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“Pilgrim Service”
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.

“Pilgrim Service”
Sunday 12th August 2018
6.00 pm
St James’ Church, Shaftesbury

After surviving a hard winter, Pilgrim has resumed his journey as the countryside, too, is waking into spring. His path leads him through a stretch of forest and, as he rounds a corner he comes across the strangest of sights – a full-grown grizzly bear standing with his back to the trunk of a tree and using it as a scratching post to his evident relief and delight as he rubs away the layers of winter fur which, while protecting in the winter, have now become insufferably hot.

Maybe we, too, after a life-changing experience, realise that our comfort zone has become increasingly insulated from the world and that we need to shed our outer layers and excess baggage and travel comfortably carrying with us only the ‘bare necessities of life’!

Come and put down your loads and find out how much easier life can become; Remember God loves all bears – even if some of them are grizzlies!

Join us for refreshments and fellowship afterwards.

We weren't expecting to be in the middle of a drought when our Team Council decided to support WaterAid through the offering at our summer Barn Service this year! It turns out to have been a very apt choice and it would be great if we could send a really good sum off to WaterAid from our collection on Sunday. Why not take a few minutes to look at their website wateraid.org/uk, find out about what they do, and decide how much you'd like to give on Sunday? We'll have gift aid envelopes available at the service on Sunday, so that if you're a taxpayer, your gift can go even further.

Don't forget that the Barn Service is not at the usual venue. It will be at Lower Breach Farm, West Orchard, SP7 0LL. Map here. The service will still be at the original time of 11:00, with a bring and share lunch to follow. Bishop Karen will be leading our service and joining us for lunch afterwards. All are welcome.

There is a new post being advertised by the Diocese of Salisbury, for a Rural Field Officer for West Dorset. This exciting new four year post creates the opportunity for someone passionate about rural Church to support, encourage and develop rural ministry and mission, working with clergy and congregations across West Dorset.

You will bring your own gifts, experience and enthusiasm to work within a visionary team of Bishop, Archdeacon, rural deans, lay chairs and other resource officers.  It would suit someone (lay or ordained) wanting to contribute to the life of the diocese and the rural church at a significant time.

For more information including salary and requirements of the job please visit  https://www.salisbury.anglican.org/whos-who/job-vacancies/lay/rural-field-officer-west-dorset

Application forms are also obtainable from

sherborne.office@salisbury.anglican.org

Closing date: 31st August 2018, Interview:  18th September 2018

All information is available here https://www.salisbury.anglican.org/whos-who/job-vacancies/lay/rural-field-officer-west-dorset