NOVEMBER 2021 B E N E F I C E M A G A Z I N E ALL SAINTS Grove Road, Fishponds, Bristol www.allsaintsfishponds.co.uk “Come Gather, Come Worship, Come As You Are” ST. MARY’S Manor Road, Fishponds, Bristol Holding Together In Hope www.stmarysfishponds.org.uk 70p

All Saints Church Fishponds DONATE* Please help us to keep the Church, Hall and Grounds safe for safe for this and future use. You can donate in the following way TEXT HQJB01 to 70331 to give £3 HQJB01 to 70970 to give £5 HQJB01 to 70191 to give £10 OR GO TO http://easydonate.org/HQJB01 You can scan this code bar to take you to the donate site *Your donation will be processed and administered by the National Funding Scheme, operating DONATE, a charity registered in England and Wales (1149800) and Scotland (SC045106). In addition to any text donation, you will incur your standard network message charge (based on your service provider rates). *For Terms and Conditions, see www.easydonate.org St. Mary’s Church Fishponds Giving Our church is funded almost entirely by donations and fund raising. We provide several different ways of giving to enable people to give in a way that they are happy with. Some do standing orders and the envelope scheme. For those who don’t carry cash anymore, or who have forgotten their wallet we have a card reader in church which can take card payments including contactless, apple pay and google pay. You can also use this QR Code code that will take you to our donation page. Beavers Monday’s 6.15pm Tel: 0117 958 4164 Contacts for Scouting Groups Cubs Thursday’s 6.45pm East Bristol Partnership Office Co-ordinator Amy Donaldson Tel: 0117 958 6412 Email: [email protected] Web site: www.ebpbristol.org.uk 2 Scouts Thursday’s 8.00pm Tel: 078 5452 0595 www.13thbristolscouts.uk

CONTACTS for the BENEFICE of ALL SAINTS CHURCH & ST. MARY’S CHURCH Vicar Revd. Lizzie Kesteven - Tel: 0117 965 0856 Curates Revd. Janey Hiller - Tel: 0117 239 0625 Revd. Diane Simms - Tel: 0117 951 8419 Licensed Lay Reader Mark Simms - Tel: 0117 951 8419 Licensed Lay Reader & Permission to Officiate Graham Biddlecombe - Tel: T.B.A. Church Warden Church Warden PCC Secretary PCC Treasurer Baptisms Weddings/Funerals Contacts for All Saints Church Elaine Seretny Nigel Heath Chris Whitehead Tam Pearce Anita Lavis Safeguarding Officer Helen Whitehead - Tel: 0117 965 4697 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Contacts for St. Mary’s Church Church Warden Mary Ewing Church Warden PCC Secretary PCC Treasurer Baptisms Mary Ewing Tel: 0117 382 6324 Pete Walker Matt Timms Email: [email protected] Email: [email protected] Hannah Gazeley Email:[email protected] Email: [email protected] Weddings/Funerals Amy Donaldson Email: [email protected] Safeguarding Officers Kate Hancocks & Clare Munoz 3 Email: [email protected] Tel: 0117 902 5257 Tel: 0117 965 2893 Tel: 0117 965 4697 Tel: 078 0098 7672 Revd Lizzie Kesteven Tel: 0117 965 0856 Tel: 0117 307 9117

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Remembrance Have you seen the film ‘Saving Private Ryan’? The first 20 minutes of the film is a powerful account of war, portraying the first landing crafts arriving at the Normandy beaches on D Day. The film successfully brings to life the events of that day, as a vivid act of remembrance. From a biblical perspective, the word remembrance means making present a past reality, so that we can benefit from it today. On Remembrance Sunday we think about those who have given their lives in wars over the years, as well as those who continue to grieve over their lost loved ones. We want to make their sacrifice in past conflicts real for us today, so that we can engage with the horror of war and those enduring suffering today. It involves dealing with the why question in the face of relentless tragedies and injustices: why does God allow such suffering to take place? One of the great themes of the Scriptures is that God identifies with the suffering. But the Christian faith goes beyond this! It affirms that in Jesus, God’s Son, divinity became involved in suffering and death on the cross. It is at Calvary that we see how God Himself knows what it is to lose a loved one in an unprovoked attack. ‘I could never myself believe in God if it were not for the Cross. In the real world of pain, how could one worship a God who was immune to it?’ (John Stott). Although we don’t fully understand the reason why God allows evil and suffering to continue, we do know what the reason isn’t! It can’t be that He doesn’t love us! God so loved us and hates suffering that He was willing to come down and get involved in our hurting world. This can be a source of real strength on such an occasion. 5

However, how can we ensure that those who have given their lives are truly honoured, not forgetting those who are risking their lives in conflicts today? An appropriate response is to actively work and pray for justice in our world, especially where there is inequality and conflict. In a divided world we are also called to renew our efforts to work for peace. We need to be serious about being peacemakers, especially where it involves those close to us. As Jesus said, ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God’ (Matt 5:9). (Written by Revd John Tyler, Parish Pump Web Site) We remember The Somme, Dunkirk and Passchendaele Cause us to think of times of war, When men and boys went bravely out They fought, some died and returned no more. They gave their all that we should live, We never should forget such cost, Remembering with thankful hearts Our freedom gained as lives were lost. Another Man gave up His life, Another war, another fight, With all mankind held fast in chains As darkness fell as black as night. The cost was high, a sinless life To break the chains and set us free, The Lamb of God on Calvary’s cross Paid that price for you, for me. By Megan Carter 6

NOVEMBER READINGS for ALL SAINTS CHURCH & ST. MARY’S CHURCH 7th Third Sunday before Advent (Green) Jonah 3: 1 - 5, 10; Hebrews 9: 24 - end; Mark 1: 14 - 20. 14th Remembrance Sunday (Red) Daniel 12: 1 - 3; Hebrews 10: 11 - 14, 19 - 25; Mark 13: 1 - 8. 21st Christ the King (White) Morning - Daniel 7: 9 - 10, 13 - 14; Revelations 1: 4 - 8; John 18: 33 - 37. Evening - Daniel 5: John 6: 1 - 15. 28th First Sunday of Advent (Purple) Jeremiah 33: 14 - 16; 1 Thessalonians 3: 9 - end; Luke 21: 25 - 36. 5th December Second Sunday of Advent (Purple) Malachi 3: 1 - 4; Philippians 1: 3 - 11; Luke 3: 1 - 6. (The above readings are taken from the Lectionary for Sundays for the 8.00am & 10.30am services at All Saints and 10.00am & 6.30pm services at St. Marys. Note! Some Sundays readings may change). REMEMBRANCE SERVICES Sunday 14th November St. Mary’s Church -10am Holy Communion followed at 11am in Fishponds Park for the Act of Remembrance. All Saints Church - 10.30am All Age Act of Remembrance 7th November 10am St. Mary’s Church ‘Open Church’ Topic - Anti Slavery Led by Revd Diane 7 28th November 10.30am All Saints Church Morning Worship ‘Introduction to Advent’ With Revd Lizzie & Mark

NOVEMBER PRAYERS ✤ Father, in these short, dark days of November, with all the uncertainties and complications in our new Covid 19 landscape, help us to feel the reassurance of Your presence in the gift of each new day. Help us to be guided through the darkness by Your light – by Jesus, who will never leave us or forsake us. In His name – the name above pandemics and shortages and rising bills and all anxieties – we pray. Amen. Daphne Kitching ✤ We continue to pray for all who are ill, especially those suffering from Covid. We give thanks for those who have recovered or are recovering. We remember families and friends who have lost loved ones. Strengthen all by Your Spirit. ✤ We pray for all who live, work and minster in our Benefice of All Saints Church, Fishponds and St. Mary’s Church, Fishponds. ✤ We pray, Lord, that as the COP 26 Climate Summit is upon us, that the leaders of the nations will both commit and do. Remembrance O God, of truth and justice, we hold before you those people who have been injured or died in active service. As we honour their courage and cherish their memory, may we put our faith in your future; for you are the source of life, peace and hope, now and forever. Amen ✤ As our thoughts turn towards Advent and Christmas, help us all to welcome the infant, Jesus and also welcome the adult Jesus into our lives. 8

ALL SAINTS DAY GIFT DAY All Saints Day is on Monday 1st November, and it is also the Gift Day for All Saints Church. This year we are continuing with raising money to upgrade our sound system and installing a screen, plus projector. We do have some money that was raised from last year’s Gift Day donations, which is enabling us to start phase 1, once we get the faculty from the Diocese. We still need, to raise a further £11,665 to upgrade the sound system. There will be special envelopes, marked ‘Gift Day’ throughout November on the table at the back of church for you to make any donations. If you pay tax you might like to Gift Aid your donation by filling in your details on the envelope before handing it in during a service or to a warden. Thank you. 8th - 10th October 2021 This retreat fellowship consists mainly of worshippers who originate from St Mary’s Church and St John’s Church in Fishponds and have continued to worship together by way of this Retreat Weekend. This year 3 people from St Marys, 2 from St Johns and 9 others who used to worship in Fishponds, went on the retreat. Friday 8th October was a beautiful sunny autumn day to be driving to Llangasty Retreat House, just outside Brecon. The house is nestled alongside Llangorse Lake amidst the Brecon Beacons. Due to Wales still legally social distancing the numbers were limited and masks were required to be worn. 9

The weekend was titled as ‘Tending the Lamp of Faith’ and was led by the Revd Ian Wallace, Vicar of St Marys Yate. Five Addresses on this topic were interspersed with Evening and Morning Prayer, A Service of Light and two Eucharists. There was an opportunity on Saturday afternoon to enjoy some free time to walk along the lakeside, visit the bird hides, or take a trip to Brecon. Silence is from after Evening Prayer until Lunch the following day. There is something quite special having breakfast in silence overlooking the lake, watching the cattle, birds and mist passing over the lake and mountain top. Ian spoke about the biblical storms, storms at sea and storms of life, particularly the storm of Covid and the loss of life. In all these storms there is a lamp which lights the way – a lamp of faith to hold on to. Everyone takes something different away with them. You don’t always know what it at the time. For me it was the final Address ‘Refreshing our Call’. Reading 2 Corinthians 4: 1 - 15. I end with verses 8 -10. which speaks to me of my ‘Lamp of Faith’ ‘we are often troubled, but not crushed; sometimes in doubt, but never in despair; there are many enemies, but we are never without a friend; and though badly hurt at times, we are not destroyed. At all times we carry in our mortal bodies the death of Jesus, so that his life may also be seen in our bodies’ Date for next years Retreat 7th - 9th October at Llangasty. The Leader has yet to be arranged. The cost is about £180 which includes, comfy accommodation, all meals, interspersed with tea and coffee. It also includes a gift token for the Leader and a token to the kitchen staff for their lovely cooking. Do think about experiencing this relaxing, spiritual and peaceful weekend next year. 10

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COFFEE BREAK TIME (Answers on page 26) Across 1. In David’s battle with the Arameans, 700 of these were killed (2 Samuel 10:18) (11) 9. ‘No — , impure or greedy person has any inheritance in the kingdom of God’ (Ephesians 5:5) (7) 10. City on the banks of the River Nile (5) 11. Stamped addressed envelope (1,1,1) 13. Taverns (4) 16. ‘Be on your guard; stand — in the faith’ (1 Corinthians 16:13) (4) 17. ‘He will not always — , nor will he harbour his anger for ever’ (Psalm 103:9) (6) 18. 18 and 27 Down Where the magi came from and what guided them (Matthew 2:1–2) (4,4) 20. Ancient Celtic alphabet of 20 characters (4) 21. 21 She married Esau when he was 40 years old (Genesis 26:34) (6) 12

22. A great-grandson of Noah (Genesis 10:7) (4) 23. Title accorded to certain Roman Catholic clerics (abbrev.) (4) 25. ‘My house will be a house of prayer; but you have made it a — of robbers’ (Luke 19:46) (3) 28. Annie (anag.) (5) 29. Plead with (Zechariah 7:2) (7) 30. Tenth foundation of the new Jerusalem (Revelation 21:20) (11) Down 2. ‘We have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by — hands’ (2 Corinthians 5:1) (5) 3. Uncommon excellence (Proverbs 20:15) (4) 4. ‘You have exalted my horn like that of a wild ox; fine — have been poured upon me’ (Psalm 92:10) (4) 5. — Homo (‘Behold the Man’) (4) 6. ‘He has given proof of this to all men by — him from the dead’ (Acts 17:31) (7) 7. ‘Our — is in heaven’ (Philippians 3:20) (11) 8. ‘This is a day you are to — ’ (Exodus 12:14) (11) 12. Assault (Psalm 17:9) (6) 14. ‘Jesus found a young donkey and — upon it’ (John 12:14) (3) 15. Liverpool dialect (6) 19. ‘Remember the — day by keeping it holy’ (Exodus 20:8) (7) 20. Nineteenth-century German physicist after whom the unit of electrical resistance is named (3) 24. Nazirites were not allowed to eat this part of a grape (Numbers 6:4) (5) 25. ‘If anyone would come after me, he must — himself and take up his cross and follow me’ (Mark 8:34) (4) 26. Evil Roman emperor from AD54 to 68, responsible for condemning hundreds of Christians to cruel deaths (4) 27. See 18 Across MUSIC FOR TODDLERS At St. Mary’s Church Will be starting back soon Watch this space for details 13

All Saints Services and 7th DUTY TIME 8.00am Services 10.30am Wardens Sidesperson Readers Prayers 8.00am Holy Communion Revd Lizzie & Sharon - 3rd Sunday before Advent - 14th Remembrance Sunday Holy Communion Revd Lizzie All Age Remembrance Revd Diane & Dave S. Cook 10.30am N. Heath / C. Whitehead N. Heath / G. Smith 10.30am C. Edwards-Mlangwa B. Pearce 1st lesson C. Whitehead 10.30am 2nd lesson R. Edwards-Mlangwa C. Doyle Parish Street Warf Road DUTY TIME St Mary’s Services 7th 3rd Sunday before Advent 10.00am Services 6.30pm Wednesdays - 9.00am Celtic Morning Prayer at All Saints 14 Open Church Revd Diane Focus on Anti Slavery Sung Holy Communion Revd Lizzie & Revd Diane Sunday 7th, 10.30am All Saints Sunday 28th, 10.00am St. Mary’s - - T.B.A. Wickham Court 14th Remembrance Sunday Sung Holy Communion Followed at 11am in the park ‘Act of Remembrance -

TIME 8.00am 10.30am 8.00am 10.30am 10.30am 10.30am Duty Rota for November 21st 28th Christ the King - Holy Communion - Holy Communion Revd Janey Morning Worship Revd Janey & Sharon Revd Lizzie & Mark S. Cook 10.30am E. Seretny / N. Heath E. Seretny / D. Williams C. Powell A. Lavis M. Simms A. Lavis Revd Janey Wickham Glen R. Edwards E. Williams D. Williams Wickham View TIME 10.00am 21st for November 28th Christ the King Creative Church Revd Lizzie 6.30pm Revd Janey & Revd Lizzie Choral Evensong - Revd Lizzie & Revd Janey For children aged 7+ and upwards. Meet on a Friday in All Saints Church from 6.30pm till 7.15pm 15 St. Mary’s Church Friday’s 7pm New members are welcomed Advent Sunday Sung Holy Communion Revd Janey 5th December 1st Sunday of Advent 2nd Sunday of Advent - Holy Communion Revd Janey & Revd Diane - T.B.A. C. Edwards-Mlangwa D. Williams C. Powell D. Simms Albert Terrace 5th December 2nd Sunday of Advent Open Church Revd Lizzie & Mark Focus on Advent Bible Advent Carols

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LIVING AFTER LOSS Have you had to face a loss? Bereavement / Retirement / Health Problems / Redundancy etc. Do you need to talk? Then you are very welcome to come and talk to friendly people over refreshments at St. Mary’s Church Parish Rooms Friday 5th & 19th November, 11am - 12noon EASY Contact Revd. Lizzie for information 0117 9650 856 MEDIUM SUDOKU PUZZLES (Answers on page 26) COFFEE MORNING Saturday 6th November 10am - 12noon All Saints Church Grove Road St. Mary’s Churchyard Gardening Group Meet every Monday from 10am till 12noon To do a spot of gardening and tidying up the grounds You are very For adults and children. 17 welcome to come and join them. Tea & biscuits provided

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SATURDAY LUNCHES @ St. Marys Church This is now taking place every Saturday from 12noon - 2pm Serving free light lunches of soup, sandwiches, tea, coffee, and biscuits All welcome ALL IN THE MONTH OF OCTOBER 200 years ago, on 11th Nov 1821 that Fyodor Dostoevsky, the Russian novelist, short story writer and journalist was born. Best known for his novel Crime and Punishment. 150 years ago, on 10th Nov 1871 that Welsh journalist and explorer Henry Morton Stanley located the missing missionary and explorer Dr David Livingstone near Lake Tanganyika in present-day Tanzania. He might or might not have greeted him with the words: “Doctor Livingstone, I presume?” 125 years ago, on 16th Nov 1896 that Oswald Mosley, British fascist politician, was born. Imprisoned for three years in 1940 for founding the British Union of Fascists. 100 years ago, on 11th Nov 1921 that Remembrance poppies were sold for the first time in British and 19 Commonwealth countries to commemorate military personnel who died in war. In the UK they are sold by the Royal British Legion to raise funds for current and former members of the British Armed Forces. Around 30 million poppies are sold each year. 90 years ago, on 30th Nov 1931 that the Crystal Palace in London was destroyed by fire. 80 years ago, on 13th Nov 1941 that the British aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal was torpedoed by a German submarine in the Mediterranean Sea near Gibraltar. It sank the following day. 65 years ago, on 5th Nov 1956 that Premium Bonds went on sale in the UK. They were designed to encourage people to save, and they offered cash prizes instead of interest.

50 years ago, on 14th Nov 1971 that NASA’s Mariner 9 spacecraft (launched that May) reached Mars. It was the first spacecraft to orbit another planet. Mars was engulfed in a planet-wide dust storm at the time, but 85% of the surface was eventually imaged. Mariner 9 was deactivated in October 1972. 40 years ago, on 12th Nov 1981 that the US Space Shuttle Columbia was launched on its second flight into space, becoming the world’s first reusable manned spacecraft. 30 years ago on 18th Nov 1991 that the Church of England envoy Terry Waite and American educator Thomas Sutherland were released by Islamic Jihad in Lebanon after being held hostage since January 1987 and June 1985 respectively. 25 years ago, on 30th Nov 1996 that England officially returned the Stone of Scone to Scotland after 700 years. It was the coronation stone of the Scottish and (later) English and British monarchs. Scotland agreed to loan the Stone to Westminster Abbey for future coronations. 20 years ago, from 12th to 13th Nov 2001 that the Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban abandoned the capital without a fight, as a coalition of US/ NATO and Northern Alliance forces entered the city. Also 20 years ago, on 29th Nov 2001 that George Harrison, British rock guitarist, singer and songwriter with the Beatles, died. 15 years ago, on 13th Nov 2006 that Google acquired the video-sharing site YouTube. The all meet on a Tuesday evening at St. Mary’s Church, Manor Road For times and other information please visit the following website https://www.girlguiding.org.uk/information-for-parents/register-your-daughter/ For the Guides look for ‘176th Fishponds Methodist (Bristol) And Rainbows and Brownies look for 1st Fromeside Rainbows & 176th (Fishponds) Bristol Brownies 20

IN-SIGHT TO ‘OPEN CHURCH’ ‘Open Church’ at St. Mary’s on Sunday 3rd October, was a new kind of service. This is just a little insight into what took place. Church started at the usual time of 10am, when tea / coffee was served. A presentation was given on Christian Aid, as they were celebrating their 75th Anniversary. A couple of short films were shown, including their ‘Thanksgiving Service’. We then took part in a short quiz. The service took approximately ¾hour. Next ‘Open Church’ takes place on Sunday 7th November, 10am at St. Mary’s Church. The topic will be on ‘Anti Slavery’ led by Revd. Diane. All are welcome to come along. This service took place at 10.30am on Sunday 10th October. Don’t let the title put you off, it was by no means MUDDY! It started outside in the grounds, glorious blue skies above, we sat on logs, some on chairs, to hear about ‘balance’ and to try various ways to balance. Then we heard the story about Mary and Martha, laid on our backs, relaxing but imagining ourselves looking in on the scene in the room, where Jesus was talking to Mary, while Martha was busy in the kitchen. After the story we collected 2 twigs and 4 leaves. Then went into Church and see if we could tie our twigs together and hang the leaves on and see if they all balanced. Some did manage this task. In our day to day life, we need balance! We then listened to another story about St. Francis of Assisi, followed by prayers. A lovely interactive family service. 21

Return of Drop-in Lunchtime Concerts Friday 10th December 1pm - 2pm ‘Bristol Veterans Band’ New venue at St Mary’s Church Manor Road Cup of tea/coffee from 12.30pm: 50p Admission free / retiring collection ALL WELCOME Meet Monday’s during term time from 10.30am til 12noon Children from birth to 4years of age welcome along with their parents, grandparents or carers. A morning listen to a story, singing, craft time then refreshments and play time. For more information contact Cynthia on 0117 965 1849 C H R I S T MA S D AT E S F O R Y O U R D I A R I E S Sunday 5th St. Mary’s Advent Carols Sunday 19th All Saints Nativity Service St. Mary’s Carols by Candlelight Friday 24th St. Mary’s Family Carols All Saints Carols by Candlelight St. Mary’s Midnight Mass Saturday 25th St. Mary’s Christmas Communion All Saints 6.30pm 4.30pm 6.30pm 4.00pm 6.30pm 11.30pm 10.00am Family Christmas Communion 10.30am Sunday 26th All Saints Said Holy Communion (T.B.A.) 8.00am St. Mary’s Said Holy Communion 22 10.00am

The Whole Christmas Story – an Advent adventure through Genesis, Revelation and points in between By Jo Swinney, BRF, £8.99 BRF’s Advent book for 2021 covers far more than the 120 gospel verses which take us from the angel Gabriel’s visit to Mary to the escape to Egypt by Joseph, Mary and the infant Jesus. In daily readings, reflections and prayers, from Advent Sunday to Epiphany, Jo Swinney sets the familiar – sometimes over-familiar – Christmas story in the infinite context of God’s creation. Let it Slow - An Advent Calendar with a Difference. By Stephen Cotterell, £6.99 Christmas is one of the most joyful times of year, and it can also be one of the most stressful. It comes laden with expectations and, for many, overshadowed by difficult memories and emotions. If every other day of the year has us running in different directions, driven by the bleeping demands of our phones and devices, Christmas makes us run faster still. This understanding and uplifting book offers another way to approach Christmas and to discover how its joys and promises can restore our lives, not add to their burdens. You are invited to take a few minutes each day during December to join in a conversation with the bestselling author, Stephen Cottrell, who offers simple reflections and practical suggestions for making your Christmas the celebration it is meant to be. Advent & Christmas, Waiting in Joyful Hope by Catherine Upchurch. £1.93 ▪ For anyone feeling stressed & rushed this Advent ▪ These brief reflections bring prayer & scripture into everyday life ▪ You'll find ways to enrich your prayer life amongst the busyness of the season Prepare spiritually for the coming of Christ with this popular and inviting annual guide. During the especially busy Advent and Christmas seasons, this book offers brief, down-to-earth reflections that bring prayer and Scripture into everyday life in a thoughtprovoking and lasting way. This book will help busy people achieve their goal of enriching their prayer life during the seasons of Advent and Christmas. 23

Wild Advent ‘Discovering God through Creation’ by Rachel Summers, £7.99 ▪Looking for fun Advent activities for the whole family? ▪These Advent devotionals help kids discover God through creation ▪You'll be able to make, explore, and discover God together Following on from the phenomenal success of Wild Lent, Rachel Summers' new book, Wild Advent will once again have us all venturing outside to encounter God in the wild! Wild Advent provides an outdoor activity for each day of the four weeks of Advent, progressing through the Carmelite themes for Advent of Waiting, Accepting, Journeying, and Birthing. So why not make Advent a little wilder by wrapping up warm and heading outside to create your own icicle, breathe like a baby dragon, make pebble pictures, do some sand art . . . and share God’s creation with others? And the Glory of God Shone Around Them by Brian Simmons £5.09 ▪For Christians at Advent ▪Short engaging reflections that follow the main characters of the Christmas story ▪Be inspired by the Saviour and worship Him Beginning with the first Sunday of Advent, And the Glory of God Shone Around Them Advent Devotional takes the reader through the entire Christmas season with twenty-one devotionals organised around the four weekly themes of Advent. Through short, engaging reflections on hope, peace, joy, and love, combined with the beauty and relevance of The Passion Translation(R), you will find the inspiration you need to celebrate God's gift to the world throughout your week. Each devotional follows the inspiring journey of the main characters of the Christmas story and offers an Advent prayer, making them perfect for personal, family, or small-group use. Scripture readings from The Passion Translation will give you greater insights in your journey toward Bethlehem. Advent Together by Steve and Bekah Legg, £6.99 An Advent devotional for all the family. Advent Together offers an engaging way to discuss what Christmas is all about. You’ll find new ways to discuss faith around the dinner table this Advent. Journey through Advent together as a family with daily readings, prayers, thoughts and activities for all ages. The reviews of these Advent books have been take from the Eden Christian Bookshop. You can check out their web page for more Advent books and others by going to eden.co.uk 24

WORD SEARCH Poppies It was 100 years ago this month, on 11th Nov 1921, that Remembrance poppies were sold for the first time in British and Commonwealth countries to commemorate military personnel who died in war. Amid the mud, blood and carnage of trench warfare in World War 1, tens of thousands of bright red poppies had grown, marking the graves of the fallen. This led John McCrae, a Canadian army physician who had lost a colleague, to write “In Flanders Fields”, In Flanders fields, the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row That mark our place, and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly. This image inspired the adoption of a red poppy as the symbol of all soldiers who had died in conflict. In the UK they are sold by the Royal British Legion to raise funds for current and former members of the British Armed Forces. Around 30 million poppies are sold each year. Remembrance Poppies Sold Countries Commemorate Military Personnel Mud Blood Carnage Trench Warfare Thousands Bright Red 25 Graves Fallen Flanders Fields Symbol

FROM THE EDITOR Well I hate to say it, but the end of 2021 is nearly upon us and what another year it has been! It’s good to see that our everyday lives and routines are gradually coming back, but we still need to take special care, if we are to carry on. Respect and look after each other. And so we come to the last deadline for 2021 and this will be Sunday 14th November, for the December issue. If you know of any Christmas events that are coming up that we could let people know about then please contact [email protected] or call 0117 3079117. As you see All Saints Church and St. Mary’s are holding their Christmas Fairs, if you have items that you could donate towards them for their tombola’s or raffle stalls it would be appreciated. Also nearly new toys and homemade cakes. Thank you and hope so see you at one off them. Take care and stay safe. Anita ANSWERS TO THIS MONTHS CROSSWORD & SUDOKU’S 26 E A S Y M E D I U M ACROSS: 1 Charioteers; 9 Immoral; 10 Cairo; 11 SAE; 13 Inns; 16 Firm; 17 Accuse; 18 East; 20 Ogam; 21 Judith; 22 Seba; 23 Msgr; 25 Den; 28 Inane; 29 Entreat; 30 Chrysoprase. DOWN: 2 Human; 3 Rare; 4 Oils; 5 Ecce; 6 Raising; 7 Citizenship; 8 Commemorate; 12 Assail; 14 Sat; 15 Scouse; 19 Sabbath; 20 Ohm; 24 Seeds; 25 Deny; 26 Nero; 27 Star.

Roles & Contacts for All Saints Church Parochial Church Council Members Luci Heath Anita Lavis Tam Pearce Mark Simms Diane Simms John Waldren Alison Wren Elisa Williams Chris Whitehead Dave Williams Deanery Synod Representatives Chris Whitehead Tel: 0117 965 4697 Tiny Tots John Waldren Tel: 0117 956 3208 Gift Aid Chris Whitehead Anita Lavis Tel: 0117 307 9117 Mike Lavis Vacant Junior Church Lizzie Kesteven Tel: 0117 965 0856 Electoral Roll Helen Whitehead Tel: 0117 965 4697 Tel: 0117 307 9117 Tel: 0117 965 4697 Magazine Editor / Adverts Hall Booking Secretary Elisa Williams Tel: 079 7395 3445 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Roles & Contacts for St. Marys Church Matt Timms Parochial Church Council Members John Ewing Edward Gleed Sam Toogood John Anson General Enquiries Matt Timms [email protected] 27 Hannah Gazeley Deanery Synod Representatives Leigh Cooper Director of Music / Choir Tel: 0117 962 2093 Notes / News / Weekly Sheet Sam Toogood [email protected] Bob Bartlett Andrew Cooper

Do you need somewhere to hold a celebration or meeting? ALL SAINTS COMMUNITY HALL Part of the Parish of All Saints Church Could be your answer It can cater for small or medium size function. Has kitchen facilities, plus adequate on site parking Our rates are very competitive. For details please contact Elisa Tel: 0117 9584164 / 07973 953445 Or visit our web site: www.allsaintsfishponds.co.uk You are very welcome to view before booking. 28

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