From April's Meeting Point
Mothering Sunday: This is a reminder, in case you get your Magazine early,
to join us for our parade service on Sunday March 31st 9.30am with the Shine Junior Choir performing.
We look forward to welcoming you.
Easter Services: Maundy Thursday April 18th 6.30pm. We will be joining St Helen’s Alveston to share an Agape Supper.
Good Friday April 19th: There will be a walk of witnesses from each church in the Benefice. Alveston, Aust,
Elberton and Littleton meeting up at St Mary’s Olveston at 2pm for a service of reflection following the stations of the cross.
See the timetable further on in the magazine for all services on Easter Day.
Lent: The Journey to Easter continues to Easter Sunday, 21st April, when we celebrate that
“Christ is Risen – He is risen indeed, Alleluia”.
Pilgrim continues to examine a core Christian belief, both in each Sunday service and in the Study Groups.
Each stands alone, so don’t worry if you have missed one of them. Join in when you can!
Films in Lent: Monday 8th April 7.30pm. ‘Tortured for Christ’ – a biography of Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, the founder of
Murder Mystery: Calling Inspector Clouseau. Join us for a night of fun and sleuthing, ‘Murder at Midwynter Manor’
on Saturday 27th April, 7pm, Olveston Parish Hall. There will be a 3-course supper with a bar for the purchase of drinks.
If you would like to ‘dress up’ to add atmosphere to this exclusive dinner party at Midwynter Manor please do so.
Tickets £20 and all profits to go to St Mary’s Community Outreach project, Sow and Grow.
For tickets contact Gail Lowe 01454612709 or from the Olveston Stores
Electoral Roll: This year we must completely renew our Electoral Roll, which is the official membership of St Mary’s
and is a list of those allowed to vote at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (to be held this year at 7.15pm on Sunday 28th April).
If you have been baptised and wish to be included on the Electoral Roll please contact Sarah Wigmore on 01454 616326
by email by clicking here.
Advance Notice of Treasure Hunt and BBQ Saturday June 15th 4pm -10pm: We have decided to take a break from our Annual Ball
this year, but we are arranging a village treasure hunt followed by an evening BBQ instead!
More information to follow next month but put it in your diary!
Stephen Oram: Stephen, the new priest at St.Mary’s, Olveston, is a local lad, born and bred in Bristol.
After leaving school Stephen trained and qualified as a Registered Mental Health Nurse before being accepted for ordination
training by the church at Salisbury and Wells Theological College. Stephen was ordained Deacon at Worcester Cathedral in 1984
and Priested in 1985 serving his title in Kidderminster.
Following his curacy Stephen became a RAF chaplain serving at RAF Bruggen in Germany and then at RAF Leuchars in Scotland.
During his time at Leuchars Stephen supported families of personnel posted in the Middle East during the First Gulf War.
Following his short service commission, Stephen became vicar of St. Anne’s in Bristol for 5 years before being appointed
Vicar of Cricklade in Wiltshire in 1997.
In 2004 Stephen left parish ministry to become a hospital Chaplain at Southmead Hospital, where he was involved in the planning of the new hospital, especially the Sanctuary. Stephen was Chaplaincy Team Leader for a few years of both the Chaplaincy and Bereavement teams at Southmead Hospital and The Bristol Royal Infirmary. Since 2016 Stephen was Chaplain at Bristol Children’s Hospital and St. Michael’s Maternity Hospital.
During his parish ministry Stephen has been an Assistant Area Dean as well as Press Officer for the Diocese of Bristol. He has also been a regular contributor to Radio Bristol’s Thought for The Day. In his spare time Stephen enjoys walking, theatre, travelling and music.