Archive for November, 2011


Prayer for the week – “Steps”

This has been the final week of STEPS for this year so what have we learnt?

Jesus is the light of the world, whose love brings colour into our lives, who wants us to live life to the full, whose light shines within us, who helps us when we call out to him, whose promise is true, who guides each step we take, who says to each one of us “follow me”.

Steps prayer

Faithful God, walk wiyh us and guide our steps along the path of life.
Help us to learn from our past experiences and the things we have already done.
Open our eyes to new horizons, our minds to new ideas and our hearts to your love.
Support us when we stumble, protect us from danger and bring us safely to you when our journey ends.
We ask this in Jesus’ name.


Photo opportunity

If you would like your portrait taken before Christmas our very own photographer is available.

See the poster in church for details but… from only £3.50 these could make a lovely momento or Christmas present.

Contact Dave Lowe for an appointment on 01902 824975.


Advent and Christmas Services

There are a number of services coming up over the period between now and Christmas (in addition to our usual Sunday morning communion services).  All services are at Saint Paul’s Church unless otherwise stated…

Sunday 30th November, 6:30pm – Advent Carols by candlelight at the Church of Saint Michael and All Angels, Tettenhall.

Sunday 4th December, 6:30pm – Taizé Service. See elsewhere on the blog for more information.

Sunday 18th December, 6:30pm – our annual Christmas Carol Service.  A great opportunity to invite friends, neighbours and relatives to come along.  Mince pies and other refreshments will surely be available afterwards!

Saturday 24th December, 4:00pmCrib Service.  This year’s Crib Service will take the form of a Christingle service and will support the work of the Children’s Society.  It will also see the arrival of the Posada at Saint Paul’s!  (More information on Posada is available elsewhere on the blog).

Saturday 24th December, 11:30pmMidnight Eucharist by candlelight.  With hot chocolate and other warm drinks from 11:00pm!

Sunday 25th December, 10:30am – Christmas Day Communion Service. A joyful celebration of the birth of Jesus.


Taizé Service

There will be a Taizé service at Saint Paul’s on Sunday 4th December, at 6:30pm.

Taizé services are quiet, reflective services using simple music which is quite repetitive in nature, making it easy to pick up but also quite powerful in its ability to allow you to immerse yourself in worship.

Everyone is invited.  Previous Taizé services held at Saint Paul’s have been popular but it’s been a while since we’ve had one, so do come along and try it if you’ve never been before.  Equally, if the hustle and bustle of preparations for Christmas are already starting to get to you, why not use the service as an opportunity to rest in God’s presence?
Hope you can make it.


Prophs are us!

The Wednesday evening Bible Study group will recommence on Wednesday 30th November, 7:30pm at 211 Marsh Lane.
We’ll be looking at the Old Testament prophets.  All are welcome.


Food for the Journey

Food for the Journey is the Lay (non-clergy) conference for our diocese.  Next year’s event will have the title “Sharing the Good News” and will be a weekend of fellowship and exploring new ideas about communicating the gospel.  Our keynote speaker will be Kathy Galloway, Head of Christian Aid (Scotland) and former leader of the Iona Community. Graham Maule and Joanna Love from the Wild Goose Resource Group will also be there running workshops, leading singing and contributing to the worship. This is the latest in a series of joint Anglican/Methodist conferences. It is aimed mainly at lay people but all are welcome.

The conference is planned for 28th to 30th Sept 2012 at The Hayes,Swanwick, Derbyshire (details on  and will cost £95 per person.  Further information and details on booking are available from Dot Clayton, or you can contact:
Paul Lewis
Millstone Cottage, 9 Vineyard Road, Newport, Shropshire, TF10 7LE
Telephone: 01952 820135 or 07968 130912


Meetings this week

PCC meets at Saint Paul’s this Tuesday (22nd November), 7:30pm.

The Worship & Ministry team meet at the vicarage on Thursday (24th November), 7:30pm.

The PCC (Parochial Church Council) is the official body which is responsible for the running of the Parish. It has legal and financial responsibilities laid down by the Church of England.  The council is made up of clergy, some Readers, and churchwardens, plus elected members from all three churches in the parish.

Saint Paul’s Worship & Ministry team is a committee which reports to the DCC (District Church Council).  It is made up of our vicar (Jim), our Readers and Prayer Guide, other preachers and leaders, representatives of our Sunday School leaders, and one of our churchwardens.  The team’s role is not always easy to define clearly, but it inolves planning and co-ordinating our worship, plus thinking about all elements of ministry that our church is involved in (such as pastoral care, youth education, links with local schools, adult education and community links).


Prayer for the week

On Anxiety
Lord,  in this world of high unemployment there are many people suffering anxiety or depression and the only thing in their lives is their hope and faith in you. Please help all the people suffering with anxiety and give them peace of mind and put peace in their lives.
We know you hear people sighing and crying for help and we pray for their futures. Lord, rescue your followers so they can enjoy praising you with thanks.
Help us to listen to your answers, Lord, because people are weary and frightened and only have you to fall back on.
In your mercy, hear our prayer, Amen


Wednesday Evening Bible Study Group

The Wednesday evening Bible study group meetings will not run for the next two weeks (16th & 23rd November).
The group will restart at 211 Marsh Lane on 30th November at 7.30pm – we’ll be taking a look at the Old Testament prophets.
All are welcome.  Speak to Dot Clayton for more information.


Posada – would you like a visit?

Mary and Joseph will be visiting homes around Pendeford again this Christmas.  If you would like to host the Holy Family (as part of “Posada”) there will be a sign-up sheet in church over the next few weeks.

What is it all about? During the evenings leading up to Christmas Day, ‘nativity sets’ of Joseph and Mary travel on a roster basis visiting a different family or place every night. The night Mary and Joseph ‘stay’ provides a great opportunity to invite guests around to share together the true meaning of Christmas with prayers or Christmas carolling, for example.

Saint Paul's, Pendeford

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November 2011