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 January's Meeting Point
Although we sing the carol 'In Bleak Midwinter' at Christmas, it is often the case that our bleak midwinter begins in January. Hopefully you are all keeping warm and well. Perhaps you can drive away the winter blues by dreaming of summer and put a date in your diaries for our 'Rose Ball' which will be held on July 14th this year.
Before Christmas we organised an exciting new initiative in church, called the Star Trail. It involved a trail, following stars, which led you around different activities related to the Christmas story, encouraging people to reflect upon the Christmas story in a different way. When Olveston Primary and Tockington Manor visited, the stations were manned by volunteers who led the activities for the children. It was much appreciated and Tockington Manor said, 'The children thoroughly enjoyed learning the story of Christmas and the way it was delivered to them was perfect.'
The outcome of the Toy Service was very encouraging. People were extremely generous and the Tockington Manor choir sang beautifully. The Salvation Army was delighted with what they received and will distribute them to disadvantaged children.
We are all looking forward to our service for Christian Unity on 21st January, at 10am during a service which we will, of course, share with our Methodist friends. The Dean of Bristol Cathedral will officiate and during the service will bless the new Credence table, dedicated to the memory of Roly Bain.
Breakfast Club/Open Book:
Parents of children at Olveston School will already know about the Open Book performances that were held in the school and others will remember the Breakfast Club that was held in the School Hall. On 28th January at 10am, Paul Harrod will bring these two special activities together in the church and hope you will come along and share. Breakfast will be served at the beginning of the service and it will feature Open the Book, a dramatic retelling of a Bible story.
Our next Quiz Night will be held on 3rd February in the church starting at 7.30pm. Booking is recommended as numbers are limited; do please contact Debbie Harries by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to make a reservation. Teams of up to six people are allowed and the cost is £5 each, which includes a supper at half time.
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 email@example.com or 612709
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