Sunday 11th November 2018 6.00 pm
Palladwr, 30, St James’ Street, Shaftesbury
This week Pilgrim stands at a memorial he last visited four years ago; nothing appears to have changed here – or elsewhere in the world either – people are still fighting, people are still starving, people are still oppressed and abused by others. The only common thread about our humanity appears to be our inhumanity to our fellow beings. How intelligent is that, especially at this centenary of the end of what was meant to be “the war to end all wars”?
With all our technological advances, the next global war could result in a charred and uninhabitable planet. It does make you think – and pray……….
Do come and explore this paradox with us and stay for refreshment and fellowship afterwards.
The Team Retreat 2019 will be over the weekend of September 20-22, at the Othona Community, West Dorset. This is on the coast near Burton Bradstock. It will be led by Canon James Woodward, Principal of Sarum College. There is more information in November's Key Ring. A booking form will be available early in the new year. There is less accommodation here than at our two previous venues, and early expressions of interest can be logged from now on with Michael & Beverley Pattison at email@example.com
Sunday 14th October 2018 6.00 pm
Palladwr, 30, St James’ Street, Shaftesbury
This week Pilgrim stands at a fork in the track, with his back to us, and scratching his head with one hand as he looks up at the finger posts. One, pointing to the left says "The Way", the other says "This way" while the one pointing back the way he has come, says "Yesterday". The onward tracks wriggle away apart from each other, one finally disappearing into a wood and the other behind a hill. What a choice he has to make – and how should he make it? Is there a hidden meaning or a special code?!
Come and unravel this mystery with us - you will be very welcome, and there is time for fellowship and refreshments afterwards.
NOTE: Change of Venue due to Church being full of scafolding during decoration
In this special centenary year, Rodney Attwood will be giving an illustrated talk on the British Army chaplains of WW1 on 30th October, 7pm in St Peter’s Church. £5 per person in aid of the Poppy Appeal and Shaftesbury Team of Churches. Do join us!
John Fuller will be leading the next Pilgrim Course on “The Bible”. As before, there will be six sessions; the first at 7.30pm on Wednesday 10th October at 11 Ratcliffe Gardens. Everyone is welcome. For information please contact John on 01747 850079 – or just arrive!
Wednesday 10th October 2.30 - 5pm in St Johns Church Hall. Join us to share your memories of Enmore Green and beyond over tea and cake. All are welcome to come and join in what is usually a lively conversation. Contact Elizabeth if you need transport or for more details on 01747 850654 or firstname.lastname@example.org
On Sunday 7th October you are invited to join us for a Harvest Tea at 4.30pm in the church, followed by a service of Harvest Praise at 6.30pm. All are welcome. You are invited to bring non-perishable foodstuff which will be donated to the Gillingham Foodbank.
St Peter's welcomed over 160 Year 7 pupils and their teachers from Shaftesbury School for a special service at the beginning of the new school year. During the service, students tied prayer messages on to a prayer tree and shared some great reflections on the first week of Year 7.
Sunday 9th September 2018 - 6.00 pm
St James’ Church, Shaftesbury
We now see Pilgrim’s road is closed to him as the level crossing gates are set for a train to pass; He has already waited sometime and there’s still no sight or sound of an approaching train so – in the meantime – Pilgrim sits down and contents himself with idly taking in the sights around him; he becomes aware of the drowsy buzzing of a bumble bee, and how beautifully this roadside daisy he is holding is put together. Maybe this enforced ‘time-out’ is God’s idea?!
Come and find out with us - you will be very welcome, and there is time for fellowship and refreshments afterwards.
We continue to mark our 175th Birthday with a Celebration in Flowers, loosely themed on the occupations and trades recorded in the 1841 Census, which was taken two years before St John's opened. We invite you to come on Saturday 8th September 10- 4.30 or Sunday 9th 2.30 - 5pm, and see our little church in festive mood. Refreshments will be available - Teas on Sunday afternoon. We shall be welcoming Bishop Karen Gorham to lead our Festival Communion on Sunday 9th at 11.15am.