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St Paul’s Beckenham


Sharing God’s love, revealed in Jesus Christ

                                                                                                      August 2018

Services in Augu





Holy Communion BCP Service - 8am

Morning Service - 10.30am
Holy Communion or Morning Worship

Evening Service - 5pm
Evening Worship or Holy Communion

See inside for details of services.
Collects are on the back page.


During the 10.30am services, the space in the church halls is available for young children and babies with their parents/carers.  For those making use of this facility, the service will be broadcast via an audio link.  Toys, activity sheets and puzzles will be provided.

During 10.30am Holy Communion services, confidential prayer will be available in the Chapel during communion and after the service for anyone wishing to have prayer for themselves or others. Gluten-free Altar Bread is available - please speak to a sidesman.

Tea and Coffee are served after the 10.30am services.  Please stay and join us.

It is not our practice to take a collection during services, but there is an offertory plate at the back if you would like to contribute towards the work and ministry of St Paul’s.


Sunday 5th August – 10th after Trinity


8am Holy Communion – BCP p223, with Rev. Simon Couper

10.30am Holy Communion
Theme: James (3) – No place for Partiality
Readings: James 2: 1-13 (p1214) and Luke 14: 7-11 (p1047)
Simon Dalwood and Rev. Simon Couper

5pm Evening Worship
Theme: 1 Peter (3) – Relating to Authority
Readings: Leviticus 19: 1-8 (p121) and 1 Peter 2: 13 – 3:7 (p1218)
Simon Dalwood and David Charlesworth

Sunday 12th August – 11th after Trinity


8am Holy Communion  - BCP p224, with Rev. Tim Hide (St George’s & St Barnabas)

10.30am Morning Worship
Theme: James (4) – A Living Faith
Readings: Proverbs 3: 13-20 (p637) and James 2:14-26 (p 1214)
Sarah Butler

5pm Evening Worship
Theme: 1 Peter (4) – Sharing in Suffering (or the Knot and the Tie)
Readings: Leviticus 19: 9-18 (p121) and 1 Peter 3: 8-22 (p1219)
Sarah Butler and Colin Gale (Lay Reader, Christ Church Beckenham)

Sunday 19th August – 12th after Trinity


8am - Holy Communion BCP p226, Rev. Alan Keeler (St Mary’s, Bromley)

10.30am - Holy Communion
Theme: James (5) – Watch Your Words
Readings: James 3: 1-18 (p1214)  and Matthew 5: 21-26 (p969)
David Charlesworth and Rev. Jane Peters (St Mary’s, Shortlands)

5pm - Evening Worship
Readings:  Exodus 2: 23 - 3:10 (p59) and Hebrews 13: 1-15 (p1211)
June Mackenzie (Lay Reader, St George’s Beckenham)

Sunday 26th August – 13th after Trinity


8am - Holy Communion – BCP p228, with Rev. Simon Couper

10.30am - Morning Worship + Baptism
Theme: James (6) – Humble of Heart
Readings: Proverbs 3: 28-35 (p637) and James 4: 1-17 (p1215)
Rev. Simon Couper and Simon Dalwood

Holy Communion
Theme: 1 Peter (5) – Sharing in Suffering (ii)
Readings: 1 Peter 4: 1-19 (p1220) and Matthew 16: 24-28 (p984)
Simon Dalwood and Rev. Simon Couper

St Paul’s Notices

Bible Reading and Prayer – During August the church will be open 9.30am – 10am for Bible reading and prayer in the Chapel on Mondays (except 27th) and Fridays.

The Church Office will be closed this week (from 6th August).  It will be open as usual from Monday 13th August.

St Paul’s Book Club will be bringing contributions of poetry and prose on Tuesday 7th August, and on 4th September will be discussing “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles.  Do join us at 10.30am - 12 noon.  For venue, please speak to Marie.

Townswomen’s Guild – will be meeting on Tuesday 14th and Tuesday 28th August, 2pm, in the church hall (as normal).

Growth & Nurture Committee – Tuesday 14th August, 7.30pm.

Bank Holiday Walk – Monday 27th August.  The walk will be about three miles and has about three unavoidable stiles, but no mountainous ascents!!  It will be in the Oxted area and we shall end with a pub lunch.  If you would like to join this, whether or not you have transport, please see Ann B after the service on 19th or 26th August, or telephone for further details.

Gardening Team – Saturday 1st September, 10am.  All help welcome!

New Church Website Launch  - Sunday 2nd September.  There will be a 30-minute live demonstration of our new church website and Facebook page, after the morning service, at 12.15pm.   Find out how to access all that useful church information and what we are saying about ourselves to our local community.  

Please also note that the following new email addresses replace the old ones (putting the ‘s’ in St PaulS): admin@stpaulsbeckenham.org.uk; vicar@stpaulsbeckenham.org.uk; bookings@stpaulsbeckenham.org.uk; socmed@stpaulsbeckenham.org.uk  - for all matters relating to the website and social media platforms; pccsec@stpaulsbeckenham.org.uk - for PCC matters;

St Paul’s Community Choir - Reminder and Invitation.  Our choir resumes on Thursday 6th September at 7.30pm in the church hall.  We shall rehearse Handel's 'Messiah' - part 1 - for a performance on Saturday 24th November. New recruits are always very welcome to our friendly choir and there are no auditions.  Music will be provided.  Further details from David Storey (020 8663 9441).

Sunday Squad Planning - There will be a planning and briefing meeting for the Sunday Squad Team on Thursday 6th September at 8pm.  If you are interested in learning more about what helping out with Sunday Squad involves, you would be most welcome to join us.

Autumn Clean – Saturday 8th September, 9am – 12 noon.  Any help would be much appreciated to do those jobs in the church and halls that need doing periodically, eg removing high-up cobwebs and cleaning pew shelves.  Please put the date in your diaries.  All cleaning materials will be provided and coffee/tea and cakes/biscuits!

Coffee, Theology and Discussion - Interested in theology?  Want to learn more about the Christian faith?  In the Autumn we will be running an 8-week introductory course on Christian theology.  This is a perfect opportunity to reflect on the core themes and doctrines of our faith, in a relaxed, non-threatening environment.  All are welcome on this course, based on Professor Alister McGrath's helpful little book, Theology: The Basics.   Dates: Tuesday evenings, 25th September – 20th November, (with a break for half term), 7.30pm – 9pm.  Do ask Rev. Simon for more info.  There is a sign-up sheet available at the back, or via the Church Office.

International Evening – Saturday 29th September, from 4.45pm.  Save the date for St Paul’s International Evening, to be held on our harvest weekend.   Please start thinking about what sort of dish you could bring to the Bring & Share supper, and what national dress you could wear.

St Paul’s Open Golf Day will be taking place on Friday 26th October.  Please save the date.

Tea & Coffee – Many thanks to the following groups serving tea and coffee:
5th August – Clockhouse Homegroup, 12th August - Southwater Homegroup,
19th August – Townswomen’s Guild, 26th August – Park Homegroup. 

Services on Sunday 2nd September – 14th after Trinity


Holy Communion, BCP p230


Holy Communion.  Theme: James (7) – Patience in Prayer
Readings: James 5: 1-20 and Matthew 5: 43-48
Sarah Butler and Rev. Simon Couper


Evening Worship.  Theme: 1 Peter (6) – Humility in Exaltation
Readings: Leviticus 19: 33-37 and 1 Peter 5: 1-14
With Anna Couper preaching

Community Notices

Ollie Polly Play Café – A pop-up play café on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, in the Church Hall.  Hot & cold drinks, freshly-prepared food, homemade cakes, soft play and activities.  For under 5s, with parents/carers. £3 per child (under 1 free).

Organ Recital – Monday 27th August, 11.30am at Bromley Parish Church, BR2 0EG, with Rachel Mahon (Chester Cathedral).

Commissioning of the Bishop of Tonbridge – Please pray for the welcome and commissioning of Simon Burton-Jones as Bishop of Tonbridge, on Sunday 2nd September at St Paul’s Cathedral.

The new minister for the Beckenham Methodist churches is Rev. Alex Terrett.  She will be welcomed on Tuesday 4th September at West Wickham Methodist Church (as by then it is hoped that the first stage in the redevelopment work will have started at Bromley Road).  There will be refreshments at 7pm followed by a service of welcome at 8pm.  Everyone is very welcome.

Sing to beat Parkinsons, Wednesdays 1 – 2pm, with tea & chat 2 – 2.30pm.
Sing to beat Dementia, Wednesdays 2.30 – 3.30pm, with tea & chat 2 – 2.30pm.
Informal, accessible and fun singing groups, led by music practitioner Melanie Jones, at St Mary’s Church, 39 Kingswood Road, Shortlands, beginning 12th September.

‘Worship, a team effort’ – Saturday 15th September, 2pm – 5.30pm at Christ Church Beckenham.  A workshop for all worship team members and PA operators across Beckenham Deanery.

Autumn Events at London Institute for Contemporary Christianity – including ‘Making Technology Work’ and ‘Dying Well’.  Please see noticeboard in south aisle. 

Prayer Festival Saturday 22nd September, 10am – 2.30pm, at Rochester Cathedral.  Experience new ways to pray and learn how to help others pray.  Workshops, teaching and time for worship.  For more details, please see noticeboard in the south aisle or go to www.rochester.anglican.org/prayer-festival.php.

Creative Arts Day – Saturday 6th October, 9am – 4pm, Christ Church Orpington, including porcelain painting, jewellery making, dancing, poetry, aromatherapy, and more.  Please see poster and registration form in south aisle for more details.

St Paul’s Verse for 2018  – “Let your light so shine before others, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”  Matthew 5:16


Summer Sermon Series - James and 1 Peter

(22nd July – 2nd Sept)

Faith in Action - In the morning services, we are thinking about the practical difference faith should make to our lives.  Who better to teach us than James, who is keen to show how faith and ethics, belief and behaviour, go hand in hand.

A Holy Calling - In the evening, we are delving into Peter's first letter to the scattered churches of the 1st century.  He is determined to encourage the disheartened, and to remind all his readers of their high and holy calling in Christ.


Mission of the Month
Christians Against Poverty (CAP)

CAP is a national charity with its HQ in Bradford and 200 centres across the UK. John Kirkby, who set it up in 1996, has just been awarded a CBE for his inspirational work in setting up this debt counselling scheme.  CAP now helps more than 26,000 people every year, and handles £47m of debt on behalf of their clients. 

Please pray for Rachel, Manager of the Centre at St Johns Penge, and the 30 plus clients that she is helping, as well as for CAP’s work in this country and abroad.  Read more about this well-respected and much-needed organisation on the display at the back of church.



Many thanks for all the donations, which are greatly appreciated. 

In August we are supporting the foodbank at CAP (Penge).  Levels of food are always low at this time of year, as children are at home and not receiving school meals.  CAP would be particularly grateful for the following:

  • Long-life milk
  • Tins of meat, fish, vegetables, tomatoes, beans, soup and fruit
  • Cereals, pasta, rice
  • Tea, coffee, sugar
  • Men’s toiletries, especially shower gel/deodorant
  • Toilet rolls
  • Large nappies
  • Women’s sanitary products
  • Strong carrier bags

Please put all items (no pet food please) in the clear plastic box in the north aisle.


Collects for August

10th after Trinity (5th August) Lord of heaven and earth, as Jesus taught his disciples to be persistent in prayer, give us patience and courage never to lose hope, but always to bring our prayers before you; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

11th after Trinity (12th August) – God of glory, the end of our searching,
help us to lay aside all that prevents us from seeking your kingdom,
and to give all that we have to gain the pearl beyond all price, through our Saviour Jesus Christ.  Amen.

12th after Trinity (19th August) – God of constant mercy, who sent your Son to save us: remind us of your goodness, increase your grace within us,
that our thankfulness may grow, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

13th after Trinity (26th August) - Almighty God, you search us and know us:
may we rely on you in strength and rest on you in weakness, now and in all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


Please pray

  • for safe travel and a time of rest and relaxation during the summer.
  • for comfort and healing for those who are unwell; for the elderly, those coping with health issues and the vulnerable. 


Prayer of St Thomas Aquinas

Grant me, O Lord my God, a mind to know you, a heart to seek you, wisdom to find you, conduct pleasing to you, faithful perseverance in waiting for you, and a hope of finally embracing you.  Amen.


Get in touch…

Vicar - Rev. Simon Couper: 020 8650 3400, vicar@stpaulbeckenham.org.uk
Administrator - Stephanie Fox: 020 8650 0501, administrator@stpaulbeckenham.org.uk Office Hours - 9.30am–1.00pm Mon-Thurs. Website - www.stpaulbeckenham.org.uk
Office Address - St Paul’s Church Office, Lawn Road, Beckenham, BR3 1TP
Home Groups - Simon Dalwood: 020 8650 5400, simon@dalwood.org.uk





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