Events 

Harvest Ceilidh: Friday 19th October in the church hall, in collaboration with L'Arche. There will be a live band, fantastic caller, and guest Morris Dancers! Inclusive event - no need to be a good dancer! Soft drinks will be available, feel free to bring your own booze and a food contribution for a bring and share meal. Tickets are £5, and please see Elizabeth to buy one, or email (e.rigby@sky.com).

Cake and Craft Fare: Saturday 24th November. There will be lots of home made cake and crafts on sale in the church hall! Please come along and get your Christmas gifts and eat some lovely cakes. If you want to contribute to the sales, then be in touch with Elizabeth (e.rigby@sky.com).

 

Please see here for our fantastic music events!

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.

The Hive Community Kitchen: Open from Monday-Wednesday 10.30am-2pm in the church hall. Affordable food and friendly company. Free tea, coffee, and snacks from 10.30am-11.30am (or any time if you are in need).  All are welcome.

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)

Monthly Events

Nine Beats Discussion Group: A monthly 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). 

Announcements

An special message from Bob Smith, our retiring OLM

I wanted to thank everyone for the special celebration we shared as I conducted my last Holy Communion service at St Pauls as the OLM (ordained local Minister) It was a very emotional day for myself and my immediate family as we had so much contact with St Pauls growing up, and then later in my life being called to serve there. 

​This was reflected in the music  David and the choir planned to chart moments in my life (School Hymn, favourite hymn etc) which was sung and played so superbly, in the service.  

Having worked with the Sunday School, they presented me with a large drawing of me, which even had my moustache and Glasses!  

At the end of the Service ​Esther and Elizabeth our tireless wardens,  presented flowers to both Anne and I and then a wonderful card and gift from everyone in the Parish. At that moment I felt so overwhelmed that everyone who had helped my recovery from a stroke with their love and prayers, still found time to give me a thank you gift.  It will be always be a special moment for me. 

​In the party in the Narthex after,  where I am sure I did not get to see everyone properly, we shared memories together, which will always be etched on my heart, as will be St Pauls and the community of Withington.  THANK YOU ALL.  Bob ​

​ ​A big thank you from Eve and Bea for 'Help Refugees' donations!!

Eve and Bea from St. Paul's recently travelled to Calais to volunteer with Help Refugees and took a whopping 585 Euros donation with them -- the majority of which was from the congregation at St Paul's -- to give to the Help Refugees warehouse in Calais. This money will be spent on necessary provisions such as food for the community kitchen, sleeping bags, tents, socks, and shoes. You are all amazing - thank you! Please see this video for a short report on what we witnessed in Calais (please be aware that this could be particularly distressing if you have personal experience of being a refugee at the borders, so take care): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_3Snu8N-0U