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This site was last updated Tuesday, 04 May 2021

 

Revd Carol Langford

It is with great sadness that we pass on the news of Revd Carol’s death on Easter Tuesday after her long illness. I know that with us your thoughts and prayers are with her husband Mark and their sons Dan and Tom in their tragic loss. Carol touched us all in different ways with her depth of faith, her commitment to Christ’s mission and her compassion for those in need. She will be greatly missed but we can draw comfort that she is with her beloved Saviour. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

Rev Jenny, Rev Sandra & Canon Keith.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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

 


Benefice Office hours

The Benefice Phoneline is open as follows:

Wednesday afternoons 1.30pm - 4.30 pm
Friday mornings 9.30am - 12.30pm

(Covid-19 restrictions: Please do not call at the office without an appointment.)

Office contact number is 07729 484866

(Telephone messages will be dealt with during office hours only.)

 

Email address: westpurbeckoffice@gmail.com

 


 

Just a reminder . . !

 

 


 

 

 

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


 

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

 

Christmas 2020

If we had your email address you should have had this year's Christmas Card in your inbox by now.

If you have missed out, you can see a preview below or download your own pdf copy at the link here

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

At Home in Advent Course

 

 

Please join us for “At Home in Advent” on Wednesday evenings December 2nd, 9th & 16th and January 6th & 13th starting at 7:30 pm.

We shall study the book “At Home in Advent” by Gordon Giles. You don’t need the book but it will help and it is available from Eden books and a kindle download on Amazon.

We shall finish the evening with a gentle, reflective Night Prayer at approximately 8:40. If you just wish to join Night Prayer do join us around this time.

Zoom link available by contacting the Benefice Office

 


 

Messy Church Christmas Party

Sunday 13th December 4pm email jennyalidina@irishollow.co.uk for activity bags and zoom link by 6th Dec

 


 

Remembrance 2020

There are some pictures from memorials in Bere Regis, Briantspuddle, Affpuddle, and Lulworth here.

 


 

A message of thanks from Revd Judy Hill (27th September)

(As you probably know, Judy retired from Parish ministry in September 2020. She was presented with an engraved cake stand, flowers, and a cheque, from the whole benefice.)

Judy writes:

“I would like to say a big thank you to everyone for the wonderful gifts on my retirement, as well as an extremely large cheque.

I haven’t decided what I will spend it on, but intend to use some of it to book a mini retreat at Sheldon next year.

I would like to thank you all for your prayers, support and encouragement, both during my training and ministry.

It has been an exciting, sometimes challenging, and memorable time ministering here in this community, the place I had always felt God had called me to live and be.

Although I have retired from active ordained ministry, I will always be true to my calling as a Christian here in the community, and across the West Purbeck Benefice.

Blessings to you all.”

 

 

   Judy

 
       
   
       
   

 


 

Update on the West Purbeck Benefice (including Holy Rood) being joined by the Benefice of The Lulworths, Winfrith Newburgh and Chaldon — 4th August 2020

There is a legal notice about the formal consultation available in all the church porches of the affected churches and a copy is posted on a supplementary page here.

 


Update on opening our church buildings for services – 25th July 2020

We now open the buildings for a few services, but we need to start slowly to make progress.

There will of course have to be 2 metre social distancing and also quite extensive modifications to the way Communion is administered in order for us to do this safely.

When attending, please let us know in advance (see below for details) and consider all relevant Government guidance. This includes first considering: your own health, your risk factors (including risks due to age), wearing a mask if at all possible, and observing safety signs. It is essential to avoid attending the building if you are recently unwell for any reason, especially if you have developed a cough, cold, raised temperature, or loss of smell or taste. (And it will be very important not to form groups of people in the porch, doorways, aisles, etc.)

The resumption of in-church services will not affect our popular 10.45am Sunday services held online for the whole Benefice, using Zoom. You are most welcome to contact the church by phone (or email with your name and address*) to receive details of how to take part online using your home computer or other device.

Please note that the requirements of social distancing mean that the number who can attend the church services held in buildings at this time is restricted. You must let us know in advance that you will be coming to the Service via the Church Office (details below) or your local Churchwarden please.

Benefice Office

The Benefice Office is open as follows:

Wednesday afternoons 1.30pm - 4.30 pm
Friday mornings 9.30am - 12.30pm

(Covid-19 restrictions: Please do not call in without an appointment.)

Office contact number is 07729 484866

Email address: westpurbeckoffice@gmail.com

(Telephone messages will be dealt with during office hours only.)

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(*Personal details are only used in confidence to ensure security of the services to protect all attending, and are not shared with commercial advertising agencies etc.)

 

New email address for contributions to the website or social media only:

benefice-it@westpurbeck.org.uk

[The old address of holyroodit@gmail.com is no longer in use.]

 

 

Other Corona virus (Covid-19) Precautions

There are special arrangements for funerals, and for weddings, detailed on the Who's Who page.

Prayer spaces are available at any time in the churchyard - see more below.

There are ongoing plans to reopen the church buildings as you will have seen above.

The churches will need to be locked the rest of the time, and cleaning will be structured accordingly. Strict social distancing will be necessary.

This is an evolving situation and information is current on the date at the top when it was published.

 


 

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.