Sunday, 17 June 2018

Helping the Poorest in Uganda

The focus of our charitable giving this month is the Friends of Africa International Christian Ministry, (AICM) of which one of our congregation is a trustee. AICM works in the south-west corner of Uganda among some of the poorest people there, especially the Batwa, the Pygmy people on the edge of society.

AICM has provided new schools for their children, and included a feeding programme, enabling to take advantage of the education offered. It also brings good news of the love of Jesus, who came to bring good news to the poor.

Farewell Jonathan and Janet

Jonathan and Janet Hales have been active members of St Paul’s church for many years, including their work with young people. This week they have moved to the West Country to be nearer family. Although we wish them well, they will be sorely missed.

Last Sunday – their last Sunday with us, they were called forward to the front of the church, where Steve interviewed them, and then, joined by other members of the congregation prayed for them and their new life.

We pray that God may bless them in this new stage, and may they be a blessing to others, as they have been to us.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

The Power of Love

Many people are talking about the sermon that was preached at the Royal Wedding on Saturday by Bishop Michael Curry. You can watch it here. or you can read a transcript here.
Some were surprised by how engaging his preaching was. At St Paul's we strive to have informed, engaging, passionate preaching week by week.
Our sermons are available on line here but are much better heard in person. Do join us on any Sunday at 10am and discover the power of love in Jesus Christ through engaging preaching of scripture.

Thy Kingdom Come

The final event of the Thy Kingdom Come campaign was a united service of prayer at St Paul’s for all the members of the churches together in Oadby.

The service was taken by Gillian and Tom Cox of the Baptist Church also took part. There were not only hymns and prayers led from the front, but prayer stationed around the back of the church, which concentrating our prayers for the need for God to work in the many aspects of life in Oadby.

But may the ending of this Campaign not be the ending of our call by Christ to pray: “thy kingdom come.”

Then the Spirit Came

Last Sunday was Pentecost – 50 days after Passover and Christ’s death. It was a harvest festival for the Jews and people had come from all over the known world. It was then that the Holy Spirit, the comforter, that Jesus had promised fell on the disciples, who preached the good news in words that all the assembled worshippers could understand. 3000 people became believers in Christ that day. It has been called the birthday of the church.

So, we celebrated with new banners and words and liturgy and the sermon by Karen that reminded us of those marvellous events.
May we know the power of the Holy Spirit in our church and in all our lives in the coming year.

May the Love of God Be with You, Harry and Meghan

Like much of the nation, many of the members of St Paul’s were watching the wedding last Saturday of Prince Harry and Meghan Markel.

Weddings are always happy occasions, and one of the notable features was the involvement of people of Afro-Caribbean heritage. Of these, perhaps the most notable was the sermon by, the Most Revd Michael Curry Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church (the equivalent of the Anglican Church) of the USA, with this theme of the love of God that reaches out to mankind and demands a response – and the ability of love to overcome evil, and to be even more powerful than fire.

We live in a world that desperately needs to know God’s love in the face of so much hate.

May Meghan and Harry truly know God’s love in their home.

Monday, 14 May 2018

Thy Kingdom Come - 10-20 May

Between Ascension Day (last Thursday) and Pentecost (next Sunday) we are taking part in the Archbishops’ initiative “Thy Kingdom Come.” At St Paul’s, this will include supporting “A Wave of Prayer in Oadby.”

We are inviting everyone to join in praying The Lord's Prayer every day during these 10 days at the regular times of 8.00am, 1.00pm and 8.00pm, either silently to oneself or out loud.  Just stop what you are doing and focus on the Lord's Prayer for a couple of minutes.  

Then on 19 May from 10.00am, there will also be prayer on the Parade in Oadby.

To conclude ‘Thy Kingdom Come,” joining with other “Churches Together in Oadby,” there will be a time of prayer at St. Paul’s at 6.30pm.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Where Are We Going?

On Saturday 5 May the District Church Council spent a day together in the Barnabas Centre reflecting on where God may be leading us. We were led in our thoughts by Dr Rob Hay from the ministry group at the diocese.

We reflected on what we are doing – and the number of activities was enormous. But we tried to prioritise which God was blessing and which were the most important. With changes to staffing in our church and a number of people leaving (for good reasons) it was good to reflect on our priorities – and also good to have a time together.

More Fun@4

At 4.0 p.m. on Sunday 29 April there was more fun@4 – a Christian activity for primary school age children, held in the church. There were games, Bible stories, teaching and food. This time, it came under the title: “‘The Great Escape’ featuring the story of the parting of the Red Sea. 

A good number of children and their parents came and we are so grateful for Derek and his team who organised it. 

If you have children or grandchildren, to look out for the next event. They occur about every six weeks

Principal Services – a Message from the Rector

Dear Friends,
 
Happy Easter! As we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, his conquering of death and hell we join with Christians the world over proclaiming Alleluia, Christ is Risen, He is Risen indeed, Alleluia!
 
We return in our All Age services to looking at what we can learn from Women & Men of Faith in the Bible. We are fortunate to welcome some guest preachers, Rob Hay is the Head of Learning, Rachel Bennetts is the Prior of the New Monastic Community and Lusa Ngoy is the BAME Mission & Ministry Enabler. It will be good to hear from them and learn more about their roles.
 
Later we turn our attention to the Church. Following the success of last year's series I Believe in the Church we return to the second half of David Wastson's book and look at the different things we do as Church. This series will run across both churches again so we can look forward to a variety of preachers on some important topics.
 
Every Blessing,
 
Steve.
 
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