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St Peter's Church are hosting a fundraising Supper Dance on Saturday 11th May at 6.30pm. A 3-course dinner, starting with Prosecco and canapes, plus entertainment and dancing!  Do come and join us.

Tickets are £25 each, available from Margaret Mellor, Florence Mudoti, Emma Smith and Roz Butcher.  Contact by phone, email or in person. Email r.e.butcher@btinternet.com or phone Roz on 01747 850212

Sunday 14th April

6.00pm

St James' Church

We now see Pilgrim’s world has closed in around him. He is in waders, with a staff to help him, picking his way slowly along the bed of a large sewer. On his left two sewage outlets pour their cargo of liquid ordure into the main drain; on his other side a rat scurries past him, while a nearby handrail stands festooned with wet wipes; and the smell – the smell is indescribable.

However, we see him in silhouette, so there is light some distance in front of him – an end to this current man-made world of chaos and nastiness - a new dawn, a new resurrection into somewhere infinitely more pleasant than where he is, but he has to travel through the depths to reach it. He grits his teeth and sets off again. Come and be a companion on this last stretch - you will be very welcome, and there is time for fellowship and refreshments afterwards.

On Sunday 24th March the Shaftesbury Team came together to bid farewell to Revd Simon Chambers and his family as they prepare to move on to the Clarendon Team. These are some of the words of gratitude that were offered that day:

"Well, this is it, suddenly upon us – the final goodbye to Simon and family.

‘Parting is such sorrow’ and of course in this instance more so. We cannot just walk away and say ‘see you around’ or we’ll meet up for coffee, as you can when one normally loses a work colleague but ‘tis as it has to be.

As when a child leaves home to enter the wider world for growth and development we wave you off with mixed feelings of pain and joy as you venture forth.

Remember the song “You never know what you’ve got till it’s gone”? Well we here in St James' are definitely going to discover ‘big time’ how Simon knit together gaping holes and potential cracks in his own quiet, gentle, unassuming way; never causing a fuss or making you feel you’d failed, were incompetent or ignorant – a rare gift in today’s society.

It has been a pleasure to have Simon’s initiation into family life here and have him at the helm of all we have achieved; it would not have happened without his faith in us and many skills both in the workplace and priestly office.

In the meantime, we will take up the wheel and steer gently through the year ahead in faith that another will join us to lead and share what we have to offer here in our beautiful corner of Dorset.

Our prayer is that we can welcome our next incumbent with open, generous hearts and minds, be ready to embrace their gifts and talents which, undoubtably, will have been lying dormant just waiting for the right time, place and people in which to germinate.

Thank you Simon……………..

Once the dust has settled and all the boxes packed away in your new home, you will receive a portfolio containing memories of your time with us.  A memento to share with the family as they grow up."

 

St James' Church Sudan Appeal - a once a year opportunity!

Saturday 30th March - doors open at 10.00am in Shaftesbury Town Hall

Recycling and vintage sale of books, china & glass, retro & vintage, records, ornaments, pictures, jewellery, toys, vintage linen, bric-a-brac, household items, and much, much more. There is bound to be something you need!

If you have anything to sell please call Julian on 01747 851531

 

 

Presentation by Pen Haddow

On Friday 8th March at 7.30pm St James' Church Shaftesbury will be hosting a presentation by the world-leading explorer Pen Hadow. Pen has led an array of high-profile marine research expeditions and is now dedicated to protecting the Arctic Ocean's threatened wildlife and ecosystem as the sea ice retreats. Do come along. Tickets £10 on the door or from Jeanne Loader: 07966 053208