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It's going to be another great 'Great get Together' in St James as it has been in past years.

Gardens will be open for you to marvel at places of peace, tranquillity and beauty. On Saturday cold drinks and homemade biscuits will be available at the Millennium Community Garden in St James Street. There are benches and tables and shady places if needed – and lovely views. On Sunday, in the church, there will be ‘vintage teas’ provided, donations going to the Jo Cox memorial fund, with beautiful old china, sandwiches, cakes and trifles.

This is a community event as well as a fund raising event and it’s a lovely opportunity to again come together; a good chance to talk, to get to know more local people and to realise just how St James community is a welcoming place in which to live and visit.

Ticket admission of £6 per person covers both days and unlimited entry. Children under 12 are free. Tickets from 30 St James Street, participating gardens or the Tourist Information in Bell Street.

Also The Two Brewers are giving 10% discount for the two days if you present your ticket.

All in aid of St James Church and the Jo Cox Fund.


'Why we do What we do in Church'
‘Hatches, Matches, Dispatches’

Simon will lead the next discussion on the Liturgy and Praxis of our church services to help reveal just why we do what we do in church. This time it is Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals.

With refreshments – open to all.

Sunday 17th June  3pm  in St James

 

 

Sunday 10th June 2018
6.00 pm
St James’ Church, Shaftesbury

 Pilgrim leaves sunlit meadows to follow a path through woodland – suddenly he hears an animal cry – sounds like it is in pain. There it is again – he walks towards where he thinks it’s coming from and then he sees it – a frightened stag with its rear leg caught in barbed wire. He looks around for help but there’s just him and the frightened animal.
“It’s all right, it’s all right” he whispers. He slowly untwists the wire and somehow manages to release the leg which is badly cut and bleeding – but he’s done it and the stag runs free into the trees. For a few moments Pilgrim stands still, elated at what he was able to do.
He gives thanks to God and with a spring in his step walks on wondering - did God make that happen?
Come and discover the answer!
Enjoy fellowship and refreshments with us afterwards.

St James Church, Shaftesbury
29th April 2018 3:00pm

Simon will again be leading a discussion on the Liturgy and Praxis of our church services to help reveal just why we do what we do in church. This talk and discussion was very well received last year and many said when was it going to be given again.

With refreshments – open to all.

This discussion was originally planned for the 18th March but was delayed due to the snow on that date.

 

80 Children from Abbey School Years 4, 5 and 6 came over to St James Church on Holy Monday and Tuesday to engage in the Easter story through six interactive 'stations'. Each station was led by a member of the congregation with the final station 'Resurrection' led by Revd Simon. This was a brilliant way for children to realise the power of the Easter account and all said how powerful it was. The Stations will be left up for Holy Wednesday for members of the community to visit.

Sunday 11th March 2018
6.00 pm
St James’ Church, Shaftesbury

It is nearly evening, and raining diagonally. Pilgrim, booted, is striding along, hood up and staff in hand, under a darkening sky with lightning flashes and a thunderstorm threatening his road ahead, but, despite the forbidding weather he is happy because he knows he is on the right track. His knapsack echoes his feelings, which he wants everyone to see because he knows that a smile will always bring a smile in response, and - despite the weather - he is always an optimist! Do come and join us to hear more of the story, and for refreshments and fellowship afterwards; You will be very welcome!

Note this event has been moved to the 29th April at 3pm
due to the snow on the 18th March.

St James Church, Shaftesbury
18th March 2018 3:00pm

Simon will again be leading a discussion on the Liturgy and Praxis of our church services to help reveal just why we do what we do in church. This talk and discussion was very well received last year and many said when was it going to be given again.

With refreshments – open to all.

 

Sunday 11th February 2018
6.00 pm
St James’ Church, Shaftesbury

We now see Pilgrim having to make up his own mind – again! Both the signpost arms point to the same destination, but one appears – at first sight – to be less taxing than the other – or does it? Can he deduce which would be the better path from anything he can see, or should he just toss a coin for it? Does WWJD come into it or not?! Maybe – but possibly not as the immediate thing that comes to mind!

Come and see how the riddle is untied, here and often through our lives too! You will be very welcome!

Sunday 14th January 2018
6.00 pm
St James’ Church, Shaftesbury

This week Pilgrim is in the dark - Travelling Blind – with only the merest hint of details here and there to guide him and show a way, just the outline of a landmark, a hostel maybe in the distance, and all you can see are the lit windows, or a mountain against the sky. He is not blinkered, but he might as well be, because he has so little to put a picture together in his mind.

This is where his mind’s eye must guide him, as he only has his faith to give him direction. Come and hear how he copes with his situation – you will be very welcome!