Posts Tagged ‘Reflection


Christmas at St. Paul’s


Women’s world day of prayer, Friday 7th March

This year’s Women’s world day of prayer is Friday 7th March. A service is being held at St. Anthony’s RC Church in Bee Lane, Fordhouses at 7pm.

Despite the title all are welcome to attend.

This years service has been prepared for us by the women of Egypt.


Quinta 2013

I would just like to take this opportunity to say what an amazing weekend has been had by all at our church weekend away at Quinta Hall near Oswestry. Everybody that took part has had a wonderful time.

The weekend was blessed with good company, fellowship and fun. We also have taken away a lot to think about and reflect on how we can all use our spiritual gifts.

A big thank you to all those that organised the weekend, and also to Rev Simon Thorburn who gave us all a lot to take away with us.

I’m sure we are all looking forward to our next weekend away in 2015!


Wednesday Bible study group

The Wednesday morning Bible study and fellowship group will be re-starting this Wednesday 17th April.

We will be meeting in the Oasis cafe from 9am for tea and coffee ready to start in the Chapel from 9.40 till 11.15, all are welcome.


Lent groups

Our Lent groups are a time to learn, reflect and pray together.  This year, they are also an opportunity to help create our “Stations of the Cross” which we are working on as a joint project with Saint Paul’s School. (What are “Stations of the Cross”? – external link to Wikipedia).

If you’ve not signed up to a group yet, don’t worry – you can join any of the groups at any time, even if you’ve missed some weeks (the sessions stand alone).

Monday – 7:30pm at 47 Halesworth Road
Wednesday – 9:30am in the chapel
Wednesday – 7:30pm at the Vicarage
Friday 7:30pm at 11 Talaton Close


Forthcoming lectures and training

Bishop of Wolverhampton’s Area Lecture

“Reading the Bible in a time of ecological crisis”
Presented by Professor Richard Bauckham FBA,FRSE (Biblical Scholar and Theologian, Professor Emeritus at the University of St Andrews, Scotland)

Wednesday 27th February 2013, 10am-1pm, The Work Space, All Saints Road, Wolverhampton, WV2 1EL
If you wish to attend this event, please speak to Jim or email as soon as possible


Praxis Midlands Workshop

“Creation in Worship”

Thursday 28th February, 10:30am-3:15pm (registration and coffee from 9:45am)

For more information on this course, visit



Quinta 2013

Our church holds a weekend away every two years, in the beautiful grounds of The Quinta, a Christian centre in Shropshire (about an hour away).  This year’s weekend away will be 19th-21st April.  The title of the weekend is “Living Grace – Receiving and giving”.  Our guest speaker is Reverend Simon Thorburn, who was vicar at Saint Paul’s in the late 1980s.

The cost of the weekend has been cut this year!  Booking forms are now available in church.

Speak to Greta or Marion for more information.

It is our intention that no-one should feel prevented from attending on cost grounds.  If you would like to attend, but feel cost would be an issue, please don’t hesitate to speak to Greta, Marion or Jim.


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
For more information on the Community of Saint Chad, visit



Prayer for the Week

Des Halestrap has offered this prayer, by Bede Jarrett, for our consideration and use:


May He give us the courage that we need
To go the way He shepherds us
That when He calls
We may go to him unfrightened

If He bids us come to Him
Across the waters
That unfrightened we may go

And if He bids us climb a hill
May we not notice that it is a hill
Mindful only of the happiness of His company

He made us for Himself
That we should travel with Him
And see Him at last
In his unveiled beauty
In the abiding city where He is light
And Happiness
And endless home



The Four Words of Advent

Back by popular demand, Rev’d Allen Roberts will be running another Advent course this year.  Allen’s courses are always entertaining, informative and thought-provoking and come highly recommended.

“The Four Words of Advent”: Monday evenings at Christ the King, starting 7:30pm;
26th November, 3rd, 10th and 17th December.
All are welcome.

For more information, please contact Keith Whitehouse on 831135 or khwhitehouse(at)


Saint Paul's, Pendeford

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