Fourth Sunday of Easter (3/05/2020) digital service

Pew sheet for the online service of Holy Communion on Sunday 3rd May 2020 (Fourth Sunday of Easter) led from St Paul’s Vicarage by Revd Susan Bolen, Priest-in-Charge.  Music from Kevin Jones and St Paul’s virtual chorale.  Reading by Brigitte Bolen.

You can watch the service on our YouTube channel by clicking on the linked text here: St Paul’s Wimbledon Parkside You Tube Channel

You can access the Order of Service to support your worship by clicking on the linked text here: Easter Season Order of Service 2020

Pew sheet for today’s service is here:  Pewsheet 3rd May

One Year On: A chat with Revd Susan Bolen, Priest-in-Charge

Editor of Parkside Post, Juliet Childs, spoke to Revd Susan Bolen in February 2020, just as she completed a hugely busy first year as Priest-in-Charge at St Pauls Wimbledon Parkside.  In the interview, Revd Susan gives her impressions of her new incumbency, of the church building and of life in the parish, and describes her vision for the church and our community.

Juliet: What do you think of the church building itself?

Susan:  From the outside, the appearance is quite typical of the Victorian period.  What is quite remarkable, however, is the beauty found within.  The Kemp windows, the reredos, the elegant high ceilings, the wonderful acoustics and other features make it a beautiful setting. 

But there is something even more attractive and compelling, something intangible that I can only call ‘Presence’.  And it is that which drew me here from the beginning.  It is something I feel every time I enter St Paul’s.  But one must enter through those big wooden doors to experience it for oneself. 

Juliet:  How have you found getting to know the people at St Paul’s?

Susan:  The people of St Paul’s have been a primary part of what drew me here initially.  They are warm, welcoming, very inclusive and generous of themselves.  They are both thoughtful and thought-provoking.  There are very many remarkable people with amazing stories at St Paul’s.  The more I get to know them, the more impressed I am.  They are a real                                                                                     blessing, for which I am deeply grateful.

Juliet:  What are your impressions of the Wimbledon Parkside area?

Susan:  This is a beautiful area.  I am not a city girl, so it often comes as a bit of a surprise to me to realise I live in London!  But the beauty of this area, with its green spaces and especially the Common, makes all the difference. And I like the diversity found here; the real mix of people and various faiths, and the fact that there are so many young people. 

I find a certain openness here and enjoy being able to pop my head in at the local shops just to say hello.  I appreciate that most people respond if I smile and greet them as I walk down the road with Ella, my golden retriever.

Juliet:  It must have been difficult, starting as Priest-in-Charge living outside the parish. What’s it been like, moving into the vicarage at last?

Susan:  The vicarage is fundamentally a lovely house.  It has a history and is a special place to live, particularly since it has been refurbished. My family and I are very pleased to be here.  Being next door to St Paul’s has made an enormous difference to daily life and to my availability to spend time more fruitfully.  I hope that it will help enable the doors of St Paul’s to be open much more as well!

Juliet:  What are your hopes for the life of the church and the parish, looking to the future?

Susan:  It is my hope, my vision, to be a church – a Christian presence – for this community.  To be a place of welcome where people can come to reflect, pray, find peace, grow spiritually, meet friends and discover community. St Paul’s is very well situated – where people live – and I would love for us to grow to be something of a community hub where a sense of love, belonging and sharing can be experienced by all.

Juliet:  We look forward to realising that special vision with you, Susan.  Welcome!

The Bridge – April 2020 (Vol. 25 No.3)

The Bridge, monthly newspaper of the Anglican Diocese of Southwark, will be published in PDF format for online distribution only until July 2020.  This is to safeguard the welfare of distributors and parishioners.

The April edition can be viewed here: The Bridge – April 2020

The Bridge continues to provide news from, and for, the parishes within the Diocese of Southwark.  The editors particularly welcome news on how you are coping in the new and very different world we are living in.

For general enquiries, please contact Steve Harris, Communications Officer, on steve.harris@southwark.anglican.org  For social media or website-related queries, email Daniel Stone, Social Media Manager, on daniel.stone@southwark.anglican.org

Online communications continue as usual.  Please get in touch via Twitter@SouthwarkCofE or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SouthwarkCofE  You can also read weekly updates via the blog, Hearts on Fire, at http://southwarkcofe.tumblr.com

Tea & Toys is back – online!

Due to Covid-19 restrictions we cannot currently meet in church, so Tea & Toys has moved online!  Join Katie, Mark and Zachary Gilbert  for stories and songs every Wednesday from 12 noon on St Paul’s Wimbledon Parkside You TubeChannel 

You can catch up with the first two episodes of Tea & Toys Online below.  New episodes will be posted here each week.  So make yourself a cup of tea or coffee and join in the fun with your little ones!  This week’s Episode 2 is all about ponds….

Tea & Toys, Wednesday 29th April

Tea & Toys, Wednesday 22nd April

Tea & Toys is back! Every Wednesday from 12 noon on YouTube

Parents, carers, toddlers and babies are invited to join Katie, Mark and Zachary Gilbert for music and stories each Wednesday from 12 noon on St Paul’s Wimbledon Parkside You TubeChannel 

As soon as it reopens, we will be back in church.  But until then, you can catch up with Tea & Toys Playgroup by video on YouTube or here on the St Paul’s website at any time to suit you and your little ones.

Do join in.  It’s really great fun!

You can enjoy our first two online editions below.  The latest Tea & Toys will be posted on the website each week under Community/Tea & Toys here.

Holy Communion Service, Sunday 26th April (Third Sunday of Easter)

Service of Holy Communion on Sunday 26th April 2020 (Third Sunday of Easter), led from St Paul’s Vicarage by Revd Susan Bolen, Priest-in-Charge with gospel reading and a sermon from Norman Allen, Reader.  Music by Kevin Jones and family, and Katie Gilbert.  Reading by Brigitte Boelen,

Liturgy for the Easter Season:  Easter Season Order of Service 2020

Pew sheet for today’s service:  Pewsheet 26th April

The Rt Revd Dr Richard Cheetham, Bishop of Kingston:  Reflections for the Third Sunday of Easter.

Third Sunday of Easter (26/04/2020) digital service

Pew sheet for the online service of Holy Communion on Sunday 26th April 2020 (Third Sunday of Easter) led from the vicarage by Revd Susan Bolen, Priest-in-Charge, with a video sermon from Norman Allen, Reader.  Music from Kevin Jones and family, and Katie Gilbert.

Please join the service on our YouTube channel at 10 am by clicking on the linked text here: St Paul’s Wimbledon Parkside You Tube Channel

You can access the Order of Service to support your worship by clicking on the linked text here: Easter Season Order of Service 2020

Pew sheet for today’s service is here:  Pewsheet 26th April

You may also wish to view a video homily for the Third Sunday of Easter by the Rt Revd Dr Richard Cheetham, Bishop of Kingston.

Second Sunday of Easter (19/04/2020) digital service

Pew sheet for the online Holy Communion service on Sunday 19th April 2020 (Second Sunday of Easter) led from the vicarage by Revd Susan Bolen, Priest-in-Charge, with a video sermon from visiting preacher Revd William Allberry.

Please join the service on our YouTube channel at 10 am by clicking on the linked text here: St Paul’s Wimbledon Parkside You Tube Channel

You can access the Order of Service to support your worship by clicking on the linked text here: Easter Season Order of Service 2020

Your pew sheet for today’s service is here: Pewsheet 19th April_2020