Thursday 22nd December
7:00pm

A traditional service of  Lessons and Carols with Choir anthems.
Come sing your favourite carols all set in atmospheric candlelight.
Join us, and start your Christmas celebrations right.

There will be a retiring collection for the work of Open House Shaftesbury - a local Christian organisation working with some of the effects of poverty in our community

“Pilgrim Service”
Sunday 11th December 2016 6.00 pm
St James’ Church, Shaftesbury

During the wild, winter weather Pilgrim’s path brings him to a bridge over a river, now carrying trees and flotsam in its path rushing in a torrent rapidly downstream.

He sees with dismay that the centre part of the bridge has been washed away as the middle supports have disappeared. Wondering what to do now, his gaze is caught by a flash of light from the far bank. Glancing up, he sees the sun reflected off the blade of an axe carried by a sturdy lumber-jack walking along the path out of the forest towards him.

As luck would have it a lone pine is leaning dangerously over the track, and maybe this man could fell it and somehow fashion the trunk into a makeshift bridge?

This week our theme is "Mending bridges" and reminds us that to rebuild bridges in our relationships with others both takes a willingness on our own part to acknowledge our share of the damage, and also grace on God's part, which helps all involved to re-build the bridge for us.

“Pilgrim Service”
Sunday 13th November 2016
6.00 pm
St James’ Church, Shaftesbury

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Having been able to discern a way up the cliff, Pilgrim now finds that the going is distinctly easier – and indeed nearer to civilisation - because he comes upon a metalled road. In what looks to be the middle of nowhere, he even finds a weatherworn bus stop and his spirits soar with the idea of taking the weight off his feet.

But the time-table is indistinct, either weather or vandals – who knows? He settles down to wait, not knowing when - or even if - a bus will ever come.

This week our theme is “Missed the bus”. Very often, when our plans for the future turn to dust and ashes, we have to stop and rethink all our options in the light of the recent past. Even when there appears to be no obvious direction, we find that we have just to keep on keeping on, to live each day in faith until – in an unexpected way – God’s bus takes us by a different route towards a better outcome, but we may not realise this until after it’s all happened !

Our own Revd Richard Huband is launching his book 'The Kilted Puffling'

 A book for children,
written by Richard Huband
and illustrated by his daughter Jo Gibb

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Book Launch on
Saturday 12th.November,
10.30am - 12.30pm
at The Arts Centre, Shaftesbury.

Book signing.  Presentations at 11am and 12 noon.  Refreshments.

Price £6.99 (paperback), reduced to £5.99 for all copies sold during the book launch.               A donation of £1 will be made to ‘The Friends of St.James’ for every copy sold during the morning. Do drop in.

acoustic double_baseJazz at St James
Friday 18th November
at 7.30pm
St. James Church, Shaftesbury

Enjoy gentle jazz and songs that swing from
Michael Botterill (guitar)
David Botterill (double bass)
Nick Spencer (vocals)
and special guest
Kate Botterill Downs (flute)

Michael Botterill is a well known guitarist playing in bands or solo. Nick Spencer sang for us last year with Quantum of Swing. David Botterill most recently played bass at Shaftesbury Arts Centre in The Beggars Opera as did Kate Botterill Downs although you may have heard her with The Phoenix Cafe Orchestra or Saxophony.

Price: £8 to include a glass of wine or a soft drink
Tickets on the door

In aid of St. James Church and Community Together project

An hour of seasonal music followed by a delicious tea and time to socialise and meet new people will be a great afternoon event:

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Sunday 27th November at 3:00pm
at St James' Church, Foyle Hill, Shaftesbury

to mark

The 1st Sunday of Advent

Free entry and all welcome

if you would like to come but do not have transport please telephone Philippa 01747 812365

A Gold Hill Museum Community Project

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A Commemoration
at St James' Church'  Shaftesbury
Saturday 12th November 2016 2:00-4:00pm

Readings, music, poetry and images
from the First World War.
followed by afternoon tea.

Entrance is free, there will be a retiring collection to be shared between the British Legion Poppy Appeal and the St. James' Refurbishment Fund.
If you would like to attend please contact: Clair Ryley and Ann Symons, Gold Hill Museum, Shaftesbury, SP7 8JW: email clryley@gamil.com  01747 852822

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A Gold Hill Museum Community Project

commemoration

A Commemoration
at St James' Church'  Shaftesbury
Saturday 12th November 2016 2:00-4:00pm

Readings, music, poetry and images
from the First World War.
followed by afternoon tea.

Entrance is free, there will be a retiring collection to be shared between the British Legion Poppy Appeal and the St. James' Refurbishment Fund.
If you would like to attend please contact: Clair Ryley and Ann Symons, Gold Hill Museum, Shaftesbury, SP7 8JW: email clryley@gamil.com  01747 852822

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“Pilgrim Service”
Sunday 9th October 2016
6.00 pm
St James’ Church, Shaftesbury

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Having been able to follow the path easily recently, Pilgrim now finds it steadily becoming less well-trodden and more indistinct, running downhill towards a steep escarpment, at the base of which the path seems to stop!
He wonders if he took a wrong fork, and how far he might have to backtrack to find the right turning. But then he sees some very uneven steps cut in the rock on his left, leading upwards – maybe this is the way after all?

This week our theme is "No Way but Up!" Very often, when we lose our own way – when some worldly obsession fills our mind – we finally realise from the pit of our despair, that the only way is indeed UP! If we search, we will always find there is a lifeline being held out for us: If we choose to grab onto it we will find our way becomes far safer and less difficult.

The language speaks to us at whatever stage we are in our own life journey, and is interspersed with songs from the Celtic tradition. Afterwards we share friendship and refreshments.

If you would like a change from the more traditional service, you might find that, actually, God has been guiding your footsteps, even when you thought you were!

If you would like to join us, you would be very welcome!