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Email issued Friday 23rd July - Summer Email

“I could tell the difference,” she said.
It was meant as an observation, but it is actually an encouragement;
To her and to all of us.
Doubly so.

Before we unfold the story of that recent comment, we need some context.  St Paul’s Church has a diverse ministry to children and young people.  The myriad of activities (too numerous to list here) all have the glorious purpose of connecting children and young people in our community with God and His loving intent for their life.  Then, to resource and support those who seek that intent for themselves.  The teams that make this happen are not solely comprised of adults, but also include young people who serve and minister to their peers (e.g. leading Christian Union at Ashcombe School) and to those younger (e.g.  “XL group” children’s leaders).
Judges 2v10 tells us “There arose a generation that neither knew God, nor what He had done for His people.”
All we do together at St Paul’s works to undo this happening in our time.
While much has been COVID-curtailed, much has been adapted and continues. Snapshots of even the last few weeks include more than we can list here. 7-8yr olds listening, wide-eyed, to the testimonies of God’s recent answers to prayer and then learning prayer ministry for themselves.  Teens rallying to days of fasting and prayer to seek healing for others.  Priory Chaplaincy “OMG week”, Primary RE lessons and a water fight in the vicarage garden (it is life in all its fullness!).   
And so we come to the story of that comment.  Not able to travel to Guildford Cathedral for their leaver's service with other schools, the 60ish year 6 pupils from St Paul’s School came up the road to our church instead.  Similar to the cathedral event, we started with groups rotating round prayer and reflection activities followed by a short service all together.  The team included one of our teens, free because she’d just finished GCSEs and highly experienced from years of being an XL group leader and Holiday Club leader.  Her station was an activity helping children to hand their worries over to God.  It was afterwards, as we debriefed, she made this observation.
I could tell the difference between those who have been part of the groups (e.g. XL) and those who hadn’t. They knew how best to engage with the prayer activity, they knew how to make the most of it for themselves. They were better equipped and somehow it just showed.
I pointed out this was an encouragement to her too – all those years she had spent as a leader ministering to those children, many of them from non-church families.  The joys, the ‘God is so present in this’ ups, the ‘these kids are doing my head in’ downs.  She had just glimpsed first-hand something of the effects of her investment.
And we are doubly encouraged.  We can rejoice not just in what she saw but that she sees it.  She sees it because she knows it for herself.  
As we look to a new year ahead, we want to grow our Children’s and Youth Ministry team in all its diverse strands.  If you think God might be calling you to this, get in touch because what our church does in this is impactful.  If you don’t believe me, ask some of our teenagers.  They can tell the difference it makes.

Steve Henwood, Children & Youth Minister (
Sunday Morning Worship Changes

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Summer Services @ St Paul's 
Services will continue at 9am & 10.30am both live in church and online.  Our SixThirty will take a break during August and return on 5th September.
Click here to view or print a copy of our services booklet to follow during our services (primarily for our 9am services).  There are copies in the South Porch for you to collect or if you are unable to, email us and we'll get one delivered to you (
Our primary concern is that all feel welcome and safe in church.  The wonderful news is that we can sing but we know some will feel nervous coming back, some can't wait to lose their masks so....
- We will 'zone' the church into two sections.  The right-hand side will be socially distanced seating, masks worn and well ventilated / The left-hand side will be seating next to each other, and no masks when seated, but we'd ask you to wear them as you walk in and when you sing.
- You do not need to register for the 10.30 online anymore but we would ask you to sign in either using the QR code or tell a welcomer so we can follow the test and trace protocols from the government.  
- And of course we'll keep reviewing how it's going to make sure people feel welcomed and safe.
Summer Sundays for our Children & Youth
Over the summer we encourage our regular Sunday children’s and youth leaders team to rest, especially as families are often away.  Nonetheless there will be a range of activities in the hall for all ages.  For more details contact Steve. (
Praying through the Summer
Half Night of Prayer on Friday 30th July - You are invited to join us for an evening of 
  • Sung worship
  • Prayer for our church, town and community. 
  • Prayer Zones
  • Prayer for healing
  • Time to be quiet and listen to God – pictures, verses, prophetic words
We will be meeting in church from 7.30pm and aiming to finish at about 11pm.  All are welcome.  You can come for the whole evening or just part.  Arrive and leave when you like.  The Holy Spirit will be there and wants you to come and take part!  We are expecting an exciting time!

Tuesday Prayer continues throughout the Summer

We'd love you to join us - we have 3 prayer groups that meet on Tuesdays (morning & evening).  Click on this link to find our programme of meetings for the next few weeks.  If you have any questions or would like to know more, please email

Your chance to hear the
Archbishop of Canterbury 

An evening of worship, prayer and discussion with Justin Welby is being held on Friday 24th September at 8pm at the Lakeside Country Club in Camberley.  It’s for members of churches in the Guildford diocese and its focus is on how to renew and grow our churches.  If you’d like to attend, tickets are free but demand is likely to be high, so do register here as soon as possible.

The next morning the Archbishop will be in Dorking, hosting an event that’s more for those outside of the church who are grappling with some of life’s big questions.  If you have a partner, friend or neighbour who you think might be interested, why not take them along?   Big Questions with the Archbishop of Canterbury is at Dorking Halls on Saturday 25th September at 11.45 am.  Register here for tickets 

On Sunday 26th September from 7pm our young people are invited to an Evening  with the Archbishop of Canterbury and Guvna B at Christ’s College, Guildford.  This will be an opportunity for young people from schools and churches across the diocese to question Justin Welby and hear him speak on how to make the most of your life. Register Here


United Breaks Out - Online 29th July to 3rd August 

Click here for the free online Programme of Events


"This year, we’ve taken the step of faith to offer all of our celebrations, our youth and children’s programmes, and our Accessible Church stream, without charge. We hope that churches and individual Christians will be able to gather round these offerings to receive healing, encouragement and fresh vision to serve the nation as we begin the process of recovery.”  Paul Harcourt, New Wine National Leader

This week at St Paul's

9am Holy Communion Online and in church, (booking not required)

10.30am Morning Worship Online and in church (booking no longer required - see above)

Join our Zoom SixThirty service this Sunday
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Our SixThirty takes a break during August, returning on 5th September)

If you missed last week's service: catch up now : 
podcast or watch the service

Read our Latest World Church newsletter here

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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 Summer Programme
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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 

to find a group to suit you at a time that suits you

Dates for your Diary

Sunday 22nd August - Church Family Picnic following our morning services - All welcome

Monday 20th Sept - We are aiming to start a new Parenting of Teens Course, We hope that this will be in person (rather than Zoom) over 5 Monday evenings, likely to be fortnightly.  We expect this course to be popular, so register your interest now by emailing  Or get in touch if you'd like to know more.

This Friday email will take a break for a few weeks now, look out for a mid summer update early August and will return on Friday 3rd September with plans for the term ahead.

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