Sunday 3rd December 2017 – First Sunday of Advent


8:00am - BCP Communion (Compton Abbas)

9:30am – Family Service (St Peter's)

9:30am – Parish Communion (St James')

9:30am – Parish Communion (Melbury Abbas)

11:15am – BCP Communion (Motcombe)

11:15am – BCP Communion (Margaret Marsh)

2:00pm – Thanksgiving for birth of a child service (St James’)

3:30pm – Evensong (Enmore Green)

6:00pm – Churches Together Shaftesbury Advent Service (St Peter’s)

6:30pm – Evening Praise (West Orchard)

News from Across the Churches

St Peter's

St James and
Enmore Green


Melbury Abbas

Join us at our Christingle Services at St Mary's Church in Motcombe on Sunday 10th December at 4.30pm and at St James' Church in Shaftesbury on Sunday 16th December at 4.30pm.

The Children's Society helps support vulnerable children across the country. To find out more visit Team Christingle 2017

Poster Christmas Coffee Morning 2017  An opportunity for some Christmas shopping on Saturday December the 2nd between 10.30am and 12.30pm at Melbury Abbas Village Hall at a Christmas Coffee Morning with gifts, cakes, bric a brac, books, raffle, decorations, wreaths, and local produce on sale too. Everyone is welcome.

This Saturday, 25th November at 7.30pm there is a Concert in St Peter's Church, featuring THE MILL SINGERS - a male voice choir, and JUBILATE.

Tickets are £8 - available from Westminster Memorial Hospital Reception in advance, or at the church door on the evening. Refreshments available. A mixed programme of songs and choral pieces and an entertaining evening awaits! Proceeds to the Friends of the Westminster Memorial Hospital.

This Saturday, 25th November from 10am until 2pm there is a Christmas Fair, in aid of St James' church in the Town Hall. There will be a range of produce and gifts to buy, as well as a prize draw and tombola, with hot snacks, tea and coffee available too!

Click on the link for the full poster. Christmas Fair Poster 2017

News from the churches in and around Shaftesbury  ... "keeping you in touch."  


Sunday 12th November – Remembrance Sunday

8:00am – BCP Holy Communion (St Peter’s)

9:30am – Parish Communion (St Peter’s)

9:30am – Remembrance Service (St James’)

10:00am - Remembrance Service (Motcombe)

10:45am – Remembrance Service (St Peter’s)

10:50am – Remembrance Service (Margaret Marsh)

10:55am – Remembrance Service (Compton Abbas)

10:55am – Remembrance Service (Melbury Abbas)

11:15am – Parish Communion (Enmore Green)

2:00pm – Baptism (St James’)

6:00pm – Pilgrim Service (St James’) 

News from Across the Churches

St Peter's

St James and
Enmore Green


Melbury Abbas


Friends of North Dorset Women’s Refuge By popular demand, we are presenting a return of the Gravellers, a men’s group of a capella singers. With Rose, Mary and Thyme. They will be at St Mary’s Motcombe on Sunday afternoon, 19th November at 3.00 pm. Tickets £10.00 from the Village Shop or on the door includes afternoon tea.

Friends of the Refuge Poster Nov 2017


If you enjoyed Joseph and his Technicolor dream coat several years ago, then don't miss the Rock Nativity, with performances starting at 7.30pm on

  • December 7th: St. Peter's Church
  • December 8th: St. James' Church
  • December 9th: St. Mary's Church, Motcombe

This 1970s musical is a lively, affectionate take on the well known and loved Nativity story with catchy tunes, lots of singing and even audience participation!

Tickets are on sale from the churches of performances, the church team office, Shaftesbury Arts Centre and Motcombe Shop.   Tickets £10 adults and £5 for 16 and under. Don't miss the fantastic show, which is a fundraiser for the churches.

Rock Nativity 2017