Remembrance Sunday and November at St Paul’s

Remembrance Services
Due to the lockdown regulations, our usual Remembrance Sunday service at 10.00 on November 8th will not be a public service but will be available livestreamed if you subscribe to our youtube channel
The Order of Service including hymns is at

A brief Remembrance Service and laying of our wreath will take place on Remembrance Day (Wednesday 11th November) outside around our War Memorial. We are asked to discourage public attendance but you have the right to attend if you wish, in which case you should be in place, 2 metres away from anyone not in your household bubble, by 10.45 for a start around 10.50, so as to include a 2-minute silence at 11am.

November at St Paul’s
Sadly now we are into lockdown conditions again until December 3rd, our church services can no longer be open to anyone who wants to attend, but will all be livestreamed if you subscribe to our youtube channel:
This will include Sundays at 10.00am (Sung Holy Communion) and 6.00pm (Evening Prayer), morning and evening services every day (except Friday), and our Tea and Toys sessions for pre-school children and parents.

We will also continue meeting together at coffeetime after the Sunday service each week at 11.30am on Zoom

St Paul’s Pantry will continue to be open in the church on first and third Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00pm and will provide a complimentary bag of groceries from community donations. All welcome. No referrals required. Next open dates: 19 November, 3 and 17 December.

On Sunday evenings leading up to and during Advent, in place of Evening Prayer there will be a series of Sunday Evening talks/discussions starting at 6.30pm.
The first of these, on Sunday 22nd November (the last Sunday before Advent) will be a lecture/recital by our Director of Music, Kevin Jones, on the topic of Holman Hunt’s famous picture The Light of the World.

The second, on Advent Sunday 29th November, will be a talk on the life and theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer by Norman Allen.

Both of these talks will be broadcast on our youtube channel, and will be followed by discussion on Zoom (Meeting ID: 859 2577 4940. Passcode: Parkside)

All Saints Day Flute and Piano Recital: Sunday 1st November, 6.30 pm

Julia Raeburn (flute) and David Elwin (piano) will be offering a flute and piano recital at the Evening Prayer service on Sunday 1st November, starting at 6.30 pm. There will be four pieces, by composers Debussy, Bach, Poulenc and the little-known Garth Baxter, interspersed with readings and reflections appropriate to All Saints Day. 


All are welcome to attend without booking in advance, but please remember that under the Tier 2 guidelines in force you can only mix indoors with your own household or members of your social bubble. Masks must be worn in church and the 2m distance rule is to be observed.

The recital will last approximately 50 minutes and there will be a retiring collection. Regrettably we are unable to offer refreshments.

Annual Parochial Church Meeting 2020: Agenda & Minutes 2019

The Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) of St Paul’s Church Wimbledon Parkside will take place by Zoom on Sunday 11th October at 12 noon. This meeting is normally held in April but has been delayed due to Covid 19.

The Agenda for the APCM 2020 can be viewed and downloaded here: APCM Agenda 11th October 2020

The Notice of Elections and candidates can be viewed and downloaded here: APCM 2020 – Notice of Elections

The Zoom link is the same one we use for online ‘Coffee in the Lounge’ after church on Sunday mornings.  Click here to join the Zoom meeting                                             Meeting ID: 863 0281 9161   Password: Coffee

If you require some Zoom training, please arrive online by 11:30 am. If you are not able to use Zoom please contact the Parish Administrator who will arrange assistance.

The Minutes from the APCM 2019 can be viewed and downloaded here:            Minutes of APCM 7th April 2019

A list of the current PCC Members can be viewed and downloaded here: PCC Members September 2020

A copy of the Report and Accounts can be downloaded via the following secure link:  APCM 2020 Reports with Appendix  Copies are also available in the church.

Everyone is welcome to attend the APCM and to ask questions. However only members of the Electoral Roll of St Paul’s Church may vote.

Anyone who would like to stand for any of the elected posts should please contact the PCC Secretary on t: 020 8789 4344;  or e: before Thursday 8th October.

A copy of the electoral roll is available on the noticeboard inside the church closest to the main door.

Annual Parochial Church Meeting 2020

The Annual Parochial Church Meeting of St Paul’s Church Wimbledon Parkside will take place by Zoom on Sunday 11th October at 12 noon. This meeting is normally held in April but has been delayed due to Covid 19. The purpose of this church meeting is:

  • to elect (or re-elect) representatives of the laity as follows:
    •  2 churchwardens
    •  3 Deanery Synod representatives
    •  2 members to the Parochial Church Council (PCC);
  • to appoint an independent examiner to the accounts;
  • to consider
    • a report on changes to the electoral roll
    • the Annual Report on the proceedings of the PCC and the activities of the parish generally during 2019
    • the financial statements of the PCC for the year ending 31st December 2019
    • the Annual Report on the fabric, goods and ornaments of the church
    • a report on the proceedings of the deanery synod
    • any other matters of parochial or general church interest.

A copy of the Report and Accounts can be downloaded via the following secure link:  APCM 2020 Reports with Appendix

Copies are also available in the church.

Everyone is welcome to attend and to ask questions.  However only members of the electoral roll may vote. If you require some Zoom training, please arrive online by 11:30 am. If you are not able to use Zoom please contact the Parish Administrator who will arrange assistance.  A copy of the Electoral Roll is available on the noticeboard inside the church closest to the main door.

Anyone who would like to stand for any of the elected posts should please contact the PCC Secretary on t: 020 8789 4344;  or e: before Thursday 8th October.


Notice is hereby given

that the Church Electoral Roll of the above parish will be revised by the Parochial Church Council*, beginning on Saturday the 12th day of September 2020, and ending on Saturday 26th day of September 2020.

(* The Revision must be completed not less than 15 days or more than 28 days before the Annual               Parochial Church Meeting.)

After such Revision, a copy of the Roll will be exhibited for not less than 14 days on, or near to, the principal                                                         door of the Parish Church for inspection.

Under the Church Representation Rules any persons are entitled to have their names entered on the roll if they—

(i)    are baptised and aged 16 or over;

(ii)    have signed a form of application for enrolment;

and either

(iii)    are members of the Church of England or of any Church in communion with                   the Church of England being resident in the parish or (not being resident in                     the parish) having habitually attended public worship in the parish during the                   six months prior to the application for enrolment;


(iv)    are members in good standing of a Church (not in communion with the                           Church of England) which subscribes to the doctrine of the Holy Trinity                             declaring themselves also to be members of the Church of England and                         having habitually attended public worship in the parish during  the period of                     six months prior to enrolment.

Forms of application for enrolment can be obtained from the undersigned. In order to be entitled to attend the annual parochial church meeting and to take part in its proceedings, forms of application for enrolment must be returned by the date shown above for the ending of the revision of the Electoral Roll by the Parochial Church Council.

Any error discovered in the roll should at once be reported to the undersigned.

Dated this 11th day of September 2020


Signed ______________________ Address:

            Church Electoral Roll Officer

A copy of the application form for enrolment to the Electoral Roll at St Paul’s Church Wimbledon Parkside can be downloaded via this secure link:  Application-for-Enrolment-Electoral-Roll

Please return completed forms to the Parish Office by post or email at the address shown below by Saturday 26th September 2020.

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Opening our church for services of public worship

We are pleased to advise that the revised restrictions announced by the Government yesterday will not affect our plans for a return to public worship in church during September. However, numbers allowed at our services will still be limited by the need to socially distance, so a first-come first-served booking system for all Holy Communion services must continue. On this basis, we warmly welcome anyone who wishes to attend.  Read on for further details on how to book.

We are also making good progress with live streaming our worship via our YouTube channel: St Paul’s Wimbledon Parkside. You may have seen our first live-streamed service with a small congregation, which was broadcast last Sunday evening 6th September. Please bear with us as we work to improve the sound and other settings following this initial trial. The good news is that live streaming will allow us to worship as one congregation – online and in church – in ‘real time’.

Details of upcoming services are as follows:

Sunday 10am Main Services                                                                                          As advised in our last email, the first live-streamed Sunday Morning Holy Communion service with a congregation is this Sunday 13th September. If you wish to attend in person but have not yet requested a place, please contact the Parish Administrator on m: 07533 652695 or e: immediately, and not later than 2.00 pm on Friday 11th September. We have a cap of 20 people and there are only a few places left.

To attend all subsequent Sunday 10.00 am main services, please book with the Parish Administrator by 12.00 noon on the Friday preceding the service. Please note the following requirements regarding attendance at services:

– Masks must be worn in church at all times.
– Social distancing is to be strictly observed                                                                      – 2 metre rule applies for everyone outside your household or social bubble.
– No congregational singing is permitted.                                                                          – You are asked to bring your own bread for Holy Communion.
– Please arrive 15 mins before the service so that places can be allocated.

All main services will henceforth also be live-streamed at 10.00 am each Sunday on our YouTube channel: St Paul’s Wimbledon Parkside. Unfortunately, for technical reasons it will not be possible to superimpose the words for the hymns or the music details on the video. Each week an easily printed A4 sheet with all the words to the hymns will be available on our website – – under the ‘Worship’ tab on the top navigation bar. Details of the music will be on the Pewsheet (on the website under ‘What’s New/Pew Sheets’ on the navigation bar).

If you would prefer to borrow a hymn book for home use instead, please either call in to collect one when the church is open (see revised times below) and fill in the borrowing record; or let the Parish Administrator know you would like one delivered. We will try to get one to you as soon as we can.

Coffee in the lounge via Zoom after the Sunday service will continue as before at 11.30 am. To join the Zoom Meeting – click on the link here:
Meeting ID: 863 0281 9161     Password: Coffee

Sunday 6 pm Evening Prayer                                                                                    There will be no booking system for Evening Prayer, but you will need to provide contact details on arrival for track and trace. The service will be live-streamed and will take place in the chancel with the congregation socially distanced in the choir stalls.

Church Opening Times                                                                                          Please note that the church will no longer be open on Sunday afternoons as Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra will be using the church and Community Centre for practise. However, we will continue to be open for private prayer from 10.00 am – 12.00 noon on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.


Margaret Brown


From the Churchwardens: Introducing controlled access to church services from September

In our last message we explained our policy of a gradual return to public worship in church, adhering to the rules set out by the Church of England.  We now wish to inform you about our plans for the rest of the summer and provide you with details of how we will introduce controlled access to church services from early September.  Please be assured that our guiding principle is to minimise the risk to our clergy, lay staff and congregation from the continued presence of coronavirus in our communities.  We all feel some frustration with the restrictions under which we are currently living.  However, we are sure you will understand the reasons for our cautious and measured approach.

Recent months have been hugely busy and demanding for our Priest-in-Charge.  We feel it is important that Revd Susan takes some family holiday time before we move forward with our phased reopening.  Susan will be on annual leave from Sunday 10th to Friday 28th August.  We do wish her and all her family a happy, relaxing and above all a safe break.

During Susan’s absence, the prerecorded Sunday Eucharist services on Sunday 16th, 23rd, and 30th August will be broadcast on our YouTube Channel as usual.  You can access them via the link on our website or by going direct to St Paul’s Wimbledon Parkside on YouTube, as you currently do.  After the service, ‘Virtual Coffee in The Lounge’ will continue to go ahead each Sunday at 11.30 am, hosted by Margaret Brown.

Our services of Morning and Evening Prayer on weekdays will be suspended while Susan is away.  However, Southwark Cathedral offers Morning Prayer at 9 am and Night Prayers at 8 pm on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter via this link:  Southwark Cathedral – Streaming and Videos 

After Susan’s return, we will begin to phase in public access to worship in church using a booking system which is explained below.  Details of the first services available, and the numbers allowed to attend, are as follows:

Sunday 6th September, 6 pm – Evening Prayer – our first live-streamed service
Max congregation: 15. No singing.
Book by email to Parish Administrator by noon on Friday 4th September.

Sunday 13th September, 10 am – Sunday Eucharist – our first live-streamed main service
Max congregation: 20. Music and hymns but only one solo singer is allowed at the service.
Please bring your own bread.
Book by email to Parish Administrator by noon on Friday 11th September.

How it will work
Attendance at these services will be subject to strict conditions to minimise the risk of the spread of the coronavirus.  These are as follows:

  • A booking request for each service must be made in advance by email to
  • Please write the date of the service requested in the email subject line and give the names of those who wish to attend.
  • Bookings are on a first come / first served basis and will close at noon on the Friday before the service.  After this time no further booking requests will be accepted.
  • Booking requests will be responded to as soon as possible during Parish Office hours (Weds – Fri 09.30 am – 12.30 pm).
  • If the service you request is fully booked, you will be placed on a ‘wait list’ for that service in case of any cancellations.  Should a place become available, you will be notified by the Friday before the Sunday service.
  • Booking requests will be prioritised in the order in which they are received.  Please make your request early to avoid disappointment.
  • Maximum numbers are capped for each service as shown
  • Masks must be worn in church at all times
  • Social distancing is to be strictly observed – 2 metre rule applies for everyone outside your household or social bubble
  • No congregational singing is permitted
  • You are asked to bring your own bread for Holy Communion
  • Please arrive 15 mins before the service so that places can be allocated

Looking ahead
It is hoped that, if all runs smoothly, we will be able to expand the numbers attending our live-streamed services up to the maximum limit allowed of 40 as we progress into the autumn.

To do this safely and successfully, we all must to play our part.  The clergy and staff at St Paul’s need to test our systems and procedures and adjust them as required to ensure we keep everyone as safe as possible.  Those attending church need to ensure that they observe the rules at all times, and especially the requirements to wear a mask and to maintain social distancing.  We see all around us in our community examples of where this is simply not happening as it should.  The virus is still here, and we must learn to live with the necessary measures to protect our health and that of others while we try to resume normal activities.

We are particularly excited about the planned introduction of live streaming from September.  We greatly appreciate the generous offers of financial support towards the costs of the equipment which we have received already from members of the congregation.  We gratefully ask anyone who wishes to contribute to speak to Revd Susan or a member of the staff team. Live streaming capability will mean that, wherever we are – in church or at home – we will soon be able to worship as one unified church and community at a live service.

Please read the above carefully and let any of the team know if you have questions or concerns.

We will bring you further information about services as our plans evolve. Do keep an eye on our website

With best wishes.

Margaret Brown

Planning our re-opening for public services: a message from the Churchwardens

We would like to update you on progress towards the reopening of our church for services of public worship.  Our major concern is to resume services at minimal risk to everyone present.  At all times we are working within the current rules set by the Church of England and we are taking note of the guidance provided by the Southwark Bishops (link text). Before we can open, we need to trial our procedures and ensure that all safety considerations have been addressed.

Our first test is a funeral on 28th July where we have agreed to accept up to the limit allowed of 30 attendees. Everyone present will have to book in advance with contact details, form a distanced queue and be checked as they arrive, wear masks, use hand gel on their way in and be shown into the marked seats. Toilet facilities will need to be cleaned between users. This will require 5 extra staff on duty in addition to Revd Susan. During the service there will be organ/piano music but only one person can sing at a time. After the service people will be escorted out by different routes to ensure groups do not stop to chat.  We have rearranged the pews to allow 2-metre social distancing.

These same rules will need to be applied at public services where we will also face the challenge of finding a way to safely distribute the wafers. (The chalice cannot be used.)  As an initial step we are allowing a small number of staff at the filming of our pre-recorded services, to provide intercessors and readers and to try out ways of managing the wafers without incurring unnecessary risk.

Towards the end of August, when Susan returns from holiday, we will try expanding the size of the congregation to 10 people (who will have to book in advance) before we move to a larger number (probably a maximum of 30 and certainly not more than 40 unless the guidance changes).

In the meantime, we may also experiment with holding some morning and/or evening services in church (not in the chapel which is too small) with most of the same conditions in place.

For those church members who are in vulnerable categories or who simply do not yet feel comfortable attending a public gathering, we feel it is vital to continue to provide our current pattern of online services.  We are very grateful to Sebastiaan for all the time he devotes each week to act as cameraman, editor, and technical advisor on our digital services, which are recorded a week in advance to allow the video to be edited (e.g. with words to the hymns added).  The service recorded is the one for the following week, and parts of the service are sometimes added later; pauses occur for changes in microphones, the camera blocks the aisle (and the view), and there are unsafe cables around the church. However, the PCC (Parochial Church Council) has now agreed to purchase new equipment which will enable us to stream our regular Sunday services live to those at home via our YouTube channel:  St Paul’s Wimbledon Parkside, rather than pre-recording them.  Thanks to Susan’s efforts we have now received two generous grants towards the cost of the live streaming equipment (and would welcome further donations).

We are sorry that the progress towards returning to something closer to normal is slow; we need to allow our priest-in-charge to have some family holiday before schools recommence, and we wish to simultaneously stream our Sunday services live to those at home so that we participate as one church community.  Above all we have felt that the safety of our congregation is paramount. We hope that all that we offer both in church and online will enable everyone to be spiritually nurtured.

Please keep a close eye on our website for further announcements.

Margaret Brown                                                                                                      Churchwarden

St Paul’s is open for private prayer!

Following new guidelines from 15th June, part of the church is now open for private prayer at set times each week.  Revised church opening times take effect from 8th September as follows:

Tuesdays 10.00 – 12.00 am                                                                                Thursdays 10.00 – 12.00 am                                                                                Saturdays 10.00 – 12.00 am

The Lady Chapel and two pews in the body of the church will be used. To keep everyone safe, we will be undertaking frequent cleaning and require everyone to maintain social distancing both in church and on your journey to and from church. We are also encouraging the wearing of face masks (these are available in the church).

Everyone welcome!

We are very grateful to all those who have volunteered to help supervise these slots. We could still do with a few extra people as reserves – if you can help please contact; 020 8789 4344; 07810 366 560.