Sunday 8th July 2018 - 6.00 pm
St James’ Church, Shaftesbury
After a tiring day the storm has caught Pilgrim in the open a few miles from his destination. He only has time to dash through the lowering sky and stinging rain for shelter before the storm breaks in all its fury: a roaring, wailing cacophony of wind, blinding lightning flashes that leave stark windblown images on the retina, and the persistent hiss of rain. Pilgrim’s clothes are soaked and he huddles back under his rock as rivulets form and rush past him in a chilly flood. It sounds as though all heaven’s orchestra has broken loose; However, Pilgrim is so tired that he falls asleep without knowing it – his last thought ‘And there was war in heaven…’.
He awakes to a different world: a sunlit dawn sky; raindrops twinkling on the tips of grass and leaves; a sky washed clean of dust and his destination clearly visible; a vast silence only broken by a blackbird’s song. He gets up, stretches, and a tune comes into his mind: ‘O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder, consider all the works your hands have made…….’
This reflective service in the Celtic style provides a space for reflection with music and fellowship and refreshments with us afterwards. - All welcome
Bookings are now open for the 2018 Team Retreat, at Greenhouse Christian Centre in Poole, taking place from late afternoon Friday September 21st, through lunch on Sunday 23rd, led by the Revd Dr Simon Chambers.
The booking form is on the website on the link below, and hard copies will be available in churches shortly. Enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone 01747 852017.
To find out more about the Greenhouse Christian Centre use this link http://www.the-greenhouse.org/
The snowfall overnight is likely to lead to some services and events today being cancelled or postponed. Details will be posted here as soon as they are confirmed. Even if a service is happening, please don't put yourself at unnecessary risk by attending if it is not safe for you to do so.
8:00 Holy Communion St Mary's Motcombe - cancelled
9:30 Parish Communion St Peter's Shaftesbury - going ahead
9:30 Parish Communion St James Shaftesbury - going ahead - a said service
9:30 Family Service St Mary's Motcombe - cancelled
11:15 Matins St Margaret's Margaret Marsh - cancelled
11:15 Parish Communion St Mary's Compton Abbas - cancelled
11:15 Parish Communion St John's Enmore Green - cancelled
12:00 Baptism Service St Mary's Motcombe - postponed
3:00pm Talk: Why we do what we do in church - cancelled
The Team Office will be closed due to the severe weather expected today. If you need to contact a member of the clergy urgently, our contact details are available on this website here. If the bad weather continues the Team Office will stay closed tomorrow, Friday 2nd March.
Churches that are open during the day may close earlier than usual to ensure our volunteers aren't taking unnecessary risks when looking after our buildings.
Services will continue as usual, but please take account of the conditions when deciding whether it's sensible to come. We will understand if you're not there!
Finally, please keep an eye out for any neighbours who may be vulnerable during the cold weather.