Latest News - Updated 30th April 2021
Benefice Update: Although the Benefice of Blandford Forum and Langton Long continues to exist, from May 1st Pastoral Responsibility for the provision of worship at Langton Long will be provided by the Revd Carolyn Couzens, the Priest-in-Charge of Lower Stour Benefice. A Warden/Treasurer/Secretary meeting was held on April 19th, chaired by Carolyn, to decide on arrangements from May 1st.
The office administration for Langton Long will transfer to the administrator of Lower Stour but the Weekly Church News will continue to include Langton Long information and Langton parishioners will continue to receive it via email.
Blandford will continue to provide support to Archbishop Wake School which lies in the parish of Langton Long.
Joint activities between the parishes, e.g. Community Kitchen, Joint Socials, Lent Lunches, will continue where and when appropriate.
Death of Prince Philip
Following the sad death of Prince Philip last Friday prayers were offered at both churches for the Queen and Royal family during last Sunday’s service. Due to covid restrictions we are unable to have a physical book of Condolence in the churches, but there are online books of condolence for people to record their thoughts and messages -
Tomorrow afternoon (Saturday 17th April) the bell at Blandford Parish Church will be tolled 99 times, representing each year of the Prince’s life. People wishing to observe a minute’s silence at 3pm are asked to do so at home.
Citizens Advice Bureau
Citizen’s Advice Bureau: Citizen’s Advice will re-commence operation from the Parish Centre every Tuesday commencing Tuesday 20th April 10am-2pm. They are currently advertising for a Volunteer Receptionist. If you are interested more details can be found here— https://centraldorsetca.org.uk/opportunities
Community Kitchen Afternoon Teas
On the 9th April we made a second delivery of 80 afternoon teas around Blandford, once again working with Blandford Cares and Blandford Foodbank. We were delighted this time to be joined by volunteers from The Methodist Church and Blandford Evangelical Church, and to deliver teas to some members of their congregations and of the United Reformed Church. Thank you to everyone who prepared food, decorated bags and cards and made deliveries.
Archbishop Wake Primary School Easter Artwork
We were delighted to be able to display the Holy Week artwork from Archbishop Wake Primary School in Blandford Parish Church during the Good Friday and Easter Sunday services.
Online Services - Moving Forward
As our church services commence again, if with restrictions, it seems the correct time to re-think our online presence. Since Neil's first online service on 22nd March last year, through Jonathan and Will's Spring and Summer ones and onto the Autumn and Winter ones of Dave and Stuart; this Sunday's will be the 54th (continuous!) online offering. So much thanks goes to everyone involved: speakers, readers, pray-ers, musicians, and techies!
Sunday 28th March will be the final online service in its current form. Along with 'Thought for the Day' and 'zoom coffee after church', there will be no-more ... at least in their current form. Easter Sunday onwards we hope to record and present that day's morning service in a pre-recorded, cut-down form, just a little while later - probably the same afternoon, or maybe as late as Monday. We are looking at ways we can serve the town and the congregation with online presentations in the future, ... so watch that space!
Meanwhile, thank you all for bearing with us throughout our journey into the world of the online. Find our final (for now!) service here
- and keep watching to the end to enjoy a few out-takes that didn't make it into the services when they were first shown.
Community Kitchen Afternoon Teas
On Friday 19th February the Community Kitchen Team, working with Blandford Cares and Blandford Foodbank delivered 60 Afternoon Teas to families and individuals in the town. They were delivered as a surprise and enjoyed by all the recipients.
The Big Church Project - History and Diversity
As part of the Big Church Project we are researching the 'Hidden Stories' of people associated with the church. An example of this is this fascinating blog written by Judith Ford. Read the article here.