Friday, 11 January 2019

February 2019 News & Notes

It's not easy upgrading our ancient church buildings, so a huge thank you to those who are have had success at St Laurence, made an excellent start at St Andrew, and are seeking permissions at St Osmund. The upside is that these schemes will serve many future generations. Well done all who encourage such commitment.

Bishop Karen Gorham is leading a Songs of Praise and Thanksgiving in celebration of works completed at St Laurence. Why not join in at 6.30pm on Sunday 3 February? Parking at the church is limited, so please walk the last part if you can.

Bluebell's baptism was a great family occasion full of meaning, and a chance to express gratitude for the remarkable gift of life. She took it all in her stride with great dignity.

Our Churches have a good reputation for welcoming baptism families and friends, many of whom have not visited Dorset before. It is pleasing to hear how much they appreciate our hospitality.

Keith and Maureen Hennessy were married at St Andrew 40 years ago, and celebrated with a candlelit blessing where five generations of the family were present. As Matriarch, Betty Hennessy read a passage of scripture, and we joined in several carols.

Bell ringing is a fantastic skill and much appreciated. The young ringers who took part in a national competition featured in a January Blue Peter show. Over Christmas the call to worship was commented upon by visitors and locals alike, and of course last Remembrance Day was an important marker for peace in our world. This certificate shows those who rang in one of our towers. Nationally new bell ringers exceeded the number who lost their lives during World War I.