May I take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy, peaceful and prosperous New Year.
The December edition of Shire was submitted for printing just before the Remembrance Service took place. The church was full for the act of Remembrance before we made our way in procession for the 2 minutes silence at the War Memorial on Shirehampton Park.It was a great delight to see so many young ones from the uniformed organisations joining us in this procession of witness in tribute to all who gave their lives in war. It must have been the largest number ever seen at the War Memorial.Grateful thanks to Don & Maureen Geddes for opening Shire Cricket Club for refreshments afterwards.
It is with much sadness that I report the death of a longstanding member of St Mary‘s ‐ Lilian Simmons.
Lilian first came to live in Pembroke Road in 1954 after she married her husband Herbert (aka Sam) and it was in 1955 she gave birth to her only child ‐ Stephen. Not only did she become a member of St Mary‘s but was also a great supporter of Toc H and the Seamans Mission in Avonmouth. We all miss seeing Lilian on her regular weekday visits on a Monday and again for Holy Communion on a Thursday morning. Farewell to a good friend and Christian Soul.
Our Advent Service of Light was well attended, despite the weather being wet and windy. The Tree was decorated with all those little Memorial Cards naming loved ones who have passed on. The church was in darkness and a single lit candle was carried in and placed on the main Altar. The first hymn was sung in procession and the lights then came on and after a prayer the silver/white lights were switched on the tree. It looks magnificent!
The following groups have re‐started after the holidays, so make a note in your new diary:
- The Youth Group resumes on Tuesday 8thJanuary at 7pm at The Tithe Barn, and
- Totstop who meet at the same venue on a Monday afternoon.
- January’s Messy Church is at St Mary’s on Thursday, 17th January, from 3.30 pm until 5.00 pm.
Now that it is the New Year, why not consider coming to the Tithe Barn and joining in the Resolve Course which is being led by the Revd Dr. Ian Bailey.
Resolve is linked to the idea of New Year’s Resolutions and provides methods and advice as to how to make the changes you want to make last. It is intended to make a positive change in your life ‐ looking after your body, strengthening your mind, inspiring your soul and deepening your relationships. There will be four sessions which will run on
- Thursdays from 7.30 pm until 9.30 pm on January 10th, 17th, 24thand 31st.
The material is appropriate for everyone, the un‐churched as well as the long‐term churchgoer and there is significant spiritual content. There is no charge for this course but please let us know in advance so that we can ensure we have enough workbooks.
St Mary’s Church is part of the Avonside Mission Area that incorporates Avonmouth, Lawrence Weston, Sea Mills and Shirehampton and its purpose is to bring about social, cultural and spiritual transformation in the Mission Area. It will be hosting
Your SHAPE for God‘s service course sessions at St Mary’s Church Shirehampton at 7.30 pm on Wednesdays 23rd January, 30th January and 6th February 2019. Come and discover what God is doing in you ‐ you are most welcome.
On Monday, 28th January, we are again hosting the annual Winter Concert which is a joint event for the West Bristol Concert Band (Conductor: Philip Sims) and South Bristol Big Band (Director: Andy Hague). The concert starts at 7.30 pm with admission at the door of £3 (concessions £1). Teas/coffees and biscuits will be provided for 50p. I always enjoy their music, so I‘ll see you there!
Oh, I nearly forgot to give you the result of our Christmas Fayre in November. Well, we had a very busy two‐hour period I am pleased to say, which produced the sum of just over £2000.There was a lovely atmosphere here and it seemed as though everyone had an enjoyable time ‐ thank you to all who came and supported us.
Before I go, I must share this with you ‐ I read the other day that maybe if we tell people the brain is an app, perhaps they will then use it!
‘Bye for now!C.M.E.