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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

 

 

Sunday 10th February 2019
6.00 pm
St James’ Church, Shaftesbury

We now see Pilgrim peering into a little grotto by the roadside; from a fissure in the rocks facing him a steady flow of water is pouring into a rocky basin below, and then overflowing into a channel which leads away under the track.  He cups his hands and finds it both cool and clean enough to drink! His mind strays over many descriptions of water – not stagnant, but living, bubbling, effervescent, refreshing, water of life, eau-de-vie – but isn’t that brandy?! – and then on to “D.O.M.” on the Benedictine bottle labels. Isn’t that short for ‘From God, the greatest and the best”? The monks certainly got that one right!

Come and quench your spiritual thirst with us - you will be very welcome, and there is time for fellowship and refreshments afterwards.

Sunday 13th January 2019 6.00 pm
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St James Church, Shaftesbury

We now see Pilgrim still walking towards his night’s goal, but through the darkest of nights as he managed to take a wrong turn a way back and has struggled to regain his proper track. This week’s theme is entitled ‘Thick Darkness?’ – and his path is only illumined by one distant star – but what a beautiful star! It really is special and he feels like one of the wise kings all those years ago. Wasn’t the world promised a light to reveal God’s true direction for us all?

Join us and hear more, and stay for refreshments afterwards – you will be very welcome.

Sunday 9th December 2018 6.00 pm
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St James Church, Shaftesbury

This week Pilgrim has been walking late into the afternoon, and he hasn’t realised how dark it was becoming. Suddenly he sees an extraordinary light and sight in the sky. What looks like angels with trumpets heralding the approach of something – but what?

It seems to be like a whirling Catherine wheel of light, showering sparks in all directions, getting larger and brighter as it comes towards him. It certainly is not the baby he might have expected at this time of year; it resembles a sparkling crown – of thorns maybe? – but certainly vibrant, alive, attractive and full of energy – a life force perhaps?

Come and join us to hear more; you will be very welcome!