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Visit of Bishop Seme and his wife Mary to West Purbeck Benefice

It was a real joy to welcome Bishop Seme Nigo Abiuda, Bishop of the Diocese of Panyana in South Sudan, and his wife Mary, to St John the Baptist Church, Bere Regis for a service of Holy Communion on Wednesday this week (10th August 2022).

Bishop Seme and Mary are part of a delegation of bishops from our Salisbury Diocesan Link with Sudan and South Sudan who were staying in homes across the diocese this past week, following the Lambeth Conference. Huge thanks to Erica and Sandy Moriarty for hosting them. Bishop Seme spoke of the joys and challenges of leading a diocese which is largely dispersed as refugees because of Civil War, and asks us to pray for him and his diocese. We were really inspired and are pleased to share some information Bishop Seme has sent and some photos of their visit.

 

 

 

 

Help needed at The Dorset County Show - on 3rd & 4th of September

 

 

The Churches Tent will be at the Dorset County Show on the 3rd & 4th of September at the Dorset County Showground, Dorchester.

Are you available on either day to help in the Churches Tent?

Shifts will be between 9.00am and 5.00pm. You’ll be helping serve tea or coffee, talking to visitors and generally helping in the tent. There will also be an opportunity for you to enjoy the show at some point during the day. You will receive a Complimentary Ticket to gain admission to the Show. The rota will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Please contact myself or Liz on 01963 23570 or rural.chaplaincy@btinternet.com.

Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Revd Richard Kirlew, Agricultural and Rural Chaplain

 


 

Ride and Stride for Church Funds - on Saturday 10th September

 

 

Dorset Historic Churches Trust is delighted to announce that Ride+Stride will go ahead on the 10th September 2022, and they are once again inviting YOU to raise money for your local church by becoming a cyclist or to walk to a number of local/Deanery churches (or even further afield) 50% of the money you raise is returned to your church. Once again, we hope that that some of you will be keen to take part again this year.

This is an outdoor event for individuals or families to walk, cycle or horse ride, between churches. This year you might like to think of holding a Coffee Morning, or a Cream Tea afternoon. If you are a keen swimmer why not a sponsored swim. All will carry on within the limits of whatever social distancing requirements are in force at the time.

Last year Riders and Striders in Dorset raised an amazing total of £107,000 on just one day from hundreds of sponsors. 50% of the funds raised are returned to the church nominated by the participants and the other half is then available to the Trust to grant-aid churches, helping to conserve Dorset’s churches. Over £100,000 went to help Christian churches of all denominations in Dorset that are open for public worship to maintain their fabric and widen their usability by the communities that they serve.

If you want to learn more about the Trust, log onto www.dhct.org.uk and follow the links to Ride + Stride.

Or if you prefer, please contact your local Parish Organiser.

 


 

Past Events

(Also see some other less recent past events

via the 'Past Events' title link above.)


Benefice Service

Our last Benefice Service was on Sunday 31st July, 10.30am in God's Pocket, Chaldon Herring. Led by the Vicar together with all the clergy of the benefice as well as our newly formed Benefice Choir, over 80 people joined in to worship in this unusual outdoor setting.

The gusty wind left us in no doubt it was an outdoor service and the sun was a welcome bonus along with the dry weather.

 

 

The Vicar preached on the Parable of the Talents - which were then distributed (£1 each !)

 

 

 

After the service some enjoyed a trailer ride, seeing wonderful views of West Purbeck, and also delicious cream teas, in the afternoon.

 

 


 

 

 

June - The Jubilee Events were voted a success

 


 

 

Jubilee Café Church, Winfrith

Having moved the time from 10:45 to 9:30 we were not expecting a crowd, but God is full of surprises, and we were full to bursting with adults and children and had to ship in picnic tables.  Jan did a sterling job making crowns and we reflected on Serving Others using the Queen as a wonderful example of selfless service for others.

 


 


Jubilee Sunday, Wool

 

 

 

Our Jubilee Sunday was a great success. Over 60 people attended the Celebration Service and over 75 brought a picnic for the Lunch.  The hall looked amazing, the number of cakes was astounding, the filmshow and music added brilliantly to the atmosphere. Additionally we raised £82 for Ukraine from donations by offering a free 'cuppa and cake'. Huge thankyou to everyone who helped set up, donated cakes, flags, bunting, cleared away or attended and ate so many cakes. And it was good to be working again with our friends in the Methodist Church.

 


 

 

 

 

 

St John the Baptist, Bere Regis

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the marvellous exhibition in the church to celebrate the Jubilee.  It was a wonderful display of local talent.  Special thanks to Alison, Jill, Diane, Clare, Glo and their teams for all the hard work.  Thank you to everyone who visited and supported, if you missed it there is a lovely video on Bere Regis Facebook page thanks to Rodney Osmond.  Donations will be given to the Thomas Williams Educational Trust which supports young people in the village. Rev Sandra.

 

 


 

 

Enquiries:

Either contact your local churchwarden or email the Benefice Office:

westpurbeckoffice@gmail.com

 

Streamed Worship Notes

Log on for Streamed Worship from 10:30am.

You are 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. 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 for admission soon after the start time to prevent abusive internet behaviour which sadly has happened occasionally to other churches using online worship.

 


Past Events

(also see Past Events Page)

In reverse date order - approximately


 

Thy Kingdom Come 13th - 23rd May 2021

 

 

Thy Kingdom Come is a prayer movement, covering all denominations, uniting the Christians in nearly 90% of countries worldwide from the Ascension to Pentecost.

The aim for Thy Kingdom Come 2021, which is taking place from 13-23 May is to be a blessing and to serve the church where the need is greatest; by providing free, spiritually nourishing resources for all, to deepen and refresh their faith.

Now in its sixth year, Thy Kingdom Come has grown from an initial call to prayer from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Anglican Communion, to a worldwide ecumenical prayer movement uniting over a million Christians from across 85 different denominations and traditions.

Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, says: "Thy Kingdom Come" is about prayer: praying for those on our hearts, praying for those who don’t know Jesus - to find him, praying for our church as we seek to be simpler, humbler and bolder.'

Various resources online -

Explore the Thy Kingdom Come 2021 website for more details on this year's plans.

 

And you can download the app from Google or Apple to your phone or mobile device:

 


 

 

 

Alpha Course for 2021

In February we started an online Alpha Course.

 

Is there more to life than this?

 

If this is a question you have asked, then Alpha online is an opportunity to explore this and the many other BIG questions about life. Alpha creates a friendly space to connect with others online to watch a series of episodes and explore the Christian faith together.

 

For more information email Revd Jenny at:

jennyalidina@irishollow.co.uk

 

 

Tuesday 23rd March - National Day of Reflection

 

(When those who have died in the pandemic will be remembered.)

 

 

There will be a minute's silence at 12:00 GMT with people encouraged to light up their doorsteps that night. Prominent buildings and landmarks will also be illuminated across the UK.

The total number of recorded deaths linked to coronavirus in the UK stood at 335 on that date. There have now been 143,259 deaths, according to the latest figures.

 

A message for 2021 from our Clergy Team

 

 

It has been an extraordinary year in 2020 filled with sadness but also joy.  Church has not stopped but moved online like many other services and we have occasional services in Church.  Every Sunday we offer either a live streamed Holy Communion, All Age Worship or Café Church using Zoom.  We gather at 10:30 and start at 10:45.  We also do a midweek Holy Communion on Wednesday’s at 10:00 as well monthly Messy Church Online and home groups.  To receive the link and service details please email westpurbeckoffice@gmail.com and ask to be added to our Benefice Link newsheet – we would love for you to join us. I pray that with light at the end of the tunnel with the vaccine you will keep safe and know God’s peace in your hearts.

God bless

Rev Sandra Williams, Rev Jenny Alidina, Canon Keith Hugo

 


 

Online Services are continuing - despite Social Distancing!

As most Services cannot yet be held in church, we are holding Combined Benefice services online instead on Sunday mornings, gathering together round screens and phones at 10.30am for a 10.45am start. Anyone in West Purbeck Benefice may take part in this service using your laptop, ipad, or phone (smart or otherwise).

This has been going well over the last few months (and is quite fun to do, especially so if you have a device with a screen, microphone and camera!). About 80 or more people join in on some Sundays and numbers have continued to be high since then too.

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.

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 methods.

 


 

Online Services

It is possible to hold a service online by the above method, and here are some screenshot pictures (courtesy of Bere Regis - many thanks!) that give an idea of how it works and what happens:

 

 

Above is the view of as many participants as will fit - there would have been more than one screen but most people will just see the views above, sometimes combined with the speaker's picture in a corner:

 

 

 

 

 


 

Pastoral Care

If you need to self-isolate, do inform the church office together with your contact phone number. A member of the church will be in contact to check on your welfare and to offer any practical support possible for us.

Best hygiene practice and safeguarding procedures will be observed in all pastoral contacts.

 

Medical Advice

For up-to-date medical advice, the place to go is:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

 

For general Church of England advice and updates look at:

https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches

 


 

 

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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