St Mary's Messenger - Autumn 2015










Serving Stoke

Bishop since 1993

8 Glen Drive

Stoke Bishop, BS9 1SB

tel: 0117 904 2707

mob: 07974 791 657

I’m dreaming of a

green Christmas

By Martin Kiszko

I’m dreaming of a green


With each recycled card I write.

No wrapping paper

Or cardboard boxes

I’ll even cut down the lights.

I’m dreaming of a green


My presents will be secondhand.

I’ll make toilet tube crackers,

Cook gingerbread fairies,

And let all turkeys roam the


I’m dreaming of a green Santa,

Whose reindeer don’t poo in the


He’ll present all houses

With solar panels –

And only eat low-fat mince


I’m dreaming of a green


I’ll buy a tree to plant outside.

Pine cones and berries

For decorations,

I’ll feel so self-satisfied.

I’m dreaming of a green


I’ll ride by sledge and not by


I’ll sing green-themed carols,

And why watch telly

When I can watch the Christmas


2015 Martin Kiszko

Christmas Events and Activities

Christmas Tree Festival

13-16 December, 2-8pm

Trees large and small, real or artificial and lots of colours!

Music each day by local choirs, orchestras, groups and


Last year, St Mary’s exhibited over 50 decorated

Christmas Trees.

A lovely chance to step out of the busy-ness of your

preparations and refresh yourself in the peace of St Mary's


Free entrance: Tea and Cakes available

To exhibit a tree to remember your family

or to represent an organisation,

please contact the Church Office. 0117 9687449

Saturday 19 December

10.30 am: Carol Singing in Stoke Bishop

Also...carol Singing around Stoke Bishop in

Care and Residential Homes. Everyone is

welcome to join us. Various dates – look

out for details

Our KNITIVITY set travels from home to home during

Advent - a knitted nativity scene in a picnic basket that can

be looked after in YOUR home for one or more evenings

during December – children and adults can enjoy the figures

associated with the Christmas story.

Contact the Church office if you would like the opportunity

of sharing in this unique experience.

Christmas Services

Sunday 29 November

5 pm: Advent Service “Light up Stoke Bishop”

A traditional, dramatic and beautiful service with choral

music, welcoming ‘The Light’ in to our dark world.

Followed by light refreshments

Wednesday 9 December

9.30 am: Toddler Christmas Worship

Introduce your little star to the joy and wonder of Christmas.

Sunday 13 December

4.30 pm: Christingle Service

Worship for all ages , particularly aimed at younger children, using the

Christingle to celebrate Christ our light coming into the world.

Monday 14 December

7 pm: Swedish Church Service of St Lucia Festival of Light

Part of our Christmas tree festival. All welcome.

Thursday 17 December

Stoke Bishop Primary School Carol Service

Sunday 20 December

6.30 pm: Christmas Carol Service Using traditional readings and favourite carols,

we join with the whole community to celebrate Jesus’ birth as part of the big story of

God and humanity. Seasonal refreshments to follow.

Thursday 24 December

4 pm: Crib Service Christmas starts here as we journey together to the manger in

Bethlehem. Designed for families; children may like to dress up as a nativity character

- shepherd, king, angel ...

11 pm: Christmas Communion (CW) “Welcoming the Word”

A traditional communion service to welcome Jesus born amongst us.

A great start to Christmas Day.

Friday 25 December “Happy Christmas”

9 am: Holy Communion ( CW)

Come and celebrate Christmas day in this traditional Communion Service.

10.30 am: All Age Christmas Praise with Holy Communion

Worship the new born King Jesus with all the family on Christmas Morning.

Do join us @st mary’s on

Please look out for posters, and for further details visit


Phone: 0117 9687449

Mosaic Choir...

…now rehearses in the Church rooms – if you

would like to know more

about us, please contact

How well do you know the area where you live?

How about a walk around Sneyd Park?

This walk was first published by the Sneyd Park

Residents’ Association to celebrate the Millennium, and

they have given us permission to publish again.

The longer route is about 3 miles.

If you take the longer route into the Woodland Trust

land and cross the railway line you will find Bennett’s

Patch and White’s Paddock, newly developed by Avon

Wildlife Trust.

Look out for:

the old trees planted in Victorian times.

the many large Victorian houses, many of them

now divided into flats, and with modern

buildings in their gardens

the lodge cottages indicating driveways to large


Listed houses including almost all houses in


the prefabs in Sanctuary gardens have been replaced

with modern houses but the Victorian pergola

and gazebo are still there.

St Mary’s, built in 1860 and extended in 1871.

What’s going on in St Mary’s youth?

A new youth group has started on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 – 9pm

for years 10+, it’s a time of exploring and going deeper with our Christian faith.

Looking for something a bit more informal?

Check out Café4T every fortnight on a Friday 5 – 6:30pm, also for years 10+.

If you’re in years 7-9, come and be part of [e]merge, with games, cooking, drama

and more from 7 – 8:30pm every Friday.

Have a great Christmas!

Ellie, Ed and Immie.

Joke time

Growing in Faith

Soul Survivor

What do you call

an elf who sings?

– A wrapper

Before the new term began 16 of us from St Mary’s went to Soul

Survivor at Shepton Mallet, a Christian festival for teenagers and

their youth workers. Blessed with good weather, we had a fantastic

time experiencing God and listening to seminars along with 9,000

other people in one big tent, ending the week with a Christmas

party (yes, in August) where we all dressed up as characters from

the Nativity!

Following this amazing week camping, in September ten members

of our youth group were confirmed, and two more were baptised!

Congratulations to

everyone who took these

steps of faith!

What happened to

the man who stole

the Advent


– He got 25 days

Nativity in


Meet Leoné

At the beginning of this term our new youth and children’s ministry intern, SWYM

trainee Leoné Ingram, arrived (hooray!) and is now really involved in our groups. We

caught up with her to ask her a few questions.

Where did you grow up, and when did you become a Christian?

I grew up in Stroud, but moved around a lot when I was young with my mum. I moved

in with my Nan at 9. Although I’ve known Jesus all my life, I fully gave my life to God

at 14.

Why did you join SWYM (South West Youth Ministry)?

I’ve always had a passion for youth work and wanted to expand my

knowledge in that and in theology with other aspiring young youth workers.

Why did you want to come to St Mary’s?

God called me here!

What do you want to get out of your time here?

I want to grow in faith and help young people see their potential and know

their identity in Christ.

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