Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Our Churchwarden is Legal!

Most churches have two Churchwardens, but due to a legal quirk in the way that this parish was set up, at St Paul's, we have only one, Vivien James, who is assisted by a Deputy, Paul Webster. The election of a Churchwarden is for a one-year term and Vivien was re-elected at the recent Annual Parish Meeting. Before officially being admitted to the office, Vivien had to attend a service, which was held yesterday. Led by the Archdeacon, it was a service of worship, but which also included the following legal elements.

In the Archdeacon's Charge, he explained the role of a churchwarden, as follows:
“The office of Churchwarden is an ancient one, dating from the early middle ages. As officers of the Bishop, and members of the Parochial Church Council, Churchwardens are charged with co-operating with the incumbent, and leading the laity in the promotion of the mission and ministry of the church in the local parish.
In doing so, Churchwardens offer a ministry of welcome and pastoral care to church members and their parish priest and the priest's family.
In Churchwardens is vested the property in the plate, ornaments and other moveable goods of the church, of which they are asked to maintain an inventory and report on them annually to the Bishop and Parochial church Council.
They are also asked to maintain order and decency in the church, especially during public worship.
It is to this important ministry that you have been elected at your annual parish meeting.”

In the presence of the Diocesan Registrar , a legal officer, the churchwardens present, including Vivien,  were asked to stand and make the following declaration:
“I solemnly and sincerely declare
Before God and his people
That I will faithfully and diligently
Discharge the duties of my office
For the parish in which I have been chosen
During the period of my appointment
Calling at all times on the strength that God gives me.”

To which the Registrar responded:
“On behalf of the Bishop, I admit you to the office of Churchwarden to serve in your respective parishes during the coming year.”

We will be praying for Vivien as she seeks to carry out this commitment.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Welcome Stephen Catriona and Hannah

The Parish of Oadby – St Peter’s and St Paul’s churches – have supported the worldwide Anglican Mission organisation CMS (Church Mission Society) for many years. The previous partner, Jane Jerrard, has now retired from CMS, and we now have a new link with Stephen and Catriona Bennett.

 After introducing themselves at St Peter’s morning service they came on to St Paul’s and showed a few slides and spoke about their intended work. Stephen is a consultant surgeon from Fife and Catriona a consultant anaesthetist. In August they will be going out to work at the Mission Hospital of Gahini in Rwanda. Stephen will be the only surgeon there, but expects to be able to share his surgical skill with other doctors. Catriona will be working part-time (Hannah is a baby) and she hopes to increase the expertise of the anaesthetic nurses and undertake complex anaesthetics. Their presence will support the witness of this church hospital in showing God’s love to the community around.

After service they mingled with the congregation, answering people’s questions and then went on to an open lunch in one of the congregation’s homes, where we were able to get to know them better and hear more of their hopes and plans.

We look forward to supporting them both financially and in prayer, and in any other practical ways that we can.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Bicycle Pilgrimage

On 8th June St Paul's is delighted to be hosting Robert's Bike Pilgrimage as it makes its way from Cape Wrath through the Hope Valley to Peace Haven. Find out more here.
We will be praying with Robert and the team for the persecuted church at 7.30pm on 8th June at St Paul's.

Friday, 5 May 2017

An update from our Connected Church

We have recently received an update from PAG, our Tearfund Connected Church in Uganda. To read it click here.

We are asked to pray for them:
  • We need to increase our capacity if we are effectively going to introduce PEP to all churches in our denomination. Please pray for God’s provision of staff, finances and skills, and pray for God’s anointing on every one of us involved.
  • Please pray for our neighboring countries who are in times of great turmoil. Pray for peace: their peace is our peace.
  • Pray, as always, for relief from the drought. Pray for protection, sustenance, and for more and more creative solutions to protect people from the impacts of no rain to be found.

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!

Posted by Steve at 8:35 am


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 Bailey, Vicar)