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I’m dreaming of a
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
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
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.
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
…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
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.
Growing in Faith
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
Following this amazing week camping, in September ten members
of our youth group were confirmed, and two more were baptised!
everyone who took these
steps of faith!
What happened to
the man who stole
– He got 25 days
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
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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