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Newsletter February 2024

February Services

4th February: Revd. Deborah Cornish – Café Church and Holy Communion

11th February: Mr Rob White

18th February: Revd. Elizabeth Rundle

25th February: Revd. Deborah Cornish

Lent Conversations

These will start on 22nd February from 12.30 to 1.30 approx. They will follow the format of the Advent Conversations led by Deborah. Fuller details are in Deborah's letter attached along with this newsletter.

Ascension Day Service – message from Joyce Wild, Lead Circuit Steward

It has been suggested that on Thursday May 9th, 2024, at 6-30pm the Circuit come together for an Ascension Day Service. This will be an open-air service at a suitable central venue, possibly in or close to Ringwood (if the weather is inclement, it will take place in a church).

Before the service at 6-00pm you are invited to bring a deckchair and your tea and share fellowship with those gathered.

What a great opportunity to openly profess our faith and witness to those in the vicinity this would be.

Further down the line we will be looking for musicians, singers, and readers but initially we would like to know if there would be support from the congregations for this venture.

If you think you would attend this service, please let any Steward know by March 20th.

Circuit Steward vacancies

From March 14th there will be one or two vacancies for Circuit Stewards. Any local church member may stand as a Circuit Steward but need to be nominated and seconded by two members of the Circuit Meeting. Our representatives at these meetings are David Kendall and David Morgan. If you are interested in the role of Circuit Steward, please contact one of the Davids by Thursday 22nd February.

Dementia Friendly Training Session

Sue Warr of Prama has very kindly agreed to give us a Dementia Friendly Training Session here at Wimborne Church. It will start at 2.30pm on Tues 6th February (coffee/tea from 2.15/pm) and is open for all to attend. If you are interested in attending, please add you name to the list on the table in the Coffee Lounge.

Mary Wyatt


Many members may remember Alex Williamson, an active member of our church until moving away to Oakham to be nearer relatives. Geoff Baraclough has informed us that Alex died from cancer on 20th December. His wife Sheila died a year ago.

Helen Bowman's funeral will take place at The Barn, Harbourview, Lytchett Minster on Friday 9th February at 11am, followed by refreshments at Harbourview.

Please think of and pray for Colin, Mary Hosking-Ellis and their three children, a regular Hi-Ten family who take part musically in our services. Colin's dad died unexpectedly, and Deborah has said that we would hold the family in prayer as they make preparations for his funeral etc. The funeral will be in Salisbury on the 16th February, and so prayerful sufjpport for that day would be gratefully accepted. A card has been sent to the family from the church.

Lent lunchesWill once again be held at our church each Tuesday in Lent 12.30pm -1.30pm, starting on 20th February. These are run by Churches Together and are a chance to share a Ploughman's lunch with those from other churches in Wimborne. Please consider supporting them.

Film Night.Will be held on Friday 23rd February. As yet no firm decision has been made re the film but having seen the short list any one of the three would be worth supporting! Further details later.

Lent Course 2024 at St Michael's Church, Colehill, Wednesdays at 2pm

A 6-week course is starting on 21 February Jointly run by St Michael's andWimborne Minster. This six-part course is based on Pope Francis' reflections on missionand evangelism, published as Evangelii Gaudium ('The Joy of theGospel').

The course comprises six sessions:

1. Joy and the Gospel
2. Going Forth
3. Saying Yes and Saying No
4. Proclaiming the Gospel
5. Making the Kingdom Present in Our World
6. Being Filled with the Spirit

There is a course book which you will need to purchase butdiscounted copies will be available.
Parking is available in Church Centre car park.
Our Community Café serves light hot lunches from 12 (last orders1.15pm), so why not come along and join us for refreshments beforehand?

For more information, please contact Revd Suzanne Pattle01202 883721;

District Events

Monday 22nd January – ECO District webinar, 7-9pm on zoom

Integrating Creation Care & Evangelism: What is the Good News of Jesus in the midst of the climate and ecological crisis? How does our carbon footprint link to our sharing of faith? This webinar, with input from Holly Adams of the Methodist Church's Evangelism & Growth Team, will help us understand what people are expecting of us as Christians, and how we can talk about evangelism and climate issues with integrity.

Saturday 3rd February – Church for Change, Woodfalls MC, Salisbury circuit

Exploring 300 years of Methodist Social Justice

The Salisbury Circuit Justice and Peace Group hosts a screening of "the best bits" from this superb conference that took place at The Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History in November. Join us to watch video highlights and share refreshments and conversation, 10am-2pm

Saturday 27th April – Quiet Day, Wisdom House in Romsey 10am-4pm

Sing Along to G&S

A musical, fund-raising event is to be held at St. Mary Magdalene's church in New Milton on Sunday February 11th. The event is a Sing Along version of HMS Pinafore, with soloists from Christchurch Gilbert and Sullivan Society, and maximum participation by those attending as the chorus. People are also welcome to come and listen. This is an all-age event, with free entry. Donations received on the day will go to church fabric funds and to charities supported by Christchurch G&S Society. Start time is 3.30pm and we expect to finish by 5.00pm. Word sheets and music will be available on the day.

Kindest regards,


On behalf of the Stewards


Newsletter January 2024

Christmas Celebration

The afternoon of Monday 18th December saw the church buzzing with noise and activity as 45 children, their parents, grandparents and other adults filled the Sanctuary. They sang carols, heard Deborah and Henrietta the hedgehog recount the Christmas story and undertook all manner of Nativity themed crafts. As always this ended with afternoon tea! Thanks go to all involved but especially to Jan and Joy who work tirelessly preparing and leading to ensure this important outreach is successful in spreading the good news of Christ.

Christian Aid news

Christian Aid are holding the following events, all at our Church: -

The Christian Aid Annual Quiz on Sunday 30th January

The Lent Lunches on Tuesdays in Lent starting on 20th February and continuing through to 26th March.

All are welcome so please come and support us if you can.

Many thanks Christopher Howell

(The full newsletter is attached separately)

Wesley Hall Paintings

We were most fortunate to have had for a number of years, paintings on display in the Wesley Hall by the artist John Reilly (1928-2010). John had a devout Christian faith which was expressed through his stylised art. The paintings were returned recently at the request of his widow Gill. This left Wesley Hall looking rather bare! So as luck would have it, Dennis Hill (99 years of age) came into the Coffee Lounge with his daughter Sue and he has agreed to loan us two of his paintings 'Poundbury' and 'Starboard Tack'. Dennis, was an Engineer and lectured at Bournemouth College during his working life. On his retirement, he was able to concentrate more on his art work. Those of you who have connections with Broadstone Church may remember that Dennis designed the church furniture for the new building built in 2003. Broadstone Church recently celebrated their 20th. anniversary and a special issue of PIVOT (church magazine) was printed and a copy may be found in the magazine rack in the Coffee Lounge.

After her art display at the Folk Festival this year, many of you will now know of Lynne Maybey's artistic talent. Lynne has also agreed to lend us two of her pieces entitled 'Sleeping Valley' and 'A Breath of Summer'. Please take time to go upstairs to Wesley Hall and have a look at the work of two very talented local artists. Our grateful thanks to Dennis and Lynne for the loan of their work.

Mary Wyatt

January Film Night

For this month only the Film Night will be held on 19th January at 7p.m. in the Fielding room (following months will revert back to the usual timing).

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a moving, thought-provoking and funny story with an outstanding cast including Dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Dev Patel.

Refreshments, coffee and ice -cream all available!

A message from Wimborne Food Bank

Thank you so much for your support with our reverse advent campaign & Christmas donations. These will make such a difference to the people that we are working with.

Demand – We have seen a very big increase in people needing our help with food this year & this month has got even busier. Thankfully our stocks are good due to Harvest & reverse advent donations (apart from a few items that we put on our shopping lists) so we are able to serve the increase in demand. I have attached our most recent shopping lists just in case you would like to share it with your Church, School, or organisation. So far this year we have supported over 2800 adults & children with food.

Hampers – We have been busy making luxury Christmas hampers for the hardest hit families that we have been working with which include a voucher to buy all the fresh ingredients for their Christmas Day lunch (Turkey, potatoes & vegetables), a voucher to buy a couple of small stocking gifts for their children & around £40 worth of long life food & Christmas treats (tinned ham, biscuits, chocolates, crackers, sponge pudding, custard, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, crisps, cheese savouries, chocolate fingers, Christmas cake, mince pies & much more!!)

School Parcels – We are now giving out our Christmas school holiday parcels to pupil premium families which come with a children's treat bag. Each family will receive two vouchers which they can use from now until the 5th Jan.

Xmas – Depending on donations we will have selection packs & presents that we are hoping to give to each & every adult & child that we serve from now on until Christmas.

Next year – I am looking to run another slow cooker cook bag initiative in January seeing as the last one was so well received & these use much less energy than using a normal cooker. By the end of the year, we will have given out 873 of our cook bags which contain all the ingredients & the recipe to make a fresh, healthy sweet or savoury dish. The families we work with love them & often send us photos of what they have made.

Looking forward, with another 40-50% increase in people using our services again this year we really need to focus some time on locating our own premises as we will eventually need to open on additional days or expand our current sessions to accommodate this continued increase in demand.

We want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your wonderful support, it is making a massive difference to people in crisis & we really cannot thank you enough. We wish you all a lovely Christmas & a Happy New Year.

Kind Regards

Sharon Keenan Wimborne Foodbank Manager

Wishing everyone a peaceful and blessed New Year,

Linda Bennett on behalf of the Stewards



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