Saturday, 22 April 2017

Holiday Club Easter

 Craft activity, Easter baskets with chocolate eggs.
 Scratch art crosses.
 Busy making crafts.
 Parachute games.
Easter goody bags with eggs found during the Easter egg hunt.

We also watched the Easter story from the Miracle Maker, prayed and ate together as well as singing some action songs. All in all a good fun filled afternoon learning all about Easter.

Friday, 21 April 2017

The Leicester Welcome Project

The charity, which we are focusing on this month is the Leicester Welcome Project, based at St Martin's House, by the Cathedral.
The project says ” We aim to provide practical help and support to asylum seekers in Leicester by means of drop in sessions, staffed by supported volunteers and in partnership with other agencies.”
We hope that the workers involved know that they are supported in prayer and that the physical needs of their clients are catered for.

Pray for the people who collect foodstuffs and resources for them and for the leadership; that they will trust the Lord to give them knowledge and understanding to ensure that people are treated fairly and with dignity. Living in the relative comfort of a wealthy  country we can only guess at the hardships asylum seekers suffer. Pray that their anxiety for the future can be relieved.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

He is Risen Indeed, Alleluia!

The Main Morning Service Today – a Family Communion – saw St Pauls packed. Our usual congregation was swelled by a number of children and grandchildren, and it was lovely to see them. We were all encouraged to join in the Easter acclamation – the basis of our faith: “Christ is risen! – He is Risen Indeed, Alleluia! which was used repeatedly during the service.

The children took part in finding “eggs” around the church (paper egg shapes with a letter on them). Together, they spelt “Risen” with each individual letter having a particular association with Christ’s work on the cross and saving us from sin.

May we consider the work of God at Easter not just now, but throughout the year.

Early in the Morning

Early in the morning, on the first day of the week...'
A group of us gathered this morning in Brocks Hill park for a Dawn Service at 6am to declare that Christ is Risen!


The resurrection of Jesus is the high point of the Christian faith and reminds us that Jesus has beaten the power of all evil and overcome death.

Alleluia, Christ is risen. He is risen indeed Alleluia!


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Holy Week

Holy Week has been a busy time at St Paul’s, as we’ve followed the story of the final week of Christ's life. We’ve done this either through services at St Paul’s or in conjunction with the other churches in Oadby.

So, Jesus triumphal entry into Jerusalem was not only commemorated in a morning service, last Sunday, but also in the March of witness through Oadby Parade, from St Peter’s to the Methodist Church – incorporating two donkeys.

Then – on Thursday – an evening service at St Paul’s remembered how Jesus partook of the Last Supper with his friends, and instituted the Holy Communion, in which Jesus’ death is remembered in the bread and the wine. It was also the occasion when he washed the disciples’ feet – saying “I give you a new commandment that you love one another, as I have loved you.” So, within the communion service, Gillian (our curate) washed 10 people’s feet.

Good Friday – the day of Jesus crucifixion – started with a morning service in St Peter’s, with the other churches. Then in the evening, 20+ people joined in a service “At the Foot of the Cross” in St Paul’s, with readings, hymns and prayers. The service finished remembering Jesus’ burial, as we waited for the resurrection.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Principal Services: April — June

Dear Friends,

Happy Easter! As we celebrate the risen Christ we turn our attention to Has Church and our role and purpose in partnering with God in the work of proclaiming the good news to all people, it promises to be an exciting journey!

Every Blessing,

Steve.
(Steve Bailey, Vicar)

Friday, 7 April 2017

Farewell Michael – God be With You ‘til We Meet Again

St Pauls is part of the team ministry of the Parish of Oadby. Although we have our own vicar, Steve Bailey, the other church, St Peter’s, has been led by a Rector, Canon Michael Rusk. Michael has been in this post for 17 years. However, he has now been appointed as Rector to Emmanuel Church, the American Episcopal Church in Geneva, Switzerland.

Last weekend was his final weekend with us.

We celebrated his work in Oadby in a service of Thanksgiving and Farewell on Saturday evening which was followed by a buffet meal in the parish centre. Many, who had worked with Michael, brought messages of appreciation that one or other of these events. Several previous clergy came back to the parish.

On the Sunday, both churches combined together at St Peter’s for the Family Communion Service, which was a joyous time. At the end of the service Michael was presented with a leather bound large print Bible, a book of messages and photos and a cheque.

Both churches wish Michael well in his new sphere of ministry. It will be interesting to hear how Geneva compares with Oadby!

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Easter Holiday Club

On Friday 21st April St Paul's is putting on a Holiday Club afternoon from 2-4.30pm. We will have games, crafts, songs, the Easter story and finish with tea together. Aimed at primary school aged children. Do come along and join us!

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Easter Assemblies

This week Lou and I are in Manor High School leading their Easter Assemblies. Through the week just under 1,000 children will hear us share the good news of Easter.
We are using this video which has kids explaining the Easter story in their own unique way. It follows on from the video we used at Christmas.
Towards the end of the assembly we listen to this cute song which helps to remind us that Jesus died that we might be friends with God.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Thank You

Last Sunday (26 April) was the fourth Sunday of Lent. It was also – and much better known as – “Mothering Sunday.” As we look back on our lives, most of us have cause to be profoundly grateful for the gift of a mother. That remains true even when our mothers have passed away. But for those whose mothers are still alive, this is the great opportunity to say “thank you.”

At St Pauls we met together to worship God – and our readings included the way that, in his great suffering on the cross, Jesus had entrusted the care of his mother, Mary, to his disciple John. We may care for our mothers, but to manage to do so in those circumstances is exceptional.

Before the children left for Super Troopers (our Sunday School) and other youth activities, they collected gifts of flowers – primulas – which they first distributed to their own mothers and then to other ladies in the church.
To all our mothers – alive or dead – we say “thank you.”