Archive for December, 2010

30
Dec
10

Please spread the word

The blog has now been up and running for a good few months.  But, for it to have maximum effect and value, we need to encourage people to subscribe.  Please do encourage people to use the blog and to submit information to be published.

In particular, if you know of people who struggle to attend church regularly, but still think of themselves as part of our congregation, do encourage them to use the blog as a way to stay informed of what’s on.

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30
Dec
10

Coming up in early 2011

There’s lots to look forward to in the first few months of 2011…

  • Understanding Other Faiths” – the parish intends to offer a series of visits to places where where people of other faiths worship.  There will be an introductory session at Church Cottage, Tettenhall on Tuesday 11th January, 7:30pm, followed by at least four visits.  For more information, please contact Rev’d Allen Roberts.
  • Jack and the Beanstalk” returns to Saint Paul’s!  Yes, pantomime rehearsals start in January and there will be four performances in February half term week – Thursday 24th (7:30pm), Friday 25th (7:30pm) and Saturday 26th (2:oopm and 7:00pm).
  • The Lent course, titled “Send Us Out“, is being specially written for Saint Paul’s.  Lent courses have been a regular feature in our church for many years.  The five week course will start in early March.  There will also be at least two other Lent courses around the parish, so do refer to your copy of “Journeying Together” for more information (if you don’t have your own copy, speak to Rich Cresswell or email us and we’ll make sure you get one).
  • Our parish adult confirmation course will run as two separate groups this year, to allow people to attend at a time that suits best.  One of the groups will be held at Saint Paul’s on Thursday evenings, starting 3rd March.  For more information, speak to Rich Cresswell or Greta Lowe.  Look out for flyers appearing in church soon.
  • Our church weekend away at Quinta will take place between 20th and 22nd May.  The theme for the weekend is “A message for everyone“.

More information on all these will be available through your notice sheet and this blog.

24
Dec
10

Crib Service

Our Christmas Eve crib service was really well attended – we had shepherds, angels and wise people, not to mention the innkeeper and his wife!  Of course, Mary, Joseph and Jesus were there too.

18
Dec
10

Christmas wishes from Jill Warren

Jill Warren was curate at Saint Paul’s up to 1994.  She writes…

Thanks Richard for inviting me to send a Christmas message. It’s quite a while since we left Pendeford, but memories are sweet – especially of the pantos, though I can’t remember my lines (no change there then). My hair has now gone white and has to be painted. Rich has lost all but a few strands of his and we are to become grandparents, God willing, in May – Kate and Darren expect their first child, so we are all very excited. Richard has retired but is working part time (3 days a week) at St Peter’s, and we have just moved to Albrighton, Boningale and Donington. I was switching on some Christmas lights here a couple of weeks ago and bumped into 2 old friends from St Paul’s, Dawn and David; lovely to see them and catch up on thier news. Congrats on your fab website and on all the good stuff going on a St Paul’s. Have a wonderful time in the tinsel tunnel and may God’s blessings abound. With love, Jill Warren (and Richard) Class of ’94!!

09
Dec
10

Christmas Day and Boxing Day

Our Christmas day communion service will be at 10:30am.  The service will take a shorter form than our usual Sunday service.

On Boxing Day (Sunday 26th December), there will be a simple spoken communion service in the chapel.

09
Dec
10

Christmas Eve – What’s on

This year we have two services on Christmas Eve.

The first is a Crib Service, aimed at children of all ages.  For this short service, starting at 4pm, we are encouraging everybody to come dressed as a shepherd, angel, wise man or sheep (it’s not compulsory, but who can’t rustle up a tinsel halo or a simple headdress from a teatowel and some string?!).
Rich Cresswell is looking for a few children, aged up to 8, to play non-speaking roles in the service.  At the time of writing this blog, he’s still looking for a Joseph, an angel and someone to carry a star.  Please do speak to Rich if you know someone who would like to take part.  Emails to info@stpauls-church.org.uk will reach him.

Our annual midnight communion service will start at 11:30pm.  There will, of course, be lots of candles!  Hot drinks will be served in the Oasis before the service (from 11pm onwards).

09
Dec
10

Carol Service – Sunday 19th December

This year, our annual service of lessons and carols will be on Sunday 19th December at 6:30pm.  This service is a great opportunity to invite friends and family along to Saint Paul’s.  All are welcome.