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.

Verwood URC January 2018

Sundays        10.45am, Morning Worship  - in the hall during refurbishment

                          7th     Epiphany Sunday

                        21st     10.45am   Holy Communion;   

6.00pm  United Service for the Week of Prayer for Christian   Unity, at St Michael’s Church - Speaker: CEO of the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation   in  the Middle East

 Mondays    11.30am – 1.30pm   Food Bank Open

                        8th      7.30pm   Elders’ Meeting

                        22nd   10.30am   Music for the Mind for those with memory problems and their carer

Tuesdays      9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th    9.45am   Toddlers, Parents and Carers Group                                                              

                      16th     3.15 – 5.30pm   CTiV   Messy Church in the Memorial Hall

Wednesdays   11.30am – 1.30pm   Food Bank open

Thursdays    9.30 – 11.30am    Church Open for personal quiet time

11th    12noon for 12.30pm   Lunch for those living alone

18th     7.45pm  Churches Together in Verwood open meeting

                              at St Michael’s

Fridays        11.30am – 1.30pm   Food Bank open

Saturdays   10 -11.30am   Coffee 4 All,   with Traidcraft on the 27th

                         

                                 Further information available from the Church secretary.

 

New year, new look,

new opportunities, new responsibilities

         Yes, that sums up our expectations at VURC.

         Our Worship area is being refurbished to make it easier to serve the whole community, and increase comfort and accessibility for everyone; no longer will those with children’s buggies or in wheelchairs be restricted in their access.

         Thanks to a substantial and generous grant from the Talbot Village Trust, a great deal of hard work by Alan and Sean Harley and gifts and support from many others the pews are to be replaced with chairs on new flooring. Other changes are also in hand, perhaps most noticeably a new full length window at the back of the Church to enable passers-by to see in and remind us of our mission to the world beyond our walls. Other details and upgrades may be less visible but also improve our facilities.

         Oh yes! Money. We are so grateful for gifts already received but we do need more: we can “buy” chairs in memory of family and friends, and a record will be made noting these donations – the average cost of the new chairs is £125, and if you can “Gift Aid” your donation that helps still more.

         The new Entrance and Entrance Hall transformed the approach to our premises; the re-fitting of the Kitchen greatly improved our catering facilities and now the Worship area, the heart of our Church life, will offer a comfortable welcome to all.

         So, with a warm welcoming Church we have new opportunities and new responsibilities to “know Jesus Christ better, and to make him better known.”

 

  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