WELCOME TO ST PAUL'S CHURCH KEWSTOKE
Where the spirit of the Lord is all around you
Although the parish and this part of north Somerset is rich in history, with 13th-
St Paul’s is part of the Benefice by the Sea, linked with Wick St Lawrence, and led by our vicar, the Rev Gail Thomas. It is within Locking Deanery, part of the Diocese of Bath and Wells, and the parish stretches over Worlebury Hill to the edge of Weston town, to the east embracing part of Worle and to Sand Bay and the Severn Sea, running out to the west.
Our church family is drawn from across this area and from further afield – worshippers who are inspired by the special atmosphere of the church and its surroundings, by the friendliness of the people they meet and pray with, and the wide range of our services here.
Our Sunday services are core to church life and marriages, baptisms, and funerals
take place during the year. House groups meet for further Christian study as well
and there are coffee mornings to enjoy. Whether a long-
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Importance of safeguarding
Safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults is taken very seriously across the Church of England.
A copy of St Paul’s safeguarding policy can be found at Safeguarding Parish of Kewstoke.doc
The safeguarding officer for St Paul’s Church is Alison Withers.
She can be contacted by telephone, 07706063272.
At one session, the theme focused on the story of how Jesus healed the excluded leper and then, as Jesus showed, people should still be welcomed in the community. With Paul on the piano, action songs followed and crafts helped to explore the theme further.
The afternoon concluded with parents and children merrily tucking in to hot dogs and cupcakes.
Our schools visiting us for story of Christmas
Messy Church is thriving
Messy Church -
Our pictures glimpse the enjoyment at the church hall.
It’s Tuesday -
The church hall is almost full for coffee morning.
Tuesdays from 10am in the church hall have now become a regular coffee date for so many parishioners and their friends.
Over many years, church members have hosted the friendly, social occasion attracting
not only those who attend St Paul’s but passers-
But the rapid rise in energy costs, putting a strain on so many household budgets, led to the broadening of the coffee morning into a warm community lounge with a programme of activities and refreshments lasting well into the afternoon.
Many arrive just for a chat, to exchange news, or perhaps to meet new friends and neighbours. But a monthly programme now offers even more interest.
From 2 – 2.30pm on the first Tuesday of the month there’s a Living with Loss and
Bereavement group. On the second Tuesday you can Explore Christian Faith and Life;
on the third take part in gentle Exercise and Conversations about Health and Well-
Ringing out for support
The bell ringers of St Paul’s are seeking new members to join their team in the tower. As well as sounding the bells for Sunday services, the campanologists are engaged for wedding services and other occasions.
Inexperienced? Enthusiastic beginners will be given training. Please contact Alan on 07881 948110 for details.
Don’t forget items for our Food bank
Don't forget that we are continuing to collect food for the local Food bank. There is a box provided in church for this purpose. The items that they are particularly seeking at the moment are:
packet noodles, tinned spaghetti/ravioli, tinned meat, honey/jam, long life milk, custard/rice pudding, tined tomatoes, instant coffee, shower gel/shampoo/deodorant, washing powder/tabs, washing up liquid, nappies size 5 and more.
The Messy Vintage Church session, which is held for seniors on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Community Lounge, has featured an enjoyable handicraft activity.
Our pictures above show, from left, Jo, Rose and Jennifer at various stages of making a garden scarecrow.
On the first Sunday of each month 2-
Festive gifts galore
Our picture, above, shows just one of the splendid 15 gift stalls that greeted the many visitors to our annual Crafts for Christmas sale at Kewstoke Village Hall.
More pictures and details of the highly successful event, which offered something for everyone, appear on our What’s On page.
The Advent quiet day was a really special time of reflection and preparation for the season and a huge thank you goes to Margaret for such a thought provoking day.
If you are going to come along to the Advent courses on Thursdays, 2pm and 7pm, please do let me know so that we can plan what to do.
This week is a busy week with the schools coming into church for Christmas in a Box
Can you help?
A PLEA FOR HELP -
1 Corinthians 1.3-
Prayer for the week
give us grace to cast away the works of darkness
and to put on the armour of light,
now in the time of this mortal life,
in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility;
that on the last day,
when he shall come again in his glorious majesty
to judge the living and the dead,
we may rise to the life immortal;
through him who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever