St Paul’s supports Ukraine

The photos below were taken on Mar 20th showing displays in support of Ukraine outside the Church.

The display shows the prayer for Ukraine from the Archbishops and is repeated below.

God of peace and justice,
we pray for the people of Ukraine today.
We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons.
We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow.
that your Spirit of comfort would draw near to them.
We pray for those with power over war or peace,
for wisdom, discernment and compassion
to guide their decisions.
Above all, we pray for all your precious children, at risk and in fear,
that you would hold and protect them.
We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.
Amen.
Archbishop Justin Welby
Archbishop Stephen Cottrell

In addition there will be a retiring collection to support Ukraine after the Mothering Sunday service on Mar 27th and a Coffee and Cake stall is planned for April 10th from 11:30am to 1:30pm.

Karen’s Award

At the Sunday morning service on Mar 6th our Pastoral Worker, Karen, was presented with her Faith in the Community Award following her nomination as part of International Women’s Day. The certificate is shown below. Congratulations to Karen from all at St Paul’s.

Stations of the Cross

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.

The following services will take place at St Paul’s

7pm Monday 7th March

7pm Monday 21st March

7pm Monday 11th April

Young Citizen of the Year Award

Sydney Gigner-Hollies was nominated by Vicky Williams, Brown Owl at 4th Sale Central Guides, for The High Sheriff of Greater Manchester Young Citizen of the Year Award. Vicky nominated Sydney for her vital support and contribution to the leadership team throughout the pandemic. In Sydney’s own words “I love volunteering, befriending the children and guiding them to be better people” “I am often asked to assist with church events, where I give my time to the parish community, helping the elderly members of the church”.

She received, along with 13 other finalists, an engraved award, a certificate and a cheque. This was presented on stage at the University of Bolton by The High Sheriff of Greater  Manchester, Diane Hawkins.

 We are so proud of Sydney and would love to share her achievement with the parish.

The slideshow below show photos taken at the event.

Office Re-furb and Pantry Shelves

The photos below show progress being made on the re-furbishment of the Parish Office.

For a photo of the Pantry Shelves and details of how we intend to use them please see the Church Hall Events menu under the What’s On heading.