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The Safeguarding C1 Training Session (Foundation) that was planned for Monday 16th April at 10am in St John's Church Hall, Enmore Green has had to be postponed. As soon as a new date is found we will publish the date here on the website and on our pew sheets. For further information please call the Team Office 01747 853060.

80 Children from Abbey School Years 4, 5 and 6 came over to St James Church on Holy Monday and Tuesday to engage in the Easter story through six interactive 'stations'. Each station was led by a member of the congregation with the final station 'Resurrection' led by Revd Simon. This was a brilliant way for children to realise the power of the Easter account and all said how powerful it was. The Stations will be left up for Holy Wednesday for members of the community to visit.

Sunday 25th March – Palm Sunday

*Don’t forget the clocks change this weekend!

8:00am – BCP Holy Communion (St James’)

9:30am – Parish Communion (St Peter’s),*

9:30am – Parish Communion (St James’)

9:30am  – Parish Communion (Motcombe)

11:15am – Matins (West Orchard)

11:15am – Parish Communion (Enmore Green)

11:15am – Matins (Melbury Abbas)

2:00pm – Baptism Service at St James’

*The service at St Peter’s begins with a procession from Bell Street car park. If you are unable to be at Bell Street, then please go directly to St Peters for a time of prayer, and you will be joined there.

News from Across the Churches

St Peter's

St James and
Enmore Green


Melbury Abbas

Services Across the Team in Holy Week

Monday 26th

5.30pm – Evening Prayer (Motcombe)

6.30pm – ‘Sacred Space’ Evening Worship (St Peter’s)

7.30pm – Music and Reflection (Enmore Green)

Tuesday 27th

5.30pm – Evening Prayer (Motcombe)

6.30pm – ‘Sacred Space’ Evening Worship (St Peter’s)

8.00pm – Compline (St James’)

Wednesday 28th

5.30pm – Evening Prayer (Motcombe)

6.30pm – ‘Sacred Space’ Stations of the Cross (St Peter’s)

8.00pm – Compline (St James’)

Maundy Thursday

7.00pm – Eucharist with Foot Washing, Stripping of the Altar and Vigil (Motcombe)

7.00pm – Maundy Thursday Eucharist and Stripping of the Altars (St James’)

7.30pm – Service with supper and retelling of the events of the Last Supper (St Peter’s)

Good Friday

9.45am – Meditation at the Cross (Enmore Green)

10.00am – Meditation and Quiet Prayer (Compton Abbas)

12noon – Meditation and Quiet Prayer (Melbury Abbas)

12noon – All Age Worship (St Peter’s)

1.00pm – Silent Prayer (St Peter’s)

1.30pm – Good Friday Liturgy (St James’)

2.00pm – Devotions (St Peter’s)

2.00pm – A Service of Prayer and Meditation (Motcombe)

6.30pm – At the Foot of the Cross, Music and Readings for Good Friday (St Peter’s)

6.30pm – Joint Good Friday Service (Margaret Marsh)

Easter Closure

Please note the Team Office is closing on Wednesday 28th March at 12 noon and reopens on Tuesday 3rd April at 9.00am.

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

It is nearly evening, and raining diagonally. Pilgrim, booted, is striding along, hood up and staff in hand, under a darkening sky with lightning flashes and a thunderstorm threatening his road ahead, but, despite the forbidding weather he is happy because he knows he is on the right track. His knapsack echoes his feelings, which he wants everyone to see because he knows that a smile will always bring a smile in response, and - despite the weather - he is always an optimist! Do come and join us to hear more of the story, and for refreshments and fellowship afterwards; You will be very welcome!

Note this event has been moved to the 29th April at 3pm
due to the snow on the 18th March.

St James Church, Shaftesbury
18th March 2018 3:00pm

Simon will again be leading a discussion on the Liturgy and Praxis of our church services to help reveal just why we do what we do in church. This talk and discussion was very well received last year and many said when was it going to be given again.

With refreshments – open to all.


Message from Rosemary Saxey: Due to the recent adverse weather, the Women's World Day of Prayer services in Shaftesbury were cancelled, or those that went ahead were with small congregations, resulting in very little being given to support the WWDP charities. The service sheets will be available on Sunday 11th March so those who missed the service can have them and donate then if they wish. Thanks, Rosemary Saxey.


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