Events 

Pilgrim Course on the Beatitudes: starting on Monday 5th February. With Christ Church and St Christopher we will be running a 6 week study and discussion course the Beatitudes. They will be held either at St Christopher's. Lifts will be available for those who cannot get there otherwise -- please let Gisela know if this applies. 

Port in the Storm: Starting 28th February, 10-11.30am. 6 week course for developing pastoral skills for those in pain: a course in which hospital chaplains aim to share their expertise of being alongside people at difficult time. A chance to reflect in a supportive environment on people’s needs and how we can help ourselves and others and deepen our sense of how God can work through us. This course is for: those who are interested in volunteering in hospital, or in developing their skills for life and for those who wish to use these skills in their local church setting. At Wythenshawe Hospital Chaplaincy. Further details from Wythenshawe Hospital Chaplaincy - phone 0161 291 2297; email chaplain@mft.nhs.uk

Curry and Quiz Night: Friday 9th March, 6.30pm. To raise funds for our Lent charity, Kimbilio. Teams will be formed on the night. Please put your name on the list at the back of church. £8, and £5 concessions (which includes lovely curry made by Tamang). Bring your own drinks (alcohol allowed). This will take place in the church hall. 

Annual Parochial Church Meeting: Sunday 18 March after the main morning service.

Wednesday Recital - Singers from the RNCM: Wednesday 21st March. Soprano Eleanor Hull and Mezzo-Soprano Lucy Vallis present music from Monteverdi to Broadway. Food from 5.15pm and music at 6.15pm. Tickets £5/£2.50 (adults/under 16s), pay on the door.

Book Group: Wednesday 21st March, 7.30pm. The book will be A Hatful of Sky by Terry Pratchett. All are welcome. At Gisela's house, please contact Gisela, or Eve (eve_waterside@hotmail.co.uk) for more information or the address. 

 

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Weekly Events

Bible study: most Mondays, 2.30-4.30pm (with a break between Advent and Lent). We read the Gospel passage for the week, and reflect on jumps out to us from the passage. This is not academic-type bible study, and is open to all with an interest in exploring the weekly readings. It is held at Pam Hall's house. For an address, and/or more information please contact Pam at: pamgascoignehall@gmail.com

Home Guard: Tuesdays, 7.30 for 8 pm. This is  an informal  house-group promoting  frank and free discussion of issues of life and faith. For more information e-mail Charles (cgwpilkington@btinternet.com), or Ian (ian.purver@btintrnet.comto find out more, or ask to be introduced to them on a Sunday morning.

Announcements

Recently there has been a very big announcement:

Gisela our Rector writes: "On Sunday I announced my intention to retire at the end of April after more than 8 years at St Paul's. It was not easy to tell people, I love St Paul's and I know that people are sad to see me go. However, there are still three months before my final Sunday on 15 April.  I hope and pray that my remaining time at St Paul's will be not just sad, but joyful too, as together we learn from our mistakes, celebrate and give thanks for all that has been good,  and look towards the future." 

Our response: "We will be very sad to see Gisela go, having been blessed with eight years of her exemplary leadership and care at St Paul's. She has served the church of england for 34 years (Deaconess since 1984, Deacon since 1986 and Priest since 1994), and the C of E is a much richer place for her ministry. We wish her all the very best in her retirement!"

Other announcements

The Electoral Roll will be revised shortly. If you are not on the Electoral Roll of St Paul’s Church but would like to be, please speak to one of the wardens.  Being a member on the Electoral Roll gives you the right to attend and vote at the Annual Parochial General Meeting.

Help Refugees: Eve is going to Calais with a group from the Centre for Reconciliation and Peace in London, to find out more about the work of  Help Refugees. They are asked if possible to bring some cash donations with them to support Help Refugees with the purchase of tents, clothing, meals. All funds goes directly on aid for the refugees there. If you would like to find out more or donate this is the link to Eve’s page:  https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/evehelprefugeescalais 

From about the middle of February til Easter we look forward to welcoming Jane Cawsey on a parish placement. Jane is training to be Reader.  She will join us for the Pilgrim course and on Sunday mornings, when she will occasionally lead part of the service, prepare intercessions and, on one occasion, preach.

With the figures still coming in, so far we know that over £1800 was raised at the church craft and cake sale!!! It was a great event, full of goodwill and community spirit. A massive well done, and many thanks to those involved; to all who organised it, made crafts/cakes, helped out, and came along -- you are wonderful.