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 is on the map… soon!

Our resident local historian, Phil Clayton has been in contact with the Ordnance Survey recently.  It would appear that, despite our presence in Pendeford Square for the last 30 years, Saint Paul’s Church hadn’t been showing up as a church on the OS maps covering this area.

But, thanks to Phil’s enquiries, we are delighted to report that the church will be shown on their 1:25 000 mapping by the cross symbol when the relevant sheet is revised at the end of this year (due to be released early 2013).
The OS were quick to point out that Saint Paul’s is already shown as a church on the larger scales of mapping (OS Mastermap and OS Streetview), but we’re delighted to be recognised more fully now.

Thanks to Phil for his efforts.


Saint Valentine – Celebrating Marriage

There will be a Saint Valentine’s service on Sunday 12th February, 6:30pm at Saint Michael’s Church.

This service is an opportunity for couples to celebrate the gift of marriage, to remember with joy their wedding day (whether recently or many years ago) and to declare their love for and commitment to each other.

If you are celebrating a special anniversary this year and would like it mentioned in the service, please let one of the clergy know.


Lent Course 2012 – “Rejoicing in the Cross”

Lent courses are a significant part of the history of Saint Paul’s.  We actively encourage members of Saint Paul’s to take up attendance of a course during Lent each year.  This year’s Lent course is five sessions long, once a week, starting in the week beginning 27th February.

Creation (2007), Karola Onken Acrylic on canvas. Image copyright Karola Onken

Creation (2007), Karola Onken Acrylic on canvas. Image copyright Karola Onken

The course title is “Rejoicing in the Cross” and it will allow us to reflect on Bible passages alongside artwork by Karola Onken, a German artist.  Through her pictures (depicting events or texts from the Bible), Karola invites viewers to reflect on the Christian faith and look at their own lives in new ways.

There will be four groups this year:
Monday evenings, 7:30pm  in the chapel (led by Rich Cresswell)
Wednesday mornings, 9:30am in the chapel (led by Greta Lowe)
Wednesday evenings, 7:30pm at the vicarage (led by Jim and others to be confirmed!)
Friday evenings, 7:30pm, venue to be confirmed (led by Bridget Campbell)

Everyone who attends the sessions will be given a small copy of the artwork to keep.

If you would like to attend, please sign up on the sheet in the foyer.

Saint Paul's, Pendeford

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February 2012