A new Vicar for St Matthew’s!

We are delighted to announce the appointment of our new Vicar, the Revd. Marcus Nelson, currently Assistant Curate at St Andrew’s Church, Plymouth. We are greatly looking forward to welcoming Marcus, Della, Bethany, Noah and Elijah and their forthcoming baby to St Matthew’s in a few months’ time.

Marcus & Family

Marcus writes:

We are so excited to be moving to Bristol and to be able to join your church family at St Matthews.

We’ll try and introduce ourselves to give you a little idea of who we are. We’re quite an international family; with Marcus being born and brought up in Northern Ireland and Della in South Africa. Marcus came to know and love Jesus Christ as his Saviour as a small boy, Della as a teenager at a big youth event in Belfast. We met while at Queens University Belfast playing Volleyball; Della (being the clever one) was studying Engineering. Marcus always felt strongly that he was being called by God the Father to be a preacher and to serve His church, but wasn’t convinced and so studied Law just in case! After graduating Marcus worked as a Lay Assistant for a year at All Souls, Langham Place London and Della as a Youth Worker in Devon.

We were married in Della’s home town, Port Shepstone on the east coast of South Africa the following year. We worked together in a small rural parish in Devon for the next four years; with young people, in Dartmoor Prison as well as teaching and preaching. Studying Theology in preparation for Ordination at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford was a fantastic time and it was there that Bethany and Noah were born.

The last four years have seen us serving a Curacy at the Minster Church of St Andrew Plymouth, a time of real growth and development for us personally and spiritually. Elijah was born two years ago, and number four will God willing also be born in Plymouth at the end of May.

We love spending time with people, eating, watching films and talking about Jesus. We would love to do all kinds of sports but really have no time these days with children. We are hoping that one day soon we will be able to take up badminton, squash and table tennis again and for our children to be able to thoroughly beat us! Bethany and Noah in particular are very excited about moving to Bristol and love zoo animals. They can’t wait to make lots of new friends.

We are so delighted to be able to come and serve you in Jesus’ name and join in all the exciting things that are already happening, and are very much looking forward to meeting you personally very soon.

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Holy Communion

Unless a Seed Dies (Palm Sunday)
Leader & President: Revd Dr Minty Hull
Speaker: John Swainston
John 12:12-16Open Link in New Window, John 12:20-32Open Link in New Window & Galatians 5:13-26Open Link in New Window

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Reader 1: Heather Cressy
Reader 2: Andrew Wood
Intercessions: Ruth Rimmer
Prayers: Val/Cliff Jeal
Sound: Jane B
Projector: Rick P

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Easter Picnic

Ashton CourtA time together at Ashton Court.

Meet on the front forecourt of the house outside the café; bring a picnic and a hard boiled egg.

Open to all.

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Sunday Evening Prayers

As next Sunday (29th March) is the fifth Sunday in the month there is no Sunday Evening Prayer Meeting. There will not be one on Easter Sunday either, so the next meeting will be on Sunday April 12th at 6.30pm.”

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