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About Helen Dawes

Helen is Rector of the Team

We weren't expecting to be in the middle of a drought when our Team Council decided to support WaterAid through the offering at our summer Barn Service this year! It turns out to have been a very apt choice and it would be great if we could send a really good sum off to WaterAid from our collection on Sunday. Why not take a few minutes to look at their website, find out about what they do, and decide how much you'd like to give on Sunday? We'll have gift aid envelopes available at the service on Sunday, so that if you're a taxpayer, your gift can go even further.

Don't forget that the Barn Service is not at the usual venue. It will be at Lower Breach Farm, West Orchard, SP7 0LL. Map here. The service will still be at the original time of 11:00, with a bring and share lunch to follow. Bishop Karen will be leading our service and joining us for lunch afterwards. All are welcome.

At St Peter's Church on Shaftesbury High Street we are looking for someone to be our Music Director and Organist. This is a paid part-time post covering three Sunday morning services a month, a weekly choir rehearsal and a number of special services through the year. St Peter's is a church that loves music from a wide range of traditions. We have a regular congregation of about 100 people of all ages. Full details are in the job description below.

Do you know someone who's a great organist and experienced choir director who might be interested? Please pass these details on! Does this sound like you? We'd love to hear from you! Details of how to apply are in the job description.

JD for Music Director 2018 v2

As Katy will be moving away this summer, we are seeking an experienced administrator to run our office on Gold Hill. Working with the clergy team, you will provide central administrative and communications support and be the first point of contact for many of our enquirers. Excellent communication skills, pastoral sensitivity and an eye for detail are essential for this varied and rewarding role.

More details of the role are in the profile document attached. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 24th May 2018. The start date will be July 23rd, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Team Administrator Job Description March 2018

The Shaftesbury Church of England office on Gold Hill is closed to visitors today (Monday 19th March 2018) due to the severe weather. E-mail messages sent to are being monitored intermittently. Messages left on the Team answerphone (01747 853060) will be picked up on Tuesday. If you need to contact a member of the clergy urgently, our contact details are here.
Thank you for your understanding,

The Revd Helen Dawes, Team Rector

The snowfall overnight is likely to lead to some services and events today being cancelled or postponed. Details will be posted here as soon as they are confirmed. Even if a service is happening, please don't put yourself at unnecessary risk by attending if it is not safe for you to do so.

8:00 Holy Communion St Mary's Motcombe - cancelled
9:30 Parish Communion St Peter's Shaftesbury - going ahead
9:30 Parish Communion St James Shaftesbury - going ahead - a said service
9:30 Family Service St Mary's Motcombe - cancelled
11:15 Matins St Margaret's Margaret Marsh - cancelled
11:15 Parish Communion St Mary's Compton Abbas - cancelled
11:15 Parish Communion St John's Enmore Green - cancelled
12:00 Baptism Service St Mary's Motcombe - postponed
3:00pm Talk: Why we do what we do in church - cancelled

The Team Office will be closed due to the severe weather expected today. If you need to contact a member of the clergy urgently, our contact details are available on this website here. If the bad weather continues the Team Office will stay closed tomorrow, Friday 2nd March.

Churches that are open during the day may close earlier than usual to ensure our volunteers aren't taking unnecessary risks when looking after our buildings.

Services will continue as usual, but please take account of the conditions when deciding whether it's sensible to come. We will understand if you're not there!

Finally, please keep an eye out for any neighbours who may be vulnerable during the cold weather.

The Revd Helen Dawes, Team Rector

Our Music Director is (sadly) leaving us for personal reasons, so St Peter's is looking for an excellent organist and choir director to take us on to the next stage of our musical life and ministry. We are looking for a great colleague to work collaboratively with the Rector and others, providing musical leadership that enhances our mission and enriches our worship. This is a part-time post, covering three Sundays per month, specified festivals, occasional offices (for which additional fees are paid), and a weekly choir practice. St Peter's is a friendly, outward-looking church with a regular congregation of about 100. For more details, see the advert and job description attached.

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Closing date: Friday 6th April 2018

Music director advert 2018 JD for Music Director 2018