Holy Trinity Church, Stapleton
News & Events
CAN YOU HELP TO PROVIDE PHOTOGAPHS OF STAPLETON??
We need photographs of Stapleton for
the church’s 160th Anniversary and for an exhibition in
If you have any lovely digital photos of the church, the
village or surrounding countryside please email them to the Church Office by clicking here. Before the end of May please.
CHRISTIAN AID WEEK: 14 – 20 MAY
Just as Christian Aid itself had its origins 70 years ago
in the need to alleviate the refugee crisis in Europe
after the Second World War, so Christian Aid Week
was born 60 years ago out of the same compelling
need to help the world’s displaced, and in 2017 will
be focusing on the plight of refugees now stranded in
Christian Aid envelopes will be available in
Church from 7 May.
Churches Together in Worship – October 9th
What a lovely sight not only to see a service taking place in Holy Trinity on a Sunday night again but to see Christians gather together from churches locally. We were joined by members of the congregation from St. John’s Frenchay (officially now united with us in one Benefice), Stapleton Baptist and worshippers from Waterbrook church who meet in Begbrook School and New Life church that meets in the Village Hall in Frenchay.
This was a service with a difference: keyboards and a guitar created a vibrant accompaniment for the more contemporary hymns and songs. There was an excellent dramatic re-enactment of Jesus when he was lost in the temple, readings, prayers and notices which showcased what each of the churches are planning in the run up to Christmas.
We all look forward to another opportunity to share together in worship and thank Kath and Charles Sugden for their hard work in organising and helping to lead what was a spiritually uplifting experience.
TEA DANCE—15th October
I would like to thank everyone who supported and helped in any way to make the Tea Dance such a success. 53 people at-tended on the day, many from my dancing club, for which I am very grateful. The church members who came all seemed to have a good time and joined in where they could, most dancing for the very first time. With donations, we manged to raise £500 towards the Roof Appeal fund.
(We are all very grateful to Deanna for organising such a successful event and also to all her friends and church members who came along and helped to raise such a magnificent amount. The Roof Appeal Fund has received a total of £53,329 so far.)
Members of the Congregation came together one afternoon for a photograph to help publicise our Roof Appeal. To find out more about the appeal and how to donate please see our leaflet by clicking here, or visit the Giving page.
HOLY TRINITY CHURCH ROOF APPEAL—
SPONSOR A SLATE!
If you haven’t had the opportunity to sponsor a slate for the new
roof then you can contribute as follows:
Please send your donation to the Treasurer, Holy Trinity Stapleton PCC, Parish Office, Church Hall, 23 Park Road, Stapleton, Bristol BS16 1AZ.
Cheques should be payable to ”Stapleton PCC”.
For debit or credit card donations please click here to see our giving page then click the relevant online giving button and follow the instructions.
Helpers Needed for Preparing and Serving Coffee and Tea
after the 10.30 am Service on Sundays.
We would like to be able to offer coffee and tea every Sunday but need more volunteers please to enlarge the rota. Even one Sunday every few months would help. You are not committed and duties can be changed with others if your date is inconvenient. Two people are needed for each Sun-day, so the more we have the more we shall be able to do.
Please contact the Parish Office if you can help or if you want more information about what is involved.
Would you like to help the Sisters?
Sisters Anneliese and Rosina of the Community of Sisters of the Church in Ashley Road have expressed thanks for the support they receive for their ministry to the homeless and disadvantaged people in the St Paul's area.
However, they are in need of more volunteers to help serve drinks to their callers and do back-room jobs like making sandwiches.
If you would be interested in applying to be a volunteer please contact Sister Anneliese on 9413268 or 07724717985
If you would like to register your interest for the next course please contact Kath Sugden via the Parish Office
The Work of our Pastoral Assistants at Holy Trinity
Working behind the scenes in a quiet, dedicated and caring manner, is a group of people from the church whose aim is: to try to be aware of the pastoral needs of our church family and the local community; provide pastoral support for their identified needs; to maintain a prayer network; to offer prayer ministry; to participate in further training when available and finally to support each other in achieving these goals.
At present, our Pastoral Assistants currently maintain contact with about thirty two households, and with three former Church members now in residential or nursing homes who are visited occasionally. The group visit those they have contact with when they are in hospital and offer lifts to hospital and other appointments, where appropriate. Home communion is taken and on occasions it is administered to the sick in their own home or in hospital.
Every November, they organise an annual Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving for the bereaved, at which candles are lit in memory of loved ones. This year about eighty people attended the service.
Following our Harvest Festival and Advent Gift Service, the group have been able to distribute gifts to about forty seven people. As in previous years, large parcels of food were also given to the Sisters of the Church in St Pauls, the Julian trust, The Wild Goose Café, and the Brandon Trust home. The Pastoral group are always very grateful for contributions and to members of the congregation who help pack and distribute the gifts. It is a valuable way of keeping in touch with elderly and lonely people in the parish and with the sick and recently bereaved. The thank you letters and messages received afterwards reflect their gratitude at having been remembered.
Apart from leading worship at the various residential homes in the parish, Prayer Ministry is available from the Pastoral Assistants and others after the 10.30 Sunday services.
Requests for prayer can be made to Angela through email by clicking here.
News from Stapleton Steeple
Bell ringers are a diverse bunch, drawing in children and adults from around 10 years to old age and with men and ladies in equal numbers. Stapleton's bell ringers are no different. We ring for Sunday morning services and weddings and we practice on a Wednesday from 7:30pm.
Bell ringing provides moderate exercise for both the body and the mind - it is much less strenuous on both than you might believe. We like to think we are a sociable bunch as well. Several times a year we spend a day visiting other towers for ringing and regularly team up with other bands to improve our ringing or for social events.
Our most recent trip was to the Swindon area where we rang at 5 different churches. We also have a steady stream of visitors and have recently welcomed ringers from around Redcliffe, Mangotsfield and Yorkshire.
For the more mechanically minded we maintain our own bells in the belfry. Stapleton's bells are beginning to show their age, regrettably accelerated by the poor repair of the steeple. We have managed to keep the bells ringing through self-help maintenance although a major refurbishment will be needed in the coming years.
Stapleton has a good band of ringers and we are always looking out for new recruits of any age. It takes only a few months to literally learn the ropes. This opens the door to a hobby and service to the church community that can last a lifetime. If you would like to learn more then please contact the Parish Office by telephone or e-mail to arrange a first visit to the steeple.
Editor's note: we thank Mike and his fellow band of Ringers for the pleasure they give to people in the parish and look forward to hearing more from him in the coming months.
At Holy Trinity we offer prayer ministry after every 10.30am service. This is open to anyone who asks. Just stay behind after the service and ask one of the ministers. Prayer can be for healing or any other personal need or on behalf of others and will be treated as confidential.
We also have a prayer time each month, specifically for the needs of the parish and individuals. It is on the 4th Tuesday of the month - October 26th this month in the Church Vestry.
Lots of people have found this ministry very helpful - as an unhappy young man said to a street pastor recently when he offered to pray for him "I know people who've had that prayer stuff and it really works".
If you would like prayer for any reason do let us know. The contact number is 0117 958 5556 or you can click here to e-mail
Stapleton News Parish Magazine
Why not take out a year's subscrition to our magazine?
It is only £4.00 a year and you get the magazine delivered to your door.
If you would like to subscribe for yourself, or as a gift, please contact the Parish office on 0117 958 5556 or you can click here to e-mail.
If you have any articles or events that you want to be included in the Parish Magazine you can now e-mail the details to the editor. Just click here for link.