News

Polling Station opened at 07:00 this morning.

We had to be up early as the team wanted access from 06:00 am!! But sadly, yet again the car was still parked where the Returning Officer normally parks on the frontage.

Holy Nativity AGM & ACPM for 2021 - Sunday 23rd May after Mass.

Here are the documents relating to these meetings in .pdf format so that you can download them and participate even if you can be there in person.
Agenda 2021 - here.
Minutes from the 2021 Meeting here.
Kathy Gibbs, PCC Secretary

Fr Stuart back at Holy Nativity.

Great to see Fr Stuart Boyd back at Holy Nativity - Fr Stuart served his curacy at Holy Nativity.  He is looking after us while Fr Steve is on holiday. 

Scout Hut Site new houses close to completion.

The site of the old Scout Hut at the back of the church was sold off about 6 years ago for the development of housing. The town houses are nearing completion and are looking very special indeed.  Local councillor and one time Scout Leader, Chris Davis has got permission for a small plaque stating that the ground was where Fr Atchley, in the 1930's had paid for the erection of a Scout Hut for the Holy Nativity Scouts.

Fantastic Numbers view Easter Day Service!

Over 560 people viewed the Easter Day service from Holy Nativity. That is a fantastic number! Thanks to everyone who helped us open the church for public worship and the 50 people who attended in person.

Church reopened for Easter Sunday.

Fantastic attendance at church this morning with 50 people, 4 young people and a very lovely guide dog, all socially distanced, enjoying Mass on this very special day. What a symbolic day to be together as a worshipping community again. 
Special mention should be made of the exceptional work that Fr Steve has put in in Holy Week and during the last lockdown. The whole congregation are so grateful for your ministry.
The Churchwardens

May Reading Sheets available.

The reading sheets for April are available on the download resources page and here for download in .pdf format.

Kathy Gibbs - 36 years as Holy Nativity's Director of Music.

Congratulations to Kathy for completing 36 years today as Organist and Choirmaster at Holy Nativity Church, Knowle, Bristol. Sadly with Covid we are all missing the organ. 

Holy Communion (BCP) Sheet available.

This booklet has been produced for people who attend the  Live streamed Wednesday Mass which is in traditional language and uses the Book of Common Prayer (BCP).
Holy Communion BCP Sheet.

Morning and Evening Prayer booklets available.

Two new booklets are available to download to assist in saying Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer. They are in PDF format and can be printed out as a guide to saying these important services. They are below:-
Morning Prayer
Evening Prayer

Holy Nativity Churchwardens sworn in on-line today.

Nick Gibbs and Phil Goodfellow were sworn in as Bishop's Officers this afternoon in an on-line ceremony that has never been seen before. Normally we have to attend a church in the Deanery to be sworn in and the Archdeacon gives a formal charge. This year we had to give our affirmation via email and Zoom.
What a year!

Congratulations to New Churchwarden, Nick Gibbs.

At the Parish Meeting, Nick Gibbs was voted in as the new Churchwarden of Holy Nativity. Nick joins a long list of Wardens that have served our church over many years.
Nick writes, "I was Baptised in Holy Nativity church on Sunday 21st September 1958 by Cannon Wynne. I believe I was the second baptism in the 'new church'. My parents had asked whether I might be baptised during the Mass, but Cannon Wynne said there was no provision for this, however he agreed the baptism could immediately follow the 11:00 Mass.
At this time the family lived in a flat above the 'Mission of The Holy Redeemer' at No 147 Bath Road. My maternal Grandmother who lived at 98 Oxford Street was a regular worshipper at Holy Nativity from the 1920s, and naturally my mother followed her example with many years service as Sunday school teacher, education committee member and choir member. So there was always a strong family association with the church. 
As a child I can recall visiting my Grandparents in Bristol in the 60s, travelling up from Swansea by train, and on arrival at Temple Meads looking up from the station to see the green topped tower on the hill. We would often stay with Ken and Betty Cooke in Crowndale Road. (Ken was churchwarden for some years amongst other things and Betty was involved in a lot of church activities) so it was only natural that we would attend Holy Nativity during these visits. It always felt like visiting somewhere special. I also spent some half term holidays with the Cookes, and this would always involve either visits to church, or church related meeting being held in Crowndale Road.
Most family friends, whom my sister and I regarded as Uncles or Aunts, were nearly all contemporaries of my parents at Holy Nativity. One of my Godfathers was Michael Hodge, the other Ken Cuff, whilst my Godmother was Jean Stroud (the wife of Ernie Stroud who went on to be Archdeacon of Chelmsford). Family get togethers were always filled with the latest Holy Nativity stories and gossip. So although as a family we didn't return to live in Bristol until 1976 we never lost contact with the church or its people and clergy. 
One of the great joys whilst living away was attending the Glastonbury Pilgrimage each year, where old friendships were renewed and much fellowship took place amongst the ruins (and the Mitre in Silver Street) where the latest rumours of who, what, where and when were passed across the table!!
After we moved back to Bristol in 1976 my father Keith Gibbs became Church Organist at Holy Nativity, as was usual I joined his choir. When he moved on he was succeeded by Kathy, who has now been organist for 35 years, and so the association continues.
Both my children were baptised in Holy Nativity, as was Amelia, my Granddaughter.
Holy Nativity has always been a special place to me and I hope and pray it will continue to be so."

New Heating System for Holy Nativity

After 60+ years the PCC has agreed to change the out-dated and expensive heating system to a modern gas powered arrangement. The PCC have engaged UES, a local company to do the work and are hoping to start the contract in May 2021. Tim Clarke, the contracts manager with UES said, "This project is a challenge but we are confident that significant savings will result." Churchwardens Trevor King and Phil Goodfellow are acting as project managers for the church. Two high performance boilers will be installed and will be thermostatically controlled as well as remotely configurable via the internet, This will reduce our outgoing on Gas Oil, of over £9,000 per year quite considerably.

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