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St Mary Redcliffe

singing the song of faith and justice


november 2019

Called into Community — Revd Kat Campion-Spall

On being a Curate — Revd Aggy Palairet

Umbrella Church — Becky Macron | Our Young People — David Cousins

Herbert Howells — Bryan Anderson | John Henry Newman — Martin Lee

photo: EV ‘19


St Mary Redcliffe

with Temple, Bristol & St John the Baptist, Bedminster


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


Elizabeth Shanahan — 07808 505977


Richard Wallace — 0117-923 2219


operations manager

Position vacant at time of going to print


Sarah Purdon — 0117-231 0060



Vergers’ office — 0117-231 0061


Matthew Buckmaster — Head Verger


Judith Reading — Verger



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


Revd Kat Campion-Spall — Called into Community


At church


Revd Aggy Palairet — On being an SMR Curate


Becky Macron — On Toddler Church and Umbrellas 10

Bryan Anderson — A Good Thing; on Herbert Howells 14



David Cousins — Our young people; November news 16

Martin Lee — Cardinal Newman; a personal memoir 18



November Diary


Editor’s Note


November — Notes on “the Mag” in 2019




Season Of Trinity — All Saints; All Souls


In this month’s issue: Thank you to all of you who have sent in

articles, notifications and pictures over this very busy year. This

month we take stock of where we’ve been before moving into the

season of Advent, and the December–January double edition of

the magazine — the deadline for which is Friday 18th November.

Between then and now enjoy this month’s content — including

the cover image detail of the church’s Lady Chapel North Window,

created by Harry Stammers in 1961, that has been chosen for its

resonance with November’s Feast of All Saints. — EV

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Vicar's letter

YOU PROBABLY KNOW that in this

Diocese, clergy are invited to apply to

take an extended period leave once

every ten years for their own development.

As I approach my tenth anniversary of

ordination in 2020, I’m excited to let you

know that I’ve been granted leave next year,

and so I will be away from the parish from

late January to early May.





There are many reasons why clergy are offered “sabbaticals” — or Extended

Ministerial Development Leave (EMDL) as it is known here. But one that

has been particularly in my mind over the last few weeks as I start to plan

for my absence is how important it is for clergy and congregations to

remember that we are not indispensable. However important and good

and kingdom-building the work any of us does might be, the work of God

in the world does not stand or fall on any individual one of us. While we

were all delighted when Dan came back from his EMDL last September,

actually most things got on just fine without him for a few months, and I

know the same will be the case with me.

It can be easy for us to depend on a single individual to make things happen.

Especially when they are particularly good at something! And there are a

number of people in our church whom we rely on to do important, good

things, sometimes pretty much on their own. But it can be quite a risk to

let them become indispensable. Risky for them, because that can be a

very heavy burden to carry, sometimes too heavy, and risky for the rest of

us because we risk forgetting how to do that important, good thing — and

when that person is not able to do it, important, good things can fall apart.

It can be hard to let go of the things we do really well, things we have

worked and prayed hard at, things we do with God-given gifts and skills — I

speak from my own experience as I prepare to hand over precious projects!

But as Christians we are called into community with each other, to work

together with others and enable them to bring their God-given gifts and

skills, because we are a body, the body of Christ. Sometimes creating a

space by stepping back or stepping away for a while allows others room to

grow and develop. I and others in the leadership team here really valued

that growing room during Dan’s EMDL last year.

So it’s an important part of my preparation for my EMDL next year to be

thinking about the things that I would be doing if I were here, and discerning

whether they are things that need to happen at all, and if they are, to

think and pray about who can be encouraged and nurtured to grow into

the space that I leave. And it’s really exciting to think about how I may

be able to work more collaboratively on some of those things when I get

back, rejoicing in the gifts of colleagues and congregation members that

will have a chance to grow and flourish while I’m away.

But I’m also mindful of the reliance we all have on some others in our

church community. Eleanor, the person we rely on to edit, design and

produce our magazine, has had less capacity this autumn to do what she

normally does, but is becoming indispensable. She and I have talked over

the last year about building a team to produce the Parish Magazine, so that

the work and responsibility and the vision can be shared — so that if one

person has to step back or away for a while, important things don’t fall apart.

So please consider whether you have time and skills to offer to a team in the

new year, or in the future — for instance, in producing content, or dealing with

correspondence and deadline reminders, or helping to plan the year ahead.

As we begin this month of November by celebrating All Saints, we remember

that the work of the people of God has gone on for countless generations

and will continue for countless more, and it is in our working together as

Christ’s body that God’s glory is proclaimed.

Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and

fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord: grant us grace

so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living that we may

come to those inexpressible joys that you have prepared for those who truly

love you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

— Revd Kat Campion-Spall; Associate Vicar

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From Darkness

to Light —

a service of

bible readings

and music in


of the birth of


Saturday 30 November

Sunday 1 December


At church




30th 2019, feeling excited

and a little surreal, I was

ordained by Bishop Viv at

Bristol Cathedral. My training

incumbent, the Revd Canon

Dan Tyndall, placed my stole

upon my shoulder, and we

processed out together,

signifying that I am now a

Deacon, and a Curate of St

Mary Redcliffe — hooray!





6:30PM — A service to remember those we

love but see no longer, whether the loss is recent or

long ago. We call this time of year “All Souls” because

our journey through life is lived out with the support of

all the people of God, both living and departed, bound

together in one communion of prayer. We light a candle

of remembrance for those for whom we grieve, and

recall the lives of those who have gone before us as

their names are read out in prayer.

After a few photos to mark the

occasion, I was surrounded by

my friends and families and

out we went to my celebration

lunch. Less than 24 hours later,

I took my son to school with

my clerical collar on, and later

walked into the Parish Office

for my first day of work.

My colleagues are lovely and

the church family wonderful;

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I was well impressed with the number of teams that serve the church,

and one of my first appointed tasks was to meet the people and to find out

the various roles and responsibilities of these teams. I have learnt so many

intriguing facts and have met the architect, the bell-ringing masters,

the vergers, PCC members… you name it, I’ve probably met them. Who

knew that artists like to hide secret signatures on their artwork, such as the

lady’s handbag on one of the stained glass panels in the lady’s chapel (and

no, I haven’t found it yet)? Talking to the teams, I’ve realised the effort and

time they have spent to ensure that St Mary Redcliffe Church is a place of

worship where welcome and inclusivity is the norm. The development of

Project 450 also shows me that St Mary Redcliffe is a place where people

are brave enough to stretch their imaginations in order to increase missional

opportunities for the future of this church.

In case you’re wondering what curates do with their time, below is a list of

some of my activities. I do these because a curacy is designed to shape

and equip curates for the ministry of the church. It is about spiritual

formation; using this time to learn and to discover the person God has

called me to be by actively participating in the ministry of God’s church.

The life of a curate includes —

participating in weddings, funerals, baptisms; home communions; school

assemblies; Sunday services and weekday services; hospital visits; learning

to sing the liturgy; sermon prep; intercession prep; lots of meetings; tons of

diocesan training... — and drinking a trillion cups of tea!

Outside of work, I have my lovely husband Ed and two wonderful boys!

They are the ones who see me when I’m prepping my sermons, practising

my singing for Evensongs, who give me wordless support and fill me with

cups of tea and sweeties. So, thank you for welcoming them as warmly as

you have welcomed me — to conclude, my family and I are thrilled to be

a part of the St Mary Redcliffe family, and we look forward to worshipping

and spending time with you for the next few years ahead.

— Revd Aggy Palairet


tel: 0117-231 0066

email: aggy.palairet@stmaryredcliffe.co.uk

Photos — p7: Aggy, Ed and sons with others of the SMR church

family at the Parish Weekend away, Sidmouth, in July. Above top

& bottom: newly ordained class of 2019, with (bottom) Bishops

Viv and Lee and other clergy. Insets — Aggy at the Cathedral

with Dan; at Sidmouth // Photos: Ordination group photos

© Revd Chris Dobson; Sidmouth photos © Chris Duncan;

Cathedral photo, EV.

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Children’s church





AS MOST OF YOU MAY KNOW, I spent most of my career as a

teacher of French and Spanish, and I worked in a secondary

school — which reminds me of Redcliffe in many ways. One

of the most rewarding roles during my time in teaching was working

in the pastoral team, and I find it a great privilege to be a part of the

pastoral team at Redcliffe Church.

In school I was part of the Year 7 team and one of the things I introduced

was a group, which met on a lunch-time, that I called the “Umbrella Club”.

It was not a particularly ‘cool’ name — but then, again, I have never been

particularly “cool”, and that has never been my aim in life! The club

described exactly what it was: many things under one umbrella. One of

my pet hates in life has always been labelling people — putting them into

boxes. If we all fitted lovely neat labels, that would work well. But I don’t

think any of us really do that.

Todder Church...

On 11th October, Aggy, our Curate, led the final session of Toddler Church

on our topic of Creation. Toddler Church is a new initiative, something

that has been created ‘from scratch’ — not made — and so it seemed

appropriate that our first bible readings should be taken “from the

beginning”. During this time, we have been thinking about God’s beautiful

world created for us, and for all the things for which we are truly thankful.

This fitted in nicely with the theme of “Creationtide” that ran throughout

September. Through sermons, prayers and reflections, the need to

protect what is ours has become a topic of discussion. Amongst many

changes, this caused us to reflect during the Harvest Festival Lunch on

our own use of disposable single-use plastic. Small changes collectively

make a huge difference and, to quote some wise words I heard during the

week, “we’re never going to change the world unless we are prepared to

change ourselves”.

Running a Toddler Church has been part of my plan of action for a

long time, and facilitating the sessions has truly surpassed my highest

expectations. Unlike my “umbrella group” during my teaching years,

the name “Toddler Church” does not really describe exactly what it is.

For a start, we haven’t had many toddlers! We have, however, had

some babies and during the holidays we had some primary school

children — and, what has been lovely is that I am never short of a team

of enthusiastic, kind and devoted helpers. It has also given me a taste of

a different aspect of the life of Redcliffe. Daily church life.

Last week we started our new topic, Toddlers Knowing God. I always

write my own programmes and have begun to do this for Children’s

Church — it is deeply embedded in my teaching practice that a lesson

has to be purposeful and meaningful; textbooks, although useful, are

not tailor-made to the individual. One size does not fit all. I do, however,

rely greatly on the free online resources on the Internet, and I came

across this theme on a children’s ministry website. The aim of Toddlers

Knowing God is to bring Toddlers (babies, parents, leaders, helpers!)

closer to God. This is a particular interest of mine, not least as I explore

my own vocation. Last week we read about God, the Good Shepherd, so

it goes without saying that this involved a lot of cotton wool and fluffy

sheep — this is Children’s Ministry, after all!

p11 & p13: at Toddler Church

p12: sheep collages

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We each made sheep and had a good laugh at the fact that they were

not going to win any place in an art gallery any time soon. However,

anyone who knows me well will know that what is important to me is

not the end result; it’s the process — it’s the having fun, the enjoyment

and the love that takes place on the road to the “end result”. My own

sense of being is that I want everyone to feel included and loved. Give

me enthusiasm over excellence any day.

Besides, I think the

sheep we made

are far more representative

of human

beings than a group

of beautifully and

perfectly crafted

sheep would be.

And the great thing

is that whilst we will

never be perfect,

our Shepherd was,

is and always will be.

the worst, in anticipation that something bad is going to happen — “it’s

like walking around with an umbrella on a beautiful day. Just in case”.

My understanding of Anglicanism is that it’s all about Knowing God;

knowing Love. And when you find that, that really is liberating. What

I am striving for in the porch of our Mother Church is a huge umbrella

stand — where we can all ‘hang up’ those things that hold us back.

And not just on a Sunday or at festivals but at every moment of every

day, for the long term. That’s how we will preserve and protect our

planet — and that’s how we’ll preserve and protect one another.

— Becky Macron

Families & Youth Minister

Mob: 07934 041638

Email: becky.macron@stmaryredcliffe.co.uk

Photos & permissions: Becky Macron

From November 8th, following discussions with my fantastic Toddler

Team, we will be running a group straight after Toddler Church, from

11am–12 noon. It’s a bit of an ‘umbrella club’ (although we probably

won’t be calling it that name). It will be an occasion to come together,

to chat and to drink tea and coffee and eat biscuits (we have on great

authority from our children’s Confirmation group that the biscuits are a

great asset to our church). Do feel free to come and join us — the invitation

is extended to everyone.

YOU MAY WONDER why much of my article has focused on umbrellas.

Whilst it could be attributed in some part to the rain we’ve had

lately (!), it is in fact mainly inspired by a conversation I had with the

pastoral teacher at my daughters’ school recently (pastoral workers

clearly are a fan of umbrellas!) She said, you cannot go around fearing

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At church | music

O praise the Lord:

for it is a good thing to sing praises unto our God

Psalm 147



THIS WAS the Psalm appointed to be sung at Mattins on

Sunday 20th October, and so it was. As the procession after

the Introit made its way to the stalls, it was good to note that the

congregation was rather larger than usual, and the atmosphere one of

expectant worship.

After the Psalm and the First Lesson came the Te Deum — the morning canticle of

praise — and no ordinary musical setting of the words; the published copy states

“For the Church of St. Mary Redcliffe, Bristol” and was from the pen of the

composer Herbert Howells in 1965. You may know that he created a body of

church, much dedicated to Cathedrals and Colleges, the most well-known

being his “Collegium Regale” setting of his Morning and Evening Canticles

and Communion Service for King’s College, Cambridge. How is it that we have

such an extraordinary and fine setting dedicated to our parish church?

The setting was commissioned by Canon Cartwright and Garth Benson (the vicar

and organist at the time) for the great service of Thanksgiving for the Restoration

of the church on October 21st 1965. In the early 1960’s it became obvious that

much restoration was needed, funds were collected here and in the USA, and on

completion of the work this service was held in the presence of a large congregation

which included Princess Margaret. (A recording exists of part of this service

and a signed photograph of the vicar and princess is in the vergers’ vestry.)

The music itself, marked “ritmico ed elato” is dramatic, colourful and expressive,

with Howells’ usual felicity and sensitivity to setting the words, and the opening

phrase includes his hallmark interval (the difference in pitch between two

consecutive notes) which musicians call an “augmented 4th” — often repeated

throughout the work.

Back to Mattins in 2019. Those who listened on this occasion to the fine music sung

and played during the worship can only wonder at the dedication and expertise

which re-created the soundscape for our service — the boys, ladies and gentlemen

of the choir must have worked with such enthusiasm to bring this setting back

into the repertoire. The organ part is much more than an accompaniment — an

integral part of the whole — here so ably and stylishly played by Claire on the

organ for which it was written. Tribute and much gratitude must be paid to

Andrew for his vision, his direction and expertise in bringing to us all such a

heartfelt performance. Thank you all.

We are indeed most fortunate at Redcliffe to have such a musical establishment

to continue the fine tradition which brings such splendid enhancement to our

worship — indeed a very “good thing”.

— Bryan Anderson


Our church choir, directed by Andrew Kirk, joins forces with

international organist virtuoso David Briggs to mark the Feast Day of St

Cecilia, the patron saint of music — who is often associated with singing

and organ playing! [AWK, Director of Music]

Blessed Cecilia, appear in visions to all musicians, appear and inspire:

Translated Daughter, come down and startle composing mortals

with immortal fire. — W H Auden

Music includes:

Widor — Mass for Choir and Two Organs

Howells — Hymn for St Cecilia; Finzi — My Spirit sang all day

There will be a number of popular organ solo items too.

Tickets £10 (£5 concessions).

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. . . just a quick update from me this month as September has

been quiet while we reflect on a busy summer and prepare for

new projects

WE FINISHED OUR SUMMER PROGRAMME with a great trip to Leigh

Woods with the youth group. They worked with a Forest School leader

to make jewellery, play games, build fires and lots of teamwork. It

was fantastic to see our group out of their normal environment, doing things they

wouldn’t ordinarily have the chance to.

We have been successful in our application for funding to bring a new Young Bristol

youth bus to Redcliffe through the autumn and winter. Thank you for your prayers!

It means we’ll have a mobile base to deliver music, arts, crafts, and healthy eating

workshops, and to offer teenagers a dedicated space to socialise and have fun

with friends. The legacy is that a group of young people involved in the project

will have the opportunity to work with decision makers to shape what permanent

youth spaces in Redcliffe will look like.

In November we will also be starting a weekly football session with LG Sports

Coaching at St Mary Redcliffe School, Fridays 7-8pm. It builds on a successful

couple of football events we’ve organised already and is something that a lot of

young people in the area have been asking for.

And, with all this extra

activity we need some

more volunteers!

If you’re at all interested in

helping at youth group,

with football, or music

tuition, or art/graffiti, or

are passionate about a

different project, please

do get in touch. We can

be very flexible with time

commitments and it’s

a wonderful way to put

your faith into action.

At Leigh Woods during the summer; photos & permissions David Cousins

The youth group has continued to grow and we’re averaging just under twenty

children aged 8-13 coming to Faithspace every week. It can quickly feel very busy!

— David Cousins

Community Youth



tel: 0117-231 0069

mob: 07928 349523

email: david.cousins@


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Community | histories




CARDINAL NEWMAN, made a saint in Rome on 13th October,

is by any measure a most significant theologian and churchman

from the Nineteenth Century. Redcliffe would not be as it is, and

certainly our worship would not be as it is, but for the Oxford Movement

initiated by John Keble, Edward Pusey and John Henry Newman in the

1830’s. As an Anglican priest, Vicar of the University Church of St Mary

the Virgin in Oxford who converted to Rome in 1845, we have a claim upon

Newman’s memory and his life story. The Anglican Church commemorates

him on 11th August, the day of his death in 1890.

In a possibly rather strange way the shadow of Cardinal Newman has been

personally evident, especially recently.

As a Sixth Former in Edgbaston just a short lunch-time walk from the Birmingham

Oratory which Newman had founded in the 1850’s, I visited there occasionally. It

always struck me as a most significant place; one where there was a very special

atmosphere. (About as far away as possible from the occasions at SMR when we

gather for coffee after the 9:30am Eucharist or have jollies in the South Transept

or exhibitions to look at. This is not to criticise but to emphasise the contrast.)

One of the few other churches I know which have this impact is perhaps St

Anne’s in Jerusalem just inside St Stephen’s Gate.

Secondly the vicarage where I was brought up on the western fringes of Birmingham

was sold by the diocese and that and the fields surrounding became the site for

Newman College — now Newman University. The address is the same! My

school was also relocated to a site immediately nearby so that’s another contact.

When Newman died it was estimated that more than 15,000 folk lined the route

of several miles from the Oratory to the burial site Rednal. Until recently, we

had relatives only a couple of hundred yards away.

As the Vicar of St Mary’s Newman’s parish extended to Littlemore beyond the

city of Oxford but it lacked pastoral provision. He therefore built the church

of St Mary and St Nicholas together with a school. On a corner beyond the

church further buildings were intended as a small college. They are still there

and function as a Roman Catholic retreat centre. By chance our daughter

and son-in-law acquired a rather ancient house nearby — its ‘new’ extension

is dated 1636 and Newman must have visited it, possibly several times, for he

was an exemplary parish priest, assiduous in visiting. This was possibly quite

unusual. At that time the best description of the Church of England was

‘somnolent’ — many incumbents were absentees.

Lastly the Jerusalem Bishopric. This came about in 1841 and was very controversial

indeed, especially to High Churchmen. It became one of the issues which pushed

Newman over to Rome in 1845. The difficulty was that the original scheme for

an Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem was the result of a Prussian Protestant initiative

and was highly political. It threw into high relief the status of the Church of

England as an organ of the state. An Anglo/Prussian presence was attractive to the

British Government since the French, the Russians and others were already

establishing influence in the Holy City and cultivating the Turkish authorities in

the process — the Holy Land being part of the Ottoman Empire. The Prussians

lacked Bishops, yet the scheme was for a collaborative presence in Jerusalem under

a bishop who would be appointed alternately by us and the Prussians. Oddly there

were no Anglican folk for a bishop to minister to other, it was claimed, than six or

so converts from Judaism and a growing number of travellers.

The first Bishop was Michael Solomon Alexander, a converted Rabbi, but he

died after little more than two years in Jerusalem and was succeeded by Bishop

Samuel Gobat, a Swiss Protestant, nominated by Prussia in accordance with the

agreement. He was consecrated Bishop by the Church of England. This whole

saga emphasised the prevailing Protestant and secular character of the Church of

England at the expense of its Catholic inheritance, which it had become the work

of the Oxford Tractarians, including Newman, to advance. This only ceased to

be a problem towards the end of the century when the Prussians withdrew from

the arrangement and the constitution of the bishopric had been regularised.

The relevance of all this to myself is that I worked for three years at the school in

Jerusalem attached to St George’s Cathedral and the complications of its origins

and subsequent history were much in mind.

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So there we have it. A somewhat random set of events which have had some

bearing upon one’s own outlook. By chance we at Redcliffe failed to make much

of a mark of the event (the Vatican didn’t warn us) but we did manage a Newman

hymn on the Sunday evening — “Firmly I believe and truly”. Other possibilities

might have been “Lead Kindly Light” (which reflects the inner struggle troubling

Newman’s conscience and his future in the Church of England) and “Praise to the

Holiest...” from The Dream of Gerontius.

— Martin Lee

The Dream of Gerontius is a work for voices and orchestra in two parts composed

by Edward Elgar in 1900, to text from the poem by John Henry Newman. It relates

the journey of a pious man’s soul from his deathbed to his judgment before God

and settling into Purgatory [Wikipedia]. — EV.

community | initiatives


aid of Bristol Churches Winter Night

Shelter (BCWNS) are still on sale at church

this month.

The price per pack of 5 cards is £3. All the proceeds

from the sale will go to BCWNS.

Marcus and Jane Ashman have collaborated with

Eleanor Vousden, who has produced the artwork,

for a third year, on a card in aid of the work of

BCWNS — this year the image is from a drawing of

the Madonna and Child in the central panel of the

Lady Chapel’s East Window.


If you would like to place an order for packs please

complete and fill in an order form at church as soon as possible. Alternatively, contact

the Parish Office at E: parish.office@stmaryredcliffe.co.uk or T: 0117-231 0060.

Be amazing! Be a Home-Start Volunteer!

Thanks to Kat for sending this photo of the 2019 Pipe Walk, which took place on

Saturday 19th October: a fine day for members of SMR and community gathering

for the annual tracing of the route of the mediaeval pipe laid following the grant of

a right by Sir Robert de Berkeley in 1190 , back in the reign of Richard I.

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them to get back on their feet and develop

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Our popular accredited Volunteer Preparation

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Listings | November diary

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 —







Coffee Morning / 10am–12 noon // at Faithspace Community Centre


Christian Meditation / 6:15–7pm // at the Parish Office

Jazz in the Undercroft / 7:30–10pm

Redcliffe Gardening Group / 10am–12 noon // at Somerset Square

Police Beat Surgery Drop-in / 1–2pm // at Faithspace

1 Toddler Church / 9:30am

1 Light Party / 6:30pm // in the Undercroft

2 Tarnhelm Opera; Wagner’s Das Rheingold / 7:30pm

3 Baptism / 12:30pm

3 All Souls Service / 6:30pm

5 Holy Communion / 12:30pm // St John’s Chapel

6 Hymn Singalong / 11am

6 Redcliffe Film Club / 2:30pm // Faithspace

7 Holy Communion / 12:30pm // Lady Chapel

7 Organ Recital / 1:15pm / Nicholas Johnson; Sheffield

8 Toddler Church / 9:30am


12 Holy Communion / 12:30pm // St John’s Chapel

12 Feminist Theology Group / 8pm // at Kat’s house

13 Mothers’ Union / 2pm

14 Holy Communion / 12:30pm // Lady Chapel

14 Organ Recital / 1:15pm / MIchael Overbury; Newark

15 Toddler Church / 9:30am

18 Deadline for December-January parish magazine / 12 midnight

19 Holy Communion / 12:30pm // St John’s Chapel

19 Theology Book Club / 8pm // at Canon John Rogan’s house

21 Holy Communion / 12:30pm // Lady Chapel

21 Organ Recital / 1:15pm / Elin Rees, Bury Parish Church

21 Confirmation Service / 7:30pm // St Paul’s, Southville

22 Toddler Church / 9:30am

22 Choir & Organ Concert for St Cecilia’s Day / 7:30pm

23 Wedding / 1pm

26 Holy Communion / 12:30pm // St John’s Chapel

28 Holy Communion with prayers for healing / 12:30pm // Lady Chapel

28 Organ Recital / 1:15pm / Jonathan Bielby, Organist Emeritus, Wakefield Cathedral

29 Toddler Church / 9:30am

30 From Darkness to Light; Advent Service / 6:30pm



1 From Darkness to Light; Advent Service / 6:30pm

3 Holy Communion / 12:30pm // St John’s Chapel

3–7 Treefest / open daily

4 Hymn Singalong / 11am

4 Redcliffe Film Club / 2pm // Faithspace

5 Holy Communion / 12:30pm // Lady Chapel

6 Toddler Church / 9:30am

Parish register & Sunday records


The above list reflects events known at the time of going to print; for details of those

occuring after that please see the church website or contact the Parish Office

Geoffrey Pugh and Emma North 26th October 2019

SUNDAY CHURCH SERVICE ATTENDANCE — Period: 22 September–20 October

Date 2019 22 Sep 29 Sep 6 Oct* 13 Oct 20 Oct

Adult Child Adult Child Adult Child Adult Child Adult Child

8:00am 10 - 6 - 8 - 14 - 9 -

9:30am 108 48 102 40 - - 99 34 89 34

10:30am* - - - - 153 55 - - - -

11:15am 20 - 23 3 - - 20 - 57 1

6:30pm 32 - 34 - 32 - 30 - 37 1

*Harvest Festival — 10:30am all age service and Sung Eucharist; no service of Mattins or

9:30am Sung Eucharist. NB: Sunday Attendance figures refer to congregation not to clergy,

servers, choir or vergers. Reporting the Sunday Collection figures will restart as and when

the information is supplied.

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*permission — ‘Fair Use’

Editor’s note

email: editor.mag@stmaryredcliffe.co.uk

Christ the King... the penultimate festival of the long season

of Trinity: the point at which we celebrate the kingship of Jesus

before our immersion in the hiddenness of Advent — before

we greet again Our Lord as a helpless newborn.

THIS MONTH’S VICAR’S LETTER calls us into community: Kat talks about the

opportunities for us to grow into the space she leaves behind while she’s

away on EMDL, and reminds us that no-one is indispensable. She discusses the

risks of being, or being seen as, indispensable, mentioning my work for the

magazine and concluding with a reference to the Feast of All Saints this month,

before finishing in prayer. Thank you to Kat— and I hope readers may be

interested to read my reflections in the timeline below on the magazine and

my focus as editor in addition to thoughts on this month’s contributions.

This month: Thank you again to Kat, and thanks to Aggy, Becky, Bryan, David and

Martin for their pieces — especially to Aggy for sharing her experiences of ordination

and of settling into life and community at SMR; a big welcome from the magazine to

Aggy, Ed and the boys. Thanks to Bryan and Martin for pieces concerning history,

memory and legacy. I was struck in Bryan’s by the notion of legacy in his discussions

of the Howells music and the creativity and commitment of our musicians at church

today — and in Martin’s by his depth of knowledge and some interesting questions

that seem to hang in the air around Cardinal Newman’s legacy. David’s and Becky’s

updates on their activities with the youngsters in church and parish are invaluable,

and provide inspiration on many levels: the success of the Young Bristol youth bus

application and its wonderful potential; some lively and unexpected resonances (for

me) in the image Madonna of Mercy (opposite*) by the Italian artist Piero della

Francesca (c.1415–92) that came to mind as I read Becky’s article on umbrellas,

toddlers and babies, and that are timely as we approach Advent (more on this later).

May 2019: The Magazine Reader Survey — a project I’ve had in mind since last

year. Thank you to all who responded to it and to Kat for helping make it a reality.

The September magazine provided an overview and I promised to make the full

results available in October. Due to my other commitments this didn’t happen

but I will do so this month though, as Kat has observed, my capacity for work on the

magazine is stretched at present. In this, the Survey and creation of an editorial

team remain a priority — I’m keen for the magazine’s audiences to be more readily

identified, to see a greater sense of ownership of the magazine by its readers, for

a vision of it that’s shared and inclusive and for a publication that’s sustainable

because the editor doesn’t work in isolation and those working on it support each

other. A team is in the pipeline. On the question of design, I’ve wanted to enhance

the look of the magazine because it interests me to do so and as I’ve an art training

(fine art, not graphic design), and because updates are not unreasonable. The

oddity here though, and another thing to consider going forward, is that editing

and designing a magazine is rarely done by the same person. So, responding

to Kat’s words, I’m not indispensible and instead see teamwork at church as part of

a wider process of encouraging others’ creativity, experience, talents, skills and

transferrable skills as an expression of the body of Christ.

May 2017: I was approached to take on the magazine editorship; this caught me

off guard a bit, but I agreed. I enjoy a challenge, and publishing a magazine on

a monthly basis is nothing if not that (likewise editing the parish magazine of a

glorious church like St Mary Redcliffe with its attendant need to talk ‘heritage’ and

‘street’ in the same breath) — and carrying on the good work of my predecessors

felt a good ‘fit’ with my experience and interests. The

tradition, though, of compiling the magazine in the

parish office didn’t. I am easily distracted and didn’t

feel confident about using the office or its regular

software on a project as precise but unpredictable

as creating a monthly magazine. I decided to work

from home. Doing so set the direction of my work,

which in turn set the direction of the magazine. The

reason? Publications are about design as well as

content, as I see it, and the software I have not only

helped me (a visual thinker) engage at-point-of-need

quickly with the content of the magazine I’d inherited,

but also to engage with its look. I felt changes to its

look were in order.

— best wishes, Eleanor

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

The deadline for the Christmas double issue is Monday 18 November

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Prayers | Trinity • November

groups within the church

For all the Saints

We thank you, God, for the saints of all ages;.

for those who in times of darkness

kept the lamp of faith burning;

for the great souls who saw visions of larger truth

and dared to declare it;

for the multitude of quiet and gracious souls

whose presence has purified and sanctified the world;

and for those known and loved by us

who have passed from this earthly fellowship

into the fuller light of life with you.

Lead Kindly Light

Lead, Kindly Light, amidst th’encircling gloom,

Lead Thou me on!

The night is dark, and I am far from home,

Lead Thou me on!

Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see

The distant scene; one step enough for me.

I was not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou

Shouldst lead me on;

I loved to choose and see my path; but now

Lead Thou me on!

I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,

Pride ruled my will. Remember not past years!

So long Thy power hath blest me, sure it still

Will lead me on.

O’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till

The night is gone,

And with the morn those angel faces smile,

Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile!

— Anon

— John Henry Newman; 1833

Saint John Henry Newman;1801–1890

permissions — for all the saints; from an anthology for the church year; ed h j richards;

kevin mayhew publishing © 1998 // lead kindly light, amid the encircling gloom; as published

in the army & navy hymn book 1920 | creative commons licence [cc by sa]

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

PCC Safeguarding

PCC Recorder

Sunday School

Faithspace Centre

Lunch Club


Mothers Union

Church Flowers

Coffee Rota

Bell Ringers

Canynges Society

Journey into Science

Magazine Editor

Dean Barry

Graham Marsh

Marion Durbur

Keith Donoghue

David Harrowes

Stephen Brooke

c /o Parish Office

Becky Macron

Sarah James

c/o Parish Office

Lewis Semple

c /o Parish Office

Mildred Ford

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

toddler church

Fridays at 9:30am in the North Transept

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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