There will be no Website updates from 14th July - 31 August. For Services information please see the calendar page.
JUNE/JULY LETTER FROM THE RECTOR – Fr Darren
I wonder what 'spirituality' means to you? It certainly isn't the same as religion. You can be spiritual without religious practice, as such, and conversely practising a religion isn't necessarily a spiritual exercise – though of course it really should be. So it is possible to practice spirituality without – if this is your inclination or standpoint – taking on the trappings of organised religion. Many of us find religious practice helpful, even necessary; but there are also many people who find it difficult or unappealing for whatever reason.
We are looking for a person to help look after the Church Centre and to deal with booking arrangements. The terms of this appointment are open to negotiation. Please contact either Penny Acton (01258 861819) or Chris Whitfeld (01258 860016) for further information.
Sue will then make contact with interested parties and arrange a meeting to discuss how we can move forward. Contacts within your local churches are:-
St Andrew, Okeford Fitzpaine - Sue Le Riche. St Paul, Hammoon - Georgina Vestbirk. Holy Rood, Shillingstone - Judith Crompton. St Nicholas, Child Okeford - Ruth Allen. St Nicholas, Manston - Sue Le Riche
The Wessex Festival
This festival takes place from 14th–17th August, and by kind permission of the Rector, the Church of the Holy Rood is hosting some of the festival events.
Friday 15th August – 2pm EUCHARIST FOR THE FEAST OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY. Byrd: Mass for Four Voices. Arcadelt: Ave Maria. At 3pm FESTIVAL WALK. Meet outside Holy Rood for a 90 minute walk.
Sunday 17thAugust – 4pm FESTIVAL EVENSONG. Hylton Stewart: Preces and Responses. Dyson in D. Bainton: And I saw a new heaven.
The Very Rev Alan Woods: Officiant| Wessex Voices | Organ: Graham Scott.
The Service will be followed by a Cream Tea in the Shillingstone Church Centre for choir and congregation. The cost is £5.00 per head.
Salisbury Diocese Appeal
Fighting continues in parts of South Sudan. Almost a million people are displaced with over 3 million at risk of hunger. Our fellow Anglicans in the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan are responding directly on the ground, and Salisbury Diocese has launched an appeal for money to help the church's development agency, SUDRA, which has the expertise, experience and networks to make sure assistance gets quickly to these who need it most. As well as providing relief, the South Sudanese Church is providing courageous moral leadership at great peril, speaking out against political and ethnic factionalism and revenge. Information about the appeal can be found at http://www.salisbury.anglican.org/
Being a Christian
It is a fundamental duty and a joy of being a Christian to share one another's burdens in prayer, and come in the Spirit of Christ before God our Father, as we plead for the Church, the World, the Community and the Suffering.
In some of our churches you will find little Prayer Cards on which you may ask for a prayer on behalf of someone else or yourself. These will be used during Daily Prayer or may be incorporated in Intercessions at Worship on Sundays.