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St Mary Redcliffe

+ singing the song of faith and justice+

singing the song of faith and justice

Parish parish magazine Magazine

december 2018 –JANUARY 2019






Winning entry SMR Christmas Card competition 2018; artwork by Mathilda Hooker, age10






St Mary Redcliffe

With Temple, Bristol & St John the Baptist, Bedminster

church wardens

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


assistant organists

Claire and Graham Alsop


Revd Dan Tyndall — 0117-231 0067

email: dan.tyndall@stmaryredcliffe.co.uk

associate vicar

Revd Kat Campion-Spall — 0117-231 0070

email: kat.campion-spall@stmaryredcliffe.co.uk

associate minister

Revd Anthony Everitt

email: anthony.everitt@stmaryredcliffe.co.uk

associate clergy

Revd Canon Neville Boundy, Revd Peter Dill

operations manager

Peter Rignall — 0117-231 0073

email: peter.rignall@stmaryredcliffe.co.uk

admin associate

Pat Terry — 0117-231 0063

email: pat.terry@stmaryredcliffe.co.uk

admin assistant

Ros Houseago — 0117-231 0063

email: noelle.gartlan@stmaryredcliffe.co.uk

the parish office

12 Colston Parade, Redcliffe, Bristol BS1 6RA — 0117-231 0060

email: parish.office@stmaryredcliffe.co.uk

research assistant

Rhys Williams — 0117-231 0068


education officer

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

vicar's letter




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

— Vicar

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!


4–8 December

10am to 5pm daily; and

to 8pm on 6 December


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

church matters





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.

Rhys Williams

Research Assistant

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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!


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




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.

Andrew Kirk


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

sunday school


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 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!

Becky Macron

photo: Ed

community people


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




we gathered for

Choral Evensong

having ‘laid out’

our family members

in the South

Transept: soldiers

killed in action or

on active service

in the Great War

100 years ago.

The occasion was

solemn but there

was a lightness

as congregation

members shared

artefacts, stories

and memories

of loved ones at

the end of the

day — a century

of “remembering

and forgetting”,

as we have noted

in the Forgotten

Voices pages from

2014 to 2018 (in

our 2018 summer

double issue

Voices displayed

Bristol Diocese’s

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

community city



the City Mayor talks to

the parish magazine



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

character, hope.”

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

about that?

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

media engagement.

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

community overseas



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.

Thursday 15/11:

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.

Saturday 17/11*

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.)

Sunday 18/11

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




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)

Additional notes:

* http://london-city-churches.org.uk/map_of_churches.html

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.

Cecile Gillard


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.

c0mmunity messages, notes & news...

come & see!


4–8 December

10am to 5pm daily; and

to 8pm on 6 December

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


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.


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

Geoffrey Robinson


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

Centre (FCC)

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


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


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


Bethany Cormack-Spiller

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


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


Period: 21 October – 11 November 2018

21 Oct 28 Oct 4 Nov 11 Nov - -

£252.58 £289.29 £443.38 £645.52 - - -

editor’s note

email: editor.mag@stmaryredcliffe.co.uk

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

SMR corbel

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

Natum videte

Regem angelorum

Venite adoremus


Deum de Deo, lumen de lumine

Gestant puellæ viscera

Deum verum, genitum non factum

Venite adoremus


Cantet nunc io, chorus angelorum

Cantet nunc aula cælestium

Gloria, gloria in excelsis Deo

Venite adoremus


Ergo qui natus die hodierna

Jesu, tibi sit gloria

Patris æterni Verbum caro factum

Venite adoremus


— O come all ye faithful: tr. Frederick Oakeley

— O come, O come Emmanuel: verses 1 & 4

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The regular congregation is large, active and involved. If you would like to

join one of the many groups connected with the Church, please contact the

appropriate group leader

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