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What exactly is this thing called "Love"?

Updated: Jul 15, 2022

Dear All Saints and St Marys

Welcome to all who are new to our churches and I hope that everyone new and old (and anywhere in between) finds something in our worship this week that will inspire, delight and challenge.

Café Church on Sunday at All Saints is a chance to come together and examine the Christian faith in ways which are relevant today. Taking some wisdom from a book by Graham Tomlin we are looking a bit more closely into “What is love exactly? And Why Love isn’t and is all that we need!”

There is a quote that struck me from the book:

If we know that we are loved, we can somehow cope with almost anything. If we feel ourselves to be unloved or unlovable, even the greatest riches, successes or triumphs can seem hollow

Drawing on deep biblical wisdom allows us to explore what love means in different shapes and sizes, how being loved or knowing of Gods love can be transformative and life giving, and can be the rock on which many have stood to bravely to weather and marvel at the storms of life. Cafe Church begins at 10.30am with coffee and tea and a bite to eat so we have a chance to meet and get to know each other.

St Marys has a fully sung Holy Communion and there is St Marys Kids – a Sunday school for 4+ - allowing parents a chance to worship in the main service and children to have an age appropriate bible story, craft and fun.

There is also a said Holy Communion for early risers at All Saints at 8am

Part of our witness to Christ and service to community and neighbour are the different ways in which we support people in Fishponds. On Tuesdays and Thursday afternoons in the summer holidays we are hosting families and children at the All Saints Family Café. We need people to help in a variety of different ways from welcoming people, playing games and making crafts to helping with the food preparation and service. If you would like to do this over the summer then please fill in the google form here: Volunteer Role Application Form



All Saints

Holy Communion


St Marys

Sung Holy Communion with St Marys Kids


All Saints

Café Church – “Why Love is and isn’t all you need”

We have worship as well as groups that meet during the week as follows – please pray for Rev'd Diane who is to be ordained priest on Sat 2nd July in this benefice and also Sarah Heywood and Sharon Gleed who will be ordained deacon on Sunday 3rd July.


Tuesday 28th


St Mary's

Music for Toddlers

Wednesday 29th


All Saints

Celtic Morning Prayer

Thursday 30th


St Mary's

Holy Communion

Saturday 2nd


Bristol Cathedral

Rev'd Diane to be ordained Priest

Sunday 3rd


All Saints

Holy Communion


St Mary's

Holy Communion

No 10am Service at St Mary's.

You are invited to Bristol Cathedral at 10.30am to witness Sharon Gleed and Sarah Heywood to be ordained Deacon

Attached here are the Roots material.

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I leave you with some challenging words from CS Lewis about love to reflect on this week

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”


Revd Lizzie (Vicar)

Revd Lizzie Kesteven

Vicar of All Saints Church and St Marys Church, Fishponds

Interim Co Area Dean of Bristol City Deanery

Advisor for Spirituality for Bristol Diocese

0117 9650856


26th June 2022 Email Notice Sheet
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St Marys Notice Sheet 26th June 2022
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