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.

Parish Contacts:

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.

Carol Services

17th December
11:15am - Margaret Marsh
3:30pm - Enmore Green
6:00pm - Melbury Abbas
6:00pm - Motcombe
21st December
6:00pm - St Peter's Shaftesbury
6:30pm - West Orchard
7:00pm - St James' Shaftesbury

Crib Services

24th December
4:00pm - Compton Abbas
4:00pm - St Peter's Shaftesbury
4:00pm - Motcombe

Midnight Mass

24th December
10:00pm - Melbury Abbas
11:15pm - St Peter's Shaftesbury
11:30pm - St James' Shaftesbury
11:30pm - Motcombe

Christmas Day

(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.

Kevin Martin was ordained at St Peter's Church last week, by Bishop Nicholas and joins us as curate.  Team Rector the Revd Helen Dawes has these words of thanks following the service: "An enormous THANK YOU to everyone who made Kevin's ordination such a joyous celebration! Thank you to the bishop's chaplain and office team for arranging the service and producing the service books, thank you to our musicians and choir, to the flower arrangers, bell ringers, church cleaners and to everyone who brought or served food at the party and to those who washed up afterwards. Thank you to Bishop Nick for leading us in glorious worship and to the Ven Vanessa Herrick for inspiring us with her words. Finally, thank you to everyone I'll realise I should have mentioned...Now we continue with the work of the Church, and for that, thanks be to God!"

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.

AN INVITATION

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.