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!

Join us wherever you are.

Carol Services

17th December
11:15am - Margaret Marsh
3:30pm - Enmore Green
6:00pm - Melbury Abbas
6:00pm - Motcombe
21st December
6:00pm - St Peter's Shaftesbury
6:30pm - West Orchard
7:00pm - St James' Shaftesbury

Crib Services

24th December
4:00pm - Compton Abbas
4:00pm - St Peter's Shaftesbury
4:00pm - Motcombe

Midnight Mass

24th December
10:00pm - Melbury Abbas
11:15pm - St Peter's Shaftesbury
11:30pm - St James' Shaftesbury
11:30pm - Motcombe

Christmas Day

(All Communion Services)
8:00am - Enmore Green
9:30am - St Peter's Shaftesbury
9:30am - St James' Shaftesbury
9:30am - Motcombe
11:15am - Compton Abbas
11:15am - Melbury Abbas
11:15am - Margaret Marsh (BCP)


What did Simon study on his sabbatical?
Come and find out on the 26th November at 3pm in St James Church as he talks about his time during his three months, his insights to mindfulness and his further developments in Celtic Knotwork as prayer.
This will be an illustrated talk of about an hour followed by tea and cake and plenty of chance to ask questions.
No need to book - just turn up.

Sunday 9th July 2017
6.00 pm
St James’ Church, Shaftesbury

Pilgrim has lost track of how long he has been walking. For the last three days he’s followed an old drover’s road but there are no signposts to reassure him he’s on the right track. Today there are gusts of wind which whip up the dust and sting his eyes. Wrapped in his own thoughts, he becomes aware of others heading in the same direction. Some hobble with sticks, and others seem to be in a hurry to reach the city of palms before the weather worsens.
Pilgrim is exhausted. His feet ache and his eyes are so very sore. He decides to rest under a cedar tree just for a moment or two. Not for the first time a thought gnaws away in his mind that his life is about to change and he’s excited and fearful in equal measure.

Our theme this week is “A Time of Change!……….”, when there is a change in the service leadership team, a change in Pilgrim’s life – and maybe in ours as well!

Do come and join us to share thoughts and hospitality together both during and after our gathering. You will be very welcome!