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“Pilgrim Service”
Sunday 8th January 2017 6.00 pm
St James’ Church, Shaftesbury

This week Pilgrim finds himself overlooking a valley, which looks magically as though it’s filled with a sea of fog, with just the tops of a few tall trees, and the crest of a hill in the far background; His road slowly descends into this white wall of wool. Cars speed past then brake sharply, disappearing with a flash of brake lights into nothingness.

The Theme for the week is “Fogbound”. Whilst in the fog all must proceed with care – almost just by touch and feel, because the eyes can play tricks, and sounds could come from anywhere.

It is comforting to know that, somewhere above, the sun is shining and will burn this all away and the day will become bright and clear.

Do come and enjoy the service with us.

Thursday 22nd December

A traditional service of  Lessons and Carols with Choir anthems.
Come sing your favourite carols all set in atmospheric candlelight.
Join us, and start your Christmas celebrations right.

There will be a retiring collection for the work of Open House Shaftesbury - a local Christian organisation working with some of the effects of poverty in our community

“Pilgrim Service”
Sunday 11th December 2016 6.00 pm
St James’ Church, Shaftesbury

During the wild, winter weather Pilgrim’s path brings him to a bridge over a river, now carrying trees and flotsam in its path rushing in a torrent rapidly downstream.

He sees with dismay that the centre part of the bridge has been washed away as the middle supports have disappeared. Wondering what to do now, his gaze is caught by a flash of light from the far bank. Glancing up, he sees the sun reflected off the blade of an axe carried by a sturdy lumber-jack walking along the path out of the forest towards him.

As luck would have it a lone pine is leaning dangerously over the track, and maybe this man could fell it and somehow fashion the trunk into a makeshift bridge?

This week our theme is "Mending bridges" and reminds us that to rebuild bridges in our relationships with others both takes a willingness on our own part to acknowledge our share of the damage, and also grace on God's part, which helps all involved to re-build the bridge for us.

“Pilgrim Service”
Sunday 13th November 2016
6.00 pm
St James’ Church, Shaftesbury


Having been able to discern a way up the cliff, Pilgrim now finds that the going is distinctly easier – and indeed nearer to civilisation - because he comes upon a metalled road. In what looks to be the middle of nowhere, he even finds a weatherworn bus stop and his spirits soar with the idea of taking the weight off his feet.

But the time-table is indistinct, either weather or vandals – who knows? He settles down to wait, not knowing when - or even if - a bus will ever come.

This week our theme is “Missed the bus”. Very often, when our plans for the future turn to dust and ashes, we have to stop and rethink all our options in the light of the recent past. Even when there appears to be no obvious direction, we find that we have just to keep on keeping on, to live each day in faith until – in an unexpected way – God’s bus takes us by a different route towards a better outcome, but we may not realise this until after it’s all happened !

What a fabulous evening! On Monday 7th November, 13 boy Choristers, 5 men, 1 lady, 2 chaperones, the Organ Scholar and David Halls, Director of Music, descended on Motcombe in two mini-buses. At 5.30pm they were rehearsing in church. At 6.30pm they were eating their supper, half of them at the Vicarage with Rev Pam and Dennis, the other half at Greg and Angie’s house. Sausages and mash followed by pudding went down a treat.  At 7.15pm they were robing in the school hall, and at 7.30pm they entered the church, which was absolutely full. Then they started to sing. Wow! Their powerful, beautiful, sonorous toned filled the air, and we were all transported heavenwards! The organ solos had to be changed because of the problems with the Pedal Organ. We had hoped that repair work would be finished in time for the concert, but it didn’t happen. Hopefully, before long, the work will be done, and the organ restored to its former glory. David Halls himself made the Appeal in aid of the Organ Repair Fund, and through the generosity of so many people, over £1,000 was raised. Thank you, everybody who responded so generously. Thank you, everyone who worked so tirelessly to make this concert such a huge success. Your efforts are very much appreciated. We look forward to other exciting things happening before long. Watch this space!


acoustic double_baseJazz at St James
Friday 18th November
at 7.30pm
St. James Church, Shaftesbury

Enjoy gentle jazz and songs that swing from
Michael Botterill (guitar)
David Botterill (double bass)
Nick Spencer (vocals)
and special guest
Kate Botterill Downs (flute)

Michael Botterill is a well known guitarist playing in bands or solo. Nick Spencer sang for us last year with Quantum of Swing. David Botterill most recently played bass at Shaftesbury Arts Centre in The Beggars Opera as did Kate Botterill Downs although you may have heard her with The Phoenix Cafe Orchestra or Saxophony.

Price: £8 to include a glass of wine or a soft drink
Tickets on the door

In aid of St. James Church and Community Together project

An hour of seasonal music followed by a delicious tea and time to socialise and meet new people will be a great afternoon event:


Sunday 27th November at 3:00pm
at St James' Church, Foyle Hill, Shaftesbury

to mark

The 1st Sunday of Advent

Free entry and all welcome

if you would like to come but do not have transport please telephone Philippa 01747 812365

On Sunday 6th November at 4pm, St Peter's will be holding a special service where those who have been bereaved can remember those they have loved before God. During the service the names of those being remembered will be read out and there will be a time to light a candle in memory of a loved one. All are welcome at this quiet service of reflection and thanksgiving, whether recently bereaved or giving thanks for the lives of those who have died many years ago. Refreshments will be served at the end of the service and there will be time to share memories of those we have loved but who rest now with God.

Solitary candle with reflections in the darkness
Solitary candle with reflections in the darkness