St Mary's is an historic Church of England Parish Church in the Diocese of Bristol, South Gloucestershire. We are very much concerned with both the present and the future, and supported by a strong and committed congregation we are trying to move forwards while discerning God's will for us. Our aim is to provide stimulating and challenging worship, to assist each other to grow in faith in Christ, and to show his love in the parish and beyond.

Church Opening Times are 9am until 4pm. All are welcome to visit for quiet prayer or reflection.

From November's Meeting Point

Revd. David Moss 'A' Licensing: As reported last month, Revd. David Moss' licensing will take place at St. Mary's, Olveston on Thursday, 2nd November 2017, starting at 7.30pm. We look forward to seeing you there. However, it has been decided to allow David additional time to settle in to his new role. To this end Revd. Philip Rowe has agreed to remain as Vicar of Olveston and Aust until the end of the year. David does plan to be with us for some services during this time, but at the time of going to press a timetable has not been made available. For more, see Pewsnews

Memorial Service: For all who are mourning the loss of someone they loved, regardless of whether the bereavement was recent or long ago, a Memorial Service will be held at St Mary's Olveston at 6pm on Sunday, 5th November. We hope you can join us, as this service has been helpful to many others in the past. At this service there will be an opportunity to light a candle, as well as having the name of your loved one(s) remembered in the prayers. Please mention the name(s) you wish remembered to the sidesperson as you enter the church. Afterwards there will be a chance to meet and talk with others over light refreshments. Please do attend with as many of your family and friends as you wish.

Remembrance: The village Remembrance Service and parade will be held on Sunday, 12th November. Armistice Day itself will be commemorated by a gathering at the War Memorial outside the church at 11am on Saturday, 11th November.

Lasagne Quiz Night: The next quiz is on Saturday, 25th November, in the church, starting at 7.30 pm. Quiz and meal costs £5 per person. Bookings can be made via email to Debbie Harries at oboe-debbie@live.co.uk

Toy Service: Our service on 3rd December will again feature the Reach Up, Reach Out puppet team from Kingswood, who will perform sketches and songs related to Christmas. There will also be a collection of new toys, which will be donated to the Salvation Army who distribute them to disadvantaged children in Bristol at Christmas. It is a lively, fun service with a different take on Christmas!

Alpha Course: This year's Alpha Course begins on Wednesday 1st November in Almondsbury Vicarage. All are welcome as we explore the basics of the Christian faith in a relaxed atmosphere. Please contact Philip Rowe for more details.

Outreach Project

With thanks to everyone who contributed to St Mary's Springs of Hope Appeal, which raised an amazing £17,812. The renovation of the hospital at Sachibondu, Zambia has now been completed. The solar water pump provided by the appeal (to be known as The Holy Roly Pump or HRP, dedicated to the life and work of Roly) is complete and will provide fresh clean drinking water to the hospital and the site. It is hoped there will be a self funded visit to the hospital next year when a plaque will be dedicated.

The drop-in centre for vulnerable women in St Paul's, which the appeal helped to convert and refit, is open and providing a much needed facility where women in need can go during the day for companionship, care and safety. If anyone would like more information, or see photos, please contact Gail gail@gaillowe.com or 612709



Click here to see Sachibondu Health Centre Facebook page

Click here to see Spring of Hope web page

The COFFEE SHOP is open on Thursdays at Olveston Stores, 9am-12noon in term time and 10am-12noon in the holidays. It's the place to be! Drink and cake only £1!

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Church Address: St Mary the Virgin Church, Church Hill, Olveston, Bristol, BS35 4BZ

St Mary's Olveston is a Registered Charity: No. 1134397
Official Charity Name: THE PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL OF THE ECCLESIASTICAL PARISH OF ST. MARY'S, OLVESTON










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