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, 9.45-11.30am        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 “Music for the Mind” at 10.30am on fourth Mondays and Lunch for those living alone on second Thursdays at 12 noon for 12.30pm.

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Verwood URC November 2017  Calendar     

   

                 

 

Sundays        10.45am, Morning Worship

                        12th     Remembrance Sunday Service

                        15th     Holy Communion;     12.15pm  Quarterly Church Meeting

Mondays      11.30am – 1.30pm   Food Bank Open

           6th       7.30pm   Elders’ Meeting

                      27th     10.30am   Music for the Mind   for those with memory

                                    problems and their carers

Tuesdays     7th,14th,21st, 28th    9.45am   Toddlers, Parents and Carers Group

                       7th, 14th, 21st     2.30pm   House Group A

                       21st      3.15pm   CTiV Messy Church in the Memorial Hall  

Wednesdays   11.30am – 1.30pm   Food Bank open

                        1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd   2.00pm   House Group B

                        15th    6.30pm  Sorting Churches Together C. Cards at Bethel Ch.

Thursdays    9.30 – 11.30am    Church Open for personal quiet time

9th     12noon for 12.30pm Lunch for those living alone

Fridays          11.30am – 1.30pm   Food Bank open

Saturdays     10 – 11.30am   Coffee4All, with Traidcraft stall on 25th

                        18th    10.30am – 4.30pm Wessex Synod meets at Camberley

 

Further information available from the Church secretary.

 

Reformata, sed semper reformanda

 “Reformed, but always being reformed.” It may seem perverse to mark the 500th Anniversary of the start of the Reformation by using a Latin phrase as one of the main planks of the Reformation was that Church Services should be in a language that the congregation understood and not solely in Latin. But this simple Latin phrase was, and is, understood across the whole of western Europe where the Reformation took root in the 16th century. It is the basis for the United Reformed Church’s approach to its witness and work, and we also remember words used some 400 years ago when Pastor John Robinson preached the Farewell Sermon to the Pilgrim Fathers as they left for North America, “The Lord has yet more light and truth to break forth from his holy Word.” In 1795 some of our forebears founded the body originally known simply as “The Missionary Society” to spread the knowledge of Christ among all peoples – that original society is part of today’s Council for World Mission drawing together Christians from the Reformed tradition across many nations.

We honour and give thanks for the insight and passion of Luther and the early Reformers, even while regretting the excesses to which human nature also led in those troubled times. And a sign of that honour and gratitude is our willingness to continue the work of reforming the Church and society. The international legacy of the Reformation is made clear in the ministry of Bournemouth’s United Reformed Churches – our International Church has a minister from the Korean Presbyterian Church and this month Richmond Hill St Andrew’s Church welcomes as their new minister, a former moderator of the Presbytery of Zimbabwe.

So the 500th Anniversary is not primarily for looking back, but an occasion to work out how to carry forward the vision and passion of the early reformers in today’s troubled world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  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 currently has a vacancy for a 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 Alan Harley (01202 824060). 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