Weekend of 15th and 16th December - The Festival of Angels and Shepherds begins. Pop into church to see the shepherds and angels there now!
Saturday 15th December - Christmas Cracker, with Churches Together in Wool, is at the D’Urberville Hall, from 10.30am- 12.30pm - see poster below.
Saturday 15th December, 7.30pm - Carol singing at the Black Bear
Sunday 16th December, 10.30am - Family Service Nativity Play in D’Urberville Hall.
Sunday 16th December at 4pm - Join 'Holy Rood at The D’Urberville Advent Course' - All Welcome - We will be discussing the last of our big questions: Science tells us everything - doesn’t it?
Saturday 22nd. Fundraising dinner for Holy Rood at the Ship Inn from 6.30 onwards, with Carol Singing from 7pm
Saturday 22nd December, 10.30am onwards - Flowers for Christmas - donations and arrangers welcome in church.
Sunday 23rd December, 6pm - Service of Nine Lessons and Carols by Candlelight in church
Christmas Eve, 24th December, 3pm- The Crib Service in church; Carols outside the D'Urberville at 6pm; 11.30pm - The Midnight Mass in church
Christmas Day, 25th December, 8am Holy Communion; 10am Family Communion. Both in church.
AND - a Christmas Lunch 1pm in the Kids of Wool Building if you book! - see below.
Friday 14th December
The Festival of Angels and Shepherds starting day is Friday 14th December. (Bring in all the shepherds and angels for the display, at any time on Friday 14th!)
Saturday 15th December
Come and see The Festival of Angels and Shepherds in Holy Rood Church!
Saturday 15th December - Churches Together Christmas Cracker event in the D'Urberville Hall
10.30am - 1.30pm
Pictures from last year's Christmas Cracker event -
Saturday 15th December at 7.30pm - Christmas Carols in the Black Bear
Sunday 16th December, 10.30am - Family Service Nativity Play in D’Urberville Hall, Colliers Lane
The Big Questions for Advent - in the D'Urberville Small Hall
Sunday 16th December at 4pm: Science tells us everything - doesn’t it?
Join Holy Rood @ The D’Urberville - All Welcome
Saturday 22nd December
Fundraising dinner in aid of Holy Rood at the Ship Inn
Saturday 22nd December, 10.30am onwards - Flowers for Christmas
We shall be decorating the Church for Christmas on Saturday 22nd December from 10.30am to 2.00pm. If you can help please come along, bring your own flowers, especially foliage. Refreshments will be provided and we look forward to seeing you. Jenny Mitchell 405725
Sunday 23rd December at 6pm in Holy Rood - Candlelit Nine Lessons and Carols
Christmas Eve - Wool joins together to sing Carols Around the Christmas Tree, at the D'Urberville, with Wareham Town Band
Christmas services in 2018
Sunday 23rd December, 6pm - Service of Nine Lessons and Carols
Christmas Eve, 24th December, and Christmas Day, 25th December
. . . and all are invited for Christmas Day Lunch as well! - so book now if you'd like to come! (462215)
Don't forget our midweek services at the D'Urberville . . .
Holy Rood at the D'Urberville Centre Small Hall - now on both 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, from 10am-12noon - ALL WELCOME
On the first and third Wednesday of each month, Holy Communion is held at 10am in the D'Urberville Centre Small Hall, followed by Coffee/Tea and cake and chat afterwards.
This mid-week opportunity has proved very popular. The D'Urberville Small Hall (entrance is the one on the left looking at the Hall complex from the road) provides easier access and parking for those with restricted mobility and gives us all, whatever our mobility, the chance of meeting on a mid week morning to share communion (followed by coffee and cake!). There is no charge for the coffee and cake but any donations would help towards the costs, especially as we struggle to pay for the Hall hire.
There is no mid-week Communion in Church but Sunday services all continue as per our usual pattern.
Church Access Reminder
Parking for Sunday services only, is reinstated for the time being, but access on foot via the School driveway is restricted to those pedestrians actually attending services, and is NOT open to all.
Dogs are not permitted on the school grounds.
Our homegroups meet during Term time only for Bible study, discussion, prayer and fellowship: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. They recommenced in the week beginning Monday 3rd September. See Pew sheets for more details.
Girls in Fellowship Together (GIFT)
This young mums group meet during school term time 1st and 3rd Tuesdays only, 7.30pm until 9pm at 3 Lampton Close.
Over coffee and tea they chatter. At the end they have a thought for the day and a prayer.
All are welcome to come and relax away from the children. Contact is Pauline Matthews 01929 462128
Remembrance Day 11th November 2018
Monies raised by the Collection on Remembrance Sunday for the Royal British Legion was £323.30 - Well Done to all who attended or contributed.
100 years: 11am, 11th November 1918 - 11am, 11th November 2018
An Exhibition - ‘WORLD WAR 1 IN WOOL’ From Sunday 4th to 18th November
Marking the centenary of the ending of the First World War, this is an Exhibition in The Church of the Holy Rood, Wool.
It has been organised by local historian Alan Brown and will be added to by our Scouts.
ALL are invited to drop in and view this amazing piece of our local and national history.
We are here - but not here . . .
(Photos of the Church, War Graves, War Memorial, and Exhibition are to be found on a separate page. Click here.)
Sunday Harvest Service in Manor Farm Barn
DCHT Cycle Ride Saturday 8th September
My sister and I successfully visited 14 churches over 23 miles - not all were open and one is no longer used, but in our eyes they were still churches to be noted. The furthest away was Lytchett Minster Parish Church. We received a warm welcome by all those manned for registration, a really lovely day and the weather was perfect. A huge 'Thank you' to all those who sponsored us, we have received well over £200, I will let you know the exact total once all the monies have been collected. Half the money comes back to our church from the Trust.
- Sue Burroughs/Frances Warner
Meanwhile, Tony Smale travelled to/from Hamworthy by train and set off from there on his bike taking in churches from Lychett Minster to Gussage All Saints and coming back by way of Hinton Martell and Wimborne Minster - a total of 16 churches visited.
Well done and thank you to all who participated. Yes, it was well over £200 ! - in fact it came altogether to £900 !
Dorset Historic Churches Trust Cycle Ride update
The total raised by Holy Rood was £900 with £450 being returned to Holy Rood. The rest is used to make grants to help other churches in Dorset. Thank you to all who took part and donated.
Christmas Shoe Boxes - all packed!
Five Hundred and Fifteen boxes have now been packed and are ready to be dispatched.
I would like to say a huge ‘Thank you’ once again, to everyone who has continually supported this annual worthy venture - God bless you.
Holy Rood at the D'Urberville Centre Small Hall now on both 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, from 10am-12noon
On the first and third Wednesday of each month, Holy Communion is held at 10am in the D'Urberville Centre Small Hall, followed by Coffee/Tea and chat afterwards.
The D'Urberville small Hall provides easier access and parking for those with restricted mobility and gives us all whatever our mobility the chance of meeting in mid weeks to share communion followed by coffee and cake. There is no charge for the coffee and cake but any donations would help towards the cost of the Hall hire.
There is no mid-week Communion in Church but Sunday services all continue as per our usual pattern.
Do you play the organ or the piano and if so would you be willing to be part of a team? Do you know anyone else that plays? There is an offer of a few basic lessons for anyone with keyboard skills who might like to have a go . Live music is such an intrinsic and valued part of worship. If you can help please let Rev Carol or one of the Church Wardens know! (See CWW Summer 2018 Edition).
Home groups and other groups
The Monday group's new series about "The 'I AM' sayings of Jesus" is now ongoing.
All welcome, no knowledge required! - for further details contact Judy Hill 01929 462888.
7.30pm on Wednesdays
John Williams tel: 462146
John Underwood tel: 462827.
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.
For more information contact John Matthews on 01929 462128.
The Tea Pot Club
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)
If you are unwell or know someone who is . . .
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.
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.
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
SHARE AND CARE - PHONE NUMBER
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.
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.
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
(For more general service pattern details see the 'Services' page, here.)
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 email@example.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.
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.
See the Bulletins page for brief details of planned services and some other future events.
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