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Four professional singers from Germany will be performing at St Peter's, a programme including Mozart, Fauré, Franck, Elgar and Britten, and a selection of traditional spirituals arranged for four voices.

The ensemble comes from Soest, a small cathedral city in Westfalia and their name “SONGS” is short for “Soest's New Guild of Singers”.

The concert “Heavenly Sounds” begins at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday 23rd May,

Tickets cost £10, and are available at the door. 

Sunday 13th May – Seventh Sunday of Easter

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

9:30am – Parish Communion with prayers for wholeness and healing (St Peter’s)

9:30am – Sung BCP Communion (St James’)

9:30am  – Parish Communion (Motcombe)

11:15am – Parish Communion (West Orchard)

11:15am – Rogation Service at Nigel & Hannah Kay’s barn (Melbury Abbas)

11:15am – Parish Communion (Enmore Green)

6.00pm – Pilgrim Service (St James’)


St Peter's

St James and
Enmore Green

Motcombe

Melbury Abbas

Please note that the Team Office will be closed from Friday 11th May at 12noon, reopening on Monday 21st May at 9am.

From Thursday 10th May until Sunday 20th May the  parishes in our team are taking part in ‘Thy Kingdom Come’.  This is a special time of year as we remember Jesus ascending into heaven after appearing to his disciples following his resurrection.  We then wait to celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost which we celebrate this year on Sunday 20th May.

Thy Kingdom Come is a period of encouraging people to pray using many different methods.  We are encouraging people to engage in a pilgrimage around the churches in our Team that are open during the day.  You can find out which churches these are by using the ‘Passport’ which you will find on each of the stations.

Once you have prayed at a station place one of the coloured stickers from that station on your passport.  Take the passport round with you and at the end reflect on which way of praying suited you best.

Think about other ways you can pray now you have experienced some new forms.  If you would like new ideas you can visit the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ website at https://www.thykingdomcome.global/

Sunday 6th May – Sixth Sunday of Easter

8:00am – BCP Holy Communion (Compton Abbas)

9:30am – Family Service (St Peter’s)

9:30am – Parish Communion (St James’)

9:30am  – Parish Communion (Melbury Abbas)

11:15am – Rogation Service (Frog Lane Farm, Motcombe)

11:15am – Parish Communion BCP (Margaret Marsh)

1:00pm - Baptism Service (Motcombe)

6.30pm – Evensong (Enmore Green)

6.30pm – Evening Praise (West Orchard)

News from Across the Churches


St Peter's

St James and
Enmore Green

Motcombe

Melbury Abbas

The Latest Keyring is available on our website.

Please note that the Team Office will be closed from Friday 11th May at 12noon, reopening on Monday 21st May at 9am.

“Heavenly Sounds” in Shaftesbury - Singers from Germany with romantic church music and spirituals

On Wednesday 23rd May four professional singers from Germany will fill St Peter's church with the glorious sound of romantic church music. Their programme includes works by Mozart, Fauré, Franck, Elgar and Britten, together with a selection of traditional spirituals arranged for four voices.The ensemble comes from Soest, a small cathedral city in Westfalia and their name “SONGS” is short for “Soest's New Guild of Singers”.

The group have been singing together for 12 years. Jana Stehr has made a name across Europe with her vibrant soprano voice – she has been a soloist with the Prague opera, a regular singer in the Cologne Philharmonie. Her colleagues Maren Tröndle (mezzo-soprano) and Frank Rinsche (tenor) are both known in Westfalia as interpreters of church music. The baritone Peter Griffith is actually British (as one might guess from his name), but he has been living in Germany for over 30 years. Peter's humorously informative introductions to the songs are an integral part of “heavenly sounds”. The fifth member of SONGS is the pianist Bettina Casdorff, who holds the ensemble together, with energy and musicality; a highly successful chamber musician and accompanist, and gives concerts all over Germany with her trio “Tityre”.

 The group's repertoire is wide, extending from classical part-songs to scenes from Mozart operas, and from Viennese operetta to Gershwin musicals. For their “Heavenly Sounds” programme in May, they have chosen a rich selection of English, French and German religious music from the romantic era, including Fauré's exquisite “Cantique de Racine” and Elgar's magnificent “Ave Verum”. These are followed by a sequence of spirituals both lively and emotional, ranging from old favourites like “Deep River” to less familiar works like “Just a Closer Walk with Thee”. All four singers are accustomed to performing as soloists, and the programme includes not only works for four voices, but also solos, duets and trios.

The concert “Heavenly Sounds” begins at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday 23rd May.

Tickets cost £10, and are available at the door. 

You can pick up a flyer from St Peter's.

 

 

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.

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

Motcombe

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.