What is going on for the people of St. Paul's...?

THE WEEK AHEAD

SUNDAY 19th May
10.30am: Morning Worship led by Mr Ian Slim
Following the service, tea, coffee and biscuits are served, allowing a time for fellowship and chatter.

MONDAY 20th May
10.00: Friendship Group

TUESDAY 21st May
7.30pm: Scouts
8.00pm: Senior Section Guides

WEDNESDAY 22nd May
6.15pm: Beavers
6.15pm: Cubs
8.00pm: Explorer Scouts

THURSDAY 23rd May
7am-10pm: European Elections, Lower Floor
6.15pm: Rainbows - meeting upstairs 
6.15pm: Brownies - out on a walk
7.15pm: Guides - meeting upstairs

FRIDAY 24th May
10.30am: Coffee Morning
6.15pm: Imperial Crusaders Band Practice

SUNDAY 26th May
10.30am: Morning Worship including Holy Communion
               led 
by Revd Francis Neil
Following the service, tea, coffee and biscuits are served, allowing a time for fellowship and chatter.
12 noon: Annual General Church meeting
            

Forthcoming dates for events in and around our church and circuit... 


May 30th: Mustard Seed Lunch Club, 12 noon
May 30th: Thy Kingdom Come, runs until Pentecost, June 9th
June 9th: Pentecost Praise, 4pm-7pm, Halifax Piece Hall

 
There are always a number of worthwhile events coming up in and around our circuit. We are asked to display notices for these but if they were all pinned to our notice board it would be overflowing! There is a folder of these notices in the concourse. Why not have a look through it from time to time? 


Posters advertising some of the other events around the circuit can be seen on the circuit website by clicking here.



PRAYER

Please pray for: Revd Francis as he prepares to lead our worship next Sunday and to chair the Annual General Church Meeting;
Pray for and give thanks for the work of Christian Aid;


OURSELVES AT ST PAUL’S 
Father God, help me this day to accept your free gift of salvation. I can’t earn it and I’ll never deserve it. Help me to accept, use and rejoice in all your transforming blessings so freely given. Amen.
Vickie Middleton, Methodist Prayer Handbook 2018/19 


IN SOWERBY BRIDGE
Please pray for those who live on Burnley Road, Water Hill Lane and Blackwall Lane.


CIRCUIT PRAYER - BRIGHOUSE CENTRAL
Brighouse Central is a large church with a lot of building. Please pray for the church as they seek to make their premises fit for purpose and find the means and ways to do this.


PRAYER CIRCLE

As part of the pastoral work in our church, we have a group of people willing to pray for your personal needs. Feel free to contact Paul or Catherine Hinton, (or any of the church officers), and they will contact the group with confidentiality. If you would like personal prayer on a Sunday morning, please speak to the steward and they will arrange it for you.

We so often only pray for people in trouble. Let us also pray in thanks for the loving, the joyful, the kind and those who go out of their way to ease other people's burdens.


OTHER NOTICES


UPPER VALLEY JUNIOR CHURCH PICNIC
After the service this morning, our Junior Church are heading off to Blackshaw Head for a picnic lunch with other Junior Church children from the upper valley churches. As well as games, there will be toasted marshmallows and other naughty but nice treats!
Have fun everyone!!


ANNUAL GENERAL CHURCH MEETING
Next Sunday 12 Noon
Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting, which we expect to be over well within the hour, so we would encourage you all to stay if you can. Today you should have received the Annual Minutes & Reports booklet. Please try to find time to read about all the good work going on at St Paul’s, in time for next Sunday, when you will have an opportunity to ask questions or share your views on the good work of our church. 


A CIRCUIT CELEBRATION:
PENTECOST PRAISE
Halifax Piece Hall,
4pm -7pm, June 9th.
Games, music and more. It will be a fun afternoon! See the posters or pick up a flyer.
Anyone wishing to help out as a steward, will be extremely welcome! Please let Revd Paul Welch or any of our stewards know.


CHRISTIANS TOGETHER in SOWERBY BRIDGE
Events happening at St Paul’s and the other local churches can now be found on the new Facebook page, managed by Peter Henry of Christ Church. Search: @christianstogethersb


KNITTING!
Are your fingers twitching and your needles and yarn lying idle? We can’t have that! Knit for Peace! New, hand knitted adult and children's clothing, as well as blankets, will all be very welcome as gifts at our harvest service again this year. So put the kettle on and start casting on!


Overgate Hospice Choir & Hammonds Saltaire Band 
Summer Festival
SOUNDING BRASS & VOICES
Saturday 8th June 7pm
All Saints Church Elland
Tickets from Don, Diane or Angela H or on the door


A LITTLE READING . . . 
The May letter from Revd Francis is now available for us to read. 


GOOD BYE - FINAL SERVICE
The date of the July All Age Worship & Parade service has been changed to 14th July. This will be led by Revd Francis and will be his last service at St Paul's before his retirement.
There will be a circuit 'farewell service' for Francis and the family, on Thursday 18th July, 7.00pm at Stones Methodist Church.


OUT FOR A CUPPA?
Mount Zion Heritage Chapel, is open every Tuesday until the end of August, from 2-4pm, serving teas and cakes. Cream teas will be available on the Tuesdays in July and August. 
Well worth a visit.


KEEP IN TOUCH!
Just to let you know, Jesus can be contacted 24 hours a day: just go on-line via your knee-mail.


COLLECTIONS
JOSEPH STORE & WOMEN'S REFUGE
At the moment we are NOT collecting for these concerns. Surplus items from St Paul's will be donated to the New Ebenezer Drop In Centre.
BISCUIT WRAPPERS & CLEANING SPRAY HEADS
This collection continues for vulnerable young girls in Zambia. Thank you. 
STAMPS
Please consider saving your used postage stamps for The Leprosy Mission. Put them in the tin on the bookcase in the Concourse or hand them to Susan Tasker


SINGING THE FAITH

We now have a small number of words edition of the new hymn book. Please collect one from the book shelf if you need one.


TIME FOR A CUPPA?
Don't forget: 
St Andrew's Monday Morning Kitchen every Monday, 11am-1.30pm
Boothtown & Southowram Coffee Morning, Thursdays, 10-11am


FURTHER INFORMATION

JIGSAW CLUB
Every Friday 2.00pm to 4.00pm 
at Sowerby Bridge Library 
friendly chat and jigsaws
The aim is simple: Relaxed jigsaw building and a chance to meet people!
 

 MINISTRY & PASTORAL CARE

Our Flower Ministry needs your help! If you know someone who is unwell and would benefit from some flowers, could you buy them some and take them on behalf of the church? The duty steward can let you have some money so don't be afraid to ask. It is helpful if we know who has received them and a book for this is kept in the vestry cupboard. If you are ill, please remember to inform your Pastoral Carer or, if that's not possible, let Karen Walsh know on 839465


PRAYERS 0N THE MOVE

Busy day, lots on. prayer time pushed out? Go to www.prayersonthemove.com or search POTM in your App Store to download a daily prayer app for your mobile phone. Created by SPCK, prayers are short - some only a line long - and you can listen to them, share them, 'Like' them and even set a reminder time for them to help your prayer habit!


FOR ZAMBIA

Plastic trigger heads from cleaning sprays, household cleaning wipes packaging (eg from surface wipes), flip top caps from household cleaning products (eg washing up liquid, Cif cream) and synthetic 'biscuit wrapping' - most of these items are not recycled by Calderdale so, if you like, put them in the box in the Concourse and I will pass them on to raise money for Contesa, a charity in Zambia which provides care for vulnerable girls, orphaned because of AIDS and HIV. Many thanks, Angela Hellowell. 

Future Notices

 Please give information for future notices to Angela Hellowell.  You can telephone Angela, (01422 839736), or email, (hellowanj@aol.com).  To be included on the Sunday, notices need to reach Angela by midday  on Thursday.  

Thank you.


All of our Sunday morning services are recorded on CDs, which are then available to borrow.  If you would like to know more, please speak to Don Hayward, Alex Lee or Angela Hellowell.