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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

A Gold Hill Museum Community Project


A Commemoration
at St James' Church'  Shaftesbury
Saturday 12th November 2016 2:00-4:00pm

Readings, music, poetry and images
from the First World War.
followed by afternoon tea.

Entrance is free, there will be a retiring collection to be shared between the British Legion Poppy Appeal and the St. James' Refurbishment Fund.
If you would like to attend please contact: Clair Ryley and Ann Symons, Gold Hill Museum, Shaftesbury, SP7 8JW: email  01747 852822


There were twenty-two people on the retreat this year (including quite a few who came for the first time) and Pam invited us to explore some of the many ways God sustains us as we journey closer to him.  We traced labyrinths as we reflected on our journey so far; chose pictures and shared the ways in which they spoke to us about God; and thought about our relationship with him as we explored the symbolism of water.  We came together for services in the chapel and spent times in silence, in our rooms, in the lovely Abbey House garden, or in the ruins of the Abbey itself.  On Saturday afternoon, some of us climbed the Tor, to enjoy the stunning view from the top, and others walked round the town - which has two labyrinths of its own: one (for feet) in the grounds of St John's Church and the other (for fingers) in the Royal Magdalene Almshouses, which are hidden away down an alley in the centre of the town.  As always, the staff at Abbey House took very good care of us and the food was delicious.  Thank you to them, and to Pam for offering us so many ways to find bread for our journey.

cambellThis Saturday, 15th October at St Peter's there is a concert of piano music, not to be missed! Nearly 3 years ago an amazing young pianist from Tisbury, Alexander Chapman Campbell, launched his debut album "Sketches of Light" in a concert at St Peter's, inspired by time spent in North of Scotland, Alexander has now moved there and released his 2nd album "Portraits of Earth" in March, which is now the basis of a UK tour. He is performing at Manchester Cathedral on 22nd October but the week before, on the 15th, he has asked to return to St Peter's for a concert " where it all began ". This is a unique opportunity to hear this extraordinary talent, whose music is hauntingly beautiful and has been described as "a glimpse of something new". The concert will be at 7.30pm, Tickets £10 (£8 concession) can be obtained on his website or at the door on the night.

fi_abbeyradioCatch an interview with Reverend Helen Dawes on Thursday 13th October, on Community Radio Station Abbey104 which operates in the Sherborne area, run by volunteers; Shaftesbury is on the eastern edge of the broadcasting catchment area at 104.7 FM and they invited Helen for a short interview. You can also listen live online at between 5-6pm on Thursday 13th October, and the programme is also available for a week on the catch up service via the website, click on the "Local World" programme. Helen talks about life as Team Rector and gives a fascinating insight to the Shaftesbury Team Ministry, interview by Katy Ashman, our administrator.

“Pilgrim Service”
Sunday 9th October 2016
6.00 pm
St James’ Church, Shaftesbury


Having been able to follow the path easily recently, Pilgrim now finds it steadily becoming less well-trodden and more indistinct, running downhill towards a steep escarpment, at the base of which the path seems to stop!
He wonders if he took a wrong fork, and how far he might have to backtrack to find the right turning. But then he sees some very uneven steps cut in the rock on his left, leading upwards – maybe this is the way after all?

This week our theme is "No Way but Up!" Very often, when we lose our own way – when some worldly obsession fills our mind – we finally realise from the pit of our despair, that the only way is indeed UP! If we search, we will always find there is a lifeline being held out for us: If we choose to grab onto it we will find our way becomes far safer and less difficult.

The language speaks to us at whatever stage we are in our own life journey, and is interspersed with songs from the Celtic tradition. Afterwards we share friendship and refreshments.

If you would like a change from the more traditional service, you might find that, actually, God has been guiding your footsteps, even when you thought you were!

If you would like to join us, you would be very welcome!


Salisbury  Cathedral  Choir
St Mary’s Church, Motcombe

Monday 7th Nov 2016 at 7.30pm

Sacred Masterpieces


Music by Bairstow, Byrd, Palestrina and Purcell
Directed by David Halls with Claudia Grinnell (Organ)

Free Tickets (Limited Numbers) available from
the Church and the Village Shop.

There will be a Retiring Collection in aid of the Organ Repair Fund.

To  reserve tickets  (pick up at the door) Tel: 01747 854048
or e-mail:

St Peter's Harvest Festival service took place on 2nd October, and regular worshippers were joined by children from Shaftesbury Primary School with their parents. Singing was led by the worship band, and in addition we were treated to dancing to the music "Harvest Samba", by four pupils, and led in the singing of "Autumn Days" by the school choir. Holly and Sophie, two of our regular 9 year old worshippers and members of the worship band, shared the 2nd reading. The Rector was assisted in her talk by a number of children. During the service we also welcomed seven-month old Austin Snell after his recent baptism at the church. Our harvest gifts were sent to the Gillingham Food bank.