Vulnerable or alone and need help?

St Paul’s Church has access to a group of volunteers willing to lend support to those in our local community who are vulnerable and alone at this anxious time of social isolation.

If you need help with shopping, or would just welcome a friendly chat, let us know and we will do what we can to put you in touch with the support you need.

Please call Guy on 07533 652695 or email office@stpaulsparkside.org.uk

Or email Samantha on stpaulscommunity@btconnect.com

St Paul’s Church and Community Centre closed to reduce spread of coronavirus

Closure of St Paul’s Church and Community Centre until further notice

Following the Government’s adoption of strict measures limiting public life in order to control the spread of the coronavirus, and specifically the directives to close places of worship, prevent social gatherings and to stay at home, both the church and St Paul’s Community Centre have been closed until further notice.  Please read the pastoral letter from Revd Susan Bolen for further information. 

As a consequence, a number of our regular community events have been suspended:

  • Lunch Club (Tuesday)
  • Community Café (Thursday)
  • Friday Club (Friday)
  • Tea & Toys (normally Tuesdays, in church)
  • All planned concerts and recitals (church and Community Centre)

Events and activities offered by our partners such as Dance Addiction and Rugby Tots, which normally take place in the Community Centre, will not run until we are open again. Church concerts and recitals will be re-scheduled, wherever possible, once life returns to normal.

We appreciate that the closure will affect many people in the community for whom our services are very important parts of their lives.  We greatly regret this impact, but we feel sure you will understand that the closure is absolutely necessary to protect public health and the wellbeing of our community in the current emergency.

If you are vulnerable and alone and need support, or are just concerned and would like to chat, please do keep in touch and let us know how we can help.  For those of you who live in our parish, but don’t attend St Paul’s, please know that we are at your service regardless of your faith.

We look forward to serving the community again, just as soon as we can safely reopen our doors.

For further information and updates about St Paul’s Community Centre, please keep visiting the website or contact:

Sam Egan
Manager
St Paul’s Community Centre
t: 020 8785 6327
e:  stpaulscommunity@btconnect.com

GLASS DOOR says ‘Thank You!’

The homeless charity GLASS DOOR and St Paul’s carol singers would like to thank all who contributed to the collection we made at Southfields tube station and in the ‘Gardens’ area of the St Paul’s parish, before Christmas.

With your help, we raised the magnificent sum of £815.00!

This winter, GLASS DOOR has welcomed up to 170 guests every night for a hot meal and a safe place to sleep. One is Saad, a Sudanese refugee, who said “At GLASS DOOR I felt like a human being again. I am living now at my shared accommodation and have my own room. What I have today, it was through God and GLASS DOOR and I will always be grateful.”

 

For more information, see the website: https://www.glassdoor.org.uk/whatwedo

 

Carol Singing in Southfields in support of GLASS DOOR Homeless Charity

St Paul’s carol singers will be out and about in the parish in aid of GLASS DOOR Homeless Charity, London’s largest open-access network of emergency winter shelters and support services for men and women affected by homelessness:  https://www.glassdoor.org.uk/

Dates and locations are as follows:

Monday 16th December 6.00 – 7.00 pm at Southfields station

Wednesday 18th December from 7.15 pm in the ‘Gardens’ area (Gartmoor, Kingscliffe and Southdean)

Please do come and join us!  And if you see us, or hear us, please give generously!

December Concerts at St Paul’s

Renowned for its wonderful acoustic, St Paul’s will be venue for the following concerts during December:

Saturday 7th December, 7pm                                                                                Putney Choral Society gives a performance of Bach’s Magnificat and Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit.

Tickets are available from The Secretary, Putney Choral Society on  m: 07968 209245 or buy on the door.  £15 including programme and refreshments.  Further information on the Putney Choral Society website at w: http://www.putneychoralsoc.org.uk/

Saturday 14th December, 3pm (matinee) and 6pm                                                      Wimbledon Choral Society Christmas Concert for Choir & Audience.  Come and hear the choir in full voice with a mix of familiar and new items and exercise your voice by joining in the traditional carols. Pieces in the programme include some beautiful music written or arranged by contemporary composers.  Examples are John Tavener’s stunning The Lamb, Becky McGlade’s beautiful version of In the bleak mid-winter, Cecilia McDowell’s A Heavenly Song and a new take on Away in a manger.  Wrapped around these will be traditional favourites like The Holly & The Ivy, O Come, all ye faithful, Hark! The herald angels sing and Jingle Bells.   There will also be a bit of fun at the end in the final item…   It might just have something to do with the number 12.      Neil Ferris (conductor)   Michael Higgins (piano/organ)

Tickets:  £ 15 adults / £ 10 concessions can be booked on the Wimbledon Choral Society website at w: http://www.wimbledon-choral.org.uk/

 

Join the festive fun at St Paul’s Christmas Fair: Saturday 23rd November, 11 am – 3 pm

Come and join in the festivities at St Paul’s Christmas Fair this Saturday 23rd November from 11am to 3pm.  Sample seasonal treats, find unique gifts and enter our Christmas Fair raffle with the chance to win great prizes!  Plenty of fun and Christmas spirit is guaranteed for all ages!

There will be stalls selling bric-a-brac, jewellery, books, music, childrens’ games, festive decorations and treats. You can buy scrumptious cakes (our home baking is a speciality), tasty jams and delicious preserves…  Light lunches will be available.

For the children, Father Christmas will be waiting in in his grotto (£1 including a gift).

Entrance is just 50p for adults (children free), with all proceeds going to our church.

The Christmas Fair takes place throughout the church and Community Centre and is one of the most popular events in the St Paul’s social calendar. We look forward to seeing you there!

All Souls Memorial Service, Sunday 27th October at 4 pm

On Sunday 27th October, St Paul’s will be holding an All Souls Memorial Service at 4.00pm, remembering and giving thanks to God for those whom we love but see no longer.  At this service, which will be led by Revd Susan Bolen, Priest-in-Charge, we will reflect on the lives of these people, thank God for them and (if we wish) light a candle in their memory.

Invitations have been sent to families of people whose loss is still recent, but you do not need an invitation.  If there is someone you would like to remember, you are very welcome.   Please feel free to bring any friends who you believe may benefit from it. After the service there will be refreshments offered and clergy available.

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.