St Mary Redcliffe
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singing the song of faith and justice
Parish parish magazine Magazine
december 2018 –JANUARY 2019
ARTICLES WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: REVD DAN TYNDALL /
HOPE: MAYOR MARVIN REES / VERGING ON HOPE: ANDY
CARRUTHERS / PROJECT 450: RHYS WILLIAMS / MAFRAQ
DIARY: ANGELA HOGG / CHORAL EVENSONG: CECILE GILLARD
/ CAROL STORIES: LESTER CLEMENTS
Winning entry SMR Christmas Card competition 2018; artwork by Mathilda Hooker, age10
DIARY CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR: ADVENT & CHRISTMAS SERVICES
INCLUDING: CHRISTINGLE SERVICE, 21 DECEMBER; FESTIVAL OF 9 LESSONS
& CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT. 21 & 23 DECEMBER / TREEFEST: 4 – 8 DECEMBER
/ THEOLOGY BOOK CLUB: 10 JANUARY / FAITH PICTURES: 11 JANUARY /
MR JAMES’ GHOST STORIES: 12 JANUARY
St Mary Redcliffe
With Temple, Bristol & St John the Baptist, Bedminster
Richard James — 0117-966 2291
Elizabeth Shanahan — 07808 505977
Vergers’ office — 0117-231 0061
Matthew Buckmaster — Head Verger
Andy Carruthers, Paul Thomas — Vergers
director of music
Andrew Kirk — 0117-231 0065
Claire and Graham Alsop
Revd Dan Tyndall — 0117-231 0067
Revd Kat Campion-Spall — 0117-231 0070
Revd Anthony Everitt
Revd Canon Neville Boundy, Revd Peter Dill
Peter Rignall — 0117-231 0073
Pat Terry — 0117-231 0063
Ros Houseago — 0117-231 0063
the parish office
12 Colston Parade, Redcliffe, Bristol BS1 6RA — 0117-231 0060
Rhys Williams — 0117-231 0068
Sarah Yates — 0117-231 0072
community development worker
Rachel Varley — 0117-231 0071
community youth worker
David Cousins — 0117-231 0067
— Any of the above can be contacted via the parish office
— Visit us at www.stmaryredcliffe.co.uk
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?
— REVD DAN TYNDALL
IAM WRITING this Christmas and New Year
article for the parish magazine a week or so
after Remembrance Sunday: that day when
we stood in silence to remember the lives of
those who died in the two world wars and in
conflicts since; and, more than that this year,
to commemorate the centenary of the end of
World War One. It was an extraordinary weekend
and I want to thank, once again, all those
who contributed in whatever manner to enable
us to mark such an exceptional anniversary in
such a meaningful way. So many people have commented very favourably
on the events and services that we held that weekend, and so many people
that were unknown to many of us came to the service on Sunday evening,
that we clearly ‘touched’ something deeply for a significant number of
people; we created a space that was both holy and human; we encouraged
people to participate and to pray; and, in the midst of all this, a connection
was made between life on earth and the hope of heaven.
For those who hold no Christian faith, you could suggest that there is a
bit of an overlap between what happened that weekend and New Year: a
time to reflect on the past, to accept the faults and failings of the past, to
remember those who have died in the past; and a time to look forward and
make resolutions about how life will be better in the future.
However, for those of us who do have a Christian faith, for those of us who
look to the carpenter from Nazareth as our strength and stay, for those
who find that a baby in Bethlehem ushers in a new world order, for us
there are a number of parallels that are worth considering.
Christmas is that time when we celebrate Immanuel: God with us. Midnight
Mass, like all our services of Holy Communion, starts with a greeting from
the president to the gathered people of God. But instead of “The Lord be
with you”, the president and people say:
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Welcome all wonders in one sight!
Eternity shut in a span.
Summer in winter, day in night,
heaven in earth and God in man.
Great little one whose all‐embracing birth
brings earth to heaven and heaven to earth.
The words are written by Richard Crawshaw, a seventeenth century
metaphysical poet, teacher and Anglican cleric. They remind us that, on
this most holy night, we are celebrating that moment in history when God
broke down all that separates the divine from the secular and created a
space that is both holy and human.
In the nativity we celebrate the reactions of the shepherds and the magi.
They came from very different backgrounds, with different expectations
and they had working lives that were polar opposites of one another: but
in their humanity nothing separated shepherd from magi, and their reactions
were just the same — they felt compelled to do something and they
felt drawn to worship. And in nativity plays (and in discipleship groups and
in Advent and Lent courses) up and down the land this truth will be played
out as adults and children alike are encouraged to participate and to pray.
The incarnation, though, is about more than the theological truth of God
with us in the here and now, and about more than our reactions to the good
news of God in Christ found in a feeding trough in a back street of a
Palestinian town. The incarnation is also the healing of our fractured relationships
with God: that in the baby in the manger and the adult on the cross
we see the love of God for us, for now and for ever; that in the miracles and
the teaching of Jesus we see the love of God for all individuals and for society
as a whole (we call that kind of love ‘justice’); that in the broken bread and
shared wine of communion we see the love of God literally in our hands
and a connection is made between life on earth and the hope of heaven.
So may that holy, human space help you to pray and participate as
we celebrate that connection between earth and heaven — or, in a more
standard form: Happy Christmas.
Revd Dan Tyndall
Hymns from my sabbatical—
Revd Dan Tyndall
“When our hearts are breaking”
This hymn is sung to the ‘Noel Nouvelet’ which is probably best known
when sung to the words of the hymn When the green blade riseth.
The starting point for this hymn are the words of the Great Commandment:
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all
your mind”. These words of Jesus are from Matthew’s gospel (22.37) and
are a direct quote from the Book of Deuteronomy (6.5). Interestingly the
gospels of Mark (12.29) and Luke (10.27) add another element with which
we should love God: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all
your soul, with all your strength and with all your mind”.
More interestingly, for me at least, there has been a lot of work done on
trying to understand how we love God with all our strength. The outcome
of this research that speaks to me has found its way into the fourth verse
of this hymn: When our strength is waning, our “very” is suppressed. This
is the notion that, in this context, our ‘strength’ is our very ‘very-ness’: a
concept which seeks to convey the urgency of the matter, the passion we
bring to the matter, and the impulsiveness that erupts from us because
of the matter. In other words, the Love of God demands our urgent,
passionate, impulsive heart; our urgent, passionate, impulsive soul; and
our urgent, passionate, impulsive mind … nothing less will do for the God
who stopped at nothing less than offering God’s own self for us!
However, we can’t be urgent, passionate and impulsive at all times: so the
fourth verse starts by acknowledging that our strength can wane. Indeed
each of the verses start with that honest assessment that, despite our best
endeavours, our hearts can break, our souls can stray, our minds can
wander and that love for oneself can run dry. In those times of dryness
and heartbreak, of straying and searching, the offer of the feast of heaven,
found at the table of Communion, is where we can be united, once again,
with Christ, God’s love revealed.
Advent & Christmas in church
When our hearts are breaking
When our hearts are breaking with wounds devoid of cure
and forecasts of the future hold too much to endure:
Come to this feast, where broken hearts are healed
and we are united with Christ, God’s love revealed.
When our souls are searching for pathways that seem right
for principles to live by and values to delight:
Come to this feast, the searching soul’s last road
where we are united with Christ, God’s true abode.
When our minds are sated, happy to believe
that knowledge of the godhead is all we can conceive:
come to this feast where knowledge is outdone.
and we are united with Christ, God’s only Son.
When our strength is waning, our “very” is suppressed,
yet nothing shall displace that hope for very best:
come to this feast where very love is real
and we are united with Christ, God’s very zeal.
When our love is fading as love for self runs dry,
that call to love our neighbour is just too hard to try:
come to this feast, where kindled love burns bright
and we are united with Christ, God’s one true light.
Revd Dan Tyndall
Saturday 1 December
6.30pm: From Darkness To Light; Advent music & readings
Sunday 2 December
6.30pm: From Darkness To Light; Advent music & readings
Tuesday 4 to Saturday 8 December
TREEFEST: 10.00am–5.00pm daily (till 8.00pm on 6 December)
annual charity Christmas tree festival
Wednesday 5 December
5.00pm: Community Carol Service
Tuesday 18 December
7.30pm: Carols with the Salvation Army Band & Songsters
Wednesday 19 December
1.15–2.00pm: Carols for All at Lunchtime
Friday 21 December
7.30pm: Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols by Candlelight
Saturday 22 December
4.00pm: Christingle Service
Sunday 23 December
6.30pm: Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols by Candlelight
Christmas Eve — Monday 24 December
4.00pm Crib Service
11.30pm: Midnight Mass
Tuesday 25 December
8.00am: Holy Communion
10.30am: Eucharist & Nativity Play
New Year’s Day — Tuesday 1 January
12.30pm: New Year Eucharist
from the diocese of bristol in brief
DIOCESAN SYNOD 17 NOVEMBER — THUMBNAIL: the new 3-year term of
the Diocesan Synod took place in Swindon last month; members unanimously
backed the plans and priorities for mission in the Diocese in 2019. The magazine
hopes to provide details in the February edition but for now see Bishop
Viv’s first address as President, at: https://cofebristol.contentfiles.net/media/
Visit www.bristol.anglican.org for the latest Diocese news, events and training. Find us
on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Diocese.of.Bristol and Twitter at @diobrizzle
come & see!
10am to 5pm daily; and
to 8pm on 6 December
REDCLIFFE CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH
Faithspace, Prewett Street BS1 6BP
Arrive 12 noon for drinks and nibbles
Lunch will be served at 1pm. You are welcome to stay as long
as you would like, but we will end after the Queen’s Speech
We are not currently providing transport but do let us know if
that’s a problem for you. Parking will be available at
Faithspace. We will not be serving alcohol
Please let us know any relevant dietary requirements
If you’re no longer able to attend
please let us know by calling 0117-231 0060
PROJECT 450 DEVELOPMENTS
HE FIRST STAGE of planning for Project 450 is nearing completion.
This process, which began in earnest with the 2015 appointment
of architects Purcell, will conclude with the creation of a project
master- plan in Spring 2019. The masterplan will act as the foundation
for the next stage of planning and fundraising that will take place during
2019 and 2020.
The church’s project team has spent the autumn working with Dan Talkes
of Purcell, Project 450 Lead Architect, on refining the brief for the new
buildings, looking at options for their eventual form and discussing how
the project should be phased.
Broadly speaking, the church has decided to ask for permission to build
new structures in three ‘zones’ within the curtilage of the church:
The area to the south east of the church, including the spaces outside the priest
door and along the edge of the south churchyard.
This part of the development will include a new building close to the church
that will include facilities for the Sunday School and the church’s Education
work, as well as toilet facilities. The building along the south east edge
of the church grounds will face the green spaces of the churchyard and
contain event and catering facilities that will support income-generating
and community activities. New access to these areas from the north will
be created by opening up the processional way and building a new lift and
staircase up to the level of the south churchyard.
The spaces to the north and north-west of the church, including the current
undercroft and the area between the north porch and the choir vestry.
This part of the development will act as a new welcome point for the
church and include toilets with disabled access, a shop, cafe and information
point as well as exhibition spaces and interpretative elements.
Crucially, the pressing issue of creating level access to the church will be
addressed through the creation of a lift to nave level. This ‘zone’ will also
communicate with the current choir vestry via a lift and steps.
The choir vestry and the area to the north-east of the north transept.
One of the church’s ambitions, which will be realised through Project
450, is to open up as many of the currently inaccessible historical areas
of St Mary Redcliffe as possible to the public. In order to help achieve
this, a new choir facility will be created alongside the church (linked to
the church through a new opening into Canynges Kitchen) that will allow
the current Choir Vestry to be opened as an exhibition and interpretative
space. This important feature of Project 450 will act as a showcase
for the church’s important collections, allowing the church to display its
treasures, and tell its story using the many artefacts and images relating
to the church that are not on display due to a lack of space.
One of the other key issues, still to be resolved, is whether or not Project
450 will seek to rehouse William Hogarth’s 1755 St Mary Redcliffe altarpiece.
Conversations with Bristol City Council (the owners of the work)
are ongoing, but in order to facilitate discussions about the feasibility
of creating a new home for the paintings, Purcell’s team is also working
on a feasibility study and initial design for a new structure in which they
could be exhibited. This work will provide us with a view of how such a
building might relate to the new spaces mentioned above and an idea
of cost that can be used for business planning.
This last point relates to the most recently commissioned piece of work:
the Project 450 Business Plan. The church has recently appointed Glevum
Consulting (previously engaged by Bristol Old Vic to work on their successful
redevelopment project) to build on the business planning work already
carried out by the church’s Operations Manager Peter Rignall. Glevum’s
team will, amongst other things, analyse Project 450’s potential for income
generation and build a deeper understanding of issues such as sustainability
as well as the potential for partnership work with organisations such
as Destination Bristol. The process will create a robust document that will
inform the final stage of Purcell’s stage-one work and the creation of the
Project 450 masterplan.
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NEW 2018 RELEASE : The night he was born : CHRISTMAS CD
Please buy our latest CD, which is reasonably priced at £10 per
copy. The boys, girls and adults in the choir recorded the tracks in
January this year. There are some familiar, popular carols, alongside some
newer pieces which will appeal to a wide range of people.
— Copies are available from the church shop and after many of the carol services
in December. It would be great if we were able to sell-out!
NEW CHOIR MUSIC FOR ADVENT
AND CHRISTMAS: As well as some
of the items from our latest Choir
CD, we are performing several new
carols this festive season. In our
Advent Carol Services, an atmospheric
piece by young composer
Oliver Tarney, The waiting sky, will
be heard alongside Anthony Piccolo’s
I look from afar.
At Christmas, I have arranged The
Ashwell Carol for choir and organ. It
uses an attractive traditional Russian
SEASONAL MUSIC, & RECUITING NEW CHORISTERS
— ANDREW KIRK
DIRECTOR OF MUSIC
melody with a text by Victorian
Clergyman John Catterick. We also
will sing an exuberant arrangement
of Ding dong merrily on high
with an exciting organ part by
Mack Wilberg from the USA. Mary’s
Song by former Kings Singer Bob
Chilcott has flute accompaniment,
whilst Shepherds guarding your flocks
by Essex composer Alan Bullard has
all the ingredients for a successful
carol, with contrasts in tempo,
voicing and tonality.
RECRUITING BOYS AND GIRLS TO OUR CHOIRS: I have recently
made visits to Hillcrest, Victoria Park and St Mary Redcliffe Primary
Schools to recruit for our choirs. However, in the past few years, it has been
proved that those families who already have a connection with our church
are the most likely to come forward and, more importantly, to stick with it.
If you know of any Yr3–6 children from Sunday School, your families,
friends or neighbours who might be interested, please let me know — it
is a great opportunity for enjoyment, a free musical education, new
friendships, and pay, as well as taking part in concerts and tours. AK
Sunday School Remembrance wreath; detail
IT’S EXCITING TIMES at Sunday
School as we prepare for our
annual Treefest — and this year
it’s going to be spectacular! As I said
in my first article of the academic
year, our vision for the year is “Seek
God first and all the other things
will be given you besides”, and this
will be setting the theme not just
for this year’s Treefest but also for
other events throughout the year.
Sunday 25 November was our session
dedicated to our Christmas
preparations. Our team of very talented
helpers shared their gifts and
worked with the children to produce
some magnificent creations. In
amongst the creativity, we thought
about what this special message
means and how, with God firmly by
OUR VISION: SEEKING GOD FIRST
— BECKY MACRON, SUNDAY SCHOOL LEADER
our side and with Jesus’ unrelenting
love, our lives can be truly fulfilled.
It’s certainly been a very special
month. On 11 November we made
our Sunday School poppy wreath
(see p16) and remembered all those
who have been hurt to keep us safe
and all who died to make life better
for us — and we remember all who
go on loving, giving and caring for us.
At Sunday School we strive to support
the good work of charities and
individuals who dedicate their
time and energy supporting people
in need. Our Sunday School
Christmas cards will be on sale at
the 9.30am Eucharist for the next
couple of weeks and all proceeds
will go to Friends for Parents, the
people who are there for children
and families at very difficult times
during hospital stays at the Bristol
Children’s Hospital. We hope that
you will join us in supporting this
very worthy cause.
As Christmas approaches, we have
lots of great events planned, including
our Sunday School Christmas party —
so please come and join the fun!
— VERGING ON HOPE
ANDY CARRUTHERS talks to the Mag
WE say goodbye to Andy from our Verger team, who leaves us at
Christmas — the editor caught up with him on the phone about
work and life —
MAGAZINE: Andy thanks for taking time out to chat
— just recapping then, how long have you been a
Verger at SMR, and what have you most enjoyed
about the work — and what will you miss most?
ANDY: I’ve been a Verger here for five years and I like
the variety of all the work — it’s never just one thing:
one minute you’re doing a concert, the next you’re
doing a Sunday Mass, or helping someone in need,
or cleaning up the rubbish. So what does a Verger
do? Well, everything really! But the thing I’ll miss the
most is the people — all of you at SMR; those who
come into church from around the world; or who’ve just come to have a look
round, or who’ve come in for help, or are planning a wedding, or...
— Whenever I’ve been in church drawing you’ve always been friendly; is there
more to do here in helping people feel welcome? I think in general we do, at
SMR, make people feel welcome — but I believe we should all do a little bit more.
No matter what job you do in life, as human beings we can all be a little bit more
welcoming. I’m not sure how you actually do that though — a bit of pastoral care
training across the board or whatever — as some people find it harder to interact.
But it’s not everyone’s forte, some people are just uncomfortable with it.
— More retiring by nature I suppose? You were talking about your background,
and I wondered if that influenced your work here — welcoming, stewarding,
and general wisdom about people and life... Yes, massively. I was street
homeless for many years and I had every addiction under the sun. People
at SMR gave me the chance to find out who I was before I found out who
everybody else was, and what I most enjoyed about them was they took me
for who I was. I didn’t think I’d see 30 years of age, so at 48... — well someone’s
been watching over and guiding me, and he threw me right into the middle
of St Mary Redcliffe. I think you don’t see yourself grow that much, but when I
look back on my time here I think I’ve grown massively over the last five years.
So I think that’s why I like to throw myself in at the deep end, to help people,
to give them that chance; give them that one little opportunity that I was
given. Exactly when that moment came along I’m not absolutely sure, but I
do know I was given it. For me to keep what I’ve got today, I believe I have
to give it away; so if that’s helping someone in the congregation, or helping
someone who comes in off the street looking for a cup of tea and a chat,
then I’ll be there.
— So how did you actually come to be at St Mary Redcliffe? I helped set up
the ARC café in the Undercroft, nearly eight years ago now, and we were looking
for a place to base it, so the first experience I had of SMR was when I had
been clean for about a year (not even a year actually). Life was new to me, and
SMR had given ARA (Addiction Recovery Agency) the opportunity to use the
Undercroft — a new venture on both sides: new for ARA, and it was new for
the church to work with people with addiction. It was difficult, but we all made
it work. Anyway, I’d been working at the café for about two years as Head Chef
and Assistant Manager when a job came up in church — I’d seen this piece of
paper in the ARC café and they were going to put it on their notice board, and
me being me... well I took it off, went for the job and got it!
— You were doing two jobs; how was that? I was for a year: I did 10 hours in
the cafe and 10 to 15 hours up in the church, and after a year I dropped the
cafe work and did 25 hours in the church. I took over from Joy, and I hope
I’ve done her proud. But in my wildest dreams I never thought that I’d end
up in this church. It just never entered my head. And especially with my old
lifestyle. I think if you’d asked family and friends they’d have never seen me
working at St Mary Redcliffe!
— What are your plans now; are you moving on to do more of the things
you want? Yes, I’m going to be working for myself, starting my own Cleaning
business. Again, starting my own business is something I never ever in my life
saw coming! But it’s also about the quality of life outside of work, because being
at SMR — amazing as it is — means working at weekends and holidays to fit in
with the Christian calendar, and I’m looking forward to spending Christmas with
my wife for the first time and spending weekends with her. I’ve talked about
SMR as part of my journey where I’ve learned and grown spiritually and as a
person (and become more ‘adult’ ‘cos I’ve never really grown up!), and now I
want to start my own business and move things on.
— Very inspirational! So what particular memories do you have of SMR. Well
let’s just say two very special services! First of all I was married at SMR. SMR is
one big giant family; everybody at church was involved, and everybody pulled
out all the stops. It was the most exciting and the most emotional day. The
best day of our lives — and our families’ lives too — and SMR put that together.
And another really proud moment was doing my first wedding as a Verger on
my own, and being responsible for bringing the bride in. I find that a bit of
an honour. Matthew had said, “this is your first ever wedding, and you get to
keep the Order of Service for the first wedding you do”, and two years later
Evelyn came to work at SMR — and she was that bride! How strange is that!
God works in mysterious ways. So I showed Evelyn: “Look what I’ve got!”, I said,
“the original Order of Service for your wedding”.
— What’s the title for this — because it’s a very wonderful journey, yours.
Yes, and I was talking to Dan the other day and said I class myself as having
four families now. I’ve got my family in Liverpool; my in-laws in Bristol; I have
my AA family, the fellowship of alcoholics; and St Mary Redcliffe, the biggest and
most dysfunctional of them all! But it’s a family that gives me unconditional love
and tells me off when I need telling off, so it’s the best of all of them really because
I’m there the most, if you know what I mean.
— Will you be coming still to church? Yes, you’ll still be seeing me fairly
regularly at services, and I’ll still do Treefest and the Night Shelter, and I’ll
probably still do a little stewarding.
— Any advice for the congregation at SMR that you know and love? Love
everyone, treat everyone like you’d treat yourself and keep up the good work,
and if we don’t judge people we’ll all be on a happier planet.
— Thanks again Andy, it’s been great to talk; we wish you all the best and will
miss you when you leave — but you’re in Liverpool as we speak, and you’ll be
wanting to get off the phone and back to the family. Nope, it’s good to get
out for 10 minutes — it’s a kids’ party and it’s getting loud...! [laughter...]
Andy Carruthers talked to Eleanor Vousden
community Armistice Day
ARMISTICE COMM EMORATIONS : 11TH NOVEMBER 2018
ON THE 11TH
we gathered for
having ‘laid out’
our family members
in the South
killed in action or
on active service
in the Great War
100 years ago.
The occasion was
solemn but there
was a lightness
of loved ones at
the end of the
day — a century
as we have noted
in the Forgotten
Voices pages from
2014 to 2018 (in
our 2018 summer
précis of Revd
Andrew Totten’s lecture on remembrance at the cathedral; do revisit it). Here
are a some reminders of the Day and of the exhibition in the North Transept.
p14: Cross (Mildred Ford) / p15: Exhibition (Andrew Kirk; Pat Terry & Penny Delmon); Sunday School wreath—photos: Ed
top left: Piper at 6am, North Steps; photo: Richard Wallace
top right & above: memorabilia, and Dan’s
grandfather’s Communion Set
photos: Rachel Varley
CANYNGES SOCIETY EVENT
BRISTOL CITY OF HOPE
the City Mayor talks to
the parish magazine
— MAYOR MARVIN REES
and church in that. It was also a chance to inspire individuals and the
Church to engage more in city-wide projects and challenges.
It was clear from what you said that the Canynges Society is very important in the
life of the city and SMR — could you say more about that for our readers?
St Mary Redcliffe and the Canynges Society are important institutions
historically, and it was a pleasure to lend support to The Society’s aims,
and particularly James Durie’s presidency this year.
THE CANYNGES SOCIETY invited the City Mayor to speak at their
event “Bristol City of Hope” for St Mary Redcliffe at the church on
17 November. The event was well attended and the Mayor gave a
compelling address. The magazine asked Mayor Marvin for an interview.
As SMR considers its role as visitor destination, it should also consider
how to tell the story of the church’s role in the city today. The many
people I spoke to afterwards felt that the church and its community
have a large role to play in the city and its challenges, and have an
appetite to take these on.
I welcome this approach as I think there is so much that can be done. I
encouraged people to get involved with the Social Prescribing work Alex
Kittow has started. It gives an example of what the church can offer to
people to ease the burden on GPs, with things such as befriending
services, senior citizens clubs, parenting courses and more.
Sitting in the pew and reflecting on the quotation from scripture that you used, the
words ‘architecture of hope’ sprang to mind — can do you describe how hope is
built, and would you see yourself as an architect of hope?
I believe that hope is grown through struggle and perseverance, and is
therefore intensely personal. I set out how my hope grew from my
unhappy childhood and crystallised later. I don’t think I’d describe myself
as an architect of hope for anyone other than myself, but I do also think
that hope is a collective state — it is completely tied to the product of our
interactions with others and our place.
Photo © Bristol City Council
PARISH MAGAZINE: Mayor Marvin, thank you very much for stopping to talk to us
about your visit last month. The address you gave was inspiring — what were
your hopes in speaking to an audience at St Mary Redcliffe church?
MAYOR: Thank you — I saw the event as an opportunity to reflect and
talk on my own understanding of the theme of hope. I wanted to
give some personal thoughts on my background, and the role of faith
You indicated that the verse of scripture [Romans 5: 3-5] you quoted came in
deliberately balanced halves — one ‘civic’, one spiritual; could you expand on the
spiritual half for the parish magazine?
• Romans chapter 5: verses 3–5 (New Intenational Version) —
“(3): Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know
that suffering produces perseverance; (4) perseverance, character; and
I said in my talk that I would usually stop here, but given the setting and
the theme, I continued to include:
“(5) And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured
out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”
In such a setting and with an audience particularly interested in the faithbased
aspect of my view of hope, I wanted to add this.
In your talk you mentioned how your own life journey has informed your work as
City Mayor — for our readers who weren’t present could you tell us something
My life journey and experiences massively informed my idea of hope
and also my vision of Bristol as a city where nobody is left behind.
During the talk I explained that my early years were difficult, especially
for my mum as a single mother with a mixed race baby at a time when
this wasn’t socially acceptable. We spent some time away in a refuge
before moving back to Bristol in Lawrence Weston, and then moved to
Easton where she still lives today. I found school difficult. I was for a
while so terrified of failure that it stopped me from ever trying to achieve
anything. I was scared of being found out as not quite as clever as some
of my teachers believed me to be.
Things started to change for me when I had the opportunity to get out of
the city on a school trip and see that there was more of the world than
just Bristol. This intervention gave me the impetus to begin to push myself,
and to try and escape Bristol and make something of myself. I aimed to
join the marines so that I could travel and also really reach my limits.
I was devastated when an eye condition prevented it, but I remained
hopeful that I would have the opportunity to serve in another way.
In your view, are there societal influences at work in our city that counter your
mission of hope?
During the talk I mentioned my concerns about the effect Social Media is
having on our discourse and behaviour. My challenge for the city is for
us all to think about “whose words are coursing through the veins of the
city”, and what example we set our children and those around us.
During your address you spoke of how we use language in public, and the role of
human relationships in securing hope — could you expand on this for our readers?
It feels as if some are determined to do the city down and to see the worst,
no matter what. I don’t know if it is the anonymity or the disconnect with
others, but the disregard some people have for their neighbours and peers
continues to surprise me. They appear to me to be without hope.
I believe there is a clear need for the engagement of all people of faith
within this, by promoting hope and positivity in the city through social
In 2024 SMR celebrates Elizabeth I’s visit to the church 450 years ago — as we plan
Project 450 how do you see us helping to build Bristol as a City of Hope?
The great thing about the heritage of the building is that it gives such an
opportunity to speak into the future. My challenge would be that you
shouldn’t only preserve and showcase the past, but get involved in
writing the future. The next 450 years should be in your minds as you
celebrate the last 450 and building Bristol as a successful city of hope,
which includes all of its communities, is key to that.
Can churches enhance the life of the city, and if so how do you see SMR’s role in this?
Churches and faith groups have a huge role to play in our city — I believe
faith groups provide an opportunity not just to be reactive but proactive
in the life of the city and the messaging of what we want the city to be.
How does local government see the relevance of SMR’s medieval heritage to the
life of a multicultural inner city area?
I don’t think it is for local government to help with the way SMR sees its
relevance as a medieval building in an inner city area. SMR and community
is best placed to make that decision for itself. The Council should have
an enabling role, supporting the aims of faith groups and the third sector
to deliver, rather than dictating our view or policy.
Of all the projects that you as City Mayor have initiated and supported, do you see
any in particular as especially important?
There are so many projects and so much work that the council is
involved with. Recently, something that felt particularly inspiring was
welcoming families into their new homes, which we had built with a
housing association. This was a real and tangible way in which we are
having a huge impact on people’s lives and outcomes. A secure home
is the foundation of a thriving life and it felt like a real ‘legacy’ to hand
over keys to people who will benefit from these modern affordable
homes for many years to come.
In 2016 I pledged to build 2,000 new homes, including 800 affordable
homes, by 2020. I believe that only by working in partnership do we
start to solve the housing crisis and its wider consequences.
A recent example of this good work was the Housing Festival, which
has been founded by people of faith with a view to bringing hopeful
resolutions to the housing crisis.
What is the place of contemplation and faith in the life of a busy city — how might
the “dreaming spires” of churches relate to life in adjacent tower blocks.
Obviously the beauty of the building has an impact and helps people
to stop and think, but I shared during the talk that I had welcomed the
opportunity in preparing my thoughts to stop and think. In a world so
dominated by constant input and stimulation, having the space, physical
and mental, to really think about the subject of Hope is most welcome.
— Mayor Marvin, thank you very much for your stimulating responses to many
questions, and again for your time.
Mayor Marvin Rees
— responding to questions
from the Editor
Address and drinks — photos © Jon Craig, for the Canynges Society
• To learn more about the Mayor’s
work and projects please visit his
Blog at — https://thebristolmayor.
com/ and the Mayor’s pages at —
• To learn more about the Canynges
Society, to become a member, or to
donate please visit SMR website —
Photo © Bristol City Council
THE GRIND AND TRAUMA OF BEING A REFUGEE
— ANGELA HOGG, REPORTING FROM JORDAN
WHAT’S IT LIKE to be a
Syrian refugee in Jordan?
Daily volunteer teams,
each led by an Arabic-speaking
long-term volunteer, make house
visits. They get to know the families
quite well — their past lives
in Syria, details of their flight to
Jordan and how they are managing
as refugees in Mafraq. They
show a cheerful and very stoic
front, at least at the beginning of the visit, but as they serve tea or coffee
they frequently share their concerns — the daily grind of living in scruffy
flats with leaking roofs and suspiciously high electricity bills, their mental
and physical health, no jobs and combative neighbours. Less often they
talk about personal traumas as a result of the war. The following are a
couple of my recent diary entries which record snippets of what some
families have recounted; many others have similar stories.
House visit with Hiba to a woman with 4 children aged between 8 years and
8 months. Hiba and I suspect the baby may have slight Down’s syndrome.
There was the usual rubbish strewn in the communal entrance and a
grubby floor. The flat smelt badly of gas escaping from the stove.
We arrived at 12.45pm just when the two elder children should be setting
off for school. (Refugee children get their schooling in the afternoon.) The
8 year old boy rebelled. His mother clearly was not bothering to encourage
him to go to school. Finally the two children left the flat but a minute or so
later the girl, younger, returned to say her brother would not walk to school.
Certainly he would not, even with the promise of a ball which we had in a
bag. His mother explained that his teacher hits him — this may or may not
be true. She has not gone to the school to investigate but we have heard
complaints from many refugee parents that their children get beaten up on
the way to school, or in school.
On the story of their coming to Syria, the mother described how she could
no longer bear the bombarding in Syria. She persuaded her husband they
had to flee. They left, dodging from taxi to taxi and bus to bus, steadily moving
southwards to the Syrian border and then walking across to the Jordan
border with their first two children (the others were born, later, in Jordan).
They carried small bags. Living here in Jordan, she says the housing is
awful and the rents high but the worst thing is the lack of a wider-thanfamily-social-network
to advise and help one when in trouble.
Arabic lesson — at the end, the teacher Amal* (not her real name), a 25 yearold
female pharmacy student on a scholarship (paid for by someone from
Emirates), asked me how to get into the UK as a refugee.
Amal’s family — parents, three brothers and herself— were offered asylum
in the USA by UNHCR* in 2014 but after a family discussion, they turned it
down as she and her brother had full study scholarships. These would be
cancelled if they immigrated to the USA. While making the decision, the family
knew their application for an overseas move would be cancelled forever. Do
they regret it? I dared not ask. Father (68) can never return to Syria. Long
before the war in Syria he was imprisoned for 15 years for no reason except
false testimony by his wife’s relatives. In prison he was known by a number
and was therefore untraceable. He was given up for dead by his family, and
in the meantime his parents had died. His wife left him. At the change of
regime he was released and offered derisory financial compensation which
he refused. He remarried and had the four existing children.
They live in a grim flat surrounded by building sites on two sides. My
teacher, the budding PhD pharmacist who earns money in her spare time
by teaching Arabic, is unlikely to get a job as a pharmacist here as the jobs
are reserved for Jordanians. The same applies to her scholarship brother
who is a civil engineer. Jordan has thousands of its own. The father with
heart trouble since his imprisonment is too ill to work but can never return
to Syria for fear of further arbitrary imprisonment. They are trapped. (21/11
Today I dropped by and drank coffee with Amal’s mother. She is desperate
for her children to have new lives overseas; she fears for their future here
in Jordan. She insists that she and her husband do not wish to leave here.
A dismal prospect for them if their four children did all emigrate.)
Another heartbreak story from a family who fled Syria in 2014, later than the
majority (2012) and later than they would have wished but they were dispersed
— two sons were in two different parts of the country. While trying
to reunite as a family, one of the sons was killed in an air attack on his way to
school. The family then re-grouped and begged the authorities to allow them
to flee into Jordan. All are now in Mafraq. Three of the five girls are married
and so is the surviving son. He has just been accepted to settle in Michigan,
USA. He is awaiting his papers. Is the rest of the family able to go? NO.
After hearing such stories, one’s reaction is that emigration and the
dispersal of extended family members must be the worst solution to
refugees’ problems — and yet where families have seen off one son or
daughter and their immediate family to a faraway country in the West, they
seem to rejoice for them. But then again it might be just another of their
incredibly brave fronts.
Angela Hogg; Mafraq, Jordan
community church & history
IN QUIRES AND PLACES WHERE THEY SING
— CECILE GILLARD
SPENDING THE MAJORITY OF THE WORKING WEEK in the heart of the
City of London offers a remarkable range of experiences, challenges
and opportunities — some expected, others not. Amongst the 50+
active churches within the City’s boundaries* is St Stephen Walbrook
(the area’s name comes from the fresh water stream that enabled people
to settle there). The Romans built a Temple to Mithras here, followed in
700 AD by a church built by the first recorded Christians in this place. The
current church building was designed by Sir Christopher Wren after the
Great Fire of London.
Once a month, the choir of St Stephen’s sings Choral Evensong, a service
of beautiful music set amongst passages of spoken liturgy and moments
of contemplative silence. The start time of 6pm enables City workers from
the vast offices all around the area to join in peaceful reflection, at the pivot
point between the busy working day and the coming night.
I found this introduction to the history of the service, printed in the service
booklet, very striking. It may also be so for others therefore, by kind
permission from the team at St Stephen’s, we are printing it in this issue.
The text was written by Philip Baxter, an organist and the father of the
current parish Priest at St Stephen’s (Revd Stephen Baxter).
The service of Evensong
Photographs: page 11 — Mafraq town from Mafraq Alliance Church, photo © Paolo Aligaen;
page13 (above) — Mafraq volunteers’ Tuesday morning meeting in the old sanctuary in
Mafraq Alliance Church (text on-screen: “Forever God is faithful; forever God is strong; forever
God is with us”), photo © John Carlo M Yu // * Please note — the teacher’s name has been
changed in this article for privacy reasons. UNHCR = United Nations Refugee Agency.
Evensong is an Anglo-Saxon term for the sung evening liturgy. It originated
in the western Wessex kingdom’s diocese centred on Sherborne Abbey,
later at Old Sarum (Salisbury) and was used in the Sarum rite. Other
dioceses, post-Conquest, and all other monastic houses followed the
Roman rite and used the continental term Vespers (French: Vêpres).
Archbishop Thomas Cranmer abolished the medieval minor offices and
for his revised liturgy of the Book of Common Prayer merged the old
Evensong (having taken the Sarum rite as his basis) with Compline which
then doubled the responses, Lord’s Prayer, canticles and lessons. The
1549 book continued the term Evensong, though this moved further
from the Anglo-Saxon into Evening Prayer in the more reformed book of
1552 thence onto the 1662.
The Church’s early Evensong descended from the Jewish tradition of
evening prayers conducted as the light faded and the candles were lit. To
the Jews the end of daylight was the end of the day and thus the evening
prayers began the new day. Early Christians followed this tradition and
hence a feast-day’s First Evensong was on the eve, and the Second Evensong
was on the day. Technically the earliest Evensong could be was the winter
fading light at 3pm and thus adopted by most cathedrals. In more modern
practice it now tends to be later than this. (Philip Baxter)
Attendance at midweek services in our Cathedrals (primarily choral
evensong) has increased by over 60% in the last ten years. Every
week some 700 Cathedrals, abbeys, chapels and churches across the
United Kingdom and Ireland sing choral evensong (over 1000 times!).
Wherever you find yourself you’re never that far from being part of this
remarkable and very beautiful worship tradition. To find a service, use
the search facility on this site: https://www.choralevensong.org/uk/
If you can’t make it to a service in person, BBC Radio 3 broadcasts a live
service of choral evensong on at 3.30pm every Wednesday afternoon
(repeated on Sunday at 3pm). This is the longest continuously running
outside broadcast in the history of live radio. The first broadcast of Choral
Evensong took place from Westminster Abbey on 7 October 1926 (the
setting — Fauxbourdons by the 16th century composer William Byrd: the
anthem O sing Unto the Lord by the 18th century composer William Boyce).
Two West Country Cathedrals have hosted significant live broadcasts
of the service — in 1970 the first stereo broadcast was from Gloucester
Cathedral and in 1993 the first Cathedral Girls’ Choir sung the service in
a broadcast from Salisbury Cathedral.
THE STORIES BEHIND SOME OF OUR CAROLS — LESTER CLEMENTS
Says Lester: Over the Christmas period, carols will be sung up and
down the land, but did you know some of the stories behind them...
Good King Wenceslas
Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia, born Prague
c.905, died Stará Boleslav 28 September 935.
Saint & martyr: Catholic and Eastern Orthodox
churches; feast 28 September. St Wenceslas
Flaming Eagle (above) became the Coat of
Arms of the ruling Czech Przemyslid Dynasty
WENCESLAUS (Wenceslas) was
the son of Vratislaus, Duke of
Bohemia of the Przemyslid dynasty.
His grandfather had been converted
to Christianity; his mother, Drahomira,
the daughter of a pagan tribal chief,
was baptised at the time of her marriage.
His paternal grandmother,
Ludmila of Bohemia, oversaw his
education and at an early age he
was sent to college at Budec. In 921
Wenceslas’s father died and Ludmila
became regent, but Drahomira was
jealous of Ludmila’s influence over
Wenceslas so she had her murdered
(possibly strangled with her veil);
Ludmilla was buried at the church of
St Michael of Tetin but her remains
were later removed, probably by
Wenceslas, to St George’s church in
Prague, which had been built by his
father. Drahomira assumed the role
of regent and immediately initiated
measures against the Christians but
when Wenceslas came of age (c.925)
he took control of the government
and exiled his mother. To prevent
any disputes, he divided the country
between himself and his younger
brother, Boleslav, to whom he gave
a large share. He brought in German
priests and favoured the Latin rite in
churches over the old Slavic rite (seldom
used for want of priests), and
founded a rotunda consecrated to St
Vitus at Prague Castle (today St Vitus
cathedral). However, in 935 Boleslav
and nobles plotted to kill Wenceslas,
and invited him to the feast of Saints
Cosmas and Damian where three
nobles stabbed to him to death and
Boleslav ran him through with a lance.
Wenceslas was considered both
martyr and saint immediately after
his death, and a monarch whose
power stemmed from his great piety
as well as his princely vigour.The
chronicler Cosmas of Prague, writing
around the year 1119, states:
“But his deed I think you know better
that I could tell you; for, as is read in
his Passion, no one doubts that, rising
every night from his noble bed, with
bare feet and only one chamberlain,
we went around to God’s churches
and gave alms generously to widows,
orphans, those in prison and afflicted
by every difficulty, so much so that he
was considered, not a prince, but the
father of all the wretched.”
Several centuries later this legend
was asserted as fact by Pope Pius II;
and although Wenceslaus was only
a duke during his lifetime, the Holy
Roman Emperor Otto I posthumously
“conferred on (Wenceslaus) the regal
dignity and title”, hence the references
to “King” in legend and song.
The hymn Svaty Valclave (St Wenceslas),
or Saint Wenceslas Chorale, is one of
the oldest known Czech songs and,
tracing back to the 12th century, is
still among the most popular religious
songs. In 1918, at the founding
of the modern Czechoslovak state,
the song was discussed as a possible
choice for the national anthem and,
during the Nazi occupation, was often
played along with the Czech anthem.
An equestrian statue of St Wenceslas
and other patrons of Bohemia (Saints
Adalbert, Ludmila and Prokop, and
St Agnes of Bohemia) is located on
Wenceslaus Square, Prague, where it
is a popular meeting place — and the
place where demonstrations against
the Communist regime were held.
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O Come, All Ye Faithful
NOBODY IS CERTAIN who wrote this well-loved Christmas carol but
it was originally a Latin Christmas hymn, Adeste Fideles, that seems to
have ‘surfaced’ in English in the 18th century thanks to John Francis Wade,
a Roman Catholic who made his living copying manuscripts by hand and
who knew Latin well. It’s said that around 1750 Wade slipped the hymn
into a manuscript he was copying for the English Roman Catholic College in
Lisbon, and that in 1785 it turned up in the Portuguese Chapel in London,
where it became known as the “Portuguese Hymn”, eventually finding its
way to the Margaret Chapel in London’s West End. In the 19th century the
young William Gladstone (eventually Prime Minister) greatly appreciated the
Chapel’s services, finding its congregation “the most devout and happy that
I have ever seen”. Its then minister was Frederick Oakeley (later a convert
to Catholicism), one of the leaders of the Oxford Movement, who believed
strongly in the power of religious symbols and fine music, and introduced the
hymn to the congregation. So, from Adeste Fideles and The Portuguese Hymn,
the hymn became known — and loved worldwide — as O Come, All Ye Faithful.
Lester Clements — from various sources
TINSEL & TRIMMINGS...
Christmas sparkle from Lester!
Did you know the story of mince pies?
Did you know that mince pies have been traditional
English Christmas fare since the Middle Ages, when
meat was a key ingredient? The addition of spices,
suet and alcohol to meat came about because it was
an alternative to salting and smoking in order to
perserve the food. Mince pies use to be a different
shape — cradle-shape with a pastry baby Jesus on top.
Mistletoe's smelly history... Did you
know that the word for “mistletoe”
means dung on a tree? The Anglo Saxons
thought mistletoe grew in trees where
birds had left their droppings: “mistel”
means dung, and “tan” means twig...
Christmas gifts... Grandfather was
talking to his grand-daughter, “When I
was a child all we got for Christmas was
an apple and an orange.” The little girl
clapped her hands in joy. “Brilliant!” she
said, “I’d love a new computer and a
What would you like for Christmas?
A little girl went to visit Father Christmas in
the local garden centre grotto. He welcomed
her with a smile and the question of what
she would like for Christmas. The little girl
gasped, and stared up at him in horror,
“Didn’t you get my email?!”
Sums up Christmas... three phrases sum up
Christmas: Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men,
batteries not included!
THANK YOU! Marion Durbur wishes
to thank everyone for their kind
messages relating to her recent knee
replacement operation. She hopes to be
‘back in harness’ after Christmas.
HYMN SING ALONG — SINGALONG GOES ON TOUR… we are singing
at Asda Bedminster once more! Come and join us on Wednesday 5th
December at 2pm in the foyer — contact Rosemary Kingsford on 0117-922
1627 if you would like details or just come along! We’re a happy
group; we’re not necessarily the best of singers but we have a lot
of fun and we make a joyful sound!
FORTHCOMING — watch this space…
THANK YOU for all the positive feedback about the full colour
November/Armistice edition the magazine and we hope you
enjoy this issue too, which is also in colour for reasons of speed
(it’s easier to produce) as well as to make the best of the some of
the picture spreads.
Your views feed into some broad-ranging conversations we’ve been
having at PCC sub-committee level about the magazine and how to
make the most of this important feature of our church community.
In the New Year we’ll be asking all of you who read the magazine, and
those in the congregation who don’t, some key questions about its
role and potential — such as who and what the parish magazine is
for, how much it should cost, and what sort of production values
can we offer within our budget. So as you read please ponder on
what you value most, which pages (if any) you skip, and what you
would like to see in the future — and keep an eye out for our survey
in the New Year!
— Thanks and Happy Christmas
Kat, Eleanor and the PCC Congregation Committee
THE GUNS FELL SILENT
FROM that gut-bespattered trench,
With its rotting body stench,
They climbed out to charge,
The machine-gun barrage.
Bombed and shelled as well,
Just sheer bloody hell
And all to regain some muddy ground,
Where long-dead comrades might be found,
Impaled on the twisted wire,
Drowned in the stinking mire.
FOR four long years reigned this slaughter,
Killing father, son; leaving mother, daughter
Working to make yet more munitions,
To continue the war of bloody attritions,
The so-called “War To End All Wars”
Just opened up yet more doors,
Inventing still more ways of killing
The willing and the so unwilling.
New guns, new tanks, new aeroplanes,
New dictators, intent on gains.
AND what of those whose lives were spared,
Though with broken limbs and sight impaired?
Shell shock, hell shock on record, a
Post-traumatic stress disorder,
Not so described at the time —
A “Lack of Moral Fibre” crime;
And so survivors went on dying
Sadly, badly; some shot, crying.
Yes, the guns were silent, silent alright,
But at the end of the tunnel there is no light.
On Sunday afternoon, Nov 11th, I wrote two verses of the grimmest poem I have ever written
and finished it — the third verse — the following Monday, the 12th ... I have called it “The
Guns Fell Silent” — GR. // “Battle with charcoal & eraser”: details from 3 large drawings done
at a church art workshop at Michaelmas themed on human conflict and War in Heaven [Ed].
diary dates December & January
please note that all entries in the diary are correct at the time of going to print given the
information supplied. please note also that, in addition to the listings below, which vary
in frequency or other details, the following events happen every week in this period —
Faithspace Coffee Morning // 10am–12 noon — Faithspace Community
Christian Meditation // 6.30–7.00pm — FCC
Jazz in the Undercroft // 7.30–10.00pm
Redcliffe Gardening Group // 10.00am–12.00 noon — Somerset Square
Police Beat Surgery Drop-in // 1.00–2.00pm — FCC
1 Advent Carols // 6:30pm — From Darkness to Light
2 ADVENT SUNDAY
Advent Carols // 6:30pm — From Darkness to Light
3 No Postcard Club till February
4 Holy Communion // 12:30pm — Revd Dan Tyndall
4-8 Treefest // daily from 4 to 8 December — opening times:
4, 5, 7 & 8 December — 10am–5pm; 6 December—10am–8pm
5 Sing-Along on Tour! // 2.00pm — Rosemary Kingsford — Asda, Bedminster
5 Redcliffe Lunch Club // 12.00 noon — FCC
5 Redcliffe Film Club // 2.00pm — Mrs Doubtfire — FCC
5 Community Carol Service // 5.00pm
6 Holy Communion // 12:30pm — Revd Peter Dill
11 Holy Communion // 12:30pm — Revd Kat Campion-Spall
12 Redcliffe Lunch Club // 12.00 noon — FCC
12 Mothers’ Union // 2.30pm — Communion at Christmas — FCC
13 Holy Communion // 12:30pm — Revd Dan Tyndall
18 Holy Communion // 12:30pm — Canon Neville Boundy
18 Community Carols // 7.30 — Salvation Army Band & Songsters
19 Redcliffe Lunch Club // 12.00 noon — FCC
19 Carols for All at Lunchtime // 1:15–2.00pm
20 Holy Communion // 12:30pm — Revd Kat Campion-Spall
21 Festival of 9 Lessons and Carols by Candlelight // 7:30pm
21 Parish Office closes for Christmas
22 Christingle Service // 4:30pm
23 Festival of 9 Lessons and Carols by Candlelight // 6:30pm
24 Christmas Eve Crib Service // 4:00pm
24 Midnight Mass // 11:30pm
25 CHRISTMAS DAY
Holy Communion // 8:00am
Eucharist Service and Nativity Play // 10:30am — Revd Kat Campion-Spall
25 Christmas Day Lunch // 12:00 noon for 1.00pm — FCC
27 Holy Communion // 12:30pm — Revd Dan Tyndall
1 New Year’s Day: Holy Communion // 12:30pm — Revd Peter Dill
2 Parish office reopens
3 Holy Communion // 12:30pm — Revd Dan Tyndall
4 Redcliffe Lunch Club 12.00 noon — FCC
4 Redcliffe Film Club // 2.00pm — FCC
9 Mothers’ Union // 2:30pm — FCC
10 Holy Communion // 12:30pm — Revd Kat Campion-Spall
10 Organ Recital // 1:15pm — to be confirmed
10 Theology Book Club // 8:00pm — at John Rogan’s — contact Simon Goodman
11 Faith Pictures // 7:30pm — Seekers faith group — at the Vicarage
12 MR James’ Ghost Stories // 7:30pm — in the Undercroft
15 Holy Communion // 12:30pm — Revd Peter Dill
17 Holy Communion // 12:30pm — Revd Kat Campion-Spall
17 Organ Recital // 1:15pm — to be confirmed
22 Holy Communion // 12:30pm — Revd Dan Tyndall
24 Holy Communion // 12:30pm — Revd Peter Dill
24 Organ Recital // 1:15pm — to be confirmed
29 Holy Communion // 12:30pm — Revd Kat Campion-Spall
parish register & Sunday records Oct-Nov 2018
Emily Victoria Swales
Aaron Grant and Laura Jayne Webb
Hazel Margaret Cripps
died 9th November aged 94
21st October 2018
21st October 2018
20th October 2018
29th November 2018
SUNDAY CHURCH SERVICE ATTENDANCE
Date 2018 4 Nov 11 Nov * 18 Nov 25 Nov
Adult Child Adult Child Adult Child Adult Child Adult Adult
8.00am 9 - 9 - 6 - 4 -
9.30am 89 24 183 35 122 37 93 29
11.15am 21 2 - - 20 - 27 2
6.30pm 65 - 130 7 31 2 58 1
— NB attendance figures refer to congregation, not to clergy, servers, choir or vergers
* Remembrance Sunday: no service of Mattins
SUNDAY CHURCH SERVICE COLLECTIONS
Period: 21 October – 11 November 2018
21 Oct 28 Oct 4 Nov 11 Nov - -
£252.58 £289.29 £443.38 £645.52 - - -
THINKING ALOUD... Advent, Christmas, Epiphany and hope
The December-January double issue of the magazine marks the start
of a new magazine year both because the season of Advent marks the
start of the Christian Year, and also of course (rather more prosaically!)
because on New Year’s Eve the magazine elves are more likely to be busy
dressing up than, say, preparing a January-only edition of ‘the mag’... — in
both cases a very Happy Christmas and New Year to readers one and all,
and the magazine looks forward to lots more news and comment in 2019!
One of the things too about a December-January edition is that it allows
the magazine space for reflections on things past as well as things to come
(as we know, the name for the first month of the year refers to Janus, the
Roman god of doorways and thresholds whom the ancients imagined
facing both backwards and forwards at the same time) thereby matching
the focus of Advent which is to prepare the way for the coming of Christ
who will indeed make all things new.
So In this edition we’ve reminders of the way we commemorated
the Armistice and honoured the sacrifice made by those killed in action
during the First World War, including SMR Choirmen. The exhibition in the
North Transept, so well put together (see the photo on page 15), set out
the narrative and tragedy of the war, and Geoffrey Robinson’s poem this
month comments forcefully on its toll. And readers will note that, with the
500th anniversary in 2017 of the start of the Reformation, with people all
over the world we’ve shared two years of reckoning over two significant
happenings in the past millenium. Is talk ever ‘done and dusted’ though,
and should we revisit any of these things in the coming year?
Moving on, we’ve two great interviews on the theme of hope: firstly thank
you to Mayor Marvin Rees for agreeing to a Q&A interview with the magazine
and for a thought-provoking recap of his address at the Canynges Society
event Bristol City of Hope last month. Thanks too to the Society for permission
to display their photos of the event. Secondly, thanks to Andy Carruthers,
our departing and much-loved Verger, who found time amid family life to
chat, and we’ve a no less thought-provoking interview from him too. Thank
you to Dan for another of his Study Leave hymns, to Angela for her compelling
Mafraq diary, to Cecile and Lester for two different but equally
fascinating history pieces, and for our Project 450, Soundbites and Sunday
School news. Lastly, we’ve more jokes (hurrah!), and we look forward to time
and space next year to follow through on pieces from November’s Mag.
Practicalities: I hope readers will enjoy the magazine survey that we’re
organising — as we’ve said (page 30), please do begin to think about what
you’d like to see in the magazine, its purpose, cost, and so on. Also please
note the deadline for the February issue, which has
been brought forward to increase production time
whilst still allowing time enough (two months) for
contributors to prepare material.
Finally, a huge thank you to all of you who have
expressed appreciation for the Armistice edition of
the magazine. It is very heartening (and we could
never have had grey poppies!). Happy Christmas!
— best wishes, Eleanor
Tel: 0117-9634856 (direct) or 0117-2310060 (Parish Office)
The deadline for the February 2019 issue is Friday 18th January
prayers for Advent, Christmas & Epiphany
Ocome, O come Emmanuel
and ransom captive Israel
that mourns in lonely exile here
until the Son of God appear
Rejoice! Rejoice! O Israel
to thee shall come Emmanuel
O come thou Wisdom from on high
and order all things far and nigh
to us the path of knowledge show
and teach us in her ways to go
Rejoice! Rejoice! O Israel
to thee shall come Emmanuel
Veni, veni Emmanuel
captivum solve Israel
qui gemit in exsilio
privatus Dei Filio
Gaude! Gaude! Emmanuel
nascetur pro te Israel
Veni, O Sapientia
quae hic disponis omnia
veni, viam prudentiae
ut doceas et gloriae
Gaude! Gaude! Emmanuel
nascetur pro te Israel
Ocome all ye faithful
Joyful and triumphant
O come all ye citizens of Heaven above
Come and behold him
Born the King of angels
O come let us adore Him
Christ the Lord
God of God, light of light
Lo, he abhors not the Virgin’s womb
True God, begotten, not created
O come, let us adore Him
Christ the Lord
Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation
Sing, all ye citizens of Heaven above!
Glory to God, glory in the highest
O come, let us adore Him
Christ the Lord.
Yea, Lord, we greet thee
born this happy morning
Jesus, to thee be glory given!
Word of the Father
now in flesh appearing!
O come, let us adore Him
Christ the Lord
Adeste fideles læti triumphantes
Venite, venite in Bethlehem
Deum de Deo, lumen de lumine
Gestant puellæ viscera
Deum verum, genitum non factum
Cantet nunc io, chorus angelorum
Cantet nunc aula cælestium
Gloria, gloria in excelsis Deo
Ergo qui natus die hodierna
Jesu, tibi sit gloria
Patris æterni Verbum caro factum
— O come all ye faithful: tr. Frederick Oakeley
— O come, O come Emmanuel: verses 1 & 4
Journey into Science
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