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Kevin Martin was ordained at St Peter's Church last week, by Bishop Nicholas and joins us as curate.  Team Rector the Revd Helen Dawes has these words of thanks following the service: "An enormous THANK YOU to everyone who made Kevin's ordination such a joyous celebration! Thank you to the bishop's chaplain and office team for arranging the service and producing the service books, thank you to our musicians and choir, to the flower arrangers, bell ringers, church cleaners and to everyone who brought or served food at the party and to those who washed up afterwards. Thank you to Bishop Nick for leading us in glorious worship and to the Ven Vanessa Herrick for inspiring us with her words. Finally, thank you to everyone I'll realise I should have mentioned...Now we continue with the work of the Church, and for that, thanks be to God!"

Little Fishes poster (002) Little Fishes is up and running! The next session is at St Peter's on Thursday 28th September.

Little Fishes is a new toddler group for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers with their parents or carers, and runs fortnightly at St Peter's Church.  Bring your little one along to enjoy a simple bible story, craft and sing-along. For further details please ring Karen Dickson on 855343.

AN INVITATION

As outlined by John Fuller in the September keyring, the ‘FOLLOWER’ course is ideal for enquirers and any who would like to explore the heart of the Christian faith. Informal sessions will run over 6 weeks and provide opportunities for questions and group discussion.  The course will run from Thursday 12th October beginning at 7.30pm and we will meet in St Peter’s Church Hall (at the top of Gold Hill). To be a pilgrim is to set out on a journey of discovery, an adventure like no other..! Will you join us?

If you would like to take part or would like further information, please contact Rev Jeremy Mais 01747 858931

GROWING IN FAITH

This course is for those who are already on their Christian journey and welcome an opportunity to reflect on the nature of Christian discipleship and deepen their understanding of the Christian faith.

Like the "Follower Stage" each of the 4 Pilgrim courses consists of six sessions. The first of these, entitled "The Creeds" looks at the nature of Christian belief. Under the guidance of a leader, participants are invited to share what they believe, discuss how it affects their faith and their daily life, and look at specific issues as suggested in the excellent handbook.

The course will run from Wednesday 11th October beginning at 7.30pm and we will meet in St Peter’s Church Hall (at the top of Gold Hill). If you would like to take part or would like further information, please contact Rev John Fuller on 01747 850079.

Little Fishes is a new toddler group for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers with their parents or carers, and will run fortnightly at St Peter's Church, beginning on Thursday 14th September at 10.30am.  Bring your little one along to enjoy a simple bible story, craft and sing-along. For further details please ring Karen Dickson on 855343.

On the 22nd August 2017 the Friends of St James' hold their annual Pimms party, starting at 6.30pm for an evening on a Jane Austen theme. The event will also be an opportunity to display the current plan for the Field car park which has now received outline planning permission. Tickets £7 available in advance or on the door.

 A service of thanksgiving, celebration and re-dedication marking 40 years since the re-opening of St Peter's Church took place on the 2nd July, with the Rt Revd Karen Gorham, Bishop of Sherborne.

The service was followed by a celebration tea; thanks to Mike Bailey for providing some photographic mementoes of the event, a few can be enjoyed here - showing off the inventive and wonderful work that went in to the flower festival which also took place at St Peter's that weekend.

 

An evening of beautiful baroque music awaits at St James', at 7.00pm on Saturday 22nd July as part of the 150th Anniversary Celebrations.

There will be music by J S Bach, William Boyce, Dittesdorf, a selection of arias, Vivaldi, and Corelli, with members of the English National Baroque performing.  Admission is by voluntary contribution.

On Sunday 23rd July at 10.00am there will be a Patronal Festival, Choral Eucharist and at 3.00pm the Shaftesbury Community Choir performs. Free admission with a retiring collection.

Sunday 9th July 2017
6.00 pm
St James’ Church, Shaftesbury

Pilgrim has lost track of how long he has been walking. For the last three days he’s followed an old drover’s road but there are no signposts to reassure him he’s on the right track. Today there are gusts of wind which whip up the dust and sting his eyes. Wrapped in his own thoughts, he becomes aware of others heading in the same direction. Some hobble with sticks, and others seem to be in a hurry to reach the city of palms before the weather worsens.
Pilgrim is exhausted. His feet ache and his eyes are so very sore. He decides to rest under a cedar tree just for a moment or two. Not for the first time a thought gnaws away in his mind that his life is about to change and he’s excited and fearful in equal measure.

Our theme this week is “A Time of Change!……….”, when there is a change in the service leadership team, a change in Pilgrim’s life – and maybe in ours as well!

Do come and join us to share thoughts and hospitality together both during and after our gathering. You will be very welcome!