By The Way Sept 2017




sunflower harvest north somerset

Last month I wrote about the way
plants grow and used sunflowers as an example. This month I take the subject of growth further into the theme of Harvest. End of September is usually when the churches – and the schools – celebrate Harvest. A joyful festival when the church is decorated with produce, that express the theme, and an opportunity for people to bring their gifts of food* as a way of saying ‘thank you’ to God for providing for our needs.

At the same time, we are made aware – if we aren’t already – of the struggles that many people face with poverty. For those who have not enough food to feed their families properly, for instance, it may be very difficult to be thankful. During this summer’s Holiday Club (organised by Churches Together), the children were encouraged to look at another side to this problem: wastefulness.

The theme ‘Waste Watchers’ helped them – and their leaders – to look at ways in which we can do better with the resources that we have and look after Creation. Recycling is one of them; another way is the willingness to share. Making something out of ‘nothing’ gives more satisfaction, as it encourages our creativity.

And if you can do this together with others or give things away, there is even more joy all around. This is just what Jesus said: ‘Whoever has two coats should share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do the same.’ (Luke 3:11). Whenever love is shared, it grows and God is seen in our hands and feet, doing things of love for Him.

Celebrating Harvest, then, may be as much of a challenge this year as it is a privilege and a joy. How can we best say ‘thank you’ to God? Is it through joining the celebrations in church, with a shared meal afterwards? I hope it is! Or is it also, perhaps, through looking out for our neighbour, who may be in need? I hope it is that, too.

Please join us for this year’s Harvest celebration in the Benefice, in St George’s Church, Easton-in-Gordano, on 24th September at 10am, followed by a shared meal. You will be most welcome.

And if you wish to share your thoughts and ideas for a creative way of giving thanks to God in being a neighbour to those in need, please speak to me or others. It is in sharing that God becomes visible. What a joy! What a harvest!

With love in Christ,


*non-perishables, that are distributed via the Foodbank.


Monday Morning Prayer and Wednesday Holy Communion

There are new weekday services at all our churches (see centre pages). The noon mid-week communion is timed so that if anyone wishes to bring sandwiches and stay for a chat and a tea or coffee or arrange a shared lunch (see p.6), they are most welcome.


Informal Ecumenical Prayer

Our Informal Ecumenical Prayer meeting is held in the Church Room at Christ Church. The next meeting is on Saturday, 2nd September at 9am.


Benefice Bible Study

You are most welcome to join our friendly Benefice Bible Study group.  We are starting our autumn programme this month and we shall be meeting at 8pm on Wednesday 13th September at Elizabeth White’s home 1 Newport Road and Wednesday 27th September at Chloe Clarke’s home at 20 Oak Grove.  We are studying Book 1 of the ‘Grow Stage’ of the Church of England ‘Pilgrim’ series of study booklets, based on the Creeds.  Please contact Jennie Baker on 373514 for information.  All welcome!


Party Time Sunday 3rd September 2.30pm to 5pm at Naish Cottage, Cuckoo Lane, Wraxall BS48 1PJ

A Bring and share event, so please bring food, drink plates, cutlery etc.

Bring friends, children and enjoy the garden, croquet, zip wire, swings, etc. or just relax and listen to the music. This is an opportunity to share fellowship and meet Astrid, our new Rector. Lifts will be available and an indication of numbers is helpful. RSVP by Monday 28th August to or 01275 372678.


Men’s Breakfast

Next Men’s Breakfast is on Saturday 7th October at 8am at Pill Methodist Church. Hear ‘Riding for Life’, by Mark Green, the Freewheelers’ emerge- ncy local voluntary courier service brings blood products to hospitals. Cost for full breakfast £3, please book your place with David on 01275 372678.


Quiz Night at Pill Methodist 

The Methodists have a quiz on Friday 8th September at 7.15pm. Teams, up to five, can be made up on the night.  Tea/Coffee and light refreshments provided and a raffle. Please come and join us.


Children’s Society Boxes

It is time to open the Children’s Society boxes again. If you have any pound coins in your box, please note old round coins need to be banked this month before they cease to be legal tender in October. If you bring your box to any morning service at Christ Church I shall be happy to empty it or I shall be in touch to arrange to pop over to empty your box for you. If you haven’t got a box, but could collect your loose change for the Children’s Society, I am happy to provide one for you, call Christina on 372790.


Covenant News

The Covenant AGM is on Monday 18th September at 7 for 7.30pm in the Pill Methodist Church; all welcome!


Christian Aid News

The Christian Aid committee is organising a fashion show to take place at St George’s Church Hall on Saturday 30th September at 7pm. The show will feature a range of high street clothes, suitable for women of all ages, which people can purchase at the end. Refreshments will be available, and your ticket price will include a glass of fizz! Tickets £10, available from Pill Post Office. We hope to raise lots of money for Christian Aid as this event replaces the street to street collection, which was becoming increasingly difficult.


Baptist News

Our Women’s Bright Hour group will be relaunching on Monday 4th September at 2.30pm, now at Miller’s Close day centre, then every Monday afternoon.  Sunday 10th September at 4pm, Café Church at Pill Community Centre. Plenty of free tea/coffee, home- made cakes, music, crafts.



St Mary the Virgin Portbury

Verger – Valerie Marshall

Tel 374201

Flower Rota

3rd September  Mrs Marshall

10th September  Mrs Marshall

17th September  Vacant

24th September  Benefice Harvest Festival & shared lunch at E in G


Church Services for September
Christ Church Pill St George Easton-in-Gordano St Mary Portbury
3rd September

12th Sunday After Trinity

10am Morning Worship MS 10am Parish Eucharist ATS


10am All Age Worship Team
4th September 9am Morning Prayer ATS  
10th September

13th Sunday After Trinity

10am All Age Worship Team 6.30pm Evening Prayer Team 10am Family Holy Communion ATS
11th September 9am Morning Prayer ATS
13th September Noon Holy Communion ATS
17th September

14th Sunday After Trinity

10am Family Holy Communion ATS 10am Family Service MS 8am Holy Communion ATS
18th September 9am Morning Prayer ATS
20th September Noon Holy Communion ATS
24th September

15th Sunday After Trinity

8am Holy Communion* ATS 10am Benefice Harvest Holy Communion ATS See St George
27th September Noon Holy Communion ATS
1st October

16th Sunday After Trinity

10am Morning Worship MS 10am Parish Eucharist ATS


10am All Age Worship Team
Abbreviations Used: * BCP; + by extension; H C Holy Communion; ATS Revd Astrid Tiesema-Samsom ; NW Revd Nick Williams; MS Margaret Samuel; Team – lay team at church.
Taizé and Christian Meditation Services: Christian meditation continues most Thursdays at 6.30pm at the Vestry at St Mary the Virgin, Leigh Woods. There is a Taizé service on 24th September at St Mary, beginning at 6.30pm. View


New Services at St Mary

Holy Communion on the 2nd Wednesday of month at noon followed by a shared lunch, Morning Prayer on the 3rd Monday of month at 9am (p 4-5).



Mrs Marshall & Miss Sackett


Open Churches/Buildings and Art Exhibition 7th – 10th September

St Mary’s are joining with other churches/buildings in the Gordano Valley to be ‘open’ from Thursday 7th –Sunday 10th September from 11am to 6pm. This year will also include an Art Exhibition where six artists will exhibit/sell their work. Tours of the church and the new Heritage Centre will be on Saturday & Sunday 2-5pm. Many documents regarding Portbury history are now stored there.  Refreshments will also be available.


Community Café

None in September, resumes on Saturday 7th October, 10am –noon in the Village Hall; usual stalls, cakes and breakfasts.


Wives Group

We start on Tuesday 12th September at 7.30pm with a ‘Tramps’  Fish & Chip Supper at 4 Caswell Lane, then on Tuesday 26th September ,7.30pm Alan Vowles is speaking on Bristol Police Strange Histories at 4 Caswell Lane.


St. Mary’s Harvest Service Sunday 1st October

All Age Worship will be followed by lunch in church at £5 a head, children free. Please call Valerie (374201) if you wish to come to help with catering.


Portbury WI

You are invited to join the Portbury WI on Tuesday 19th September at 

7.30pm in the Portbury Village Hall for an evening on the” History of the Rolling Pin” by Reg King. For more details, call Daphne Vise 01275 372644.


Christ Church Pill

Verger: – Maggie Robbins

Tel 374534

Soup and Chat at Christ Church

The Soup and Chat lunch continues to be popular and the dates for September are as follows: Monday, 4th September and Monday 18th September.  The cost of £3.00 includes soup, a bread roll and a piece of cake followed by tea or coffee.  For further details telephone Maggie Robbins on 01275 374534.


Christ Church PCC Meeting

The next meeting is on Tuesday 19th September at 7.30pm in the Church Room. Please let any PCC member know of any issues you need raising.


Christ Church Ladies’ Coffee Morning

The September coffee morning will be held on Tuesday 12th September from 10am until noon in the church room, home-made cakes on sale and a raffle.


Crib Festival

We intend repeating the Crib Festival at Christ Church this Advent, details to follow, have a look at


St George’s Easton in Gordano

Verger:- Ian Crichton Tel 372698


Easton in Gordano WI

On 6th September at 7.30pm we shall have a talk by Alan Freke on The Hidden History of Frenchay Hospital. We meet in St Georges Church Hall; visitors will be most welcome to this meeting. Also in September our Craft Group will meet on Tuesdays 12th and 26th at 10am in the Parlour, Church Hall.   Country Dancing will resume on Monday, 4th September at 2.30pm in the Church Hall.   Avon Fed. AGM is on 28th September – this is a ticketed event for WI Members.

Jan Robertson, Secretary, E-in-G WI

Church Flowers

3rd September                   Mrs Betts

10th September                Mrs Kelly & Mrs Willcox

17th September                Mrs Petty

24th September                Full Team (Harvest Festival)

The Church will decorated for the combined Harvest Festival on Friday 22nd after 2pm, we would be delighted if you would like to come and help. Fresh vegetables can be used in the display in the church; we would be pleased if you helped themselves to the various fresh vegetables after the service.


Church Cleaning Mrs Davis & Mrs Foster.


Combined Benefice Harvest Festival Service at St George’s

If you wish to bring gifts to the Harvest Service on 24th September we would be happy to distribute them to those charities which still accept such gifts, but please no fresh vegetables or fruit.


Revd. Victor Barley

Victor has conducted all of our 1st Sunday Communion Services during the interregnum and his final service was on 6th August. A presentation was made to Victor from the Benefice for his help; the congregation from St George’s contributed £100 in appreciation for his dedicated help. We have had a letter of thanks from Victor which we would like to share with you.

Thank you very much for your lovely words and your very generous gifts after the Service. Anthea and I were delighted to be able to join you during the Vacancy, and please convey our thanks to those who were unable to be at the service today – being involved in your lovely community was reward enough.  We were very touched by your “thank you” and will always remember the lovely welcome you gave us and enjoyable time with you.  As I said, we hope to be back with you when the occasion permits. With very best wishes, Yours ever, Victor


Monday Morning Prayer

Despite very heavy rain seven people supported the 9am Morning Prayer service at St George’s on 14th Augus,t it was well received by those who were there. The service lasted twenty minutes and we would be delighted to see you there if you can manage a service at this time of day. IC



Holy Matrimony
19th August Mark Davis to Stephanie Hill St George
Funeral ~,Service of Remembrance+ & Burial of Ashes*
29th July Richard Sydney Grey* St George
5th August David John Ford * St George


CONTACT DETAILS FOR THE EDITOR who is Donald Davies; e-mail:; tel: 01275 375127; post: 3 Star Lane, Pill, BS20 0AG


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