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Flower Festival Music in Bloom May 26-28

Posted by maymorning on May 10, 2018 at 1:40 PM

Do come along over the May Bank Holiday to visit our 2018 Flower Festival, Music in Bloom.  This lovely church will have refreshments, including home-made cakes, an evening Songs of Praise, and the wonderful colours and scents of floral displays in every nook and cranny.

Jean Hanmer

Posted by maymorning on March 6, 2018 at 7:45 AM

It is with great sadness that we record the death of Jean, on her 100th birthday on March 5th.  Her health had deteriorated quite rapidly, and she was too poorly to attend the church celebration on Sunday, although she insisted we go ahead without her.  Because her birthday celebrations were long planned, she had all her farflung family around her when she died, including 2 who had been stuck by the weather in Glasgow up until Sunday.  Jean had been a deeply felt presence at Staple Hill for many decades.  She (with her late husband, James) had strong principles and a strong personality.  Although she had inevitably been less active in recent years, she remained a regular attender at services and meetings.  She will be enormously missed.  Our thoughts and prayers are of course with her family members. 

100th birthday celebration!

Posted by maymorning on February 27, 2018 at 6:00 AM

We are delighted to be celebrating the centenary of one of our congregation this weekend.  Jean Hanmer has been attending the church for about 60 years.  She is still going strong, and will be 100 on Monday.  Jean was a leading figure in the local Folk House at Lincombe Barn in Downend Bristol, and will be celebrating on Saturday with her friends there, before hosting a lunch for her church friends after the service on Sunday, and then celebrating with her family on her actual birthday!  Jean was never one for taking it easy!  Jean has been an inspirational and much loved part of church life, and looks like being with us for some time yet!

Retirement of Rev Jane Ashman

Posted by maymorning on October 24, 2017 at 7:50 AM

We have been very saddened by the loss of our Minister, Rev Jane Ashplant, who has been forced to retire through ill health.  We only had Jane with us for little over a year, and for much of that time she was battling health problems, but we were impressed by her kindness,  efficiency, dedication and good humour.  We are very sorry to have lost her, and pray that an enforced period of rest will lead to improved health. 

In the meantime, we are without a dedicated Minsiter.  Ministerial oversight is being given by Rev David Alderman, the Circuit Superintendent, who can be reached on [email protected]; we still have the support of our excellent lay pastoral visitor, David King, and the day to day management of the church is being shared by our stewards, our church liaison officer, and other members of the congregation,

Gift service

Posted by maymorning on December 1, 2016 at 11:50 AM

This Sunday we will be welcoming Tim Vosper of Staple Hill Children's Centre, to receive our annual gifts, this year for children age 0-5.  This is a lovely service and we feel priviledged to have this link with the Centre.

Christmas and Craft Fair November 12th

Posted by maymorning on November 1, 2016 at 12:05 AM

All are very welcome to our Christmas and Craft Fair on November 12th, 10am-2pm. A chance to buy Christmas decorations, books and toys, crafts, sweets and preserves.  There will also be exhibitions of Advent calendars, and Christmas Round the World.  Coffee, teas, homemade cakes and  delicious lunches also available.  What more can you want?

Memorial service on November 6th, 6pm

Posted by maymorning on October 13, 2016 at 6:55 AM

We hold our annual Memorial service every year, on the Sunday closest to All Souls' Day (November 2), when churches around the world traditionaly remember their dead.  At Staple Hil we give thanks in particular for those of our church who have died in the last 12 months.  We dedicate a tree in their honour in the Forest of Avon, and present a memorial certificate to theri familiies, as well as commemmorating them on our website.  This is also a chance for anybody who wishes, to have a special time to remember,give thanks and light a candlefor loved ones they have lost.  All welcome.

Aylwyn's organ marathon

Posted by maymorning on July 25, 2016 at 3:00 PM

Congratulations to Aylwyn Powell, who completed a 12 hour organ marathon on Saturday, while his wofe Philippa and other friends provided cakes and refreshments to his supporters.  Our beautiful church was filled with the sound of our excellent organ, and they raised well over £700 in the process.

All THings Bright and Beautiful

Posted by maymorning on June 16, 2016 at 3:55 PM

Over the May Bank Holiday weekend 2016 we had our first flower festival for many years.  Karen Belfield organised it, and Loretta Ogden Froud oversaw the catering.  Over 20 exhibits were created by church groups, individuals, community gorups and traders.  The church looked and smelled wonderful, the the homemad cakes were very popular too! Take a look at the photo album.  It was a great success, and Karen is already planning the next one.

Remembrance Sunday November 8th

Posted by maymorning on October 27, 2015 at 1:35 PM

Our usual service will be replaced by a Hoy Communion service, at the earlier time of 9.30am, to allow any who wish to join the annual Staple Hill procession to the memorial in Page Park.


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