St Mary's Messenger - Summer 2015


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St Mary’s bell-ringers will ring

a peal to celebrate the birth of

Princess Charlotte

On Sat 7 June from 2pm.

The Sneyd Park Residents' Association now has a new Chairman (Gerry Bird), new Treasurer

(David Smith) and a new Planning Secretary (Bob Worraker). The new Committee intends to

create a Shadow Committee to ensure the Association’s long term future. As a volunteer

committee member you would need to attend only one or two meetings per year to ensure you

have a grasp of the workings of the association. Why not make this small contribution to our

neighbourhood and enjoy being part of this friendly group?







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Stoke Bishop, BS9 1SB

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Serving Stoke Bishop since 1993

Luke Jerram 'Withdrawn' exhibition

in Leigh Woods

Try a lovely walk in Leigh Woods where five boats have

been stranded as part of an art exhibition celebrating

Bristol as Green Capital of Europe 2015. Runs until the

end of October.

Picture: Judith Sheather

Do you have questions about life?

Are you at a crossroads?

Do you question what is happening around you?

Have you ever wondered why your neighbours or friends go

to Church on a Sunday?

Would you like an opportunity to have a discussion?

Do you want a chance to find out more about Christianity?

What is Alpha?

The Alpha Course is an opportunity to explore the Christian faith. It’s relaxed, low-key, friendly, fun and it’s for

everyone. Listen, learn, discuss, discover and ask...anything. Alpha is a place where no question is too simple or too


The St Mary’s Alpha Course starts on Monday 28 September 2015.

What’s involved?

Each Alpha evening begins with supper after which we explore the Christian faith through topics such as ‘Is there more

to life than this?’, ‘Who is Jesus?’ and ‘How can we have faith?’ A short presentation is followed by informal discussion.

Alpha will run on Monday evenings at St Mary’s for 9 weeks. You don’t have to come to the whole course – just pop

along for the first night and see what you think. There’s no pressure and we won’t

chase you. If Mondays don’t suit you, let us know and we’ll arrange something else.

Are you considering your next step on your journey through life?

Please get in touch (9687449).

A week in the life of St Mary’s


9am: A Traditional service of Communion or Morning Prayer (attendance 70)

10.30: Crossroads all-age worship with special groups for children (attendance 150)

Coffee served after both services

Traidcraft stall

3.30: Film Focus – watch a mainstream film and have a discussion with refreshments

(attendance 20)

6.30: Short informal service


Morning: the office is buzzing and the Church is open to visitors 10-12

Morning: Staff Meeting

Afternoon: Bright Sparks – St Mary’s baby and toddler group

(attendance 30)

4.30: Children’s Salsa class in the Hulbert Room

Evening: Brownies and Guides meet in the church rooms

Evening: Church music group practice

Evening: Alpha planning meeting

Evening: Youth team (leaders and young people) meet to plan

monthly service


Morning: Office and Church open – it’s Cafe morning!

Afternoon: Pilates in the church rooms

5pm: church youth band rehearsal

Evening: Pastoral Care Committee




Morning: Office and Church open

Morning: Churchyard gardening

9.30-10-30: Toddler Worship – joyful noise and a Bible story (attendance 10 families)

11.30: St George’s Walking Group call in for coffee

Afternoon: Wednesday Circle – a speaker with tea and cake for

older people

5pm: Brownies in the hall

5pm: PopStar Dance Academy in the Hulbert Room

Evening: Pilates and NCT meeting

Evening: PCC meeting in the Church

Morning: Office open

10.30-12: Gamma – coffee, cake and Bible study for older people at the back of the church

(attendance 20)

10.30: Open Learning class: in the Hulbert Room

12.15: Lunch open to all (attendance 40)

1.30: Mid-week communion (attendance 10)

2: Townswomen’s Guild meeting

Afternoon: Pilates

6.30 – 7.45: KidzKlub – church group for 7-11 year-olds (attendance 60)

Morning: Office open

Morning: U3A Looking at Paintings and History of Art (attendance 80)

Afternoon: funeral in church and wake at back of the Church

Evening: Church Choir Practice

4-7pm: eMerge and Cafe4T - Church Youth Groups, open to any young people in the

parish (attendance 50)


Morning: preparation of the church for events – furniture moving,

flower-arranging, catering

Afternoon: Wedding

Afternoon: Mini church for families with young children

(attendance 50)

Evening: Concert – open to the public (attendance 90)


SUNDAY 28 JUNE 2015: 1-5 pm

In support of

Sneed Park Nature Reserve,

Hanging Baskets in Stoke Bishop Village and

the University Botanic Garden

Nine open gardens, all in

Sneyd Park.

Teas will be served in

St Mary’s Church Hall. and

Bramble Drive .

Entry by passport which includes the trail

map, £5 per person (accompanied children

free) available from 1 June at Aimee’s Wine

House, Stoke Bishop, and on the afternoon of

the event from St Mary’s Church Hall, Aimee’s

Wine House and all participating gardens.

Do join us @st mary’s on

Saturday 20 June

The Riding Lights Theatre Company


Comic sketches and dramatised testimony

performed by a company of young actors

Saturday 27 June

Smile for Stoke Bishop

Plant Sale and Craft Fair in the Church Rooms

4.30 pm Martin Kiszko Show

Sunday 28 June

Open Gardens

Cream teas in the Church Rooms

Saturday 11 July

Bristol Fashion Chorus Concert

For more information email

Please look out for posters, and for further details visit


or phone 0117 9687449

Instep Club for Widows and Widowers

Wednesdays 8-10 pm, Stoke Bishop Village Hall

Dancing, American suppers, Social activities

Annual membership £8.

Members: £2 per session.

Visitors welcome: £3 per session

Come in to see us or telephone Donna on 01275

832676 or Wilma on 9628895 for further information.

Riding Lights: IrRESISTible

Roughshod Theatre Company is well-known for taking

its unique brand of high-energy performance with a

spiritual edge to all kinds of places where live theatre

may be rare but greatly enjoyed. Creative, comic,

confounding, Roughshod will perform in

St Mary’s Stoke Bishop

Saturday 20 June at 7.30 pm

Brave enough to change the world? An irresistible

idea! …but at what cost? Roughshod Theatre

Company present some death-defying stories of

hope, courage and resistance!

Encounter ...

the life-style guru whose advice goes a step too far

a desperate daughter who takes hold of her destiny

the intrepid Bible smuggler who discovered hope in

the darkest places when he dared to say ‘yes’.

Discover what it means to make a difference no

matter what the cost may be. Say ‘Yes’ to this counter

-cultural concoction of temptation, trials and triumph

in Roughshod’s liberating new show!

Tickets £8 (£6 concessions) from St Mary’s

Romantic picnics

Nude picnics

Family picnics

Picnics a deux or trois

Picnics abroad and picnics at home

Posh picnics

Simple picnics

Picnics in the New Testament

Lee Abbey


Community Weekend 27-28 June

Join in by putting a smile in your window or in your garden

or plant a sunflower in your front garden.

Join us and make this a whole community effort!

Saturday 27 June

FoSPNR Anniversary Luncheon (by ticket only)

2.30pm- 4.30pm Plant Sale and Craft Fair at St Mary Magdalene

3.00pm Stained Glass Hands—On Workshop for all, in church

4.30pm A chance to meet the UK Green Poet of the Year Martin Kiszko,

author of Green Poems for a Blue Planet, who will do a performance with

illustrations by Nick Park of Aardman Animation, at the church

Tea and Cakes available throughout the day in church

Sunday 28 June

Stoke Bishop Open Gardens (see page 12 for more details)

Cream Teas available at St Mary Magdalene Church Rooms

Church open for visiting from 1pm - 5.30pm

3.00pm Stained Glass Hands-On Workshop for all, in church

Find out what happens in Stoke Bishop: See displays about community groups in and around Stoke Bishop

throughout the weekend at St Mary’s.


SMILE posters are available from the Church Office

Hi there!

With exams nearly over, the summer can’t come soon enough for many of

the Youth at St Mary’s. To those of you who have had the excitement of

sitting exams this summer, we hope that they have gone well and wish you

all the best on results day.

Have a fantastic summer!

Lee Abbey

From Ellie, Ed, and Immie

The 17 to 19 of April was the church weekend away to Lee

Abbey in North Devon. This was an excellent opportunity to

get to know each other better and to get to know God better, all

in a picturesque seaside setting.

The teaching for the weekend involved looking at how we

could put our faith in Jesus more, centred on Matthew 14:22-

33; when Jesus walks on water to meet the disciples in a boat.

Sessions entitled “Don’t be afraid”, “Come”, and “Faith” took

place on the beach, which had a great atmosphere and the

closeness to creation really strengthened our focus on God.

Other activities included an adventure course; which was a

source of much amusement, mud, and mayhem, an

orienteering trail, bonfires on the beach, and opportunities to

take part in crate stacking, archery, or a zip wire. Of course

the annual Adults v. Youth football match took place on

Saturday afternoon, and although the Youth team played

exceptionally well it culminated in a 0-0 draw after extra

time. The weather was perfect throughout the weekend, with

cloudless skies and warm sunshine – a few of us even dared

to go for a dip in the sea.

Holiday Club

Easter Holiday Club welcomed a total of 115 children averaging

80-90 per day. The action-packed week on the theme of Polar

Explorers culminated in a special service on the Sunday to which

families were invited...and the church was packed to share in

the fun and witness of the children under the guidance of

Lady Random Fiennes aka Emma Dobson.

Meet Toby

For this edition of the Messenger, we’ve

managed to get an interview with

Toby Ineson.

We asked him about what he does in his

free time.

I like to play guitar, both on my own in

my bedroom and in the St Mary's youth

band. I also enjoy going to the gym and

skateboarding with my friends

What would your ideal holiday be?

I guess it would be going somewhere hot

and staying in a nice hotel near the sea.

I'd probably end up relaxing, reading,

and eating for most of it

What role does God play in your free


I guess in some contexts, like playing in

the youth band, it gives it purpose and

helps you to know why you’re doing it.

In other contexts it's just nice to think

that Jesus has your back

when you're doing it.

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