Following the Remembrance service at St Thomas' Church, Melbury Abbas, Revd Simon Chambers planted a chestnut tree to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War One. The tree had been grown from the conker of a tree in Lissenhoek cemetery near Ypres and so its planting, on 11th November 2018, makes a fitting tribute.
St Thomas' Church will be holding their Christmas Fair on Saturday 1st December from 10.30am until 12.30pm in Melbury Abbas Village Hall. There will be local producers selling crafts and food, in addition to gifts, cakes, bric-a-brac, books, Christmas decorations and a raffle. A pop-up cafe will provide refreshments and time to chat. Do come along!
The Team Retreat 2019 will be over the weekend of September 20-22, at the Othona Community, West Dorset. This is on the coast near Burton Bradstock. It will be led by Canon James Woodward, Principal of Sarum College. There is more information in November's Key Ring. A booking form will be available early in the new year. There is less accommodation here than at our two previous venues, and early expressions of interest can be logged from now on with Michael & Beverley Pattison at email@example.com
In this special centenary year, Rodney Attwood will be giving an illustrated talk on the British Army chaplains of WW1 on 30th October, 7pm in St Peter’s Church. £5 per person in aid of the Poppy Appeal and Shaftesbury Team of Churches. Do join us!
John Fuller will be leading the next Pilgrim Course on “The Bible”. As before, there will be six sessions; the first at 7.30pm on Wednesday 10th October at 11 Ratcliffe Gardens. Everyone is welcome. For information please contact John on 01747 850079 – or just arrive!
Sunday 9th September: 3.00pm - an afternoon of musical treats from Peter Miller (violin) and Greg Underwood (piano). Tickets £8 from Gill Waine (01747 851007) or from Motcombe church after services. Afternoon tea is included in the ticket price.
Join us at Motcombe Church for Messy Church on the theme "Fearfully & Wonderfully Made"
There is a new post being advertised by the Diocese of Salisbury, for a Rural Field Officer for West Dorset. This exciting new four year post creates the opportunity for someone passionate about rural Church to support, encourage and develop rural ministry and mission, working with clergy and congregations across West Dorset.
You will bring your own gifts, experience and enthusiasm to work within a visionary team of Bishop, Archdeacon, rural deans, lay chairs and other resource officers. It would suit someone (lay or ordained) wanting to contribute to the life of the diocese and the rural church at a significant time.
For more information including salary and requirements of the job please visit https://www.salisbury.anglican.org/whos-who/job-vacancies/lay/rural-field-officer-west-dorset
Application forms are also obtainable from
Closing date: 31st August 2018, Interview: 18th September 2018
All information is available here https://www.salisbury.anglican.org/whos-who/job-vacancies/lay/rural-field-officer-west-dorset
The St James Flower Festival will take place over Pentecost next year, 9th June 2019. The theme will be "All Things Bright & Beautiful".
Watch this space for more information.
Wanted - House Companion in our Community House in Canford Heath for young people exploring Christian Ministry.
Pray Serve Grow is a project run by the Diocese of Salisbury for young people (18-30yrs) to spend a year exploring what ordained ministry is all about. We have a Community House in Poole, which accommodates three explorers, and we are looking for a House Companion to live alongside them. The successful applicant will be offered the opportunity to:
- Live there, rent and bill free from September 2018 – July 2019
- Participate in Community meals free of charge
- You will act as a catalyst to ensure that the house is a place of Christian community with a simple rule of life & pattern of prayer.
- This is not a contract of employment and you will be free to work in your usual employment.
For more information and application form, please contact: Andrea Dredge, Diocese of Salisbury, 01722 411922 email firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing Date of Applications: 27th July 2018, Interviews: 15th August 2018
For the poster click here Poster - House Companion - 2018