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Sunday 11th February 2018
6.00 pm
St James’ Church, Shaftesbury

We now see Pilgrim having to make up his own mind – again! Both the signpost arms point to the same destination, but one appears – at first sight – to be less taxing than the other – or does it? Can he deduce which would be the better path from anything he can see, or should he just toss a coin for it? Does WWJD come into it or not?! Maybe – but possibly not as the immediate thing that comes to mind!

Come and see how the riddle is untied, here and often through our lives too! You will be very welcome!

Sunday 14th January 2018
6.00 pm
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

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 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
6.00 pm
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!