Break the chain International Woman’s Day

08 Mar

Exuberant dancers of all ages and conditions filled Bucky Doo Square as part of International Women’s Day to ‘Break the Chain’ of violence against women worldwide.  The statistics are staggering and depressing.  One in three women worldwide will be beaten or raped in their lifetime and the conditions that cause such violence are deeply rooted […]

Flipping pancakes!

04 Mar

Folks from our local churches and passers by dropped into Church House over lunchtime on Shrove Tuesday to enjoy delicious hot pancakes with sweet or savory fillings.  The kitchen crew were kept very busy as the hungry hordes gathered.  Donations were greatfully received to help fund holidays for local families at a hotel in Sidmouth […]

Unsung heroes

01 Mar

John Martin Nicholls with our Christian Aid team. He was funny, he was challenging, he was prophetic and he sang and played well!    Over 60 people enjoyed a visit from Exmouth based but worldwide working singer/songwriter John Martin Nicholl at St. Mary’s, Bridport recently.  John’s ‘unsung heroes’ were people he has met in his […]

End Hunger Fast Campaign

28 Feb

Britain is hungry. Half a million people used food banks in the last year. Charitable support programmes are rapidly expanding but nonetheless a quarter of families are shrinking portion sizes. 5,500 people were admitted to hospital for malnutrition last year No one should go hungry in Britain. More and more people are just one unexpected bill away […]

Storms hit West Bay

15 Feb

The unrelenting storms of the first part of 2014 hit West Bay, part of the Bridport Team on several occasions.  The storm that hit during the night of 14/15 February was particularly bad as it was combined with high tide.  The waves broke over the top of the harbour causing the late-night evacuation of several […]

Unique Event at St. Mary’s!

10 Feb

On Saturday 8th February there was surely a unique event in the 850 year history of St. Mary’s church.  The New Elizabethan Singers were performing Karl Jenkins’ ‘The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace’.   The concert marked the beginning of  a busy year of events to commemorate the beginning of the Great War in […]

Chip off the old block.

17 Jan

A group of students from Weymouth College (at Poundbury) visited St. Mary’s in Bridport recently.  The students are learning to become stone masons and were looking at the variety, styles and techniques used by masons of generations ago when making headstones and stone memorials.  The burial ground around the church has headstones and box tombs […]

New Elizabethan Singers concert.

07 Jan

St. Mary’s is happy to be hosting the latest concert by our local New Elizabethan Singers.  This time the choir are performing Karl Jenkins’ ‘The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace’.  This is a demanding and thrilling piece and will include a call to prayer by an Imam from a mosque in Bournemouth.  Tickets will […]

Cupboard Love at Christmas

19 Dec

Times are tough for some Bridport folk at the moment and Cupboard Love is an initiative of the Bridport Team for a helping, loving hand to families and individuals who need a little bit of extra support and TLC to see them through.   Volunteers gathered to help pack hampers of food for Christmas one […]

‘Blue Light’ Carol Service

17 Dec

Our annual carol service for members of the Emergency Services and Health Care professionals in the town was very well attended.  Worshipers were greeted with the dramatic scene of a police motor bike with lights flashing as they walked along the dark path to church.  Among those attending was Commodore Rupert Best, Deputy Lieutenant of […]

Sweet bells ……sweet Christmas bells

09 Dec

The folks who attend our Xalt service sat down to a scrumptious High Tea recently at the end of their worship ‘Songs of Power and Praise for Advent.’  There were readings from the Old Testament, modern meditations and the story of Clem the Clumsy Camel.  To eat there were mounds of delicious food and lashings […]

2017 Annual Report to PCC

04 Dec

Team Rector’s Annual Report to PCC – March 2016 to April 2017 (download PDF here) The period 2016-17 has been a busy time for the Team as a whole. With this in mind, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been involved in the exercise of our mission and ministry over […]

Advent-agious activities!

30 Nov

The season of Advent has got off to a very busy start.  On Saturday 30th November children gathered in Church House in Bridport for a fun-filled morning of craft activities that included making decorations for a Christmas tree and seasonal table decorations.  In the afternoon there was a ‘Messy Christmas’ for children in the village […]

Remembering loved ones we see no more.

26 Nov

Around this time the Team invites all those families who have lost loved ones during the year to a special service of thanksgiving and commemoration.  The first Christmas after the death of a friend or family member is especially poignant. The five candles in the foreground of the picture are lit for Love, Joy, Memories, […]

The Archbishop’s Christmas 10%

22 Nov

How much will you spend on Christmas this year?  Get a pen and a bit of paper and jot down your estimate. Surprised? Horrified?!!! The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has said it would be ‘wonderful’ if people gave a tenth of their Christmas shopping budget to their local food bank.   That’s ten pounds […]

Bishop Graham’s wonderful paintings

21 Nov

Bishop Graham Kings, Bishop of Sherborne,  came along to St. Mary’s on Wednesday 20th November to begin a series of talks from visiting speakers on the theme of ‘Art Reflections’.  His chosen theme was  ‘Annunciation’ (when the Archangel visited Mary to tell her that she would carry God’s son).  To illustrate his talk Bishop Graham […]

Happy Birthday, Munch Club!

25 Oct

Happy Birthday, Munch Club! There were so many at the party, we couldn’t get them all in the photo!  It’s great to think that Munch Club, held each Friday at Church House from 12.30 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. is celebrating its third birthday.  Around 60 Mums & Dads carers and preschoolers enjoyed their usual delicious […]

Congratulations to St. Mary’s VC School

24 Oct

Many congratulations to Headteacher Mrs. Farmer, staff, governors and of course pupils at St. Mary’s School on their recent really positive outcomes from an OFSTED inspection. It confirmed the school was ‘Good’ (I think it’s outstanding in so many ways, actually). Given that the ‘goalposts’ are changed so often nationally for our schools these days it’s sometimes […]

An amazing generation

18 Oct

The generation who were young during the Second World War are fast leaving us.  It has been fascinating to have met many through my work as a vicar and my very great privilege to have ministered to them in their final days and at their funeral services.  Two examples from just the last seven days.  […]

Past Reports

08 Oct

Team Rector’s Report January 2014 The Christmas season was as busy as always. Numbers attending worship overall were a little down on last year.  In part, this was due to the very poor pre Christmas weather and the fact that many of the regular congregations seemed to be away.  There was the full range of […]

Thank God for the Church of England

08 Oct

My View by Mary Ann Sieghart – Thank God for the Church of England The Church of England couldn’t hope for a better enemy than Richard Dawkins. Puffed-up, self-regarding, vain, prickly and militant, he displays exactly the character traits that could do with some Christian mellowing. In fact, he’s almost an advertisement against atheism. You […]

Cupboard Love

03 Jan

Cupboard Love In recent months, we’ve become aware of the social needs of two quite separate sections of our community here in Bridport: homeless men and mums with young children. As prices in the shops continue to rise and the cuts in benefits and jobs bite, the problems faced by the most vulnerable in our […]