Pilgrim Course - The two groups who met with John and Jeremy for the Autumn Courses will combine for one Pilgrim Course this January and February. The focus for discussion will be the Eucharist. The course will take place at St. Peter's Hall at 7.30 pm on Wednesday evenings starting on Wednesday January 17th. There will be six sessions in all with a break on February 14th for Ash Wednesday.

We look forward to renewing fellowship with those who attended one or other of the Autumn courses but everyone is welcome to join us and it is not essential to have attended one of the Autumn courses. For more details do contact John Fuller on 01747 850079. As before a study guide will be available. We look forward to seeing you.

from the churches in and around Shaftesbury  ... "keeping you in touch."    

Sunday 7th January 2018 – Baptism of Christ

8:00am - BCP Communion (Compton Abbas)

9:30am – Family Service (St Peter's)

9:30am – Parish Communion (St James')

9:30am – Parish Communion (Melbury Abbas)

11:15am – BCP Communion (Motcombe)

11:15am – BCP Communion (Margaret Marsh)

3:30pm – Evensong (Enmore Green)

6:30pm – Evening Praise (West Orchard)

News from Across the Churches


St Peter's

St James and
Enmore Green

Motcombe

Melbury Abbas

An Afternoon with the Rt Revd Dr Rowan Williams

On January 15th, 2018, 3-5pm at The Exchange, Sturminster Newton there is a wonderful opportunity to hear and meet Rowan Williams. Tickets £5 - available after the Team Epiphany Service at St Peter’s which is on Saturday 6th January at 6.00pm – or tickets available from the team office during opening hours (Mon-Fri 9am-12noon).

Pilgrim Course

The two groups who met with John and Jeremy for the Autumn Courses will combine for one Pilgrim Course this January and February. The focus for discussion will be the Eucharist. The course will take place at St. Peter's Hall at 7.30 p.m. on Wednesday evenings starting on Wednesday January 17th. There will be six sessions in all with a break on February 14th for Ash Wednesday. We look forward to renewing fellowship with those who attended one or other of the Autumn courses but everyone is welcome to join us and it is not essential to have attended one of the Autumn courses. For more details do contact John Fuller on 01747 850079. As before a study guide will be available. We look forward to seeing you.

Little Fishes

A reminder that Little Fishes at St Peter’s on Shaftesbury High Street, is a toddler group for babies, toddlers and pre schoolers with their parents or carers, and runs fortnightly at St Peter’s Church at 10.30am. Bring your little one along to enjoy a simple bible story, craft and sing along. For further details call Karen Dickson on 855343 and Little Fishes resumes on 11th Jan, then is on 25th Jan, 8th Feb, 22nd Feb, 8th March and 22nd March.

Messy Church at St Mary's Motcombe

Information about Epiphany Messy Church at Motcombe on Sunday 14th January at 3.00pm - click on this link Messy poster 140118

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Team Office is now closed until 9am on Tuesday 2nd January and our clergy are on leave until the New Year. If you have a query of an urgent pastoral nature then our churchwardens in each parish can respond with a member of retired clergy who may assist, although they are unable to take bookings.

If you have an enquiry about a baptism or wedding, please email office@ShaftesburyCofE.org.uk and we will respond on 2nd January.

Parish Contacts:

St Peter's, Shaftesbury:  Ros  01747 590614

St James, Shaftesbury: Andie  01747 853088, Philippa   01747 812365

St John's, Enmore Green: Elizabeth   01747 850654, 07875 745908

St Mary's, Motcombe:  Liz 01747 852647 or  Gill 01747 851007

St Mary's, Compton Abbas:  Gillian  01747 811263

St Thomas, Melbury Abbas: Jon 07767 868430

You can also leave an answerphone message at the team office on 01747 853060, which will be dealt with on 2nd January. We wish you a peaceful Christmas and New Year.

 

Join us wherever you are.

Carol Services

17th December
11:15am - Margaret Marsh
3:30pm - Enmore Green
6:00pm - Melbury Abbas
6:00pm - Motcombe
21st December
6:00pm - St Peter's Shaftesbury
6:30pm - West Orchard
7:00pm - St James' Shaftesbury

Crib Services

24th December
4:00pm - Compton Abbas
4:00pm - St Peter's Shaftesbury
4:00pm - Motcombe

Midnight Mass

24th December
10:00pm - Melbury Abbas
11:15pm - St Peter's Shaftesbury
11:30pm - St James' Shaftesbury
11:30pm - Motcombe

Christmas Day

(All Communion Services)
8:00am - Enmore Green
9:30am - St Peter's Shaftesbury
9:30am - St James' Shaftesbury
9:30am - Motcombe
11:15am - Compton Abbas
11:15am - Melbury Abbas
11:15am - Margaret Marsh (BCP)

 

Sunday 3rd December 2017 – First Sunday of Advent

 

8:00am - BCP Communion (Compton Abbas)

9:30am – Family Service (St Peter's)

9:30am – Parish Communion (St James')

9:30am – Parish Communion (Melbury Abbas)

11:15am – BCP Communion (Motcombe)

11:15am – BCP Communion (Margaret Marsh)

2:00pm – Thanksgiving for birth of a child service (St James’)

3:30pm – Evensong (Enmore Green)

6:00pm – Churches Together Shaftesbury Advent Service (St Peter’s)

6:30pm – Evening Praise (West Orchard)

News from Across the Churches


St Peter's

St James and
Enmore Green

Motcombe

Melbury Abbas

Join us at our Christingle Services at St Mary's Church in Motcombe on Sunday 10th December at 4.30pm and at St James' Church in Shaftesbury on Sunday 16th December at 4.30pm.

The Children's Society helps support vulnerable children across the country. To find out more visit www.Christingle.org Team Christingle 2017

Poster Christmas Coffee Morning 2017  An opportunity for some Christmas shopping on Saturday December the 2nd between 10.30am and 12.30pm at Melbury Abbas Village Hall at a Christmas Coffee Morning with gifts, cakes, bric a brac, books, raffle, decorations, wreaths, and local produce on sale too. Everyone is welcome.

This Saturday, 25th November at 7.30pm there is a Concert in St Peter's Church, featuring THE MILL SINGERS - a male voice choir, and JUBILATE.

Tickets are £8 - available from Westminster Memorial Hospital Reception in advance, or at the church door on the evening. Refreshments available. A mixed programme of songs and choral pieces and an entertaining evening awaits! Proceeds to the Friends of the Westminster Memorial Hospital.


This Saturday, 25th November from 10am until 2pm there is a Christmas Fair, in aid of St James' church in the Town Hall. There will be a range of produce and gifts to buy, as well as a prize draw and tombola, with hot snacks, tea and coffee available too!

Click on the link for the full poster. Christmas Fair Poster 2017