Archive for September, 2012

27
Sep
12

The Bible for complete beginners

Ever wondered…

* Where the Bible came from?
* How old it is?
* Who wrote it?
* Who reads it?
* What it’s about?

Discover the answers to these and more over 4 Saturday mornings in the Oasis at St Paul’s.

• You do not need to have a Bible or have read the Bible.
• You do not need to come to church.
• No previous knowledge of the bible required.
• Relaxed atmosphere with plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion.
• Refreshments provided.
• Play-space for young children available

Saturday mornings, 10.30am – 12.00noon, October 27th, November 3rd, 10th & 17th in the Oasis Café @ St Paul’s.

For more info, contact the Rev Jim Perry, 01902 562133 or revjimperry(at)gmail.com

27
Sep
12

Harvest help

As we approach Harvest, we give thanks to our Creator for all the good things we enjoy. The bible teaches us that the best way to show our thankfulness is to be generous in sharing what we have with others.

How can we, as a church, offer help to those most in need?
Everyone is finding the current economic situation challenging. But there are some for whom it is especially difficult, and churches are increasingly being asked for support from people needing emergency help with basic needs, such as food or keeping warm. This blog entry lists three simple ways that we at St Paul’s can contribute to efforts to meet these needs.

Remember that if you or anyone you know require such help, please do speak to Jim. All conversations will be treated in strict confidence.

The Wolverhampton Food Bank
The Food Bank will be the focus for our Harvest festival on October 7th.

The Food Bank provides emergency food parcels, and sometimes basic baby products, to individuals and families in crisis. They take referrals from organisations, including churches, which makes sure the help goes to those most in need.
We can help by donating food and other items as listed below.

There is a box for donations in the foyer (in the chapel during the week.) The Food Bank also welcomes volunteers. If you would like to offer some time, Jim can give you further details.

Suitable items for the Wolverhampton Food Bank (tinned / dried / UHT products ONLY please)
Milk      Cereal      Tea / Coffee      Sugar      Jam / Spreads      Fruit Juice / Squash       Meat / Fish (TINNED ONLY)
Pasta / Noodles      Rice      Pulses / Couscous      Soup      Vegetables (TINNED ONLY)      Pasta sauces / other cooking sauces
TINNED Fruit / Puddings      Snacks / Biscuits      Nappies (SEALED PACKETS)      Baby wipes / other baby toiletries
Baby Food (with long ‘use-by’ date)      Toiletries

The Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd
The Little Brothers provide daily meals to the homeless and destitute of Wolverhampton, from their base at Darlington Street Methodist Church. They also provide men’s toiletries and clothing, and sometimes blankets.

We can help by donating men’s toiletries & clothing, shower towels, blankets and food, as listed below. There is a box for donations in the foyer (in the chapel during the week.) The Brothers also welcome volunteers. If you would like to offer some time, Jim can give you further details.

Suitable items for the Little Brothers
Toothbrushes & toothpaste      Men’s deodorant      Soap      Disposable razors      Shaving foam/gel      Socks (new)
Underwear (new)      Mens’ shirts, trousers, sweaters, vests, coats & jackets, footwear, etc. (new or used, but in good, clean condition)

Financial Giving
The Vicar’s Discretionary Fund is a small pool of money which the vicar can access to provide help for specific needs identified through pastoral work or via our community partners and schools. The help given is confidential and known only to the vicar and treasurer.
The Fund is very small, while the needs are increasing, so contributions to it are welcome. Donations to the fund can be given to the treasurer or to Jim. Please consider Gift Aid if you are able to.

Prayer
Of course the most important thing is to pray; Pray for those in need, pray for the Wolverhampton Food Bank, the Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd and all who seek to bring help and support; Pray for ourselves, giving thanks for the good things we have and asking that God would show us how we can best serve others; Pray for St Paul’s Church that we might be an instrument of God’s love and generosity to those in our community.

Gracious God,
the comfort of all who sorrow,
the strength of all who suffer,
hear the cry of those in misery and need.
In their afflictions show them your mercy,
and give us, we pray,
the strength to serve them,
for the sake of Jesus Christ
who suffered for us. Amen.

 

27
Sep
12

An anniversary invitation

There will be a special service to celebrate 30 years of 1st Pendeford (St Paul’s) Guides, Brownies and Rainbows at Saint Paul’s this Sunday, 30th September at 4:00pm, followed by tea in the Oasis.

Everyone is warmly invited to come and help us celebrate.

27
Sep
12

Pendeford Square Litter Pick

Come and join in tidying up the Square.

Monday 8th October, 5pm.

Some ‘grabbers’ and gloves provided, but bring your own if you have them.

13
Sep
12

Prayer for the week

Today’s offering comes via Des Halestrap, who says:

I  used this prayer at our Wednesday Evening Bible study group and members thought it might interest blog readers. It was given to me by our good friend and brother Jeff Leech in Christian kindness. Hope the readers like it as much as we did.

Lord, You are my daily inspiration. When I awake you bring me joy,
When I arise You fill me with wonder for the coming day,
When I leave my house You meet me in everyone I see.
Lord, when I hunger You give me food,
When I am cold You give me warmth,
When fear strikes me You are ever present,
When tiredness weighs me down You give me rest.
Lord, when I was born You gave me my first breath,
When my body failed me You healed me,
When those I have loved have gone before me You have comforted me,
When loneliness has visited me You have held me close.
My Lord, my God , my Love, When my days are done, and the sun goes down
to your wonderful light I will rise,
And there forever will my love be satisfied.
Amen.

Have you recently heard, read or written a prayer that you’ve found useful and would like to share with others?  If so, let us hear about it on the blog.  You can write it down and hand it to Rich Cresswell at church or email r.j.cresswell(at)btinternet.com

13
Sep
12

Is everything meaningless?

Wednesday evening Bible study continues, 8-9.30…
19th September at Jo Perry’s;
26th September at Des’s;
10th. 17th and 24th October at Jo’s.

We are reading Ecclesiastes and learning about life, Ch 12 v 1 encourages us to remember our creator now………..come and find out more!

(If you’re unsure of the reason for the title of this blog post, check out Ecclesiastes… maybe in the company of others in the Bible study group!)

11
Sep
12

Saint Paul’s Theatre Group

The church Theatre group has arranged its next 3 trips, to which all are invited:

Tuesday 16th October at the Grand Theatre – “Haunting Julia” by Alan Aykbourn.
Cost approximately £13/£15.  A whodunnit with his usual wit and masterful insight, but this time in a chilling, thrilling ghost story that will have you jumping out of your seat.

Thursday 22nd Novemebr at the Arena Theatre – “The Adventures of Robin Hood”.
An Oddsocks production (the same company who did the hilarious Romeo and Juliet we went to last year).  £12/£10 concessions.  An energetic romp suitable for all the family with live music, lots of action and plenty of opportunity for audience participation.

Wednesday 12th December at the Arena Theatre – “Grimm Tales”.
£9/£7 concessions.  Share in some of the greatest and most curious children’s stories ever told and stumble upon Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Rumplestiltskin and more.

Please let Bridget Campbell know if you would like to join us.  You can contact Bridget by phone, 07936 939804, or by email, bridget.day(at)hotmail.co.uk