The weather was kind enough to allow us to celebrate our Pet Service outside at St Thomas', Melbury Abbas on 9th June. Revd Jeremy Mais individually blessed all the pets comprising 9 dogs and 3 horses. We were given a talk by Tony Bates from the Dorset Wildlife Trust who runs their Living Churchyard project. There was also a timely and rare visit from Europe of a Hummingbird Hawk-Moth collecting nectar from our altar flowers!
St Thomas' Church, Melbury Abbas invite you to a Pet Service on Sunday 9th June at 11.15am, with a guest speaker from the Dorset Wildlife Trust. All pets are welcome to come for a blessing - accompanied, of course, by well-behaved owners!
Following the Remembrance service at St Thomas' Church, Melbury Abbas, Revd Simon Chambers planted a chestnut tree to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War One. The tree had been grown from the conker of a tree in Lissenhoek cemetery near Ypres and so its planting, on 11th November 2018, makes a fitting tribute.
St Thomas' Church will be holding their Christmas Fair on Saturday 1st December from 10.30am until 12.30pm in Melbury Abbas Village Hall. There will be local producers selling crafts and food, in addition to gifts, cakes, bric-a-brac, books, Christmas decorations and a raffle. A pop-up cafe will provide refreshments and time to chat. Do come along!
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!
Sunday 9th September: 3.00pm - an afternoon of musical treats from Peter Miller (violin) and Greg Underwood (piano). Tickets £8 from Gill Waine (01747 851007) or from Motcombe church after services. Afternoon tea is included in the ticket price.
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.
Places for the Team Retreat, at The Greenhouse Christian Centre in Poole on 21-23 September, are filling fast, with only a few rooms still available.
If you are thinking of going, please return the booking form which is on the below link and available in most team churches; or get in touch with Michael or Beverley Pattison for more information - firstname.lastname@example.org, 01747 852017.