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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 You can scan this OR GO TO http://easydonate.org/HQJB01 *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). code bar to take you to the donate site *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: 0117 956 1544 Church Wardens PCC Secretary PCC Treasurer Baptisms Weddings/Funerals Contacts for All Saints Church Elaine Seretny Dave Williams Chris Whitehead Tam Pearce Anita Lavis Safeguarding Officer Helen Whitehead - Tel: 0775 2389 995 Email: [email protected] ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ 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 958 4164 Tel: 0117 965 4697 Tel: 078 0098 7672 Revd Lizzie Kesteven Tel: 0117 965 0856 Tel: 0117 307 9117


The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee This month we celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. She is the longest reigning monarch in British history. Up until recently she attended church every week and still did a full week’s work at the age of 96! It is her commitment to serving God and the nation which stands out in her life. Even before she became Queen, she made a promise, which she has kept for over 75 years: ‘I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service’ (21st birthday broadcast, 21st April 1947). What is the secret of the Queen’s consistency of character and service? In 2002 she said this: “I know just how much I rely on my faith to guide me through the good times and the bad. Each day is a new beginning. I know that the only way to live my life is to try to do what is right, to take the long view, to give of my best in all that the day brings, and to put my trust in God.” These are wise words from somebody who draws her strength from the Christian Faith and can inspire all of us who want to make our lives count! The Queen has been an example of joyful, wise, and generous service on behalf of others all her life. Six months before her coronation she asked the nation and Commonwealth to “pray that God may give me wisdom and strength to carry out the solemn promises I shall be making, and that I may faithfully serve Him and you, all the days of my life.” Paul urges us to pray for all in authority, “that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” (1 Timothy 2:2). - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Your Servant Elizabeth Gracious God, we give You thanks for the reign of Your servant Elizabeth our Queen, and for the example of loving and faithful service which she has shown among us. Help us to follow her example of dedication and to commit our lives to You and to one another, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 5

JUNE READINGS for ALL SAINTS CHURCH & ST. MARY’S CHURCH 5th June Pentecost (Red) Acts 2: 1 - 21; Romans 8: 14 - 17; John 14: 8 - 17. 12th Trinity Sunday (White) Proverbs 8: 1 - 4, 22 - 31; Romans 5: 1 - 5; John 16: 12 - 15. 19th First Sunday after Trinity (Green) Isaiah 65: 1 - 9; Galatians 3: 23 - end; Luke 8: 26 - 39. St Marys Evensong Readings Psalm 57; Genesis 24: 1 - 27; Mark 5: 21 - end. 26th Second Sunday after Trinity (Green) 1 Kings 19: 15 - 16, 19 - end; Galatians 5: 1, 13 - 25; Luke 9: 51 - end. Sunday 3rd JULY Third Sunday after Trinity (Green) Isaiah 66: 10 - 14; Galatians 6: 7 - 16; Luke 10: 1 - 11, 16 - 20. + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + Every Thursday Holy Communion 10.00am St. Marys Church OPEN CHURCH Sunday 5th June 10.00am St. Marys Church Sunday 12th June, 10.30am All Saints Church Fun service for all the family! Creative Church 10.00am St. Marys Church Sunday 19th June 6 Sunday 26th June 10.30am All Saints Church Service with hymns, prayers and discussions while sat around tables

JUNE PRAYERS ✤ We continue to pray for all who have been and are being affected by the Covid pandemic. We remember all who have been bereaved because of this and those who have long Covid. We pray for all, who have had their NHS treatments been pushed back on account of emergency measures, and those in education where it has been disrupted. We ask for God’s strengthening Holy Spirit to be with us, and God’s wisdom to guide us, through our days. ✤ We continue to pray for an end to hostilities in the Ukraine, so that people might pick up their lives, and Ukraine can get back to producing food for the world. We pray for Russia that the will for peace would take precedence over the desire for war, and the urge to turn back the clock. We also remember all other parts of the world where there is no peace. ✤ For Afghanistan and the general abject level of poverty and the relief of hunger; also for the position of women in that country. We remember the relationships between countries in the middle east. For the people of Myanmar and Ethiopia, and pray too for the Uighar people of Western China. As we remember the people of these lands, we pray for the Aid agencies such as Christian Aid, Cafod, Unicef, Médecins Sans Frontières and the Red Cross/Red Crescent, bringing hope and relief to where it is most needed. ✤ We pray for our community of Fishponds, asking that our faith communities of All Saints and St Marys would be like salt, bringing extra and positive flavour to our surroundings, and witnessing to the positive aspects of our faith here, so that others might become more aware of the importance of Christian faith locally and in world today. LIVING AFTER LOSS Friday 3rd & 17th June, 11am - 12noon Have you had to face a loss? Bereavement / Retirement / Health Problems / Redundancy etc. Do you need to talk? 7 You are welcome to come and talk to friendly people over refreshments at St. Mary’s Church Parish Rooms Contact Revd Lizzie for details

Prayer for June by Daphne Kitching Heavenly Father, Thank you for the beauty of the world you created, so evident in this lovely month of June. We bring before you, in prayer, those events going on in the world which are so difficult to understand. We pray for all your children who are suffering in any way, especially those affected by war. Please, Lord, comfort them, assure them of your presence – and deliver them from evil. May we appreciate each day which you have made. Help us to rejoice and be glad in the gift of each new day – and to trust you for all our tomorrows, knowing that in you alone is our security. In Jesus’ name. Amen Saturday 4th June St. Marys Church, Manor Road Open Church from 10.30am - 3.00pm Celebrating the Queens Jubilee. Tea and coffee available, and entertainment. Lunches will be served as normal. Joining in are the All Saints Family Café which is open for all families We would like volunteers, so if you could help out in anyway please speak to Andrew Cooper, from St. Marys. 8

Revd Diane writes: You are warmly invited to come and witness my ordination as priest to serve in my beloved Fishponds parishes of All Saints and St.Mary's among you lovely people! I may have been around here for over 30 years but it is impossible to get bored in such a vibrant and diverse part of Bristol with so many creative and caring people. Thank you! There is a church tradition of reminding people to pray for those about to be ordained by giving out Ember Cards like the one I designed above. The image of the Holy Spirit is a detail from a window depicting the baptism of Christ at St.Luke's Ballymoyer, where I was baptised in 1965 when my dad was Rector there. I would like to share my ordination story with you, as it will appear in the Ordination Order of Service, as it speaks of that place where my faith began. DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES 2nd July 3pm Bristol Cathedral: Ordination of Diane as priest All are welcome, if you would like to come, please let Revd Lizzie know. 7th July 10am St.Mary's - Holy Communion. Diane to preside, Lizzie to preach. 10th July 10.30 All Saints - All Age Communion and Picnic, with Diane presiding with involvement from the children in lots of fun ways. Also a time to celebrate and give thanks for all the children.Please bring a picnic with food to share, a rug or picnic chairs. We hope to enjoy the picnic in the grounds of All Saints. 9

Deputy Wardens, All Saints. We are looking to fill two deputy warden roles, to complete the team who can, with the direction of one of our wardens, or more experienced deputies, to prepare the church for worship, week by week, facilitate the running of the actual service, manage the sound systems, keeping a general eye out to make sure that all is well with the congregation, and to clear away at the end of the service. Full instructions and training will be given. It is anticipated that you will need too, at least initially, participate in the rota about monthly. So, if you are interested in this role or would like to know more please speak to Elaine or Dave our church wardens, or Chris our church secretary. Thank you! 12th June Trinity Sunday, Celebrating our God who is Three Persons Trying to explain the doctrine of the Trinity has kept many a theologian busy down the centuries. One helpful picture is to imagine the sun shining in the sky. The sun itself – way out there in space, and unapproachable in its fiery majesty – is the Father. The light that flows from it, which gives us life and illuminates all our lives, is the Son. The heat that flows from it, and which gives us all the energy to move and grow, is the Holy Spirit. You cannot have the sun without its light and its heat. The light and the heat are from the sun, are of the sun, and yet are also distinct in themselves, with their own roles to play. Genesis 1:1-2: Judges 14:6: John 1:1-3: Luke 24:49. In other words, the sun eternally gives off light and heat, and whenever we turn to its brilliant light, we find that warmth and life are there as well. 10

PSLAM 23 This is what happened on Sunday 8th May at We looked at Pslam 23, visualised different aspects of the verses, discussed how we felt about some of them. We all then went round to the side of the church where everyone has a helping hand in making a Pslam 23 garden, laying a stream of still water, making a path that leads into darkness, a table laid (for the birds), a waterfall with a cup (for my cup runneth over) and a house (for the bugs), dwell in the house of the Lord forever). This activity was enjoyed by all, with the children especially giving a helping hand. Finished with the hymn, yes! “ The Lord is my Shepherd”, prayers followed, then into church for refreshments. My cup runneth over 11

COFFEE BREAK TIME (Answers on page 26) Across 1. Evil (Genesis 6:5) (10) 7. Musician called for by Elisha when he met the kings of Israel, Judah and Edom (2 Kings 3:15) (7) 8. The request that led to the institution of the Lord’s Prayer: ‘Lord, — us to pray’ (Luke 11:1) (5) 10. ‘We are hard pressed on every—’(2Corinthians4:8)(4) 11. Fraud (2Corinthians6:8)(8) 13. ‘His troops advance in force;they build a siege ramp against me and — around my tent’ (Job 19:12) (6) 15. Where Rachel hid Laban’s household gods when he searched his daughter’s tent (Genesis 31:34) (6) 17. ‘Now about spiritual gifts,brothers,I do not want you to be —’ (1 Corinthians 12:1) (8) 18. Nomadic dwelling(Genesis26:25)(4) 12

21. ‘As for man,his days are like—,he flourishes like a flower of the field’ (Psalm 103:15) (5) 22. Or I live (anag.)(7) 23. Those guilty of 1 Across(Romans13:4)(10) Down 1. ‘God so loved the — that he gave his one and only Son’ (John 3:16) (5) 2. ‘Away in a manger, no — for a bed’ (4 3. Mob ten (anag.) (6) 4. ‘Each — group made its own gods in several towns where they settled’ (2 Kings 17:29) (8) 5. Began (Luke 9:46) (7) 6. Speaking very softly (John 7:32) (10) 9. Workers Ruth joined when she arrived in Bethlehem with her mother-in-law Naomi (Ruth 2:3) (10) 12 Put in jail(Acts22:19)(8) 14. Aceturn(anag.)(7) 16. Discharge(Acts21:3)(6) 19. ‘All these—come from inside and make a man “unclean”’ (Mark 7:23) (5) 20. ‘Let us rejoice and be glad and — him glory!’(Revelation19:7)(4) Easy SUDOKU PUZZLES (Answers on page 26) Medium 13

DUTY TIME All Saints Services and 5th Pentecost 8.00am Services 10.30am Wardens Sidesperson Readers 8.00am Holy Communion Revd Lizzie & Revd Diane - 10.30am E. Seretny / D. Williams 10.30am C. Edwards-Mlangwa 1st lesson R. Edwards-Mlangwa 10.30am 2nd lesson Prayers Parish Street DUTY TIME A. Lavis Grove Park Terrace Muddy / Messy Church Revd Janey & Elisa M.Lavis E. Seretny B. Pearce Muddy/Messy Team Muddy/Messy Team Grove Road St Mary’s Services 5th 10.00am Services 6.30pm Wednesdays - 9.00am Celtic Morning Prayer at All Saints Holy Communion Revd Lizzie & Revd Diane 5th June 10.30am All Saints 14 St. Marys 26th June 10.00am - Open Church Revd Janey + Team 12th Holy Communion Revd Lizzie - 12th Trinity Sunday Holy Communion Revd Lizzie

19th TIME 8.00am 10.30am 8.00am Duty Rota for June 26th First Sunday after Trinity - Holy Communion Revd Lizzie & Mark - H. Whitehead C. Whitehead E. Williams Hawksbury Road TIME 10.00am 6.30pm 19th Creative Church Revd Janey & Revd Diane Trinity Choral Evensong Revd Lizzie Second Sunday after Trinity Holy Communion Revd Janey Café Service Mark & Chris M. Lavis 10.30am D. Williams / C. Whitehead E. Seretny / C. Whitehead 10.30am 10.30am T.B.A. 10.30am Café Church Team Huyton Road for June 26th Holy Communion 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 Holy Communion St. Mary’s Church Friday’s 7pm New members are welcomed 3rd July Open Church 3rd July Third Sunday after Trinity - Holy Communion - T.B.A. C. Powell D. Williams C. Powell Kite Hay Close

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Reflected Faith Series: The Meaning of Colours – part 2 Last month we looked at the changing of colours in the church’s vestments and altar cloths during March, April and May this year. This month of June sees them changing again, but this time for around 20 weeks. We start the month still in the season of Easter; strictly speaking, in the time after the Ascension. The first Sunday in June is the feast of Pentecost. This was and remains a Jewish Festival. At the time of Jesus, it was a joyful celebration of the first fruits of the Harvest, which was why all the apostles were gathered together in Jerusalem, as was expected of all Jewish men. As they gathered following Jesus’ Ascension, the Holy Spirit came upon them. This is what Christians celebrate at Pentecost, and therefore the colour is red. The following day the colour changes to green, and remains green until the 30th of October, the Feast of All Saints’ which will be white. This gives us approximately 20 weeks of ‘green’ with the occasional day in between of white or red to celebrate an apostle, saint or a specific feast day. So the question is ‘Why?’ Why so long? This time is often referred to as ‘Ordinary’ time. So what is ‘ordinary’ about it? I don’t know about your life but mine tends to go along fairly steady with just the odd up or down time. Most of my days are ‘ordinary’. In church lectionary terms this period of ‘X Sunday after Pentecost’ follows one main gospel’s teachings and miracles of Jesus. It’s almost like He gathers us together for a summer school and takes us up a mountainside and teaches us there. It’s a time for leaning and growth. 17

Are back with us at All Saints Church Monthly Coffee Morning, SATURDAY 4th JUNE 10am till 12noon So bring along the items that need repairing and see if there is some one who can help. Items repaired free of charge. Come early to book your place 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 listening to a story, singing, craft time followed by refreshments and play time. Free entrance / voluntary donations. For more information contact Cynthia on 0117 965 1849 18 15th Fishponds Horticultural & Craft Show Saturday 13th August 12noon - 4.00pm Now is the time to start looking at what vegetables that you might enter into the show. Tend to your flowers, to keep them tidy, get ideas for flower arranging and bake that perfect sponge. Watch this space for list of class entries.

Christian Basics No 5: What does the Holy Spirit do? (Paul Hardingham continues this year-long series on the very foundations of our Christian faith.) (Material taken from Parish Pump, web site for Church Magazines) As we celebrate Pentecost this month, it’s appropriate to ask the question: what does the Holy Spirit do in our lives? Everybody who has committed their life to Christ possesses the Holy Spirit, ‘if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.’ (Romans 8:9). It is the Spirit who brings us new birth into the family of God. The Spirit assures us of God’s love and acceptance, despite our fears, doubts or failures. As adopted children we can address God as our father: “God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father.’” (Galatians 4: 6). By using the same word used by Jesus, we can grow in intimacy with our Father and pray to Him, especially when we struggle to find the right words. The Holy Spirit is committed to producing a family likeness in those who follow Christ. This Jesus likeness enables us to live as Jesus would in our place, ie: work, family, time, interests etc. Paul describes this as the fruit of the Spirit: ‘love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and selfcontrol.’(Galatians 5:22,23). He talks about fruit not fruits! We can’t pick and choose, as they come as a total package to be developed over a lifetime! The Spirit is committed to producing new desires for God: reading the Bible and praying, forgiving others, meeting with other Christians and sharing our faith. He will also give us the motivation to overcome wrong habits, attitudes or lifestyle in our lives. ‘Let the church return to Pentecost, and Pentecost will return to her. The Spirit of God cannot take possession of believers beyond their capacity of receiving Him’ (Andrew Murray). Sunday 5th June 19

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 welcome to come and join them. Tea & biscuits provided 250 years ago, on 22nd June 1772 that the Court of King’s Bench ruled that slavery was illegal in England and Wales. But it remained legal in British Overseas Territories and colonies until 1833. 100 years ago, on 10th June 1922 that Judy Garland, American actress and singer, was born. Best known for her films The Wizard of Oz and Meet Me in St Louis. Died 1969. 80 years ago, from 4th - 7th June 1942 that the Battle of Midway took place. The USA defeated Japan in the most important naval battle of the Pacific Campaign. 75 years ago, on 5th June 1947 that the Marshall Plan 20 Meet on the 2nd Sunday of the Month 7.15pm For young people from year 7 upwards, to meet, talk, learn, pray and have fun. Contact Revd. Lizzie for details ALL IN THE MONTH OF MAY was proposed. US Secretary of State George C Marshall offered a self-help programme to Europe that would enable countries to rebuild democratic societies and resist communism after WWII. 65 years ago, on 1st June 1957 that the first premium bond prize draw took place in Britain. 50 years ago, on 17th June 1972 that the Watergate Scandal began when five men were arrested for breaking into the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate complex in Washington DC. 40 years ago, on 14th June 1982 that the Falklands War ended. Argentine forces surrendered to the British in

Port Stanley and a ceasefire was agreed. Argentine president Leopold Galtieri resigned on 17th June. Also 40 years ago, on 21st June 1982 that Prince William of Wales was born. Son of Charles and Diana, he is second-in-line to the British throne. 25 years ago, on 12th June 1997 that Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre opened in London. It is a reconstruction of the original theatre of 1599. Also 25 years ago, on 26th June 1997 that J K Rowling’s first Harry Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was published in the UK. 15 years ago, on 27th June 2007 that Gordon Brown became British Prime Minister. Also 15 years ago, on 29th June 2007, that Apple released the first iPhone. 10 years ago, on 24th June 2012, that Lonesome George, the male Pinta Island tortoise died. The last-known member of his species, Lonesome George serves as an important symbol for conservation efforts around the world, and particularly in the Galapagos Islands. Contact your local Slimming World Consultant and join a warm friendly group today! Groups now fully open Mondays 6.30pm & Tuesdays 9.30pm The Beechwood Club, Fishponds, Bristol BS16 3TR Contact Claire on 07791 574 353 Tuesdays 6pm & 7.30pm Argyle Morley Church Whitefield Road, Speedwell Caroline 07988 692 202 Wednesdays 5.15pm & 6.45pm The Salvation Army, Staple Hill Anna-Marie 0785 417 7308 www.slimmingworld.co.uk 21

This Guiding Troop have now moved from St. Marys to Oldbury Court 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 Need accounts prepared for your business? Need a Self Assessment Tax Return completed? WE CAN HELP! H & F ACCOUNTANCY For all your tax and accountancy needs. We do payroll and VAT too! Sarah Hendy 0117 951 7615 Reasonable rates. Telephone Frank FitzGibbon 0117 932 9321 LUNCH TIME CONCERT With the Frenchay Foxes Friday 17th June -1pm to 2pm St Mary’s Church, Manor Road Tea/coffee served from 12.30pm - 50p No admission charge but a retiring collection to cover expenses. 22

WORD SEARCH This year Her Majesty The Queen became the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee marking 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth. Celebrations will include The Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour) on 2nd June when more than 1,400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians will come together. Beginning at Buckingham Palace, the Parade will move down The Mall to Horse Guard's Parade, joined by Members of the Royal Family on horseback and in carriages. The Parade will close with the traditional RAF fly-past, watched by The Queen and Members of the Royal Family from the Buckingham Palace balcony. Platinum Jubilee Beacons: The United Kingdom’s long tradition of celebrating Royal Jubilees, Weddings and Coronations with the lighting of beacons will also continue. Over 1,500 beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories. Majesty Queen First British Monarch Platinum Jubilee Seventy Years Service United Kingdom Realms Celebrations Birthday Parade Trooping Colour Soldiers Horses Buckingham 23 Palace Balcony Beacons Commonwealth

Sarah Eberle’s Psalm 23 Garden: design tips for a calm green space, by various authors, Bible Society, £6.50 A full-colour book showcasing the splendid Psalm 23 Garden, designed by Sarah Eberle for Bible Society’s entry into last year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Sarah Eberle had previously won 17 gold medals at Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Shows, and her Psalm 23 Garden won another gold medal as well as awards for Best Sanctuary Garden and Best Construction Award. Psalm 23 is a beloved psalm in the Bible, invoking images of rest and refreshment. The first two verses of Psalm 23 are: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. Room for God by various authors, Bible Society, £3.99 This may help you find a way to connect with God in every room of your house, as well as outdoors. On a meditative tour of your own home, you can try out a variety of spiritual practices, listening to God, reflecting on your concerns, and using discernment in your decisions. There is a double-page spread focusing on each room in the house, and extra double-page spreads on our love of pets, colours in the home, and hospitality. The book also combines Bible texts, prayers and meditations, creative activities and ideas to support social action. It offers a range of suggestions, from ten-minute challenges to deeper meditations. 24

In the Steps of Jesus (2nd full-colour edition), by the Rev Peter Walker, Lion Hudson, £20 Following the chronology of Jesus’ life and ministry, Peter Walker takes us from Bethlehem to Nazareth to the desert as we follow Jesus on His final journey from Galilee to Jerusalem. In each chapter particular attention is given to what Jesus did in that location, and to the authenticity of archaeological and recorded evidence of later pilgrims and historians. The book is richly illustrated, and uses maps, timelines, and feature boxes to highlight important themes. All in all, it is a rich and absorbing guide, and would be an ideal companion for travellers. Come Holy Gift – prayer poems for the Christian Year. By Steven Shakespears, Canterbury Press, £10.99 This collection offers scripture-inspired poems for each of the major seasons of the Christian year. It includes poems on Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost, and Ordinary Time. Wild Bible, Wild Church By Philip Eley, Kevin Mayhew, £6.99 This book aims to transform your worship and spirituality through Bible teaching on the natural world. In the Bible, people connected with God in the wild, Moses found God in a bush, Elijah found Him in whisper. People’s first revelation of God was through the natural world. The Bible starts outside and ends outside. All the best-known stories in the Bible take place outside. Jesus’s teaching takes place outside. He points out the world around Him as He talks. 25

FROM THE EDITOR Well here we are half way through the year, as I am always saying, time seems to fly by! If you are celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee, have fun and enjoy, but at the same time keep safe. Hopefully you have read that the Fishponds Horticultural Show is on in August, so you can get this date into your diaries. Good to see that the Repair Cafe is back with us, if you do have any items that need looking at, remember to come along early, as there may be a long queue if you come later. The deadline for the July issue will be Sunday 12th June, as usual you can email me at [email protected] or hand your article to me at a 10.30am service. ANSWERS TO THIS MONTHS CROSSWORD & SUDOKU’S 26 E A S Y M E D I U M ACROSS: 1 Wickedness; 7 Harpist; 8 Teach; 10 Side; 11 Impostor; 13 Encamp; 15 Saddle; 17 Ignorant; 18 Tent; 21 Grass; 22 Olivier; 23 Wrongdoers. DOWN: 1 World; 2 Crib; 3 Entomb; 4 National; 5 Started; 6 Whispering; 9 Harvesters; 12 Imprison; 14 Centaur; 16 Unload; 19 Evils; 20 Give.

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 Dave Williams Helen Whitehead Sara Wrann Chris Whitehead 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 Claire Doyle 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 Director of Music / Choir Tel: 0117 962 2093 Notes / News / Weekly Sheet Sam Toogood [email protected] Deanery Synod Representatives Leigh Cooper 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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