Staple Hill Methodist Church Bristol

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Welcome to Aboseh's family!

Posted by maymorning on June 20, 2019 at 10:10 AM

We are delighted to welcome Aboseh's family to Britian and to Staple Hill.  He has been waiting for a long time for them to be able to join them from Cameroon, but in the end they came in a great rush, because of an administratice hiccup.  He has been joined by his wife Mojok, Aloys-West, their son, who is 16 years old; Eyole, their second son, is 12 years old, and Kuku, the youngest daughter is 6 (very soon to be 7!).  They have a grown daughter who is engaged to be married and will be moving to Bahrain.  This is a time both of great rejoicing and great upheaval for the whole family, and we pray we will be a support to them all as they adjust to their new cicrcimstances- not least the miserable weather we are eperiencing!


Many thanks to Ken Ladd

Posted by maymorning on April 25, 2019 at 2:45 PM

Our sincere thanks go to Ken Ladd who is stepping down as Joint Senior Steward -  28th April  is his last Sunday in that role! We are very grateful to Ken for all his hard work and dedication during his time as a Steward. Now we respect his need for a break, but we know he will continue to support the team as and when he is able.

The current Stewards Team, as from Sunday 5th May, is John Edwards and June Ladd (joint Senior Stewards), Pat Buck, Jacques Allomo, Anna and Danny Graham (job share!) and we welcome Charlotte Betts to the team. Our thanks go to the group of ex-Stewards who help out on a regular basis as vestry stewards.


Christian Women's Fellowship of Cameroon

Posted by maymorning on April 11, 2019 at 2:50 PM

We were delighted to welcome to church last Sunday the local group of the Christian Women's Fellowship of Cameroon, the homeland of our pastor Aboseh Ngwanga. The group included some men, and led our worship with dancing and singing, and delighted us with their lovely vibrant costumes.  We were very pleased that we happened to be having a church dinner that Sunday, at which they were able to join us. We look forward to many return visits.

New Round of Safeguarding Training

Posted by maymorning on April 11, 2019 at 2:50 PM

• Leadership ( Advanced)Training at Horfield Methodist on Tuesday, 21st May, 2019 from 9.30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Coffee/ tea, biscuits and a light buffet will be served. Church Safeguarding Coordinators are strongly advised to come to this.

• Foundation Refresher Course at Horfield Methodist on Saturday 25th May, 2019 from 9.30 a.m. to approx. 12.30 p.m. Tea/Coffee and biscuits provided.

Please contact John Shaw on 0117 9673443 or if you would like an application form


Our Christmas Concert, December 8 at 7.30pm.

Posted by maymorning on December 5, 2018 at 7:20 AM

Come and enjoy a Christmas Concert with a difference- The Howells Howlers invite you to "Come Tune your Cheerful Voice!".  A seasonal medley of carols and winter songs, joyous, tuneful and evocative- none of which you will hear in a "traditional" carol service, sung in the fine acoutics of this lovely Methodist church. Come and hear the true traditions of our ancestors! Tickets £8 on the door

Welcome to our new Lay Pastor

Posted by maymorning on October 28, 2018 at 11:05 AM

We are delighted to welcome Aboseh Ngwana from the Cameroon, as our new Lay Pastor, and hopefully eventual Minister.  Aboseh will initially be with us for 20 hours a week.   He has joined us from Aberdeen, where he has been for 4 years.  He arrived in Bristol late last night,  but was able to come along to say hallo this morning!  

Flower Festival Music in Bloom May 26-28

Posted by maymorning on May 10, 2018 at 1:40 PM

Do come along over the May Bank Holiday to visit our 2018 Flower Festival, Music in Bloom.  This lovely church will have refreshments, including home-made cakes, an evening Songs of Praise, and the wonderful colours and scents of floral displays in every nook and cranny.

Jean Hanmer

Posted by maymorning on March 6, 2018 at 7:45 AM

It is with great sadness that we record the death of Jean, on her 100th birthday on March 5th.  Her health had deteriorated quite rapidly, and she was too poorly to attend the church celebration on Sunday, although she insisted we go ahead without her.  Because her birthday celebrations were long planned, she had all her farflung family around her when she died, including 2 who had been stuck by the weather in Glasgow up until Sunday.  Jean had been a deeply felt presence at Staple Hill for many decades.  She (with her late husband, James) had strong principles and a strong personality.  Although she had inevitably been less active in recent years, she remained a regular attender at services and meetings.  She will be enormously missed.  Our thoughts and prayers are of course with her family members. 

100th birthday celebration!

Posted by maymorning on February 27, 2018 at 6:00 AM

We are delighted to be celebrating the centenary of one of our congregation this weekend.  Jean Hanmer has been attending the church for about 60 years.  She is still going strong, and will be 100 on Monday.  Jean was a leading figure in the local Folk House at Lincombe Barn in Downend Bristol, and will be celebrating on Saturday with her friends there, before hosting a lunch for her church friends after the service on Sunday, and then celebrating with her family on her actual birthday!  Jean was never one for taking it easy!  Jean has been an inspirational and much loved part of church life, and looks like being with us for some time yet!

Sadly, Jean bowed out gracefully on her 100th birthday.  She lived to recieve her telegram, and to urge her friends at church to celebrate her special luncheon, before passin away peacefully in the afternoon, surrounded by her family. It was characteristic of Jean to arrange things so neatly.  She was a lady of great character, and is much missed.

Retirement of Rev Jane Ashman

Posted by maymorning on October 24, 2017 at 7:50 AM

We have been very saddened by the loss of our Minister, Rev Jane Ashplant, who has been forced to retire through ill health.  We only had Jane with us for little over a year, and for much of that time she was battling health problems, but we were impressed by her kindness,  efficiency, dedication and good humour.  We are very sorry to have lost her, and pray that an enforced period of rest will lead to improved health. 

In the meantime, we are without a dedicated Minsiter.  Ministerial oversight is being given by Rev David Alderman, the Circuit Superintendent, who can be reached on; we still have the support of our excellent lay pastoral visitor, David King, and the day to day management of the church is being shared by our stewards, our church liaison officer, and other members of the congregation,