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Shaftesbury Team Ministry

Live-streamed Service

10th May 2020 - Fifth Sunday of Easter

The Gathering

The Greeting

In the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.


The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Alleluia. Christ is risen.

He is risen indeed. Alleluia.


Prayer of Preparation

Almighty God,
to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord.

Prayers of Penitence

We kneel or sit to confess our sins

Christ our Passover lamb has been sacrificed for us.

Let us therefore rejoice by putting away all malice and evil and confessing our sins with a sincere and true heart.

1Corinthians 5.7,8


Almighty God, our heavenly Father,
we have sinned against you
and against our neighbour
in thought and word and deed,
through negligence,

through weakness,
through our own deliberate fault.

We are truly sorry and repent of all our sins.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
who died for us,
forgive us all that is past
and grant that we may serve you

in newness of life to the glory of your name.



Almighty God,

who forgives all who truly repent,

have mercy upon you,

pardon and deliver you from all your sins,

confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,

and keep you in life eternal;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.




Glory to God in the highest

and peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King,

almighty God and Father,

we worship you, we give you thanks,

we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,

Lord God, Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world:

have mercy on us;

you are seated at the right hand of the Father:

receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One,

you alone are the Lord,

you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,

with the Holy Spirit,

in the glory of God the Father.


The Collect

Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ have overcome death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: grant that, as by your grace going before us you put into our minds good desires, so by your continual help we may bring them to good effect; through Jesus Christ our risen Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


The Liturgy of the Word


Acts 7.55-60   1 Peter 2.2-10

The words of the readings are on the pewsheet.

At the end of each reading:

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Gospel Reading: John 14.1-14

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

Glory to you, O Lord.


At the end

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.


The Creed

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,

who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.  Amen.

Prayers of Intercession

We kneel or sit to pray, these responses may be used:

Lord, in your mercy

hear our prayer.

and at the end:

Merciful Father,

accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.


The Liturgy of the Sacrament


The Peace

The risen Christ came and stood among his disciples and said ‘Peace be with you.’

Then they were glad when they saw the Lord. Alleluia.

John 20.19,20

The peace of the Lord be always with you

and also with you.

Preparation of the Table

Taking of the Bread and Wine

The Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord be with you

and also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give thanks and praise.

It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, always and everywhere to give you thanks, almighty and eternal Father, and in these days of Easter

to celebrate with joyful hearts the memory of your wonderful works.

For by the mystery of his passion Jesus Christ, your risen Son, has conquered the powers of death and hell and restored in men and women the image of your glory. He has placed them once more in paradise and opened to them the gate of life eternal.

And so, in the joy of this Passover, earth and heaven resound with gladness; while angels and archangels and the powers of all creation repeat for ever the hymn of your glory:

Holy, holy, holy Lord,

God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

Accept our praises, heavenly Father, through your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, and as we follow his example and obey his command, grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit these gifts of bread and wine may be to us his body and his blood;

who, in the same night that he was betrayed, took bread and gave you thanks; he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way, after supper he took the cup and gave you thanks; he gave it to them, saying: Drink this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant,

which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as often as you drink it,

in remembrance of me.

Therefore, heavenly Father, we remember his offering of himself made once for all upon the cross;

we proclaim his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension; we look for the coming of your kingdom,

and with this bread and this cup we make the memorial of Christ your Son our Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Jesus:

Dying you destroyed our death,
rising you restored our life:
Lord Jesus, come in glory.

Accept through him, our great high priest, this our sacrifice of thanks and praise, and as we eat and drink these holy gifts in the presence of your divine majesty, renew us by your Spirit, inspire us with your love and unite us in the body of your Son,

Jesus Christ our Lord.

Through him, and with him, and in him,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

with all who stand before you in earth and heaven,

we worship you, Father almighty,

in songs of everlasting praise:


Blessing and honour and glory and power

be yours for ever and ever.  Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us:

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

Breaking of the Bread

The president breaks the consecrated bread.

We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.

Though we are many, we are one body,
because we all share in one bread.

Giving of Communion

Jesus is the Lamb of God

who takes away the sin of the world.

Blessed are those who are called to his supper.


Lord, I am not worthy to receive you,

but only say the word, and I shall be healed.


Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.

Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.

The Agnus Dei

We say the ‘Agnus Dei’ together.

Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world,

have mercy on us.


Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world,

have mercy on us.


Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world,

grant us peace.

Prayer after Communion

Eternal God, whose Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life: grant us to walk in his way, to rejoice in his truth, and to share his risen life;

who is alive and reigns, now and for ever. Amen.


Almighty God,

we thank you for feeding us

with the body and blood

of your Son Jesus Christ.
Through him we offer you

our souls and bodies to be a living sacrifice.

Send us out in the power of your Spirit

to live and work to your praise and glory.


The Dismissal


The God of peace,

Who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus,

That great shepherd of the sheep,

Through the blood of the eternal covenant,

Make you perfect in every good work to do his will,

Working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight;

And the blessing of God almighty,

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

be among you and remain with you always.



Go in the peace of Christ. Alleluia, alleluia.

Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.







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The Shaftesbury Refugee Group's AGM has been cancelled but here is a report from Sarah Mais:

It is hard to believe that our lovely families have been here for over two years now. I am very happy to say that this year we have amalgamated with the group from Gillingham and so we now have three families in this area, all of whom have become good friends to us.  Our two original families moved house towards the end of last year - one now lives in Gillingham and one remains in Shaftesbury.

The children of all three families are doing incredibly well both at school and college.  They have picked up English as only children can! To mention one notable example, Malak who will be moving to secondary school in the autumn, came in the top five pupils in her SATS tests this term.  The boys have moved to Gillingham schools and have had good reports, both academically and in sport and are obviously well liked by staff and pupils.  Through the generosity of our donors, we have been able to fund some educational school expeditions.  I would also like to mention the generosity of Gillingham senior school and Abbey School, Shaftesbury, who have both subsidised other school journeys.

During the year the three fathers have passed both oral and practical driving tests… the mothers won’t be far behind!  English lessons continue twice a week and there are one to one conversations happening, also on a weekly basis.  Atef started a job this month, Imad is also working whilst Ammar is still struggling with health issues.  However all the adults are doing a food hygiene course this month and there are hopes that this will lead on to something permanent in the food business with their delicious Syrian recipes.

Baby Ahmad was born to Samar and Ammar a year ago.  He is absolutely thriving and a joy.  He strides around the house now, negotiates himself back and forth on the rocking horse and is trying his best to speak!  However he communicates astonishingly well with his eyes and is definitely the master of the house with his sisters acceeding to his every whim!!

We are now see ourselves as friends rather than volunteers and love time spent with them.   Although there is much support from various people employed by Dorset Council there are still many day to day problems where we are called on for help.  We are learning to get the balance between encouraging the families to become self sufficient and making sure we are definitely here for them as and when needed.   They love having visitors and are as generous and welcoming as it is possible to be.

Our funds are somewhat diminished after some hefty expenses over the last year.    We feel we need to maintain these reserves to cover inevitable crises and needs and are therefore hoping to do some fund-raising later in the year.

We are so grateful to all our supporters , friends/volunteers and donors and look forward to watching future triumphs and  achievements.






Shaftesbury is part of the new St Edward's Way pilgrimage route and, to celebrate, Bishop Karen is leading the first Pilgrimage on 27th to 29th March and everyone is invited to join in. The stages will be:

Friday 27th - Wareham to Winterborne Kingston

Saturday 28th - Winterborne Kingston to Shillingstone

Sunday 29th - Shillingstone to Shaftesbury.

Sunday afternoon will see the arrival of the pilgrims on Gold Hill and a service in Shaftesbury Abbey at 4pm. Do come and join us!

A larger version of this poster can be found here: St Edward's Way

You can follow the pilgrimage on Facebook: St Edward's Way, or make contact via

You will all be aware of the media coverage surrounding the spread of the COVID-19 viral infection, commonly referred to as “coronavirus”. This is a ‘flu-like’ virus, which progresses in some people to a more serious ‘pneumonia-like’ stage. The situation is being closely monitored and even though some of the reports can sound alarming we should be concerned at this point, but not alarmed.

Our priority at this time is to protect those around us by taking sensible, proportionate precautions to prevent the spread of infection.

Holy Communion

The Church of England has updated its advice today (02/03/20). Whenever this advice changes we will let you know how it affects church life and services. The national advice at the moment is that in general it is safe to continue to distribute and receive Holy Communion in both kinds (both the bread and the wine).

However, the advice is also clear that the practice of intinction (dipping the bread in the chalice and then receiving both bread and wine together) increases the risk of passing on infection. We are therefore now asking that intinction stops in our churches so that together we protect those who are most vulnerable to infection. It is the only way of receiving communion for which there is some evidence that it transmits infection and disease. This is really important to understand, because sometimes it is mistakenly suggested that intinction is more hygienic than sharing the cup, when the reality is that it is less hygienic.

From today we are asking communion assistants not to offer the cup for intinction. If this troubles you, please speak to one of the clergy and we will do our best to address your concerns.

It is perfectly correct, theologically, pastorally and liturgically to receive in one kind only – to receive just the bread. When we receive both the bread and the wine, the symbolism is fuller, but the action of receiving communion is complete even when we receive just the bread (or just the wine). This is called the doctrine of concomitance: Christ is fully present in both the bread and the wine.

If you are suffering with coughs and sneezes, please receive only the bread. If for any reason you would prefer, at this time, not to receive from the chalice, you are entirely welcome to make that choice yourself.

If the national advice about receiving from the chalice changes, we will let you know and will change what we do accordingly.

Sharing the Peace

At the moment the national advice is that we can continue to share the peace in churches. Clergy and communion assistants will be asked to use alcohol gel after the Peace, before continuing with the service or assisting with the chalice.

If you are suffering with coughs and sneezes, please greet those around you at the Peace as usual, but don’t shake hands. We should all be sensitive to how those around us may feel at this time – if anyone around us doesn’t want to shake hands at the Peace, or at other times, we shouldn’t take offence.

Ways you can help

  • If you start feel unwell or have flu-like symptoms you should stay at home and consult either NHS111 or your GP.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • If you cough or sneeze, use a tissue and bin it.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home and work environment.

If you have recently returned from a part of the world where there has been an outbreak of coronavirus, or you know you have been in contact with a person who is suspected of having coronavirus, and you start to feel unwell, you should follow the guidance available nationally on self-isolation. Keep an eye on the national guidance – even if you do not have any obvious symptoms you may still be infected and potentially contagious.

Please be attentive to the general advice above, especially about hand washing. If you are making coffee or serving food at church events this is really important.

Please also, as should be normal at this time of year, be particularly careful if you are visiting someone who is vulnerable because of age, illness or pre-existing condition. If you are ill, please do not make others unwell by visiting. We also need to be careful people don’t become isolated, so maintaining contact by phone may be an alternative, but do not expose others, or yourself, to unnecessary risk or infection.

If any of the clergy become unwell, especially if they suspect they may have coronavirus, they will not be in church or be available to visit you. If staff or volunteers become ill, this could mean that things change at short notice. At this stage, only mild precautions are necessary and there is no need to be overly concerned. If things change, information will be provided via the Team website and through social media.

With my thanks and prayers,



The Revd Helen Dawes, Team Rector

2nd March 2020