Monday, 14 August 2017

Three days this week (9-11 August) St Pauls rang the shouts of children as they took part in the holiday club activity. There was song, dancing and acting as they discovered the way that God had led Moses.

This theme was picked up again at the service on Sunday 13 August when some of the children and their parents also joined us. All those who had come to holiday club were also invited to the barbecue which took place afterwards.

 Thank you so much to all those who took part – the leaders, those who helped during the week, and all those who helped to put on the barbecue – and of course the children themselves.
 
If you missed out this year, do look for it in August 2018! Or, better still, come and enjoy the Supertrooper activities for primary school age children, every Sunday at 10 a.m.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Holiday Club

This week we held our summer Holiday Club 'Spy Kids' using the story of Moses. Here is a video from the week showing what we got up to.
Do join us tomorrow for our Celebration Service at 10am followed by a free BBQ!

Monday, 7 August 2017

Principal Services – July – September

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Dear Friends,

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In July we hold our first ever Holiday at Home and look forward to celebrating with them in our service on 9th July. A month later in August we are again running a summer Holiday Club for primary school aged children. There celebration service on 13th August is followed by a BBQ.

We continue with our sermon series based on David Watson’s book I Believe in the Church through July & August. In September we welcome a speaker from Tearfund to update us on our Connected Church partner in Uganda PAG.

Harvest this year will be on 24th September. All tinned and dried goods will go to Oadby Food bank  and fresh produce will be sold off and the money sent to Tearfund.

As we head into October a new sermon series will begin, watch this space for more details…

Every blessing,

Steve
Steve Bailey, Vicar

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Lou McGoldrick Talks about Youth Work at St Paul’s

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McGoldrick leads our youth work at St Paul’s and we thank her for all the hard work that she puts into it. Recently she spoke about her work in a video that was broadcast of the Leicester Diocesan website. If you would like to hear about her experiences and hopes, click here.

Lou’s pressing task is preparing for the Holiday Club that takes place this week at St Paul’s. They that be both a fun time and an opportunity for youngsters to hear of the love of Christ.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Holiday at Home video

We had a great time running our first ever Holiday at Home at St Paul's this week. Click here to watch a video of some of the pictures from our time together as shown in church this morning.

Thanks to all those who came along and to all those who worked so hard to make it happen.

Everyone had a really enjoyable time with events from quizzes, crafts, entertainments and sing-a-longs. Lots of delicious food and some great company. Thank you one and all. Happy Holidays!

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Holiday at Home

Today was the first day of our first ever Holiday at Home! We were delighted to welcome over 40 people to join us for a fun filled day getting to know one another, games, quizzes, food, drink, a Bible reflection and a sing a long. Here are some photos from our day today.




We look forward to tomorrow when we shall have a variety of craft activities and fish and chips for lunch!

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

The Church of God

In my sermon on Sunday I finished up with a quote from Bill Hybels in his book Courageous Leadership where he talks about the local church being the hope of the world.

‘I believe that the local church is the hope of the world. I believe to the core of my being that local churches have the potential to be the most influential forces on planet earth. If they get it and get on with it, churches can become the redemptive centers that Jesus intended them to be. Dynamic teaching, creative worship, deep community, effective evangelism and joyful service will combine to strengthen families, transform communities and change the world.’ 

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Be Suspicious!

As usual, today, we held “Coffee Pot,” our Thursday morning coffee group, mainly frequented by older citizens. At it, we were visited by PCSO (Police Community Support Officer) Nad Ikram, who gave a PowerPoint illustrated talk on “Telephone and Postal Fraud.”

He talked about the importance of always being suspicious, whether of telephone calls (the commonest), email or web announcements, unsolicited letters, or individuals on the doorstep. If an offer was too good to be true – it wasn’t true. He discussed, and showed a video, of some of the commonest scams and warned people to give away the minimum of data and never to reveal PIN numbers, or the three CSV numbers on the backs of credit cards.

He also described scams where people were told they had a fraudulent financial problem and encouraged to ring their bank, only for the fraudsters not to hang up, but to still be on the line when the individual thought they were talking to their bank – and trustingly revealed just the information that the fraudsters wanted. He warned that sometimes the (bogus) bank would send a courier for the person’s cards, which would never be seen again – apart from a large withdrawal on their statement.

Hopefully, we have all learned lessons. Thank you Nad.

Monday, 19 June 2017

I Believe in the Church

This was the title of a book written by the late David Watson, formerly vicar of St Michael le Belfry, York. This has provided the background for a series of sermons on the subject of  The Church, which will be preached in both St Paul’s and St Peter’s churches.

Today, Gillian preached on the first of the series: “The Church of God.” We look forward to the subsequent talks in the series, next week being: “The Kingdom of God.”

People often say that they appreciate much of what Christ said, but they do not like the church. If that is you, do come and hear about the real meaning of the church

              

Where Was God When That Happened?

This event which had been advertised in an earlier blog, took place on Saturday evening, 17 June. It was led by Neil McBride, a Reader at De Montfort University, together with one of his students, Ben who, had suffered a disabling illness that left him in a wheelchair, and our vicar, Steve Bailey.

In the evening we addressed the problem of reconciling a loving God who was all-powerful with the existence of suffering and evil. Neil spoke from the philosophical point of view – with insights like “how would we know the meaning of evil, without a good God contrast to it with,” while Ben spoke of his practical experience and his ability to reconcile God’s love with his disability.

In groups at tables, we discussed our own attitudes to the issues raised.

In an interval, we all shared in the puddings that people had bought and enjoyed a glass of one of the drinks that had been provided.

There will probably never be an answer – at least not a simple one – to the original question, but we all came out better informed, and even more thoughtful.