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


A generous grant towards major repairs to the side aisle roofs to prevent damp penetration into the church interior walls and ceilings was received from The Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund. Grateful thanks to them.

St Marys Blog

Repairs to our lovely church building started in mid-February;

the scaffolders and builders are now grateful for some drier and warmer weather to continue their work. For most of March they battled against heavy wind and rain working on the north side where the sun never shines. They have now started on the south side, where, if the sun is shining they benefit from it for most of the day. If the weather is kind and all goes well we hope that the project will be completed early in May.

So what are they doing? For some time it has been evident that rainwater was finding a way inside to the side aisles at roof level – the lower flat roofs. More than one inspection of the roof asphalt covering revealed no splits or holes that could be the cause. Expert analysis by our architect and builder identified the problem as cement mortar pointing, which had been applied during some earlier maintenance and it had started to develop small cracks allowing rainwater to seep into the wall and be trapped. (Cement mortar does not breathe!). Over time the wall has acted like a sponge and the resulting damp appeared on the inside. This has now been rectified by repointing in lime mortar which allows the wall to dry out between periods of wet weather. This makes me think about the craftsmen who centuries ago built churches and cathedrals to the glory of God. They knew all about lime mortar, not easy to work with but it was the right material to use on lofty stone walls.

None of this work is without huge cost so we are grateful to the Listed Places of Worship Roof Fund for awarding us a grant to cover most of the work. The remaining one third of the cost has been paid through your generous donations at our Gift Day in 2014 and by your support for our Church Fayres and social events. This sort of work is a little like painting the Forth Bridge – it never ends. We shall be most grateful for your continued support to help keep St Mary’s in good condition.

Our Summer Flyer is now available giving details of all the fundraising and fun activities during the summer. Do pick up a copy in church.

Many thanks to you all.

Roger Derrick.   Churchwarden