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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!

WELCOME to ‘The Great Get Together’ on Sunday 18th June 2.30pm to 5.30pm.

St James Church is holding a Vintage Tea Party in the Grounds with games and light entertainment.

This is a countrywide initiative launched by Jamie Oliver and The Duchess of Cornwall to celebrate the life of murdered MP Jo Cox. A chance for Church and Community to get together and to send the message that there is more that unites us than divides us. If you would like to be involved, or have an idea to help then all enquiries/ideas/offers of help to Philippa 01747 812365 or philippacf@gmail.com

 

 

 

Sunday 11th June 2017
6.00 pm
St James’ Church, Shaftesbury

Maybe Pilgrim has eaten too much cheese for supper and is dreaming – or is it a nightmare? He sees himself opening the gate of a sheepfold at night and horror of horrors – allowing the farmers precious sheep to escape, and – what’s more – mingle with a herd of scruffy unkempt goats whose horns definitely look dangerous!

Our theme this week is “Spread the Word!……….”, when the apostles felt that the fruits of Jesus’ life and teaching were meant for everyone, not just the Jews. How eagerly the Gentiles embraced it too!

Do come and join us to share thoughts and hospitality together both during and after our gathering. You will be very welcome!


We were treated to a wonderful summer Concert on the 23rd May in St James from the Gillingham Singers. The evening started off with the John Rutter 'The Sprig of Thyme' with traditional folk-songs sung by the choir. This was interspersed beautifully by Emma Hetherington on violin and singing folk songs accompanied herself on the guitar. The second half was on the theme of A Little Night Music and included works by Holst, Elgar George Dyson, and finished with the Traditional welsh anthem All Through the Night.
All was under the direction of Charles Hetherington with David Grierson at the Piano. This was however Charles Hetherington’s farewell concert as he is retiring after nearly ten years with the Choir and the singers certainly gave him a good send off.

A big thank you from St James church as this concert raised money towards our Church and Community Together Project.

Our next music event at St James is on the 25th Jun at 3:00pm when Christopher Mahon will be giving an Organ Recital on the theme “Toccata”: Music to celebrate the feast of St Peter.

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Sunday 7th May 2017
6.00 pm
St James’ Church, Shaftesbury

Pilgrim needs no master’s degree in Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics to be able to interpret this not-so-ancient wall frieze!

It seems that everybody, man or woman, has something to offer – be it a cup of tea or a slice of cake - in one hand, whilst also having something to receive – be it a slice of cake or a cup of tea – with the other!

Our theme this week is “Share and Share Alike!....”, derived from the description of the phenomenal growth of the early church as we will hear in our reading. Maybe we might like to ask ourselves how we are faring for growth today and what might we learn by study of the early Christians themselves!

Do come and join us to share our thoughts and our hospitality together both during and after our gathering. You will be very welcome!

Sunday 9th April 2017
6.00 pm
St James’ Church, Shaftesbury

Pilgrim has arrived at a parting of many ways, each leading to a different destination. Some lead off in a well-travelled straight line to places like Elysium, or New Jerusalem, or The Promised Land, while others may be more serpentine and more track-like to other locations named Shangri-La, or Heaven, or even My House. A few tracks – just discernible by the down-trodden grass and weeds - lead to Much Seekin, Little Wandrin, Dunroamin, or even Erehwon. And an unsigned, rock-strewn and twisty one leads off towards the rays of the setting sun.

The theme this week is “You pays your money … !” The choice of the way we take throughout our life – and its effect on us - is ours.

So Pilgrim is now confronted by a circus-style Barker, complete with top hat and a handful of tickets – all of different prices – advertising a Trip to each of the Destinations. But the prices for the Trips vary from ‘still in comfort zone’, through ‘slight pain’, discomfort and unsettling’, to ‘major upheaval’, or even ‘ultimate sacrifice’. What choice will we make?!

Do come and join us for the trip and enjoy fellowship and sustenance afterwards!

The Recycle and Vintage Sale, held in the Town Hall on Saturday 11th March by members of St James Church, raised a record amount of £3,100 (so far). The sale, now in its tenth year, was the idea and hard work of Julian Richards and members of the congregation of St James. This year the amount is so important as South Sudan faces not only social displacement with some 3.4 Million displaced from their homes but the economy has also collapsed, malnutrition has soared and hunger has taken a firm hold. At least 100,000 people are now facing starvation and a further one million are on the brink of famine. So we are pleased to be again helping the diocese appeal to support our links with South Sudan. There are some items given which will be sold on eBay so the final total will be higher - it was hard work, but rewarding - Well done.

If you were unable to get there, or if you would like to donate please use the diocesan Just-Giving page.