By: Martin Gibson. Contact:

Services Sunday 30th May: 9:30am Holy Communion led by the Ven Neil Warwick, Archdeacon of Bristol. 6pm Evening Prayer with Rev David Moss.

After the Morning Service of Holy Communion, last Sunday, a plant and produce sale was held both in the church and outside. Despite the weather, a goodly number of suppliers and buyers turned up to snap up the flora and cakes. A total of £300 was raised to support Christian Aid Vaccines For All. Many thanks to everyone who helped in every way.

The APCM was held in St Mary’s last Sunday following the evening service. Debbie Harries and Martin Gibson were re-elected churchwardens and Janet McBride was voted onto the PCC (previously she had been a co-opted member). Paul Harrod resigned from the PCC.

Martin was also elected to join Sue Farr as Deanery Synod representative.

David Prothero, Treasurer, gave a detailed report on the finances of St Mary’s. He anticipates a loss of around £6,000 for the coming year. This means that our parish share will be reduced by a corresponding amount.

The Trustees Annual Report was presented by Rev David Moss. He thanked the Treasurer and all those who had contributed as well as especially thanking our Secretary, Bernard Amos, for compiling all the reports. Michael Kirby and Mike Wright were thanked as well, for their efforts in regular giving and fund raising.

A separate Churchwardens’ Report for the year was also available. This concentrated mainly on the effects of Covid 19 on worship during 2020.

Under Any Other Business, a number of questions were raised about the suspension and ongoing absence of Rev Steve Oram. Strong criticism of the Diocesan investigation procedure was mounted. The Rev David Moss was unable to answer any of the many questions asked as he too was excluded from the procedure. He did, however, say that the Archdeacon would be attending St Mary’s this coming Sunday and parishioners could address him in person.

And finally:

A large number of men arrived at the Pearly Gates one day. St Peter surveyed them all and said “As you know, according to the Bible, men are the head of the household, so I want you to form two queues: all the men who found that their wives were actually the head of the house, please stand on the right. And all those who considered themselves the boss, please form a queue on the left.”

Much to the amazement of St Peter a long queue formed on the right. Just one man was standing on the other side. St Peter went over to him and said “You are the only man who was the head of your household. What are you doing here?”

The man replied “My wife told me to stand here.”