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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.

Given by
The Right Reverend Nicholas Holtam
The Bishop of Salisbury

St James Church, Shaftesbury
16th March 2017 7:30pm

We are very fortunate to have our Bishop come and give his talk on Art in Worship. This talk, which has been extremely well received the few times he has given it before, is a rare chance for us to experience how he finds art can sometimes be a surprising doorway into our own spirituality and inspire private prayer, meditation, and contemplation.

In aid of the ‘Church and Community Project’ - renewing St James’ church for the future.

No need to book but there is a Retiring collection for our project. Come early to get a good seat as we expect this to be a very popular event. Refreshments available.

For more information contact The Revd Simon Chambers



Have you ever wondered what makes a vicar,
what they are and what they do?
Here is your chance to find out.

This relaxed afternoon slot aims to help those of us in the pews understand that 'calling' can come at any time, not always conveniently, and lead us to work we hadn't necessarily had on our 'life-plan' agenda.

Pam, Helen and Simon will all be at these Sunday afternoon sessions,
which include refreshments and a chance for you to ask questions.

Simon kicks off with our first talk on 19th February and our gathering on March 12th will include a chance to hear Pam talk about her work in the Pilsdon Community.

All Welcome

Sunday 19th February - 3:00pm - St James, Shaftesbury
Sunday 19th March - 3:00pm - St Mary’s Motcombe
(Please note - this is a change to the date published in Key Ring)

For more information contact Philippa Forrest (St James) or
the Team Office 01747 853060

Sunday 12th February 2017
6.00 pm
St James’ Church, Shaftesbury

This week Pilgrim finds that his hike through the uplands has ended badly. He has slipped, fallen from the narrow track and broken his leg. His friend went for help, and now we see the mountain rescue team toiling towards him, while a helicopter has also been scrambled.

This week our theme is “Search and Rescue”. The Emergency Services regard Easter as the start of the Silly Season, when the Great British Public seems to spend its time falling off things, getting washed out to sea, or cut off by the tide - all because they have underestimated the behaviour of Nature.

In life we do not only face physical risks, but also mental ones – maybe brought on by stress, overwork or force of circumstance; there are people here too, who are trained to cope with such traumas, and still others who risk their own lives to help us – all part of our Search and Rescue team! Thank God for them!

It is comforting to know that such people are there to help us when we need them most. They put us in mind of that greatest Search & Rescue Shepherd of them all! So do come to the service, and enjoy fellowship with us afterwards.

“Pilgrim Service”
Sunday 8th January 2017 6.00 pm
St James’ Church, Shaftesbury

This week Pilgrim finds himself overlooking a valley, which looks magically as though it’s filled with a sea of fog, with just the tops of a few tall trees, and the crest of a hill in the far background; His road slowly descends into this white wall of wool. Cars speed past then brake sharply, disappearing with a flash of brake lights into nothingness.

The Theme for the week is “Fogbound”. Whilst in the fog all must proceed with care – almost just by touch and feel, because the eyes can play tricks, and sounds could come from anywhere.

It is comforting to know that, somewhere above, the sun is shining and will burn this all away and the day will become bright and clear.

Do come and enjoy the service with us.

Thursday 22nd December

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