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


Don't forget our Pancake Party for Shrove Tuesday is on 9th February, 10am - 12 noon. There will be pancake races and competitions and, of course, pancakes with your coffee - a great time for everyone and it's the school holidays!

St Marys Blog

I read that a Moroccan city is being powered at night by solar energy, thanks to salt!

The newly-opened plant at Ouarzazate harnesses the Sun's warmth to melt salt to 500C. The salt holds its heat and powers a steam turbine in the evening.

How do you do it? The first step is to find a desert, add some sunshine, then install some curved mirrors, half a million of them, and tilt them to catch the sun’s warmth and focus them on an oil filled tube. The hot oil generates steam to make electricity. But at night when there’s no sun, what then? Well, using warmth from the mirrors you melt salt and heat it to more than 500C. The salt stays hot enough to make power for 8 hours a night. Clean, thermal solar power that’s catching on fast in hot countries.

Salt to make light and light that’s so important to us. The bible talks about salt and light. In Matthew’s Gospel it says ‘You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.

‘You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.  We should be bringing light to those in darkness in whatever ways we can and we should be the ‘saltiness’ the flavouring that makes things better.

There is much darkness in the world – wars, poverty, abuse, marginalisation, lack of education, oppression – and sometimes our world seems very bland. Where can each of us make a difference? We can’t change the whole world but if every day we could bring light to one person it would have a huge effect. And maybe it would catch on fast everywhere!

Best wishes

Tony Sawyer