Sunday 14th January 2018
St James’ Church, Shaftesbury
This week Pilgrim is in the dark - Travelling Blind – with only the merest hint of details here and there to guide him and show a way, just the outline of a landmark, a hostel maybe in the distance, and all you can see are the lit windows, or a mountain against the sky. He is not blinkered, but he might as well be, because he has so little to put a picture together in his mind.
This is where his mind’s eye must guide him, as he only has his faith to give him direction. Come and hear how he copes with his situation – you will be very welcome!
What did Simon study on his sabbatical?
Come and find out on the 26th November at 3pm in St James Church as he talks about his time during his three months, his insights to mindfulness and his further developments in Celtic Knotwork as prayer.
This will be an illustrated talk of about an hour followed by tea and cake and plenty of chance to ask questions.
No need to book - just turn up.
This Saturday, 25th November from 10am until 2pm there is a Christmas Fair, in aid of St James' church in the Town Hall. There will be a range of produce and gifts to buy, as well as a prize draw and tombola, with hot snacks, tea and coffee available too!
Click on the link for the full poster. Christmas Fair Poster 2017
The Dave Gordon Jazz trio will be performing at St James' on Saturday 11th November, doors open at 6pm, starts at 7pm. Tickets are £10 available from the Tourist Information Office in Bell Street, proceeds towards the St James' re-ordering fund. Click on the link for more information in the flyer David Gordon Jazz Trio flyer v1
On the 22nd August 2017 the Friends of St James' hold their annual Pimms party, starting at 6.30pm for an evening on a Jane Austen theme. The event will also be an opportunity to display the current plan for the Field car park which has now received outline planning permission. Tickets £7 available in advance or on the door.
An evening of beautiful baroque music awaits at St James', at 7.00pm on Saturday 22nd July as part of the 150th Anniversary Celebrations.
There will be music by J S Bach, William Boyce, Dittesdorf, a selection of arias, Vivaldi, and Corelli, with members of the English National Baroque performing. Admission is by voluntary contribution.
On Sunday 23rd July at 10.00am there will be a Patronal Festival, Choral Eucharist and at 3.00pm the Shaftesbury Community Choir performs. Free admission with a retiring collection.
Sunday 9th July 2017
St James’ Church, Shaftesbury
Pilgrim has lost track of how long he has been walking. For the last three days he’s followed an old drover’s road but there are no signposts to reassure him he’s on the right track. Today there are gusts of wind which whip up the dust and sting his eyes. Wrapped in his own thoughts, he becomes aware of others heading in the same direction. Some hobble with sticks, and others seem to be in a hurry to reach the city of palms before the weather worsens.
Pilgrim is exhausted. His feet ache and his eyes are so very sore. He decides to rest under a cedar tree just for a moment or two. Not for the first time a thought gnaws away in his mind that his life is about to change and he’s excited and fearful in equal measure.
Our theme this week is “A Time of Change!……….”, when there is a change in the service leadership team, a change in Pilgrim’s life – and maybe in ours as well!
Do come and join us to share thoughts and hospitality together both during and after our gathering. You will be very welcome!
On Sunday 25th June 3pm at St James', there will be an organ recital, given by Chris Mahon, including music to celebrate the Feast of St Peter.
Free admission, afternoon tea and cakes. Voluntary Contributions towards St James' re-ordering.