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Jonathan Vaughan will be giving an organ recital at St James' Church, Shaftesbury on Sunday 21st July at 3pm. The recital will be folowed by afternoon tea. The link below leads to the recital programme:

Organ recital St James July 21

Jonathan was born in Croydon in 1981 into a musical British-American family. As a boy he sang in the Addington Palace Choristers under Martin How whose encouragement led to his appointment as Organ Scholar at Croydon Parish Church at the age of thirteen. Before reaching seventeen he had gained both diplomas from the Royal College of Organists, winning most of the prizes.

Jonathan spent a year as Organ Scholar at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle before becoming Organ Scholar at St John’s College, Cambridge under Christopher Robinson and David Hill where highlights included acclaimed recordings of the works of Lennox Berkeley and Sir Edward Elgar on the Naxos label.

After leaving St John’s he spent three years as Assistant Director of Music at St Edmundsbury Cathedral before moving to be Assistant Organist at Wells Cathedral, where he worked for nearly ten years. He leaves a legacy of CD recordings as accompanist, particularly of contemporary music, and he was Musical Director of the Somerset Singers and taught the organ at Wells Cathedral School.

In 2017 he moved to the United States, and following a period serving as Interim Associate Organist of The Cathedral of All Saints, Albany NY, he moved to his current position as Associate Director of Music at Christ Church, Greenwich CT.He regularly plays recitals in the US and the UK, and has recently released his second solo recording on the Regent Records label, of transcriptions of the music of Tchaikovsky.

St James' Church are proud to present a concert by the Choir of St Elisabeth Convent, Minsk, Belarus on Friday 31st May at 7pm. After the concert there will be a special Fair from the workshops of St Elisabeth Convent. Admission is free but donations are very welcome. All proceeds will go to charity.

Do come along for what promises to be a very special evening!

Festival of Flowers & Music

St James' Church, Shaftesbury invite you to "All Things Bright & Beautiful" - a festival of flowers and music. 8th - 10th June 2019 from 10am until 6pm each day. Come and enjoy music among the flowers:

Friday 7th June at 7pm - Shaftesbury Community Choir

Saturday 8th June at 7.30pm - Bournemouth Male Voice Choir

Monday 10th June at 3pm - Organ Recital by Chris Mahon

 

Pilgrim Service at St James' Church - Sunday 12th May at 6.00pm

Pilgrim overslept last night, and here he is – barely awake, brain almost dead – resuming his walk not quite really in touch with the world or the day yet.

 He recognises an old-fashioned alarm clock on the road in front of him and blearily wonders who left it there and might it be useful to prevent him from oversleeping again tomorrow?

Idly he looks to see what time it might be set to go off…………..!

Come and join us as we hear what kind of a wake-up call might be in store when we least expect it. You will be very welcome to join us and to share fellowship and refreshments afterwards.

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