St Mary’s bell-ringers will ring
a peal to celebrate the birth of
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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Luke Jerram 'Withdrawn' exhibition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.
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
3.30: Film Focus – watch a mainstream film and have a discussion with refreshments
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
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
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
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
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
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,
Afternoon: Mini church for families with young children
Evening: Concert – open to the public (attendance 90)
STOKE BISHOP OPEN GARDENS
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
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
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: Roughshod...in 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!
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
Picnics a deux or trois
Picnics abroad and picnics at home
Picnics in the New Testament
SMILE for STOKE BISHOP
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
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!
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.
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.
For this edition of the Messenger, we’ve
managed to get an interview with
We asked him about what he does in his
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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