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!
On Sunday 8th September at 6.00 ‘Worship for You’ will be led by Peter Aston, of Holtwood Methodist Church, speaking about his life as a Christian presenter at BBC Radio Solent, as a guest contributor at Premier Christian Radio in London and Hope FM in Bournemouth and also about his current role as a folk and acoustic music presenter at Forest FM92.3 based in Verwood. Part of the service will take the form of a ‘Radio Woodlands’ programme and Peter’s studio interview guest will be Dr Chris Slade.
With effect from September 2019 the Friday Night Bus will have altered opening times – between 10.00pm and 12.30am. Do drop in and share a cuppa with us!
On Sunday 7th July at 6.00 we’ll be joining with local Anglicans for our annual ‘Songs of Praise’ on Holt Village Green – or in the church if the weather is poor. Just turn up with your voice and a chair – or arrive early and enjoy a picnic as well!
Only a few days away! Holtwood Summer Fair will be in the grounds of Holtwood Methodist Church BH21 7DT on Saturday 6th July, running between 12.00 & 4.00. As well as lots of stalls, games and superb Strawberry cream teas there will be live entertainment from Becoming Branches, The Promise, Half of Murphy’s and Simply Symons – with our own Peter Aston filling any gaps! On Monday 1st in Forest Folk on Forest FM Peter will be playing music from all of our entertainers. Listen live on 92.3FM or on-line at www.forestfm.co.uk or you can listen-again from Tuesday at www.mixcloud.com/ForestFolk/ Hope you can join us at the Fair – in the sunshine!
BIG BREAKFAST AT HOLTWOOD – You’re invited to join us at 9.30 on Sunday 9th June for our ‘Big Breakfast’ to be led by Revd Nigel Deller. Quite apart from the great breakfast there will also be music led by the band and the ‘Open the Book’ drama team will also reprise a brilliant recent presentation in local 1st Schools. And that’s not all – there will also be children’s activities for the youngsters and the not-so-young. All ages are most welcome and numbers are not limited so why not kick off your day with us? Oh, and did we mention that there will be a Great Breakfast?
First, the Bad News – there will not be a morning service at Holtwood on Sunday 24th March BUT the Good News is that there will be a special Circuit Service at Verwood Methodist Church – and we’re all invited! The service is to recognise the long and dedicated service of four local preachers (including our own Colin Besant) and will start at 10.30 with musicians and singers from several churches leading worship songs from 10.15. Hope you can join us!