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Latest Church Family Friday E-mail

Email issued Friday 22nd October2021

 

Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.  Philippians 2:14

 
Last week we were invited to go star-gazing. It was organised by a friend of our daughter who has a small business doing this as a treat for folk. She was equipped with telescopes and an extensive knowledge of the night sky, and we were very excited to see and learn more than is possible from our own, light-polluted garden.
I think probably everyone likes to look at stars. For some, they are a reminder of loved ones who have died, and I know a couple who have named a star after a lost friend. For others, stars speak of the age of the universe and how small we and our little planet are. I guess that’s me, too, except that I would add that, despite our seeming insignificance, looking at the vast night sky tells me how awesome God is to have not only made all this but also take a detailed interest in each of us as individuals. We serve an amazing God.

But it’s quite a challenge to think of us as shining like stars in our church and our community, isn’t it? To be known as children of God without fault, who don’t grumble or argue. In the Café Church service a few week’s ago, Steve showed us some ridiculous grumbles and complaints that people had made, and it still makes me chuckle to think that someone complained of not having a sea view from a hotel in London! But I guess I’m as guilty as anyone of moaning when things don’t go as I would like, and we do need to cultivate an attitude of thankfulness towards God for His many blessings. It would seem that St Paul wrote these verses because the people of the Philippian church argued amongst themselves and grumbled about each other. It’s rather too easy, in a big church like ours, for things to be done that aren’t what we’re used to, that aren’t the way we’d like them – and this can lead to grumbles and complaining that might disrupt our fellowship and certainly don’t set a good example to those around us. Maybe we need to see the bigger picture, to pray about it and to trust our PCC and leadership. Then, if we need to, we might respectfully and quietly question rather than grumbling.

Alex spoke recently of our vision, which in many ways is quite simple: to come to Jesus, to worship Him, to rest in Him and to bring others to Him. So let’s ask His Holy Spirit to enable us worship the awesome God who created the universe and to shine like stars for each other and those around us.

Love Jenny

A new season for our Church Office

Here is a notice we'll be showing during this Sunday's morning services  - click the image below to hear from Alex.



Click here to view the vacancies on our website
 

In the meantime, please contact us if you have a couple of spare hours to help in the office/church as we gear up for Christmas - some examples of help needed - 

  • Ordering supplies for special services (eg Christingle)
  • Sending out invitations to special services (eg Tree of Light)
  • Preparing/printing orders of services
  • Chair moving
  • Welcoming at services and midweek mornings

These are just a few examples - there is much more!
Contact ops@stpaulsdorking.org.uk if you are able to help with any of the above or would like to offer to serve within our church family in any other way.

Join the COP26 Day of Action: Two options

Sat 6th November, London March or Local Pilgrimage

As world leaders meet in Glasgow for the COP26 Global Climate Summit, towns and cities across the world will take to the streets demanding global climate justice. A group from St Paul's will be going up to join the march in London, meeting at 10.15am at Dorking Station. Click here to read more.  If you would like to join us, or want more information email eco@stpaulsdorking.org.uk 

If you can’t join the march for climate justice in London, why not join us on a local pilgrimage?  We are planning to walk from Dorking along the Pilgrim’s Way to Ranmore to reflect and pray about COP26 and the climate crisis, using Tearfund’s Prayer  in the Park resource as a guide.  The walk will start at 8.45 and will be 5-6 miles, though you can join for a shorter time.  If you are interested please contact heather@stpaulsdorking.org.uk

 
Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
 
Christmas Choir is starting soon!  Regular, occasional and new singers very welcome.  We will be singing at our Carol Service on Sun 19th December and also at other services and events during the Christmas period.  Rehearsals start on Friday 5th November at 8pm in the Church Centre

Please contact Helena for more info choir@stpaulsdorking.org.uk or 01306 882457


 
SAVE THE DATE!
Kings Chamber Orchestra (KCO) return to St Paul's -
Friday 3rd December
 
We are delighted to announce that the Kings Chamber Orchestra will return to St Paul's Church on Friday 3rd December for two concerts.  The 4pm Family Teddy concert will be around an hour of fun and interactive musical performance for a young audience (primary age) - bring a teddy!  And at the 7.45pm Evening Concert Conductor Gerard Le Feuvre will take us on the road to Christmas with some of the most beautiful music the group have ever played; Tchaikovsky, Morricone, Grieg; Mary Poppins and Gene Kelly may appear, and there might also be an element of Highland Fling and exploration of what Christmas might be like for a Kossak!

More info and tickets on sale from 1st November, www.stpaulsdorking.org.uk
MoMENtum is back!

Click here to read more and sign up for the Men's event happening on Mon 8th November - limited space!
Safeguarding Sunday - This Sunday

This Sunday we are taking some time in our services to highlight Safeguarding in our church. 

Archbishop Justin Welby writes: "Safeguarding means the action the Church takes to promote the welfare of children, young people and adults. We work to prevent abuse from occurring, seek to protect those who are at risk of being abused and respond to those who have been abused."
 
Protecting vulnerable people is at the heart of Christ's call on us and good safeguarding practice is central to this calling.  This is why St Paul's prioritises it in the way we do.  To know more about Safeguarding at St Paul's, go to our website where you will find
- more information about safeguarding here
- the contact details for the safeguarding team
- instructions on how to raise a concern you may have. 
- contact details for the diocesan advisor, should you wish to talk to someone outside of St Paul's Church.
This week at St Paul's
Sunday

9am Holy Communion Online and in church

10.30am Morning Worship Online and in church


Join our SixThirty in person this Sunday for Worship & Prayer in our Upper Church Hall - all Welcome, just come along
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Click here for Morning Prayer Liturgy
Click here for Holy Communion Liturgy

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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Prayer @ St Paul's
We'd love you to join us 
Click here to join Tuesday morning 9am
And Tues Evenings Click here to view our current Programme
Click here for more info

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

to find a group to suit you at a time that suits you
 
Click here to contact us/ask a question
Click here to give online

If you are feeling isolated, are self isolating or ill - let us know - we'd like to support you in prayer and practical ways, email support@stpaulsdorking.org.uk

 

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