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Church to re-open for Mass on Sunday 6th December.

CHURCH REOPENING FOR PUBLIC WORSHIP
We are pleased to let you know that the church will be reopening for public worship from next Sunday 6th December.
Everything has been done to make the church as Covid safe as possible.  We realise that not everyone will be able to return due to health and vulnerability and that others would not feel comfortable in returning to church at this stage so, if you have any concerns, please stay at home.  The relevant Government rule for areas in Tier 3 reads;
“places of worship remain open, but you must not attend with or socialise with  anyone outside of your household or support bubble while you are there, unless a legal exemption applies.”

Dawson's Steeplejacks complete the work on the tower.

Saturday 21st November saw local firm Dawson  complete the work on the tower to refurbish the lightning conductor. The picture below was taken by the team from the cross at the very top of the tower before they removed their access ladders! That's 30 m up by the way!!

Tuesday 24th November is the 80th Anniversary of Holy Nativity being destroyed!

80 years ago our church was destroyed by enemy action - Alex Prosser wrote in his book, "The First 150 Years" the following:-
"During the first heavy air raid on the City on Sunday 24th November, 1940, Holy Nativity was the first Church to be destroyed in Bristol. The bombs struck in the first hour of the air raid. The Tower, Clock and Bells
survived.
On the 1st December Fr Wynne preached from two texts:-
“Our holy and beautiful house is burned up and consumed by fire and all our pleasant things are laid waste.” (Isaiah lxiv., 11)
“The glory of the latter house shall be greater that the former, saith the Lord of Hosts…” (Haggai ii.,9)
The Restoration Fund was started immediately and good sums of money were subscribed. Many letters and messages of sympathy were received including those from The Bishop, who visited the Vicar on the
day after the disaster, Bishop Mounsey and Fr Seyzinger. Services were transferred to St Katharine’s and the House of Charity. The Reverend Mother arranged for the Convent Chapel and Vestments to be used on Sundays and Tuesdays. The congregation was also welcomed to the Daily Mass in the Convent."

Please look out for photos and other items to mark the event on our Facebook Page - Holy Nativity, Knowle.

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!

New Lockdown restrictions closes Holy Nativity until Sunday 6th December.

The new Government restrictions mean that the church will be closed for public worship for at least a month. There are some services that can go ahead such as Funerals and Live Streaming services but apart from that we will be closed until the beginning of December.

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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