21st November 2021

St Paul’s – Parish update 

St. Paul’s Parish Newsletter: -> Christ The King of The Universe Ord Time (Cyc B) – 21st Nov 2021

Wednesday Word: Wednesday Word is updated each week as a useful sheet for families to read through.

Special Notices:

  • Please read our Advent Flyer -> Advent 2021 Flyer.  You’re invited to ‘Come Home’ – Join Us On Our Journey To Christmas!
  •  26th November – 6th December 2021 – Visit the Amazing Knitted Bible this Advent. St. Catherine’s Church, Birtles Lane, Over Alderley, SK10 4RX. After a wait of almost two years, St. Catherine’s church is pleased to announce that we will be hosting the Knitted Bible exhibition this advent. All your favourite bible scenes in a very special setting, Seasonal refreshments and carols, Games and quizzes for young visitors, Wear something knitted!  Times that it will be open to the public are below. There is no need to book at these times, just call in. For daytime openings tea, coffee and cakes will be on offer. In the evening there will also be the option of a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie.  Visiting the Knitted Bible is free. For anyone who is able to, a £2 donation would be most welcome.  For group bookings at any other time contact Jo or Nicola 01625 861 310/ 01625 860 815. You might wonder what on earth the knitted bible is!   Here is a brief explanation from its creators: Parishioners at St George’s United Reformed Church created the exhibition, The Knitted Bible, which consists of 33 knitted Biblical scenes. The project incorporates hundreds of knitted figures which feature in knitted scenes depicting stories such as Adam and Eve, The Last Supper, Noah’s Ark and of course, The Nativity.  It has been touring the country for number of years with the aim of engaging school children and members of the public. The knitted figures present well known stories in another way. Some of the stories we know and some of them are less obvious, but even if you are not very religious the amount of work and craftsmanship is unbelievable. It is accessible for all ages and even nursery children visit the Knitted Bible. 
    THE KNITTED BIBLE OPENING TIMES:
    Friday 26th November 10.00 Grand Opening of the Knitted Bible by Bishop Mark, the Bishop of Chester
    Saturday 27th November: 10am – 12noon; 2pm – 4pm.
    Sunday 28th November: 1.15pm – 2.30pm
    Thursday 2nd December: 4pm – 7pm.
    Friday 3rd December: 4pm – 7pm.
    Saturday 4th December: 10am – 12noon; 2pm – 4pm
    Sunday 5th December: 11.15am Family Service to 1pm; 4pm – 7pm with a closing by Bishop Sam, the Bishop of Stockport.
  •  Clergy Education & Training Fund – Special Collection: The annual Collection for the Clergy Education & Training Fund is due to take place – as you know our parish isn’t holding second collections.  This important fund supports the training and formation of Priests, so the future of our Diocese greatly depends on this! If you wish to Gift Aid a donation, please make this Online. To donate Online please go to dioceseofshrewsbury.org/clergy-education-and-training-fund  Please be aware that a minimum donation of £5 is requested if giving in this way.
  • See Volunteer Appeal – Your Parish Needs Your Support (Saturday evening Mass can’t recommence without sufficient volunteers).
  • If you would like to book a Mass Intention or have a newsletter item, please feel free to contact the parish office via email or on the parish mobile number below.  Parish office staff continue to work remotely and voicemails left on the parish landline are listened to once a day and responded to asap (during our working hours).

Advent Retreat Flyer: to be held at Wistaston Hall, Crewe, on 1st December -> Advent Day Retreat flyer

St Paul’s Church - Mass and prayers

Please note that hand sanitising when entering and leaving church is still required, as well as after you have received communion. Please also note that face coverings are still a mandatory requirement (as directed by the Diocese) unless you are in the exempt category.

When you arrive at church you will either need to check in using one of the displayed QR codes using your smartphone, or sign in yourself on the clipboard that is located in the porch. 

Sunday Mass, 10am:

  • In-person Masses continue with reduced numbers in the congregation.
  • For Sunday 10th October onwards booking will not be required. To still maintain a proportion of social distance seating in church, we are retaining enhanced spacing on one side of the church (every other pew), whilst on the other side of church all social distancing measures will be relaxed (all pews will be available). Welcomers/Stewards will no longer escort you to your pew, and seats will be offered on a first come basis, therefore if you would prefer to sit in an area where distancing is still in place, we would encourage you to arrive earlier to avoid disappointment.
  • Church opens at 9:45am for Mass at 10am.
  • To join us the Mass virtually please go online to: Streamed Mass.

Wednesday Mass, 9:30am:

  • Morning Prayers at are 9.15am and Mass is at 9.30am. Both are available for in-person attendance and streaming using Facebook Live -> Facebook Live or in the Facebook App search for “Mass at St Paul’s RC Church”. 
  • To join us the Mass virtually please go online to: Streamed Mass.

Word and Communion: will recommence on Mondays and Fridays at 9:30am from the 04 October. This is in addition to Morning Prayers and Mass which takes place each Wednesday morning at 9:15am. 

Sacrament of Reconciliation: anyone wishing to receive the sacrament will need to telephone either Fr Peter or Fr Paschal directly at St. Alban’s Parish Office on 01625 423 446 to book an appointment. The sacrament will be held outside, in a private place and physically distanced for safety reasons.

Mass intentions: Please contact the St Paul’s parish office with any queries or requests for Mass intentions. Have a lovely weekend and stay safe!

Parish donations

Planned Giving Offertory Envelopes: are now in the porch of the Church and can be collected ONLY when the Church is open on a Sunday morning.  Please collect them if you can.

Caritas Christmas Appeal – Diocese of Shrewsbury: As you can appreciate the last year has been very challenging and all and our donations have been greatly reduced. We have managed to work throughout the pandemic and support children, families and communities in the Diocese. Visit the Caritas website -> https://www.caritasshrewsbury.org.uk/ to read the Impact Report -> Impact Report 2020-2021. Caritas are looking to increase our donations and one of the ways is by giving the opportunity to you to support our work by donating online. This is an approach that Bishop Mark is keen we develop. See poster in the porch and should you wish to donate all you need to do is scan the QR Code and donate. 

St Paul’s – General information

Parish newsletter: If you know of anyone who would like a copy of the newsletter via email please ask them to register their details on the parish database. This can be done by using the online registration form -> Parish database

News: Key pages on the parish website so that you can keep up to date with parish matters are:

  • If you have an up to date smartphone such as an iPhone, Samsung, Sony etc please use the new NHS COVID-19 app to protect you; this includes contact tracing, local area alerts and venue check-in. Details are online > NHS Covid-19 details.

Queries: If you have any urgent queries, please contact the parish office by email or telephone.  At this time the office is working reduced hours from home focusing on calls, emails and the weekly newsletter – the parish office team hope you are finding the newsletters informative and interesting. 

St Alban’s parish

St Alban’s news -> St Alban’s Monthly News and Weekly Newsletter

You can join St. Albans for their live streamed services and keep up to date with St Alban’s news on their website -> St Alban’s website. Key activities are also listed in the St Paul’s newsletter.

Local news for Poynton and district

Keep up to date at:

Poynton Update News: Local news -> Poynton Town Council

Poynton Post: This is available online at -> Poynton Post. You can sign up for updates by email.

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