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“Pilgrim Service”
Sunday 12th August 2018
6.00 pm
St James’ Church, Shaftesbury

After surviving a hard winter, Pilgrim has resumed his journey as the countryside, too, is waking into spring. His path leads him through a stretch of forest and, as he rounds a corner he comes across the strangest of sights – a full-grown grizzly bear standing with his back to the trunk of a tree and using it as a scratching post to his evident relief and delight as he rubs away the layers of winter fur which, while protecting in the winter, have now become insufferably hot.

Maybe we, too, after a life-changing experience, realise that our comfort zone has become increasingly insulated from the world and that we need to shed our outer layers and excess baggage and travel comfortably carrying with us only the ‘bare necessities of life’!

Come and put down your loads and find out how much easier life can become; Remember God loves all bears – even if some of them are grizzlies!

Join us for refreshments and fellowship afterwards.

The Friends of St James are holding a Sangria Party
21st August 2018
6:30pm - 8:30pm
in and around St James Church

It's a Spanish theme this year
An opportunity to wear that frilled shirt from long ago
or even a frilled skirt
along with a long forgotten pair of castanets

Come and enjoy a delicious Sangria
and meet friends old and new

Tickets £7 available in advance or on the gate
Non-alcoholic drinks available along with scrumptious snacks

 

 

On Friday the 27th July at 7:30 Nick Crump and Friends presents a Musical Variety Show. Featuring music and song from classical, jazz and folk Genres, Including some of Nick's invented instruments.

This concert is an interesting mix of many different styles of music, Nick is joined by friends who will play or sing solos, duets, trios and quartets on various instruments. Featuring the recorders, guitars, keyboard, violin, organ, vocals, trumpets, flugelhorn and the inevitable couple of invented instruments (flyer shows Nick playing the seahorn). It will be an entertaining and fun informal event for a good cause in a church with lovely acoustics (bring a cushion for your extra comfort!)

St James' Church Shaftesbury
Friday 27th July 7:30pm
Tickets  £10 and £5 under 13 at the door
This is a fundrasing event for the Church Reordering Fund.

“Pilgrim Service”
Sunday 8th July 2018 - 6.00 pm
St James’ Church, Shaftesbury

After a tiring day the storm has caught Pilgrim in the open a few miles from his destination. He only has time to dash through the lowering sky and stinging rain for shelter before the storm breaks in all its fury: a roaring, wailing cacophony of wind, blinding lightning flashes that leave stark windblown images on the retina, and the persistent hiss of rain. Pilgrim’s clothes are soaked and he huddles back under his rock as rivulets form and rush past him in a chilly flood. It sounds as though all heaven’s orchestra has broken loose; However, Pilgrim is so tired that he falls asleep without knowing it – his last thought ‘And there was war in heaven…’.

He awakes to a different world: a sunlit dawn sky; raindrops twinkling on the tips of grass and leaves; a sky washed clean of dust and his destination clearly visible; a vast silence only broken by a blackbird’s song. He gets up, stretches, and a tune comes into his mind: ‘O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder, consider all the works your hands have made…….’

This reflective service in the Celtic style provides a space for reflection with music and fellowship and refreshments with us afterwards. - All welcome

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!