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Sunday 13th January 2019 6.00 pm
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St James Church, Shaftesbury

We now see Pilgrim still walking towards his night’s goal, but through the darkest of nights as he managed to take a wrong turn a way back and has struggled to regain his proper track. This week’s theme is entitled ‘Thick Darkness?’ – and his path is only illumined by one distant star – but what a beautiful star! It really is special and he feels like one of the wise kings all those years ago. Wasn’t the world promised a light to reveal God’s true direction for us all?

Join us and hear more, and stay for refreshments afterwards – you will be very welcome.

Released Sunday 23rd December 2018 at 9:30am.

The Archdeacon of Sarum announces today that following an open recruitment process the next Team Rector of the Clarendon Benefice, east of Salisbury, will be the Revd Simon Chambers. The date of the licensing service has not yet been fixed, but Simon will be with us until late March next year. Further details will follow once they are available. In the meantime we congratulate Simon on his promotion and will be praying for him and his family as they prepare to move to Winterslow.

Clarendon Team Website: http://www.clarendonteam.org

Sunday 9th December 2018 6.00 pm
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St James Church, Shaftesbury

This week Pilgrim has been walking late into the afternoon, and he hasn’t realised how dark it was becoming. Suddenly he sees an extraordinary light and sight in the sky. What looks like angels with trumpets heralding the approach of something – but what?

It seems to be like a whirling Catherine wheel of light, showering sparks in all directions, getting larger and brighter as it comes towards him. It certainly is not the baby he might have expected at this time of year; it resembles a sparkling crown – of thorns maybe? – but certainly vibrant, alive, attractive and full of energy – a life force perhaps?

Come and join us to hear more; you will be very welcome!

Sunday 11th November 2018 6.00 pm
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Palladwr, 30, St James’ Street, Shaftesbury

This week Pilgrim stands at a memorial he last visited four years ago; nothing appears to have changed here – or elsewhere in the world either – people are still fighting, people are still starving, people are still oppressed and abused by others. The only common thread about our humanity appears to be our inhumanity to our fellow beings. How intelligent is that, especially at this centenary of the end of what was meant to be “the war to end all wars”?

With all our technological advances, the next global war could result in a charred and uninhabitable planet. It does make you think – and pray……….

Do come and explore this paradox with us and stay for refreshment and fellowship afterwards.

Sunday 14th October 2018 6.00 pm
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Palladwr, 30, St James’ Street, Shaftesbury

This week Pilgrim stands at a fork in the track, with his back to us, and scratching his head with one hand as he looks up at the finger posts. One, pointing to the left says "The Way", the other says "This way" while the one   pointing back the way he has come, says "Yesterday". The onward tracks wriggle away apart from each other, one finally disappearing into a wood and the other behind a hill. What a choice he has to make – and how should he make it? Is there a hidden meaning or a special code?!

Come and unravel this mystery with us - you will be very welcome, and there is time for fellowship and refreshments afterwards.

NOTE: Change of Venue due to Church being full of scafolding during decoration

Wednesday 10th October 2.30 - 5pm in St Johns Church Hall. Join us to share your memories of Enmore Green and beyond over tea and cake. All are welcome to come and join in what is usually a lively conversation. Contact Elizabeth if you need transport or for more details on 01747 850654 or lizziepreston1@gmail.com

“Pilgrim Service”
Sunday 9th September 2018 - 6.00 pm
St James’ Church, Shaftesbury

We now see Pilgrim’s road is closed to him as the level crossing gates are set for a train to pass; He has already waited sometime and there’s still no sight or sound of an approaching train so – in the meantime – Pilgrim sits down and contents himself with idly taking in the sights around him; he becomes aware of the drowsy buzzing of a bumble bee, and how beautifully this roadside daisy he is holding is put together. Maybe this enforced ‘time-out’ is God’s idea?!

Come and find out with us - you will be very welcome, and there is time for fellowship and refreshments afterwards.

We continue to mark our 175th Birthday with a Celebration in Flowers, loosely themed on the occupations and trades recorded in the 1841 Census, which was taken two years before St John's opened. We invite you to come on Saturday 8th September 10- 4.30 or Sunday 9th 2.30 - 5pm, and see our little church in festive mood. Refreshments will be available - Teas on Sunday afternoon. We shall be welcoming Bishop Karen Gorham to lead our Festival Communion on Sunday 9th at 11.15am.

“Pilgrim Service”
Sunday 12th August 2018
6.00 pm
St James’ Church, Shaftesbury

After surviving a hard winter, Pilgrim has resumed his journey as the countryside, too, is waking into spring. His path leads him through a stretch of forest and, as he rounds a corner he comes across the strangest of sights – a full-grown grizzly bear standing with his back to the trunk of a tree and using it as a scratching post to his evident relief and delight as he rubs away the layers of winter fur which, while protecting in the winter, have now become insufferably hot.

Maybe we, too, after a life-changing experience, realise that our comfort zone has become increasingly insulated from the world and that we need to shed our outer layers and excess baggage and travel comfortably carrying with us only the ‘bare necessities of life’!

Come and put down your loads and find out how much easier life can become; Remember God loves all bears – even if some of them are grizzlies!

Join us for refreshments and fellowship afterwards.