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.