St Paul’s Open Day Thrills Visitors

Ballet in the Main Hall of the Community Centre.  The class, which meets every Saturday morning at St Paul’s, welcomes new members

On Saturday, 29th September St Paul’s Church and Community Centre opened its doors to welcome neighbours and friends and show the wide variety of activity available at this thriving local hub.

Visitors of all ages came and enjoyed demonstrations and children’s activities, including Rugby Tots, Ballet, Ballroom and Latin American Dancing and Bingo.

Latin American dancing at St Paul’s inspires children and adults alike

Stalls run by the Lunch Club, the Fledglings Playgroup, the Safer Neighbourhood Team, ‘Little Grey Cells’ (Alzheimers Support), and Yoga and Reiki classes showcased what is available at St Paul’s for people with different needs.

Music is a big part of life at St Paul’s. Here Julia Raeburn performs a beautiful flute solo in church

In the church, the St Paul’s Choir, led by Director of Music Dr Kevin Jones, sang ‘The Heavens are Telling’ from Haydn’s Creation as well as a Te Deum composed by Prince Albert (to mark the bi-centenary of his birth and that of Queen Victoria), and several individual congregation members performed music and songs. The musical offering culminated in solo recitals by talented members of the Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra, which rehearses regularly at St Paul’s. Visitors were able to look at the Creationtide prayer stations prepared by the congregation in recent weeks, each one representing a day in the Creation story and exploring our relationship with the natural world.

Pimms and ice cream were the order of the day

Teas and homemade cakes were served by the St Paul’s Community Café team, while delicious ice creams, a barbecue and Pimms (as well as non-alcoholic punch) were on offer in the Memorial Garden (with food generously donated by the local Co-op store).

Reverend Susan Bolen, Priest-in-Charge at St Paul’s since February this year, said “The atmosphere throughout the afternoon has been fun and welcoming, and I’ve seen several new faces of people coming into St Paul’s for the first time”.

Face painting and the St Paul’s cafe proved equally popular!

For further information on the huge range of groups and activities available for adults and children at St Paul’s, please contact Sam Egan, Community Centre Manager on t:  020 8785 6327 or email here

Information on events in church can be found on this website.  Check our weekly pew sheets which contain details of upcoming concerts, recitals and other dates for your diary.  You can also find us on Facebook.

All Welcome! St Paul’s Open Day: Saturday 28 September 3 – 7 pm

Come and join us on Saturday 28th September from 3.00 pm and find out more about the varied range of exciting activities open to you at your local church and Community Centre.  Entrance is free of charge and St Paul’s is wheelchair accessible. 

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Sample programme

In the main hall of the Community Centre:  Rugby Tots (3.30 – 4.00 pm), Children’s ballet (4.15 – 4.45 pm), Bingo (4.45 – 5.15 pm), Ballroom and Latin Dance (5.15 – 6.00 pm)

In the church:  A programme of music including performances by St Paul’s Church Choir at 3.30 pm and Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra at 6.00 pm.  There will also be a Quiet Game between 5.00 and 7.00 pm.  Visit our prayer stations celebrating the season of Creationtide and exploring our relationship with the natural world.  Meet with church members who can provide information on the architecture and rich history of this beautiful church.

Children’s activities will be available throughout the afternoon and there will be a bouncy castle in the Community Centre garden (3.00 – 6.00 pm)Bug Hotel creation will be happening at the Augustus Road entrance to the church all afternoon until 7.00 pm.

Delicious refreshments

Relax and enjoy tea and cakes in the Lounge between 3.00 and 5.00 pm.  Don’t miss our BBQ in the Memorial Garden from 5.00 pm, with Pimms and non-alcoholic punch as well as delicious ice creams!

An opportunity to meet with activity and group organisers

As well as all the above experiences, you will have the opportunity to visit the dedicated stalls and meet the organisers of the following groups and activities on offer at St Paul’s:  Yoga, Reiki, 11+ Tutor Group, Choral Singing, Little Grey Cells (Alzheimer’s Support) and Memories Group, Lunch Club.

Above all – a warm welcome

All are most welcome and we aim to make our Open Day a fun and friendly occasion for everyone!  Revd Susan and all at St Paul’s look forward to the pleasure of your company.

Holy Communion and Re-Licensing of Assistant Curate, Revd Dr Nicky von Fraunhofer – Sunday 30th June, 6.00 pm

The Re-licensing of our Assistant Curate Revd Dr Nicky von Fraunhofer by our Archdeacon, Ven John Kiddle will take place on Sunday 30th June at 6.00 pm in church.  There will be a Sung Eucharist to celebrate the occasion.  During the same service, Norman Allen will renew his commitment as Reader at St Paul’s.

All are warmly welcome and encouraged to stay for cake and sparkling wine afterwards.

The 10 am service on Sunday 30th June will be Mattins (Morning Prayer).

Revd Susan Bolen Licensed as Priest-in-Charge of St Paul’s by Rt Revd Dr Richard Cheetham, Bishop of Kingston

 

Bishop of Kingston, the Rt Revd Dr Richard Cheetham with Revd Susan Bolen before the high altar at St Paul’s

Reverend Susan Bolen was officially installed as Priest-in-Charge of Wandsworth St Paul (Wimbledon Park) by the Right Reverend Dr Richard Cheetham, Bishop of Kingston, at a licensing service on Tuesday 7th February at 7.30 pm.  The licensing of Revd Susan marks the end of an interregnum of over a year since the departure of Revd Heinz Toller in January 2018.  It is the start of a new chapter in the life of St Paul’s.

Revd Susan made the Declaration of Assent and swore the oaths of Allegiance and of Canonical Obedience before the Bishop, the Archdeacon of Wandsworth (the Venerable John Kiddle), Area Dean (the Revd Ian Tattum), and Church Wardens (Margaret Brown and Bob Essert).  The Bishop was assisted at the service by the Revd Dr Nicky von Fraunhofer, Honorary Curate at St Paul’s.

Revd Susan Bolen and the Rt Revd Dr Richard Cheetham, Bishop of Kingston (centre), with the Mayor of Wandsworth Councillor Piers McCausland (right) and the Ven John Kiddle, Archdeacon of Wandsworth (left)

The occasion was honoured by the presence of the Mayor and Mayoress of Wandsworth, Councillor Piers McCausland and Mrs Elizabeth McCausland, who took special place among a large congregation within the beautifully decorated church.  Representatives of faith groups, local churches, community organisations and schools joined in welcoming Revd Susan to her incumbency.  They were joined by a large contingent of friends and church members from Revd Susan’s former parish of Frimley in Surrey, where she was formerly Curate.  Also present were many of the visiting preachers who have supported our worship at St Paul’s throughout the interregnum.

Floral displays included the ‘yellow rose of Texas’

The choir and music for the service was led by Director of Music, Kevin Jones, with special contributions from Talitha Jones (violin), Amber Bonham Carter (viola) and Samuel Jones (cello).  The hymns, chosen by Susan, included One is the body and one is the Head, Let us build a house where love can dwell (the offertory hymn), and God is love, let heav’n adore him.

Norman Allen CBE, Reader at St Paul’s, took the first reading from Letter to Hebrews, Chapter 12, verses 1-3; and Isabel Heycock, a member of the congregation, delivered the Gospel reading from Mark, Chapter 5, verses 21-43.

 

Revd Ian Tattum, Area Dean, prepares the altar

During the Order of Service, Revd Susan was presented by the Area Dean, Revd Ian Tattum, to Bishop Richard, who then led her in a reaffirmation of Ordination Vows.  Having formally received the licence, the new Priest-in-Charge led her congregation in the Prayers of Intercession.  She was then formally greeted by Churchwardens Margaret Brown and Bob Essert and other members of the community as the choir sang the Welcoming Anthem with music adapted by Dr Kevin Jones:

Gaudeamus omnes in Domino      (Let us all rejoice in the Lord                                               tempus celebrationem       a time for celebration                                              receperint ut novus sacerdos       welcome to our new priest)

Organ music after the service was The Lord’s Day (The Gift to be Simple) from Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland (1900 – 1990).

Thank you to Margaret Brown and Bob Essert, Churchwardens, for their hard work during the interregnum

Revd Susan was afterwards joined by dignitaries, clergy, the lay team, members of the congregation, community representatives and honoured guests for a sumptuous bring-and-share supper in the hall of St Paul’s Community Centre.  The catering was provided by many dedicated volunteers, ably co-ordinated with great skill by Joan Endean, Parish Auxiliary.

Our warmest welcome to Revd Susan and her family from the entire community at St Paul’s.  We offer our prayers of thanks for our new Priest-in-Charge and for the future of our church as we embark on the next stage of our journey.

 

Licensing of Revd Susan Bolen

The Licensing Service for our new Priest-in-Charge, Revd Susan Bolen, by the Bishop of Kingston will take place at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 5th February 2019. The Mayor of Wandsworth, local councillors and representatives of local schools and faith communities will attend. It will be followed by refreshments in the Community Centre.

Please come and bring friends to help us lay on a great welcome for Susan as we celebrate the opening of a new chapter in the life of St Paul’s.

Advent and Christmas 2018

Please join us for our programme of seasonal events and services during Advent and Christmas at St Paul’s:

Sunday 16th December                                                                                              3.30 pm  Christmas tea with carols in the St Paul’s Community Centre Lounge          

Carol singing in and around Southfields:                                                            Monday 17th December                                                                                                  6.00-7.00 pm  Outside Southfields Tube Station                                                               Tuesday 18th December                                                                                                  7.00-9.00 pm  Southfields Gardens (meet corner of Kingscliffe Gardens)                          All proceeds in aid of GLASS DOOR, our local churches’ homeless charity providing shelter every night of the week during the winter months                                                 

Sunday 23rd December                                                                                                6.00 pm  Service of lessons and carols, followed by mince pies and refreshments

Christmas Eve                                                                                                                    4.00 pm  Crib service for children and families.  Children are encouraged to come dressed in Nativity or other costumes.                                                                        11.00 pm  Organ music in church                                                                                      11.30 pm  Holy Communion with carols

Christmas Day                                                                                                          10.00 am  Family Communion with carols

 

 

St Paul’s Church Christmas Fair: Saturday 24th November 2018

All you need for Christmas is available at the St Paul’s Church Christmas Fair, which will take place on Saturday 24th November in the church and Community Centre from 11.30 am to 3.00 pm.

There will be stalls selling bric-a-brac, jewelry, books, music, childrens’ games, festive decorations and treats. Plus scrumptious cakes, tasty jams and delicious preserves…  Father Christmas is coming so fun for the children is guaranteed.

Enjoy refreshments in the Community Centre Lounge.  And don’t miss your chance to win some special prizes in our Christmas Fair raffle!

Entrance is just 50 pence, with all proceeds going to our church.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Act of Remembrance and Re-dedication of Wimbledon Park War Memorial, Sunday 11th November 2018

On Remembrance Sunday afternoon over 150 people attended St Paul’s Church, Augustus Road, SW19 for a special service of commemoration marking the centenary of the First World War Armistice. The service was led by the Bishop of Kingston, the Right Reverend Dr Richard Cheetham, and amongst those attending were the Mayor of Wandsworth, Councillor Piers McCausland, the Rt Hon Justine Greening, MP for Putney, Southfields and Roehampton, and Councillors Peter Carpenter, Malcolm Grimston and Angela Ireland.

The service was followed by the re-dedication of the restored Wimbledon Park War Memorial which stands in the grounds of the Church. Wreaths were laid by Celia Gilbert of Inner Park Road Residents’ Association on behalf of the local community, Ahmad Ahsan, Chair of the Southfields Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Elders’ Association and Peter Carpenter for the Wandsworth Labour Group.

Councillor Malcolm Grimston read out the names of the 35 men of the parish who lost their lives in the First World War, and for each name a small wooden cross was laid on the memorial. Each member of the congregation then placed a lighted candle on the memorial. Attending the event to honour individual men named on the War Memorial were Professor Neil Greenham, Clare College Cambridge (Captain Denman Baynes) and Mr Gerald Hughes (Gunner Charles Gardiner).

The restoration of the Memorial included recarving all 35 names and also adding a new inscription to remember all those from the local area who lost their lives in later conflicts. The work was funded by a public appeal which resulted in some very generous donations and the project is also being funded by grants from the War Memorials Trust and Wandsworth Borough Council.

Biographical details of most of the men named on the Memorial are included in a booklet and are on display in St Paul’s Church.

Rev Susan Bolen appointed next Priest-in-Charge of St Paul’s

 

We are delighted to announce that the Bishop of Kingston, on behalf of the Bishop of Southwark, has appointed the Rev Susan Bolen to the post of Priest-in-Charge of St Paul’s Church, Wandsworth (Wimbledon Park), subject to the usual legal formalities.

Rev Susan Bolen is expected join us in February

Susan is currently Assistant Curate in the parish of Frimley, in the Diocese of Guildford.  Her training and studies include an MA in Biblical Studies from Kings College London, an MA in Pastoral Theology from Anglia Ruskin University and a three-year course in Ignatian Spirituality and Spiritual Direction. Her previous life included many years in business finance and a position with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

Susan is married to Sebastiaan and they have two children, Brigitte (18) and Benoît (14). Together they have lived in France, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg and England.  Brought up in Texas, Susan moved to France to do graduate study in business at INSEAD. She enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends and is keen on hiking and running with Ella, the family golden retriever.

Susan is very much looking forward to working with the people of St Paul’s and the community of Wimbledon Park.  It is anticipated that Susan’s last Sunday in Frimley will be in January and that she will be licensed at St Paul’s in early February.  The date will be confirmed as soon as possible.