Magazine March 2019

David Bishop Profile

Sharon and I are looking forward to joining everyone in the Stroudwater Benefice, exploring the local communities and getting to know the people who live there.

I have been a Priest for almost 16 years, and prior to that I worked for the Halifax and the Civil Service.  My training was at St John’s College Nottingham, I served my Curacy in Derby before moving to Brownhills where we have ministered for the last 11 ½ years.

Sharon is a Speech and Language Therapist at Ruskin Mill College, Nailsworth, having completed her training at Birmingham City University in July 2018.  She was a Primary School Teacher and SENCo (working with the children with additional needs) until 5 years ago.

We both love to walk and cycle, visiting the Theatre, visiting historic properties and going out for meals (as well as the odd takeaway!)  Football is an interesting topic in our household as I follow Bristol Rovers and Sharon follows the other one (Bristol City)!  I also enjoy war-gaming at the local wargames club – which has been a long-term hobby of mine.  I am partial to the odd glass of cider and am happy to talk Rugby Union as a fan of Bristol Bears.

Sharon enjoys music, craft (especially cross-stitch and card-making) and reading.  As a Civilian Instructor in the Air Training Corps, Sharon teaches First Aid and supports the teaching of other subjects and activities.  She also delivers a Young Leaders Award course which means that she works away for several weekends a year.

Our faith is central to our lives and we love to see God in creation as we walk and cycle.  We are both involved with New Wine, having attended the Summer Conferences at Shepton Mallet and Newark, Retreats and other worship/teaching events.

David will be living in the vicarage in Stonehouse and his licensing will take place on Tuesday 23rd April at 7.00pm at St Swithun’s, Leonard Stanley.


Operation Christmas Child 2018

Results :

10,623,776  Gift-filled shoeboxes

Sent to 112 Countries and Territories

4303 sent from Glos. To Romania

‘Thank You All’


June  Dolphin


Calling All Children

For Mothering Sunday I would like to invite all the children to come to my home on Saturday 23rd March at 2.00pm to make a Simnal Cake.  Children of all ages welcome.

6 Crescent Road, Bridgend.  GL10 2AN  

Telephone 01453 826797 or mobile 0778 490 2822

With love Glenis


Church Electoral Roll.

Every six years, we have to create a new electoral roll of church members. 2019 is the year.

There will be forms to fill in at the back of church. These should be handed to Colin Matthews (Electoral Roll Officer for the PCC), or to me.

It is a requirement we have a record of all church members. Only people on the roll are allowed to vote at the annual meeting, this year held on Sunday 28th April after the 9:30am service.

The current roll is on the notice board inside the north door. All on the old roll will be contacted, either in church or by post. Colin already has quite a few completed forms.

Don’t delay; sign up today!

Richard Hensley