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Here is Deborah's letter for the second half of June:

Dear Friends

The last weekend in May was a truly joyous occasion. The new lectern fall, beautifully designed and crafted by Donna and Brenda, was dedicated, along with the defibrillator which has been installed and registered. For those of you unable to attend worship, there is a photo of the fall at the end of this letter.

In addition, we hosted the marriage of Fay and Paul, which I believe is the first wedding in nearly fifteen years. Their family and friends were very impressed with the welcome they received from the stewards and the coffee lounge. The sanctuary itself was beautifully decorated, with the flower arrangements courtesy of Christine, and the pompons made by Paul. The musical accompaniment was provided by Adrian, with John on the sound desk making sure the surprise message from the bride was heard by all.

We are now looking forward to a busy weekend with the Folk Festival¸ this will be my first experience of Wimborne's folk festival. As usual the church will be open, providing the usual hospitality, together with an opportunity to stock up on a fresh supply of books and a few gifts for friends and family. I hope to see you there.

At the recent stewards' meeting we agreed that it would be good to meet as a church and plan for the future. With that in mind, we have booked Holtwood Methodist Church for Saturday 6th July from 10am to 2pm. This is an opportunity for as many people as possible to come along and continue the conversation that was held at the Annual Church Meeting. We will begin with worship, there will be three sessions, interspersed with refreshments, ending with a light lunch. To ensure that as many people as possible can attend we would like to offer transport for those unable to get there otherwise. To help with the organisation of this, there is a sign-up sheet at the church, this asks for your name, whether you need a lift or can offer a lift, and to help with the catering please let us know if you have any food allergies or intolerances and we will endeavour to accommodate these.

Looking to the future, it has been noted that our photo-gallery in the sanctuary is out of date, and it would be lovely to show newer photos. The plan is to do this during August, so we start our new Connexional year in September with a pristine collection. Your help with this would be appreciated, please send an up-to-date photo of yourself to Brian Wilkinson or leave one in his post-box near the vestry. It would help to have these as ASAP, so we know who we need to take photos of if you don't have one available.

Friday 28th June will be the next Film Night, which starts at 7pm. We will be showing a film based on the true story of a 61-year old taxi driver (played by Jim Broadbent) who steals the portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery. He then sends ransom notes saying he will return the painting if the government invests more in care for the elderly.

John and I will be hosting aCornish Cream Tea at the manse, between 3-5pm on Saturday 13th July, with donations for the work of Action for Children and Matthew Rusike Children's Home in Zimbabwe. There will be a sign-up sheet for this at the end of this month, just to give me some indication of how many people to prepare for.

Peace & Grace


Here are two letters for the month of June – an early edition of the June Newsletter and a letter from Deborah – both have interesting items.

Newsletter for June 2024

Services for June

2nd: Revd. Deborah Cornish

9th: Folk Festival Service Minster Green 10a.m.

16th: Local Arrangement

23rd: Ms Liz Ward

30th: Revd. Deborah Cornish

Folk Festival – Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th June

It is almost here!

We will be open from 9.00 – 5.00 on Saturday and 10.00 – 4.00 on Sunday.

What do we need?


Items for the Folk Festival stalls can be delivered to church on Sunday 2 June at the morning service or in the week commencing 3 June during coffee lounge or on Friday 7 June in the afternoon from 2.00 pm.

We are hoping for plenty of cakes for our stall. We find that cakes with lots of cream are not as popular but coffee cake sells like mad! Tray bakes, homemade biscuits, savouries along with cheese, plain and fruit scones are in demand as well. We would also like some gluten free or dairy free cakes. Please let us know if your cakes have been frozen.

As last year, we are having a 'New Unused Gifts Stall' so do look in your cupboards to find all those gifts that you have been given but not used.

The Folk Festival Ecumenical Service is being held at 10.00 am on the Minster Green so don't forget to come over to us afterwards for coffee. If you are not attending the service, do join us for coffee, share a time of fellowship and then enjoy your lunch in the Wesley Hall.

A big thank you to all those who will be helping over the weekend. This is much appreciated. If you are unable to help, please support us by popping in for refreshments. These are being served on both days including lunches between 12 – 2 pm. We are raising money for Julia's House and Lewis-Manning Hospice Care along with our church funds.

The Folk Festival Committee (Jenny, Joy, Kate and Terry)

Wimborne Food Bank news

Good Afternoon Supporters,
I cannot believe it is May already!! Thank you so much for your support, we really cannot thank you all enough.
I am busy planning for our upcoming Family Fun Day which is planned for Saturday 27th July (weather permitting) from 10.30-2.30pm on the field by Wimborne Rugby Club so I have been busy contacting local businesses for raffle prizes & for a teddy bear for our name the bear competition.

We are also planning a Community Lunch, our school summer holiday parcels for pupil premium families & the Easter cooking event that we held with the Friendly Food Club was so well received that we are planning another cooking session with them in the October half term. The Friendly Food Club are also coming to our family fun day along with Jamie Jigsaw, Tumble Tots, Diamond Faces Face Painting, Ems Friendly Farm & more!

We have been given a large number of toiletries by a couple of local businesses so we have been giving out an additional toiletry bag alongside each parcel.

We now have 6 people in our money advice team, one of which is a debt advisor. They are working with many families to help them with budgeting & reducing their debts & are at the sessions every Wednesday morning.

We recently changed the layouts in our food stores, so we have much more room to make the parcels & store items. So, the volunteers are happy!!

Our stock levels are doing ok thanks to the support of our wonderful caring local community although they are not quite keeping up with demand. The items that we are short of we post on our social media Facebook & Instagram pages however we would still love our local schools to hold a mufti day for food donations if possible.

We are still searching for a part time storeman to help move heavy crates of stock to our sorting & packing shed so that they can keep making parcels / re stock the shelves.

We have fed over 1000 adults & children so far this year & we could not do it without your help.

Thank you all so much

Kind Regards

Sharon Keenan

Wimborne Food Bank Manager

With Blessings

Compiled by Linda Bennett on behalf of the Stewards


13th May 2024

Dear Friends

I know it's not that long ago I last penned a missive to you all, but here is another one.

We've had two Circuit Services since my last letter. The first was at Highcliffe at the end of April to dedicate the Easter Offering which will support the Methodist Mission Fund. Then last Thursday we gathered at Holtwood to celebrate The Ascension of Christ. We all took our picnic teas and chairs and worshipped out-doors in the sunshine, with music provided by the band, and various folk from around the Circuit taking part. Although no one from Wimborne managed to get across to Highcliffe, it was lovely to see a few folk from Wimborne at Holtwood, and hopefully next time we have a Circuit event we will see a few more of you.

Yesterday, we had Café-style worship, this time David Vincent used the Fielding Room and Coffee Lounge as the base for our worship, with break out areas for creative stuff and a quiet zone in the sanctuary. He and Jan encouraged us in giving thanks for creation and creativity; a joyous occasion as people tried their hand at creating roses and painting two lovely poster-sized pieces of art. Eric accompanied our singing on the piano, offering his creative talent. As this is Christian Aid, we were also invited to learn a little more about the work of Christian Aid, focusing on Burundi.

This week there will be a Stewards' Meeting, and I'm delighted to say that we have a new addition to the team: Mr Ted Awty. However, we could still do with a couple of extra people, to help share the work and increase our option for creative thinking about the life and future of our church.

I'm looking forward to Friday 24th May, not only is it Wesley Day, but I will be conducting my first wedding in Wimborne at 1pm. Fay & Paul would love to see folk from the church as they celebrate their marriage. Later that same day will be our regular Film Night, when we will be showing Miss Potter, starring Renée Zellweger and Ewan McGregor.

The weekend of Wimborne Minister Folk Festival, June 8th & 9th, will be extremely busy as our church will be open for tea and coffee, light lunches, and goods for sale in the car park. I hope to see as many of you as possible there.

John and I will be hosting a Cornish Cream Tea at the manse, between 3-5pm on Saturday 13th July, with donations for the work of Action for Children and Matthew Rusike Children's Home in Zimbabwe.

Peace & Grace



May Letter from Deborah

Dear Friends

This comes as a reminder of all that is happening as this month comes to an end and we enter the month of May.

Firstly, Film Night which is usually held on the fourth Friday of each month, is this Friday 26th April at 7pm, with a showing of Fisherman's Friends. I would love to know what suggestions you might have for future film nights, as my taste may not be your taste.

In early May we are planning to install a Defibrillator on the outside wall of the church, which has been purchased from the British Heart Foundation, at a discounted rate, at approximately £2000 by the time we pay for installation. A couple of promises of donations towards the cost have been received, but if others would also like to contribute that would be wonderful; please speak to Christine Thompson about this. The Defibrillator will be accessible all day every day, whereas near the church are only accessible during opening hours. A training day is being planned, details of which will be available soon.

Also, a reminder that on the third Thursday of each month, we hold a simple communion service at 11am in the Stour Room, upstairs.

There will be a wedding at the church on Friday 24th May at 1pm, with an invitation to the congregation to come and witness the marriage of Faye & Paul, and bolster the singing.

Finally, a date for your diaries, there will be a Cornish Cream Tea at the manse, hopefully in the garden, on Saturday 13th July between 3-5pm. Again, more details nearer the time. John and I have been hosting these for twenty years, splitting the donations between Matthew Rusike Children's Home in Zimbabwe, and Action for Children.

Peace & Grace


Newsletter for May 2024

5th May: Revd. Deborah Cornish
12th May: Revd. David Vincent – Café Church
19th May: Ms. Liz Ward – Pentecost
26th May: Revd. Deborah Cornish – Trinity Sunday and Aldersgate Sunday

CAFÉ CHURCH – 10.30am on Sunday 12th May
This more informal service will once again include a choice of several different activities under the theme: Creation and Creativity.
There will be opportunity for crafts, for quiet reflection or for discussion.
Perhaps we don't think of ourselves as being particularly creative, but it can be uplifting to realise how God's joyous gift of creativity can be expressed in so many different ways.
If you have other friends or family members who may enjoy this service, they will of course be most welcome.

Revd. David Vincent.

Weekday Holy Communion – please see Deborah's letter attached.

Circuit News

Marjorie Shearing has been playing the organ at Woodlands for over 70 years now! I have been in touch with Connexion and I have a personal letter of thanks to her signed by the President and Vice President of Conference. I'm also going to get a certificate framed and do a little presentation to her at the close of the evening service on Pentecost Sunday – May 19th. All are welcome to celebrate Margery's commitment and service. Please email Brian Shearing ( in advance so we know about numbers in case we need to borrow some more communion glasses!
Marjorie knows nothing about this and we'd like to keep it a surprise for her please so just an email to Brian will be fine if anyone is hoping to come along.

Revd. Nick Wood

WIMBORNE HOUSE GROUP – an invitation.

The friendship and 'fellowship' of small group meetings are still very much a part of our church heritage – and we can warmly recommend it!
Our present Group has a good number of members, so we are looking at the possibility of starting a second Group, perhaps meeting during the daytime on a weekday, as an alternative to our present evenings.
We meet for about an hour and a half, usually reflecting together on Bible passages around an agreed topic, but also including time for wider conversations, and for prayer.
If you might like to join either of these groups (or to know more about them), please speak either to myself (01202 883061), or to one of the Stewards.
You would be most welcome.

David Vincent

Easter Celebration

Twenty families (36 children) enjoyed an afternoon including songs, craft and tea. We included springtime and chicks and then focused on the days after the Resurrection when Jesus appeared on the beach while some of the disciples were fishing. You will find more about it on the circuit website under 'News' including several photos which will let you see what an exciting afternoon we all had. Our thanks, as always, to everyone who helped us run this event, we couldn't do it without you. Jan and Joy. The link is: Christchurch & Wimborne | (

Folk Festival – Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th June

We, as a church, had a very successful Folk Festival weekend last year when we raised about £2,000 despite the bad weather on the Sunday. We split this equally between the charity Mosaic and our own church funds.
Once again, we will be supporting the Folk Festival by providing refreshments and stalls over the weekend. This is a major outreach to the people of Wimborne and those from elsewhere who attend the Festival.
This year we will serve refreshments as usual on both days' downstairs in the Coffee Lounge and lunches will also be available upstairs.
We will need your help to fill our stalls. As these will be a little different, please observe what items will be needed.

€ Books (Paperback only) and Jigsaws (no CDs or DVDs)

€ Gifts – please look out all those new unused gifts that you put away in a cupboard or drawer! e.g. Toiletries, Accessories (no clothes or shoes), Craft Items, Confectionery (well in date) etc etc.

€ Cakes – we always need plenty of these!

Please note, as last year we will not be having a Bric a Brac stall.

Any plastic bags would be gratefully received for customers' purchases.

Our refurbished Sanctuary will host a Prayer Corner.

We hope you have the date already in your diary as plenty of helpers will be required over the weekend, so be prepared to be asked to help or contact one of the people named below to volunteer your services.

Our proceeds over the weekend will support Julia's House Children's Hospice and Lewis-Manning Hospice along with our own church funds.

The Folk Festival Committee (Jenny, Joy, Kate and Terry)

Christian Aid News

The Christian Aid committee wishes to express our gratitude to EVERYONE who in ANYWAY helped make this year's series of 6 Lent lunches such successful and joyous occasions inspiring a real sense of ecumenical togetherness and purpose. They were very well attended each week (over 50) and generously gifted with a total of £3543 raised including gift aid and comprising £2361 to the general Lent appeal and £1092 to the special Middle Eastern emergency fund.
Christian aid week is from 12 – 18 May. This year CA will focus on the Flag Day Street Collection in Wimborne on Saturday 18th ... we are APPEALING for as many COLLECTORS as possible to pick up collector buckets and tabards between 11.00 – 1600 ... the time being broken into hourly stints. Many hands make light work.
I also have proposed that we host a basic simple lunch (like the lent lunches) supporting Christian Aid week. I haven't been able to finalise all the details yet with all the relevant parties but have had broad agreement from Deborah and some church members involved with catering ... so please look out for further details.
A well written and informative local Christian Aid Newsletter is produced regularly. Please contact me if you wish to be added to the mailing list.
For more information on any of the above matters, please contact or mobile 078 3062 3747

Many thanks for your support, Chris Howell

Church Family News

Peter Hunter, widower of Cathy Hunter has written to say that he has recently moved to Worthing to be closer to his family. He has found life without Cathy particularly hard but wishes to convey how grateful he is for the kindness he has received from those of us in the church who knew him, since Cathy died.

We've received the news that Dennis Hill died on 14th April. Dennis' two paintings are hanging in the Wesley Hall. His funeral is to be held at Harbour View, Lytchett Minster on 17/5 at 10.30am.

Health Longevity Classes (Qi Gong)

Martine (who rents our church office on Wednesdays and Thursdays for her Holistic Wellness sessions) is wanting to share her expertise by offering classes to our church congregation only, for a small donation.
She is starting weekly sessions starting Thursday May 2nd at 12.00 – 12.45 in the Wesley Hall which will combine gentle movements and breathing exercises. No experience is necessary and all our congregation are welcome, so do turn up on May 2nd to see what it all about. Full details are on the notice board in the Foyer.

Joy Morling

With Blessings

Linda Bennett –


Linda Bennett on behalf of the Stewards.

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