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Notice Sheet 29-10-17

Notes and News from St Paul'salt

Read some of this Sunday's Notes and News:

Our Mission of the Month is Release International, which serves the persecuted church around the world. One of the ways they do this is by speaking as God’s advocates – being the voice of the oppressed and persecuted.  Release helps to bring the voice of the persecuted church to fellowships in the UK and Ireland, and also to governments. They also ask people to campaign on behalf of persecuted Christians by writing letters and using petitions – please see the display board.

Congratulations to all those who took part in the St Paul’s Open Golf Championship on Wednesday 25th October.  1st – Pete Glenister; Longest drive – Rob Burgess; Nearest the pin – Tom Rowland; Wooden spoon – Robert Dearing;
Best junior – Harry Burgess.

Help needed - We are opening the church again this autumn and winter from 8.30am, primarily to give shelter, welcome, coffee and tea to Pre-school families until Pre-school opens at 9.15am.  Many helped last winter.  Please consider whether you could help this year and sign up on the rota at the back of church if you can help.  See Liz Spencer or Keith Howick if you have any questions.

Poppies for Remembrance Day are available to buy at the back of church.

Audio-Visual System - The Diocesan Advisory Committee has approved our proposal to install a new AV system.  We now proceed to public consultation.  Please see noticeboards for more details.  Any comments must reach the Registrar by 16th November.

Bible Reading & Prayer, Monday - Friday, 9.30am – 10.00am, in the Chapel. 

The Families Together Workshop on Thursday 2nd November will be in the Church Hall from 2pm to 3.15pm.   As usual we will be briefing on our activities planned for the coming Families Together on Thursday 9th November.  What activities would you plan for the theme “Finding lost things”?  Please do come to the Workshop and hear ideas already planned and contribute your ideas too!

Invitation to church families with Toddlers.  St Paul’s Pre-school is holding its fifth Fundraising Toddler Firework Event on Saturday 4th November, 5pm.  Tickets £4 including hot dog or soup.  Under 2’s Free.  This is a popular event and numbers have to be limited.  To pre-book see Liz S.

Called Together - Everyone of all ages is invited to join the launch of ‘Called Together’ - the Diocese’s new vision and aims - on Saturday 4th November from 1pm at Rochester Cathedral.  The celebration will include worship, a market-place area with Messy Church and exhibition stalls, and an official introduction to the vision by Bishop James at 2.30pm.  More details and how to register your interest  can be found on the Diocese of Rochester website – www.rochester.anglican.org.

St Paul’s Book Club next meets on Tuesday 7th November at 10.30am, when we will be discussing “Under the Greenwood Tree” by Thomas Hardy.  All welcome!

St Paul’s Community Choir Autumn Concert – Saturday 18th November, 7.30pm in the church. The main work is Vivaldi's 'Gloria'. Other items will include two works by Handel - 'Zadok The Priest' and the Hallelujah Chorus from 'Messiah'.  Refreshments will be provided during the interval.  Admission is free and there will be a retiring collection for church funds.  The concert will end around 9pm.  Further details from David Storey (020 8663 9441).

An Evening with Noel and Tricia Richards – Sunday 26th November, 7pm, Southborough Lane Baptist Church, BR2 8BQ.  Worship leader and singer-songwriter, including ‘All heaven declares’ and ‘You laid aside your Majesty’.  Tickets £2.  See poster on noticeboard in south aisle for details.

Hosting with HostUK – If you would be interested in offering hospitality to international students at Christmas or New Year, or indeed at any time of the year, please see noticeboard in south aisle for more details, call 020 7739 6292 or look at www.hostuk.org.

Foodbank – In October we are supporting Living Well (Bromley).  Please put all non-perishable food items (no pet food please) in clear plastic box in north aisle. 

What’s on at St Paul’s

Tues 31st Oct


Post-Alpha Group

Wed 1st Nov


Wednesday Fellowship – Bring & Buy



PCC Meeting

Thurs 2nd Nov


Babies and Toddlers



Workshop for Families Together on 9th Nov



St Paul’s Community Choir rehearsal

Sat 4th Nov


Gardening Team



Bereavement Group



Toddler Fireworks


Tea & Coffee
Many thanks to the Brackley Homegroup for serving tea and coffee today.
Next week the Beckett Homegroup will be on duty.

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.  If you are able to Gift Aid your donation(s), then another 25% will be given from HMRC.  Forms and envelopes are on the offertory table. For more details please speak to Rosemary Dear.

A reminder to parents/carers – Children are most welcome at St Paul’s.  Please keep an eye on your children and make sure they are safe, in the church and gardens.


Collect for the last Sunday after Trinity

Merciful God,
teach us to be faithful in change and uncertainty,
that trusting in your word and obeying your will
we may enter the unfailing joy of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen


“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.
To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring
of the water of life.”  Revelation 21: 6


Next Sunday 5th November



Holy Communion.  21st Sunday after Trinity, with Rev. Simon Couper



Holy Communion, with Rev. Simon Couper and Simon Dalwood. Theme: Who is Jesus? Jesus’ Identity in John’s Gospel (1) – Teacher. Readings: Isaiah 2: 1-5 and John 13: 12-20



Evening Worship, with Simon Dalwood and Rev. Simon Couper. Theme: ‘Behold, I am making all things new’. Pictures and Promises from Revelation (1) – A Final Judgement.  Readings: Psalm 96 and Revelation 20: 11-15

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