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We are the Church of England in and around Shaftesbury in Dorset, serving the community and serving Jesus where we are. The church is about people and faith and we know you will find a warm open welcome at all the churches in our team whether you are a visitor, a local or someone just looking for the deeper meaning of life.
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    ShaftesburyCofETuesday, August 17th, 2021 at 6:29pm
    A few words to those in our community who may be affected by what is happening in Afghanistan. You may be a veteran of tours of duty there as part of our Armed Services, you may have worked there in various capacities and are perhaps filled with anxiety for friends still there, or feel let down after all you did there. You are constantly in our prayers, as are all the people of Afghanistan. Most of our churches are open daily as places of quiet and peace. Please feel you can sit inside, or wander in the churchyards. I am available to listen to anyone who needs to talk of their experiences. My phone number is 590712/07881786526. Revd Pam
    ShaftesburyCofEMonday, June 14th, 2021 at 8:45am
    A warm and sunny morning arrived right on cue for St Thomas' Pet Service in Melbury Abbas! A good crowd met outdoors, both two and four legged, enjoying a talk from a member of the Somerset and Dorset Animal Refuge, some hymn singing (that's a novelty these days!) and some fellowship together. An excellent amount was raised for the Refuge too, with more still coming in!
    ShaftesburyCofEFriday, June 11th, 2021 at 8:03am
    Our friends at Open House, Shaftesbury say:

    Open House is going well with an increase number of clients coming through the door and enjoying the return of our ability to offer hospitality, especially now we have seating outside too! Open Fridge is proving to be popular with the food flying off the shelves, all donations welcome between the hours of 10 -12pm and 2 - 4pm on Mon/Wed/ Friday. Open House will be giving out ' Activity packs' to the children of all our recent clients. For this to happen we are looking for donations of toys, puzzles, children's books, craft activities, suitable for children up to the age of 12. If you are able to donate please drop items off when the office is open on a Monday/Thursday 9 -1 or Tuesday 9 - 4pm. Also, if anyone is available to donate some time in sorting out and delivering the packs on a Thursday afternoon in the month of July, please contact the Open house office on 852994 or email
    Nikki Hall
    ShaftesburyCofESunday, May 30th, 2021 at 5:35pm
    What a lovely service at St James' this morning for Jeremy & Sarah! Here are some photos to mark the occasion as we wish them every happiness and blessing in their approaching move.

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    The Churches of the Shaftesbury Team Ministry take our responsibilities surrounding the safeguarding of children, young people, and adults who may be at risk very seriously, and work in partnership with the Diocese of Salisbury to ensure that we work in accordance with best practice at all times. You can view our safeguarding policy here and you can find out more about the national policies and procedures at

    If you have any safeguarding concerns or questions then you can contact any of the Team clergy. The Revd Pam Rink, acting Team Rector, can be contacted on 01747 590712 or by email to and all the clergy contact details are here. Alternatively you can contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser on 07500 664800 or by email to  You can also find useful contact information at