Faith

On Sundays we use either the modern Common Worship or the more traditional Book of Common Prayer at the 8.00am service. We sing hymns, listen to Bible readings and hear sermons which explain those readings. The services are between 45 minutes and an hour, and the 10.00am service at St Paul’s is followed by coffee. Come along and see what you think.

Grapes on a vine

I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
John 15:5

Courses
Christian education - getting to grips with our faith - is an important aspect of the life of a church, and one which we take seriously. Whilst it is true that we encounter God within our services, it is also true that we can gain a clearer understanding of who God is as we study together. We run several courses throughout the year looking at how we can develop our spirituality as well as our understanding of Christianity.

Talking JesusTalking Jesus
Our new Life Group course starts the week beginning 6th September. Conversations with Christians are one of the most important influences in bring people to faith. This course willinspire you to share your faith and will give you practical suggestions to help you to be natural and relevant as you talk about Jesus with the peopleyou meet. There are 6 encouraging, video based sessions, inspirational short testimonies, real-life examples from people who are talking Jesus. To join a Life Group please complete the Contact us form with Life Group as your subject.

Bible Studies
The Bible is the main revelation we have of not only the story of the church, but also the character and teachings of God. The Bible is read and preached Sundays but we also gather regularly to look at particular parts of the Bible in more detail. There are several life groups who meet regularly for Bible study or to follow a course.

Midweek
Lives these days are hectic, and it is not always possible to get to church on a Sunday morning. Also, some find it difficult to attend an hour long service, or simply prefer something quieter. On a Wednesday morning at St Paul’s there is a short communion service at 10am, which has a short sermon but no hymns and is followed by coffee. For many this has become their 'church'.

Children
The church - the body of Christ - is made up of people of all ages, and so it is that we have a focus on children. Children meet during the 10.00am service at St Paul’s in the community centre. There are also opportunities for children to get involved in the other services, and even to robe up and become part of the leading of worship by serving. St Paul’s has an Open the Book team who visit Hampton Dene School on Tuesday mornings for an assembly. We also have a Messy Church on the afternoon of of the third Tuesday of the month during term times.

Hands

Ministry
The ministry of God is the task of all the people of God. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved, whether it is by serving as a sides person or member of the church's council; by joining a prayer group or becoming part of a pastoral visiting group. The idea is that everyone will have the opportunity for exercising their gifts and playing out the calling with which God has gifted them.

Community
Although there is plenty going on within the church, we are not simply an inward looking club. We relate to the community which we are set both as individuals and as a church. We have our friends, but we also hold regular coffee mornings and open doors. We have a very close relationship with the Whitehouse Community Hub. We support the local schools and collect for the food bank in the City. We exist for the benefit of the world around us, and pray for the places where we live.

 

 


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