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? Our Committee members will be happy to help answer that question!
Come to Grove Farm House, Melbury Abbas SP7 0DE on Wednesday 27th June from 10.30 till 12.00 and enjoy a wander, meeting others, perhaps winning the raffle, certainly being generous.
Shaftesbury Community Choir will be singing in the courtyard during the morning
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.
It's going to be another great 'Great get Together' in St James as it has been in past years.
Gardens will be open for you to marvel at places of peace, tranquillity and beauty. On Saturday cold drinks and homemade biscuits will be available at the Millennium Community Garden in St James Street. There are benches and tables and shady places if needed – and lovely views. On Sunday, in the church, there will be ‘vintage teas’ provided, donations going to the Jo Cox memorial fund, with beautiful old china, sandwiches, cakes and trifles.
This is a community event as well as a fund raising event and it’s a lovely opportunity to again come together; a good chance to talk, to get to know more local people and to realise just how St James community is a welcoming place in which to live and visit.
Ticket admission of £6 per person covers both days and unlimited entry. Children under 12 are free. Tickets from 30 St James Street, participating gardens or the Tourist Information in Bell Street.
Also The Two Brewers are giving 10% discount for the two days if you present your ticket.
All in aid of St James Church and the Jo Cox Fund.
Sunday 10th June 2018
St James’ Church, Shaftesbury
Pilgrim leaves sunlit meadows to follow a path through woodland – suddenly he hears an animal cry – sounds like it is in pain. There it is again – he walks towards where he thinks it’s coming from and then he sees it – a frightened stag with its rear leg caught in barbed wire. He looks around for help but there’s just him and the frightened animal.
“It’s all right, it’s all right” he whispers. He slowly untwists the wire and somehow manages to release the leg which is badly cut and bleeding – but he’s done it and the stag runs free into the trees. For a few moments Pilgrim stands still, elated at what he was able to do.
He gives thanks to God and with a spring in his step walks on wondering - did God make that happen?
Come and discover the answer!
Enjoy fellowship and refreshments with us afterwards.
Bookings are now open for the 2018 Team Retreat, at Greenhouse Christian Centre in Poole, taking place from late afternoon Friday September 21st, through lunch on Sunday 23rd, led by the Revd Dr Simon Chambers.
The booking form is on the website on the link below, and hard copies will be available in churches shortly. Enquiries to email@example.com, or telephone 01747 852017.
To find out more about the Greenhouse Christian Centre use this link http://www.the-greenhouse.org/
From Thursday 10th May until Sunday 20th May the parishes in our team are taking part in ‘Thy Kingdom Come’. This is a special time of year as we remember Jesus ascending into heaven after appearing to his disciples following his resurrection. We then wait to celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost which we celebrate this year on Sunday 20th May.
Thy Kingdom Come is a period of encouraging people to pray using many different methods. We are encouraging people to engage in a pilgrimage around the churches in our Team that are open during the day. You can find out which churches these are by using the ‘Passport’ which you will find on each of the stations.
Once you have prayed at a station place one of the coloured stickers from that station on your passport. Take the passport round with you and at the end reflect on which way of praying suited you best.
Think about other ways you can pray now you have experienced some new forms. If you would like new ideas you can visit the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ website at https://www.thykingdomcome.global/