By Martin Gibson. Contact: mrtngibs@aol.com

The Bishop of Bristol, Rt Rev Vivienne Faull, is leading our Palm Sunday service this weekend.

Important things to remember: It is a 9:30 start (this time will be constant for all weekly services for the foreseeable future). AND don’t forget that the clocks go forward on Saturday night which means you will lose an hour’s sleep. Holy Communion will be held in the Chancel. Martin & Debbie will be your guides. The service has been organised by the Rev David Bone and service sheets will be on the pews. Don’t forget your face mask.

On the subject of pews, and hence, seating, we will be exercising a greater duty of care than normal. It will be the first time a normal service has been held physically in church since the end of last year. Extra sidespersons will be on duty and we implore you to observe 2 metres social distancing at all times.

The next service is on Good Friday 2nd April starting at 2:00pm Then there is our Easter Day service – 9:30am start once more. The charismatic Archdeacon of Bristol, the Ven Neil Warwick is preaching.

As most people will know by now, our much loved Assistant Vicar, Rev Steve Oram, cannot be with us for the next three months. The PCC continues to support Steve both financially and spiritually. We have been asked to limit our contact with him during this time but he can always be in our prayers.

Tower Appeal. The total required has nearly been reached but further donations will always be welcome. Once the work has been completed a permanent record will be created of all those who have supported the appeal. It is hoped that work will commence within the next month.

Parish Council News: plans to renew the play area equipment at Old Down are moving forward. A grant has been approved for the removal of the rotted fencing surrounding the site and to provide a new path from the pavilion to the play area. This will make life easier for Mums & Dads pushing prams and buggies. A grant application for the new equipment itself will be submitted at the end of this week.

The Parish Council owns the quarry on Old Down Hill. 30 years ago a group of local residents helped to make the site more accessible and also carried out tree and flower planting. Today, this quiet area of the parish is under review once more. The main problem is whether or not it is safe for everyone as there are steep steps and slippery slopes.

And finally:

Definitions from church life

AMEN: The only part of a prayer that everyone knows.

PEWSHEET: Your receipt for attending Matins.

HYMN: A song of praise usually sung in a key two octaves higher than that of the congregation’s range.

RECESSIONAL HYMN: The last song at Sunday morning worship, often sung a little more quietly, since most of the people have already left.

JONAH: The original ‘Jaws’ story

PEW: A medieval torture device still found in some churches.

PROCESSION: The ceremonial formation at the beginning of a formal Sung Eucharist, consisting of the vicar, the verger, choir and late parishioners looking for seats.

SIDESMEN: The only people in the parish who don’t know the seating capacity of a pew