Recent activities at St Paul's

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

 

Lots of things have continued to happen at St Paul's during the Coronavirus lockdown and reopening. You can read about them on our Updates pages or on Facebook and Twittter. We'll get back to updating these pages when things return to normal!  

Palm Sunday

St Paul's first online interactive service was held using Skype to share the Palm Sunday Eucharist. Despite a few technology teething troubles, members of the congregation were able to join in to hear the Passion being read and follow the Eucharist service. The sermon, from Canon Robert Gage, was available on the website to read and everyone had been encouraged to make origami crosses the day before. A very sucessful new step in St Paul's worship!

Make your own palm cross

 

Coronavirus

As soon as the announcement was made by the Church of England to suspend services, St Paul's drew up a Praying at Home leaflet which was sent by email or delivered to every member of the congregation. Arrangements were made to have the church open for several sessions each day to be a place of safety and sanctuary for those needing somewhere to go for spiritual support. Information, resources and useful links were quickly added to the website which was kept regularly updated.

When the announcement was made that all church buildings were to be closed, St Paul's then put further steps in place to ensure that as many people as possible could share in services and continue to support each other. A YouTube channel was set up with services and meditations, services were held online through the use of Skype and communications were continued through the use of email, WhatsApp, Skype and the website and postal deliveries were made to all those with no access to the internet.

 

Christmas Eve

The church was full on Christmas Eve for the Crib service. The children dressed up and took part in retelling the story of the Nativity and carried the figures up to put in the crib. Everyone joined in the story with actions and songs using the Follow the Star words and pictures.

 

Advent Lectio Divina

A group of St Paul's parishioners met during Advent to learn more about the forerunners of Christ. Revd John led us in studying texts through Lexio Divina to understand more about Iaiah, John the Baptist and the Blessed Virgin Mary.

 

 

St Nicholas Fair

St Paul's invited the community in to share in the St Nicholas Fair. There were stalls selling books, cakes, toys, bric-a-brac, Christmas decorations and crafts, a tombola and a raffle. And, of course refreshments with bacon sandwiches.

 

Remembrance Sunday

To mark Remembrance Sunday St Paul's Lych Gate was decorated with poppies knitted by the Big Local Knit and Natter group. Each of the Commonwealth War Graves in the churchyard was marked with a large poppy.

 

 

Happy 97th Birthday

Everyone at St Paul's wished Dilys Palmer a very happy 97th birthday and celebrated with lots of cake.

 

Harvest

Revd John Vilaseca celebrated his first Sunday at St Paul's at Harvest. Small baskets of fresh produce were taken to elderly and housebound members of the congregation and 16 boxes of tins and dried goods were taken to the Bay Foodbank.

 

Revd John Vilaseca Bruc

On Wednesday October 2nd 2019 the Revd John Vilaseca Bruc was instituted

as vicar of St Paul, Cullercoats by the Bishop of Berwick.

A packed church shared in celebrating the occasion as John was welcomed by representatives of Newcastle Diocese, Tynemouth Deanery, local churches and the community of Whitley Bay, followed by a wonderful party in the Parish centre.

 

Heritage Open Day

St Paul's welcomed visitors to the church as part of this year's Heritage Open Day 25th anniversary celebrations. Guided tours of the church were available with labels describing the heritage of all the different parts of the church and children's activiities to explore the building. Many people took the opportunity to climb to the top of the bell tower and have a go at ringing a bell before staying for cofffee and cake in the parish centre. In the afternoon the choir was joined by people from several other churches in Whtiley Bay to take part in an open choir rehearsal followed by Choral Evensong.

 

Coffee morning and book sale

St Paul's opened its doors to people from Whitley Bay to come and enjoy coffee and scones and browse the book sale. Choosing between having a cheese scone with butter or a fruit scone with jam and cream proved tricky and some people had to have both! Many people took advantage of the good weather to outside in the cloister with their coffee and scone to read their books.

 

   

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.