Welcome to Verwood United Reformed Church

Manor Road, next to the Library, between Ferrett Green and the Post Office 

email: verwood@urc-eastdorset.org.uk

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“To know Jesus better and to make him better known”
 

                                                             

 

We are here for you – whoever you are!

 Our main Sunday Worship is at 10.45am when all ages are very welcome.

The Sacrament of Holy Communion is celebrated on the third Sunday each month and at major Festivals.

 

 

Other regular activities include –

 Tuesday (in term time): Toddlers, parents and carers, 9.30 -11.15am        Contact:  Helen on 07860367955

Thursday: The Church is open for prayer and reflection, 9.30 -11.30am

Saturday: Coffee 4 All, 10.00 – 11.30am

 We are a Fair Trade Church and our Traidcraft stall is available at Coffee 4 All on the fourth Saturday morning each month and after Worship on the following Sunday. If you live in the Verwood area you can order Traidcraft items through us by email to dorothy.macro@dandjm.plus.com. More information available at http://www.traidcraftshop.co.uk

 Other activities include  “Coffee and Chat” on Monday mornings from 10am onwards till about 11.30am  at the Heritage Centre on Ferrett Green – all welcome to join in;“Music for the Mind” at 10.30am on fourth Monday of the month.

Verwood URC   February 2019 Calendar

           

 

Sundays        10.45am  Morning Worship  followed by refreshments in the  hall

            17th     Morning Worship with Infant Baptism and Holy Communion  - Traidcraft stall in the hall after Service

Mondays      11.30am – 1.30pm   Food Bank Open  

                        Between 10am and 11.30ish “Coffee and Chat” at the Heritage Centre    all who would like to join in for some or all of the                                time most welcome

            25th    10.30am   Music for the Mind

Tuesdays     9.30 – 11.15am  Toddler, Parent and Carers group  (not 19th – half term).  Please note new start/end time

            19th     3.15pm  Churches Together Messy Church in the Memorial Hall

Wednesdays   11.30am – 1.30pm   Food Bank open

Thursdays     9.30 – 11.30am    Church Open to all for personal quiet time    

            14th     3pm  Valentine’s Day Tea  for the congregation and the former Thursday Lunch group

Fridays          11.30am – 1.30pm   Food Bank open

Saturdays     10 – 11.30am   Coffee4All,   with Traidcraft stall on 16th

     

               

                                      Further information available from the Church secretary.

New Minister 

We are delighted to announce that the Revd James Whately will be moving to Verwood early in August next year to be Minister of the Shared  Ministry Pastorate of Parkstone, Verwood, and West Moors United Reformed Churches. 

We look forward to welcoming him and his wife to Verwood and trust that they will soon feel at home in our community.  We are very grateful for the help and support we have received from three retired Ministers in our congregation in the years we have been without our own Minister, but are now thankful  that James will be coming in the summer as full time Minister for the pastorate to encourage, guide and help our three congregations as we seek to serve our communities, ‘Walking the Way’ of Jesus.  All who are looking for a way of life that values our world and all it’s people are invited to join us and share in the hope and peace that faith in a loving God can provide.  

         

  

 

Happy New Year (?)

We wish each other a “Happy New Year” – but what do we mean? The “New Year” bit is fairly obvious (but for how long do we say it to those we meet for the first time in 2019?), but “Happy” – what do we mean, hope for, expect?

            It is far beyond this writer’s competence to provide a philosophical interpretation of what “happiness” is, but it is sensible for each one of us to reflect on what it means for us, and not just in the face of the many uncertainties of this New Year.

            Those reading this will know that for many millions the kind of happiness for which we hope would, for them, be an impossible dream: some of those millions may be our close neighbours, family or friends. So, not only should we reflect on what we hope for or expect from a “Happy New Year” it will be even better to consider what we can do, what we shall do, to bring happiness to others rather than just seek it ourselves. That seems far closer to the example and teaching of Jesus.

 A little history….

 Ours was the first Church in Verwood, founded in 1802 when some fearless missionaries came from Ringwood hoping to tame and convert the wild heathen on the heath: the work goes on, joined over the years by other Churches with whom we have an excellent relationship in Churches Together in Verwood. Our present building dates from 1906 with major improvements in 2000. The previous building is next to us; after the new Church was built it became the local school and is now the Library. We were originally known as an Independent Church, later Congregational and since 1972 a United Reformed Church which also includes Presbyterian and Church of Christ traditions.

The church is awaiting the arrival of the new Minister, but the Revd Julian Macro (01202 814270 and 07586 255311, email, julian.macro@mansfield.oxon.org  is available to offer pastoral support.

Our Church Secretary is Dorothy Macro (also 01202 814270) and our Church Treasurer is Chris Lyndon,  (mobile no.  07789 834 520)  Our email address is verwood@urc-eastdorset.org.uk . If you would like to receive our weekly emails please send us an email and we shall be happy to add you to the circulation list.

Enquiries  about hiring the hall – please phone Chris on 01202 821633

 

We could tell you a lot more, but hope you will come and find out for yourself –

we look forward to welcoming you