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Notice Sheet 11-2-18

Notes and News from St Paul'salt

Read some of this Sunday's Notes and News:

St Paul’s Church, Beckenham


Sharing God’s love, revealed in Jesus Christ

                                                                                                        11th February 2018

Services Today



Holy Communion
The Sunday next before Lent (BCP p125)



Morning Worship
Theme: Philip and the Ethiopian Official
Readings: Psalm 22: 25-31 (p554) and Acts 8: 26-39 (p1101)
Rev. Simon Couper and Ben & Katy Ray (CMS)



Holy Communion
Theme: Daughter, Woman, Daughter
Readings: Deuteronomy 33: 12-17 (p213) and Mark 5: 21-43 (p1007)
Sarah Butler and Rev. Simon Couper



No Youth Group  (Half Term)

Children’s Activities during the 10.30am Service - There is a crèche for pre-schoolers and ‘Sunday Squad’ groups for children aged 4-11.

Tea and Coffee is served after the 10.30am service.  Please stay and join us.

Collect for the Sunday before Lent

Holy God, you know the disorder of our sinful lives: set straight our crooked hearts, and bend our wills to love your goodness and your glory in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


What’s on this Week at St Paul’s

Mon – Fri, 9.30am – 10am

Bible Reading and Prayer, in the Chapel

Mon 12th Feb


Finance Committee

Tues 13th Feb


Mission Committee



Time for reflection at the time of Julian Frost’s funeral (see notice opposite)



Townswomen’s Guild

Wed 14th Feb


NO Wednesday Fellowship (Half-Term)



Ash Wednesday Communion Service

Thurs 15th Feb


NO Babies & Toddlers Group (Half-Term)



Lent Prayer Space – church open



St Paul’s Community Choir

Sun 18th Feb


Holy Communion – The 1st Sunday in Lent



Holy Communion
Theme: Peter preaches to the Gentiles
Acts 10: 34-48 and Matthew 28: 16-20
Simon Dalwood and Rev. Simon Couper



The 4 O’Clock
Theme: “Precious to God – The Church and Cognitive Disability”.  Rev. Simon Couper 



Youth Group

St Paul’s Notices

St Paul’s Bookstall – In ‘Forward’, Rev. Simon has suggested three books for Lent.  Simon Dalwood has suggested another, and all four books are on sale at the back of church.  Lent starts this Wednesday, so do come and purchase (or reserve) a book.

Facebook users will be pleased to know we now have a church Facebook page (@stpaulsbeckenham) on which church events and news is being posted.  Please ‘like’ and ‘share’ posts with friends and family and of course comment as you wish. We also have a ‘St Paul’s Beckenham Families Together’ Facebook group for families attending and our helpers. Have a word with David Charlesworth for more details.

Julian Frost’s funeral will be on Tuesday 13th February at 12 noon in Lancaster. St Paul’s will be open at that time for quiet reflection and an opportunity to give personal thanks to God for Julian and to pray for Judith and the family.

Ash Wednesday Communion Service, 14th February, 8pm.  Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the season of preparation which leads up to Easter.  The service is traditionally a space for reflection and confession as we embark on the liturgical journey which takes us to the Cross and empty tomb of Jesus.

Lent Prayer Triplets - Throughout Lent, there will be an opportunity to get together in groups of three (or two, or four) to pray together.  If you would like to be involved, please fill in the form at the back, or talk to James Bramwell.

Lent Prayer Space –  Every Tuesday at 8pm, and Wednesdays and Thursdays at 12 noon, I will be opening up the church for an hour of prayer.  Do feel free to come and go as you please in that time, to join me in prayer, to receive prayer, or simply to enjoy the silence.  This pattern of prayer will begin on Thursday 15th Feb and run through to Palm Sunday.  If you are unable to join me, but would like to be prayed for, please do get in touch with your prayer requests.  Warm wishes, Rev. Simon.

St Paul's Community Choir Concert -  Saturday 24th February, 7.30pm.

St Paul’s Book Club will next meet on Tuesday 6th March at 10.30 am to discuss “The last runaway” by Tracy Chevalier.  Do join us to discuss this book.

Quiz Night – Saturday 10th March, 7pm.  Tickets are available today at the back of church.  £8, including ploughman’s supper; bring your own drink/nibbles; raffle on the night.  Proceeds will go towards church funds.  Doors open at 6.30pm.

8-13s - Last Saturday 16 of our youngsters enjoyed going ten pin bowling, followed by a fish and chip supper.  The next event will be on Saturday 12th May, 5-7pm.  More details nearer the time but please put the date in your diaries now.

Rochester Link – February’s edition is at the back of church.  Please do take a copy.

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

Mission of the Month – Church Mission Society (CMS)

We welcome today Ben and Katy Ray and their children, Zachary and Alessia, who are home on leave until April from Iringa in Tanzania.  Ben and Katy’s call is as Directors of the Neema Crafts Centre for people with disabilities, to show God’s love for the most marginalised in Tanzania.  

Do look on the board at the back of church for more information and photos!

Community Notices

Lent Courses - Exploring the Bible through Art (at Penge Congregational Church) and Walking through Lent - Pilgrim Course on the Bible (at St George’s, Beckenham).  Please see noticeboard in south aisle for more details.

Women’s World Day of Prayer – Friday 2nd March, 2pm at St George’s Church Beckenham.  This year the service has been put together by the women of Suriname, South America and celebrates “All God’s Creation is very good”. 

Please see noticeboard in south aisle for more information.  All are welcome. 

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