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“Thy Kingdom Come” is the theme of Archbishop Justin’s rquest for all denominations to join him in praying for the renewal and revival of the church and that more people might know Jesus Christ.   This was due to begin on Tuesday, May 30th and continue to Friday, June 2nd, so still time to join in.   One church in Poole, St James, will be open between 10.30 a.m. and 3.30 p.m. for this purpose, we hear.








From St Aldhelm’s Church in Branksome, news comes that the Reverend Philip Martin will be moving to join them in September.   Father Philip has been serving at St James’ Church in Alderholt and describes his time there in a recent letter as “long enough to conduct weddings for those I baptised and then baptise their children”.   Also joining the Deanery following ordination on July 2nd as a deacon will be Lewis Pearson who will be serving at St James’ Church, Poole.








Minister Nigel Ford announced last month that Canford Heath Baptist Church was leaving its venue for worship for some years at St Paul’s Church, Canford Heath, to move to new premises – it was hoped in May.   To mark this valedictory event, a joint service was to be held at St Paul’s on the last Sunday in May, with a shared lunch to follow.








Following the Poole Conversation events with church representatives in Poole, the Council  and other local organisations, it is hoped to start a Youth Café on Saturday evenings at Wesley’s Café, at the Spire Methodist Church in the High Street.   This is intended not just to be a venue for young people to drop in for coffee but as a hub where encouragement in self esteem, mental health, heathy living , life skills  and sharing of Christian values will be the basis.   Obviously suitable volunteers of all ages will be needed to help, and this will include the possibility of sessions for cookery, carpentry and more.   There is no intention to be in competition with any other church exisiting youth clubs or groups.   A  meeting to explain what is needed will be at Wesley’s Café on Saturday, June 17th from 7 to 9 p.m.   Further details can be obtained from Jackie Leswell, Chair of Poole Churches Together  at 0758 0303 431 from June 1st.








Christ Church, Creekmoor, is looking for two gap year trainees to join their worship team while gaining skills and valuable ministry experience alongside other ministry areas.   This opportunity of a GAP year programme begins in September and has the opportunity to join a busy and exciting team.   Information and application form is available from the Reverend Janice Audibert on 01202 389751 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.










This sponsored event for the churches in Wau, South Sudan, will be on Saturday, July 1st, starting from St Dunstan’s Church in Upton between 1 and 2 p.m., calling at St Jaames’ Church in Poole for a break and ending with a barbecue back at St Dunstan’s at 4 p.m.  










The dates for this event this year with the title of “Rediscovering Joy” are from July 3rd to 7th with sessions from Monday to Friday at the Citygate Centre in Holdenhurst Road at 7.45 p.m.   Guest speaker is Dr Tim Chester, Pastor of Grace Church, Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire.   His theme is “Exploring the Power of the Reformation in Galatians”.    Youth Nights are on July 5th and 6th.  Morning sessions with Alasdair Paine, Vicar of St Andrew the Great in Cambridge, are from Wednesday to Friday, July 5th to 7th, at Christ Church, Alumhurst Road, Westbourne at 10.30 a.m.  The focus then is “Rediscovering God” looking at the life of Elisha.   The special Church Leaders Day is on Tuesday, July 4th at 10 a.m. at Christ Church, Westbourne.   The cost is £10 to include a light buffet lunch and bookings for this should be made to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..








A two man presentation about a meeting between C S Lewis and J R R Tolkien at the “Eagle and Child” pub in Oxford in 1963 will be staged at the Citygate Centre, 138a Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth, on Sunday, September 17th.  














Thursday, 1 – Art and Craft Exhibition at St Paul’s Church, Canford Heath, continues to 3rd with demonstrations, music and refreshments.   Open 10.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.


The series of Summer Recitals on Thursdays begins at St James’ Church, Poole Old Town, 1.10 p.m., and continues each week until September 28th.




Saturday, 3 - Barclays House Choir with Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” at Wimborne Minster, 7.30 p.m., plus Weymouth Choral Society.




Wednesday, 7 – Hamworthy Money Advice final AGM and Lunch, St Michael’s Church, Blandford Road, Hamworthy, 12.15 p.m.   Donation for lunch £2.   Advise St Gabriel’s Office for attendance on 01202 668611.




Saturday 10 – Beetle Drive, St George’s Church, Oakdale, 7 p.m.




Monday, 12 – Carers Week to 18th.   Stand in the Foyer of Poole Hospital from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with advice and information, plus entertainment.




Wednesday, 14 – Diocesan Synod (evening).




Saturday, 17 – Meeting for possible Volunteers for “Inspire Youth” café at Wesley’s, Spire Methodist Church, Poole, 7 p.m.   (see above)


Jubilate of Choral Masterpieces, Christchurch Priory, 7.30 p.m., with the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus and organist Christopher Dowie.




Thursday, 22 – Commissioning Service for newly trained LPAs, Christ Church, Creekmoor, 7.30 p.m.




Tuesday, 27 – Summer Fete, St Edward’s School, Poole.




Wednesday, 28 – Churches Together in Poole meeting, Parkstone United Reformed Church, 12.30 p.m.  Take lunch.








Saturday, 1 – Holes Bay Challenge Walk in support of Wau, St Dunstan’s Church, Upton, 1 to 2 p.m.   (see above)


Summer Fair, St Aldhelm’s Church, Branksome, 2 to 4.30 p.m.


Element Strings at the Spire Hall, High Street Methodist Church, Poole, 7 p.m.


“Come Fly with Me” concert with Questa Voce and Questa Musica, the Lifecentre, Wimborne Road, Bournemouth, 7.30 p.m.




Sunday, 2 – Ordination Service, Salisbury Cathedral, 10.30 a.m.




Monday, 3 – Diocesan Clergy Conference, Swanwick, to 6th.


Bournemouth and Poole Convention, Citygate Centre, Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth, to 7th at 7.45 p.m.   (see above).




Tuesday, 4 – Bournemouth and Poole Convention Church Leaders Day, Christ Church, Westbourne, 10 a.m.  (see above for booking).




Wednesday, 5 – Bournemouth and Poole Convention, Christ Church, Westbourne, 10.30 a.m. to 7th.   (see above).




Friday, 14 – Bournemouth Older People’s Forum, The Bridge, Littledown Centre Site, Bournemouth, 10.30 a.m.




Saturday, 15 – Upton Carnival, Poole.


Garden Safaris in Oakdale – continuing on 16th and 22nd.   Details from St George’s church office.




Wednesday, 19 – “A Night to Celebrate Israel”, Lighthouse, Poole, 7 p.m.




Tuesday, 25 – Summer Messy Church, Spire Methodist Church, Poole High Street, 1 to 3 p.m.




Saturday, 29 - Men’s Breakfast, St Michael’s, Hamworthy, 9 a.m.




Sunday, 30 – Churches Together in East Poole Picnic, Evening Hill 5 p.m. (tbc).








Saturday, 5 – Summer Fete, Church of the Transfiguration, Canford Cliffs.




Thursday, 17 – St George, Oakdale’s, annual goodies stall in Poole High Street, 10 a.m to 4 p.m.








Saturday 2 – Induction Service for the Reverend Suzie Roberts at Longfleet Baptist Church, Poole, 2.30 p.m.




Thursday, 7 – Licensing of the Reverend Philip Martin as Incumbent for St Aldhelm’s Church, Branksome, 7.30 p.m.




Wednesday 13 – Deanery Chapter, All Saints, 12 noon.




Saturday, 23 – Women’s Breakfast, St Michael’s Church, Hamworthy, 9 a.m.




Saturday, 30 - Men’s Breakfast, St Michael’s, Hamworthy, 9 a.m.


LLM AGM, Licensing and Admissions Day, Salisbury Cathedral, 2.30 p.m.








Monday, 9 – Salisbury Diocesan Evangelical Fellowship, St Francis Church, Salisbury, 9.45 a.m.  Speaker is Dr Sharon Dirckx.




Thursday, 12 – Fashion Show in aid of South Sudan and the church, St Peter’s Church, Ashley Cross, Parkstone, 7.30 p.m.  Tickets are £7 in advance from 01202 748218.




Sunday, 29 – Churches Together in East Poole Service, St Luke’s Church, Parkstone, 6.30 p.m.








Thursday, 2 – Deanery Synod, Christ Church, Creekmoor, 7.30 p.m.




Saturday, 11 – Bournemouth and Poole Men’s Convention meeting, with guest speaker Rico Tice,  on “Equipping Men for Evangelism”, venue tbc.




Thursday, 16 – Deanery Chapter, St Mary’s, Longfleet, 12 noon.




Saturday, 18 – Diocesan Synod.




Saturday, 25 - Men’s Breakfast, St Michael’s, Hamworthy, 9 a.m.




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