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Sunday 11th June 2017
6.00 pm
St James’ Church, Shaftesbury

Maybe Pilgrim has eaten too much cheese for supper and is dreaming – or is it a nightmare? He sees himself opening the gate of a sheepfold at night and horror of horrors – allowing the farmers precious sheep to escape, and – what’s more – mingle with a herd of scruffy unkempt goats whose horns definitely look dangerous!

Our theme this week is “Spread the Word!……….”, when the apostles felt that the fruits of Jesus’ life and teaching were meant for everyone, not just the Jews. How eagerly the Gentiles embraced it too!

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


We were treated to a wonderful summer Concert on the 23rd May in St James from the Gillingham Singers. The evening started off with the John Rutter 'The Sprig of Thyme' with traditional folk-songs sung by the choir. This was interspersed beautifully by Emma Hetherington on violin and singing folk songs accompanied herself on the guitar. The second half was on the theme of A Little Night Music and included works by Holst, Elgar George Dyson, and finished with the Traditional welsh anthem All Through the Night.
All was under the direction of Charles Hetherington with David Grierson at the Piano. This was however Charles Hetherington’s farewell concert as he is retiring after nearly ten years with the Choir and the singers certainly gave him a good send off.

A big thank you from St James church as this concert raised money towards our Church and Community Together Project.

Our next music event at St James is on the 25th Jun at 3:00pm when Christopher Mahon will be giving an Organ Recital on the theme “Toccata”: Music to celebrate the feast of St Peter.

Videos © Eric Montague - Netfora Video Productions

On Saturday July 1st at 7.30pm, the choir of St Peter's, with additional singers, will be singing part of Karl Jenkins' Mass of the Armed Man, with other items. We rehearse at 6.45pm on Thursday evenings in the church and would welcome some extra singers, in all voices. If you are interested please contact Harold Jackson on 01963 824894 or John Kitching on  01747 852797 or just come to rehearsal. All music will be provided. Thank you.

St Thomas' Melbury Abbas celebrated Rogation Sunday in the beautiful barn at Manor Farm just along from the church - we carried bits of the church to the barn and a roaring wood burner was there to greet us. In our Service we recognised God’s goodness towards us and asked God to protect our crops and our farms and livestock; with the sound of sheep outside and the view of Melbury Beacon through the window it was not difficult. We prayed for the wider stewardship of our world, and as today was also the launch of our Stewardship campaign, and we engaged with the theological ideas behind giving. We then continued to celebrate communion.
Thanks to the Kay family for the use of their barn and to all who helped it was a great time together with God.

Documents from our Stewardship campaign: