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Message from Rosemary Saxey: Due to the recent adverse weather, the Women's World Day of Prayer services in Shaftesbury were cancelled, or those that went ahead were with small congregations, resulting in very little being given to support the WWDP charities. The service sheets will be available on Sunday 11th March so those who missed the service can have them and donate then if they wish. Thanks, Rosemary Saxey.


Poster Christmas Coffee Morning 2017  An opportunity for some Christmas shopping on Saturday December the 2nd between 10.30am and 12.30pm at Melbury Abbas Village Hall at a Christmas Coffee Morning with gifts, cakes, bric a brac, books, raffle, decorations, wreaths, and local produce on sale too. Everyone is welcome.

Melbury Flower Arranging Poster    There will be a flower arranging demonstration with Sue Minshaw, at Melbury Abbas Village Hall on Friday 27th October at 3.00pm. Entrance fee of £8 to include tea. Everyone very welcome - click on the poster link for more information or contact Jess Crichton on 01747 853942, or Juliet Bichard on 01747 851836 for more information and tickets. 


Kevin Martin was ordained at St Peter's Church last week, by Bishop Nicholas and joins us as curate.  Team Rector the Revd Helen Dawes has these words of thanks following the service: "An enormous THANK YOU to everyone who made Kevin's ordination such a joyous celebration! Thank you to the bishop's chaplain and office team for arranging the service and producing the service books, thank you to our musicians and choir, to the flower arrangers, bell ringers, church cleaners and to everyone who brought or served food at the party and to those who washed up afterwards. Thank you to Bishop Nick for leading us in glorious worship and to the Ven Vanessa Herrick for inspiring us with her words. Finally, thank you to everyone I'll realise I should have mentioned...Now we continue with the work of the Church, and for that, thanks be to God!"

On Sunday 1st October Melbury Abbas celebrate Harvest Festival with a Harvest Festival Communion at St Thomas's Church at 9.30am.

This will be followed by the annual Harvest Festival Lunch hosted by the Melbury Abbas and Cann Millennium Group, at Melbury Abbas and Cann Village Hall, on Sunday 1st October at 12noon, for 12.30pm lunch. (The bar will be open).

Adult Tickets are £8.50 and Child Tickets are £3.50 and must  be purchased or booked in advance by Wednesday 27th September please. Tickets available from Christine Potter, on 01747 851857 or email 

Open Garden 2017 Come and enjoy a morning in a beautiful garden while helping the Friends of North Dorset Women’s Refuge to keep up their support of families who have had to escape from Domestic Abuse. What’s domestic abuse you ask? Think of recent Archer’s stories and Broadchurch and you’ll know.

Come to Grove Farm House, Melbury Abbas SP7 0DE on Wednesday 28th June from 10.30 till 12.00 and enjoy a wander, meeting others, perhaps winning the raffle. Our coffee is excellent as are our home made cakes so please come and enjoy the morning. Sorry, we can’t cope with dogs – lack of shade in the car parking area.

More details from Sara Jacson on 01747 853688


St Thomas' Melbury Abbas celebrated Rogation Sunday in the beautiful barn at Manor Farm just along from the church - we carried bits of the church to the barn and a roaring wood burner was there to greet us. In our Service we recognised God’s goodness towards us and asked God to protect our crops and our farms and livestock; with the sound of sheep outside and the view of Melbury Beacon through the window it was not difficult. We prayed for the wider stewardship of our world, and as today was also the launch of our Stewardship campaign, and we engaged with the theological ideas behind giving. We then continued to celebrate communion.
Thanks to the Kay family for the use of their barn and to all who helped it was a great time together with God.

Documents from our Stewardship campaign: