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Email issued Thursday 1st April 2021
 

‘Keep on loving each other as brothers and sisters.
Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it’ (Hebrews 13:1-2)
 
This week, with the first step in the roadmap out of lockdown and glorious sunny days, there’s a sense of anticipation about sharing in familiar forms of hospitality once again. We often associate hospitality with providing a meal or a bed for the night, but in this week’s episode of ‘The Chosen’ I was struck by some words Jesus spoke to his disciples. He asks them to cut enough firewood to leave some for the next travellers, saying ‘hospitality isn’t only for those who own homes.’
 
This remark got me thinking about hospitality, and how it looks different for each of us, depending on our circumstances, and what ‘stage’ of the lockdown roadmap we’ve got to. We may now be able to have a picnic in the garden; or hot-chocolate around a firepit; but hospitality can simply be leaving some firewood for those who come after us! This verse from Hebrews encourages us to keep loving other Christians, but also to extend hospitality to strangers – those people we don’t know. The Greek word ‘philoxenias’ translated here as ‘hospitality’ literally means ‘love for strangers.’ This love can be demonstrated in so many different ways.
 
I wonder what opportunities this Easter Weekend will provide for us at St Paul’s to show hospitality to strangers? Will there be people who’ve joined us during lockdown and come to a service for the first time? Perhaps those who’ve received an Easter flyer through the door might decide to give church a try? As we celebrate the wonderful news of Jesus’ death and resurrection, let’s be ready to show hospitality to strangers, and you never know, we might just show hospitality to angels without realising it!
 
Much love,
Becky
 
Easter Week
 
Today is Maundy Thursday - At 6.30pm this evening we invite you to join us for a Reflective Maundy Thursday Service on Zoom

Click here for the links to all our Easter Services & activites both online and in person.

Do have a look at our Easter page to see all that is happening over this Easter weekend - As well as our online services there are indoor & outside live socially distanced gatherings and an afternoon Easter Trail on Easter Sunday - with Easter eggs!     

Please note - you need to bring face masks for ALL services (incl outside) and portable chair, flask and hot cross buns if they would add to your comfort/enjoyment
 
 
Bishop of Guildford's Community Fund

This Easter we are inviting you to support the Bishop of Guildford's Community Fund.  The fund aims to reach out to disadvantaged and vulnerable people across the Diocese of Guildford with grants for a range of projects aiming to help create a stronger, fairer and more sustainable society.
 
http://stpaulsdorking.org.uk/Easter
Click here for Easter Services & Activities
 
Sunday Services Update 

From this Sunday, we'll be having services at 9am & 10.30am both in person (booking required) and online.  Our  SixThirty continues on Zoom each and every Sunday.  Whichever service and at whatever time, either in person or online - we look forward to welcoming you to St Paul's.

To help us manage numbers and remain covid-secure booking links will continue to be added in the Sunday Services section below or bookings can be made via the Church Calendar which can be accessed via the blue button at the bottom of this email.  Booking for Sunday morning services opens from 9am on Friday a week before until the Wednesday (5pm) before the Sunday Service. 
 
An update from one our World Church Partners
 
In 2013, Kim and Kailean Khongsai imagined beauty in Wolf Fields, a three-acre derelict site in Southall, West London which at one time was used as a brick works. A Rocha UK acquired the site and work started to convert it from wasteland to wonderland, rubbish dump to nature reserve, drug den to garden of delight.  St Paul's provides funding for Kim and Kailean's ministry with A Rocha especially for this ongoing project.

Please pray for Kailean, Kim and the newly appointed education officer.   For the safe return to the site of the multi-cultural and multi-faith team of volunteers.   For the many groups from the community who will again visit Wolf Fields after lockdown - from schools to those of mature years for whom raised vegetable beds in the allotment area are being built.   

Read more:  How a wasteland became a wonderland (arocha.org.uk)

 
This week at St Paul's
Sunday

9am Holy Communion Online and in church,
Booking in advance required here for 11th April 

10.30am Morning Worship Online
And booking in advance for live 10.30 service on 11th April 


Join Our SixThirty service by 
Clicking here
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Zoom Coffee Time
Everyone invited -
all ages
between services
(9.50ish-10.25am)

www.stpaulsdorking.org.uk/
SundayCoffee

password: coffee

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If you missed last week's service: catch up now : 
podcast or watch the service
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Read our Latest World Church newsletter here
Midweek

Click here for midweek groups
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Midweek Tea
Tues, 4pm: Click here https://zoom.us/j/94919039453 
Thurs, 4pm: Click here https://zoom.us/j/96425332871  

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 Prayer @ St Paul's
We'd love you to join us - we have 3 prayer groups
Click here to join Tuesday morning 9am
Click here to join us on Tuesday evening at 8pm
and click here for our prophetic prayer group, also Tues, 8pm
Click here for more info

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St Paul's Home-groups
Ever wondered what these are?  Read more here
We'd love you to join one, or try one for a while -simply contact sylvia@stpaulsdorking.org.uk 

to find a group to suit you at a time that suits you
Dates for your Diary

Annual Church Meeting (APCM)  -  Thursday 29th April
Christian Aid Quiz Night  - Sat 8th May
 
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