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St Peter's Church are hosting a fundraising Supper Dance on Saturday 11th May at 6.30pm. A 3-course dinner, starting with Prosecco and canapes, plus entertainment and dancing!  Do come and join us.

Tickets are £25 each, available from Margaret Mellor, Florence Mudoti, Emma Smith and Roz Butcher.  Contact by phone, email or in person. Email r.e.butcher@btinternet.com or phone Roz on 01747 850212

Sunday 14th April

6.00pm

St James' Church

We now see Pilgrim’s world has closed in around him. He is in waders, with a staff to help him, picking his way slowly along the bed of a large sewer. On his left two sewage outlets pour their cargo of liquid ordure into the main drain; on his other side a rat scurries past him, while a nearby handrail stands festooned with wet wipes; and the smell – the smell is indescribable.

However, we see him in silhouette, so there is light some distance in front of him – an end to this current man-made world of chaos and nastiness - a new dawn, a new resurrection into somewhere infinitely more pleasant than where he is, but he has to travel through the depths to reach it. He grits his teeth and sets off again. Come and be a companion on this last stretch - you will be very welcome, and there is time for fellowship and refreshments afterwards.

On Sunday 24th March the Shaftesbury Team came together to bid farewell to Revd Simon Chambers and his family as they prepare to move on to the Clarendon Team. These are some of the words of gratitude that were offered that day:

"Well, this is it, suddenly upon us – the final goodbye to Simon and family.

‘Parting is such sorrow’ and of course in this instance more so. We cannot just walk away and say ‘see you around’ or we’ll meet up for coffee, as you can when one normally loses a work colleague but ‘tis as it has to be.

As when a child leaves home to enter the wider world for growth and development we wave you off with mixed feelings of pain and joy as you venture forth.

Remember the song “You never know what you’ve got till it’s gone”? Well we here in St James' are definitely going to discover ‘big time’ how Simon knit together gaping holes and potential cracks in his own quiet, gentle, unassuming way; never causing a fuss or making you feel you’d failed, were incompetent or ignorant – a rare gift in today’s society.

It has been a pleasure to have Simon’s initiation into family life here and have him at the helm of all we have achieved; it would not have happened without his faith in us and many skills both in the workplace and priestly office.

In the meantime, we will take up the wheel and steer gently through the year ahead in faith that another will join us to lead and share what we have to offer here in our beautiful corner of Dorset.

Our prayer is that we can welcome our next incumbent with open, generous hearts and minds, be ready to embrace their gifts and talents which, undoubtably, will have been lying dormant just waiting for the right time, place and people in which to germinate.

Thank you Simon……………..

Once the dust has settled and all the boxes packed away in your new home, you will receive a portfolio containing memories of your time with us.  A memento to share with the family as they grow up."

 

St James' Church Sudan Appeal - a once a year opportunity!

Saturday 30th March - doors open at 10.00am in Shaftesbury Town Hall

Recycling and vintage sale of books, china & glass, retro & vintage, records, ornaments, pictures, jewellery, toys, vintage linen, bric-a-brac, household items, and much, much more. There is bound to be something you need!

If you have anything to sell please call Julian on 01747 851531

 

 

Team Retreat 2019 Application Form

As already publicised, this year’s Retreat will run from early afternoon Friday 20th September to mid-afternoon on Sunday 22nd September 2019 at The Othona Community, near Burton Bradstock on the Jurassic Coast; check it out at www.othona-west-dorset.co.uk.

The theme will be:

On the Border: a weekend in the company of the Celtic Saints.

 It will be led by Canon James Woodward, Principal of Sarum College, whose impressive CV is posted below.

Our venue offers a smaller and simpler style in a more dramatic setting than our 2018 venture in Poole. Costs are slightly lower: £140 for single occupancy for the weekend, or £125 per person for couples or sharers.  There will be an option to pay by instalments.  Please send a deposit of £20 per person with your booking form, and state there if you would like to pay in further monthly instalments - £15 per month over 7 months if you book early.  Bookings close 10th August 2019 or earlier if all spaces are filled, the full charge to be paid by 17th August 2019.

Cheques made out to Shaftesbury Team Ministry should be delivered with the completed booking form below to the Team Office in an envelope marked Team Retreat 2019.  For further information, please contact Michael and Beverley Pattison, preferably by email: m.a.pattison@gmail.com.

The Reverend Canon Professor James Woodward Ph.D was born in Durham in 1961. He was educated at Spennymoor Grammar School, and then at King's College London, where he read Theology. After a year working at St Christopher's Hospice in London, he spent 2 years training for Ministry in the Anglican Church at Westcott House, Cambridge. Ordained in 1985, he has worked as a Curate, a Bishop's Chaplain, a Hospital Chaplain and from 1996 in Parochial Ministry in the Diocese of Birmingham.

From 1998 to 2009 he was the Master of the Foundation of Lady Katherine Leveson, Temple Balsall, Vicar of St Mary's Church and the Director of the Leveson Centre for the Study of Ageing, Spirituality and Social Policy. In this post he pioneered work in both Church and society to encourage better thinking and practice in the support and care of older people. From 2009 to 2015 he was a Canon of Windsor.

He was appointed Principal of Sarum College in September 2015 and Professor of Theology at Winchester University in 2017. He chairs Salisbury Cathedral School Governors.

He has written widely in the area of Pastoral Theology. He has taught in a number of universities including the Open University and in Warwick Business and Medical Schools and the University of Birmingham. He is much in demand as a speaker and lecturer. He has written and edited fifteen books.