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TEAM QUIET DAY

Our Team Quiet Day will be held on Saturday 2nd February 2019 at Hilfield Friary, from 10am – 5pm. The day will include two talks by Hilfield community member, Brother Hugh, on Franciscan spirituality and how it can inform mission and spirituality in our own context.

We have a maximum of 25 places available so please book early with the Team Office to avoid disappointment. Please make your own travel arrangements (sharing cars if possible) and bring a packed lunch. Hilfield Friary invite a donation of between £5 and £10 per person and Gift Aid forms will be available on the day.

 John Fuller will be leading the next, and last, Pilgrim Course this January/February. The theme is “Church & Kingdom”, exploring what our Christian discipleship means in our daily lives. The first of six sessions will be held this Wednesday, 9th January beginning at 7.30pm at 11 Ratcliffe Gardens. John welcomes those who have shared in earlier courses and anyone who would like to join for the first time. For more information please contact John on 01747 850079.

THE WORLD IN SAFE HANDS?

Bishop Nicholas is to speak at The Exchange, Sturminster Newton at 3pm on 31st January 2019 about what response to the current environmental crisis we can make and why it matters. Bishop Nicholas is the lead Bishop for the environment in the House of Lords. Tickets will be available shortly from the Shaftesbury Team Office.

 

Released Sunday 23rd December 2018 at 9:30am.

The Archdeacon of Sarum announces today that following an open recruitment process the next Team Rector of the Clarendon Benefice, east of Salisbury, will be the Revd Simon Chambers. The date of the licensing service has not yet been fixed, but Simon will be with us until late March next year. Further details will follow once they are available. In the meantime we congratulate Simon on his promotion and will be praying for him and his family as they prepare to move to Winterslow.

Clarendon Team Website: http://www.clarendonteam.org

Christmas services across the Team 2018

Sun 16th
11.15am         The Orchards & MM  Carol Service at West Orchard
6.00pm           Motcombe                  Carol Service

Wed 19th
7.00pm           St James                      Carols by Candlelight

Thu 20th
6.00pm           Compton Abbas         Carol Service

Sat 22nd
6.00pm           St Peter’s                    Carol Service

Sun 23rd
3.30pm           Enmore Green           Carol Service
6.30pm           Melbury Abbas          Carol Service

Mon  24th     Christmas Eve
2.30pm           St Peter’s                    Crib Service
4.00pm           St Peter’s                    Crib Service
4.00pm           Compton Abbas         Crib Service
4.00pm           Motcombe                  Crib Service
10.00pm         Melbury Abbas          Midnight Mass
11.15pm         St Peter’s                    Midnight Mass
11.30pm         St James’                     Midnight Mass
11.30pm         Motcombe                  Midnight Mass

Tue 25th        Christmas Day

8.00am           Enmore Green           Holy Communion with Carols
9.30am           St Peter’s                    All Age Communion with Carols
9.30am           St James’                     Family Festival Communion
9.30am           Motcombe                  Family Festival Communion
11.15am         Compton Abbas         Family Festival Communion
11.15am         Melbury Abbas          Family Festival Communion
11.15am         Margaret Marsh         Parish Communion

Sunday 30th
10.00am         Enmore Green           Team Communion at St Johns

January 2019:

Sun 6th
6.00pm           St James                        Procession of the Magi

Sunday 9th December 2018 6.00 pm
at
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
at
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 m.a.pattison@gmail.com