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The Christmas Experience 2016

Date: 04 December 2016

 

The week before Advent, over 100 children from three local primary schools,
St Mary’s CofE, Manorside and Tudor, visited some St Paul’s. They came for a
Christmas Experience Workshop where they heard four mini-dramas which retold
the Christmas story, played a Christmas game of snap, made a nativity scene to take
back to their classroom and finally placed the nativity figures into the crib.
One child from Manorside School said, “I hope I can come again.” Another child
wrote, “My best part was making the star!”
Each child left with the Christmas Bible Comic’, to read when they got back to school
or got home!
9 church members made up the team of helpers. “This was such fun and so
important,” said one church member who has never done something like this before.

Crib In the last week of November, some 120 Year 3 children (aged 7-8) from three local primary schools, St Mary’s Church of England, Manorside and Tudor, visited St Paul’s. They came for a Christmas Experience workshop where they engaged in a range of diverse and multi-sensory activites which enabled them to engage with the Christmas story. This included placing the nativity figures into the crib.

Revd Nicholas Pye, Vicar of St Paul's, said: " We love hosting these workshops and welcoming children, teachers and other adults into our building. It is part of our on-going support to local schools to help them deliver high quality Religious Education and our commitment to sharing the Christian faith with people of all ages."

 

Shoeboxes

Date: 22 November 2016

Nicholas On Friday 18th November, we waved goodbye to 100 shoeboxes that had been so lovingly prepared and handed to us by members of St Paul's, the St Paul's toddler group, and children and parents at St Mary's Church of England Primary School.

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The boxes contained all kinds of things, from toiletries to chocolate and everything in between! The boxes will now be taken by Link to Hope to Eastern Europe to be distributed to people in Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova and the Ukraine. They will be given to families and elderly people in need, particularly to those who won't get any other presents this Christmas. 

Thank you to all who took part and created such wonderful boxes!

 

On Tuesday 16th November, we waved goodbye to 80 shoeboxes that had been so lovingly prepared and handed to us by members of St Paul's, the St Paul's toddler group, and children and parents at St Mary's Church of England Primary School. The boxes contained all kinds of things, from toiletries to chocolate and everything in between! All the boxes will now travel to 1600 miles to Moldova, in Eastern Europe, which is the poorest country in Europe. They will be handed out by Chris and Helen Ducker (www.theduckers.org), who will distribute them to those who need them most, and particularly to those who won't get any other presents this Christmas. 

Thank you to all who took part and created such wonderful boxes

Generous Gift given by St Paul’s to TearFund's Haiti Hurricane Appeal

Date: 13 November 2016

We recently sent a cheque for £997 to Tearfund to support their Hurricane Appeal for Haiti. The money is enabling TearFund and its partners to provide shelter, food and sanitation to some of the communities who have been adversely affected by Hurricane Matthew which hit Haiti on 4th October 2016. A big thank you to those who contributed! Tearfund is a Christian relief and development agency which has a global network of local churches that are committed to help eradicate poverty. It is a member of the UK Disasters Emergency Committee.

The Revd Nicholas Pye, Vicar of St Paul's said: “We are delighted to be able to support the invaluable work of TearFund and its partners in Haiti as they show the love of God in action in the midst of this disaster. As a church we resonate with TearFund's commitment to defending the cause of the poor and needy (Jeremiah 22:16) and following Jesus where the need is greatest.’ 

Harvest Gifts for Finchley Foodbank

Date: 05 October 2016

Harvest is a time when food is traditionally given to local charities. This year we donated a range of goods to Finchley Food Bank, including tea, coffee, UHT long life milk, toilet rolls, washing up liquid and tinned fruit and vegetables. The foodbank is located in the church hall behind St Mary’s Catholic Church at 279 High Road, East Finchley N2 8HG. It is open each Saturday from 12.30pm to 2pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits are available as clients wait for their food to be assembled.

The Revd Nicholas Pye, said: “Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. Foodbanks are a great way of bringing communities together to end hunger and poverty in the UK. They provide emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis. I am most grateful to all those who donated to our harvest appeal. This generosity is a practical way of showing the compassion and care of Jesus Christ for those in need in our local community.”

Harvest Gifts 2015

Unsung Hero Honoured by London Borough of Barnet

Date: 18 March 2015

Unsung Hero Honoured by London Borough of Barnet

Ann Gilbert, long-standing member of St Paul’s, was one of forty-six residents to be presented with a civic award at last night’s special ceremony held at Hendon Town Hall. The Worshipful the Mayor of Barnet, Councillor Hugh Rayner, presented Ann with a certificate in recognition of her hard work and commitment to the elderly through the Christian Care Trust, a charity she set up in 1997.

The Revd Nicholas Pye, Vicar of St Paul’s, who nominated her and was present at the ceremony said: “I am delighted that Ann has received this award which is fully deserved. The work of the Christian Care Trust is highly regarded both by the residents of Grace House, the care home which Ann founded in 2000, and the people who it supports in their own homes. Ann is a wonderful ambassador for the Christian faith and a great example of someone putting their faith into practice to make a real difference in people’s lives.”

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