The Team Office is now closed until 9am on Tuesday 2nd January and our clergy are on leave until the New Year. If you have a query of an urgent pastoral nature then our churchwardens in each parish can respond with a member of retired clergy who may assist, although they are unable to take bookings.
If you have an enquiry about a baptism or wedding, please email office@ShaftesburyCofE.org.uk and we will respond on 2nd January.
St Peter's, Shaftesbury: Ros 01747 590614
St James, Shaftesbury: Andie 01747 853088, Philippa 01747 812365
St John's, Enmore Green: Elizabeth 01747 850654, 07875 745908
St Mary's, Motcombe: Liz 01747 852647 or Gill 01747 851007
St Mary's, Compton Abbas: Gillian 01747 811263
St Thomas, Melbury Abbas: Jon 07767 868430
You can also leave an answerphone message at the team office on 01747 853060, which will be dealt with on 2nd January. We wish you a peaceful Christmas and New Year.
Join us wherever you are.
11:15am - Margaret Marsh
3:30pm - Enmore Green
6:00pm - Melbury Abbas
6:00pm - Motcombe
6:00pm - St Peter's Shaftesbury
6:30pm - West Orchard
7:00pm - St James' Shaftesbury
4:00pm - Compton Abbas
4:00pm - St Peter's Shaftesbury
4:00pm - Motcombe
10:00pm - Melbury Abbas
11:15pm - St Peter's Shaftesbury
11:30pm - St James' Shaftesbury
11:30pm - Motcombe
(All Communion Services)
8:00am - Enmore Green
9:30am - St Peter's Shaftesbury
9:30am - St James' Shaftesbury
9:30am - Motcombe
11:15am - Compton Abbas
11:15am - Melbury Abbas
11:15am - Margaret Marsh (BCP)
Our next Team Service - when we join from all the churches in our Team to worship together in one place - will be on Sunday 29th October at St James' Church at 10am. This is a change from previously advertised venue of St Mary's, Compton Abbas, as the wonderful Dorset Marshals sadly concluded that they couldn't get people across the A350 from the field we were being loaned to park in to the church.
Do put the date of the service in your diary now, as our preacher will be the Revd Benny Hazlehurst, who works for the Diocese of Salisbury supporting people discerning their vocation to all kinds of different ministries in the church and beyond.
Little Fishes poster (002) Little Fishes is up and running! The next session is at St Peter's on Thursday 28th September.
Little Fishes is a new toddler group for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers with their parents or carers, and runs fortnightly at St Peter's Church. Bring your little one along to enjoy a simple bible story, craft and sing-along. For further details please ring Karen Dickson on 855343.
As outlined by John Fuller in the September keyring, the ‘FOLLOWER’ course is ideal for enquirers and any who would like to explore the heart of the Christian faith. Informal sessions will run over 6 weeks and provide opportunities for questions and group discussion. The course will run from Thursday 12th October beginning at 7.30pm and we will meet in St Peter’s Church Hall (at the top of Gold Hill). To be a pilgrim is to set out on a journey of discovery, an adventure like no other..! Will you join us?
If you would like to take part or would like further information, please contact Rev Jeremy Mais 01747 858931
GROWING IN FAITH
This course is for those who are already on their Christian journey and welcome an opportunity to reflect on the nature of Christian discipleship and deepen their understanding of the Christian faith.
Like the "Follower Stage" each of the 4 Pilgrim courses consists of six sessions. The first of these, entitled "The Creeds" looks at the nature of Christian belief. Under the guidance of a leader, participants are invited to share what they believe, discuss how it affects their faith and their daily life, and look at specific issues as suggested in the excellent handbook.
The course will run from Wednesday 11th October beginning at 7.30pm and we will meet in St Peter’s Church Hall (at the top of Gold Hill). If you would like to take part or would like further information, please contact Rev John Fuller on 01747 850079.
Little Fishes is a new toddler group for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers with their parents or carers, and will run fortnightly at St Peter's Church, beginning on Thursday 14th September at 10.30am. Bring your little one along to enjoy a simple bible story, craft and sing-along. For further details please ring Karen Dickson on 855343.
An evening of beautiful baroque music awaits at St James', at 7.00pm on Saturday 22nd July as part of the 150th Anniversary Celebrations.
There will be music by J S Bach, William Boyce, Dittesdorf, a selection of arias, Vivaldi, and Corelli, with members of the English National Baroque performing. Admission is by voluntary contribution.
On Sunday 23rd July at 10.00am there will be a Patronal Festival, Choral Eucharist and at 3.00pm the Shaftesbury Community Choir performs. Free admission with a retiring collection.
This weekend we are celebrating 40 years since the reopening of St Peter's Church - our Ruby Anniversary!
Join us for a celebratory service of rededication and recommitment with the Right Reverend Karen Gorham, Bishop of Sherborne, this Sunday afternoon at 3pm.
All are welcome and we would particularly like to invite friends from across the Shaftesbury Team of churches to join us for this special celebration.
After the service, please stay for tea and cake with the bishop.