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St Mary Redcliffe

Parish Magazine singing the song of faith and justice September 2019

The consequence of love — Canon Dan Tyndall

Creationtide — Revd Kat Campion-Spall

Redcliffe over the summer — David Cousins; Becky Macron; Rachel Varley

Children on Climate Change — Lois Mean Madden; Astrid & Iris Campion-Spall


Sidmouth 2019

St Mary Redcliffe

with Temple, Bristol & St John the Baptist, Bedminster


Elizabeth Shanahan — 07808 505977


Richard Wallace — 0117-923 2219


operations manager

Peter Rignall — 0117-231 0073



Ros Houseago — 0117-231 0063



Vergers’ office — 0117-231 0061


Matthew Buckmaster — Head Verger


Judith Reading — Verger



Revd Canon Dan Tyndall — 0117-231 0067

email: dan.tyndall@stmaryredcliffe.co.uk


Revd Kat Campion-Spall — 0117-231 0070

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


Revd Anthony Everitt

email: anthony.everitt@stmaryredcliffe.co.uk


Revd Aggy Palairet — 0117-231 0066

email: aggy.palairet@stmaryredcliffe.co.uk


Revd Peter Dill

THE PARISH OFFICE: 12 Colston Parade, Redcliffe, Bristol BS1 6RA. Tel: 0117-231 0060

email: parish.office@stmaryredcliffe.co.uk. Staff may also be contacted via the parish office.

SMR ONLINE: please visit us at www.stmaryredcliffe.co.uk


Andrew Kirk — 0117-231 0065



Claire and Graham Alsop


Rhys Williams — 0117-231 0068



Sarah Yates — 0117-231 0072



Becky Macron — 07934 041638



Rachel Varley — 0117-231 0071



David Cousins — 0117-231 0069


Vicar's letter




WHAT’S NEW FOR YOU? The start of

the new academic year always seems

to raise that kind of question: what’s

new for you? The answer is clear for those embarking

on a new phase of life; but (and maybe

this is just me) it always seems to be particularly

appropriate for those heading into secondary

school or for those who are about to discover

what lies beyond secondary school. So, if that

is you, or someone you know, the newness of

this particular autumn is highly significant. And, as we’ve all moved from

one school to another and we’ve all left school, it’s a transition — a newness

— to which we can all relate. There is something universal about

the shift from one school to another, from school to the big wide world

of university or training or work.

However, although these experiences are universal (in that we have all

had them), they are also unique (in that, we each experience them in

our own individual ways). In this discussion of the journey of our lives,

from one school to another, from school to work, from one job to another,

we can begin to catch a glimpse of the journey of faith that we

are all also on.

As someone once put it: “Are we human beings on a spiritual journey,

or are we spiritual beings on a human journey?” I would argue that it’s

the latter. And the consequence of that is to accept that the journey

through the ‘changes and chances of this life’ are as much about our

connections with God as they are about the new things that we are to

experience as human beings.

And what is true for us as individuals is no less true for us as a Christian

community — a church. We, as a church, are on a journey to embrace

the truth that we are loved by God as we are, for who we are, now: but

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that love doesn’t leave us where we are. Divine love draws us on towards

an understanding of ourselves (both individually and as a community) that

will, for ever, leave us yearning to ask: what’s new for me, for you, for us.

This is the cycle in which we live and move; the cycle of life and love; the

love which draws us from where we are (who we are) to where we shall

be (who we shall be). For the consquence of love is that we shall be

defined, shaped and transformed by that love.

And if we, as individuals and as a community, will be shaped by the

consequence of love; then, presumbly, we would want to shape the

built environment to celebrate the love we claim and share the life that

it offers … especially when the current version of the built environment

is so woefully inadequate!

So come to church on Monday 16 September at 6.30pm and hear about

the latest design ideas for our new buildings (you can read more fully

about this elsewhere in the magazine). It may feel that not much has

happened about this project over the last year or so (and that is largely

because the landscape is genuinely complex, and trying to fit in everything

we need is extremely challenging) but things are now hotting up

and we really need you to know and understand what is being proposed: not

because it’s a scheme of national significance (though it is); not because it’s

going to get a lot of attention (though it will); but because we’ve seen

and acknowledged that this is something that must be done for our

community, for our visitors, for our parish… this is something that is a

consequence of our love.

Parish Weekend Away, Sidmouth, 5th–7th July — time to relax and get to know each other

better amid worship and study time led by Kat, Anthony and Becky. Photos & permissions

this page and the magazine cover: Chris Duncan — see p33 for more.

— Canon Dan Tyndall


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At church...


of the Anglican church is

this: to strive to safeguard the

integrity of creation, and sustain

and renew the life of the earth.

Caring for the planet is not a secular

imperative but is part of our Christian

calling, part of how we live out our

faith, and more than that, it is missional

— a way of proclaiming God’s

love to humankind. This month we

will be thinking more seriously at

St Mary Redcliffe about how we

undertake this aspect of our mission.




Observing Creationtide

‘Creationtide’ or the ‘Season of Creation’ is

the period in the annual church calendar

dedicated to God as Creator and Sustainer

of all life. It begins on 1st September,

which is the World Day of Prayer for Care

of Creation, and ends on 4th October, St

Francis’ day. Over this period, we will be

invited to reflect more closely on how we,

both as a church and as individuals, care

for God’s creation. As part of St Mary

Redcliffe’s observance of Creationtide,

we are aiming to qualify for our Bronze

Eco Church award by the 4th October.

Eco Church is a national scheme run by

A Rocha who describe themselves as “a

Christian charity working for the protection

and restoration of the natural world.”

The scheme aims to support churches to

assess and evaluate their environmental

impact, and provides support and advice

about how to change our behaviour.

The impact of our lifestyle

The area we need to develop most to

achieve our Bronze award is Lifestyle —

how we as a church encourage our

members to live in a way that respects

and cares for God’s creation. Many of

you will be giving a lot of thought and

attention to your actions and choices in

your daily life, to minimise your impact

on the environment. Many of you will

have lived for decades in ways that are

now being promoted once again —“waste

not want not”, “make do and mend”. For

some of you, the current emphasis on waste

reduction, carbon footprint reduction and

so on might be a wake-up call, possibly

rather daunting new territory. However

you engage with environmental issues in

your day-to-day life, what we have realised

is that we don’t talk about it much at

church, and as a church we don’t actively

encourage or equip you to think about

how you put your faith into action when

it comes to the environment. So during

Creationtide, we will be offering you

reflections, suggestions, actions and

tools, so that whatever your current level

of environmental engagement, you can

go further if you wish. We’re all starting

in different places so the same tip may feel

obvious to one person and revolutionary

to another — but we can support each

other as we make this journey together.

An Eco team at St Mary Redcliffe

Some of you will have much more experience

and expertise in environmental

matters than the church leaders. Some

of you will be really passionate and committed

to sustainable living. If that’s you,

would you like to share your knowledge

and enthusiasm at church? One of the

things we can do towards our Eco Church

Award is to appoint an individual or

group to champion the cause of our

church community becoming more environmentally

sustainable. Would you

like to be part of that group? People of

all ages are very welcome to form a team

that could use the Eco Church award as

a framework to make St Mary Redcliffe

more sustainable. Please contact me if

you’re interested.

• Canticle of the Sun •

Saint Francis of Assisi

IN Canticle of the Sun, Saint Francis

of Assisi (c.1182–1226) praises God for

some of the wonders of the earthly world.

Saint Francis was a monk whose life and

writings had a significant influence on

the Church, as did the orders of nuns and

monks he founded. Francis believed that

everything in the natural world was a gift

from God and, as such, deserved to be

appreciated and valued. His deep care for

everything which exists was also borne

out of a feeling of intimate connection

with all creation; Francis refers to the sun,

wind, air, and fire as his brothers, and to the

moon, stars, earth and water as his sisters.

Patron Saint of Ecology

Saint Francis is the Patron Saint of Ecology

and also a figure much loved by non-

Christians. Pope Francis named his second

encyclical “Laudato Si’ ” invoking a phrase

from Francis’ Canticle of the Sun (“Praise

be to You”). In it, the Pope wrote that Francis

served as both a guide and an inspiration,

in particular highlighting his invitation

for us to “see nature as a magnificent book

in which God speaks to us and grants us a

glimpse of his infinite beauty and goodness”.

— Revd Kat Campion-Spall

Associate Vicar

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— Canticle of the Sun —

Most High, all powerful, good Lord, Yours are the praises,

the glory, the honour, and all blessing.

To You alone, Most High, do they belong,

and no one is worthy to mention Your name.

Be praised, my Lord, through all your creatures, especially through my lord

Brother Sun, who brings the day; and you give light through him.

And he is beautiful and radiant in all his splendour!

Of you, Most High, he bears the likeness.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars,

in heaven you formed them clear and precious and beautiful.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Wind, and through the air,

cloudy and serene, and every kind of weather through which

You give sustenance to Your creatures.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Water, which is very useful

and humble and precious and chaste.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Fire, through whom you light

the night and he is beautiful and playful and robust and strong.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Mother Earth, who sustains us and

governs us and who produces varied fruits

with coloured flowers and herbs.

Praised be You, my Lord, through those who give pardon for Your love, and

bear infirmity and tribulation. Blessed are those who endure in peace

for by You, Most High, they shall be crowned.

Praised be You, my Lord, through our Sister Bodily Death, from whom no

living man can escape. Woe to those who die in mortal sin.

Blessed are those whom death will find in Your most holy will,

for the second death shall do them no harm.

Praise and bless my Lord, and give Him thanks

and serve Him with great humility.

Textual references: from Church of England Creationtide discussion materials //

Image p7: “Legend of St Francis — Sermon to the Birds”; Giotto (1267–1337); no 15

in the cycle of 28 frescoes in the Upper Church, Basilica di San Francesco, Assisi.

[Public domain; Creative Commons Licence].





and August. Lead architect Dan Talkes recently spent a week

at St Mary Redcliffe carrying out site surveys in preparation

for the next phase of architectural planning. Following this Dan

spent the next two weeks developing ideas and re-analysing the

placement of architectural elements within the proposed scheme.

To the north of the church

This work has uncovered some interesting possibilities: after analysing

the ground levels in relation to the historical infrastructure and archaeology

on the North Side of the church, Dan now thinks it may be possible

to incorporate the medieval wall that once marked the boundary of the

church land to the north into the design of the new north-side public

space. This would see the creation of a two-tier landscaped area, using

the historical wall as an element of the landscaping. This would form a

central feature in the garden quadrant that will occupy the area between

the music and exhibition spaces to the north-east of the church and the

new café, which will sit to the east of the current Undercroft. This unexpected

and welcome finding raises the possibility of a greatly enhanced

public space to the north, that has the potential to create interest by

offering an external place that can promote engagement and interaction

with the church’s past.

Another avenue of investigation that has come to light following the recent

site survey — and which is again linked with the medieval wall — is the

possibility of creating what will, in effect, be a subterranean passage leading

from the east end of the north churchyard (roughly, the area occupied

by the carpark) towards the intended site of the new café just to the west

of the north transept. This could be of crucial importance, because one

of the major challenges of the church’s position — surrounded as it is by

roads and tightly constrained on two sides — is the limited scope for the

positioning of back-of-house facilities, such as spaces for bins, drop-off

points, and access for deliveries. At the moment, it is relatively easy to

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park in the car park and deliver items to the café, for example. However,

because new buildings are planned for this area, new routes will need

to be found. There are already subterranean areas on the north side of

the church, housing the plant room, a large disused oil tank and bellows

for the organ. Since these areas have already been excavated, there is a

precedent for opening up new areas at the same level. Dan is now looking

into the possibility of creating a corridor that would run from east to

west, underneath the proposed new music facility and behind the line of

the medieval wall, to communicate with the café. He is also investigating

the possibility of fitting a kitchen for the new café at the same level. This

would free up space in the area of the café, allowing a greater number of

customers to be accommodated.

To the south of the church

church. Owing to the practical constraints on building relating to the mature

trees to the east of the south churchyard, thought has already been given

to how this building can relate to its surroundings — both practically and

aesthetically. The current plan is for a finely designed timber structure that

will sit on piles so as not to disrupt the roots of the trees. Further thought

has raised the possibility of the structure using significant amounts of

glass to create an environment in which the sylvan quality of the southeast

churchyard can be experienced both inside and outside the building.

Update evening — Monday 16 September

We will be holding a Project 450 update session in church on the evening

of Monday 16 September from 6:30–8:30pm; this will be attended by

Project Architect Dan Talkes. The evening will take the form of a short

presentation, followed by an opportunity to take a look at the latest

plans, ask questions and provide initial feedback. Please contact me if

you would like to join us, or if you have any questions about this event.

— Rhys Williams, Research Assistant

CONTACT: contact Rhys — tel: 0117-231 0068 / email: rhys.williams@stmaryredcliffe.co.uk

IMAGE: picture p10 — “Sketch Collage exploring the potential materiality, ephemerality and

diffusion of the events space within the surrounding trees.” [Purcell’s notes]

“Sketch Collage for south side development” — details overleaf

To the south of the church, Dan has been working on increasing the capacity

of the south churchyard building so that it can accommodate 250 guests,

the standard size for a wedding party. As well as addressing practical

requirements relating to the space, he has also been considering possible

aesthetic approaches to what will be quite a significant building for the

— Images here are from

Purcell’s Sketch Collage (or

“mood board”)

shown opposite

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WE INVITED some of the

younger members of

the church to share their

thoughts on environmental

issues. Astrid Campion-Spall

decided to interview her

younger sister Iris for the

Parish Magazine...

That’s so good, but it’s quite annoying

because... I suppose because we’re

children — you have to grow up in it,

so you’ve got to do it. So what are

the most important things to do?

So, probably not use soft plastic

bottles. You can get these really

good hard plastic bottles at ASDA,

they’re quite good, you can reuse

them and when they are worn out

you can just put them in the recycling.

Speaking of recycling, that’s another

good thing isn’t it.

Stop throwing clothes in the bin,

because these are actually made out

of some animals. Stop eating meat.

Yeah that’s a very good one because

that makes the world endangered.

You can get electric cars so stop

using petrol ones. If your car breaks

down, you can buy an electric one,

because there are loads in the shops

now. You can just plug your car in

and drive to the shops! This is my

caption [for a school poster competition]...

Plug, charge, drive!

That’s amazing Iris! Thank you for

this interview.

— Astrid Campion-Spall talking

to her sister Iris

ASTRID: So Iris, why do think it’s so

important to save the environment?

IRIS: Well, you know there’s plastic

pollution, and endangered animals,

and deforestation, and global

warming and so many other things

like that, I just think that we need to

save our world, because, if we don’t

do it now, there might not be any

animals left, and there might not be

any more us.

Have you been part of any clubs or

things to help the environment?

Well when I was at school in Year 1

I was part of an Eco Crew — it was

a club and a crew and it happened

every Wednesday.

“Well, you know

there’s plastic pollution,

and endangered animals,

and deforestation, and

global warming and so

many other things like

that, I just think that

we need to save our

world, because, if we

don’t do it now, there

might not be any animals

left, and there might

not be any more us.”

“That’s so good, but it’s quite annoying

because... I suppose because we’re children —

you have to grow up in it, so you’ve got to do it.

So what are the most important

things to do?”

Astrid Campion-Spall is 9

and a member of our girls’ choir

— Iris Campion-Spall is 6

and a member of our Sunday School

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Sustainable lifestyle tips for Creationtide

30th August: To receive daily reflections during Creationtide, you can

sign up to the EcoChurch Southwest mailing list here https://ecochurchsouthwest.org.uk/creationtide/

6th September: Why not have a meat-free day this week. Eating more

plant-based food saves land, water and reduces carbon emissions. Or

could you eat less meat but from a higher welfare source? Find out what

welfare labels mean here https://www.ciwf.org.uk/your-food/know-yourlabels/

If you’re already vegetarian, you could try having a vegan day.

13th September: Take some action! Consider joining the all age

Climate Strike next Friday 20th September, starting at 11am on College

Green. Or get involved in a litter pick to stop plastic waste reaching the

sea. Check online for groups local to you, or look out for information on

the SAS (Surfers Against Sewage) Avon Gorge Beach Clean (probably on

a Saturday morning in October; date tbc at time of printing) or Friends of

the Avon New Cut cleanup events on https://www.franc.org.uk/

20th September: Check out the Community Fridge at Compass Point

Children’s Centre on South Street, BS3 3AU. It aims to tackle food waste

and foster a spirit of sharing and mutual support within the community.

Local residents, allotment holders and businesses, such as supermarkets,

cafes and restaurants, can share surplus fresh quality food. You can be

part of the Community Fridge by taking food, which stops it going to

waste or by donating any surplus fruit, vegetables and dried cupboard

foods (sealed and in-date). Open Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:00pm. Check

out their Facebook page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/CompassPointCommunityFridge/

27th September: Can you recycle more? Go to www.recyclenow.com

to find out what can go in your kerbside collections, and to find other

local options for things that can’t be collected. For example, did you

know that you can bring crisp packets to the Arc Café for recycling? Or

that ASDA Bedminster has a collection point for plastic bags and film?

4th October: Calculate your carbon footprint with this easy online

calculator https://footprintr.me/ For ideas how to reduce your footprint

in different areas of your life — food, travel, energy, waste — have a look

at https://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/resources/




Yr 7 student, St Mary Redcliffe & Temple School

I want you to act as if your house is on fire, because it is.

— Greta Thunberg

THIS TIME LAST YEAR, I knew little of the climate emergency.

Then, I heard the words of Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old girl

from Sweden. I watched her speech online and I was shocked

to find out we have less than 12 years to save the planet — the same

amount of time I’ve been alive! I knew I had to act.

Since Greta Thunberg’s first Climate Strike on 20th August 2018 young

people in over 2,000 cities across the world from Australia to Zimbabwe

have gone on Climate Strike. You may be wondering why we are striking.

Well, unless we keep the rise in the global temperature under 1.5° C, there

will be a climate breakdown. This means: rising sea levels, mass animal

extinctions, huge floods, droughts and more. To prevent this, carbon emissions

must be cut by 45% by 2030. The adults have failed again and again

to act, so we have to, even if that means missing school sometimes.

The first Youth Climate Strike in Bristol was in February 2019. I went to that

one, and every Strike since then. When my twin sister and I and a couple

of friends decided to go on that first Strike, we didn’t know what to expect.

We made banners the night before and were full of anticipation and excitement.

It was thrilling when we walked out of school waving our banners

and chanting. As we drew close to College Green (where all the Climate

Strikes in Bristol begin), the faint hum of chants floated towards us, and

when we rounded the corner, the wall of noise was ear-splitting. That was

when it really began.

Every Strike is different. Sometimes it has been sunny and other times it

has poured with rain. Some of the things that usually happen on every

Strike that I love include: blocking the roads and stopping polluting traffic,

protesting by loads of us lying down outside bad banks and climate-killing

companies, and the funny and thought-provoking homemade banners,

like “Be part of the solution not the pollution!”, “Make the earth cool again!”

“There is no planet B!”, and “I’ve seen smarter cabinets in Ikea!” The atmosphere

is always friendly and smiles are exchanged, and usually we end up

jumping into the water outside of the City Hall.

The very best bit is being part of something that feels fills you with hope.

Me, my friends, and so many others. All different, but all children and

teenagers united in our love for the planet coming together to make some

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noise so we are listened to. It is as if you are in a sea of passion: the

chants are the mighty roar of the waves as you surge forwards. We can

defeat climate change. We will save our planet. Those are the thoughts

racing through my head. I know everyone else striking with me will never

give up. That is the true beauty and determination of the Strikes.

However, it is not just about striking once a month. At school, me and my

friends (Anna, Eve and Albi) have started taking other actions. For example,

we noticed how many cars were parked on the street by our school on

double yellow lines with their engines running choking the air with their

fumes. So, we made leaflets and stuck them on cars or handed them to the

drivers. Fewer cars now park outside the school.

At home, we are trying to cut down on our greenhouse gases. We walk

and cycle as much as possible, and took only one aeroplane flight this year.

Next year we want to make it zero flights. Other things you can do are: try

to buy food that is sourced locally as that cuts down on air miles. And don’t

throw away clothes. Instead, donate them to charity shops or give them to

younger friends or siblings.

The next Climate Strike is on 20th September, starting at 11am on College

Green. This time it’s not just for young people — it is an every age Strike

because we need everyone to help if we are going to save the planet. Please

make sure you are there — I will be. We children have done incredible

things to make the world wake up to the climate emergency, but everyone

must come together if we want to defeat it.

— Lois Mean Madden

aged 11

Images: Youth Climate Strikes in Bristol; photos courtesy of Melissa Mean

We children are doing this to wake the adults up. We children

are doing this for you to put your differences aside and start

acting as you would in a crisis. We children are doing this

because we want our hopes and dreams back. — Greta Thunberg

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Social justice






very positively to last year’s

Lent Appeal, supporting Unseen

in their mission to end modern

slavery. As you may remember,

our emphasis was on educating

people — ourselves included —

about how to spot and respond

to modern slavery if and when

we encounter it.

We now have an exciting chance to

take action to stop modern slavery in

our city. The Bristol Clewer Initiative

‘Hidden Voices’ group are inviting all

the parishes in the city to contribute

to a report on hand car washes in their

parish, to build up a city-wide picture.

While many hand car washes are

legitimate businesses, some of them

are not, and police raids in hand car

washes in towns and cities up and

down the country have unearthed

victims living in horrendous conditions.

Can you be part of this car wash

survey? Full training will be provided

on Tuesday 8th October, with a view

to carrying out the survey on or close

to European Anti-Trafficking Day, 18th

October. Monitors will be trained to

go out in two’s, observe such details

as they can, and then complete simple,

printed audit sheets out of sight of

the car wash.

The Clewer Initiative was founded as the

Church of England’s official response

to confronting the scourge of modern

slavery, human trafficking and forced

labour. Hidden Voices groups have

been started across the country and

Bristol’s first group, based at St Peter’s

Henleaze, is working in partnership

with a multi-agency group, including

the Police, HMRC and Trading

Standards, to identify malpractice

and bring freedom to those trapped

in modern slavery.

— Revd Aggy Palairet

For more information on the

Clewer Initiative and its

Car Wash app, please see:



If you would like to be part of

this action, please contact Aggy at:


[For a social justice initiative

countering violence against women

see the “Press Red” event flyer on p29]

Sunday school



Working together to share God’s love


Whilst our School School has been on a break, we’ve been very

busy in Sunday Club. Sunday Club is a new venture — and its

certainly been a great experience — the break from the normal routine

has allowed us to explore in more detail some of the things that “get

mentioned” in Sunday School.

The past two weeks we have studied the twelve disciples, learning their

names, interesting facts and lots more! In our final session of Sunday

Club, we’ll be thinking about “change” — we’ll be looking at how Sunday

School was done in the past and reflecting on how it might be in the

future. We’ll also be thinking about the changes ahead as we prepare for

a new academic year. The freedom to explore different topics in Sunday

Club has also allowed me to draw on some of the methodologies and

practices I learned in my teacher’s training, where there was a great focus

on learning through play and song.

Water: We started the summer with a splash — and that is no reference

to the rain we’ve had this year! Our first summer workshop took place at

the very start of the school summer holidays. Peter Morgan, the genius

behind the water experiments, describes the event…

The sound of children filled the air at Redcliffe’s Children’s Church

first Summer Workshop on Wednesday 24th July. The theme was

“Love and Protection”. The Gifts of Creation were laid out to explore at

seven stations inside and outside the church reflecting the seven days of

creation. At each one there were a range of making, doing, listening and

‘finding out’ activities. ‘Passports’ were issued to participants, who could

collect a stamp at each station as they moved around. This was ably supported

by an additional refreshment station to replenish and refresh

any wilting souls, and was particularly welcome as it was a very hot and

sunny day.

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I was in the churchyard

for much of the morning

exploring the wonder

of water — bubbles; raindrops

which we made

into a rainbow above the

church door; a paddling

pool filled with ice and

water for everyone to try

their expertise at ‘foot fishing’

for exotic finds (like ice

dentures and reindeer);

chemical testing of water

to show up any pollution.

Inside the church the water

pendulum carried on

swinging back and forth

in its random and chaotic

fashion, which no one can

predict. The morning was rounded off by a gathering together, with song

and prayer — PM.

Above: Bubbles! Photo (detail): Dominic Hewitt

Light: Friday 15th August was a very special day for our Children’s Ministry

as it was the first session of Toddler Church. I had been looking forward

to this moment for some time, and I wasn’t disappointed! Following discussions

and planning, we agreed that the north transept would be the

ideal locality for the Toddler Church, and this worked really well. Our

opening theme is titled “God Loves Me” and over the next two months we

will be exploring the story of Creation. Our first session focused on “Day

One” and we filled the church with glitter as we decorated paper plates

with “darkness” and “light”. During our Welcome, we lit a candle to show

that Jesus is the light of life and to remind us of his presence. As well

as story-time, construction time, messy and “small world” play, we also

incorporated a bit of literacy, numeracy and French in our session, enabling

children to achieve some of the targets of the Early Years curriculum.

Toddler Church, just like Sunday School, Rockets and the summer workshops

simply would not happen if it were not for the support of the staff

and all the volunteers. I love working with people and to discover and

learn from their expertise and talents. I have been overwhelmed by the

kindness and support I have received since I have been co-ordinating

children’s work at Redcliffe and I am incredibly grateful.

Baptism: I have never really been a person to have “favourites” — and I really

do love every aspect of my position. However, one of the most fulfilling

parts of my role is, without doubt, assisting Kat in preparing children and

families for baptism and communion. On Sunday 11th August we

welcomed a member of our Sunday School, Alex Clissold, to baptism. Just

over 40 people — friends and family from as far as Turkey — gathered in

the Lady’s Chapel to support Alex on this special occasion. Kat led a beautiful

service, with an engaging talk and interactive prayers. It is always a great

privilege to be a part of such celebrations, and especially to walk alongside

the children and families as they move forward on their faith journeys.

Singing the Song of Faith and Justice: The second music workshop was

very popular, and its success is a tribute to our Director of Music, Andrew

Kirk, who led some incredible music activities. The session started with

an introduction to the organ and a very engaging “sound treasure hunt”,

which was thoroughly enjoyed by the adults as well as the children! By

locating the sounds of the organ, the children (and adults) discovered

tokens, which they then put together to spell out the name of a musical instrument.

This was followed by more fun down in the choir vestry where

Andrew continued the musical games and singing. It really was an excellent

opportunity for people to learn a bit more about our children’s ministry and

music — and to see just “how we do things” at Redcliffe Church. Andrew

ended the session with a “sing-along” — which also attracted a tourist from

Italy who came to join us.

It really has been an amazing summer, in which we literally have been

singing the song of faith and justice… and, as we approach a new academic

year and new beginnings, we will keep singing — and working together

to share God’s love.

Becky Macron

Families and Youth Minister

email: becky.macron@stmaryredcliffe.co.uk / mob: 07387 909343

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SUMMER’S HERE — and that’s meant plenty of children and young

people out and about around Redcliffe. We started off with a lot

of rain in June, but that didn’t put off the nearly 40 youngsters

who turned up for Redcliffe’s inaugural 5-a-side tournament. It was

part of Redcliffe Mid-Summer Festival, organised with Chaplain Joey

Mitchell from St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School and supported by

Bristol City Community Trust. After the success of this event we are

running another session with the Trust at the end of August with a

view to starting a regular Friday evening session in September.

Through the summer we have also been trialling some music sessions

with Basement Studio, a local young people’s music charity. They delivered

workshops at Francombe House with drums, guitars and various percussion

instruments. We have had separate primary school and secondary school

groups they’ve been working with and it’s been wonderful to see children

and young people that don’t usually have access to musical instruments

having the opportunity to play and develop their talent.

We’ve continued running sports

sessions alongside these with informal

games of football and basketball

to engage young people in the

area. A community sports week run

in the holidays with the community

police is always a popular event,

with nearly 50 children attending

for three days of activities at the

school. It’s a nice to see children

that we don’t usually see through

term-time getting involved in

community activities.

The St Mary Redcliffe Primary

School Fair in June was a great opportunity

to showcase what we do

at youth group and it was great to

see so many local parents getting

involved in the event. These types

of events plus ‘word of mouth’ have

helped our youth group continue

steadily to grow. We averaged 17

young people per week from May

half-term to the summer holidays,

and took advantage of the nice

weather to run some activities

outside in local parks.

opposite — with Basement Studio

above — informal football sessions

below — at Underfall Yard

Through the summer holidays we

have been going as a group to

different local attractions. So far

we’ve had great fun at Royal Victoria

Park Bath and a trip in a boat across

the harbour to the Underfall Yard,

where we were shown behind the

scenes. We have a final trip to Leigh

Woods where we’ll be having a good

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old-fashioned explore as well as learning some key outdoor skills such

as den-building, fire-building and outdoor cooking. And we have applied

to bring the new Young Bristol youth bus to Redcliffe through the autumn

and winter providing a mobile base to deliver music, arts, crafts, healthy

eating workshops and a dedicated space for teenagers to socialise and

have fun with friends.



Summer is a joyous time with children having the freedom to explore and

create their own memories. It’s been fantastic that the church has helped

make those happy ones for many of our neighbours. Please pray for the

success of our application to the youth bus and keep the young people

and families of Redcliffe in your thoughts over the coming months.

— David Cousins; Community Youth Worker

email: david.cousins@stmaryredcliffe.co.uk / tel: 231-0069



DEVELOPMENT WORKER and am looking to connect with

people living, working and socialising in Redcliffe. I’ve been

having conversations about what is important to people here and

uncovering opportunities to create better connections within the

community. If you fit into that category, I’d love to meet you and have

a conversation about your experience of life in Redcliffe! Just get in

touch via: rachel.varley@stmaryredcliffe.co.uk or 0117 231–0071


Want to know what’s going on in the community around Redcliffe? Sign up for

a monthly community email, with news, events and opportunities to become

involved! Visit www.tinyurl.com/redcliffecommunityemail. In addition, you

can join the conversation on social media at www.facebook.com/redcliffevoice

and www.twitter.com/redcliffevoice

Clockwise, top left: (1) informal game of football; (2&3) at Royal Victoria Park, Bath; (4)

at the community sports week, SMRT school. All photos & permissions: David Cousins.

Finally, if you are interested in becoming involved in spreading the word about

the good stuff going on in our community get in touch with me via email

at rachel.varley@stmaryredcliffe.co.uk or call 0117 231 0071

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— Rachel Varley

Community Development Worker

ON SATURDAY JUNE 22nd, members of our congregation joined

with others from different churches, in Bristol and nearby, to learn

about faith-driven community building and social action, from

the approach taken by our SMR community development team known as

“asset-based community development”.

The day began with a keynote talk given by Revd Al Barrett, vicar in the

parish of Hodge Hill, East Birmingham. He shared about reimagining the ways

in which we might bring about positive change and tackle disconnection

within our world. Using the example of the time Jesus fed the five thousand,

he pointed out that Jesus’ response to his disciples’ request for help was to

start by inviting them to look at what they already had, rather than focusing

entirely on what was missing.

“We can’t know what we need until we know what we already have.”

Event photos: Rachel Varley

We are looking at hosting

some evening sessions

on faith & communitybuilding

at SMR in the

next couple of months.

If you would be interested

in attending or finding

out more, please get in

touch with me at:

email: rachel.varley@


or tel: 0117–231 0071

Rachel Varley


Development Worker

He challenged us to consider how we view our neighbours, and how the ways

in which our efforts to help can actually hinder.

During the rest of the day, participants engaged in discussion about their

individual gifts and assets, before considering the assets within our neighbourhoods

and communities, and how we might discover and celebrate those.

The day ended with Revd Kat inviting us to reflect on the Parable of the Good

Samaritan from the perspective of the injured man — the one whom listeners

at the time would have most likely identified with. In the story, it wasn’t this

man who gave help to the Samaritan (who would have been his enemy);

instead, he received help from him.

Community-building is not just about what we can do for our

neighbours, but about how we can work with them and receive

from them, too — a two-way relationship.

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Treefest 2019


money for St Mary Redcliffe

Church’s own outreach projects

as well as for a chosen charity. This

year Treefest will have a particularly

musical theme, as our charity for

2019 is Preludes, a classical music

education project enabling children

in primary schools in disadvantaged

areas to learn to read music, sing, and

play a range of instruments.

The project is the brainchild of Roger

Huckle, Artistic Director of the Bristol

Ensemble, Professor Leslie Bunt,

Professor of Music Therapy at UWE,

and James Wetz, Visiting Fellow at

Bristol University Graduate School

and a former Head Teacher. Inspired

by the El Sistema method — a

successful and inclusive voluntary

sector music education programme

based in Venezuela — they saw that

a similar project could make a significant

difference to chidren in primary

schools in disadvantaged areas here

in Bristol.



Preludes is run by the Bristol Ensemble

as part of their education and outreach

programme. The children

involved in the project are enjoying

playing a range of musical instruments,

such as recorders, percussion,

violins, cellos and brass, and singing

in choirs, in an inclusive and supportive

setting. Being part of the project

fosters a sense of belonging, a

belief in their abilities, and pride in

their achievements, which is echoed

throughout their communities. The

children LOVE their lessons and

LOVE performing, and everyone has

the opportunity to play and sing,

not just the more talented ones.

The success of the project has been

celebrated with the award of the

inaugural St George’s Prize for Music.

“Preludes has been instrumental

in helping to pull a school in deepest,

darkest Special Measures to the

“Good” school it is today. Music and

performance lie at the heart of our

rich and varied curriculum, and without

the Preludes team, we could not

have done it” (Hilary Dunford, Head

of School, Ilminster Avenue E-ACT


Preludes is engaging children in

experiences beyond their usual

expectations. They have performed

several times with musicians from the

Bristol Ensemble on the main stage

at the Colston Hall, and have given

concerts in our own St Mary Redcliffe

Church. They regularly perform in

their schools to packed audiences.

The project is creating a vibrancy and

pride which is nurturing aspirations

amongst the children, their families,

and the community as a whole.

Treefest this year will therefore be

focusing very much on children

making music, with performances

during the week, and a special musicmaking

event on late night opening

on Thursday 5th December. We are

already receiving requests from adult

groups too who wish to book a slot in

the music programme. If you have a

group or are an individual who would

like to perform, please contact

Andrew Kirk.

Entries for those wishing to exhibit

a tree and be part of Treefest are

already coming in; please get yours

in through the Treefest website. And

if you feel you would like to help in

any way, please get in touch with

me — we need people willing to

welcome visitors during Treefest

week and to help with the many jobs

that need doing in the run up to the

event! See the website and email

contact details over the page.

— Sue Hartley

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Treefest — visit:


Sue Hartley, Co-ordinator

email: sue.hartley@stmaryredcliffe.co.uk

Andrew Kirk, Director of Music

email: andrew.kirk@stmaryredcliffe.co.uk

Preludes — visit:



Photo on page 31 provided courtesy of

Preludes. Left— the winning Tree last year,

created by Bridges for Communities, the

Treefest charity partner in 2018. Photo: Rhys


Mssgs church & community


Marion Durbur writes:

If you would like to join or re-join the team of stewards who

welcome visitors to our church during the week and on

Sunday afternoons, please contact me, Marion Durbur, the

new Head Steward, by email at marionatberkeley@talktalk.net

or by phone on 0117-9422196 for more details.


More photos opposite from Chris Duncan (except for Marion’s

photo of Toby — centre picture, top row).

All permissions received

diary dates September

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 // 10:00am–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

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

2 Postcard Club // 7:30pm — FCC

3 Holy Communion // 12:30pm — Revd Peter Dill

4 Hymn Singalong // 11:00am — Rosemary Kingsford — FCC

4 Redcliffe Lunch Club // 12 noon — Gentle Yoga, with Helen— FCC

4 Redcliffe Film Club // 2:30pm — FCC

5 Holy Communion // 12:30pm — Revd Peter Dill

6 Toddler Church // 9:30am — Becky Macron

10 Holy Communion // 12:30pm — Canon Dan Tyndall

10 Feminist Theology Group // 8:00pm — Kat’s house

11 Redcliffe Lunch Club // 12 noon — Kurling, with Suzanne Ponsford — FCC

11 Mothers’ Union // 2:30pm — Do-it-yourself — FCC

12 Eucharist with Healing Prayer // 12:30pm — Revd Kat Campion-Spall

12 Organ Recital // 1:15pm — Lee Dunleavy; Wellingborough

13 Toddler Church // 9:30am — Becky Macron


14 Hymn Singalong // Half-an-hour Singalong for Doors Open Day

16 Project 450 update // 6:30pm — Dan Talkes; Purcell — at church

17 Holy Communion // 12:30pm — Canon Dan Tyndall

17 Theology Book Club // 8:00pm — at Canon John Rogan’s house

18 Redcliffe Lunch Club // 12 noon — Music from John Pendlington — FCC

18 Redcliffe Film Club // 2:30pm — FCC

19 Holy Week Communion // 12:30pm — Canon Dan Tyndall

19 Organ Recital // 1:15pm — Andrew Millington; Exeter

20 Toddler Church // 9:30am — Becky Macron

21 Choral Evensong // 4:00pm — Prebendell Singers — Revd Aggy Palairet

23 PCC Meeting // 7:30pm — Mercure Hotel

24 Holy Communion // 12:30pm — Revd Peter Dill

25 Redcliffe Lunch Club // 12 noon — Entertainment, with Brian Miller — FCC

26 Redcliffe Lunch Club // 12 noon — Gentle Yoga, with Helen— FCC

26 Organ Recital // 1:15pm — Oliver Hancock; St Mary’s Warwick

27 Toddler Church // 9:30am — Becky Macron


28 Wedding of Uther Shackerley-Bennett & Sophie Shorland // 1:00pm —

Revd Anthony Everitt

28 Wedding of Robert Murley & Stephanie Wilson // 4:30pm — Canon Dan Tyndall

1 Holy Communion // 12:30pm — Revd Kat Campion-Spall

2 Hymn Singalong // 11:00am — Rosemary Kingsford — FCC

2 Redcliffe Lunch Club // 12 noon — John Pendlington Returns — FCC

2 Redcliffe Film Club // 2:30pm — FCC

3 Holy Communion // 12:30pm — Revd Peter Dill

3 Organ Recital // 1:15pm — Stephen Disley; Southwark Cathedral

4 Toddler Church // 9:30am — Becky Macron

6 HARVEST FESTIVAL AND LUNCH — details available nearer the time


Stephene, Leo and Joseph Hagan-Bassett

Coco-Elizabeth Archer

Elizabeth Western (adult)

Jasper James Niven Tennent

Alexander George Clissold


Isaac Bale and Vicky Wilson

Stephen Matthews and Tara Gregory

Jonathan Watts and Thea Hoskin

Timothy Potter and Emily Stenner


Thomas Oke Langmaid

died 23rd May 2019 aged 85


Date 2019 4 Aug 11 Aug 18 Aug 25 Aug

Adult Child Adult Child Adult Child Adult Child

8:00am 11 - 13 - 8 - 11 -

9:30am 125 13 103 15 131 10 136 54

11:15am 43 - 20 - 13 - 108 35

6:30pm 65 - 30 - 51 - 24 3


Parish register & Sunday records

14th July 2019

14th July 2019

14th July 2019

21st July 2019

11th August 2019

3rd August 2019

9th August 2019

17th August 2019

23rd August 2019

5th July 2019

NB: Sunday Attendance figures refer to congregation not to clergy, servers, choir or vergers.

The Attendance figures for the period 30 June–28 July were due to be shown in this edition but for

reasons unknown were not received before going to print, so they will be added to the next one.

Reminder: reporting the Sunday Collection figures will restart if the magazine receives the data.

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Editor’s note

email: editor.mag@stmaryredcliffe.co.uk

Creationtide... a facet of the liturgical season of Trinity, the

outworking of Pentecost and the promise of Easter — the

potential to enmesh love, community and active concern.

As well as notes on the new issue of the magazine, this month’s Note gives a

thumbnail summary of the recent Magazine Reader Survey. I am producing a

full Survey Report, which will be available online and in church later this month.

September edition

THE FOCUS OF ARTICLES sent to the magazine over the summer months

has reflected the ecological crisis we face. This is nowhere more evident

than in the excellent, spirited article this month by 11-year-old Lois, a Year

7 student at SMRT, and in 9-year-old Astrid’s inspired interview with her younger

sister Iris, aged 6, whose words are succinct and to-the-point. The issues the

children raise are of concern to us all today but of lasting concern to them and all

future generations — thank you to all three for talking to the magazine.

Their words match the Church concern for our planet that Kat reports on in her

article “Creationtide”, framing our own and our church-community responses —

issues reflected in Dan’s discussion of love and its consequences in this month’s

Vicar’s Letter. Providing, with love, for our parish as a worshipping community and

the need for an holistic environment drives our development project, he says — and

we see something of this in Chris Duncan’s Parish Weekend photos, showing some

of our congregation spending time together in a rural setting, by the sea, away

from the pressures of city life and the more institutional aspects of church. So it’s

with keen interest that I looked at Purcell’s “Sketch Collage” and saw Rhys’s use of

the word “sylvan” to describe the ‘feel’ for the south side aspect of Project 450. And

moving on, Aggy, Becky, David, Rachel, and Sue at Treefest draw this issue of the

magazine together with their emphases on ‘love and community’ on the ground.

MAGAZINE READER SURVEY—thumbnail summary

THANK YOU to all who responded to the Reader Survey — a project that’s

been close to my heart for a while. In this I’m grateful to Kat for keeping

an eye on the magazine’s welfare and helping to steer the survey process.

Here are some interim notes on its purpose and your views going forward.

Survey purpose: we wanted: (1) to understand the readership profile of the

magazine as well as the aspects of it individual readers may or may not value;

(2) to resource and manage it better, and to decide on appropriate production

values for it going forward; (3) to grow the readership and increase the sense of

‘ownership’ of the magazine amongst parish and immediate congregation.

Audiences and questions: we targeted parishioners and congregation

members, staff members, subscribers to the magazine in print and readers of

it online; our questions also account for visitors, not least since many living in

the parish may visit the church but not attend it for worship. Giving options for

answers, we asked respondents their age group, postcode area and if they

attended the church or read the magazine. We asked which items of content they

read and how often, their likes/dislikes in general about the magazine’s content

and in particular about its style and look, about improvements, if they wanted to

help produce it, and to suggest alternatives to its present title.

Results: Only 28 people responded — all are readers of the magazine; a third

were aged 70+ (none were under 20); all attend SMR, most do so regularly, some

for many years; postcode areas were widely distributed but only two respondents

live in the parish. Survey comments include:

Re content items: “Always read”: Vicar’s Letter. “Often read”: liturgical items &

Church Year; church governance, Project 450; Soundbites; Interviews; staff pages;

arts pages; more. “Rarely read”: Children’s & Fun Pages; Adverts. Re general content:

Likes: the variety (many), “always has interesting items”. Dislikes: long articles

(some); history & art (2). Re style & look: Likes: generally popular (many); editions

in colour (many). Dislikes: ‘busy’ front covers (some). Re improvements: ideas

for content such as articles for young people & families, ecology, a ‘letters page’,

Lectionary; themed editions; accuracy. Re magazine title: existing title mostly

favoured. Other comments: a query about the intended audience based on the

current content; ensure the content is forward-looking (1), challenging (1), and

reflects wider and local church (some); magazine has sense of energy...

Next steps and conclusions? A key outcome was to find help with producing the

magazine, and I’m delighted that people have offered — we’re in the process of

setting up an editorial team, and will meet next month to look

at plans for the coming year. On the whole? The response

was small in number but generally very positive — more

importantly, it was engaged, perceptive, interesting and

informative; with that, we feel we have enough to take to

the metaphorical drawing board to form a well-founded

place of exchange. Thanks again, and please get in touch

for more information or if you’d like to help.

— best wishes, Eleanor

Eleanor Vousden, Editor; tel: 0117-9634856 (direct) or 0117-2310060 (Parish Office)

The deadline for the next issue is Wednesday 18th September

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prayers Trinity • creationtide

groups within the church

A Prayer of the Outback


ord of the Outback, glorious in vastness,

breath in red dust, mist of green forest,

Praise to you! Splendid in outback gifts,

wide horizons, star-filled skies, waiting silence.

Visit us in our isolation, unite us in your Spirit,

transfigure us in ochre light.

For you alone are God.

— Mothers’ Union Australia Prayer & Spirituality Unit

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

Head Sidesman

Head Steward

PCC Secretary

PCC Treasurer

Dean Barry

Graham Marsh

Marion Durbur

Keith Donoghue

David Harrowes






4th October — St Francis of Assisi

PCC Safeguarding

Stephen Brooke


Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,

Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

where there is injury, pardon;

where there is discord, unity;

where there is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope;

where there is darkness, light;

where there is sadness, joy.

— Prayer of St Francis,1181–1226

PCC Recorder

Sunday School

Faithspace Centre

Lunch Club


Mothers Union

Church Flowers

c /o Parish Office

Becky Macron

Sarah James

c/o Parish Office

Lewis Semple

c /o Parish Office

Mildred Ford








Collect from the Beatitudes

Lord God,

your constant love of humanity

has been handed down to us

in human words.

In this way you are our God and Father.

We pray that we may eagerly listen

to the words of your gospel,

and in this way be with you heart and soul

in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.

— Huub Oosterhuis

Sources — top: MU Australia Prayer & Spirituality Unit from “The Prayers We Breathe”

©2003 Mothers’ Union // Prayer of St Francis and the Collect from the Beatitudes are both

from “An Anthology for the Church Year” Ed H J Richards; Kevin Mayhew publishing ©1998

Coffee Rota

Bell Ringers

Canynges Society

Journey into Science

Magazine Editor

Christine Bush

Gareth Lawson

Pat Terry

Eric Albone

Eleanor Vousden


07798 621834




If you or one of your family is sick or has 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 views expressed in the body of the magazine are not necessarily those of the Editor

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sunday services

8.00am holy communion

9.30am sung eucharist

with crèche and Sunday School / followed by coffee

11.15am choral mattins

all year round except from mid-July to end August

6.30pm choral 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 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 every 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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