Archive for the '30 years of Saint Paul’s' Category


Wear them with pride

Next Sunday (2nd December), Bishop Clive is coming to our 10:30am service to preach and preside as we bring our 30th anniversary celebrations to a close.  If you have bought a 30th anniversary t-shirt or sweatshirt, you are invited to wear it on the day.

Thanks to Val Morgan for the suggestion.


Sew far, so good

The 30th anniversary altar cloth project is taking shape, but we still need your help.

Angie Bullock is holding a working evening at her house (5 Henley Road, Rakegate, WV10 6UY), this Thursday (22nd November), 6-9pm.  All who can offer assistance are welcome.


Dates for your diary

So, what’s on at Saint Paul’s over the next few months?  Get your diary out and write all these in…!

• Sunday 2nd December – our 30th anniversary celebrations come to an end at the 10:30am service, where Bishop Clive will be preaching.  Followed by a bring and share lunch

• Sunday 16th December – our annual Christmas carol service, starting at 6:30pm.  Come along to sing your heart out… there’s bound to be mince pies and mulled wine too!

• Sunday 23rd December – “A Quiet Christmas”; a service for those who find the Christmas period difficult (more information from Jim).  Starts 4:00pm

• Monday 24th December – Christmas Eve Christingle Service, starting at 4:00pm.  Candles, oranges, collections for the Children’s Society and worshipping God!

• Monday 24th December – Our Midnight Communion service, starting at 11:30pm (with hot chocolate beforehand).  Welcome the new-born King.

• Tuesday 25th December – 10:30am Christmas Day Family Eucharist.

• Thursday 28th February – Fashion Show evening – a chance to brighten up your wardrobe and support St Paul’s in the process.

• Friday 19th – Sunday 21st April – our church weekend away in the wonderful setting of the Quinta, in Shropshire.  Our guest speaker is Rev’d Simon Thorburn.


Bring and Share with Bishop Clive

Our 30th anniversary celebrations reach their culmination on Sunday 2nd December, when Bishop Clive (the Bishop of Wolverhampton) will be joining us for our 10:30am service.

This will be followed by a bring-and-share lunch in the Oasis, to which all are welcome.  Please sign up on the notice board to indicate what food you will be bringing to the meal.


Laughing at Saint Paul’s

Tickets are still available for our variety show, “Laughing at Saint Paul’s”, this Saturday, starting at 7:00pm.  Contact Geoff Cresswell on (844105) to purchase your tickets (just £4 and £2)

The Oasis café will be open from 6:00pm on the evening, serving refreshments.


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.


Ah, but WHAT time to get crafty?!

The last message about the gathering to work on the altar frontal should have said mentioned a time, sorry.

The team will gather to work between 6pm and 8pm.


Time to get crafty

The new altar cloth (being made as part of our 30th anniversary celebrations) is coming together.

There will be a gathering at the house of Angy and Terry Bullock this Friday (14th September) to cut out (and hem with iron on wonderweb) the fabric pieces for the altar cloth background.
If possible, please bring along a pair of sharp scissors (but, if you do, no running!)

Angy and Terry’s home is  5 Henley Road, Rakegate, Oxley, WV10 6UY.
Tel 01902 780357



30th Anniversary Greetings and News

As part of our 30th anniversary celebrations, Saint Paul’s has been in contact with former members of the church who have moved on to other places.  Two of our former clergy have recently been in touch and shared their memories/news…

Chris Foster
(Chris started his first position as an ordained minister in Pendeford back in 1981, when the building wasn’t even in use.  He is now the Bishop of Portsmouth!)

Chris writes…
You won’t be surprised, as I was there with some of you at the start thirty years ago, that I remember well the excitements of the weeks leading up to the opening and dedication. Moving the font into place, deciding where to put the organ, having an altar made… and much, much more as the first few grew into a congregation. Meanwhile I was falling in love, of course, and within its first year of life St Paul’s hosted the party after Sally and I married. So the people of Pendeford and the Church and School have a special – yes, unique – part in my life and memory. It’s with affection, then, that I send my best wishes and prayers in this celebratory year.

David Waller
(David was curate at Saint Paul’s in the 1990’s)

David writes…
Lovely to hear from you, and lovely to hear that St.Paul’s is obviously still going strong! I have many fond memories of my time at St.Paul’s and am ever thankful of the ‘formation’ that I received there.

I’d love to think about coming to the ‘Laughing at St.Paul’s’ event, as I’m sure that there is much that would be great to recall. However, Julie. Katie and I (along with our dog Lucy) are about to move home to pastures new, to be precise, Palma, Majorca, where I am due to take up the post of Chaplain to the Anglican community there. As you can imagine this will be quite different from what I’ve been used to so far – but that’s half the fun!

Please pass on my best wishes to anyone who remembers Julie and I at St.Paul’s, and I hope that the rest of the year’s celebrations go well.


Laughing at Saint Paul’s

We invite everyone to join us for a special one-off variety show celebrating 30 years of entertainment at St Paul’s, Pendeford.

SATURDAY 6th OCTOBER at 7.00 pm

Tickets on sale now: call GEOFF CRESSWELL on 01902 844105

Adults: £4 Children: £2

Saint Paul's, Pendeford

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August 2020