In the light of guidance from Methodist Conference our Minister and Stewards are currently looking at when (and if so how) our church buildings might re-open. We’re hoping that this will be over the next 2 or 3 months although there’ll need to be a great deal of preparation and different, unfamiliar arrangements when physical services and other activities do resume. These are likely to include cleansing measures, safety precautions, social distancing, etc. We’ll announce more when we know what the position is and, in the meanwhile, we’ll continue streaming virtual services on our Facebook page from 10.45 each Sunday – and you can ‘catch-up’ anytime afterwards as well.
It’s great to know that so many people are viewing our virtual Facebook services from 10.45 each Sunday. You can view these services anytime afterwards on our Facebook page. Generally, we’re waiting for the Methodist Conference in late June/early July to give us guidance about when and how we can resume physical rather than virtual services – perhaps a combination of both? We’ll let you know when we know!
Good News – please see below:-
“The Holt Parish Council meeting was also when we would have announced who was to receive the Holt Good Citizen Award 2020. It is great to see how people appreciate what others do and we are pleased to give this year’s award to Anne Sanyal. Anne is recognised as a friend to all with her contribution to Holtwood Church, Little Angels Playgroup and Pot Luck Lunch for older folk of the Parish. Anne will hopefully enjoy spending a voucher at Stewart’s Garden Centre on something special!”
Thank you Anne for all the wonderful work you do in our area – much of which goes unacknowledged – but it certainly is noticed!
We’re sad to report that, for the duration of the present crisis and following national guidelines, all church services have been suspended alongside all other church and social activities that are usually held on our premises. For more information please contact our minister Revd Nigel Deller on (01202) 822212 or our Lead Steward Rod Frampton on (01202) 881975.
At Holtwood on Sunday at 10.45 we have a Christmas Celebration with Dr Chris Slade, at 6.00 we have Carols around the Tree on our lawn (weather permitting) followed by seasonal refreshments in the hall and then on Christmas Day at 9.30 we’ll enjoy a family Christmas Morning with Colin Besant – all are most welcome and do bring along a gift that you can show to us all!
Sadly, tonight will be the final night for the Free Tea & Toast Bus on Wimborne Square. The Trust which owns the Bus (and from which we hire it) is being wound up at the end of the year. Possibly something will happen in a different form in 2020 – so watch this space. So, if you’re in town (or even if you’re not!) do come and join us for a few minutes between 10.30pm and 12.30am tonight – hope to see you there!
In September we were delighted to welcome Revd Ralph Ward, our previous Minster, to lead our Harvest Festival Service. Our harvest gifts were donated to the Trussell Trust Ringwood Food Bank and, together with the gifts from St James’ School who also had their harvest festival service at Holtwood, these weighed in at an impressive 183.24 kg – sufficient to provide 3 meals a day for 3 days for 18 people in crisis situations. Thank you to all for such generosity. And above are some pics of many of us thoroughly enjoying our Harvest Festival lunch!