St Mary's Church Shirehampton

Services at St Mary's
Tuesday - Friday mornings 9.00 - 9.30am
Morning Prayer in the Lady Chapel

Thursday morning 11.00 Said Service of Holy Communion

Sunday morning
8.30am - 9.30am  ‘Kid’s Klub’ (For children and families - Breakfast and a short service)
10.00am - Holy Communion (with a crèche for under 4’s)(Last Sunday of the month Family Service, Baptism Service)

Sunday evening services: Last Sunday of each month - 6.00pm Healing Holy Communion


We are looking for a new Priest-in-Charge. All the information is available on our website page (see below)

St Marys Blog

What should we do? …

That’s a question we often ask ourselves isn’t it? When we have a decision to make, when we’ve made a mistake, when we’ve lost contact with someone, when someone has hurt us …. What should we do? In the bible people ask just the same question of John the Baptist. If they are to behave in a loving, Christian way, what should they do? He wants them to be loving, giving, sharing people. But it’s hard to change, to do, to be different in a world of excess and power.

Children still like the stories of Winnie-the-Pooh. But Pooh bear can be a bit at the mercy of his surroundings. For example, in one story, Pooh bear comes down the stairs bump, bump on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin. It is, as far as he knows, the only way of coming downstairs, but sometimes he feels there is another way if only he would stop bumping for a moment and think of it. In the same way, many of us go through life, bumping our heads against the brick walls of our own problems and despair wondering how we might change, but never quite succeeding in that change. Many of us are our own Pooh bears not enjoying life, but not knowing how to change it. We go along hurting ourselves wishing something would change, but not stopping long enough to think about how we might change it. Or to take it a step further, how our faith means we might change it for other people.

There is a lovely quote: When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'Lord, I used everything you gave me'. Wouldn’t that be good? To say to God that we used everything he gave us – not only the physical things, our behaviours, our care, the outworking of our faith.

Inside us we often know what we ought to do, the difficult part is doing it! We know we can’t change the world overnight but we can change one thing to make life better for one person and if we all do it, what a difference it will make. Even doing one thing isn’t easy but maybe it could be our target for this week!

Best wishes

St Mary’s Leadership Team