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Weekly Update from the Clergy.



MAY 10th – 16th

Christian Aid is a non-governmental organisation working across the world where people are in need due to storms, hurricanes, cyclones, floods, drought and famine which creates poverty for communities.

This May Christian Aid are asking us all to stand together against the climate crisis which impacts so many lives - like Rose who lives in Kenya. When she was a child, there was plenty of rain that fell at the right times. It provided ample nutritious food to eat. Now her community lives with drought and hunger for months at a time. When the rains do come, they can be too heavy and lead to flooding. This has been an issue across Kenya in the last year, damaging crops that had struggled to grow. There is an earth dam just minutes away from Rose’s home which collects rainwater. It should be a lifeline to help her withstand unpredictable weather. But it runs out of water too quickly, forcing Rose to walk long and exhausting journeys to fetch water for her grandchildren. The coronavirus has made it more critical for her family as water (and soap) is also needed for handwashing, as its vital to stay safe. With a reliable source of water, Rose could grow fresh vegetables, improve her livelihood and protect her family from coronavirus.

Our gifts, prayers and actions can help withstand climate chaos and build better earth dams to harvest more water, grow drought-tolerant crops and campaign for climate justice at the highest level.

Christian Aid Week will again fall within lockdown regulations, so here in Charminster and Charlton Down, because the majority of our collectors are over 70, there will be no house-to-house collection. However, for those who would like to give to their work, you can visit e-envelope.christianaid.org to create and personalise your own e-envelope. Alternatively, you can give through the church, or if you ring Gaynor Luther (01305-251547) to ask for an envelope, it will be delivered to you, and collected at your convenience.

Let us stand with Rose and her community and other communities like hers across the world who face the challenges of climate change every day.


Lockdown Services

During this national lockdown, the government has allowed churches to stay open for worship. For the safety of all, we have decided to only have one in-person Holy Communion service on Sundays at 9.30. This will a simple, shortened, service, with additional social distancing measures in place. 

UPDATE - As of Easter Sunday, most of our services are back to normal, with the exception of Messy Church and Breakfast Church. 

New Rev!

On Saturday 26th September Leila, our Curate, was ordained as a deacon in Salisbury Cathedral by the Bishop of Salisbury, the Rt Rev'd Nicholas Holtham.  It was a small and very intimate service because of restrictions but a lovely one. 


Ash Mills Photography: 26thSept2020 - Ordinations &emdash; 256  Salisbury Cathedral - Sept26th 2020 - Photo by Ash Mills

A deacon is the person who stands with Christ in the gap between the church and the local community. We serve those around us by embodying Christ's self-giving love. We're called to preach the Gospel, teach the faith, and to seek out and serve the vulnerable and those on the fringes of society.


Ash Mills Photography: 26thSept2020 - Ordinations &emdash; 191  Salisbury Cathedral - Sept26th 2020 - Photo by Ash Mills


Ash Mills Photography: 26thSept2020 - Ordinations &emdash; 154  Salisbury Cathedral - Sept26th 2020 - Photo by Ash Mills

Ride and Stride

Well done to all those who took part in this year's ride and stride!

Particular congratulations to Andy and Jane for making it around all 6 parishes in our benefices.


St Mary's Church achieves Bronze Eco-Church Award


St Mary's Church has been awarded a Bronze Eco-Church award by Arocha Uk. We see caring for and safeguarding God's creation as part of our worship and an integral part of our church life. 

We're already working towards our silver award! If you'd like to find out more about Eco Church, click on the badge below!

Socially Distanced Surgery Hours

Come and Chat!

Drop in at St Mary's West Door between 4.30 and 7pm on Tuesday evenings to chat to rev'd Mark and Leila, or just cheer them on in their weekly backgammon tournament! We will be there whenever the weather permits!


Organ cleaning in lockdown!


The Foy family have once again served our local community by taking our wonderful organ apart pipe-by-pipe, cleaning it and putting it back together again. The refreshed organ sounds wonderful, and was cleaned just in time to welcome the return of music into our services after lockdown!

Letter from the Vicar

The Church continues to be alive and active, but our buildings must close


Following the Prime Minister’s announcement of new government instructions on Monday evening, I am sorry to say that the Archbishop has instructed that all churches are now to remain closed. Therefore, as well as public worship being suspended, ours and all church buildings in the Church of England are now closed.
 This is a very sad step, but one which is vital for the safety and wellbeing of us all. We look forward to being able to open our doors again once restrictions have been lifted.
Our worship of God and our care for each other continue but cannot be done in our church buildings.

Please remember that we are here for you. If you have any concerns, wish to talk, or would like someone to pray with you, please feel free to call me (01305 262477) or email - revdmarkphillips@outlook.com

or contact Pene Kennedy (01305 251422) – revpenekennedy@yahoo.com

While our churches are closed, you might like to set aside a time or a place in your home for prayer and reflection. On the Pew News, (which will be emailed weekly Saturdays to everyone on the church Electoral Roll ), there will be a simple format for Morning Prayer. It is a daily office from the Northumbria Community, and I encourage all of us to join in with it. We shall be saying it at 9.15 every morning, but you can of course say it whenever you like.

Alternatively, you might like to access daily internet prayer resources, such as the Scripture Union’s website www.wordlive.org

Please be assured that our thoughts and prayers are with you and all in the community.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength . . . Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”

May the peace of the Lord be with you

Revd Mark Phillips


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