“Pilgrim Service” Sunday 12thAugust2018 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.
Come and enjoy a special Summer Afternoon Tea in St Peter's Church this Saturday! We will be serving tea and cakes from 2:30 - 4:30pm on Saturday 4th August to raise money for next year's community outreach projects.
Chat to friends old and new and enjoy a glorious summer afternoon with us!
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.
Wanted - House Companion in our Community House in Canford Heath for young people exploring Christian Ministry.
Pray Serve Grow is a project run by the Diocese of Salisbury for young people (18-30yrs) to spend a year exploring what ordained ministry is all about. We have a Community House in Poole, which accommodates three explorers, and we are looking for a House Companion to live alongside them. The successful applicant will be offered the opportunity to:
Live there, rent and bill free from September 2018 – July 2019
Participate in Community meals free of charge
You will act as a catalyst to ensure that the house is a place of Christian community with a simple rule of life & pattern of prayer.
This is not a contract of employment and you will be free to work in your usual employment.
On Friday the 27th July at 7:30 Nick Crump and Friends presents a Musical Variety Show. Featuring music and song from classical, jazz and folk Genres, Including some of Nick's invented instruments.
This concert is an interesting mix of many different styles of music, Nick is joined by friends who will play or sing solos, duets, trios and quartets on various instruments. Featuring the recorders, guitars, keyboard, violin, organ, vocals, trumpets, flugelhorn and the inevitable couple of invented instruments (flyer shows Nick playing the seahorn). It will be an entertaining and fun informal event for a good cause in a church with lovely acoustics (bring a cushion for your extra comfort!)
St James' Church Shaftesbury
Friday 27th July 7:30pm
Tickets £10 and £5 under 13 at the door
This is a fundrasing event for the Church Reordering Fund.
Please note the Team Barn Service on the Sunday 29th July is now at Lower Breach Farm, West Orchard, SP7 0LL. It is still at 11am, led by Bishop Karen and followed by a Bring & Share lunch.There is parking available and maps should be available in your church or on the following link.