PARISH NEWS for week beginning 20/1/19


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Our community holds an Annual General Meeting. This is not a mere formality. It is the opportunity for us all as a parish community to meet together, to review the past year and to look forward to the new year. Our Community is seventy years old and growing. This means we have to plan for the future. Our Parish Council is charged with overseeing the management of our parish life. It is important to each one of us. For instance, do you know how many councillors we have? Do you know how much money our Parish receives and spends each year? Do you know how many activities and events we organize? Here is your chance to find out!

More than that, this is your chance to play an active part. Four of the eight Councillors stand down each two years in rotation That means there are four vacancies on the Council to be filled by election. ALL FOUR ARE OPEN to any member of the parish to stand for election. Might this be you?

Our Parish Annual General Meeting will be held after the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, 3rd. February 2019. Everyone will receive the Agenda by email. If you would like to put yourself forward for election, please email


This will be held at Brookwood, 12 noon arrival time, 25th of January. The invitation is open to all to come who wish and there will be an opportunity for all who attend to have a cup of tea with the Brotherhood afterwards.


The need for contributions to the Foodbank is as great as ever. Please continue giving.

In addition we have received this from the area organizer:

I know many of you have been waiting and asking about our new Household goods service. We are now getting geared up to launch our new Foodbank Homebank service and we are looking for the following donations to fill our cupboards. Please would you advertise to your church members? We’d really appreciate it.

We can take the following:

Items we can collect:

Fridges & Freezers less than 10 years old.

There is a £10 collection charge as these items are classed as hazardous waste by EU laws. Collection is limited to Tuesday morning and to a 10 mile radius.

Items you can drop off at our Social Justice Hub by arrangement:

Toasters, Microwaves, Small Heaters & Vacuum cleaners

Plates, bowls, mugs & cutlery (no sharp knives)

Baking trays, Ovenproof dishes, pans, kitchen utensils

Towels & Bath Mats

Sheets, pillow cases & duvet covers

Duvets, Pillows and blankets

Small lawn mowers

All items must be in good working order, in a clean condition without any tears, stains or other damage.

I am in progress with getting a donor leaflet ready, which will be sent out to your churches in due course.

Many thanks for your ongoing support.

:: Bristol North West Foodbank :: Registered Charity Number 1147727

:: Registered Limited Company Number 8089474 :: Registered in England and Wales

If you can offer any of these items, please act NOW and contact Robert (Botolph) Beavis either in church or by email.


Sunday, January 20th.
10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy followed by Parish Council Meeting Tone 1. Thirty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost.
Saturday, January 26th.
5.00 p.m. Choir Practice 6.30. p.m. Vespers
Sunday, January 27th.
10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy Tone 2. Thirty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost.
Friday, February 1st. 6.30 p.m. Vespers Eve of The Meeting of Our Lord in The Temple
Saturday, February 2nd. 9.00 a.m. Divine Liturgy The Meeting of Our Lord in The Temple
Sunday, February 3rd.
10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy Bring-and-share lunch followed by the Annual General Meeting of the Parish Tone 3. Thirty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost. Afterfeast of the Meeting of Our Lord in The Temple. Righteous Simeon the God-Receiver and Anna the prophetess.
Sunday, February 10th.
10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy Tone 4. Thirty-seventh Sunday after Pentecost. Gospel Reading: Zacchaeus
Sunday, February 17th.
10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy Tone 5. Sunday of the Tax Collector and the Pharisee St Mariamni
Saturday, February 23rd.
5.00 p.m. Choir Practice 6.30 p.m Vespers
Sunday, February 24th.
10.30 a.m. Divine Liturgy Tone 6. Sunday of the Prodigal Son

SOME SAINTS’ DAYS this week:
Sunday: St Euthymios the Great Monday: St Maximos the Confessor. St Agnes. Tuesday: Apostle Timothy of the Seventy Wednesday: Hieromartyr Clement of Ancyra Thursday: St Xenia of Petersburg, Fool for Christ.

Friday: St Gregory Theologian

Saturday: St Xenophon. David IV, King of Georgia (1125)“The Church in The British Isles will only begin to grow when she begins to venerate her own saints again”     (Saint Arsenios of Paros †1877)
So, this week we celebrate:
Sunday: St Brithwold of Wilton (Dorset) (1045) Monday: Tuesday: Wednesday: Thursday: Friday: Saturday: St Conon, Bishop of Sodor and Mann (648)


The Eastern Orthodox Church of the Nativity of the Mother of God, University Rd, Bristol BS8 1SP, registered Charity No. 290747, is a member Parish of the Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain, Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

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