The Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, also known as Ascension Thursday, Holy Thursday, or Ascension Day, commemorates the bodily Ascension of Jesus into heaven. It is celebrated on a Thursday, the fortieth day of Easter following the count given in the Bible, Acts 1:3.
Our Ascension Day Service today is in Church at 7:30pm (Thursday 13th May), all welcome to attend in person
If you are passing the Church today please do take a red rose in celebration of our Country’s Patron Saints Day.
A prayer on St. George’s Day
Heavenly Father, give us the bravery of St George to stand up for what we believe. Give us the strength to overcome the dragons in our lives and in the world. And where we see people in distress, give us the compassion to help them. Amen
The stained glass window shown in the slideshow below, depicting St. George and the Dragon was given by Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Bird of Elmwood, Brooklands Road, Sale in Memory of the Members of the St. Paul’s Company of the Church Lads Brigade who Fell in the Great War.
Unfortunately for our services this Sunday morning (25th April) we have been unable to get any clergy cover so there will be no 8.30am BCP Communion and the 10am service will be Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer will be taken by Michael at 6pm as usual.
At 4pm on Saturday 17th April, following the funeral of His Royal Highness the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in his honour the tenor bell of this Parish Church will be tolled ninety-nine times.
A PRAYER ON THE DEATH OF HRH THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH
God of our lives,we give thanks for the life of Prince Philip,for his love of our country,and for his devotion to duty.
We entrust him now to your love and mercy,through our Redeemer Jesus Christ. Amen.
The Church remains open for all visitors on Sunday afternoons, 2pm to 4pm, providing an opportunity to come in to look around, light a candle and to pause for reflection, private prayer in the peace and tranquilly of this Holy place.
10th June 1921 – 9th April 2021
We remember before God HRH Prince Philip and give thanks for his life and example of devotion and service.
Our Prayers, and heartfelt condolences are with Her Majesty the Queen and all the Royal Family at this time of great sorrow.
A good congregation attended our Easter Sunday service following the decision to open the Church in a Covid secure way to the public.
The slideshow below shows photos taken both outside and inside the Church on Easter Day. The display in the porch includes easter eggs which can by taken by passers-by on the way to the Bridgewater canal.
During the service three members of the Choir were allowed to sing and the short video below is of the first verse of the final hymn.
The Stations of the Cross have formed part of Christian devotion at Passiontide for many centuries because they offer a particularly vivid way of following in the steps of Jesus on the way to the Cross, and enable us to engage actively with the path of suffering walked by Jesus. They originated when early Christians visited Jerusalem and wanted to follow literally in the footsteps of Jesus, tracing the path from Pilate’s house to Calvary. They would pause for prayer and devotion at various points. Eventually, those pilgrims brought the practice back to their home countries and ever since then Christians of differing traditions have used this form of devotion.
To maintain social distancing, booklets showing the station illustrations will be provided.
To mark the first Anniversary of Lockdown, the Church will be open today (Tuesday 23rd March) from 5pm to 6pm for private Prayer, with the opportunity to light a candle.
During this hour the tenor bell will be tolled for an hour remembering to recall the year that has passed since the first Lockdown began.
Thank you to Lucy Moores for this splendid photograph of St. Paul’s, taken during the evening as we shone a light in our windows as part of the 8pm ‘beacon of remembrance’.
The National Day of Reflection, organised by the charity Marie Curie supported by the Church of England, marked one year since the UK first went into lockdown. A time for everyone to come together to collectively reflect loss, support those who have been bereaved, and hope for a brighter future.