This season’s edition opens with a thoughtful seasonal message from our Priest-in-Charge, Revd Susan Bolen. You will find details of an engaging series of weekly Advent talks on our YouTube channel, St Paul’s Wimbledon Parkside, starting this Sunday November 22nd with a talk and piano recital on Holman Hunt’s painting ‘The Light of the World’ by our Director of Music, Kevin Jones. There are full details of all our planned services of worship for Advent and Christmas, when we hope to be back in church, but which will also be streamed live on YouTube.
During lockdown, our church will be open for private prayer and contemplation on Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays between 10.00 am, and 12.00 noon. Do feel free to come and enjoy some quiet reflection during this difficult period. Before you visit, do read the article in Parkside Post by Elizabeth Simon which reveals two of the special architectural delights of St Paul’s, both of which have a Christmas theme: the wooden reredos behind the high altar, and the stained glass windows of the Lady Chapel. It will help you enjoy your visit to our beautiful church all the more.
Parkside Post also gives you information on activities and groups including our weekly online playgroup for parents, carers and toddlers ‘Tea and Toys’; times of our community support project St Paul’s Pantry, which helps local families with essential grocery supplies; and contact details for our volunteer Angels, who are working to combat isolation and loneliness during the pandemic. There’s a colouring page for the kids (you’ll need to print the document for that, but if you live in the parish you will already have received a print copy of Parkside Post through your door), and even a delicious recipe for Ice Cream Christmas Pudding. Don’t miss that!
It has been a difficult and challenging year for all of us, and especially the most vulnerable in our community. We hope to bring you Comfort & Joy this Advent and Christmas in whatever way we can.