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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

febrUARY 2019






Detail of Tree by Bridges for Communities at Treefest 2018. Photo: Rhys Williams





St Mary Redcliffe

With Temple, Bristol & St John the Baptist, Bedminster


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 assistantS

Ros Houseago — 0117-231 0063; Noelle Gartlan — 0117-231 0060

email: ros.houseago@stmaryredcliffe.co.uk — noelle.gartlan@stmaryredcliffe.co.uk

the parish office

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

email: parish.office@stmaryredcliffe.co.uk

church wardens

Richard James — 0117-966 2291


Elizabeth Shanahan — 07808 505977



Vergers’ office — 0117-231 0061

Matthew Buckmaster — Head Verger


Paul Thomas — Verger

director of music

Andrew Kirk — 0117-231 0065


assistant organists

Claire and Graham Alsop

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




FEBRUARY IN CHURCH begins with the

feast of the Presentation, also known as

Candlemas. It marks the point 40 days

after Christmas when Jesus was presented in

the Temple, as was the custom at that time,

when sacrifices were offered to give thanks for

the child’s and the mother’s safety through the

dangers of childbirth and the weeks following.

In the Temple, Jesus was greeted by Anna and

Simeon, two prophets who had devoted their

lives to waiting to see God revealed to them.

In 6-week-old Jesus they saw the God they had been waiting for, and

in response Simeon sang what we call the Nunc Dimittis — “Lord, now

lettest thou thy servant depart in peace…” as his life’s hopes, and God’s

promises to him, had been fulfilled through that encounter with a tiny

child. His words to Mary showed an insight into the future of this baby:

“This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to

be a sign that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of many will be

revealed — and a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

So, as well as a picture of a profound encounter with God incarnate, this

scene gives us an insight into some of the profound moments of human

life: the birth of a child, a life about to end, and that prophetic word to

Mary about what it would cost her to love her son through his untimely

death. This month in church we will be celebrating, in different ways, two

of the new babies born into our congregation in the autumn. We have

also in recent weeks held funerals for those who have died much too

soon. And among our community are those for whom the yearning for a

child is unfulfilled; parents who have outlived their children; those whose

relationships have ended painfully; and those who carry with them the

losses of loved ones who died in their prime or in ripe old age. In the full

spectrum of the grief we carry as a community, we see the risk of loving.

As the month draws to an end, we will be rapidly approaching the start

of Lent. I am delighted that our Lent Appeal Charity this year will be CCS

Adoption, a charity that helps match children longing for a family with

families yearning for children. For both this often comes after a journey

of grief, pain and loss, and so CSS also provide extensive support for

adoptive families for as long as they need it post adoption. When we met

representatives of the charity to explore what a Lent partnership might

look like, they posed a challenging question — “what if you had to give up

your family for Lent?” For those who give up their families this is rarely a

real choice — more often, families are taken away. But this stark reminder

of our need for loving relationships, and the intrinsic risk of loving — that

we could lose the people we love the most and build our lives around —

will be a theme for prayerful exploration during Lent.

But for now we have this picture of God becoming a vulnerable human

being, becoming part of a human family, journeying towards a sudden

and violent death, to show us what it means to love and to be loved.

And inviting us, always, to be part of the family that calls God our Father

and Mother.

Revd Kat Campion-Spall

— Associate Vicar

Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing — 1 February to 6 May 2019

BRISTOL CITY MUSEUM & ART GALLERY is marking the 500th anniversary of

Leonardo da Vinci’s death by displaying 12 of his finest drawings as part of

#Leonardo500 — a national celebration of one of history’s greatest geniuses

A total of 144 of Leonardo’s drawings from The Royal Collection will be on show

at 12 venues across the UK ... to be followed by major displays at The Queen’s

Galleries in Buckingham Palace and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh.

The works show the extraordinary scope of the artist’s interests, from painting

and sculpture to engineering, zoology, botany and anatomy ... and are among

the most diverse and accomplished in the history of art [text from website].

For details of the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery exhibition and activities visit —





THIS YEAR’S LENT APPEAL has a strong focus on family, as

we partner with CCS Adoption. They are a Bristol-based

charity, who for 115 years have been finding permanent,

loving families for children who need them, and providing ongoing

support for adoptive families for as long as they need it. You can

find out more about them on their website at ccsadoption.org

As always there will be a host of events as part of the appeal which

you are encouraged to support.

• Sunday 10 February 9.30am: Representatives from CSS will be

speaking at our service and in Sunday School about their work.

• Saturday 9 March 7pm — Voices of Adoption: An event to

launch the appeal with an opportunity to explore the CCS

exhibition in the South Transept and a panel discussion giving

voice to different people involved in the adoption journey.

• Saturday 30 March 1–4pm: CCS Family Fun Day, with Melody

Makers Choir. Come and enjoy music from Melody Makers,

afternoon tea, games, activities and fun for all ages.

• Sunday 31 March 6.30pm: Lent Appeal evening service with a

speaker from CCS.

Sunday School events will include a Secret Cinema, Community

Cooking and Sunday event… look out for more details!

Also look out for the 2019 40 days of Lent booklet to help your

Lenten devotions.

Ways you can get involved...

Run a stall at the Family Fun Day; volunteer at the Voices of Adoption

event; hold a fundraising event at your workplace, school or in your

social group — or how about a coffee morning?

Get planning! Please let Kat know if you’d like to get involved

from the diocese of bristol

This month read a précis of an article currently online at Bristol

Diocese website, and a call for Licensed Lay Ministers...



THE 2018 FAITH JOURNEYS RESEARCH conducted for the Church

of England explores how people become aware of God’s presence,

are attracted to it, respond to it, and are ultimately transformed by it.

Research shows that everyone’s faith journey is unique, complex, contextual

and influenced by cumulative and intertwining factors in a process occuring

over time. Six common stages of journey are identified (each providing

the basis for the next albeit some may be transposed or omitted), as is the

need for appropriate nurture at each point. Stages are as follows:

1. Context — awareness: As people journey through life their worldview is

shaped by their context: their history; family, friends and communities; home

and environment; activities and interests; media they are exposed to and

consume. Contexts are always changing. Most people are at this stage.

2. Catalyst: Something may stimulate someone to re-shape their worldview;

this may become a catalyst in finding faith. Common catalysts include: crises;

transition points in life; encounters with others and/or church; seasonal events.

3. Initial engagement: initial engagement with the Christian faith may take

many forms but the experience needs to be positive and nurturing; negative

experiences or those that fail to nurture may take a person back to the context

stage and delay engagement with faith for years, or even a lifetime.

4. Ongoing engagement: a period of intentional activity and behavioural

change in which people searching for meaning are attracted by seeing the

love of God in practice. Three main styles of engagement: relational (female

bias: emphasis on building relationships); experiential (as befits individual

context: e.g. going to church; Bible study group); intellectual / rational: (male

bias: often self-motivated with minimal direct influence from others/church).

5. Belief, belonging, commitment: the point at which people are are confident

in their faith, want to belong (or more actively belong) to a Christian community;

feel confident in talking to others about their faith and have a relationship with

God that is sustainable beyond the context of the local church.

6. Transformation: The transformed person becomes an active follower of

Jesus Christ. There is a need to nurture and release people at this stage to

ensure their talents are discerned and used well in the local context and to

preempt any sense of disillusionment or other negative affect.

— For the full article please visit Bristol Diocese online using the link on the page opposite




(Reader Ministry) is nationally

recognised as a highly significant

ministry for the Church of England

today, and is a vital part of Bristol

Diocese’s strategy for ministry and

mission in the 21st century. It is for

this reason that we invest significant

time, effort and commitment to

developing this ministry, and encouraging

vocations to this specific call.

Licensed Lay Ministers (LLMs) are

significant, valuable members of ministry

teams. Some are in full time work, some

retired, some in positions of leadership

within industry, some full-time parents

or carers. All are trained and equipped,

canonically authorised and episcopally

licensed, and freely give their ministry

as people knowing they are called by

God to this vocation.

Licensed Lay Ministry is exercised

in diverse ways — not necessarily

restricted to the congregational life

of the church community — and to

kingdom-wide service and connectedness,

in areas and relationships beyond

intentional Christian gathering. Some

of our LLMs have significant involvement

in mission and outreach, schools

work and witness, offering a ministry

of the word and pastoral responsibility

in opportunities for making connections

both within and outside of the

church beyond the traditional model

of preaching and teaching.

LLMs go through a structured training

programme of theological study (usually

Exploring Christianity) and a Formation

year, where areas of Leadership,

Pastoral Ministry and Preaching and

Leading worship are developed. The

local community is an important part

of the formative journey, and the support

of local learning groups during this

stage is key to individuals growing into

the ministers God is calling them to be.


Am I Called to be a Licensed Lay Minister?

will be held on Monday 6 June 2019 at

7.00pm at the Diocesan Office, Hillside

House — come along to find out more.

Please book places using the link below:


at church development






first half of 2019, with the production of a Project 450 masterplan

that will provide the congregation, the community, visitors to St Mary

Redcliffe and statutory stakeholders with a clearer picture of what the

church’s new facilities will look like and do.

The masterplan will be built on the wealth of information that we have

accumulated during the last few years. As previously reported, during

his time the church has commissioned a series of studies and reports

that have:

• catalogued and assigned significance to St Mary Redcliffe’s heritage

assets, allowing the church to build a clearer picture of how it might

display treasures that either are not currently on display or might be

displayed more effectively;

• collected its stories, related these to broad themes, and looked at

how the story of the church might be better presented to church


• analysed the church’s role in the community and looked at how Project

450 can help the organisation better respond to local deprivation

and need;

• evaluated the church’s potential for attracting finance from third

party funding organisations and private individuals;

• looked at the potential form of the church’s new buildings and how

they can respond to organisational needs.

The last of the preparatory studies — the Project 450 business plan — will

look at financial feasibility, organisational capacity and long-term sustainability.

The church has appointed Glevum Consulting, an experienced

heritage business consultancy, to produce the business plan. Since

2002, Glevum has helped secure £70 million of HLF and private donor

funding, and directly helped deliver £40 million of capital projects and

activity plans. Recently the organisation has provided funding and project

management services to Bristol Old Vic to support its successful development

project.The business plan will include the following elements:

• an analysis of the structure and operational characteristics of the

church, including its purpose and aims, its legal status, its membership,

its organisational structure, and the roles of its staff and volunteers;

• an analysis and evaluation of the church’s experience: its achievements

and ability to deliver Project 450. This will also look at the church’s partnership

work with both private and public organisations;

• an overview of the development of Project 450, including commissioned

studies and research, consultation and the budget to date;

• an analysis of Project 450 strategy and aims, outcomes and lifespan,

including how the project relates to the church’s organisational aims

and local, regional and national strategies for regeneration and heritage;

• detailed information on the capital project, the development programme

and critical path, highlighting the church’s heritage USPs (unique selling

points) and the main commercial and community drivers;

• a market appraisal, looking at the current heritage market, the target

market, competition, and a competitive strategy;

• financial modelling, looking at commercial income and expenditure,

including income forecasts and return on investments for all areas of

the business model, integrating the new capital elements of the scheme;

• a review of governance, management, staff and volunteers;

• a detailed risk analysis;

• a monitoring and evaluation strategy;

• an organisational impact and transition analysis.

This work will help to define the scope and scale of parts of the development

that are linked with income-generating activities: for example, the

shop and café. It will also help us to answer the question of whether it

is feasible to rehouse William Hogarth’s altarpiece as part of the project,

by looking at issues such as organisational impact and sustainability.

It is estimated that the business plan will be finalised in around six to

eight weeks, at which point project 450 architects Purcell will use the

information it contains to refine the design and produce the masterplan.

Photo: Rhys Williams

at church learning

Editor’s recommendation: if you would like to discover more about theology

and explore some of its key issues, here are two excellent opportunities to do

so and to engage with some of the subject’s central concerns in meetings that

feature stimulating discussion.



Hogarth visit

ON Wednesday 23 January a group of around 20 people comprising

members of the congregation and local community visited St Nicholas’

Church in the city centre — current home of Hogarth’s St Mary Redcliffe

altarpiece — to take a look at the paintings.

The visit was part of an initiative by Bristol Museums and St Mary Redcliffe

to raise awareness of Hogarth’s altarpiece, highlighting its importance as

a rare example of large-scale ‘history’ painting in the grand manner by

one of our most important artists, recognising its value in helping to tell

the story of Bristol in the C18th and placing St Mary Redcliffe within this

historical context.

St Nicholas’ has recently reopened as a church plant — an initiative of

the Diocese of Bristol in partnership with Holy Trinity Brompton. However,

while the altarpiece will remain in situ, it will be covered from view in

accordance with the wishes of the new incumbents. Unfortunately, there

will be no ready public access to the work.

Rhys Williams; Research Assistant

Everyone is invited to the

next meeting of the SMR

Theology Book Club, which

will be on Tuesday 12th

February at 8pm at John

Rogan’s house. From March,

meetings will be on the 3rd

Tuesday of the month.

We shall be looking at an

introduction to the thought

of David Bentley Hart, and

considering his article

Christ and Nothing , which I

can send to anyone who is

interested (either in hard

copy or electronically)—

so, although we are a book

club, there will be no need to

buy a book for this occasion.

— Simon Goodman

For more information and for

John’s address please email or

call Simon at:


— mob 07811 141499

New members are welcome

as we start a new book,

Womanist Midrash by Wilda

Gafney. If you are interested

in engaging constructively

with feminist and womanist

approaches to the Bible, you

are very welcome. The book

will last us a year so although

it’s not cheap, it is an investment!

But please contact Kat

if the cost would prevent you

from participating.

The next meeting is Tuesday

5th February at 8pm at Kat’s

house, where we’ll be looking

at the introduction. Meetings

will be on the 2nd Tuesday

of the month from March


— Kat Campion-Spall

Please contact Kat for more

information and for her address

(see the front of the magazine

for Kat’s contact details).

at church parish weekend away


BUSY church, busy lives…

how about we stop for a

couple of days? Take some

time to relax together, get

to know each other better,

spend time with God, and

spend time thinking about

who we are and what we

do as a church?

After a wonderful weekend two years ago, we will be returning

to the Sidholme Hotel in Sidmouth on the beautiful Jurassic

Coast in Devon again this year. There will be talks, activities and

worship for all ages, and plenty of time to relax and socialise — the

hotel is a 15-minute walk from the beach and has an indoor swimming

pool and lovely grounds. You can find out more about the hotel on

their website at https://www.christianguild.co.uk/sidholme/

The price for the weekend includes full board from Friday dinner to

Sunday lunch, and depends on the type of room you book —

Prices per adult range from £185 for a superior en-suite room to £108

for a room with shared bathroom. Prices for children are: under 5s free;

age 5–10 pay 25% of adult price; age 11–15 pay 50%; age 16–17 pay 75%.

In addition, there is a charge of £5 per person towards the costs to the

parish of running the weekend. If you’d like to come but are worried

about the cost, please speak to one of the clergy in confidence.

It really is a wonderful opportunity to take some time away together as

a church community — as those who attended in 2017 will testify. So if

you would like to be part of the Parish Weekend 2019 please fill in the

form online at https://forms.churchdesk.com/f/BJfXVdV74 or pick up a

leaflet at the back of church and we will contact you with further details.

soundbites music at redcliffe





thank members of the congregation for their kind comments about

the singing during the festive season. It is always a highlight of the choir’s

year. The choristers voted for their favourite carols and it was very interesting

to see the differences between the ones the adults liked best, and

the ones which were the boys’ and girls’ favourites! How lovely are the

messengers (Mendelssohn) and O magnum mysterium (Poulenc) were two

of the most popular.

CHOIR PRESENTATIONS: Three out of our four Head Choristers have

changed since Christmas. In the girls choir, Alice Turvey and Liv Chapman

have now been promoted after Lily Cooper finished her seven years in the

choir. Barnaby Westrup took over from Moses Cardwell in mid-January. We

thank all the choristers and their parents for their hard work and commitment,

especially over the busy Christmas period. We have had some new

boys and girls starting recently which is encouraging but more are needed!

THE CRUCIFIXION — JOHN STAINER: On Saturday 6 April at 4pm the

boys and adults choir of Bath Abbey will join with our choir in a performance

of this popular work. Members of the congregation are warmly

invited to support us — there is lots of opportunity for everyone to sing the

lovely hymns.


Bishop of Salisbury, David Stancliffe, is assembling and directing a

period orchestra along with soloists to join our boys and adults choir in

a performance of St John Passion on Good Friday. This will be an excellent

musical challenge and opportunity for our choir who will sing the

opening and closing choruses along with the chorales. There will be more

information forthcoming shortly.

Andrew Kirk

sunday school




HAPPY NEW YEAR! We’ve made a great start to the new term,

welcoming more families to our Children’s Church. We’ve lots of

fun and exciting plans for the year ahead and we hope that you will

be able to join us for some of our events.

Following the Christmas break, we have started our youth group again.

Dan’s “appeal” for more leaders had a great response and I have been

approached by a number of people who would like to be involved. It is

great to bring together a team of people, to share their gifts and talents to

provide our young people with an opportunity to meet and explore their

faith through stories from the bible. Our theme for January and February is

Strange but True”. We are looking at a variety of stories which are quite…

incredible, including how God made the sun move back in space for one

man — amazing!

Calling all needle felters! It is a delight to announce that Natasheya has

joined the youth club leaders’ team. Natasheya introduced needle felting

to our Sunday School and it is very popular with our children. Natasheya

will be with us on most of our sessions in January and February and will be

working with the young people on a small project to produce a wall hanging

to reflect our learning.

some prayers but to reflect on “how” we pray; there is more than one way

of communicating with God and we need to find the way which works for

us. The past few years we have explored different prayer stations and last

year we focused in particular on the Lord’s Prayer — and the little ones

were taught it in Makaton. This year, we are taking a slightly different

approach — our theme is “prayer experiments”, and we’ll be trialling some

new ideas taken from the book The Little Book of Prayer Experiments by

Miranda Thelfall-Holmes.

We are also extending the invitation to explore prayer with the wider church

and community. We will be hosting our very first “Stay and Pray” after the

service, with Mocktails and Nibbles. I find that when everyone comes

together— that’s when learning is at its best.

During this session we will also be supporting our first charity of the

year —the Amos Trust. Sarah Tyndall * is taking part in the half-marathon

in Bethlehem in March in aid of this charity. Look out for the life size “cut

outs” of Sarah— we are raising the profile of this worthy cause!

Becky Macron

mob: 07387 909343

email: sundayschool@stmaryredcliffe.co.uk

* Read about Sarah’s plans in her article on page 18

below: activities in 2018 — photo (detail) courtesy of SMR Sunday School

Youth club takes place on a Sunday afternoon — but at the slightly earlier time

of 4pm. If you would like to know more about Redcliffe Youth Group, please

contact me at sunday.school@redcliffe.co.uk or on my mobile: 07387909343.

At the end of this month, on 27th January, our session will be dedicated

to prayer. I introduced the “prayer day” in my first year as Sunday School

Co-ordinator. It was initially inspired by an event I attended led by Christ

Church Clifton at my daughters’ school. I often say in my role as a teacher

that the task is not just about delivering content — it’s also about equipping

children, as people, with skills so that they can move forward independently.

It is the same with prayer. The purpose of the prayer day is not just to learn

community 2019




RINGERS was founded in 1950 and has

in excess of fifty members. The purpose

of the Guild is to ring the bells for Sunday

services and special occasions.

You can imagine my delight when the Guild

received a letter from The Westminster Abbey

Company of Ringers last year inviting us to

ring at Westminster Abbey on New Year’s Day

2019. Westminster Abbey is unique among

abbeys, cathedrals and churches because of

its royal connection — as you can see from

the following details on the Abbey website:

The bells set ‘up’ for ringing

Photo: David Threlfall

“From the moment King Edward the Confessor decided to build his church

at Westminster in the 11th century, the story of the Abbey has been woven

into the history of the British monarchy ... From coronations to weddings

and burials, every British monarch has forged a strong bond with the

Abbey. Two centuries later Henry III built the Abbey church you see today.

Since 1066 every British monarch except two has been crowned at the

Abbey ... Thirty kings and queens are buried at the Abbey, starting with King

Edward the Confessor himself whose magnificent shrine stands just behind

the High Altar. Five monarchs are buried in the royal tombs surrounding his

shrine ... The Abbey has also hosted sixteen royal weddings, including the

marriage of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011.”

Members of the St Mary Redcliffe Guild of Ringers before ascending the tower

Photo: Simon Meeds

On New Year’s Day afternoon we were met outside the west front of the

Abbey by the Conductor, Jeremy Pratt, who is in charge of all the ringing

there. He led us into this magnificent building, past security and up a spiral

staircase consisting of 119 steps. We still hadn’t reached our destination, but

a further nine steps and we arrived at the ringing chamber in the north-west

tower. The ringing chamber is not dissimilar to other ringing chambers in

that it has ropes hanging down in a circular formation, and history on the

walls in the form of peal boards. Peal boards usually detail important pieces

of ringing that have taken place; in the case of the Abbey they include royal,

national and Abbey occasions in which over 5,000 different changes or

sequences have been rung, all requiring considerable concentration from

the ringers and taking over three hours to complete without stopping.

Jeremy told us about the Abbey Company of Ringers and the history of the

bells. The current ring of ten bells was cast by Whitechapel bell foundry and

dedicated at a service in 1971 which was attended by HM Queen Elizabeth

II. The largest bell (number 10), called the tenor, weighs 30 hundredweight

(which equates to 1.5 tons or 1,530 kilograms) and is in the key of D.

Photo: Westminster Abbey ringing chamber with

members of the St Mary Redcliffe Guild ringing a

short touch of “Yorkshire Surprise Royal”. Credit:

Kristian Scudamore

During our welcome there

was a service in progress, but

at 1pm Jeremy informed us of

the moment we had all been

eagerly waiting for. I placed

ringers on each of the ten bells

for three short touches each

lasting around ten minutes (a

touch is an edited version of a

given piece of ringing). Most

of us were extremely nervous

but full of joy and excitement

to be ringing the bells at such

a prestigious place of worship.

The final piece of ringing required only ten ringers to remain in the tower.

This was an arranged performance of Bristol Surprise Royal, which the

chosen ringers had practised numerous times to ensure we would be able

to produce the exceptional standard of ringing that would be expected of

us. This required the skill of each ringer (one per bell) swinging the bells

in a controlled manner and with precision in order to produce a metronomic

and rhythmical sound collectively. As the others descended from

the tower we began our performance, known as a ‘quarter peal’, in which

1,280 changes (unique combinations of all ten bells) were rung entirely

from memory without any

visual aid or a break — the

details opposite can be

found on Bellboard, the

website of Ringing World.

The St Mary Redcliffe Guild

of Ringers meets every

Thursday evening to

practice on our glorious

ring of twelve bells — we

ring for two services

every Sunday, as well as

for royal and special

occasions, weddings and

sometimes funerals. If you

would like to know more

about what we do please

see the bell-ringing section

on the church website — or

if you’d like to come and

see us in action, or you

are interested in learning

to ring, then contact the

Parish Office who will put

you in touch.

Gareth Lawson

Ringing Master

SMR Guild of Ringers

Tuesday, 1 January 2019 in 50 minutes

Westminster, Greater London

Collegiate Church of St Peter

Tenor: 30–1–15 in D

1280 Bristol Surprise Royal

1. Elaine Scudamore

2. Molly Waterson

3. Kathy Carter

4. Anna Bayley

5. Phill Butler

6. David Threlfall

7. Matt Dawson (C)

8. Russell Scudamore

9. Philip Pratt

10. Gareth Lawson

Rung by members of the St Mary Redcliffe

Guild of Ringers

Photo: the quarter peal band, clockwise from

front right. Credit: Gareth Lawson, Jeremy Pratt

• For more information about SMR’s bells and Guild of Ringers visit SMR online at:


• To find out more about Westminster Abbey’s bells visit the Abbey website at:


• For the mention of SMR’s Guild of Ringers at Bellboard visit:


community campaigns




IN THIS CHURCH was lit by a flame that

originated in Bethlehem. The Bethlehem peace light

is carried from the church of the nativity in Manger

Square all the way to St Mary Redcliffe, and in

March this year I am going to travel in the opposite

direction to take part in the Palestine marathon

which begins and ends in Manger Square.

I am running in the Palestine ‘Right to Movement’ marathon

in solidarity with all the warm and courageous people we

met when we visited Palestine in 2015. I am running to

express my anger at the ongoing occupation; my disbelief

that people have been living in refugee camps since 1948;

and my hope for justice for all people living in Palestine

and Israel. I am running as part of the Amos Trust team to

raise awareness of the injustice and to raise money for the

organisations that the Amos Trust partners with in Gaza

and the West Bank.

I will be telling Sunday School a bit more about it on 27th January and

organising an event in February to raise sponsorship. I would welcome

the opportunity to tell you a bit more so please do talk to me or visit

my JUST GIVING page at http://bit.ly/SponsorSarah and read more

about the Amos Trust at www.amostrust

— Sarah Tyndall




ON THE MORNING OF 22ND DECEMBER 1988 I awoke to the

sound of my father talking non-stop about an aeroplane disaster

in Scotland the previous evening. He had appeared as usual with a

cup of tea for my half-sister and me. I was then aged thirteen. From a poor,

farming background in Buckinghamshire, I was home for Christmas from

my special boarding school for visually impaired children with academic

potential. At that time, I was unaware that the Boeing 747 had flown over

Bucks on its journey north-west.

I am prepared to admit that, in common with many people I expect, to me

the Lockerbie Air Disaster was just another bad thing in the news, in the

background, over many years. It is easy to forget (or in my case, not be fully

aware in the first place, given my youthful preoccupations at the time) just

how devastating it was.

My interest in the matter increased around 2010–12, when events did not

come to pass quite as predicted. What was really going on, I wondered. In

autumn 2017 I heard Dr Jim Swire (who lost his daughter in the disaster, and

has striven for 30 years to find out who murdered her, and why) speaking

on the radio, with his characteristic dignity, stating emphatically that the

only person so far convicted was not responsible. “That’s a bold claim,” I

thought. “What makes you say that then?”

I was, at the time, casting around for a topic on which to give a low-key, poorly

attended Spoken English address at the Bristol Speech and Drama Festival.

I generally choose a topic with a significant anniversary in the same year.

The compelling factor in taking on this horrendous case was the unresolved

nature of it, and the fact that if we were ever going to catch anyone else, we

had better hurry up.

Researching it was terrible. It definitely knocked my mind sideways. The

bewildering enormity of it — 4 million pieces of wreckage, the international

complexity, the extent of the evil... I cried then, and I cry still. Sometimes

something happens that seems to have an extra dimension and that leaves

you not the same as you were before — there is a more than usually deep

sense that this must never happen again. I have experienced a similar sentiment

regarding some crimes committed in World War II. I spent quite a lot

of 2018 thinking that perhaps I should have been helping to catch murderers

for the last 15 to 20 years, rather than being a singer, among other things,

and I still wonder.

I was dreading the little talk days in advance (and I’m not normally shy of

getting up and saying something!). If someone had said “here’s a cup of

tea with a slug in it; drink that, and you’ll be let off”, I’d have drunk it. To

make matters worse, my friend and admin helper, who has been brilliant

throughout and who was also speaking (about stone-quarrying) kept saying:

“We need more of an audience”. “Normally we do,” I hissed, “but not today!”

I used the talk as the basis for a longer piece, involving more research and

typing up, which I sent to hundreds of MP’s, dozens of peers, some international

organisations, and journalists. My essay, as it were, sets out what

happened, those thought responsible at the time, trial and appeals, flaws in

the case, and pleads for more to be done, including the setting up of an

international day to remember victims of terror. I would add that if there

is not an organisation whose primary aim is to provide assistance to those

whose lives have been completely disrupted by such violent attacks, then there

should be one. I massively underestimated the amount of work required.

On the anniversary, as well as calling in at church to reflect, I kept two

minutes’ silence at home, at 7:02 in the evening, with candles lit (battery

operated for domestic use). For the nations to keep two minutes’ silence

just before Christmas, when most people are out socialising or shopping,

might seem unrealistic, but a pause in frenetic activity to briefly

rise above concerns about gift choices, card-writing, food preparation and

family feuds, puts one’s own problems in perspective, I found, and could

be worthwhile for everyone, including people of all faiths and none. As

well as being an act of remembrance, it would serve to demonstrate that

all participating nations were committed to the path of peace.

I am hoping to visit Dumfriesshire in 2019, to lay flowers, sign a book of

remembrance, then have a short break in the county. Those of us who

want the area to prosper, for the sake of those living now, might put our

money where our mouths are.

I shall continue researching and campaigning. But apart from my fellow

speaker and one or two other loyal friends, I have had no support in this

campaign. It is one thing to pray publicly for people who seek justice: it

is rather different to be one, I discover. I have written to people in the

Church, including senior figures, about the case, and related things that I

seek (mentioned above) but so far have received neither acknowledgement

nor kind word.

When researching the disaster, I was very moved by how the community in

Lockerbie rallied round: in spite of their shock and bereavements, people

behaved with dignity. Volunteers staffed canteens, day and night, serving

food and hot drinks to police officers, soldiers, social workers and relatives.

Local people washed, dried and ironed every piece of clothing, once it was

no longer of forensic use, so that it could be returned to the families in a

less distressing condition. It being a big dairy-farming area, the water line

having been cut, folk put water in the milk tankers to extinguish the fires.

Children were brought in from the hillside that night, there were families

in the houses, the Christmas decorations would probably have been up...

There was a whistling sound and the impact registered on the Richter scale.

There was an enormous fire. A crater appeared where three homes had

stood, and several other houses were irreparable.

The case is a great weight on my mind and spirit, but justice being the right

thing to seek, I shall bear it, with the help of God. The little town of Lockerbie

is now permanently in my heart, and my overwhelming feeling is to want to

give the town and all those affected a big hug, to give love where once hate

came crashing down with such devastating consequences.

Auriol Britton

Campaigner; the Lockerbie Air Disaster

— Suggested further reading: readers may be interested in

the Guardian newspaper’s coverage of the Lockerbie anniversary at


— Ed

community histories




during much of the Middle Ages, challenged only by Norwich, it

seems surprising that Norwich had a bishopric from 1091, whereas

Bristol had to wait until 1542. The reason lies in that most of the early

bishoprics covered areas that were approximate to the tribal kingdoms

existing before England was unified, to become much the same as it is

today. Bristol was never a tribal centre; it was a busy trading port. It lay

within the Diocese of Worcester, founded in 680, and adjacent to Bath

and Wells, created in 909.

Even though Edward III created Bristol a city and county, there was no

change in ecclesiastical status. That is how it remained until Henry VIII’s

Reformation, when the monasteries were dissolved and the Augustinian

Abbey remained empty, along with many other religious houses. The king

thought at one time that each county should have its own bishoprics but

the idea never matured. Instead he created five bishoprics: Chester and

Peterborough in 1541, then Oxford and Gloucester followed a few months

later by Bristol in 1542. Bristol was a very peculiar diocese because it was

divided into two: there was the city and county, to which the county of

Dorset was added, being taken out of the diocese of Salisbury. The bishop

lived in premises which were part of the old abbey. Blandford Forum

became a second diocesan centre. The bishops visited this odd adjunct

every other year. But because the new bishopric was badly financed they

also held another appointment in commendam, sometimes as a professor

or head of a university college. Bishop Butler was also Dean of St Paul’s

Cathedral. The bishops were expected to attend the House of Lords when

Parliament was sitting so a diocesan bishop was only partially resident in

his diocese. This state of affairs continued until the early 19th century,

when the government decided something had to be done to improve

matters. The improvement, however, did not suit Bristol.

The politicians, citizens and church people were in favour of a restored

independent bishopric. The government would not oppose the move as

long as the necessary funds were found to endow the bishopric. There was

already a programme for building the nave. It had been dismantled in the

later Middle Ages and had never been restored by the time the Abbey was

dissolved. Bristol was known as having the smallest cathedral in England.

That may be true because the cathedral at that time consisted of the

chancel, sanctuary and transepts. The fund-raising for an independent

bishopric went on apace. Even Mr Gladstone made a contribution. By the

later 19th century the necessary money had been raised.

A demarcation dispute followed. There was the hope that the two bishoprics

might be of about the same size but that was not to be. On the other side

of the river was the diocese of Bath and Wells. To this day Long Ashton is

part of this bishopric. The north side between Bristol and Gloucester was

more contentious. One rural deanery was in dispute. Bristol proposed its

inclusion; the Bishop of Gloucester opposed it. Then he changed his mind

and decided it could be included. However, the necessary legislation had

gone through. It was too late for its inclusion.

The Crown moved to appoint the first bishop of the independent see and

chose the Suffragan Bishop of Stepney, George Forrest Browne, who had

been the first Professor of Archeology in the University of Cambridge. His

bust, modelled by the widow of Captain Scott of Antarctica, can be seen in

the Cathedral’s North Chancel aisle.

So Bristol became an independent see with a series of distinguished

bishops, of whom Oliver Tomkins is the best known. Now it is one of the

first bishoprics to have a female bishop. Bristol relishes its independent

position as a significant member of the Anglican Communion, and is regarded

as one of the pioneers of ecumenism.

Revd Canon John Rogan

Notes for interest —“...in commendam was a form of transferring an ecclesiastical

benefice in trust to the custody of a patron. The phrase was originally applied to the

provisional occupation of an ecclesiastical benefice, which was temporarily without an

actual occupant, in contrast to the conferral of a title, in titulum, which was applied to

the regular and unconditional occupation of a benefice.” // The wife of Captain Scott

was Kathleen Scott, Baroness Kennet FRBS, a British sculptor; also the mother of Sir

Peter Scott, painter and ornithologist. Quote & sources from Wikipedia — Ed

community histories

Adeste Fideles



the top floor of the Choir School, and through a trap door. I think the boys

enjoyed the sight of the be-cassocked gents, slightly red-faced with exertion,

undertaking this perilous operation! We were told that the effect of the

singing from there was, for the congregation, an ethereal experience.



December 2018–January 2019

edition of the Parish Magazine,

Lester Clements wrote about the

origins of the Christmas Hymn Adeste

Fideles and its association with the

Margaret Chapel in London. The

Chapel in Margaret Street W1 was

the founding church of All Saints in

the same street; the Revd Frederick

Oakeley was the first minister of the

Chapel, and raised funds for the

design (by William Butterfield) and

building of the iconic church, choir

school and vicarage that was, from

the start, considered to be the hotbed

of the Oxford Movement which had brought liturgical ceremony and all

the arts back into the Church’s worship.

It was to the Choir School of All Saints that I came in the 1940’s. The church

buildings were designed around a courtyard, open to the south, with the

church forming the north side, the choir school the west, and the vicarage

the east, so that, from the inception of All Saints, the Choir School and the

music were considered essential.

As Lester explained, Adeste Fideles was, in a sense, in the DNA of the Margaret

Chapel and consequently of All Saints, Margaret Street; there was a tradition

that, before Midnight Mass and the carol service, the choir would sing it (in

Latin, unaccompanied) from a chamber high up on the south wall at the west

end of the nave — the chamber designed to house an echo organ which was

never built — the only access to which was through the boys’ dormitory on

My choirmaster, and the organist of All Saints, was Dr William Lloyd

Webber — not only the father of Andrew and Julian, but a composer

in his own right whose music is coming back into favour. Here at SMR

we have a connection with All Saints in that Garth Benson (our organist

and choirmaster from 1953 to 1968) was previously organist there. As a

teenager, and a server by then, I first met him at the console to pilot him

through the High Mass when he arrived. It was an honour to work with him

here from 1968 to 1980.


Bryan Anderson

Image opposite — an early photograph of the Margaret Chapel; the caption reads

“Celebration of Holy Communion on the Feast of Epiphany 1850” (image credit: public

domain). For more information on All Saints Margaret Street, its worship, history and

architecture, see the church’s website at www.allsaintsmargaretstreet.org.uk — Ed.

For reference please see below Lester Clements’ article, abridged from prior

sources, published last month under the title “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.

community treefest




between 4th and 8th December,

and was a great success. The

event attracted around 4,000 visitors

to the church, who all seemed to enjoy

the spectacular Christmas tree designs

on offer this year — every tree attracted

a number of votes so there was fierce

competition to be chosen as the best tree. In the end the winning tree

was the very innovative creation of Bridges for Communities, our sponsored

charity for 2018. This was closely followed by the very imaginatively

conceived tree from All Trade Property Services comprising a stepladder

and tools as decorations. Well done to everyone for their energy and

commitment: this was probably the best year for creativity that we have

had so far!

This year Treefest also featured a late-night opening, which was devoted

to a Peace Feast , where plates of Syrian food were on offer, and people

of different cultures could sit together and share food and experiences

whilst listening to the soothing music of the Syrian lute. This evening

event was attended by 270 people. Thank you to everyone from Bridges

for Communities and their catering team for organising it so well!

Thanks also to all those who contributed so much over the period: the

vergers, the duty managers and the stewards, the catering team, Andrew

Kirk, and the various musicians who performed. Also thanks to the staff in

the Parish Office who patiently printed out materials for us on a daily basis.

The event was much enjoyed by all and is definitely a highlight of the St

Mary Redcliffe calendar — this year the event raised almost £5,000,

which will be shared between Bridges for Communities and our own SMR

outreach projects. We look forward to receiving even more entries in 2019!

Sue Hartley

have a selection of questions for you to respond to. As mentioned in

last month's edition, broadly speaking these will cover the purpose and

content of the magazine as well as such things as its cost, production

values, frequency of publication, and so on. In the meantime thanks

for your continuing interest, and if you’ve any questions please do get

in touch (see page 35 for my contact details). EV


Marcus and Jane Ashman write with news of the charity Christmas card

initiative at SMR in aid of the Night Shelter, and Sarah Yates has an update

on SMR's provision at Faithspace for guests this winter —


Photos Treefest 2018: Page 27 — detail of the

winning tree, from Bridges for Communities, the

chosen charity for Treefest 2018. This page top

& bottom left — the runner-up tree & detail, from

All Trade Property Services. Other trees shown

include those from Bristol Arc Animal Rescue Centre,

and Crimestoppers. Photos: Rhys Williams. [Thanks

to Rhys for some great images to choose from; we

regret we’ve insufficient space to show more!]

c0mmunity board notes & mssgs


inviting readers to reflect on what they (you!) may or may not value

about the magazine, and to let you know that next month we hope to


on the preparation and sale of a Christmas card in aid

of the Bristol Churches Winter NIght Shelter for the homeless

in Bristol, and in particular to support St Mary Redcliffe’s

involvement in the project.

The sale of the cards realised £860 for the project, and we

are very grateful to all who supported the venture by buying

packs. We were a little late in getting the cards ready for sale

so missed some opportunities that would have enabled us to

increase the amount raised. In all, the initiative would not have

been possible without the artwork of Eleanor Vousden, and we

thank her for all her work in producing the image this year, based

on an aspect of the Stammers windows in the Lady Chapel.

All being well there will be new artwork and cards in aid of

the Night Shelter project again for Christmas 2019 — when

we shall have the cards ready early to allow for over-printing

for both private and business use so that we can maximise the

amount we raise!

— Marcus and Jane Ashman

Sarah is jointly coordinating this year’s BCWNS accommodation for SMR

at Faithspace; she writes —

Geoffrey Robinson —




Friday 11 January saw our first session of Bristol Churches

Winter Night Shelter in Redcliffe. We’re running for 6 weeks

every Friday night to Saturday morning. We can accommodate

up to 12 guests, all of whom have been referred to the BCWNS Project

by St Mungo’s — the men stay at other churches on different nights

of the week, and each Friday they come to us at Faithspace.

Ring out the old,

Ring in the new —

Bring out your dead,

Admire the new.

What is forthcoming,

No-one can now,

Just keep on living,

Wait for the blow.

In total we’ve 35 volunteers on our list. We have 10 people to help

each evening: making up the beds, setting the table, laying out

the clothes that have been donated. Each week a team of 2 cooks

a meal, which the guests and volunteers eat together. If the men

wish, the volunteers will chat or play board or card games after the

meal. Four people arrive at 9.30pm for the overnight shift (2 awake

and 2 asleep in turn all night) and then 6 volunteers arrive just

before 7am to make the breakfast, take off the bedding and generally

clear up. Four people are responsible for doing the laundry.

The start of Phase 1 has

gone very smoothly. We

have a lovely group of

guests who really

appreciate the comfort

of a hot meal and a warm

place to stay. They are

starting to form friendships

with each other and

it has been a lovely

atmosphere every night

so far.

The team spirit amongst the volunteers

has been great and everyone’s worked

really hard to give the guests a good

experience. We had 10 men staying the

first week and 11 men the second week,

all happy to be with us and many happy

to chat with the volunteers. Thanks to

everyone who has worked so hard to make

this happen again in Redcliffe — see

the messages opposite from some of

our coordinators and the feedback below

from one of our volunteers:

Thanks to all who helped

out at our second night.

Another successful night,

peaceful and relaxed

... another lovely meal,

some card playing in

the evening and plenty

of banter. Have a great


Enjoyed seeing everyone last

night and talking to all our

guests. A great night. Looking

forward to the next one. PERFECT!

Sarah Yates, Joint Co-ordinator

Page 31: image taken from Peter Morgan’s photo for

the cover of the October 2018 magazine; with thanks

Sieze the day,

Beware of the dog,

Caveat emptor,

Go the whole hog.

Best wishes

— for 2019


Live life to the full,

Look death in the face,

Rely on God’s mercy,

His love and His grace.


Carving it up... Fred, a Yorkshireman, dies and his

family request that the words LORD HE WAS THINE

be carved on his tombstone, but unfortunately

things don’t go exactly according to plan and

instead the carving reads LORD HE WAS THIN.

“Mr Stonemason” say the family, “our Fred won’t

like tha’, you’ve gone an’ missed off an E, yer best

put i’ back!” Following week they return to pay

their respects to Fred and check up on the carving.

“Oh nooh!” they exclaim on seeing the new

inscription, which now reads ‘E LORD HE WAS THIN...

Apologies to my Yorkshire friends for this one ... just

something I read (think the story’s true though m’lud)...!

Heard the one about the...? A Monseigneur,

a Vicar and a Rabbi go into a bar: “whiskey on

the rocks please Jimmy”, says the Monseigneur;

“single malt for me James old chap”, says the

Vicar; “but Jakob”, says the Rabbi, ... [cont/..p 94]

diary dates February 4th-March 7th

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 —






& Wisdom!

Faithspace Coffee Morning // 10am–12 noon — Faithspace Community

Centre (FCC)

Christian Meditation // 6.15–7.00pm — Parish Office

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

Joys of translation... A high level

Anglo-Norman business conference was in

progress in Normandy with delegates from a

number of countries who listened, attentive

and serious, via simultaneous translation on

headphones, to the many presentations of

the day. Summing up in French at the end,

the conference president extolled the joint

entrepreneurial and cooperative spirit of

both partners, thanked the conference hosts,

and called for a toast to the conference aims

and “la sagesse Normande”— at which point

snorts of laughter erupted from the British

delegation who heard through their

headphones the words “let us celebrate our

aims, thank our hosts, and raise a toast to

Norman Wisdom” !...

Mr Grimsdale help! ... ‘allo ‘allo, “la sagesse

Normande” means Norman wisdom ... btw the

story’s online somewhere official and is in fact...

TRUE (Would I Lie to you?)!!

ANY MORE FOR ANY MORE? I found the above scraps in the attic the other day (not

that we’ve an attic but you know what I mean) and the mag came to mind ... so any

of you, young or old, who read it and have jokes & silly stuff to share feel free to send

‘em in ... anon or personalised ... all’s welcome, within reason ... btw Babel themes esp.

popular in “these fair well-spoken days” (the times they are a-changin’) ... Thanx! :)) EV

4 Pot Luck Lunches // 12:30pm — at the Pickards’

4 Postcard Club // 7.30pm — FCC

4 PCC meeting // 7.30pm — Mercure Hotel

5 Holy Communion // 12:30pm

5 Feminist Theology Group // 8:00pm — at Revd Kat Campion-Spall’s

6 Hymn Singalong // 2.00pm — Rosemary Kingsford — FCC


6 Redcliffe Lunch Club // 12.00 noon — Singing from John Pendleton — FCC

6 Redcliffe Film Club // 2.00pm — Kinky Boots — FCC

7 Holy Communion // 12:30pm

7 Organ Recital // 1:15pm — Matthew Redman; Wells

12 Holy Communion // 12:30pm

12 Theology Book Club // 8:00pm — at John Rogan’s; contact Simon Goodman

13 Redcliffe Lunch Club // 12.00 noon — Marie France; harpist — FCC

13 Mothers’ Union // 2.30pm — Communion and AGM

14 Eucharist with prayer for healing // 12:30pm

14 Organ Recital // 1:15pm — Lawrence Caldecote; All Saints Northampton

14 Faith Pictures course // 7:30pm — at the Vicarage

19 Holy Communion // 12:30pm

20 Half Term: No Redcliffe Lunch Club

20 Redcliffe Film Club // 2.00pm — The Fugitive — FCC

21 Holy Communion // 12:30pm

21 Organ Recital // 1:15pm — Mark Swinton; St Mary’s Warwick

22 PCC meeting // 7.30pm — Mercure Hotel

22 Deadline for articles for March magazine // please send to Eleanor Vousden

at editor.mag@stmaryredcliffe.co.uk

23 M R James’ Ghost Stories // 7:30pm — in the Undercroft

26 Holy Communion // 12:30pm

27 Redcliffe Lunch Club // 12.00 noon — Gentle exercise with Michelle — FCC

28 Eucharist with prayer for healing // 12:30pm

28 Organ Recital // 1:15pm — Samuel Ali; Royal College of Music

2 Wedding of Christopher Jones and Megan Gibson // Revd Anthony Everitt

4 Pot Luck Lunches // 12:30pm — at the Pickards’

4 Postcard Club // 7.30pm — FCC


5 Holy Communion // 12:30pm

5 Feminist Theology Group // 8:00pm — at Revd Kat Campion-Spall’s


6 Redcliffe Lunch Club // 12.00 noon — Chair yoga & shoulder massage with

Helen — FCC

6 Hymn Singalong // 2.00pm — Rosemary Kingsford — FCC

6 Redcliffe Film Club // 2.00pm — Amelie — FCC

7 Holy Communion // 12:30pm

7 Organ Recital // 1:15pm — Pavlos Triantaris; Bristol

Parish register & Sunday records Nov ‘18-Jan ‘19


David Ritchie Sterling

died 8th December 2018, aged 18 years

Lee Michael Sheriton

died 10th December 2018, aged 47 years


4th January 2019

7th January 2019

Date 2018 2 Dec * 9 Dec 16 Dec 23 Dec † 30 Dec

Adult Child Adult Child Adult Child Adult Child Adult Child

8.00am 8 - 10 - 6 - 7 - 8 -

9.30am 98 34 92 28 101 23 78 32 66 -

11.15am 14 - 21 - 26 - 18 - 11 -

6.30pm 127 * 3 * 30 - 30 - approx 640 † 20 -

Date 2019 6 Jan 13 Jan ‡ 20 Jan

Adult Child Adult Child Adult Child

8.00am 10 - 8 - 9 -

9.30am 95 26 92 39 109 47

11.15am 26 - 24 - 20 -

6.30pm 48 1 54 ‡ 2 ‡ 32 -

— NB: Attendance figures

refer to congregation

not to clergy, servers, choir

or vergers. Collection figures

refer only to planned giving

and loose collection

* Advent carol service

by candlelight; † Service of 9

lessons & carols by candlelight

‡ Epiphany carol service


Period: 18 November – 20 January 2019

Figures for the above period were not available at time of going to print; they will be added

to the March issue of the magazine.

editor’s note

email: editor.mag@stmaryredcliffe.co.uk

THINKING ALOUD... Epiphany, and hope going forward

A Happy New Year to readers one and all!

Next month you should be able to find news of our magazine survey,

and we look forward to your feedback, which you will be able give either

by filling in the feedback forms that will be provided in church as hard

copy or online at the church website.

In this edition special thanks to Gareth Lawson and the SMR Guild of

Ringers for an inspiring and informative piece on ringing in the New Year at

Westminster Abbey (what an accolade!); thanks to Sarah Tyndall and Auriol

Britton for inspiring news of their campaign initiatives; to Bryan Anderson

for his fascinating response to Lester Clements’ article last month; to Canon

John Rogan for his informative piece on Bristol diocese; to Sue Hartley for

her feedback on Treefest 2018 (wonderful!); to all our regular contributors;

and to all at SMR in these pages who, in their various ways this year and

last, have helped Bristol Churches Winter Night Shelter help our neighbours

who’ve nowhere to call home in or out of season.

Meanwhile, there are many interesting things arising from articles in last

year’s editions of the magazine (Dan’s gallery conversation at Bristol City

Museum & Art Gallery, for a start) as well as in the present issue (the 19th

century Oxford Movement has cropped up twice recently; would any of our

readers like to write something about this?). Either way, it seems the Mag

thrives on updates and revisits so, a) do keep an eye out for them, and b)

please carry on the good work of shaping it into the interesting ‘organ’ that

it is and/or the kind of publication you enjoy!

On this note thank you very much to everyone for

sending contributions in by the earlier deadline for this

month’s issue of the magazine — and for the feedback

received for the Christmas issue — and in due course

we’ll look forward to hearing more of your views.

— best wishes, Eleanor

Tel: 0117-9634856 (direct) or 0117-2310060 (Parish Office)

The deadline for the March issue is Friday 22nd February

mediaeval glass SMR

prayers for February Epiphany

groups within the church

The Presentation of Christ in the Temple

Candlemas —

F ather,

your Christ is acclaimed as the glory of Israel:

look in mercy on your Church, sharing his light — Lord have mercy;

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

Head Server

Dean Barry


your Christ in the Temple brings judgement on the world:

look in mercy on the nations who long for his justice — Lord have mercy;

your Christ, who was rich, for our sake became poor:

look in mercy on all who are in need

and those who suffer with him — Lord have mercy;

Head Sidesman

PCC Secretary

PCC Treasurer

PCC Safeguarding

Graham Marsh

Keith Donoghue

David Harrowes

Stephen Brooke





your Christ is the one in whom faithful servants find their peace:

look in mercy on the whole Church,

which glories in your salvation — Lord have mercy;

your Christ is the one destined for rejection:

look in mercy on us as we turn towards his passion — Lord have mercy.

PCC Recorder

Sunday School

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Almighty Father,

you kept faith with Simeon and Anna,

and showed them the infant King.

Give us grace to trust your promises,

and patience to wait for their fulfilment;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Church of England

Intercession for Candlemas

Lord Jesus Christ, you did not come to the world to be served and thus not

to be admired either, or in that sense worshipped. You yourself were the

way and the life — and you have asked only for imitators. If we have dozed off

into this infatuation, wake us up, rescue us from this error of wanting to admire

or adoringly admire you instead of wanting to follow you and be like you.

— Søren Kierkegaard; Danish philosopher (1813–55)

Intercession for the Feast of Candlemas — https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-andworship/worship-texts-and-resources/common-worship/churchs-year/times-and-seasons/

epiphany // Søren Kierkegaard — from “Practice in Christianity” (1850) in The Essential

Kierkegaard, H & E Hong, Princeton University Press 2000 // Drawing — Kendra Lindegaard


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If you or one of your family are sick or have gone into hospital, please let us

know — contact the Clergy or Vergers as soon as possible.

Please consult the Parish Office before making any arrangements for

baptisms, weddings or funerals.

NB — the opinions voiced in the body of the magazine are not necessarily those of the Editor

sunday services

8.00am holy communion

9.30am sung eucharist

with crèche and Sunday School / followed by coffee

11.15am choral mattins

6.30pm sung evensong

weekday services

holy communion

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12.30pm

2nd and 4th Thursdays at 12.30pm with prayers for healing

morning and evening prayer

Monday to Friday at 8.30am and 4.30pm in the Lady Chapel

opening times

weekdays all year round from 8.30am–5.00pm

bank holidays 9.00am–4.00pm, except New Year's Day

Sundays 8.00am–8.00pm

the church is occasionally closed for special events and services

The Arc Café in the Undercroft

serving home-made refreshments all day

opening hours:

Monday to Friday 8.00am–3.00pm

lunch served from 12.00 noon–2.30pm

tel: 0117-929 8658

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