If the past is a foreign country, Pip n Jay has recently had a visa approved in the form of the Discovery team. On Saturday the 14th of May, the Treehouse Room hosted the inaugural meeting. Having delved into the depths of our extensive archives, Tim Browne led the group in exploring the various historical sources that have been brought to fresh light. We managed to look at maps of the site, accounts from former Clergy and images of the church from the post war era. A particularly interesting find was a tithing record from 1847, which included a weathered linen map of the Parish which showed the oat, wheat and barley tithes taken during the year.
Adrian, Jan, Meryl, Maureen and Mick were all in attendance and found ample food for thought in the themes of our Parish story. We sketched three main areas of research: The Church in the City, The Church in History and The Church in Faith. Within our remit we found the City Walls, mission donations from the 18th century and hatchments aplenty. We hope to create several displays that inform the current story of our church, and the direction we go in next.
The team are keen to ensure that, whatever we dig up, the truth of the Lord and the message of Christ are at the centre of what we produce. One thing is very clear: we have an immense tradition of faith and service within the walls of St Philip and St Jacob's. Our story now is the same story of love, prayer and worship that has survived the years since the foundation. Future plans include braving the dust mites of our archives, walking the ancient walls of Bristol and creating a timeline for the church. The meeting ended in prayer, and the team would certainly appreciate being remembered before the Lord as we beat on, ceaselessly into the past.
We still have plenty of room in the Discovery Team for budding historians; if you have an interest please email firstname.lastname@example.org or speak to Tim Browne.