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 May's Meeting Point

Rogation Sunday: On the 6th May at 10am there will be a Rogation walk from St Mary’s to Tockington Methodist Church, where a short service will be held. Do come and join us.

Toilet Twinning Soup Lunch: Friday 4th May, 12 - 2pm at St Mary's. We are raising money to twin our two toilets with two in a developing country and to twin Olveston School's toilets with another school there as well. This is a very practical scheme providing toilets for families and schools that don't have any and teaching them about the importance of hygiene and good sanit ation. If you would prefer, you can twin your own toilet. Just click here www.toilettwining.org for more information.

Thy Kingdom Come: May 14th - 20th. Between Ascension Day and Pentecost, Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, is calling on Christians around the world to pray as one for people to know Jesus. To encourage people to do this, St Mary’s is to have a prayer trail based on the Lord’s Prayer available and anyone is very welcome to drop in and use it. There will also be a 12 hour day of prayer this week, day to be finalised, so look out for when the date is announced!

Pentecost: There will only be one service on Sunday May 20th at 11am which will be followed by a finger buffet to celebrate the birthday of the church. All welcome!

Royal Wedding: On May 19th we are celebrating the Royal Wedding! Come and watch it on the big screen in church. You can join in with the service and hymns, followed by fizz and wedding cake! Doors open at 11am. No charge for admission of course!

Thornbury Arts Trail: Once again we are playing host to the Severn Vale Arts Trail between May 3rd and May 13th with local artists using the church as a venue. Do come and see their work and pick up a brochure with more details about the Trail.

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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