#322: there don’t seem to be as many pigeons around the churchyard as there used to be for some reason

Eucharist on the beach of the Sea of Galilee

Part 1: Things for Holy Week

Please don’t forget…

come to church

come to church lots

or join in on the Livestream on Thursday night, Friday afternoon and 9.30 on Easter Day

Bring along your family, or invite your neighbours, to the Messy Church Easter on Good Friday from 10 to 12- pop in to do craft activities and walk through the story of Holy Week step by step.

We need more people to offer to have a foot washed on Maundy Thursday- please come along ready to do that and with a nice fluffy towel to dry your foot with.

This handout will be given to people coming to Maundy Thursday who might not be familiar with the service as it happens at St Paul’s:

Also, please bring along a musical instrument to bang or blow or wiggle on Maundy Thursday (to mark the start of the triduum, which is the pivotal three days of Holy Week) and on Easter Day, to celebrate the rising of Jesus.

and don’t forget to come to Church! Try something new this year that you haven’t been to before, like the 5.30 Dawn Service on Easter Day or the quiet solemnity of Good Friday at 2pm.

Here is the folder with the services on, and an overview of what they each are:

Part 2: other important things which you need to know about

Don’t forget that you can always download the Order of Service from the QR code which pops up when you are joining in with the Livestream. It is a marvel of modern technology so enjoy!

Last call to give Louise Cole £3 to buy a lily in memory of a loved one– do put an envelope with the name of the person you want to remember and the cash through the Office door.

May Stoneham’s funeral will be on Friday the 22nd of April at 3.15pm in Eltham at the Crematorium there- SE9 2AZ- Liz Gallagher will have a link for the service for those who would like to join in that way.

Next week, Morning Prayer will happen on Wed and Thurs only, both online at 8.30am. Urgent pastoral needs and questions next week should be addressed via the Parish Office– 979 2122- because Bertie is going to have a long sleep.

Georgina asks that if anyone has a photo of the peregrine falcons, please could you print them out and then stick them on the Churchyard noticeboard in the porch at Church for others to enjoy as well?

The APCM and AGM for the parish is at Woosehill Church on Monday the 25th of April at 8pm, and also online at the same time. Papers are available at the back of Church and also via this website, through a separate entry which has every file you could possibly want, to click on. In particular, there will definitely be vacancies for PCC Members and also a Churchwarden since David Ruddock has decided to stand down this year. We are also still in need of someone to work with Chris Barker to oversee our Safeguarding and to ensure that we are compliant. If you would like details of any of these roles please do speak to a PCC member or to Richard. Good leadership really matters and it allows us to respond well to God’s call and leading. Do think if one of these roles is for you, or do talk to someone else to suggest that God might be calling them to play this part in the life and mission of the Church.

APCM Meeting – 2022 – St Paul’s Parish (

And here is the latest update from Bishop Hall in Madagascar, just in time for Easter:

And finally… this medlar tree was planted outside the Rooms last month by Sue Washington, the Chair of the Wokingham Afternoon WI, and we are very excited to see it grow and bear, quite literally, fruit.

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