St Mary's News WEEKLY NEWS – THURSDAY 7th OCTOBER

By Martin Gibson. Contact: mrtngibs@aol.com

Services Sunday 10th October: 9:30am Holy Communion led by Rev David Moss. 6pm Evening Service

Very sad to report the passing of Rev Ann Parker. Ann led services at St Mary’s on many occasions and latterly was the vicar in charge at St John’s Chapelry, Aust. Her funeral will be held on Friday 22nd at 2pm in Compton Greenfield.

Monday Movies. The next film showing is on Monday 18th. The Movie Club committee like to include films of social and ethical significance and this film is right at the top of the list. It is the story of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and how her courage and tenacity changed the course of history. All very relevant in this age of Black Lives Matter.

Last Saturday, Paul Harrod led the revived Refresh meeting in St Mary’s. There were 20 kids present enjoying the activities (and food!) together with 15 parents. It goes to prove that there ARE children in the parish whose parents want them to have a Christian upbringing – even if not in the format we older people understand! But they are the future – not us.

Hooray! Quiz night is back – it’s on Saturday 23rd October. Ticket price to include sweet and sour chicken is only £6. See Debbie for tickets – but they are going fast.

Olveston Parish Council opened the new play area at Old Down 10 days ago. The support was amazing with around 200 parents and children present.

Some of the new play equipment

An issue which the Parish Council is currently investigating is the stile on the footpath The Green, Olveston which leads behind Olveston Court. It is unusually high and there is a further drop on the West side. This makes it difficult to clamber over for both older people and dogs. It is a historic monument of sorts, so making it easier to traverse isn’t simple. Nevertheless some ideas have been put forward.

On the Greek Island of Paros is the second most important church in the Greek Orthodox movement. It was founded in AD 364 by St Helen whilst on her way to Jerusalem in search of the Holy Grail. In the 6th century AD, Ignatius, a student of Anthemius of Tralles, the Greek architect who built Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, restructured the church into its present design. It is told that, on completion, his master came to Paros, and was so jealous of Ignatius’ work that he threw him off the roof of the church – however, Ignatius grabbed the old man’s beard and they both plunged to their deaths.

And finally:

A wife got so mad at her husband she packed his bags and told him to get out. As he walked to the door she yelled, “I hope you die a long, slow, painful death.”

He turned around and said, “So, you want me to stay?”

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