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 December's Meeting Point

Christmas is upon us and the village is lit, trees are up and it only remains to celebrate the joy of the coming of Christ into the world. There has been a lot going on and a lot yet to come and we look forward to seeing you over Christmas. On October 9th at our morning service, we were very pleased to welcome Dr Christoph Schwitzer, Director of Conservation at Bristol Zoo. He gave a very interesting and thought-provoking talk about the work that Bristol Zoo does with conservation both locally, nationally and internationally. He made particular reference to the zoo’s work in Madagascar to protect the lemurs, which also included issues such as the importance of education and sustainability. At the end of the service there was a retiring collection for the zoo’s conservation work which totalled £243.75.

Toy Service: Our 10 am service on 3rd December will feature the Reach Up, Reach Out puppet team, who will be performing sketches and songs related to Christmas. A collection of new toys will be made and these will be donated to the Salvation Army who will distribute them to disadvantaged children in Bristol. It is a lively, fun service with a different take on Christmas! Tockington Manor choir is hoping to come and sing for us. Do come and join us.

Star Trail: In the week beginning the 4th December, a Star Trail will be set up for local schools to explore. It is a delightful trail to encourage pupils to reflect on the Christmas story, explore the meaning of Christmas and reflect on their own life journey. All are welcome to come and explore it for themselves when the church is open. Children, why not bring your parents so that they can find out what you have been learning about?

Salvation Army Concert: You have seen and heard them as you do your Christmas shopping; come and hear them in concert and experience the full range of their music; it will surprise and delight! Tickets cost £5 and the Concert begins at 7.30 on the 9th December

Carols in The Church: The village carol service is planned for 17th December at 6pm. Do come along and join friends and family to either sing or simply listen to a selection of our favourite Christmas Carols.

Christingle: Always a popular with young and old alike, bring your children, or grandchildren, to this joyous celebration of Christ’s Light which is on Christmas Eve at 4pm in the church.

Revd Philip Rowe: At 10am on New Year’s Eve we will celebrate the many years of Revd Philip Rowe’s excellent service to our community. Do come along and say farewell to Philip; he isn’t going far and I am sure we will see him again but even so we wish him all the best. At the same time we welcome Revd David Moss as he takes up the responsibility for Olveston and Aust churches in addition to Alveston, Littleton and Elberton.

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 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

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