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.

News on recruitment of the next Priest-in-Charge

We have agreed with our Archdeacon (John Kiddle) on the wording of an advert for the post of Priest-in-Charge (the new vicar, but for technical reasons this alternative title has to be used). The advert will appear in The Church Times on 13th July and 20th July 2018, and online on the Pathways website.  We have also agreed on the wording of the St Paul’s Parish Profile which is made available to anyone interested in applying.

We have offered two alternative dates for candidates to meet members of the congregation and look round the parish prior to the interviews: Saturday 22nd September and Wednesday 26th September 2018.  Please keep these dates free if you can help to entertain them.

St Pauls WP Advert ed JK

St Paul WP Parish Profile final

 

Will you help restore this WWI Memorial?

The Wimbledon Park War Memorial stands in the memorial garden outside St. Paul’s Church and the Community Centre. It was designed and built by the company of Charles Eamer Kempe in 1919, to honour local men who died in WWI, using donations from residents of the area. It was dedicated at a special service in January 1920 and was listed as grade II by Historic England in 2017 as “an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on the local community, and the sacrifices it made in the First World War”.

Inscribed on the Memorial’s four panels are the names and ranks of the 35 men from the area who lost their lives, along with a short text which reads: 1914 A.D. LEST WE FORGET 1918 A.D.

The centenary celebrations for the end of WWI fall on November 11th 2018. After almost a century, the War Memorial needs restoration, especially because some names are now difficult to read.  We would like to have some of the lettering re-carved to help the community remember those who gave their lives for us all. We also want to add a few new words to remember those from our local area who fell in the Second World War and more recent conflicts.  This will ensure that on Remembrance Day every year, all those who have lost their lives in the service of our country are visibly included in our Act of Remembrance.

Restoring historical monuments is expensive. We expect the total cost to be around £10,000 and have applied for a grant for part of this from the War Memorials Trust. The balance needs to be raised by local donations, in the same way as 100 years ago.  Please give generously, to honour those from past and current generations, who gave all they had, for us.

Our aim is to complete the restoration in time for the Centenary commemorations on Sunday November 11th when a special service and Act of Remembrance is planned for 3 pm for all local residents.

Ways to donate

If you would like to support this appeal:

For cash or cheque donations, please make a cheque payable to St Paul’s Church PCC, put cheque or cash in an envelope addressed to War Memorial Appeal, St Paul’s Community Centre, 23, Inner Park Road, London SW19 6ED and post with a stamp or deliver through the Community Centre letter box. Alternatively, please give it to us on the Open Day.

Online: A JustGiving page will be set up shortly. You can donate directly by bank transfer to Account no. 41649990, Sort Code 60-20-09. Please use reference War Memorial

If you are a UK taxpayer and wish to Gift Aid your donation, please say so and add your name and address.

All donations will be used exclusively for the restoration of the War Memorial. Should there be a surplus it will be donated equally to the Royal British Legion and SSAFA.

You can see further details of the War Memorial, the names inscribed and the Appeal Open Day on 15th July here.

Appointment of the new Priest-in-Charge: Update from the PCC

Approval has been given by the Diocese to advertise the vacancy in July and therefore an appointment is expected to be made at the end of September 2018.

The Parochial Church Council (PCC) has prepared a Parish Profile and once input from the Bishop and Archdeacon has been received, copies will be made available.

Candidates will be visiting St Paul’s on Saturday 22nd September 2018.  It would be helpful if they could meet as many people as possible on that day.

The Diocese has meanwhile advertised the Vicarage for a short let until October.

Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM): Results of Elections and Report & Accounts 2018

Results of elections to the Parochial Church Council (PCC) held at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM), which took place in the St Paul’s Community Centre on 15th April 2018, were as follows:

Bob Essert and Margaret Brown were re-elected as Church Wardens. Kana Jones was elected to the Parochial Church Council (PCC) and Norman Allen, Jo Mulaki, Claudia Porter, Elizabeth Simon and Philip Warner were all re-elected. Andrew Keat has agreed to be co-opted for 2018/19. Other continuing members of the PCC are Marcel Bancroft, Daniel Chandran, Joan Endean, Nicky von Fraunhofer (ex officio) and Doreen Hewitt.

There are still two vacancies which can be filled during the year, so if anyone would like to join, please speak with Margaret Brown.

Christine Brown, Doreen Hewitt and Joan Wilson, were re-appointed as sides people (who act as stewards and welcome people into the church before services and at other times).  More ‘welcomers’ are needed.  Please contact Bob Essert or Margaret Brown if you are willing to join this group.

Printed copies of the APCM 2018 Report & Accounts are available on the table at the back of the church for those who have not yet had one.