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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
Sunday 13th December 4pm email firstname.lastname@example.org for activity bags and zoom link by 6th Dec
(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.)
“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.”
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.
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.
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: email@example.com
(Telephone messages will be dealt with during office hours only.)
(*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.)
[The old address of firstname.lastname@example.org is no longer in use.]
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.
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: