Archive for December, 2012


Pantomime first readthrough

Less than 2 months until Saint Paul’s panto… which means it’s time to start rehearsing!

The first readthrough for all cast members involved in the production is at church, this Thursday (3rd January) at 7:00pm.  All crew members are also welcome to attend.

Please pass this message on to anyone who you think needs to know.


Do you Tweet?

This Christmas, the Church of England is encouraging Twitter uses to livetweet Christmas services (including sermons!).  This is part of a national campaign called “Christmas starts with Christ”.

Please feel free to livetweet St Paul’s services, but Jim would appreciate it if you would let him know if you plan to do so.  Make sure to include the hashtag #cswc in your posts, so that people searching for this term will find it.


Christmas Carol Service

A quick reminder that our annual Christmas Carol Service is tomorrow evening (Sunday 16th December) at 6:30pm.

There will be popular carols and readings, followed by mulled wine and mince pies.


Prayers to share

The following prayers were discovered by Linzee Perry during the Advent Quiet Day at St Chad’s, Bonningale (organised by Liz Rathbone and Martin Bristow).  They are from the book produced by the Community of Saint Chad, a new idea developed by our Diocese, welcoming “any Christian who longs to grow in depth of discipleship and who is prepared to journey with others in a quest of a life-changing faith”.


Loving God,
give me the courage to face the things
which make me afraid,
and strength to overcome temptation.

Turn that which is evil in me into good
and that which is good into that which is better;
turn my mourning into joy,
my wandering feet into the right path,
my ignorance into knowledge of your truth
my lukewarmedness into zeal,
my fear into love,
all my material good into a spiritual gift,
all my earthly desires into heavenly,
all that is transient into that which lasts forever.

Thomas a Kempis (1380-1471) 


Grant me the spirit of love
that does not want to be rewarded,
honoured or esteemed,
but only to become the blessing and happiness
of everything that wants it;
love which is the very joy of life,
and your own goodness and truth within the soul.

William Law 1686-1761
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