Our annual Carols by Candlelight was held on Sunday evening, Dec 17th.
After a full service of readings and carols mulled wine and mince pies were available in the church hall. As well as the organ, carols were accompanied with flutes, violins, cellos and piano.
Churches Together in Sale Crib
The Church has been decorated with numerous Christmas trees, each depicting the activities of a Church group. These are in the side window alcoves.
The main Christmas tree has now been erected and the photos below show them in advance of the Toy Service on Dec 10th.
Brownies switch on Christmas Lights
St Paul’s Brownies helped to entertain the people at Sale Waterside as people waited for the Christmas lights switch on. They did well despite the noise level around.
Visit of Bishop of Chester
At the morning service on Nov 26th we were honoured to be joined by the Lord Bishop of Chester, Dr Peter Forster, who led us in worship
As usual St Paul’s played a part in the annual Remembrance Day service at Sale Town Hall. As well as the Vicar who led the service others directly involved included the Choir, Michael, Rob, Frank and Donald. The slideshow below shows photos taken on the day.
For more photos taken on the day by John Earnshaw of the Sale Photographic Society see the slideshow below.
Fire Safety Training
On the morning of November 4th the Vicar and around 20 members of the congregation attended a Fire Safety Training course. As well as an in-depth coverage of the various types of fires and their causes, the types of Fire Extinguishers for particular circumstances were described. Some of these extinguishers were then demonstrated in the Church Hall car park as shown in the slideshow below.
Music Before Evensong
For a report on the recent Music Before Evensong see the link below :
On the weekend of Oct 8th and 9th St Paul’s held their Harvest Festival. On Saturday evening a Harvest Supper was well attended.
During the Sunday morning service we were joined by the Springfield School Choir and many harvest gifts were collected – including a large assortment of new socks – which will soon be distributed to those in need.
The photos below were taken on the Sunday morning.
Men’s Society Farmhouse Supper
On Oct 5th the Men’s Society held their first meeting of the season which was a Farmhouse Supper. The photos below were taken during the evening.
Heritage Open Day
This Slideshow shows photos taken during the Heritage Open Day on Sept 9th – a showery day but very well attended.
Ecumenical Service and Re-dedication
On July 30th St Paul’s hosted the quarterly Ecumenical service by Churches Together in Sale.
During the service the War Memorial Plaque from the now demolished Evangelical Church in Kelsall Street was welcomed into Church and re-dedicated.
The service was attended by many local dignitaries including our Mayor, Cllr Jonathan Coupe & the Mayoress, Mrs Diane Coupe, our local Councillor, Jane Baugh, and other Sale members of the corporation.
The service was followed by strawberries and champagne.
The photos below were taken during the evening.
Afternoon Tea and Concert
On 9th July there was an afternoon tea held in the Church grounds and attended by about 60 persons. The photo below was taken at the event.
Later there was a Concert as part of the Music before Evensong series.
Church Grounds Tidy Up
On Saturday July 1st work continued on tidying up the Church grounds and the photos below show the work in progress.
Men’s Society Bowling Evening
After a miserable week of weather the rains stopped on June 29th to allow 21
members and friends to take part in our annual bowling match, held again this year
at the Linden Club in Sale.
The winner was last year’s runner-up Gary and this years runner-up was Mark.
Photos taken at the event appear below.
Manchester Bee and Dove Prayers
The following has been added by Michael
A beautiful service held in memory of all those who were effected by the
horrible events of Monday night in Manchester.
We have pinned bees and doves with prayers on the back. Symbolising
the spirit of Manchester and humanity as a whole.
Everyone is welcome to come between 9am – 6pm to write a prayer on the
back of a dove or Manchester bee 🐝 and pin to the white sheet and take
the opportunity to pray for ‘thy kingdom come’.
On Saturday May 20th Anne & David invited us to bring a picnic lunch to their
Garden on the farm. Following a bright morning the weather turned a bit
damp so the picnic moved into the house. When it dried up a stroll through
the gardens was followed by a “Hayride” behind David’s tractor around
a small portion of the farm for the young at heart.
The photos below were taken on the day.
Diane’s Special Birthday
After the morning service on April 30th Diane cut a cake in the Hall to celebrate
her special birthday. The photos show her with Harry and Michael.
Our Easter morning service began with the blessing of the Easter Garden.
During the Communion the Easter Cross was decorated and at the end of the
service the Easter Bunny was on hand to provide eggs for young an old.
The slideshow below shows these activities
New Notice Board
Our new notice board on the Bridgewater Canal bank is now in use. It can
be seen by all users of the canal path between Sale and Brooklands.
The Palm Sunday service started with the traditional procession of Palms
from the Hall to the Church. At the end of the service the Holy Week flag
was hoisted on the flagpole. The photos here were taken on the day
In preparation for Mothering Sunday a production line was set up in the Church Hall to prepare the flowers for presentation to mothers during the service. The photo below shows the line in full swing.
Ashes to Go
Ashes are an ancient sign of penitence.
From the Middle Ages it became the custom to begin Lent by being marked in
ash with the sign of the cross. The reminder that we are dust turns our
attention to the creative power of God, and God’s ability to heal the brokenness in
our lives when we offer that brokenness to God. That turning to God is the work of
Lent, preparation for the celebration of Easter.
St Paul’s and St Martin’s are offering ashes on the street
Wednesday March 1st to remind us throughout the day of our need for God, and of God’s
call to us.
In Ashton village 11.15 to 11.45. In Sale town 12 – 12 30.
The photo here was taken in Sale town centre. and shows Revd. Barbara and
Father Shaun with Ann, Anita and Harry.
Men’s Society AGM
The Men’s Society AGM was held in the Hall on Jan 26th and as usual a
generous spread was provided by the Corners.
The photos show the tables set out before the meeting.
Over last couple of days we have had contractors in repairing and replacing
the flooring, in both the kitchen and the linking corridor.
They have been working overnight to remove the flooring in kitchen
ready for screet and by the end of Saturday 28th January the door
should be almost complete.
Saturday morning coffee and usual Saturday events will continue.
The flooring for the corridor is almost complete, and the screet is
almost dry in the kitchen. We expect the floors to be completed
by 2:00pm today. Here are some images from the work.
At the morning service on Jan 8th three items were consecrated to be
used by the Church in memory of members of the congregation who have
An altar cloth and a cruet for use for Home Communions have been
given in memory of Effie Holt.
A Cross for use in the St Raphael chapel has been donated in
memory of Sylvia Wray.