News and Requests -
Bulletin 15th May click HERE
Bulletin 22nd May click HERE
The terrible situation in Ukraine has been very much in our prayers and on our minds in this last week and many have reached out asking how we can support their nation.
We were pleased to see a good number of people at our monthly prayer gathering on Thursday afternoon at St Nicholas. We will continue to meet for weekly prayer on Wednesday evenings at 7pm via Zoom (joining details on the weekly bulletin). Please do join us if you can. Please use the churches before and after the Sunday service for any quiet time of prayer you desire. Please remember the prayer tree at St Nicholas church and the fishing net at St Katharine's church are there for all to write personal prayer requests.
In the meantime, there are some specific suggested prayers to be found at
You may have seen that the Dorset Polish community have been organising much needed items to be donated to the now-closed Argos, Castlepoint and also to Christchurch Baptist Church. We understand they have been inundated with items and the last day for drop-off's in Christchurch is Monday morning. Please look at the Dorset for Ukraine and Christchurch Baptist Church Facebook pages or websites for up-to-date information.
Please support the Ukraine by contacting our treasurer, Jenny Glendenning or the parish office to make any donations outside of the events we are organising.
And finally, can I share with you the prayer from our Archbishops:-
News & Requests
The Sick or in need of Prayer:
Roy McMenamin, Gary Hickman, André Flower, Sue Bellamy, John Smith, Joe Smith, Tony Whittaker, Barbara Cowell and Fr Robin Nash.
NB: Please submit requests for the prayer list to Liz Christopher or the office & confirm you have the permission of the individual. Thank you.
Thanksgiving for the Departed:
We pray for the families of all The Recently Departed, and for the families of Gwyneth Prestwood and Fred Waker whose anniversaries of death occur during this coming week. May they Rest in Peace
Thy Kingdom Come - the global prayer movement, starts on Thursday 26th May for 10 days between Ascension and Pentecost. We have both 25 prayer journals and children's Cheeky Panda's adventure booklets to give out at each church. Please take a copy.
Fellowship tea (2 June) 2.30-4.30pm
Please come for our Afternoon Tea and Chat which we hope to hold on the lawn and be part of the Queen's Jubilee celebration. If you can offer help with setting up (2 pm) that would be greatly appreciated.
Hilary Raymond will be serving tea/coffee and if someone would assist her from 2pm that too would be welcome. Please email Liz Hann at email@example.com. with offers.
As ever home baked cakes will be welcome.
Please encourage anyone who might be alone on the day to come along. Christine Quinton will be offering activities for younger participants - children welcome!
Platinum Jubilee Lunch (5 June)
Come and join in the celebrations at the St Katharine’s Parish Centre (12.30pm). Tickets (£10) are now available from Carol at St Katharine’s or Sally at St Nicholas’.
Summer Fair (25 June)
Gifts for the tombola and raffle would be most welcome. There are boxes at the back of both churches.
Next Parish walk (Sunday 12 June) 2.30pm from St Nicholas’ Church. Join us for a guided historical walk, exploring the lesser known paths as we head towards Tuckton. Walking for approx. 2 hrs with the option to leave earlier. We will have a rest stop along the way so bring refreshments. Just turn up but any questions to Natalie Greenfield on 07966 713798
Queen's Jubilee Messy Church and Barbeque at All Saints’ on Thursday, 2nd June from 10am-1pm in the upper hall. There will be crafts, stories, worship and a lunchtime barbeque. There is no charge but numbers are needed for catering purposes. Places need to be booked by Wed 25 May and this can be done on Eventbrite by searching for our Messy Church or you can phone the church office on 01202 253983.
Fr John Staples and his wife, Jane, did the usual walk on behalf of St Katharine's with St Nicholas’.
If you have not sponsored this and would like to add to the collection please give any monies to Michael Hickman at St Katharine's or Kevin Feltham at St Nicholas’.
Dates for your diary:
2 June Jubilee Messy Church and barbecue at All Saints’ Church (10.00am)
2 June Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Fellowship afternoon at St Nicholas’ (2.30-4.30pm)
5 June Parish Lunch to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II
12 June Parish walk (2.30pm)
25 June Summer Fair at St Nicholas’
4 July Priesting of Fr Dave
See here for recent services.
The Livestream links for services are HERE:
Readings for services on 22nd May :-
Ezekiel 37:1-14 Acts 16:9-15 John 14:23-29
Livestreamed Services Booklet Click HERE
(Unfortunately we do not have an electronic copy of the St Nicholas service booklet, but the service shares many of the responses used at St Katharine)
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Our online donations page is now active. If you normally give via the collection bags or plate, please consider making use of this facility as it really helps our church and community work
In the meantime, if you do hear of someone who is self isolating, please do let us know. We may be able to contact them and possibly provide some practical help.
We will keep you updated, and please do stay in touch!
Dean and Kevin - Churchwardens
Service times are normally:
- St Nicholas 9am till 10am, and St Katharine 1030am till 1130am.
- Weekly on Wednesdays at 7.30pm at St Katharine - Said Mass
- Confessions - these can now be resumed and arranged by appointment.