Events 

Wednesday recital: Wednesday 18th April, 5.15pm  for food and performance starting at 6.15pm. The performer will be Charlotte Laidlow. All funds raised will go to support the music at St Paul's Church. £5 Adults/£2.50 under 16.

The Manchester Newman Lecture – ‘Conscience and the Image of God – Revelations from accompanying refugees’: Thursday 26th April, 6.30 for 7pm. Talk by by Sarah Teather Director of Jesuit Refugee Service. At the Friends Meeting House, Manchester M2 5NS (just behind the Central Library in central Manchester). There will be no charge for admission. All  are welcome but booking is essential. For further details please contact Chris Quirke: Email  dcq@mac.com. Phone (07764 946074). 

Nine Beats Discussion Group: Tuesday 1st May, 7pm. A fortnightly group to discuss the beatitudes (see here) and to explore living the beatitudes as a way/rhythm of life. We will be working through the Nine Beats Notebook, which you can buy here. It is not necessary to buy the book if you can't afford it because photocopies of relevants sections will be made available each week. Please speak to Eve or Noel for more information (email eve_waterside@hotmail.co.uk, or noeltu@gmail.com). 

Book Group: Wednesday 13th June, 7.30pm. We will be discussing Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. See here for more on the book. It is available at the library and you will be able to pick up cheap second hand copies. Let somebody know if you are struggling to source a copy. At Eve's -- please email for details (eve_waterside@hotmail.co.uk) or talk to Eve after church. Flat is down some steps, so please let us know if this creates an access issue and we will look into alternative venues.

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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.

Choir Practice: Thursdays, 7.30-8.30pm; Sundays before services (arrive for 9.50am). Contact our music director for more info (david.cane@student.rncm.ac.uk)

Fortnightly Events

Nine Beats Discussion Group: A fortnightly group (starting 3rd April 2018) to discuss the beatitudes (see here) and to explore living the beatitudes as a way/rhythm of life. We will be working through the Nine Beats Notebook, which you can buy here. It is not necessary to buy the book if you can't afford it because photocopies of relevants sections will be made available each week. Please speak to Eve or Noel for more information (email eve_waterside@hotmail.co.uk, or noeltu@gmail.com). 

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!"

Followed by another very big announcement a few weeks later:

"Last Sunday morning Rev Bob Smith announced his intention to retire. Bob has been part of St Paul (and St Paul’s has been part of Bob!) since he was a boy. He served as a Reader for a time and some ten years ago  was ordained as an OLM (Ordained Local Minister). Despite his stroke some years ago and his subsequent move further away from St Paul’s, Bob has continued to make a contribution to the life of our church.  Now with his 65th Birthday coming up he has decided to retire on the 10th anniversary of his ordination, on 1 July. Until then he will remain a regular, very welcome and much appreciated presence at St Paul’s, in the pew, in his stall, in the pulpit and behind the altar."