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At St Peter's Church on Shaftesbury High Street we are looking for someone to be our Music Director and Organist. This is a paid part-time post covering three Sunday morning services a month, a weekly choir rehearsal and a number of special services through the year. St Peter's is a church that loves music from a wide range of traditions. We have a regular congregation of about 100 people of all ages. Full details are in the job description below.

Do you know someone who's a great organist and experienced choir director who might be interested? Please pass these details on! Does this sound like you? We'd love to hear from you! Details of how to apply are in the job description.

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Motcombe Open Gardens is on Sunday 3rd June from 12.30 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.

15 gardens will be open: pick up your tickets and map at the church.  Tickets are £6 per adult, £1.50 per child (includes Treasure Hunt)  and tea will be served at The Vicarage from 2.30 p.m.  All proceeds to Secondary Cancer Research and St Mary's Church.

Sunday 20th May – Pentecost

8:00am – BCP Holy Communion (Motcombe)

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

9:30am – Parish Communion (St James’)

9:30am  – Family Service (Motcombe)

11:15am – Parish Communion (Enmore Green)

11:15am – Matins with Holy Baptism of Molly Langlands (Margaret Marsh)

11:15am – Rogation Service (Compton Abbas)

3.00pm – Baptism Service (St Peter’s)

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St Peter's


On Saturday 26th  May it's St John's in the Town Hall  from 10 am - 2 pm. Stalls and refreshments, Bric a brac, books, cakes and produce, plants, greetings cards and a splendid raffle with a luxury Hamper donated by Virginia Heywood as the first prize.   There will be several other quality prizes. The Friends of St. John’s will be looking after the culinary side of things too.

Four professional singers from Germany will be performing at St Peter's, a programme including Mozart, Fauré, Franck, Elgar and Britten, and a selection of traditional spirituals arranged for four voices.

The ensemble comes from Soest, a small cathedral city in Westfalia and their name “SONGS” is short for “Soest's New Guild of Singers”.

The concert “Heavenly Sounds” begins at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday 23rd May,

Tickets cost £10, and are available at the door. 

Sunday 13th May – Seventh Sunday of Easter

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

9:30am – Parish Communion with prayers for wholeness and healing (St Peter’s)

9:30am – Sung BCP Communion (St James’)

9:30am  – Parish Communion (Motcombe)

11:15am – Parish Communion (West Orchard)

11:15am – Rogation Service at Nigel & Hannah Kay’s barn (Melbury Abbas)

11:15am – Parish Communion (Enmore Green)

6.00pm – Pilgrim Service (St James’)

St Peter's

St James and
Enmore Green


Melbury Abbas

Please note that the Team Office will be closed from Friday 11th May at 12noon, reopening on Monday 21st May at 9am.

From Thursday 10th May until Sunday 20th May the  parishes in our team are taking part in ‘Thy Kingdom Come’.  This is a special time of year as we remember Jesus ascending into heaven after appearing to his disciples following his resurrection.  We then wait to celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost which we celebrate this year on Sunday 20th May.

Thy Kingdom Come is a period of encouraging people to pray using many different methods.  We are encouraging people to engage in a pilgrimage around the churches in our Team that are open during the day.  You can find out which churches these are by using the ‘Passport’ which you will find on each of the stations.

Once you have prayed at a station place one of the coloured stickers from that station on your passport.  Take the passport round with you and at the end reflect on which way of praying suited you best.

Think about other ways you can pray now you have experienced some new forms.  If you would like new ideas you can visit the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ website at

As Katy will be moving away this summer, we are seeking an experienced administrator to run our office on Gold Hill. Working with the clergy team, you will provide central administrative and communications support and be the first point of contact for many of our enquirers. Excellent communication skills, pastoral sensitivity and an eye for detail are essential for this varied and rewarding role.

More details of the role are in the profile document attached. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 24th May 2018. The start date will be July 23rd, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Team Administrator Job Description March 2018