Recent activities at St Paul's

Some of the recent activities that have been happening at St Paul's

 

   

Summer Fair

The weather was good and everyone worked hard to make the fair successful. Lots of visitors came to St Paul's and enjoyed bacon sandwiches, ice lollies and a good chat while browsing, and buying, from the many stalls, taking a tour of the bell tower and trying their luck at the tombola and raffle.

 

Compline and Holy Week Services 

People from many different churches in Whitley Bay joined us at St Paul's for Compline and Holy Week Services to share in the illustrated meditations presented by Canon Peter Dodd.

Palm Sunday began with a procession with palms and Eucharist  and an illustrated address on the events of Palm Sunday.

In the evening Compline was led by Msgr Andrew Faley and we looked at "The Majesty of Christ" in Byzantine art.

On Monday Compline was led by Rev Paul Newman and we looked at "The Perfection of Christ" in Italian art.

On Tuesday Compline was led by Rev Eva Walker and we looked at "The Humility of Christ" in Flemish art.

On Wednesday Compline was led by Rev Alan Dickinson and we looked at "The Suffering of Christ" in 20th Century art.

Following the Eucharist on Maundy Thursday there was the stripping of the Altar and a vigil illustrated with images and music.

Good Friday looked at the Trial of Jesus, the Way to the Cross, Jesus' Words from the Cross, the Deposition from the Cross and Jesus' Burial followed by a Communion Service.

Easter Day began with the lighting of the Easter Fire, a vigil and the Eucharist service with an illustrated address on the events of Easter Day. We all then enjoyed a special parish breakfast of hot cross buns and croissants. 

A final Compline in the evening was led by Canon Robert Gage with an illustrated address on the Meaning of the Resurrection.

 

Holy Week 2019: St Paul's with Whitley Bay Churches Together

The Church Wardens met very early on Palm Sunday morning at Radio Newcastle and took part in an interview to tell everyone about the Holy Week programme of Ecumenical services and illustrated meditations on Christ through the eyes of great artists being held at St Paul's.

 

Mothering Sunday

The children distributed small bunches of daffodils to everyone at St Paul's during the service this morning to celebrate Mothering Sunday.

 

We have set up a prayer corner to pray for the nation at this time of change.

A Prayer for the Nation

God of hope, in these times of change, unite our nation, and guide our leaders with your wisdom.   Give us courage to overcome our fears, and help us to build a future in which all may prosper and share. Amen

https://www.churchofengland.org/together

 

Soup and Roll charity lunches

 

We have been holding Soup and Roll Lunches on Saturdays during Lent selling home made soup and bread rolls to raise money for our 2019 charities: the Walking With Project working locally to give support to refugees and asylum seekers, a local support group for those with Parkinson's Disease, Daft as a Brush providing transport locally for those receiving cancer treatment, Betel UK, providing community support for those struggling with alcohol or drug addication and Anthony Nolan, saving the lives of those with blood cancer.

 

Christmas Eve Crib Service

St Paul's welcomed families and children to a crib service on Christmas Eve when children brought the animals and figures and placed them in the crib, listened to readings and sang carols. The church was lit by night lights and all children received a gift of the Christmas Story book (and some chocolate!) as they left.

 

Bishop Christine at St Paul's

We welcomed Bishop Christine Harman to celebrate the third Sunday of Advent at St Paul's. She was assisted by Canon Robert Gage and church warden Ann Laing. After the service she joined us in the Parish Centre for cake and coffee and chatted to all members of the congregation.

 

Whitley Bay Street Pastors

St Paul's hosted a monthly meeting of the Whitley Bay Prayer Pastors as they continue to pray for those in the local community and the work of the Street Pastors.

 

Carol singing in the Care Homes

Members of St Paul's choir and congregation visited several local care homes to sing carols with the residents.

 

St Nicholas Festival

Children from four local schools took part in a lantern procession through Whitley Bay before gathering at St Paul's for the tree lights to be switched on and taking part in a service of carols and readings to celebrate the Festival of St Nicholas.

The following day St Paul's held their St Nicholas Fair inviting everyone from the town into church to enjoy refreshments and to browse and buy from lots of stalls.

 

Tynemouth Deanery Synod

St Paul's hosted a meeting of Tynemouth Deanery Synod where members of every church in the Deanery attended to discuss the finances of Newcastle Diocese.

 

 

Remembrance Sunday

The Lych Gate was decorated with poppies made by the Knit and Natter Group at the Big Local.

St Paul's Bell Ringers tolled the tenor bell 100 times to mark the centenary of the signing of the Armistice.

St Paul's choir led a choral evensong.

 

Maintenance Day

Members of the congregation helped to clear the leaves from the paths and the gutters and to prepare the church for the winter.

 

Saturday morning organ prom

Alison Rudd, organist at Alnmouth Parish Church gave a short organ concert.

 

 

 

 

 

Harvest

Baskets of fresh produce were distributed to the housebound and a large collection of tins and dried goods was taken to the Bay Foodbank.

 

Parish meeting

Members of the congregation took part in a parish meeting to share ideas about the future of the St Paul's to help develop the Parish Profile.

 

Pathways Mission:

Takeover of The Big Local

St Paul's welcomed people from the local community and visiting clergy to take part in butterfly inspired craft activities and refreshments as part of the Pathways Mission weekend.