About Helen Dawes

Helen is Rector of the Team

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

Our next Team Service - when we join from all the churches in our Team to worship together in one place - will be on Sunday 29th October at St James' Church at 10am. This is a change from previously advertised venue of St Mary's, Compton Abbas, as the wonderful Dorset Marshals sadly concluded that they couldn't get people across the A350 from the field we were being loaned to park in to the church.

Do put the date of the service in your diary now, as our preacher will be the Revd Benny Hazlehurst, who works for the Diocese of Salisbury supporting people discerning their vocation to all kinds of different ministries in the church and beyond.

This weekend we are celebrating 40 years since the reopening of St Peter's Church - our Ruby Anniversary!

Join us for a celebratory service of rededication and recommitment with the Right Reverend Karen Gorham, Bishop of Sherborne, this Sunday afternoon at 3pm.

All are welcome and we would particularly like to invite friends from across the Shaftesbury Team of churches to join us for this special celebration.

After the service, please stay for tea and cake with the bishop.

As part of the St Peter's Ruby Anniversary weekend celebrations, St Peter's Special Choir will be performing pieces from Karl Jenkins' beautiful choral work, 'The Armed Man'. The programme will also include a range of solo and ensemble pieces from members of the choir and others.

The concert is in St Peter's Church at 7:30pm on Saturday 1st July. Tickets are available on the door, £5 for adults, children up to age 16 free. You are advised to arrive in good time if you are buying a ticket on the door, as the number of seats in church is reduced due to the flower festival.

Churches Together in Shaftesbury and Gillingham are hosting a hustings for the North Dorset constituency at 7pm on Saturday 3rd June at St James’s Church, Shaftesbury to give local people a chance to put their questions to our General Election candidates. All four candidates will be attending. The hustings will give members of the community in Gillingham, Shaftesbury and the surrounding villages an opportunity to engage in good quality discussion with the candidates about the issues that matter to them most in this General Election.

The hustings is being organised by our two local Churches Together groups - the organisations that link up the different churches in Gillingham and Shaftesbury. But the hustings is for the whole community, not just for church members, and we're looking forward to welcoming a wide range of people so that we can have a really good conversation through the evening.

Members of the local community can submit questions in advance through their local churches, by e-mail, or on Facebook. You might want to find out the candidates' perspectives on national or international issues that you care about, or there might be a pressing local issue that you want to know their position on. Let us know what's on your mind and we will aim to cover as many of the most pressing issues as we can in the course of the evening.

Send in your questions no later than 12 noon on Wednesday 31st May: