Archive for February, 2012


Three Days that Changed the World

A day exploring the events of the last three days of Jesus’ life –
Last Supper, the Garden of Gethsemane, arrest and trial, crucifixion and resurrection.

An opportunity for reflection, prayer and learning together, using the various rooms and garden of Church Cottage.

Led by Jim Perry and Liz Rathbone.

Saturday 24th March, 10am-3pm @ Church Cottage

Bring a packed lunch – drinks available.

Intended for adults and older children, the day is inspired by an activity the ‘Encounter’ group will enjoy the following Saturday.


Maundy Thursday Agapé Eucharist

On the night before he died, Jesus had supper with his friends…

Jesus washed his disciples feet – a sign of loving service and an example he taught his disciples to follow.

Jesus celebrated the Passover – As part of the service we share a simple form of the passover meal.

“This is my body, this is my blood” – In obedience to him we share Communion together.

“Watch and Pray” – All decoration is stripped from the church, leaving it in darkness. Anyone who wishes to is invited to keep watch with silence, prayer and readings.

THURSDAY 5th APRIL 2012, 7pm at ST PAUL’S
Suitable for adults and children, the service will last no more than 2 hours. You do not need to stay for the Watch if you do not wish to do so.


A collection will be taken as a contribution to the cost of the food.



Alternative Lent Course – “Journeying Together on a Pathway to Faith”

How often were Jesus and his disciples journeying on foot?
What conversations did they have?  What teaching did the disciples receive?

Based around our sister church, Christ the King, Aldersley, this alternative Lent course is offering the chance to walk together, probably twice during the month of March, using the local parks and towpaths. There may be some sharing of food as the disciples would have done, too.

Together, we can consider the sayings of Jesus that have influenced our lives.  From these sayings, we’ll create a “Pathway to Faith” that we can display in or outside of our churches during Holy Week.

If you are interested, and to be kept in touch please contact Keith Whitehouse on 01902 831135 or email khwhitehouse(at)

Starts Sunday 4th March,  2:30pm at Christ the King, with a circular walk stopping at all three churches of the parish.  Using pathways and along the canal the trial run took 1 ¾ hours.  Be prepared for possibly muddy or wet conditions

Sunday 11th March – in Church at Christ the King

Sunday 18th March – a walk

Sunday 25th March – in Church at Christ the King

All are welcome.



Quiz night reminder

Don’t forget that tickets for the quiz night on Saturday 10th March are already on sale.

Our quiz nights are always a great way to invite friends and family to come along to Saint Paul’s.  At £4 and £3 per ticket (including ploughman’s supper!), why not treat them to a night out?


Churches Together Lent Lunches

Lent Lunches will be held every Thursday in Lent at 12:30pm (except for 14th March – Wednesday).

Each event will feature a short time of prayer followed by a frugal lunch – simple meals (and great fellowship), with donations given to the Churches Together charities.

  • 23rd Feb at Church of the Epiphany, Oxley
  • 1st March at St Anthony’s Church, Bee Lane
  • 8th March at St James’ Church, Fordhouses
  • 14th March at Rakegate Methodist Church
  • 22nd March at Fordhouses Baptist Church
  • 29th March at Saint Paul’s.

Churches Together in Fordhouses, Oxley and Pendeford is a visible sign of the Churches’ commitment as they seek a deepening of their communion with Christ and with one another, and proclaim the Gospel together by common witness and service. Its strength comes from people from different traditions finding new ways to work and worship together.  For more information about Churches Together, speak to Linzee Perry.



Ash Wednesday

There are four services around the parish on Ash Wednesday (22nd Feb), giving us all an opportunity to begin Lent with prayer and confession.
All services include the imposition of ashes (having the cross marked on your forehead with ash).

9:30am   Christ the King
10:00am St Michael’s
12:15pm  St Paul’s
7:30pm   St Michael’s


Lent Course update

The venue for the Friday evening sessions of the Lent course has now been confirmed as 11 Talaton Close.

Please don’t forget to sign up on the sheet in the foyer if you are planning to attend a group, so that we can organise materials. Thank you.

Saint Paul's, Pendeford

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