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  • 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 July's Meeting Point

    Olveston Vicarage: Bristol Diocese Board of Finance (BDF) intends to sell Olveston Vicarage. The proceeds from the sale would be held in a restricted fund that would generate interest to contribute to clergy stipends across the Bristol Diocese. Olveston PCC wished to have the Diocese retain ownership of the vicarage and use it for housing curates or church workers or to rent it out to other unpaid clergy personnel as had been the case for the last 20 years. Bristol Diocese decided they saw no reason for retaining ownership of Olveston Vicarage but Olveston PCC took a statutory right to lodge an objection to its sale. Legal advice was taken about the strength of the PCC's case to make an appeal to the Church Commissioners and further representations were made to Bristol Diocese to come to a local agreement. The Diocese decided that Olveston vicarage was unsuitable as a residence for a Diocese-funded curate. Olveston PCC decided, after seeking expert legal advice, that its case was not strong enough to pursue it to an expensive hearing by the Church Commissioners and resolved unanimously to withdraw its formal objection. Bristol DBF is now free to sell the vicarage according to obligations required by its own fund and the Charity Commission.

    Toilet Twinning: Following a successful Soup Lunch in May, we have now reached our target and raised over £500. This will enable the toilets at St Mary's and the toilet at the church in Compton Greenfield to be twinned with those in a developing country, providing four households with clean water, a basic toilet/latrine and education about the importance of good hygiene. In addition, Olveston School will be twinned with a school in an impoverished community. Did you know that a third of the world's population, that is 2.4 billion people, don't have a toilet? Thank you to everyone who has supported this appeal and helped to make a difference.

    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!

    See our News and Events page for more....

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

    St Mary's Olveston is a Registered Charity: No. 1134397

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