Monday, 24 November 2014

St Pauls and the Digital Age!

It is some five years since our last vicar, Simon Harvey, started this blog. Lou McGoldrick our Youth Worker and Priyanka Ferreira, our Church Intern, have now been working hard to increase St Paul’s presence on the Internet and in Social Media. See what their hard work has resulted in:

St Paul's Own Website

Thank you, so much, to Lou and Priyanka for all their hard work.

Off to Peru

Yesterday, St Paul's welcomed Layla and Katie, two students from Beauchamp College. In summer 2015, they are hoping to go to Peru with International Camps, working with the villagers there. In order to fund the project, they are having to raise the necessary money.

To this end, they had been busy baking, and at the end of the service they were selling their produce. This varied from delicious cakes to spicy onion bhajis. We wish them well, both in their fundraising activities and in the work that they eventually hope to do.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

St Paul's Christmas Fair

 Here are some photo's from our Christmas fair on Saturday 15th November

 Homemade cakes and homemade sweets!!
 Santa in his grotto!
Thanks to everyone for their hard work and to all who came. We raised just over £1,000 for Alzheimer's and Wishes for Kids.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

We Will Remember – and Give Thanks

Each year on Remembrance Sunday – the Sunday nearest to Remembrance Day (11 November), like most churches we hold a special service when we remember those who have died in war, give thanks and commit ourselves to work for peace.

This Remembrance Sunday, tomorrow, will be different inasmuch as it occurs in the year of the 100th anniversary of the start of that most bitter of wars, the First World War. We have invited people to come and complete a small form with details of all of their relatives who have fought in any war, whether they came home or not. These will be collected at the front of church, as we then give thanks for those individuals’ lives, their commitment to our society and, in some cases, their supreme sacrifice.

As we remember the suffering they experienced, we commit ourselves to work for peace, both by prayer and action. As people leave St Paul's, they will be given a small card, pictured above, to remind them of Jesus Christ who himself was the supreme sacrifice for us.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

The Bible Society

The Good Cause, to which St Paul’s donates, and which we are publicising this month, is the Bible Society – a society which was founded 210 years ago with the purpose of making the Bible available throughout the world.

As their website puts it: “The Bible is more than a book. It's full of human stories – of love, greed, joy, loss and passion. It's vital to our culture. It's part of the answer to the world's needs. It's cherished by billions of people around the world. It's more than a book. We'd love you to explore the Bible for yourself and see what we mean.”

That is equally the desire of St Paul’s – that people may explore the Bible and, through it, discover Jesus, who is ready to forgive our failings and bring us back to God the Father.

So, we are delighted to support the Bible Society as it helps to make Bibles available worldwide.

Welcome to Kim Ford at Great Glen

On Thursday, 30 October, the Revd Kim Ford was licensed as the new Priest in Charge of the Great Glen group of parishes. She was also licensed as “Team Vicar Designate of the Oadby Team” as it is intended to join Great Glen and Oadby in one team.

A number of people from St Pauls therefore joined the service at St Cuthbert’s, which was led by the Bishop of Leicester, Rt Revd Tim Stevens. Apart from people from the local parishes of Great Glen, Burton Overy, Carlton Curlieu and Stretton Magna, people came from Market Harborough, where she had served her Curacy, and there were members of her wider family.

The congregation made us very welcome, with a superb buffet afterwards.

We wish Kim God’s every blessing and pray that he may bless her ministry abundantly as the Kingdom of God grows in great Glen.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

FNY Neon Lights Party

We had an AWESOME time celebrating light and colour tonight at our Neon Light Party. We had loads of competitive games, eating challenges, indoor sledges, party food, flashy lights, party music and Goodie bags. We also had a video that reminded us that nothing can beat the light of Jesus and that is what we were celebrating, that even in the darkest times - Jesus shines brighter!  J
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
John 1:5