From January's Meeting Point
Sow and Grow: St Mary's latest appeal, Sow and Grow, had a very successful launch on Sunday 2nd December and is aiming to raise £15000 in total,
£5000 for Olveston School and £10,000 for a village, Myange, in Rwanda. Over fifty people came to the tea party, where they heard about the two parts
of the appeal.
Olveston School: The preliminary design for the reflective area for Olveston School, was displayed which looks very exciting! This incorporates many of the
features that children had requested, including seating areas, a solar powered water feature and maze. Amanda Luke, headteacher of Olveston School,
explained the importance for children to have space to sit quietly and reflect.
This was followed by Mike Beresford, from CED, who gave an excellent
presentation on the Rwanda side of the appeal. The aim here is to help returning refugees from Tanzania, by training them how to make rainwater
storage tanks, develop a kitchen garden and make their homes more weather resilient. This is a brilliant project which should be sustained for
years to come. Each family should be able to support themselves and then share their skills with others.
Fundraising: Look out for fundraising activities in the New Year. The first planned fundraising event is a singalong to the film “The Greatest Showman”
(the cinema hit of 2018, with Hugh Jackman as P.T.Barnum). It will be held in the church on Saturday 19th January at 6pm (a family event, hence the
early start). Come along dressed as a circus performer (there will be a prize on the night) and start practising your juggling skills.
Tightrope walkers & stilt walkers will need to bring their own risk assessments! See posters for details. If you would like to make a donation
to the appeal, please use one of the white envelopes in the Church and put it in the wall safe, marked Sow and Grow.
Journey of Generosity half-day Retreat: All North Severnside congregations are invited to attend a 'Journey of Generosity' half day retreat
on Saturday 13th January at St Mary's
Olveston. It will start at 11am and finish at 3pm with lunch provided. The course material features brilliantly produced and inspiring video case
studies from around the world; group discussions and Bible studies. If you would like to attend please email Paul Harrod (by clicking here) or RSVP on
Burns Night: We will be having a Burns Night Supper on Saturday January 26th 7.30pm At St Mary's Church Olveston. Haggis, neeps and tatties
will of course be on the menu! Tickets £7 contact Debbie on 01454 613273 or email her (by clicking here).
Quiz Night: Our next quiz is on Saturday
February 16th 7.30pm. Tickets £5 and a maximum of 6 per team Please contact Debbie on 01454 613273 to book a team, or email her
(by clicking here).
Change of Service Times: When David Moss was appointed as our new Vicar, he inherited five churches that all held their 'main' service of the day,
in the morning, with start times varying between 9am and 10am. It is therefore literally impossible for David to attend more than one service each
Sunday morning. Each church in the benefice has moved its service start times to accommodate this. We at St Mary's have decided to move our 10am
service to 9.30am. This will be for a trial period of a maximum of six months starting from January 1st. We will commit to reviewing it before six
months have elapsed.