Sunday 9th December 2018 6.00 pm
St James Church, Shaftesbury
This week Pilgrim has been walking late into the afternoon, and he hasn’t realised how dark it was becoming. Suddenly he sees an extraordinary light and sight in the sky. What looks like angels with trumpets heralding the approach of something – but what?
It seems to be like a whirling Catherine wheel of light, showering sparks in all directions, getting larger and brighter as it comes towards him. It certainly is not the baby he might have expected at this time of year; it resembles a sparkling crown – of thorns maybe? – but certainly vibrant, alive, attractive and full of energy – a life force perhaps?
Come and join us to hear more; you will be very welcome!
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!
Sunday 11th November 2018 6.00 pm
Palladwr, 30, St James’ Street, Shaftesbury
This week Pilgrim stands at a memorial he last visited four years ago; nothing appears to have changed here – or elsewhere in the world either – people are still fighting, people are still starving, people are still oppressed and abused by others. The only common thread about our humanity appears to be our inhumanity to our fellow beings. How intelligent is that, especially at this centenary of the end of what was meant to be “the war to end all wars”?
With all our technological advances, the next global war could result in a charred and uninhabitable planet. It does make you think – and pray……….
Do come and explore this paradox with us and stay for refreshment and fellowship afterwards.
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
Sunday 14th October 2018 6.00 pm
Palladwr, 30, St James’ Street, Shaftesbury
This week Pilgrim stands at a fork in the track, with his back to us, and scratching his head with one hand as he looks up at the finger posts. One, pointing to the left says "The Way", the other says "This way" while the one pointing back the way he has come, says "Yesterday". The onward tracks wriggle away apart from each other, one finally disappearing into a wood and the other behind a hill. What a choice he has to make – and how should he make it? Is there a hidden meaning or a special code?!
Come and unravel this mystery with us - you will be very welcome, and there is time for fellowship and refreshments afterwards.
NOTE: Change of Venue due to Church being full of scafolding during decoration
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!
Wednesday 10th October 2.30 - 5pm in St Johns Church Hall. Join us to share your memories of Enmore Green and beyond over tea and cake. All are welcome to come and join in what is usually a lively conversation. Contact Elizabeth if you need transport or for more details on 01747 850654 or firstname.lastname@example.org
On Sunday 7th October you are invited to join us for a Harvest Tea at 4.30pm in the church, followed by a service of Harvest Praise at 6.30pm. All are welcome. You are invited to bring non-perishable foodstuff which will be donated to the Gillingham Foodbank.